Live in Durban: capacity crowd mosh to Canadian punk rock band

2010-08-11 00:00

CANADIAN punk rockers Billy Talent put on a show to remember for an audience of about 2 500 in Durban yesterday.

The band completed the third and final leg of their South African tour at the Wavehouse at the Gateway shopping mall.

South African outfit The Dirty Skirts opened the stage for Billy Talent.

Billy Talent front man Ben Kowalewicz was in high spirits and was received warmly by the crowd.

Kowalewicz addressed the crowd regularly and was greeted with a response that only a modern day rock star would expect.

“I can’t tell you how thankful we are that all of you humans could be with us here tonight,” he said to the screaming audience.

“We’ve never played in front of a crowd that has a wave thing right next to it; you guys are crazy.”

The show included a blend of old and new songs.

The highlight of the evening was undoubtedly the performance of their hit song, Fallen Leaves, which sent audience members rushing to the front in an attempt to be as close to the action as possible.

Kowalewicz’s high energy levels were reciprocated by fans who danced their way through a set that lasted for over an hour.

The singer has clearly enjoyed his tour of South Africa.

The events manager at The Wavehouse, Ryan Watkins, said he was extremely happy with what hosting the Canadian band has meant for Durban’s music scene.

“We were really excited to have a band of their calibre playing at our venue,” he said.

“The Durban crowd has always been faithful and tonight was no different. I’m sure the band enjoyed it just as much as they did.”

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