Get ready for Circle of rock

Neo Bodumela

LEGENDARY South African rock band Prime Circle will bring their South African summer tour to Nelson Mandela Bay this weekend. The five- member band will perform at the Boardwalk’s Vodacom Amphitheatre on Sunday as part of their tour, which started in Kirstenbosch in November and will culminate in a New Year’s Eve concert at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town.

Lead guitarist and singer Ross Learmonth says Nelson Mandela Bay fans can expect a high-tempo concert in the style which has become synonymous with the band.

“We are on a rock tour – we’re not here to get a haircut. We’ve always loved performing live for our fans.

“What inspires us to continue performing on stage is the thought that these fans go out there and buy their tickets a month in advance and wait for our concert.

“Then when the day of the concert comes, they will stand in line for hours waiting to get in then they have to stand in line to get food and maybe they’ve had a fight with their girlfriend because they couldn’t get parking. And then the lights go down in the venue and all they want is for us to wow them and to rock them – that is why we do this,” he said.

The band will be writing and singing new material from their forthcoming album, to be released in May next year.

The band will treat fans to songs that have received radio airplay across the country. They will include Time Kills Us All, Evidence and King For A Day.

With five albums, including Jekyll & Hyde which won best English rock album at the SA Music Awards in 2011, Learmonth says the band staying relevant after a decade is a result of staying faithful to the music they produce.

“We have really managed to keep it about the music. We have removed the ego and personality out of it and made it purely about the music.

“If one of us gets out of line or an ego gets a bit out of hand, the others will rein him in. We love that we get to play music everyday as part of our job,” he said.

The show will start at 8pm on Sunday. Tickets are available from Computicket at R160 a person.

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