Dennis East and The Rising Sons reunite in PMB

2008-09-05 00:00

Dennis East, known to locals for his rock ’n roll antics with The Rising Sons in the seventies, will be performing at the Royal Showgrounds on Saturday, along with Billy Forrest and a reunion of The Rising Sons.

East moved from Maritzburg to Johannesburg in 1973, where RPM Records gave him his first contract as a recording artist.

“My deal with RPM came about after many trips to Johannesburg and knocking on their door,” he says. “In desperation, in-house producer Chris Kritzinger let me sing on someone else’s backing track as a try-out demo and, fortunately, this convinced him to offer me a record deal.”

The deal helped East to three hit singles — A Rose had to Die, A Million Drums and Stone Walls — and a Sarie Award for best male vocalist in 1977.

Following this, he signed with David Gresham Records — a relationship that went on for 13 years — during which he produced the hit song Better the Devil You Know.

East now works in various musical capacities, both as recording artist, performer and highly successful producer, working for DStv, SuperSport and etv, as well as creating jingles for Firestone, Coca-Cola and Fanta, among others.

This will be The Rising Sons’ first appearance in Pietermaritzburg in 30 years.

“One of our last gigs in Maritzburg was at the Royal Show,” recalls East.

The evening begins at 6 pm, and features a solo performance by East, as well as a showcase of the Dream Merchants (East with Forrest) before the evening rounds off with rock ’n roll numbers from The Rising Sons.

Tickets are R120 per person or R1 000 for bookings of a table of 10. The ticket price includes meals. Drinks are on sale. Tickets can be booked through Sheilagh at 079 526 7123. For more information, phone Kevin at 082 771 6590.

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