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This week the team has rounded up some awesome music experiences that our readers can enjoy. There is tribute show, a rock festival (for those who don’t mind roughing it) and high-octane evening of music, dancing and stand-up comedy.

The Eagles Experience
Their Greatest Hits album is to date, one of the biggest selling albums of all time. The Eagles are part of an elite group of artists who have had commercial success and chart topping hits in every decade since the 70’s. This tribute show gives audiences a glimpse of their genius.

The Joburg Theatre (formerly Civic Theatre), Braamfontein. Show runs until Sunday, 31st January. Price: R170. Book through Computicket

Thornfest
Thornfest the camp brings together 100 bands, 6 DJ’s and 3 stages during this 4 day music festival. There will be stand-up comedy, guitar hero challenges and loads of other entertainment throughout the weekend.

Route 28 Resort, Jagfontein. From Thursday, 28th until Sunday, 31st January 2010. Visit www.thornfest.co.za for more information.

Double the fun!
Every Friday and Saturday night the Supersport Bar lights up with the hottest entertainment. First up is Rock the Beat, an amazing music show that features a cast of talented dancers and singers. Following the show is Joe Parker’s Comedy Express. Catch big names like Darren Maule, Al Prodgers and Mel Miller at South Africa’s longest running comedy venue.

Supersport Bar, Carnival City, Brakpan. Show starts at 20h00. Tickets are available at the door. Limited unreserved seating. R50 entrance


Jen Tile: Straight out of Norwood

Hello everyone,

I was flipping through radio stations last week in the hope of finding a station that didn’t have arrogant presenters who think they are authorities on EVERYTHING, or find stations that don’t play the same songs ad nauseam when I discovered a new song by, and forgive me if I get her name wrong, Miley Virus.

I’m sure you know who she is. Her father is that curious looking chap with a mullet that had song about a “flaky, shaky heart” (I think those are the lyrics) in the 90’s. I don’t remember much about him or that song. I prefer to keep brain clutter to a bare minimum and quickly discard people, trends or issues that bore me.

Anyway, that precocious Virus child has song with the following lyrics:
“…I’m noddin’ my head like Yeah! Movin’ my hips like Yeah”. Wow, it must have been a real stretch of her team of songwriters’ collective creative abilities to dream up such meaningful words.

We had talented songwriters when I was younger. We had Robert Plant and his Led Zep cohorts singing, “If there’s a bustle in your hedgerow, don’t be alarmed now”. Oddly enough, many people thought that the aforementioned lyrics (from Stairway to Heaven) contained hidden occult messages. Plant denies this, and even stated that if it were possible to put hidden messages in music, Led Zepplin would have the message, “buy this album” in their songs.

I guess I should not be too cynical about her music. Sting and Police still managed to sell out concert arenas in the 80’s and they had bad hair and stupid lyrics such as, “De do do do, De da da da” and “Roxanne, you don’t have to put on a red light”.

It’s the nature of older folks to not understand the music of the younger generation. We will always say things like, “The bands that were around when I was your age were REAL musicians”. Except for Barry Manilow. I would like to apologise on behalf of my generation for his music and can only hope that no permanent damage was done as a result of “Copa Cabana”.

Now that I have taken the first step in bridging the musical divide between generations, the younger folks need to suck it up and say sorry for the music of Kanye West, Westlife, illiterate rappers who perpetuate the stereotype that all women are brainless bikini-clad bimbos who love bling, and any musician whose career was launched by a Disney musical (frankly, the sexist, moronic rappers and hip-hop stars are less vomit inducing than the Jonas brothers).

Do you think modern music is rubbish or are us “distinguished” folks just missing the point?
What do you think?

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