Cracking live show to honour Aussie icons

Tribute: Dead Singer Band is looking forward to honouring the legacy of a selection of Australia’s singing icons when they return to Merimbula.
Tribute: Dead Singer Band is looking forward to honouring the legacy of a selection of Australia’s singing icons when they return to Merimbula.

The unique tribute act, Dead Singer Band will be returning to Club Sapphire, Merimbula, on Friday April, 14 after an impressive performance last year. 

This live rock-u-mentary features AV presentations with footage of Australia's legendary singers from the past, and interviews from family members and friends.

The band members are themselves are also a part of the Aussie music scene, with the drummer, Colin Burgess, having played in ACDC and Masters Apprentices.

Denny Burgess (bass) was the lead singer for The Throb and is currently the chairman of the Australian Songwriting Association and guitarist Roger Faynes was also a member of Masters Apprentices as well as Stevie Wright's band.

Each member of the band was involved in some way with every artist they tribute.

In June 2014, three former Masters Apprentices band members attended the funeral of the group’s legendary lead singer, Jim Keays. Through their grief, expressed respect and combined reminiscences, a new concept was born.

The inspired result – now called ‘Dead Singer Band’ – is an utterly unique offering. It stems from the fact that, as they reflected on how Jim’s life should be celebrated, they realised he was one of many great Aussie singers they had been friends or played with over the years. 

After the wake, the work began. Roger’s wife, Vanessa Lea, an exceptional singer, was recruited to complete a great band, and stories and footage were painstakingly collected and collated. What emerged is a fantastic one-of-a-kind production that includes an AV show as well as two hours of cracking live music.

With authentic renditions of their music, the band is proud to honour the legacy of a prime selection of Australia’s singing icons. Fans of Billy Thorpe, Stevie Wright, Jon English, Ray Brown, Shirley Strachan, Ted Mulry, Darrell Cotton, Bon Scott, Doc Neeson, and more, will love the visual and aural montage that Dead Singer Band delivers.

The show pays fitting homage to the lives and times of the band members’ mates and colleagues, with a truth that can only come from genuine experience.

They toured, worked and partied with every artist featured, and in some cases, were the very last people to have seen them alive.

Their personal recollections are what makes this show different. The packaging – from light-hearted comedy, costuming, special guests and celebrity interviews, great music and a sensitivity to the era of each artist – is the icing on the cake.

Dead Singer Band will be performing at Club Sapphire on Friday, April 14. $20 Members, $25 Non-members. This is an 18 and over event and doors open at 8pm.