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The Waiting Room Tickets
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The Waiting Room is either: - A Genesis/Peter Gabriel tribute band - A pop/rock band started in 2005 featuring Ryan van den Berg - Or a podcast called The Waiting Room --------------------- Pop/Rock outfit The Waiting Room started in February 2005 when Ryan van den Berg (Singer/Rhythm Guitar) got together to rehearse some of the songs he had written with Jason Townsend (Original Drummer). They quickly added a bass player and started gigging all over Johannesburg in South Africa where they are from. It wasn’t long before Mike Varalla replaced the original bass player (Ross Turner) and Mark van den Berg (Ryan’s brother) joined as a fourth member on lead guitar to complete the lineup. The band supported many well known SA bands such as Just Jinjer, Prime Circle and the Parlotones to name just a few. They recorded their first album in January 2006 which was generously sponsored. They only had 14 days in studio to record and mix 10 tracks. The album was released independently across the country and sold well. The first single (Love To Death) did extremely well. It was played and charted on numerous South African radio stations. The success of this single got the band signed to David Gresham records in February 2007 where they started recording new songs for their second album. There was much excitement, but 2007 turned out to be a tough year for the band. Mike left due to personal reasons and Jason left the commercial music scene to pursue a career as a session drummer, thus leaving Ryan and Mark as the only official members of the band. They wrote and recorded 18 new songs for the second album and played shows with a session drummer and bassist. Things seamed as though they were getting on track again, but unfortunately after 15 months on their record label and no second album out, they were released from their label. A first single (What are we doing with our lives) from the new batch of songs was released and did well on SA radio. It was in May 2008 that the duo decided it would be a worthwhile decision to get their music abroad. Due to family commitments, Mark would have to stay in SA originally, but Ryan decided he would represent the band abroad until Mark and his family could join. Ryan, soon to be married will be leaving for the UK in November 2008 with his wife to represent The Waiting Room abroad. The Waiting Room has signed with and will be selling their music digitally. (Purchase our music at This is a more global approach as the band’s goal is to expand internationally. Ryan will be playing shows across the UK, representing The Waiting Room. "the waiting room" is the name of a highly popular radio show broadcast every Saturday 8a ET / 1p BST + Sunday 4p ET / 9p BST on & a podcast of each show is available every Monday AM via Read more on User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.