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THE BATS (article first published : 2004-04-13)

The first time I went to see The Bats, the audience seemed to consist of a mainly 50-years-and-upwards age group. At their current return season at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, brought back by popular demand, it seems that parents are now bringing their younger offspring to see this wonderful show.

The Bats started their musical debut together in 1964, but split up in 1980. They got together again to bring us memories of the times when we all used to go and listen to them perform in Durban.

The show started with a rendition of Love is Blue, which had the audience clapping in time to the song. Starting with a well-known old number which they used to perform really got one thinking they had gone back in time. They continued with their spiff of the new South African Anthem called Trigger Happy which is so sad, yet so true of the high crime rate in S.A. Their own composition Herd Boy to Freedom was excellent.

The multi-talented Paul Ditchfield played his new music composition, which was dedicated to his new triplet grandchildren. Can’t believe he is a 65 year-old grandfather (which he so proudly announced, saying he was the oldest member of the group!). The way he bounces around on the stage would make a much younger person feel guilty for complaining about aches and pains because of old age!

Eddie Eckstein was once again his usual comical self, and played himself full ball to a very encouraging audience. His lovely rendition of I Believe was sung to an audience who could still picture him when he performed at The Macabre near the Durban Railway Station so many years ago.

Unfortunately Derek Gordon had a throat infection so he was not able to sing Unchained Melody but the band rallied on to their well-known Cricket Song and got the audience to join in with a good sing along.

Pete Clifford sang Cocaine which had the audience tapping and clapping along, with Eddie doing an excellent number on the drums. Pete’s fantastic voice box contraption, once again proved an exciting mixture of sound which believe it or not actually came from Pete himself, although the audience did not initially know this.

Other numbers included Whiter Shade of Pale, That’s the Way God Planned It, Ag Pleez Daddy, and a beautiful rendition of the Shadow’s number Telstar. To bring back the comedy, Eddie sang Agteen Yellow Rose which kept the audience in stitches. Their ending number We are the Old was so true, but a better performance by one of our new local bands will be a hard task to perform.

For their encore they sang There’s No Business Like Show Business where they received a standing ovation from the audience. Believe me, if this Group came back again later on in the year I would be back to see them - they are a truly magnificent! The BATS are running at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre until April 18. Shows at 20h00 (Sunday at 18h00). Book at Computicket. – Sue Holloway




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