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Posted by on Jan 20, 2012 in Featured, Music | 4 comments

Red Hot Chili Peppers for South Africa in 2012 or 2013?

Update 4 – 27 Aug 2012 @ 09:45
Ticket pricing and stadium seating plans have been released by Big Concerts:

Update 3 – 27 Aug 2012 @ 07:30
It’s official! Announcement of the Red Hot Chili Peppers tour dates in South Africa in February 2013 was confirmed a few minutes ago by Gareth Cliff on tour co-sponsors 5FM. Dates and venues as we had noted below, with the additional confirmation that Die Antwoord will support RHCP at both concerts. Read all about it right here!

Update 2: 24 August 2012 @ 16:15

More relevant confirmation of the visit by the Red Hot Chili Peppers to South Africa in February 2013 is out. Read all about it right here!

Update: 20 January 2012 @ 12:10

Rock rumours alive and raging again this morning with news that Attie van Wyk (Founder & CEO of Big Concerts) let slip to local radio station Highveld 94.7 Breakfast Xpress show that RHCP will be coming to South Africa in 2013. Sports anchor Cindy Poluta tweeted the same info soon after:

More as it happens. Stay tuned rock fans!

~Update ends~

The South African “rumours of a live concert” musical mill is positively humming again this week.

Red Hot Chili PeppersThe country’s premier live music concert promoters, Big Concerts, mentioned that they would be making a couple of future event announcements (note plural) this week. The first of these was made this morning: Michael Bublé will pop in for a visit in May 2012 which was perhaps a slight anti-climax for some. Never-the-less Mr. Bublé has a large fan base in South Africa, and despite the naysayers, he’ll probably sell out all four dates.

Suspicions are for further announcements to be made on Friday. Ever since BC made their original announcement their Facebook page has been flooded with guesses, “confirmed information” and sundry suggestions from punters.

Further “hints” came via a KFm comment that the announcements would involve a stadium band, a big ticket selling male artist, and two old rock bands together on a double bill. Presumably the big ticket selling male is Bublé. The rest remains to be seen.

Adding even more spin to the rapidly revolving rumour mill is an article the appeared recently in the Wall Street Journal and that was subsequently picked up by the Nasdaq Emerging Markets online column. ndA whilst both the WSJ and Nasdaq articles are focused on the business side of touring, and the financial viability of taking live music tours to emerging markets, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea is quoted as saying “I want to play in Africa” (and to surf the waves here as well, it seems!)

Unfortunately, modern touring is big business, and the articles go on to suggest that granting Flea’s wishes may not be as simple as the many RHCP fans in this part of the world would have hoped:

But according to The Wall Street Journal , Cliff Burnstein, the manager of the Red Chot Chili Peppers and Metallica, does not think Africa has the infrastructure for an economically viable tour.

As the Wall Street Journal notes, “Flea wants to play Africa, but the puckish Mr. Burnstein has pushed back, saying the continent’s infrastructure and profit potential — excluding South Africa — isn’t there yet.

Harumph to that, Mr. Burnstein. Perhaps you missed the visits to our sunny, surfer-friendly shores, by a number of fairly well recognised – and presumably profit driven – artists recently? If you’re the one responsible for the “excluding SA” bit though, we take our “Harumph” back and replace it with a “Hurrah!”.

Be that as it may, the list of probable, possible and “I know for sure from a reliable source” names being suggested for Big Concerts’ announcement grows by the hour. Here’s some that have been suggested:

If we assume that the male artist is the announced MB tour, then we wait for “a stadium band” and “two older rock groups”. As we have news, so we’ll share it with you.

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  1. Okay, so unofficial word is that the “two old school rock bands” doing a double header next year are The Moody Blues and The Eagles – that’s some serious old school 70s rock right there.

    Oh, and someone seriously suggested Led Zeppelin?

    Friday morning announcement may be confirmation of the above bit, or that promised “stadium act”.

  2. Hi Blablanians! 🙂 Red Hot Chillie Peppers…I’m there yesterday!! Miss blogging!

    • And we miss your posts Ark. Come on back already, the timing is just right…

    • …because my 60-day self-imposed “Hi, my name is Greg and I am an internet addict” Detox Intervention ends today, so expect a flood of pent-up posts around here over the next few days. 😀


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