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THE BATS (article first published : 2004-03-26)

Due to the overwhelming success of their appearance in Durban last year, The Bats are returning to the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre from March 30 to April 18 with a new, dynamic, hilarious and downright entertaining show.

Audiences who caught their act last year had a rollicking time, and gave these vintage rockers standing ovations almost every night, leaving no doubt that The Batsí unique blend of musical skill, fabulous stories, great comedy and relaxed confidence still makes them winners after all these years.

Accomplished comedian Eddie Eckstein (Remember Biltong and Potroast and Telefun Quiz?), TV personality Paul Ditchfield and blues guitarist Pete Clifford are the original BATS who along with newcomer Derek Gordon bring a host of musical talents to the stage.

With careers spanning 40 years, one could say they are better musicians than ever before - certainly BMG records seems to think so, having recently secured a deal with The Bats to record a new album, produced by Dennis East. At an age when most people consider retirement, these guys went out and got a record deal!

Billed as "the perfect tonic for your average stressed-out South African audience", The Bats revisit the swinging 70ís, playing a range of classics from Elvis to the Shadows and ballads to rock. For nostalgia's sake, there are also one or two of their original hits like Shabby Little Hut and some fun comic numbers like Living Next Door to Hansie, The Sounds of Sirens and Trigger Happy. Their music style now spans 40 years of music rather than just the rock and roll and pop of the 60ís and 70ís, and audiences will be treated to all their hits as well as some wonderful new songs from their latest album.

The BATS run at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre from March 30 to April 18 at 20h00 (Sundays at 18h00). Tickets: Tuesday R40; Wednesday and Thursday R55; Friday and Saturday R65 and Sunday R50. There will be a special discounted matinee performance on April 10 at 14h30 (no interval) for R40.




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