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JUST JINGER (article first published : 2004-03-7)

In a surprising move, Big Concerts has announced that Just Jinger, the platinum-selling rockers, has been named as the support band for Counting Crows' South African tour in March. They will be flying in from the US especially for the gig.

The decision has caused a major ripple in the South African music industry as a number of current and worthy local bands who were hoping for the prestigious slot have now been snubbed in favour of old favourites, Just Jinger.

The American super-group, Counting Crows appears in Durban on March 20. their South African tour in 1999 was sold-out country wide and now they are on their way back, having just released their Best Of collection called Films About Ghosts.

There's no denying Just Jinger's credentials for this support slot. The band (still fronted by Art Matthews, but now in its umpteenth line-up) have already supported numerous acts such as U2, Crash Test Dummies, Toto, and Hootie and the Blowfish in South Africa, and have co-headlined festivals with acts like Skunk Anansie, Stevie Wonder, Spice Girls and Chaka Khan.

The band was formed in 1996 and, after gaining a serious reputation as a live act, they hit the studio to record their first album, All Comes Round, which went on to become the biggest-selling rock album in South African music history. Days before the album's release, the band opened as a support act for Def Leppard to a 45,000-strong audience in Johannesburg.

Their second album, Something For Now, went gold within three weeks and platinum shortly after that. Three tracks became top five singles, and Just Jinger began touring, reaching audiences as far as Germany, Australia, Canada, America and the UK. Back in South Africa the band's third offering,'Here's To You, yielded two top five singles, and their fourth album, Strange World, produced two top five singles.

Just Jinger headed to LA in 2002 to raise the band's awareness in the US, and did a showcase for Capitol Records. It was a huge success and, following two sold-out dates in London, the band relocated to Virginia in March 2003. The band still has a very strong following in South Africa and comes home occasionally for some gigs.

The Durban performance on March 20 will take place at Westridge Park Tennis Stadium. Book at Computicket.




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