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Lamb of God gracing South Africa with a visit

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UPDATE 17/07/2013 9:40AM: Computicket has removed the event, see screenshot below:

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17 July 2013 8:11AM

So we heard a little something something this morning…. Lamb of God will be performing two shows in early 2014. Once again, Durban and the other centres lose out, but Cape Town and Johannesburg will each have a show.

The details are still a bit sketchy, the dates don’t seem finalized but what we have heard is 24 January 2014 is one of the dates.

The venue set for Cape Town is Hillcrest Quarry – Hillcrest Wine Estate, in the Western Cape. No further info has been posted for JHB as yet, we will keep you posted if we hear anything.

Ticket prices set to be around R450-R550 looks like ticket sales will start on 25 July, according to computicket page. We are however starting to wonder if this didn’t go online a little too early by mistake, only time will tell.

Support artists listed are Mind Assault and The Drift

Event Type: Music, Hard Rock And Metal

Heavy Metal supporters in the Republic of South Africa have held their breath since early in 2012 when rumours first emerged that a local appearance by USA metal titans Lamb Of God was imminent. Hopes were dashed later that year when the remainder of the bands tour was cancelled in mid-2012 and activity curbed to within United States borders up until June this year. In fulfilling an old promise, Lamb Of God are finally on the road and catching up on a major back log of shows across the globe. The great news for South Africa is that two dates have been squeezed into the bands cram-packed touring schedule for early 2014. “With only two dates available, we`ll be touring them to Cape Town and Johannesburg,“ said Dawid Fourie of RAM Touring, “and we`re expecting that by playing those two cities, the maximum number of fans will get an opportunity to begin planning early for a trip to one of the larger centres.“ Lamb Of God, from the State of Virginia in the USA, were formed in 1990 with current members John Campbell on bass, Mark Morton on Guitar, and the legendary Chris Adler on Drums. Vocalist Randy Blythe joined in 1995 and drummer Chris`s brother Willie Adler replaced Abe Spear on guitar in 1999, resulting in the current line-up which spans more than a decade; and introducing the electrifying chemistry which has launched a successful career for the band we see today.

 

Link: http://online.computicket.com/web/event/lamb_of_god/749962392/0/55746304

RAMfest Durban – Epic

After first hearing Rise Against was due to play at RAMfest we were more than excited to see them live. The months ticked by and I must admit my excitement waned a little, until about a week before the event. The excitement grew everyday, the best part knowing that I’d also have the privilege to cover this event and take some photos of Bring Me the Horizon and of course Rise Against.

I got there just after Low Profile had played, not planned, but just that’s when I could get there, tried to sign in with my media pass, oh dear name not on the list, a quick chat to the organisers and that was soon cleared up and I had my elusive media pass, ready to capture the evening.

I was relatively impressed with the turn out, Durban is synonymous with poor crowd turnout and well this was one of the better supported local rock events I have been too, I’d still like to see that crowd double by next year, it really would make Durban more attractive to event organisers and artists for that matter.

First band I got to see was Pestroy and as could be expected, they were awesome, couldn’t fault them and they certainly had the crowd going, I really should have turned the camera around and taken some photos of the crowd going nuts so early on in the night. Definitely seemed to have a solid following here amongst the Durban crowd.

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Excitement growing as we talk amongst friends and have a few beers, thank goodness they didn’t have a separate cordoned off area for the bar. Glad to be able to have a beer in the crowd something I missed at a few earlier Wavehouse events that have happened over the years. Nice and much needed improvement.

Following a short break Bring Me the Horizon came to the stage, I cant say I had heard much of their music before but I did do a little youtube re-con before the event to get a taste of what they had to offer. Straight into their set, crowd going crazy, they made the mark and sounded insane. Brought back memories of old Burn back in the day, moshing in the crowd and having R1 shooters. From what I could tell they followed the same Set-list as JHB. Saw a few people get up and trying to get some crowd surfing going, heard some guy fell on his nut but soon rejoined the madness holding his head.

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Another interlude, time to reflect on BMTH, not everyone’s cup of tea, but I really enjoyed them and what they brought to RAMfest 2013. I found the time to go check out the Monster Energy area, grabbed myself a monster and relaxed with a few other guests, everyone very upbeat after the BMTH set.

Headed back down to the event area, Monster in hand just in time for the start of Rise Against’s show. Downed the monster and rushed into the photographers area. What an opportunity (Thanks Ramfest) Getting to take photos of one of my all time favourite bands (cheesy I know). They came on starting off with Chamber the Cartridge, if my memory serves me correctly. Blown away, they sounded epic live. 3 song limit was up (this is all we are allowed up front to take photos of the international artists). Now I was torn, I really wanted to get in the thick of the crowd, but had all my camera gear. Well I didn’t get in the middle of it all but wasn’t any less satisfied by the whole event. Rise against, went off and came back on for their first encore, acoustic in hand, Soldier of war and Swing Life Away filled the area, and as expected, you could hear the crowd singing along. Another 4 songs and that was it, ending off with Saviour, I believe… the music went off and the lights came on. The crowd still going wild as Tim McIlrath raised his red Gibson above his head, with the crowds hands in the air and that was it, The night was done. An amazing experience, one that I didn’t want to end, a thought echoed by many event goers that night.

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Once again, a HUGE shout-out to the organisers of RAMfest for catering for the ‘Alternative’ crowd and bringing some amazing artists to our shores once again, until next year! And of course this event wouldnt happen if it werent for the sponsors, with the likes of:
RED HEART: www.facebook.com/RedHeartRum
Monster Energy: www.facebook.com/MonsterEnergy
Olmeca Tequila SA: www.facebook.com/OlmecaTequilaSA
Black Label: www.facebook.com/CarlingBlackLabelSA
MKtv: www.facebook.com/MKtv.co.za
Hunter’s: www.facebook.com/HuntersCider

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All photography by Geecee Photography, www.geecee.co.za contact info@geecee.co.za

Ramfest – Cape Towns Setlist, what will Durban and Jo’Burg get to hear ??

 

Rise Against

  1. Chamber the Cartridge
  2. Life Less Frightening (first time live since 2009)
  3. Collapse (Post-Amerika)
  4. Re-Education (Through Labor)
  5. Heaven Knows
  6. The Dirt Whispered
  7. Help Is on the Way
  8. The Good Left Undone
  9. Like the Angel
  10. Prayer of the Refugee
  11. Survive
  12. Satellite
  13. Ready to Fall

    Encore:

  14. Hero of War (acoustic)
  15. Swing Life Away (acoustic)

    Encore 2:

  16. Make It Stop (September’s Children)
  17. Give It All
  18. Savior
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Rise Against

Bring Me the Horizon

  1. Shadow Moses
  2. Chelsea Smile
  3. Alligator Blood
  4. Fuck
  5. It Never Ends
  6. The Sadness Will Never End
  7. Diamonds Aren’t Forever
  8. Blessed with a Curse
  9. Antivist
Bring Me The Horizon
Bring Me The Horizon

Watch Roger Young cock up an interview with Rise Against’s Tim McIlrath

So we came across this interview proudly posted by the local varient of Rolling Stone Magazine. Why on earth they let this go public, heaven alone knows.

Watch as Roger Young makes a fool of himself and, quite frankly South Africa as a whole. I dont know the bloke, but either he is a beer short of a six pack or he has had a few six packs before the interview. Total unprofessionalism.

Next time, let us do the interview, thanks.

Must give huge Cred to Tim for actually putting up with this crap and answering the drivel that Mr young threw at him.

As quoted from Rolling Stone Magazines website

Rolling Stone’s Roger Young caught up with Tim McIlrath, lead singer and guitarist of Rise Against, at RAMFest on Saturday to chat about the relationship between activism and music. They also touched on some sociopolitical issues and discussed Rise Against’s entertainment value.

Here is the youtube clip below, let us know your thoughts, feedback on Ramfest and Rolling Stone facebook pages has been far from favourable.

And now the ‘modified; version censoring out Roger

RAMfest Cape Town

With only a few days till RAMfest smashes awesomeness into Durbans faces, here are some pics from the Cape Town leg of the event.
For any of you who have been to Splashy, this had the same kinda vibe to it, taking I only got there at Sunset on Saturday evening and left at 1am after the Rise Against set, there were plenty food stalls, people dressed in all sorts of weird outfits and heaps of happy people.


If you haven’t got your tickets yet, you are sucking as a live event lover.

 

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