The “Smoke, Dust & Whiskey Tour” was a two-show production showcasing bands and individual artists from various musical backgrounds and styles, all going on a border-crossing tour from Cape Town to Windhoek.
You may be asking yourself “why are you posting this review on a metal bands-only website?” but here’s the thing, the members in most of the bands are metal musicians and the thrash/groove metal band Bulletscript showcased their skills internationally for the first time, and in a country that is in dire need of a solid metal following.
The tour started on the 29th of June with all Cape Town based players heading out on the long lonely road to Windhoek, Namibia, a small dust-swept African city that offers great memorable times for any band on tour.
This first show, “Smoke, Dust and Whiskey Tour 1” kicked off on the Friday 1 July, a show that was pieced together by artist Redeye Riaan, formerly of death metal band Azrail, and now bassist for Bulletscript as well as front man for blues rock band, Crimson House Blues.
Saturday, the town is brimming with talk of a long awaited metal show. A while had passed since last locals had seen any metal bands showcase a well put together metal event. The stage was set and the doors were opened and the relatively young but enthusiastic crowd filtered in, anticipating a show that would melt their faces.
Just before the changeover from LockJaw to Bulletscript, the organizers borrowed an idea from the Metal 4 Africa godfathers by hosting a short impromtu “shredder showdown” between one of Namibia’s best and one of SA’s fastest. It was a good move, quickly strung together it got the crowd even more warmed up & ready to rock out for the next act to follow.
Big thanks in this review goes out to all the bands, venues, crew, organizers and anyone who was not mentioned you know you never go unappreciated and especially the fans they do it for you so keep supporting!