The night has finally come. Tonight we get to see some of the world’s greatest Rock Stars perform live at the Sun City Superbowl, we are all expecting an amazing performance. The artist’s line-up includes the all too familiar face of Aerosmith frontman, Steven Tyler. Guns N’ Roses legends Matt Sorum, Gilby Clarke and Duff McKagan. The illustrious and renowned guitarist Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top. Robin Zander lead singer from Cheap Trick and Nuno Bettencourt, the remarkably talented guitarist from Extreme. Tonight also marks the night of a new venture between Rite Studios & DK Expressions. We have cofounded a new company called Rite Expressions #ritexpr and together we shall strive to be South Africa’s premiere, celebrity videography, photography & Expressions Experts.
The atmosphere can only be described as frenzy. There are fans everywhere! Rockers, head bangers, moshers and everything in between! The fans have turned out in numbers to support their idols. This might be their only chance to see any of these artists live in SA again and it’s doubtful that this line-up of a lifetime, will ever be duplicated anywhere else in the world. What an incredible vibe! The whole of Sun Ctiy is pulsing with excitement. The lines have been building throughout the afternoon and as the time approaches for the show to start, the anticipation in the air is intense.
So as expected this has fast become a seriously impressive performance, the set-list is awesome and the first songs that they played were; ‘Hello’, ‘Surrender’, ‘I Want You to Want Me’ ,performed by Cheap Trick frontman Zander. ‘It's So Easy’, played by Duff. Matt Sorum then introduces iconic ZZ Top founding member, Billy Gibbons, who starts jamming ‘Waitin’ On The Bus’. The crowd is ecstatic. What a sight to see. He then go’s straight into the next top hits, ‘Foxy Lady’ and after that ‘Le Grange’, both performed with precision and mastery, you can tell he’s played that guitar more than a few times.
Billy then introduces Mr Steven Tyler. The crowd is beyond excited and Steven does not disappoint. He walks in dragging his microphone behind him by his scarf, what a personality, what an entertainer! You can feel his presence clear across the room. Steven then begins his performance with ‘Back In The Saddle’ & ‘Toy in the Attic’. Wow this is turning out to be a spectacular night, the crowd looks completely enthralled.
After an acoustic breakdown, the audience was treated to Zander performing ‘The Flame’, Billy Gibbon’s playing ‘Jesus Left Chicago’ & ‘Blues Jam’ and ‘Knockin’ on Heavens Door’ performed by Zander, Gilby Clarke as well as Billy Gibbons. Nuno then dazzles the crowd with an awe inspiring solo, man this guy can strum a guitar! Turning to Steven Tyler, Nuno steps forward and together they perform an absolutely moving rendition of ‘More Than Words’ & ‘Miss a Thing’.
What a show so far. Everybody is dancing and jamming and you can tell a great time is being had by all. And it doesn’t stop here. Now Zander begins to jam a couple of classics, ‘Dream police’, ‘Ain't That a Shame’ & ‘Brownstone’. Followed directly by Billy Gibbons playing ‘Cheap Sunglasses’, he has a smooth, gruff voice that booms through the air with a blues built prowess! Gibbons asks Zander to come back to the stage for them to jam ‘Tush’ together. What a sight to see all these Rock Stars, up on stage together, rocking like machines! Gibbons then gets Tyler back out so that they can play ‘Sharp Dressed Man’, they on stage chemistry of all these guys is great! You can see they are having loads of fun and the crowd can feel it to!
Tyler steps forward and using that powerful voice, totally commands the arena. He sings ‘Dream On’ & ‘Sweet Emotion’ to end the set and sweeps everybody of their feet with his performance. The crowd is cheering and it’s fairly deafening, clearly they enjoyed. As always the crowd demands an Encore and The Kings do not disappoint. The Kings of Chaos live in SA, what a show, ending an amazing night with ‘Whole Lotta Love’, ‘Come Together’, & ‘Walk this Way’.
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Written by: Jonty Herman