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Crash Test Dummies: Q&A with Brad Roberts

Canadian 90s rock band Crash Test Dummies will be touring their greatest hits in South Africa this February. We sent a few questions through to the lead and the distinctive baritone vocalist Brad Roberts to get the inside scoop.
BizcommunityWhat can fans expect, a mix of classic and new?

Yes, exactly.

BizcommunityWill you be doing any sightseeing while in South Africa?

I don’t know, I thought I’d like to try my hand at getting killed by some wildlife. Puff Adders are quite dangerous, I hear. And I’ve always fancied being trampled by elephants. I do most of my sight-seeing on the internet.

aKing chat about opening for Crash Test Dummies

aKing will be sharing the stage with Crash Test Dummies, along with Wonderboom and Bed on Bricks, during the Canadian rockers SA tour this February. We swung a few questions through to lead singer Laudo Liebenberg to find out more.

By Ruth Cooper 1 Feb 2018

BizcommunityAre there plans to release any new CTD tracks or albums in the future?

New stuff? That sounds like a lot of work! ;) Well you know, there are some tracks laying around that I might pull out of my hat; but as for a full-length album, probably not. People don’t seem interested in buying albums anymore; I think the exchange happens on a more track-by-track basis these days. Sadly, CTD missed the vinyl era, which is what I grew up listening to - it was all on vinyl.

Crash Test Dummies to tour SA in 2018

Crash Test Dummies will be touring their greatest hits at Hillcrest Quarry in Cape Town on 17 February 2018 and at the Pretoria National Botanical Gardens on 18 of February 2018.

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BizcommunityAre you planning more CTD tours and, if so, where?

Yes, we’ll be playing in Canada in the autumn of 2018. We did a show with the full band last summer in our hometown of Winnipeg, for the first in a very long time, and we enjoyed it so much that we decided to get back on the road again.

BizcommunityWhat’s the strangest thing that’s ever happened to you on stage?

I’m sorry, but that’s too x-rated. I can’t talk about that kind of thing in a public space.

BizcommunityWhat’s your guilty pleasure when it comes to music?

Guilty pleasure? Well, Kiss, I suppose. Fell in love with them when I was 10 years old and I wanted to be Ace Frehley. Of course, Paul Stanley is a really phenomenal singer - lungs of steel. For a long time, I didn’t sing because I only listened to screamers like Paul, and I couldn’t do that. I also bought all of the K-tel records that I could. Did you have K-tel there? They used to do these collections of 22 songs, 11 songs per side, which was unheard of in the days of vinyl. They edited out guitar solos or did quick fades on the ending, anything they could to get the length of the track down. And they're a Winnipeg company with international success!

BizcommunityWhat’s your favourite emoji?

I don’t have a favourite emoji, I despise them all.

Event Info:

Cape Town
Date: Saturday 17 February 2018, 12 pm
Venue: Hillcrest Quarry, Hillcrest Wine Estate
Ticket price: R400 general, R1000 VIP
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Date: Sunday 18 February 2018, 1 pm
Venue: Pretoria National Botanical Garden
Ticket price: R250 early bird, R400 general, R1000 VIP
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About Ruth Cooper

Ruth is the production manager at Bizcommunity, as well as a editor of the Lifestyle section.