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Summary Profile

The Rockets success story is one of determination, hard work and dedication. The Rockets have always had a definite and precise attitude to their career right from its inception, having survived both the feverishness and fluctuations of the music business. Over the past 10 years The Rockets have spent more than 6 months of each year performing outside of South Africa.

International trips have included numerous performances in Australia, various countries in the Middle East, Seychelles and other parts of Africa.

The Rockets have supported and/or backed many international artists, including:- Usher, Alicia Keys, P Diddy, Shayne Ward, Ronan Keating, Patrizio Buanne, Will Young, The Spice Girls, Luther Vandross, Wet Wet Wet, Billy Ocean.

Other prestigious events include:
• The massive Staying Alive Aids concert in Cape Town together with international acts. This show was filmed by MTV and viewed by an audience of 2 billion people on Aids Day.
• They performed to over 100000 people at the massive “Concert in the Park” shows.
• They played to many thousands of enthusiastic fans at the Springbok Rugby Victory parade, Cape Town.
• They blew the 50000-strong audience away at the “Olympic Announcement Event” at the Grand Parade, Cape Town, proving to be the most popular act by far.
• They appeared at the National Freedom Day Celebration in Cape where President Nelson Mandela gave his official speech.
• They performed in Vredendal when President Mbeki received the Freedom of the Town.
• They proved once again what a popular act they are when they performed at the famous Jazzathon, held at the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town.
• They wowed an emotional audience at The Richtersveld Land Claim Celebration, Alexander Bay.
• They played on both the Voorbrand fees and the ‘Kaktus op die Vlaktes” Festival at the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival in Oudtshoorn.
• They were nominated in both the “Best Pop Performance” and “Best Contemporary Dance Performance” categories at the South African Music Awards. • The group was part of the highly successful “Lion Lager Road Show”, which toured extensively throughout the country performing on stages created and supported by massive pantechnicons, bringing music to the townships and rural areas. They shared the stage with many professional colleagues, including Ladysmith Black Mambaso, P.J.Powers, Rebecca Malope, Soul Brothers and many more talented artists.
• They have performed at many successful corporate functions here and abroad including the Nelson Mandela Invitational, Presidents Cup, IEC, Standard Bank, Microsoft, Old Mutual, Philips, Clicks, Spier Wine Estate, Mnet/DSTV, African Bank and many others.
• They annually help many charity organisations raise much-needed funds.
• They have also held many record-breaking resident commitments at top nightclubs around the world.

They have had numerous record successes in South Africa and have topped many radio station and official charts with hits like “Gimme A Break”, “Surrender”, “Pappa Please Come Back Home, "Thank You Thank You, "Back II The Hits, “Dreaming of You” and "African People. They have always backed up their accomplishments before hundred of thousands of fans throughout the world. In their time, The Rockets, who hail from Cape Town, have travelled in excess of 3 million kilometres performing before millions of fans. They have a stunning visual appeal, their playing is top notch and their songs are fresh and fulfilling. They continue to set both local and international stages alight with their colourful, uncompromising and energetic performances.



Topics

A sample of the Rockets repertoire list:

ROCK
QUEEN MEDLEY:-
ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST
CRAZY LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE
BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY
IT’S A KIND OF MAGIC
I WANT TO BREAK FREE
WE WILL ROCK YOU
FRIENDS WILL BE FRIENDS
WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS
BRICK IN THE WALL – PINK FLOYD
IT’S MY LIFE – BON JOVI
WITH OR WITHOUT YOU – U2
I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’VE BEEN LOOKING FOR– U2
HOTEL CALIFORNIA – EAGLES
ENTER SANDMAN – METALLICA
NOTHING ELSE MATTERS – METALLICA


POP/R&B

BIG GIRLS DON’T CRY – FERGIE
NO ONE – ALICIA KEYES
HIPS DON’T LIE - SHAKIRA
LOVE GENERATION – BOB SINCLAIR
RISE UP – BOB SINCLAIR
MURDERER - RIHANNA
DON’T GO BREAKIN’ MY HEART – ELTON JOHN & KIKI DEE
UNCHAIN MY HEART – JOE COCKER
I LOVE ROCK ‘N ROLL
I WILL SURVIVE
UMBRELLA – RIHANNA
BARRY WHITE MEDLEY
I GOT U BABE
7 NATIONS
BEYONCE MEDLEY
STUCK ON YOU (DANCE VERSION) – LIONEL RITCHIE
FLASHDANCE – IRENE CARA
TIME OF MY LIFE
LIVING NEXT DOOR TO ALICE – SMOKIE
DON’T STOP THE MUSIC – RIHANNA
WE DON’T NEED ANOTHER HERO – TINA TURNER
EVERYTHING I DO – BRYAN ADAMS AND BRANDY
MIKE AND THE MECHANICS MEDLEY
LONG TRAIN RUNNING – DOOBIE BROTHERS
FEEL – ROBBIE WILLIAMS
SIMPLY THE BEST – TINA TURNER
MONEY FOR NOTHING – DIRE STRAITS
REHAB - AMY WINEHOUSE
QUANDO – TOM JONES
SEX BOMB – TOM JONES
HEY BABY – DJ UZZI
Y.M.C.A. – VILLAGE PEOPLE
GUILTY- BARBARA STREISAND AND BARRY GIBB
SEPTEMBER – EARTH, WIND AND FIRE
YOU’RE MY ANGEL – SHAGGY
ISLANDS IN THE STREAM
KOOL AND THE GANG MEDLEY

ROCK ‘N ROLL

SWING THE MOOD MEDLEY:
IN THE MOOD
ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK
ROCK A BEAT IN BOOGIE
TUTTI FRUITI
WAKE UP LITTLE SUZIE
C’MON EVERYBODY
HOUND DOG
SHAKE, RATTLE AND ROLL
ALL SHOOK UP
JAIL HOUSE ROCK
AT THE HOP
GREASE MEDLEY
THE TWIST – CHUBBY CHECKER
LET’S TWIST AGAIN – CHUBBY CHECKER
MUSTANG SALLY – WILSON PICKETT
BEATLES MEDLEY:
NO REPLY
YOU KNOW
BABY YOU CAN DRIVE MY CAR
DO YOU WANT TO KNOW A SECRET
WE CAN WORK IT OUT
I SHOULD’VE KNOWN BETTER
NOWHERE MAN
YOU GONNA LOSE THAT GIRL
TICKET TO RIDE
ELEANOR RIGBY
EVERY LITTLE THING SHE DOES
JOJO
EIGHT DAYS A WEEK
IT WONT BE LONG
DAY TRIPPER
PROUD MARY


BALLADS

WONDERFUL TONITE – ERIC CLAPTON
DANCE WITH MY FATHER – LUTHER VANDROSS
ALWAYS AND FOREVER – LUTHER VANDROSS
UNCHAINED MELODY - VARIOUS
MY WAY – FRANK SINATRA
NEW YORK NEW YORK– FRANK SINATRA
TEARS IN HEAVEN – ERIC CLAPTON
HEY JUDE – BEATLES
YEATERDAY - BEATLES
SUDDENLY – BILLY OCEAN
LADY – KENNY ROGERS
HELLO – LIONEL RITCHIE
ME AND MRS JONES
DREAMING OF YOU – THE ROCKETS
UNBREAK MY HEART – TONI BRAXTON
I JUST CALLED – STEVIE WONDER
THREE TIMES A LADY - COMMODORES


LATINO

SMOOTH/OYE COME VA/BLACK MAGIC WOMAN MEDLEY - SANTANA
MARIA MARIA- CARLOS SANTANA
EUROPA – SANTANA
LA BAMBA – LOS LOBOS
HOT HOT HOT – VARIOUS

REGGAE

NO WOMAN NO CRY – BOB MARLEY
KINGSTON TOWN – UB 40
RED RED WINE – UB 40
CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE– UB 40
SWEAT - INNERCIRCLE
COULD YOU BE LOVE – BOB MARLEY
I SHOT THE SHERIFF – BOB MARLEY
ONE LOVE – BOB MARLEY
BABY I LOVE YOUR WAYS –ASWAT
GIMME HOPE JOANNA – EDDY GRANT
BUFFALO SOLDIER – PETER TOSH
BOB MARLEY MEDLEY

SOUTH AFRICAN and WORLD MUSIC

PATA PATA – MIRIAM MAKEBA
DIAMONDS ON THE SOLES OF MY SHOES – PAUL SIMON
CALL ME AL – PAUL SIMON
SHOSHOLOZA – TRADITIONAL
THE LION SLEEPS TONIGHT
CAPE TOWN MEDLEY:
WELCOME TO CAPE TOWN
DINA KANAKI
ALABAMA
LOSLAPPIE
STAMP DAAI BOUDE
JALOERS BOKKIE



Rave Reviews

Many local and international promoters, clients, journalists and other media have always heaped praise on The Rockets.


“The Rockets are masters on stage ..” (Rapport)

“.. There can be few bands in South African music history who have consistently delivered the goods...” Mike Fuller (Famous Concerts)


“The Rockets made a huge impact …. Everyone was very impressed with their standard of performance. They are true professionals. I loved working with them… They’ve made such a great impression here …” (Promoter of 6-city tour of Australia including venues in Sydney, Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane, Fremantle and Canberra)


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