FANS of legendary bands U2, Metallica, AC/DC and Led Zeppelin will be transported to guitar heaven as Centrestage brings their The Awesome 4SOME tribute to the Boardwalk Amphitheatre, in Port Elizabeth this Friday.
Rocker frontman and singing guitarist Deon du Toit will be flown in from Cape Town for the performance, along with long-time Centrestage bassist Andrew Warneke.
Du Toit’s high vocal range and the uncanny way in which he is able to reproduce the vocal stylings of AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson and Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant – singing in the original keys – makes him a rare talent on the South African rock scene.
Coming all the way from Germany where he fronted one of Europe’s premiere AC/DC tribute bands as Angus Young, is Jens Koudele, who emulates both the reckless onstage craziness and guitar riffs of the influential rocker.
They are joined by Sherid van Rooyen who copies the signature effect-driven guitar sound of U2’s The Edge to perfection, as well as reproducing Metallica’s Kirk Hammet’s much-loved “wah-wah”-driven solos. .
Gino Fabbri is on drums and musical director and vocalist Wayne Kallis fronts many of the segments too, including searing performances as U2’s Bono and fronting the Metallica section in the big shoes of James Hetfield.
With Metallica’s recent South Africa tour having just taken place with Kallis and Du Toit themselves in the front row of the audience – and similarly U2 having toured South Africa not long ago – enthusiasm has never been higher in the band.
“The music we’re playing in this show is the kind of music you don’t often get to play to an appreciative audience, much less with a band made of musicians of this calibre,” Kallis said.
“Each of these bands has been a huge influence on almost every member of this group of musicians, so I’m looking forward to pulling together and feeding off the incredible vibe.”
Fabbri added: “I can’t wait to wrap my sticks around the AC/DC segment – this being my favourite band of all time.
“The Metallica section has been the most work for me as I know the others will moan and groan if I get anything wrong! Lars Ulrich is one of the greats and I love his energy behind the kit – he is a jackrabbit,” he said.
“My Led Zeppelin journey started while listening to my uncle’s old albums at the age of nine … I heard the opening riff of Whole Lotta Love and my life changed right there.”
Tickets for the Awesome 4SOME can be purchased at R120 each (or a block of eight at R100 each) by visiting Computicket.
The shows starts at 7.30pm.