Dead Singer Band, the conception of three former Masters Apprentices band members along with a gifted vocalist, are a unique group of musicians based in NSW, Australia, whose name sings it all. Honoring the legacy of Australia’s singing icons including Darryl Cotton, Billy Thorpe and Jim Keays, their shows are a beautiful tribute to the lives and times of the band’s buddies and collaborators.
Replicating the original masters as best as possible, Dead Singer Band gives audiences a truly authentic experience. Not only that, but previously untold stories about the deceased artists through exclusive interviews with relatives and friends, live footage on large AV screens, a live cameraman filming the band and projecting onto back screens, costume changes as well as the strong personal connection and engagement between the band members and the audience creates a high energy performance, leaving the audience with an unforgettably fun time.
Since first connecting in 1986, Roger (guitar and violin), Denny (bass) and Colin (drums) had already collaborated in several different line-ups, and now wanted to Vanessa (lead vocals) to join them. While attending Jim Keays’s (The Masters Apprentices) funeral in 2014, soon after the passing away of Doc Neeson (The Angels), they realised how many of their friends and bandmates now deserved to be saluted, thereby leading to the idea of the Dead Singer Band. The bandmates felt it important to tribute our Aussie stars in order to preserve and revere their talents and music in an ever-evolving Australia.
Playing their first show together at Brass Monkey, Cronulla in July 2015, Dead Singer Band has enjoyed sold-out shows with standing ovations across New South Wales. With the influences of Steve Tyler, Alison Krauss, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Burden and Doug Ford among others, the Dead Singer Band’s retro, highly visual and interactive shows take the audience on a journey back through time, reliving experiences they had with different bands whilst also learning more about their favourite artists through intimate recollections, costume changes, rockumentary videos and interviews.
Currently on the verge of completing their first recording, the band is also working on producing more merchandise including a CD/DVD and booklet. In the coming months, Dead Singer Band will be playing more interstate shows including festivals in Queensland, and is the featured artist at the Leagues Club Australia Conference on the Gold Coast in November this year.
Recommended tracks to watch out for: performances of tracks from Skyhooks, Divinyls, AC/DC and Jon English (a powerful, fun time!)
Recommended Venue: Evan Theatre, Penrith Panthers (“a great stage, tiered seating and beautiful sound and lighting!”
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