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Dead Singer Band Show – The Background When three former Masters Apprentices band members attended the funeral of the group’s legendary lead singer, Jim Keays, their grief and respect, expressed through combined tales and fond reminiscences, resulted in a new concept. The inspired result – now called ‘Dead Singer Band’ – is an utterly unique offering. It stems from the fact that, as the band members 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. These veteran musos, between them, had a collection of very personal and completely fresh stories to tell about a host of iconic lead vocalists (to start with, Colin was Bon Scott’s tour room-mate when he was the drummer for AC/DC...that alone makes the mind boggle!).
So after the wake, the work began. Roger’s (very much alive) wife, Vanessa Lea, who is an exceptional singer with a career of her own, 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 over 2 hours of cracking live music, delivered across 2 sets.
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, Ray Brown, Shirley Strachan, Ted Mulry, Darryl Cotton, Maurice and Robin Gibb, Bon Scott, Doc Neeson, Chrissy Amphlett, Michael Hutchence, Stevie Wright, Jon English 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 at least one case, were the very last people to have seen them alive. The close-up and personal recollections are what makes this tribute different. The packaging is the icing on the cake – from the accompanying audio visual show, light-hearted comedy, fun costuming, special guests, celebrity interviews, great music and sensitivity to the era of each artist.
Audiences come away with fresh insights and appreciation of the stars that they loved through the years, when their heroes were breaking down barriers and crafting unique sounds that are now recognised as Australian music. Dead Singer Band -
Vanessa Lea is a distinctive vocalist who delivers captivating performances. Originally from Gunnedah, NSW, she began her singing career in France, where she cut three singles in French. Moving back to Australia, Vanessa was discovered by Triple Js ‘Unearthed’ and was broadcast live on national radio, resulting in demand for Vanessa’s voice that saw her front numerous bands. A highlight in her career was being made a Finalist in the 2010 Toyota Star Maker contest. Her own band ‘Vanessa Lea and Road Train’, has released three albums, which have achieved critical acclaim, making the ASA Top 25. Vanessa’s music is currently receiving airplay throughout Australia and overseas, and her video clips are being featured in the Top 50 of CMC and on Rage. Vanessa now excited about her latest project - ‘Dead Singer Band’.
Colin Burgess: Colin Burgess, twice voted Best Drummer in Australia, has played for multiple successful bands over the years. Colin spent 6 years in ‘Masters Apprentices’ with whom he notched up many national hits including the Australian Rock Anthem, ‘Turn Up Your Radio’, ‘Because I Love You’, ‘5-10 Man’, and ‘Living in a Child’s Dream’. Colin went on to form ‘AC/DC’ with Malcolm Young, being their first drummer, and recording the singles ‘Rocking In The Parlour’ and ‘Can I Sit Next To You Girl?’. After leaving AC/DC, Colin joined his brother Denny overseas in ‘The George Hatcher Band’ and ‘Bombshell’, then continued to play to together in ‘His Majesty’, ‘Blackboard Jungle’ and ‘Good Time Charlie’. Colin was inducted into the Australian Rock Industry Hall of Fame in 1998 with a special presentation at the ARIAs.He continues to play in ‘BurgessBurgess’ and ‘Dead Singer Band’.
Roger Faynes: Roger Faynes is a multi instrumentalist, who has mastered bass guitar, double bass, piano, banjo, guitar and Chapman Stick. He studied at the Sydney Conservatorium in Musicianship and Modern Jazz. Roger has written Jingles for TV shows and radio, worked as a session player for Albert Studios and EMI, and made appearances on Australian TV shows, “The Ray Martin Show” and “Hey Hey It’s Saturday”. Roger was voted Australia’s leading bass player by Juke Magazine reader’s poll in 1986. Well known bands he played in include ‘Masters Apprentices’, ‘Koo De Tah’, and ‘Stevie Wright Band’. He continues to perform live with ‘Vanessa Lea and Road Train’, as well as ‘Dead Singer Band’.
Denny Burgess: Denny Burgess was singer/bass player in successful 60s bands that include ‘The Throb’, ‘Masters Apprentices’, and ‘The Whispers’. The Throb’s hit ‘Fortune Teller’ is still popular on radio today, having been a Top 10 hit all around the country. In the 70s and early 80s, Denny spent 11 years living in London, where he performed with a variety of UK groups such as ‘The George Hatcher Band’ and ‘Ginger’, which had a Top 10 hit in Britain and Europe called ‘Blind Date’. During a tour of Germany, ‘Ginger’ performed on the steps of the Reichstag before an audience of 500,000 people. After returning to Australia, Denny and his drummer brother Colin Burgess, played together in ‘His Majesty’, ‘Blackboard Jungle’ and ‘Good Time Charlie’, and was signed to Warner Chappell Music as one of their songwriters. His current bands include ‘BurgessBurgess’ and ‘Dead Singer Band’.