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MASTERS OF ROCK VOL 3 (article first published : 2007-06-28)

Masters of Rock Volume 3 salutes the American rockers such as The Doobie Brothers, ZZ Top, Rascal Flats, Aerosmith, Steely Dan, Kiss, Lenny Kravitz, Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Van Halen, Guns and Roses, The Eagles and The Allman Brothers. The musicians themselves stand and deliver with great aplomb indeed, rocking the Dockyard Theatre with the sounds of the American Chapter of Masters of Rock!

The show is hosted by Dave Arnold who was sporty in a pink T-shirt, belting out Pink by Aerosmith! He shares with the audience some of the research done into the background of some of the bands as well as the variation between the east coast rockers and the west coast Californian style. His narration in linking the show was both interesting and humorous, calling the Powerhouse Quartet, the “Powerhouse four – o” and asteroids, “Haemorrhoids”!

Most of the lead vocals are handled by Albert Bristow. Andrew Jones wowed the audience on drums and vocals. His performance of Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing by Aerosmith was superb! Andrew Jones and Albert Bristow were clad in Penzance Primary School uniforms whilst performing My Old School by Steely Dan! The Doobie Brothers songs were performed using two drummers - a notable trait of the Doobies.

Another feature of Masters of Rock Volume 3, was the return of 18 year old guitar whiz Chris Brink, who made his debut at the Dockyard at aged 16. The most senior partner in the lead guitar department is veteran rocker “Uncle” Gerald Knott. Kirsty Madgin, the only rose amongst the thorns, played keyboards and some sax solos. Usually blowing the trombone, Qhawe Ncobo, or “Q” as he is known, showed his versatility by appearing on drums and percussion. Ian Jones, brother of Andrew, completes this ensemble on bass and some vocal performances.

Listening to Masters of Rock Volume 3 was heavenly, especially when a band plays a cover as accurately and as authentically as the Dockyard Show Band did. You really could almost be listening to the real thing.

The meal was delicious, having chosen tender calamari rings followed by grilled sirloin steak, chips and onion rings for me and chicken and pineapple salad followed by deep-fried, crumbed chicken breasts wrapped in bacon and topped with a cheesy garlic sauce for my other half. Desserts include Chocolate Bar-One cake, Fruit salad and ice cream, choc rock and Baileys Dom Pedro.

Masters of Rock Volume 3 runs until June 14 2007. Booking is advised through Karen on 031 201 9147. – Pauline Dalais




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