Special Features on Trevor Bolder and Ray Manzarek on the RockIt Scientist Tonight

Uriah Heep at GrandWest, 1 June 2010

Uriah Heep at GrandWest, 1 June 2010

Another very sad week for music. Firstly there was Ray Manzarek, now Trevor Bolder. Our music heroes are leaving us at a fast rate. I will be doing a short tribute to both of these legends on my RockIt Scientist show on Mix93.8fm on Friday night. There will be two short features between 9pm and 10pm – one on Trevor Bolder’s work with Uriah Heep, Wishbone Ash, Bowie, etc, and one on Ray Manzarek’s work with The Doors. Audio streaming via www.mixfm.co.za, or via the TuneIn.com link http://tunein.com/radio/Mix-938-s133441/. Please join in me in celebrating the life and times of these musical legends, the amazing music they helped create, and the joy they brought to many of our lives.


Myles Kennedy joins rock supergroup “KINGS OF CHAOS” for their SA Tour


Hi guys,

It’s been a crazy couple of months since the last mailer, and with only 3 weeks to go until the guys land on South African soil, things are now rolling full steam towards the KINGS OF CHAOS SA Tour!

We announced on Tuesday that the INCREDIBLE rock vocalist Myles Kennedy of Alter Bridge will be replacing the ex-Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach on the SA Tour. While we were sad to hear Sebastian wouldn’t be able to make it, we are absolutely over the moon to have such a phenomenally talented rock frontman join as part of the line-up. The rest of the KOC band is equally excited, which should come as no surprise because it’s no secret that Myles is one of Slash’s favourite vocalists.. and the perfect choice to sing the Guns n Roses songs at the show. In fact, when Guns n Roses was inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame last year, Myles was asked to front the band for the live performance at the ceremony.. that shows how well respected he is by the guys!

As a small teaser as to the talent on the way to our shores.. below is a video clip of Myles & Slash performing “Sweet Child of Mine” completely unplugged.. goose bump inducing!!!

Ok.. so if you’ve been dragging your heels a bit, and haven’t gotten around to booking tickets yet.. and you’ve only just realised now that you’re about to miss the opportunity to see one of the greatest Rock concerts this country has ever seen.. featuring the biggest hits from GUNS n ROSES, DEF LEPPARD, DEEP PURPLE, COLLECTIVE SOUL, VELVET REVOLVER and more.. the good news is that there are still tickets left.. they are selling fast.. but here’s the current situation:


Seated tickets – SOLD OUT
Golden Circle – AVAILABLE
General Admission – AVAILABLE

Seated tickets – SOLD OUT
Golden Circle – SOLD OUT
General Admission – AVAILABLE


Seated tickets – SOLD OUT
General Admission – AVAILABLE

SUNDAY 16 JUNE (Mon is Public Holiday)
Seated tickets – AVAILABLE (only a few hundred left!!)
General Admission – AVAILABLE

It has come to our attention that accommodation in the hotels on the Sun City complex may be almost full up.. but for those of you Gauteng based fans still wishing to attend, there are a bunch of “Park & Ride” options from various points. Click on this link for details: http://www.parkandride.co.za/index.php/upcoming-events/music/details/27-kings-of-chaos

So don’t let ANYTHING stand in your way of being at these shows..

I don’t know about you.. but I’ve been waiting a lifetime to see these guys live on stage.. and to have all of them in one place on one night jamming together is beyond a dream come true!!

See you at the shows..




P.s. Below is also a little message from Def Leppard’s frontman, Joe Elliott, to all his South African fans.

Slash & Myles Kennedy perform “Sweet Child of Mine” unplugged

Joe Elliott message to South African “Kings of Chaos” fans

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Myles Kennedy of Alter Bridge joins rock greats

Date and Venue:

Friday 7 and Saturday 8 June – GrandWest Grand Arena

Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 June – Sun City Superbowl

Time: 20h00


Cape Town R375 to R700

Sun City R375 to R560 (see end for park and ride details)

Rock supergroup Kings of Chaos is set to electrify South Africa when they bring their unmatched energy and sound to the country on Friday 7 and Saturday 8 June at the GrandWest Grand Arena, and on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 June at the Sun City Superbowl.

It was announced today, that Vocalist Sebastian Bach formally of Skid Row, who was originally included in the South African line-up, will be replaced by Myles Kennedy from Alter Bridge on the South African tour.

Originally formed in 2012 as Matt Sorum’s Rock n Roll All Stars, the group’s name was recently changed to Kings of Chaos. While the band has a core group of members such as Matt Sorum, Gilby Clarke and Duff McKagan, all originally from Guns n Roses, and Joe Elliott from Def Leppard, they are regularly joined by guest musicians from other rock bands.

Eight original musicians from bands such as Guns n Roses, Def Leppard, Velvet Revolver, The Cult, Deep Purple, Collective Soul and now Alter Bridge, will perform together as Kings of Chaos in South Africa, with renowned guitarist Slash performing with the group for the very first time.

Myles Kennedy was, for the longest time, music’s best kept secret. Aside from being one of the best vocalists in music, he is also an exceptionally talented guitarist and songwriter. He is best known for his work in the acclaimed rock band Alter Bridge, as well as being the lead vocalist in legendary guitarist Slash’s solo project, ‘Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators’. When Guns n Roses were inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame in 2012, Myles Kennedy was chosen as the vocalist to front the band in the live performance on the night. He is currently at work on the fourth upcoming and untitled Alter Bridge album, as well as his first ever solo album.

Slash is considered one of the greatest rock guitar players of all time and his mastery of the guitar is evidenced in his signature riffs on Guns n Roses’ rock anthems like Sweet Child of Mine and Welcome to the Jungle. In addition to being an original member of Guns n Roses he also successfully formed and performed in supergroup Velvet Revolver, and currently tours the world with his hugely successful solo project ‘SLASH featuring Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators’. Slash has amassed album sales in excess of 100-million copies, a Grammy award, seven Grammy nominations and countless other accolades. He has his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame directly in front of the Hard Rock Cafe on Hollywood Boulevard.

Fellow band mates Matt Sorum and Gilby Clarke will join Slash on stage in SA, with Duff McKagan joining the group for the Cape Town leg of the tour. Californian Matt Sorum, who is the creative force behind Kings of Chaos, is described as speaking through his drums. Whether it’s the epic percussive backdrop to Guns n Roses’ Knocking on Heaven’s Door or the punked-out beat fuelling Velvet Revolver’s Dirty Little Thing, Sorum’s drumming goes beyond his kit. In 2012 he was inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame along with band mates Slash and Duff.

Guitarist, musician, songwriter and record producer Gilby Clarke from Cleveland Ohio is well known as the rhythm guitarist from Guns n Roses. Since leaving the band he has forged a highly successful solo career which included playing guitar in band mate Slash’s Snakepit and forming his own group Rock Star Supernova with members of Metallica and Mötley Crüe.

Seattle-born Duff McKagan is the fourth member from Guns n Roses who is touring to South Africa, although he will only perform in Cape Town. The talented bass guitarist also performs rhythm guitar and lead vocals for hard rock band Loaded, and played bass with Slash and Matt Sorum in Velvet Revolver before joining Jane’s Addiction for a short while in 2010. The iconic rock superstar, who lent his name to the beer used in ‘The Simpsons’, is now a bestselling author and also writes a financial column for Playboy.com. He was inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame in 2012, along with the rest of his Guns n Roses band mates.

Joe Elliott, the British lead vocalist and occasional rhythm guitarist of iconic rock band Def Leppard needs little introduction to South African audiences. The singer, songwriter and musician is one of the two original founding members of the band and one of only three to perform on every Def Leppard album, over 100 million of which have been sold to date. In 2012 Joe first went on tour with Matt Sorum as part of his Rock n Roll All Stars and is now a core member of Kings of Chaos.

British bands Deep Purple is often referred to as the pioneers of modern hard rock, and were once listed in the 1975 Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s “loudest band”. The band has sold over 100-million albums worldwide and one time Deep Purple’s lead singer, Glenn “The Voice of Rock” Hughes distinctive vocals once led Stevie Wonder to proclaim Hughes to be his “favourite white singer”. In 2010, Glen started recording and touring with a new supergroup Black Country Communion, and in 2013 produced the band’s third album. He too is a core member of Kings of Chaos.

Ed Roland is the founding member of rock band Collective Soul, which has sold over 10-million albums in its two-decade history and continues to sell out venues around the world. Collective Soul has achieved numerous radio hits and gold and platinum albums on which Roland is often the primary writer and producer. As a BMI Award winning songwriter, Roland has charted seven number one singles on Rock Radio with hits such as Gel, Better Now, Shine, and many more. More recently the band’s song Tremble My Beloved was featured in the hit movie Twilight and its multi-platinum soundtrack. Roland has been inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.

In 2009 Guitar Magazine named Dave Kushner as one of the 50 greatest unsung guitar heroes ever. Kushner has performed rhythm guitar alongside Slash in hard rock supergroup Velvet Revolver, as well as Wasted Youth and Jane’s Addiction. In addition to playing guitar in rock groups he also writes and composes music for films and television, and received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Main Title Theme music for his song This Life, the theme for FX series Sons of Anarchy.

Collectively, these artists have sold in excess of 300 million albums worldwide and together, they have penned many of the most defining rock anthems of all time. In Kings of Chaos they will perform some of their greatest hit songs in a two hour Rock n Roll Master Class!

Kings of Chaos SA Tour line-up:

Drums – Matt Sorum

Bass – Duff McKagan (CT shows only)

Guitar – SLASH

Guitar – Gilby Clarke

Guitar – Dave Kushner

Guitar & Vocals – Myles Kennedy

Bass & Vocals – Glenn Hughes

Vocals – Joe Elliott

Vocals – Ed Roland

Shows start at 20h00 and tickets are available from Computicket at between R375 and R700 for GrandWest and R375 – R560 for Sun City.

A special park and ride facility has been set up for the shows and concert goers have the option of travelling from Vanderbijlpark at R275.00 per person, from the East Rand, Pretoria and Centurion Park at R260.00 per person, or from Rustenburg at R100.00 per person. For more information about pick up points, visit http://www.parkandride.co.za/index.php/upcoming-events/music/details/27-kings-of-chaos. Show tickets can be purchased through Computicket between R375.00 and R560.00.

For accommodation packages at The Table Bay Hotel and Sun City Resort please contact Sun International central reservations on 011-780-7800 or book online at www.suninternational.com


Malo, Ronnie James Dio and Gary Thain (Uriah Heep) on the RockIt Scientist Tonight.

Ronnie James DIO

Ronnie James DIO

On The RockIt Scientist on Mix 93.8fm on Friday night, between 8pm and midnight: special feature on one of the best and most endearing Latin Rock outfits of all time, MALO!! I will also be paying many respects to the legendary RONNIE JAMES DIO, who died on 16 May 2010, as well as a short tribute to bassist GARY THAIN, of Keef Hartley Band / Uriah Heep fame, who would have turned 65 years old yesterday, May 15th (died on 08/12/1975). We can never forget these, and so many other music legends that helped make Rock, Metal, Blues, etc what it is today. They have brought so much joy to our lives! Plus, of course, the usual MIX of blues, prog, metal, etc etc! Audio streaming via www.mixfm.co.za or the TuneIn.com link, http://tunein.com/radio/Mix-938-s133441/ TUNE INNN!!!

Foghat and Crimson Chrysalis on the RockIt Scientist tonight

Crimson Chrysalis - Crimson Passion Cry

Crimson Chrysalis – Crimson Passion Cry

On The RockIt Scientist on Mix93.8fm tonight (between 8pm and midnight): special feature on the amazing FOGHAT! I’ll also be chatting to Rene van den Berg and Esther Slabbert of CRIMSON CHRYSALIS about their new record deal! Plus the usual MIX of blues, metal, classic rock, jazz, etc etc (audio streaming via www.mixfm.co.za or via the TuneIn.com link http://tunein.com/radio/Mix-938-s133441/ TUNE INNN!!!!!

Standing in for Mike Tymvios on Thursday night

Mike Tymvios is still away overseas. I will be standing in for him again on Thursday night, between 9pm and midnight on Mix93.8fm. My mate, Luyton Driman, who has a fantastic musical knowledge and a great music collection, will be with me in the studio (our first joint broadcast EVER, and we’ve known each other for over 20 years!!). Apart from bringing you an eclectic music MIX, we’ll also be talking to the guys from WAKE TO WONDER, a very good young South African band with heaps of potential! Audio streaming via www.mixfm.co.za, or via the TuneIn.com link http://tunein.com/radio/Mix-938-s133441/ TUNE INNN!!