Marvel has The Avengers, DC has Justice League, and we have Blood Brothers. This supergroup is made up of ten of the best local artists around, in support of The Vrede Foundation, to fight the war against cancer.

On the 30th of September we headed out to the battlefield of these heroes, which was at one of my personal favourite spots in town, The Good Luck Bar, to witness history being made.

The best hero on stage in my opinion was The Narrow’s lead singer, Hanu De Jong, a new addition to the super group whose super power is to make people headbang uncontrollably with his hard-core voice. From his Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” war cry to singing original songs of The Narrow such as “Lonely Lonely”, he kept the crowd captivated throughout the battle that led to a definite victory.

Another fantastic new blood was Garth Barnes, lead singer of CrashCarBurn and Tweak, who brought punk to the battle. He took up arms and gave a 100% when he covered Blink 182’s “All The Small Things”, and he absolutely nailed it! Even when he slowed things down a bit with Green Day’s “Time Of Your Life”, the crowd kept rocking out. Kobus De Kock Jnr, Black Cat Bones’ lead singer and a Blood Brothers’ favourite for three years now, took out his weapon of choice, which was the harmonica that added a great touch to the song.

Just like The Avengers has Black Widow and Justice League has Wonder Woman, Blood Brothers needed a strong sister during their fight. Loandi Boersma was this year’s female hero who stepped up to sing with another Blood Brother’s favourite, Francois van Coke on his very well-known track “Toe Vind Ek Jou”. She also covered Audioslave’s “Black Hole Sun” and AC/DC’s “You Shook Me All Night Long” perfectly.

Not forgetting the blues-rock hero fighting the fight but not once battling with his guitar, Albert Frost along with Jaco Mans who swayed the crowd with his guitar and the ever energetic if-Flash-was-a-bassist hero, Chris van der Walt, who did an excellent job the whole evening, especially on their cover of “Ace of Spades” originally done by Motörhead.

On the war drums this year they had Jason Oosthuizen and Jason Hinch, both incredibly talented drummers. The Good Luck Bar’s owner, Gareth Wilson, even joined the battle as a surprise guest.
All in all each hero is unique in their own way, but when these 10 legends united, they were a victorious army.

Luckily for the people who missed the show, it’s not a missed opportunity. You can still watch our local heroes perform here.

And if you also want to be a hero and help to fight the battle against cancer, you can always make a donation to The Vrede Foundation here.

Header image by Andre Badenhorst. You can see his full album right here.