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Battle for Iron Maiden: The Jasper Dan Dispute

11 May

The last few days, the South African metal & rock community has been up in arms about… a silly battle of the bands.

The only problem is, that this battle was not really that silly. At least not the purpose of it. The winner will open for Iron Maiden when they play in South Africa. Now, in principle, I would be all for a properly organised vote-for-the-opening-act type of thing. In this case however, it took the form of a pub-idols style battle of the bands.

Now, without going into any of the opinions, not even mine, I would just like to share with you the bands who were in the final. So you can form your OWN opinion.

New Born Fire


De Wallen





The Slashdogs



Man as Machine


And ladies and gents, the winners of the night, the best rock/metal band in SA to represent South African music lovers on stage at the Iron Maiden concert… Congratulations on winning this much sought after opportunity:

Jasper Dan

[[EDIT: The above video went private a day after this post was made. I assume something might be wrong with YouTube… Below is another video I could find]]


Now, a special message to everyone dissing the winners:
Come on guys, seriously now. Let’s not get a band down. That’s not rock and roll, baby.

I have never had the opportunity to see them live, and I have only heard of them now for the very, first, time. So for all I know, they are really nice guys, hard-working, upcoming musicians.  So let’s play nice.

I said in the beginning that I will not share my opinions, so I will rather ask you to share yours.



7 Reasons to Love Gingers

16 Apr

For some reason, gingers have become the, well, gingers of the world.
The senseless discrimination has gotten to such a point that I can’t even think of a more appropriate metaphor than just that.

And I think it is unfair.

I like gingers, and so should you.
Here’s why…

  1. Ginger friends will help you get laid
    It’s all about the odds.
    If you go out with 5 mates, you all stand a 1 in 6 chance of possibly getting some action. Insert a ginger into the equation, and the odds will tip in your favour. if you have 3 gingers… Well, you’ll have a 1 in 3 chance.
    [WARNING: Do not let the ginger-to-non-ginger ratio spiral out of control. I suggest no more than 1:1, as no girls would like to hang with your group if you are the only non-ginger]Ginger Convention
  2. Gingers can make magic happen
    Most good spells, curses, curse-liftings and beast-calmings require a virgin to be sacrificed. Now where are you going to find a virgin if you don’t know any gingers?virgin_sacrifice_3_by_iamhollywood
  3. Ginger friends will save you money
    Spray tan is expensive. Walking next to your ginger friend is free. You’ll look super tanned and best of all, natural.Ginger on Beach
  4. Enhanced Comedy Gig Experiences
    Going to a comedy night is fun. What is more fun, is if you are the focus of the comedian’s attention. What is even more fun, is if you’re sitting NEXT to the person who is bearing the brunt of the comic’s jokes. All the lulz, all the spotlight, none of the burn.Jimmy Carr
  5. Mealtime becomes me-time
    Tired of your friends stealing your chips, or asking for your last McNugget? Well, if you have ginger friends, all you need to do is start eating at Chicken Licken, and that problem will go away. Gingers are incapable of eating Chicken Licken.
    Chicken Licken is “Soul Food”.chicken licken
  6. Be Constantly Positive
    No matter how bad your day is, or how sad your life might turn out… You can always find solace in the fact that you are not ginger.Happy Homer.png
  7. Tragedies are Less Tragic
    9/11. Columbine. Tsunami. Earthquakes… People died, and that is tragic. On the plus side, statistically speaking at least SOME of those people had to have been ginger. So every cloud has a silver lining…ginger_bread_dead_by_alterrandrac


8. (And this is the only SERIOUS one) GINGER WOMEN ARE HOT!


Hot Ginger 00


Disclaimer: All the above (except nr 8), is obviously a joke.
I really don’t get why gingers are so “hated”, and I think it’s silly. Funny, but silly.
Bottom line: Don’t bully gingers. Laugh with them, not at them. If they can’t laugh with you, then perhaps it is better that you just laugh at them.

When you share this on FB or Twitter, be sure to tag your ginger friends…

WIN Tickets to see Creed’s Scott Stapp and more

8 Dec

This weekend Scott Stapp, the voice of legendary Rock band Creed, kicks off his world tour with his first ever South African shows.

I have a double ticket to give away to both the Pretoria and Joburg shows, so read through and find the competition details below…

 South African fans will be hearing a selection of the biggest Creed songs live as Scott Stapp takes to the stage with his full band, rocking out to hits such as “With Arms Wide Open”, “Higher”, “My Sacrifice”, and “One Last Breath”. Each concert is set to be an explosion of pure Rock & Roll and will bring an unforgettable live show to every city.

Scott Stapp 02Get ready for a rock show to remember” says Scott Stapp. “For the first time I will be bringing my South African fans on a journey through my life with music from Creed and my solo albums.

Joining Scott Stapp on stage at each of the shows will be a selection of SA’s top artists. The tour kicks off at the Botanical Gardens in Pretoria on Saturday the 12th of December and sees a power line-up with Scott Stapp and local guests Karen Zoid, Van Coke Kartel, Lost&Found, and IV4 take to the stage.

Van Coke Kartel by Henry EngelbrechtSunday the 13th of December at Heia Safari Ranch will have Jozi rock out to Scott Stapp and guest artists Prime Circle, Lost&Found and Howie Combrink, and Cape Town closes off the tour with Scott Stapp and Van Coke Kartel at Kirstenbosch Gardens on Tuesday the 15th of December.


Scott Stapp co-founded and fronted Creed, achieving great commercial success in the late 90’s with singles such as With Arms Wide Open, My Sacrifice, One Last Breath and Higher. Creed released three consecutive multi-platinum albums, of which ‘Human Clay’ has been certified diamond, collectively selling over 53 million albums worldwide and becoming the ninth best-selling artist of the 2000s. In 2001 With Arms Wide Open also won Creed a Grammy Award for Best Rock Song. Stapp pursued his solo career after Creed went on break in 2004 and released two solo albums with his debut The Great Divide (2005) and the most recent release Proof of Life (2013).


Watch the Creed music video for “One Last Breath”:


Dates for Scott Stapp – The Voice of Creed – Live In SA, are:

Saturday, 12 December – National Botanical Gardens, Pretoria

Sunday, 13 December – Heia Safari Ranch, Johannesburg

Tuesday, 15 December – Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Cape Town


Tickets are limited for each venue, so be sure to purchase yours before they sell out to avoid disappointment.


For more information go to


Music video for “Scott Stapp – My Sacrifice (Planet Rock Live Session)”:



Saturday, 12 December – In Association with TUKS FM – National Botanical Gardens, Pretoria

Line-up: Scott Stapp, Karen Zoid, Van Coke Kartel, Lost&Found, IV4

Address: 2 Cussonia Ave, Pretoria

Gates Open: 2pm

Get Tickets:

Ticket Pricing: R375 (excluding booking fee)


Sunday, 13 December – Heia Safari Ranch, Johannesburg

Line-up: Scott Stapp, Prime Circle, Lost&Found, Howie Combrink

Address: 59 Beyers Naude drive, Muldersdrift, Johannesburg

Gates Open: 12pm

Get Tickets:

Ticket Pricing: R375 (excluding booking fee)


Tuesday, 15 December – In Association with BOK RADIO – Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Cape Town

Line-up: Scott Stapp, Van Coke Kartel

Address: Rhodes Dr, Newlands, Cape Town

Gates Open: 6pm

Get Tickets:

Ticket Pricing: R395 (excluding booking fee)



Tour Website:



To enter to win tickets to either the Joburg or Pretoria shows, all you need to do:

  • Go to the competition post on Facebook
  • Like the page and share the post with your friends.
  • Winners will be announced on Wednesday 9 December at 12:00.


Scott Stapp 01

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