Plush's last performance, before the popular South African group disbanded, was an emotional event for die-hard fans. An exclusive occasion for just 40, the special gig at Studio 7 in Sea Point was sponsored by Black Bottle.
"It was intimate and special and very nostalgic for us to bid Plush farewell. The audience was an integral part of the performance and I think we'll all remember it for a very long time," says Patrick Craig of Studio 7.
After 11 years, Rory Eliot (lead vocals and guitar), Emilio Gassibe (bass and backing vocals), Carl Wegelin (lead guitar and backing vocals) and Devin Jones (drums) will go their separate ways.
Eliot says Studio 7 has always been a favourite venue. "Performing here gives you such a buzz. Our final show was always going to be at Studio 7. We stripped back to the basics. No guitar effects, big drums or lighting displays...just us, our acoustic instruments and the desire to end at the top of our game. We achieved that for sure! We flowed seamlessly. It was as if we were tapped into one mind, we shifted and moved in perfect synergy.
From left to right Carl Wegelin (lead guitar), Rory Eliot (lead vocals and guitar),
"Like the words from a little song called 'Rage On', I'll rage on and will never stop the music or the singing. So keep your ears and hearts open."
Plush fans were served Black Bottle, a blended Scotch whisky made according to a recipe kept secret for more than 130 years. "It's a distinctive whisky with a golden colour and a nose that is fresh and fruity. The palate is full, with a slightly honeyed sweetness," says Black Bottle's SA marketing manager, Taygan Govinden. "Black Bottle is honoured to have partnered with Studio 7 to host this very last performance by Plush, and we wish them well in their future endeavours."