Johnny’s Back … SA’s legendary band Falling Mirror Live at Barnyard Theatre, Willowbridge – Cape Town

Johnny's Back

Try to imagine what a cross between Bob Dylan, Jim Morrison and Rodriguez would sound like, throw in Mark Knopfler and The Stones, and you are close to the sound of Falling Mirror, South Africa’s hit band from the ’80’s.

Remember the hit songs ‘Johnny Calls the Chemist’ and ‘Neutron Bop’ that topped local charts and even received some recognition in America?

Well, “Johnny’s Back!” albeit for one night only in The Barnyard Theatre, Willowbridge on Sunday the 28th of April, to Rev up the Rock. This concert will also form part of an upcoming major international documentary that will tell their unique rock story and capture the band’s reconnection with their audience.

Founding band members and cousins, Allan Faull (lead guitar) and vocalist Nielen Marais (the band’s name is a play on their surnames) together with drummer Patrick Humphries, were known as a non-performing, inordinately introspective group whose debut album ‘Zen Boulders’ was critically acclaimed upon release and gained a cult following for the band in SA. Now joined by George Den Das (Keyboards) and Harvey Cohen (bass guitar), Faull (recognised as one of South Africa’s best ever guitarists) together with Humphries’ rock-firm percussive patterns and Nielen “Mirror’s” bold, captivating voice and lyrics makes this one-night-only live performance a rarity and a must-see.

Nielen’s voice is probably the most distinctive feature of Falling Mirror’s music and it has often been compared to Dylan’s and although that artist’s influences still weave through some of Nielen’s songs, his sound is undeniably authentic and unique. Nielen is a man with a story to tell and he does so with his exquisitely beautiful music, unmistakable voice, timeless melodies and haunting lyrics. Allan’s guitar playing has the neat clarity of Mark Knopfler, deceptive simplicity, with incredible diversity and delivered with great emotion.

Unusual, hypnotic and totally addictive, Falling Mirror remains unique in SA and world rock, and has stayed rooted in the nation’s musical psyche ever since ‘Johnny Calls the Chemist’ was released.

For an unforgettable evening of legendary Rock that will include all Falling Mirror’s hits, and some new material, book early to avoid disappointment as tickets are limited.Tickets are NOW AVAILABLE via or via the booking line on 021 914 8898. All tickets are priced at R100.

Cape Town
Sunday, 28 April 2013
Barnyard Theatre – Willowbridge
Show starts at 7pm
Doors open at 5.30pm

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