Gallery: Foo Fighters live in Johannesburg, South Africa

American rockers, Foo Fighters wrapped up their first (at long last) tour to South Africa. They played to a very hyped-up, energetic crowd at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg. For over three hours, the band rocked out, playing some of their new material, but balancing that with the classics that have made them who they are today. They were supported by SA band, BLK JKS as well as the Kaiser Chiefs.

Did you go to the concert? What did you enjoy the most?

Foo Fighters in SA – all you need to know

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All the information you need to know about the Foo Fighters live in South Africa, this December!!!

FOO FIGHTERS – FIRST EVER SOUTH AFRICAN TOUR CONFIRMED

With Special Guests Kaiser Chiefs and BLK JKS

 

Big Concerts are excited to announce that Foo Fighters have confirmed two stadium dates for December 2014. This will be the first time that Foo Fighters will perform in South Africa. The South African tour dates are as follows:

 

Cape Town: 10th December 2014 at Cape Town Stadium

Johannesburg: 13th December 2014 at FNB Stadium

Presented by 5FM and M-Net. Another Big Concerts Experience.

 

Tickets go on sale for both dates go on sale on Thursday 26th June at 9am.  Go to www.bigconcerts.com for all the information.

 

Foo Fighters are Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett and Pat Smear. Since debuting in 1995 with their classic self-titled first album, Foo Fighters have steadily grown into the last great American arena/stadium rock band, with 2011’s Wasting Light debuting at #1 in the U.S. and 11 other countries while their catalogue–which also includes The Colour & The Shape (1997), There Is Nothing Left To Lose (1999), One By One (2002), In Your Honor (2005), Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace (2007)–has raked in 11 Grammy Awards, sold over 25 million copies worldwide and spawned anthems like Everlong, Monkey Wrench, My Hero, Learn To Fly, All My Life, Best Of You, The Pretender, Walk and more.

 

The band’s eighth studio album is due for release in November 2014, and will be preceded by the premiere of Sonic Highways, a Dave Grohl-directed episodic series documenting the eight-city odyssey during which the album was recorded. If Grohl’s 2013 directorial debut, the Grammy-winning Sound City, was a celebration of the human element in music, Sonic Highways is, in its director’s words, “a chronicling of a journey to unravel the fabric of our musical identity… not only the making of our most ambitious album…

Sound City on steroids.”

 

These two stadium dates will mark the first time that Foo Fighters have ever performed in South Africa. Fans will be treated to a once in a lifetime performance of 20 years worth of hits as only Foo Fighters

can deliver.

 

 

www.foofighters.com

 

 

Tour Information:

 

Cape Town

Wednesday 10th December 2014

Cape Town Stadium

Ticket Price:  R395 – R960

Tickets go on sale Thursday 26th June at 9am from www.bigconcerts.com and Computicket

For Suite Hospitality: Please contact Megapro on Nicole@megapro.co.za or dial 011 305 9888

 

 

Johannesburg

Saturday 13th December 2014

FNB Stadium

Ticket Price:  R350 – R1085

Tickets go on sale Thursday 26th June at 9am from www.bigconcerts.com and Computicket

For Suite Hospitality: SAIL: bookings@sail.co.za or dial 082-560-8993

 

Grammys 2014 – blow by blow

Beyonce and Jay-Z at the GrammysAnd let’s go… The best way to get music’s biggest night going in my opinion is to welcome Mrs Carter aka Beyonce Knowles to the stage. The star, who recently dropped her number one album, BEYONCE, took to the stage

Anna Kendrick and Pharrell Williams are up to present New Artist. The award goes to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

“Wow, we’re here on this stage right now. First and foremost I want to thank our fans, the people who got us on this stage. Without them there would be no us.”

– Lorde takes to the stage to sing her smash hit, Royals. It’s a bit of a boring song to sing at the Grammys in my opinion.

– Hunter Hayes said he was nervous to perform his new track, Invisible tonight, but he did a great job at it. Sidebar, he looks like Jesse McCartney’s younger brother.

– Juanez and Anna Faris up to present Best Pop Duo/ Group Performance. The award goes to Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams “Dude. On behalf of the robots, just like to say first of all. Man, thank you, thank you, thank. This category has a lot of great nominees. We’re honored. Of course they want to thank their families.”

– Katy Perry and Juicy J are up to perform their song Dark Horse. If I were Katy’s red carpet hairstylist, I’d be bleak. The amount of effort that went into putting that look together must’ve taken forever, only to let it all down for this performance. This performance is a little flat 😦

– The first collaboration of the night belongs to Chicago and Robin Thicke. A medley of classic tracks with the soulful Robin Thicke. Nice one… Obviously Blurred Lines featured in this medley too.

– A little bit of country music now. It’s time for Keith Urban and Gary Clark Jr.

– Recently married, John Legend is on stage now performing All of Me. This man has one of the best voices in the business. They cut to his wife during the performance. How cute… Clever director.

– Uncle Charlie and Kevin Hart present the award for Best Rock Song to Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic & Pat Smear for the song, Cut Me Some Slack.

“I have to say, we wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for Paul and Ringo and for Black Sabbath and the Rolling Stones. This songs were two hours in my studio. We knocked this song out in a couple of hours.”
Sir Paul said, “Come along and we’ll do a song. We should just make something up and this is it.”
– Taylor Swifts whips here back and forth on the Grammys stage.
– Bruno Mars introduces P!nk and Nate Ruess. Pink is showing off her acrobatic skills again in the song Try, before the two perform Just Give Me A Reason.
– Miguel and Ariana Grande present the Best Pop Solo Performance Grammy to Lorde for her song, Royals:
“Well hello. This is the one thing that I did not expect the most about tonight. So thank you very much”. To all the other nominees she said, “I’ve been inspired by all of you at some point in my life, so thank you.”
– Black Sabbath introduce The Beatles legend Ringo Starr, who is singing his track Photographs. It’s nice to see a montage of the star and his fellow band mates throughout the years… It has been fifty years since The Beatles’ invasion into America. One Direction will be looking at this going, this could be us! Great performance.
– Jamie Foxx presents the  Rap/ Sung collaboration to Jay-Z featuring Justin Timberlake for their song, Holy Grail.
“Thank you very much. Thank all the producers for writing the song. I want to thank God, I mean a little bit for this award, but mostly and for that universe conspiring for putting that beautiful lady in my life. And I want to tell Blue that look Daddy got a gold sippy cup for you”
– Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons are up now. All dressed in white and the slow motion effect works really well. Taylor Swift is loving this performance. Another giff, tick!
– Next up is Kacey Musgraves.
– Oh hello Julia Roberts. She’s here to introduce The Beatles special tribute. Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr take to the stage to perform too.
– Gloria Estafan and Marc Anthony present Best Pop Vocal Album to Bruno Mars for Unorthodox Jukebox. He dedicated the award to his late mom… Bless. it’s a great album… Do the right thing.
– Blake Shelton, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson on stage now.
– Martina McBride and Zac Brown present the Best Country Album to Kacey Musgraves for her album Same Trailer Different Park.  “Oh my goodness. I can’t even, but I got to make a record that I poured myself into.”
– Neill Patrick Harris introduces Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams, Nile Rodgers and Stevie Wonder. As Neil said, we are about to “La freak out”. La awesome indeed…
– Sara Bareilles is sharing the stage with The Grammys’ Person of the Year, Carole King. They’re singing Brave. Very nice performance. They’re now presenting Song of the Year.
– Song of the Year goes to Joel Little for his work on Lorde’s Royals.
– Oscar nominee and singer in his own writer, Jared Leto pays tribute to Lou Reed before introducing Metallica and Lang Lang, as they perform One.
– Smokey Robinson and Steven Tyler are up on. Tyler gets the crowd to briefly sing along to one of Smokey’s tracks before presenting Record of the Year to Daft Punk ft Pharrell Williams for Get Lucky.
“I suppose the robots would like to thank. You know honestly I bet France is really proud of these guys right now. And one more time for the incredible Nile Rodgers. And God guys. And the people”.
– Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are on stage performing Same Love. Queen Latifah then announced 33 couples as wife and wife, husband and wife, husband and husband, as madonna joined them on stage. You Turn The Key, #SameLove… Several stars are in tears.

Grammys 2013 – blow by blow

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The 55th annual Grammy Awards are here. Here are some of the highlights from this year’s awards out of Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Red carpet:

Black was the order of the day apparently. Kelly Rowland, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, the guys from Maroon 5 and Dave Grohl from the Foo Fighters were all keeping it tame in red. Someone who also took to wearing black was Jennifer Lopez, but she wasn’t keeping it too conservative. Last year Angelina Jolie showed a lot of leg at the Oscars and tonight it’s the chance of JLo, who looks amazing.

I think a lot of people were a bit taken aback when Beyonce arrived in her pants suit. She looks fantastic though. Can she do any wrong? Katy Perry and Rihanna brought some colour to the carpet. Katy was in a mint green dress while Rihanna was rocking royal red. Trust them to bring some life to the carpet 😉

The Awards:

Taylor Swift opens the show with “We’re never getting back together”. She took a stab at her apparent ex, Harry Stylez with a British accent. “I still love you and I’m like I’m opening the Grammys”.

Host, LL Cool J is back. He is blabbering on about origins of music and where some of our favourite artists hail from. B from Houston, Adele from the UK… Rih from Barbados. “The show is ours. All of ours. So are you ready for your show? Are you ready for your show? Let’s get back to the music,” your words LL.

Second performance up tonight is from Ed Sheeran and Elton John. They performed Sheeran’s Angels To Fly song. It was cool – just cool.

Pitbull and Jennifer opez are up to present the first award of the night for the Best Pop Solo Performance Award. Pitbull says to JLo, “You inspire the memo” before handing out the award to Adele for Set Fire to the Rain. “My good luck charm, Jlo. Thank you so much. I want to say thank you and big love to the other girls. See you later, have a wonderful night.”

Neil Patrick Harris introduces fun. I’ll be honest, I though their performance was also just okay. Nothing spectacular.

Bonnie Raitt and John Mayer welcome two of country music’s biggest stars to the stage Dierks Bentley and Miranda Lambert.

Dick Clark is remembered at the Grammys. LL says, “He is missed”. He then introduces Miguel and Wiz Khalifa. Miguel is singing his now Grammy winning song, Adorn alongside Wiz. The brother has pipes and Wiz is just kinda there. Miguel won for Best R&B Song. They’re now presenting the Best Country Solo performance award, which goes to Carrie Underwood. “Thank you. Country music has always been so good to me and I thank the good Lord. My family, my amazing perfect husband Mike. Glory to God, thank you so much.”

The Song of the Year Award is presented by Faith Hill and Tim McGraw. That award goes to Fun for their song We Are Young. “Um, I don’t know what I was thinking writing this song. This is in HD, everyone can see our faces and we are not very young. We have been doing this for twelve years. To our families, we love you guys. I want to thank Jay-Z, Taylor… everyone”.

Johnny Depp introduces Mumford & Sons, who perform their track “I will wait for you”. It’s the performance of the night so far.

Justin Timberlake

Ellen and Beyonce are up to introduce Justin Timberlake. Welcome back JT “He was born to make music”… The black and white effect is awesome. His band, The Tennesse Kids are there and Jay-Z’s verse wouldn’t be left out. Jigga emerges from the crowd and everyone goes wild.

Kelly Rowland and Nas are up to present the Best Urban Contemporary Album. The Grammy goes to Frank Ocean for his album, Channel Orange. “So I hear it’s a bit easier if I imagine you all naked. I want to say thank you to my mother, to everyone at Future Records. Island Def Jam and all of you guys. Thank you.”

Dave Grohl and Pauley Perrette are up to present the Best Rock Performance and the Grammy goes to Lonely Boy by the Black Keys. “We would like to thank our good friend, Brian Burton. Chad Blake. Everyone in Ohio, everybody in Tennesse.”

Alicia Keys and Maroon 5 collaboration is up. Their mashup of Tonight and Girl on Fire wasn’t what I hoped it would be. In my opinion it was too forced and maybe it’s because I’m not a Maroon 5 fan, but it just didn’t work for me. Alicia playing drums is super cool though.

Kaley Cuouco and Keith Urban are up to present Best Pop Vocal Album to Kelly Clarkson for Stronger.  “I got stuck to Miranda Lambert. I get nervous speaking in front of people. Fun. I’ve been covering you all summer. Miguel I don’t know who the hell you are but we need to sing together. I honestly didn’t think I was going to win.”

Rihanna and Micky Echo singing Stay. Lovely intimate performance by Rih Rih.

Ne-Yo and Carly Rae Jepsen are up to present Best Rap Sung Collaboration “I didn’t think I’d be the first one speaking but thank you,” Frank Ocean. I would like to thank the Swap Meet for his hat. Thank you God,” Jay-Z. What on earth was The Dream thinking though when he got dressed? Tjop!

Kat Dennings from 2 Broke Girls introduces Grammy winners, The Black Keys. They’re joined on stage by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band as they perform Lonely Boy. Cool performance. Kelly Clarkson honours pays tribute to Lifetime Achievement recipients Patti Page & Carole King before presenting the Best Country Album Award. The award goes to Zac Brown Band for their album, Uncaged.

Bob Marley tribue, Grammys 2013

The Bob Marley tribute is up featuring Sting, Bruno Mars, Rihanna and two of the Marley Brothers. Bruno Mars kicks off the tribute with Locked out of Heaven. Sting joins him and they slow it down with Walking on the Moon. Rihnna and Ziggy Marley are now on stage singing Could you be Loved. Hello Damian Marley. This is winning!

The Lumineers are on stage now singing their let’s get stoned and reminisce. I do love this song though.

Album of the Year nominee, Jack White takes to the Grammy stage to perform.

Katy Perry is up to present the award to the Best Newcomer Award. “I was never nominated in this category and I have my own eyelash line”. The award goes to Fun. “I didn’t think we were going to win this one. Frank Ocean, The Lumineers. Amazing. I’ve got to pee real badly, so I’m going to leave this up to these guys. Thank you so much. We’re so old.”

Hunter Hayes enjoys a short performance before introducing the lovely Carrie Underwood who is performing Blown Away.  She, just like Kelly Clarkson has pipes for days. There’s this weird graphics show happening on Carrie’s dress while she’s performing.

Prince presents the award for Record of the Year to Somebody that I used to Know. “Little bit lost for words to be receiving this award from this man standing behind us with a cane.”

Grammymusicteacher.com is a site you will want to visit. Pay tribute to your teachers, make sure they get the praise too.

In memoriam segment is up. In 2012 greats like Dick Clark, Donna Summer, Robin Gibb, Frank Wilson, Hal David passed away. Sir Elton John, Zac Brown, Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes, Mavis Staples, Mumford & Sons and others pay tribute to those lost in 2012 and also to the victims of the Sandy Hook tragedy, whose lives were lost too soon. They’re singing a Levon Helm track.

Juanes sings an Elton John number. He then welcomes Frank Ocean to the stage. There’s a great backdrop for the star, as he sings his song Forrest Gump.

Adele is up to present the Album of the Year. The award goes to Babel by Mumford & Sons. Lekker. “Adele is looking lovely tonight and so nice to get this from another British musician. Thank you very much.”

Grammy night

First of all I must just say, it’s been very entertaining both watching the show live on Channel O and following all the coverage on Twitter and Facebook. It’s been good seeing what people think of the winners, who they’re liking and who they’re not enjoying as much! After the U2 opening and Best R&B winner JHud; Boyz II Men, Reverend Al Green and Justin Timberlake and Keith Urban all singing the soulful. “Let’s stay together”.

The Mentalist, Ozzie actor Simon Baker was there to introduce multiple winners Coldplay. The band’s vocalist Chris Martin took to the stage with just his piano singing the song ‘Lost,’ love it. Rapper Jay Z took to the stage too, throwing a bit of a rhyme in there before the rest of the band joined Martin. Continue reading “Grammy night”