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Saturday, May 4, 2019


The Traveling Wilburys happened by coincidence. It was never planned …

Over dinner with Jeff Lynne and Roy Orbison, George Harrison asked Jeff for his help to get a song together for his Cloud Nine solo album. Roy said he would like to come along and watch. They called Bob Dylan and asked if they could record in his garage studio. George went to fetch his guitar from Tom Petty who asked if he could also come along to the session. George wrote a little part for Roy to sing and thought he may as well involve Bob, Tom and Jeff. Trying to think of a song title, George saw a box in the studio and it was marked ‘Handle With Care’ which inspired the title and lyrics for the song.

George thought that if they only took one day to record the song, all they needed was nine days to record an album. With huge international success, their first album was released in October 1988 selling over five million copies. Five guys with star stature in their own rights enjoyed an ego-free collaboration. Everybody sang, everybody wrote, everybody produced and had great fun doing so.

Join Barry Thomson and The Reals as they pay tribute to the Traveling Wilburys at Rhumbelow Theatre in Durban and, later, in Kloof. With Barry Thomson on guitar and vocals, Dawn Selby as musical director on keyboards and vocals, Mali Sewell on drums and vocals, Jason Andrew on bass and vocals with guest guitarist Shaun Dragt.

In the repertoire will be hit songs by the supergroup ‘Traveling Wilburys’, including Handle With Care, End Of The Line and She’s My Baby. The show also features the individual talents of each band member Jeff Lynne (Electric Light Orchestra), George Harrison (The Beatles), Tom Petty, Roy Orbison and Bob Dylan.

Tribute To The Travelling Wilburys runs from May 10 to 19 with shows on Fridays and Saturdays at 20h00 and on Sundays at 14h00. The venue opens 90 minutes before show for picnic dinner.

Tickets R150 (R130 pensioners, students with a valid student card and tables of eight or more - discounts apply 1st weekend only). R75 under 13s.

Take along food picnic baskets. Braais will be available. There is limited secure parking and booking is essential. A cash bar is available (no alcohol may be brought on to the premises). Rhumbelow Durban is situated at 42 Cunningham Road off Bartle Road in Umbilo.

Booking is through Computicket or contact Roland on 082 499 8636, email (also for group booking discounts of 20 or more) or visit

Tribute To The Travelling Wilburys will also run at Rhumbelow Tina’s in Kloof from May 31 to June 9, 2019