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Sunday, March 7, 2021


(Above: Andy Turrell, Evan Cullum & John Ellis)

For over 40 years, Billy Joel and Sting have had a mutual respect and admiration for each other’s musicality, writing and performing ability. Rhumbelow Theatre in association with the Alan Wilson Shellhole in Pietermaritzburg and Tina’s Hotel in Kloof will present Andy Turrell, John Ellis and Evan Cullum in Billy Joel Meets Sting.

By combining the two artists, the Durban trio are hopeful that their audience will reminisce on memories of the astounding careers of the New York Piano man and Police lead singer.

In 2018, Billy Joel was quoted by the New York Times as saying “Sting and I always joke around: ‘Just for the hell of it, let’s join up and put a group together that explodes after, like, a year.’”

Expect to enjoy some of the greatest hits such as Every Breath You Take, Uptown Girl, Every Little Thing She Does is Magic, You May Be Right and many more!

The show features ubiquitous Andy Turrell (drums/guitar), the incomparable John Ellis (vocals/guitar) and talented Evan Cullum (piano/vocals/guitar).

John Ellis is a singer-songwriter from Durban, South Africa. The principal member, guitar-player, vocalist and songwriter for the internationally-renowned and award-winning band Tree63, he relocated back to his hometown from America after many years of international success to pursue a solo career.

The multi-talented Andy Turrell, another Durban-born musician, has entertained audiences throughout the country for many years. Performing throughout most of his musical career with guitarists Dan Patlansky and Rowan Stuart, Turrell, a brilliant guitarist in his own right, is also a phenomenal drummer and bass guitarist.

Durban born singer-pianist Evan Cullum has been performing in KZN for the past five years. Starring in productions such as Rock n Roll Nerds and Elton and Friends, Cullum has also been part of the Rockwood Theatre Sibaya Hit shows “Megastars of Pop”, “ Superbands” and “Hollywood Hits”.

The show has one performance in Pietermaritzburg at the Allan Wilson Shellhole on March 28, 2021, at 14h00. (Venue opens 90 minutes before show for snacks/drinks)

The production will also run at Tina’s Hotel in Kloof from April 1 to 4, 2021.

“Whilst we are not changing our 2020 pricing, we would ask that if you are able to please assist us and the performers by donating a higher ticket price,” says Roland Stansell who runs the Rhumbelow circuit.

Tickets R160 (no discounts for this show). Bring food picnic baskets or buy from Prego Rolls from the Moths. A full bar is available (no alcohol may be brought on to the premises).

All seating will be at separate tables and the venue will obviously be seating co-habiting couples and/or family members together.

Limited secure parking available.

With the current Covid levels capacity is limited to 50 people max. Booking is essential on email: or through Computicket.

For more information contact Roland Stansell on 082 499 8636 or visit

The Allan Wilson Shellhole is situated at 5 Durban Road in Pietermaritzburg

Tina’s Hotel is situated at 14 Beryldene Road in Kloof.