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MONSTERS OF ROCK (article first published : 2001-11-1)

November sees the first staging of the Monsters of Rock show in South Africa, presenting Motorhead, Dio and Jerusalem in a three-city tour.

Monsters of Rock is a tour made up of three of the biggest heavy metal rock bands from around the world - Motorhead, Jerusalem and DIO.

Motorhead were formed in 1975 in London. Their extremely loud and fast style of heavy metal was one of the most groundbreaking styles of the 70s and they have melded punk influences with metal to create a distinctive sound. The group's leader Lemmy Kilminster had his roots in Hawkwind and Motorhead were the first group to create speed-metal and thrash-metal. Lemmy has remained at the helm of Motorhead for many years and even though the line-up has changed many times, the raging sound has never changed. Lemmy continues to make music for the leather-clad masses and their performance promises to be a hectic and hard one not to be missed.

Ronnie James Dio, a well-known figure in the heavy metal world, sang for Black Sabbath and formed DIO in 1983. DIO was one of the top metal bands during the 80s and after many break-ups and getting back together the band finally resurfaced again in 2000 with their album Magica. Fans are in for a treat from this top heavy metal band whose menacing and rowdy tones come through in their music.

Jerusalem is a hard rock Christian band from Sweden and is made up of Dan, Klas, Anders and Ulf. The band has received a lot of criticism in their radical proclamation of Jesus. They address the youth and, after a long uphill struggle to get recognised, they released Jerusalem. Their latest album Those were the Days promises that heavy music will again bring with it a heavy message.

Monsters of Rock appear in Durban on November 9 at Kings Park Outer Fields after their performances in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Tickets R175 from TicketWeb.




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