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PLUSH (article first published : 2008-07-30)

The St Anne’s Theatre Festival 2008 will host the popular band Plush featuring Rory Eliot (lead singer), Emelio Gassibe (bass), Carl Wegelin (lead guitar) and Ben Peters (drums)

Plush first flickered on the South African music map back in 2003. Alongside lead guitarist Chas Smit’s creative flair, Eliot’s songwriting ability and natural charisma merged seamlessly to produce songs such as Tainted, which hit No.1 on TuksFM, and Today and My Baby which received regular radio play, the latter getting airtime on MTV.

Described as “so unbelievably tight that they sound as though they are one masterful musician, playing two guitars, with four arms and one almighty voice”, Plush were known for their masterful live gigs, exhibitions of incredible musicianship, as well as a message that was simple, heartfelt and uplifting. Then the unthinkable; their initial rocket ride ended tragically when Smit was killed in September 2005. Engulfed by grief, Eliot took a six month sabbatical before returning as a solo artist, determined to fulfil a promise he’d made to Smit that they would make it. His journey was one not meant to be undertaken alone, however, and soon Peters and Gassibe, and then Wegelin, pledged their future to ensuring the promise and potential of Plush.

The group released their first single in two years, When Grace Grew Tall, in early 2007 and received an immediate response. In addition to charting and receiving high rotation on a number of radio stations, the song shot to No 1 on 5fm’s Hi5@5, where it remained for four weeks. An increasing repertoire of new tracks saw sell-out crowds and packed venues all over Cape Town as word of Plush’s return spread. Not content with their Mother City conquest, the band’s comprehensive touring schedule saw them earn major followings in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape.

Concluding their countrywide launch of their new album, Rage On, an inspired eleven-track reflection on self-discovery, was a sold-out Summer Series gig at Kirstenbosch Gardens that drew 5,000 people. Plush’s follow-up singles to When Grace Grew Tall are already charting nationally.

Plush will perform in The Theatre – St Anne’s College on August 8 at 20h00. Tickets R60 booked on 033 343 3300




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