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Friday, June 14, 2019


If you love great rock music and mind- blowing guitar playing I would recommend that you don’t miss them. (Review by Keith Millar)

In a little over six months of operation the spanking new Barnyard Theatre at the Suncoast Casino in Durban has become an integral part of the city’s entertainment scene.

They have presented some excellent “Barnyard Style” style shows such as Big Top Rock and Rhythm of the Night and recently they featured South Africa’s own International blues sensation, Dan Patlansky, in a one off show.

But the cherry on the top so far was the appearance this week of the celebrated British rock band Wishbone Ash.

Formed in 1969, Wishbone Ash is currently on a nationwide Barnyard tour as part of their XLIX (49 in Roman numerals) world tour - celebrating their upcoming 50th anniversary as a band.

Wishbone Ash, who have recorded 48 albums over this period of time and have become known as the ultimate road band as they travel around 50,000km per year, performing some 150 gigs all over the world.

They are considered to be one of the major innovators of the harmony twin lead guitar format with their music being described as Hard Rock, Blues Rock and Progressive Rock.

The only founder member who still with the band, Andy Powell, is regarded as one of the "Top 20 Guitarists Of All Time" (Rolling Stone magazine).

There is no doubt that they are a musicians band as their audience at the Barnyard Theatre at Suncoast Casino consisted largely of Durban’s old rockers and musos. It seemed as though every guitarist, aspiring guitarist and air guitarist was there to pay homage to this extraordinary band. One muso mentioned to me that it was the third time he was seeing them.

And what an astonishing performance we were treated to. Two hours of down to the earth, no bells and whistles, guitar driven hard rock music from one of the tightest bands around. It was a bombardment, relentless, extremely loud (as good rock music should be) and quite gob smacking in its intensity. It was an absolute blast!

The band which along with Andy Powell on guitar and vocals consists of Mark Abrahams guitar, Bob Skeat, a 20-year veteran of the band, bass and vocals, and Joe Crabtree on drums.

They performed many of their best remembered numbers such as The King Will Come, Throw Down The Sword, Come In From The Rain, Way Down South, Runway, FUBB (with extraordinary work on the bass), Standing In The Rain, Phoenix and Blowin’ Free.

With their history of touring the world and having been to South Africa several times before, they are sure to be back sometime. If you love great rock music and mind- blowing guitar playing I would recommend that you don’t miss them. – Keith Millar