Switchfoot live in Joburg, Cape Town
Switchfoot, a high energy five piece rock outfit hailing from San Diego California will for the first time thrill South African fans.
They are all-round nice guys from San Diego who love to surf.
They have also sold millions of records; are known for their incredible energetic live performances during their sold-out shows and are one of the biggest rock bands around. Now, for the first time, South Africans can see the Grammy-Award winning band live on their Vice Verses tour.
Switchfoot formed in 1994 when Jon Foreman on lead vocals and guitar, and his brother Tim on bass guitar and backing vocals put their high school friends together - including Chad Butler on drums, Jerome Fontamillas on guitar, keyboards and backing vocals, and Drew Shirley on guitar and backing vocals.
Nine albums over a decade later, they have achieved multi-platinum status, having sold over 4.4 million albums and three million concert tickets worldwide and a Grammy Award and have a massive worldwide fan base.
Switchfoot's music has also appeared in The Chronicles of Narnia - Prince Caspian, American Idol, A Walk to Remember, Life of Ryan, CSI Miami, Grey’s Anatomy, The Vampire Diaries, Dawson’s Creek, One Tree Hill and the smash-hit Spiderman 2.
With its play on words, Vice Verses coherently suggests the album’s theme: everything has two sides. “Every blessing comes with a set of curses,” singer-guitarist Jon Foreman sings on the title track, all the while wondering if “there’s a meaning to it all.” That theme runs through the album’s 12 songs and is even reflected in the album’s black and white cover.
According to Jon Foreman, the name 'Switchfoot' is a surfing term. “We all love to surf and have been surfing all our lives, so to us, the name made sense. To switch your feet means to take a new stance facing the opposite direction. It’s about change and movement, a different way of approaching life and music.”
Dates: Wednesday, August 8 - Carnival City, Big Top Arena, Johannesburg
Saturday, August 11 - His People Centre, Cape Town
Tickets: R220 - R350 from Computicket