Ever true to the original, The Real’s tribute to tempestuous band, Fleetwood Mac, took me back to a sound that has, and never could be, replicated. Great albums such as Rumours, Tusk and Mirage played a huge role in my earliest music memories.
Nostalgia aside, the Chain, which is at the Rhumbelow this coming weekend (21 to 23 October), delivers the magic and musical prowess that Durbanites have come to expect from this ensemble and venue.
The show was apparently the brainchild of singer Marion Loudon who handles most of the vocals and guitarist Colin Peddie who is part of a very tight musical set up that includes guitar maestro Barry Thomson, Jason Andrew on bass and Mali Sewell on drums. Keyboard stalwart, Dawn Selby, is responsible for superb arrangements and some of the vocals.
The show covers all the band’s hits – from Little Lies to Dreams to the iconic Tusk. It was the closing Go Your Own Way, however, that had a large part of the quite laid back audience on their feet.
Interesting clips, together with Thomson’s narration, trace the kaleidoscopic Fleetwood Mac journey, starting in 1967 with a little known British blues band and ending with the California-based pop group that helped define the colourful seventies.
The show follows the band’s 30 year plus career, including the tangled relationships, break ups and addictions for which the likes of John and Christine McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks and Fleetwood Mac as a whole remain well known.
The music is superb and the venue as quirky and entertaining as ever.
It is only when one invites those who haven’t been to the Rhumbelow before that you truly appreciate it. Who would have thought that a tiny theatre in a MOTH hall in the back end of Umbilo could be one of the success stories in Durban theatre and one of only two surviving independent theatres?
One thing is for sure, whether it is a tribute show such as this one or the Tarty Flowers take off of the British comedy series Fawlty Towers (which I have seen and loved) or one of many tribute shows, the Rhumbelow just keeps on giving.
Incidentally, Tarty Flowers runs from October 28 to November 6.
Bring and share fare is the order of the day with braais available for those who wish to cook.
There is limited secure parking available and booking for all shows is essential either through Computicket or by emailing Roland on firstname.lastname@example.org.