Where the Tornados blow in
One band, three guys… and three very different views of what makes Cape Town so special
road after the mosque and you’ll find us,” says Arrow.
Owner of some classic and valuable guitars, Arrow loves going to Marshall Music in the Cape Town CBD. “You should make a note of this, excuse the pun,” he says. “They have a huge selection of guitars, a drumming section upstairs, music books, DVDs, and even a coffee shop. I feel at home there, and the staff are so tuned in.”
Ferguson says he spends most of his time in the many bars and restaurants for which Cape Town is famous. “I’ve been watching the soccer at Champs in Mowbray, which has all the char m one requires from a pool hall next to a taxi rank,” he says. “You can get your hair styled for R25 next door and if you are hungry the bar around the bend doubles as a fish and chip depot.
“I like eating at places like Mzoli’s because it’s all about meat, beer and people, and I can often be found drinking coffee at the German Club because the Tornados are legends in Speedway’s lunchtime,” says Ferguson, referring to one of the city venues at which the band has played frequently in the past.
Incidentally, the hair reference is significant in rockabilly circles. Third member Simon Perry says he used to cut his own for 10 years but now goes to Johnny Diamond in Constantia (where Ferguson will also go to have his R25 do fixed). “It’s rockabilly to the max,” says Perry. “I had a flat top done, and a 1950s quiff.”
Perry is the baby of the bunch; he is the youngest and newest member of the band, having joined two years ago at the urging of his wife Celeste, who bought him his double bass with casino winnings. He’s also the family man of the group, so divides his time between going out with or without their son Winter.
Primi Piatti in Camps Bay is very child-friendly, says Perry. “We had a killer brekko there two weeks ago, and there’s a jungle gym across the road near the beach.”
Another place the Perrys like for breakfast is the Mill Stone at Oude Molen. “I used to practise near there at one of the wards at Valkenberg called The Bunker for years with other bands, and had my first audition there with Them Torna- dos – me on guitar,” he says. “Now there is a great rustic restaurant/ coffee shop/bakery. It seems to be the new happy-couples-with-kids place to be – tree house, horse rides and total farm vibe five minutes from the city.”
Them Tornados, MTN Fan Zone, Monday at 7.30pm.