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Melburnians are about to experience a very special piece of music history this September as the reconstituted expanded nine-piece 1965 Masters Apprentices return to the music city to perform, with founding members Mick Bower and Brian Vaughton sharing the same stage for the first time in Melbourne in 50 years.
This is special, one night only show, is a retrospective look at what good music is all about – a then and now account of 1965 Masters Apprentices.
It is hard to believe it was 52 years ago when Mick Bower and Brian Vaughton formed an instrumental band in Adelaide called The Mustangs. Their advertising for a new lead-singer in the height of 1965 changed music history – enter Jim Keays and an Australian music institution was borne – Masters Apprentices. In the 1960s the Masters, as they were fondly known, were rock n roll royalty, with hit after hit, they made an indelible mark on the music scene.
Now, five decades after they started, the original members have reunited to remember their late bandmate Jim Keays in the best way they know how – playing great music. The nine-piece 1965 Masters Apprentices not only features founder and principal composer Mick (guitars) and Brian (drums), but also Rick Harrison (guitars) who joined in 1967. They are joined in this new band by former SA Jim Keays Band guitarist Rob Pippan, along with Craig Holden (brother of Idol’s Mark Holden), Ian ‘Polly’ Politis, Nanette Van Ruiten and Matt MacNamee. Special band guest is legendary Twilights bassist John Bywaters.
1965 Masters Apprentices sold-out two Adelaide Fringe performances in 2016 and it was a natural progression that Melbourne was next on the map for a show. They’ll traverse the early hits penned by Mick, including Living In A Child’s Dream, Wars Or Hands Of Time and Undecided to name a few, as well as the evergreen hits from the later years such as Turn Up Your Radio, Because I Love You and many more.
“We are thrilled to be back playing together again in a new chapter in the band’s history,” says Mick. “We hope to see early Masters fans come out and see us at The Corner. The new line-up is now a tight well-oiled machine after the SA gigs and we’re busting to keep playing and having a great time together.”
1965 Masters Apprentices musical director Rob Pippan – who was a friend and long-time colleague of Jim Keays – says the Melbourne show pays homage to Jim’s influence in the band. “In 2014 Jim called and asked me to perform with him as a duo for his induction into the SA Hall Of Fame,” he says. “As Jim passed away not long after, it was not to be. At that point, it was decided a reformation of the 1965 version of the Masters would perform in Jim’s honour at his posthumous induction. We added the original 1965 Masters members to the SA Jim Keays Band members on stage, joining Jim’s first and last South Australian bands together into a nine-piece. This has become what is now 1965 Masters Apprentices.”
Don’t miss this special part of music history as Mick Bower and Brian Vaughton perform in Melbourne for the first time in 50 years as the 1965 Masters Apprentices. Special guests Mike Rudd’s Spectrum will open this incredible night of rock n roll – tickets are on sale now.
Friday 1st September 2017
Corner Hotel, RICHMOND VIC
www.cornerhotel.com | 1300 724 867
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Review Nisa Ates
Melbourne’s sharply cold weather was no barrier for eager fans lining up to see I Prevail on Sunday night. Excited punters wrapped around the corner of Arrow on Swanston for a completely sold out show for the Michigan band.
Kicking things off for the night were Melbourne’s local favourites, Belle Haven. I had seen this band almost 10 times by now and they manage to blow me away each time with their energy-fuelled performance.
Being the opening act for an All Ages gig, however, it was clear that most the crowd were quite unfamiliar with Belle Haven. An opportunity to win the audience over, the set proved to be a feat won as punters gathered around the merch table after the show raving on about their new musical discovery.
Belle Haven delivered a fast and punchy set in the short time they had. Opening with their newest track ‘The Carving Knife’, guitarist Chris Vernon had already broken a guitar string with his aggressive playing. Working through tracks off their debut record Everything Ablaze, the band treated their unacquainted crowd to ‘The Looking Glass’ and ‘Hunt For Health’ before announcing a brand new album to drop June 16th and playing ‘Closet’ live for the first time, their first upcoming single from the new LP.
Bringing their set to a close with ‘Selfmade’, the band left the stage having surely opened a few new hearts and ears to their music.
Up next were UNFD signees, Void of Vision, who are supporting I Prevail across all dates on the tour. Taking to the stage in matching VoV baseball jerseys, the band made sure the crowd were well and truly warmed up for the night.
It seemed like a pretty tough crowd to work with at first, but two songs in found the more active punters thrashing about in the night’s first circle pit. Given it was an all ages gig, there were quite a few in attendance who were clearly there as parents/guardians making sure their children are having a safe, fun night.
Despite the initial crowd reaction, Void of Vision put on a tight and heavy set. Their music translates perfectly in a live setting and had fans throwing fists and jumping about in no time.
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As it drew nearer for I Prevail to take the stage, the same buzzing excitement from fans lining up resurfaced and amplified infinitely. Before they even made an appearance, an entirely packed out Arrow was chanting loudly “I Prevail! I Prevail! I Prevail!” – and when they finally emerged, the roar of the fans was deafening.
Jumping right into motion with no sight of slowing down, the band open their set with ‘Come And Get It’ and the fans react with utmost joy. Taking in the atmosphere of the crowd before them, vocalist Eric Vanlerberghe coarsely yells “Aussie Aussie Aussie!” before breaking in to ‘Love, Lust and Liars’.
Climbing up on amps during ‘Stuck In Your Head’, transforming the venue into a place of I Prevail worship with frantic energy and blinding lights, praising the crowd that “Australia has gone harder than our own fucking hometown”, the Michigan band kept things moving and interesting throughout the night.
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Adding to their showmanship and the crowd-interaction the band are known for, Vanlerberghe and co. bring the tempo down a notch to welcome someone by the name of Mitchell up on stage – to “roast” the entire band.
The focus of the night’s roast was guitarist Dylan Bowman, who was pointed out for the fact that he cannot “keep a girlfriend for more than a day”. His response? A medley of covers to demonstrate his romantic misfortunes. With the crowd loudly singing along, the band played an assortment of Avril Lavigne’s ‘Complicated’, Puddle of Mudd’s ‘She Hates Me’ and to everyone’s delight, ‘Bodies’ by Drowning Pool. This is all before they jump into a cover that without a doubt boosted their popularity – a heavy, Punk Goes… worthy rendition of Taylor Swift’s ‘Blank Space’.
Delivering a heart-felt and honest speech about following your dreams, the band remind each person in the room that “it’s never too late and it’s never too early” to go after your passion before breaking into ‘Rise’ to a welcoming roar of approval.
Apart from clearly being masters of their craft, I Prevail proved that their musicianship doesn’t stop at just recording albums. The band adopt an engaging stage presence that’s entirely fuelled by passion for what they do – a performance that even had parents nodding and moving along by the end of the night.
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A DJ as the support act, combined with a lot of early arrivals who found a way to scream out the band’s name at every opportunity prior to the start of the show, meant that there was indeed much anticipation in the air once The Stranglers took to the stage.
With a laconic, easy-going swagger they did just that, and it was then that it felt like this was to be a fairly laid back affair – nope!
The set began with the band ripping into ‘Toiler’ and immediately Jean-Jacques Burnel and Baz Warne began strutting like madmen, setting the tone for what was to become a highly charged night of frenzied punk, new wave, post-punk, call it what you will.
Ninety minutes of pure classic tunes including Golden Brown, Peaches and No More Heroes, just to name a few, and the full venue had reaped the rewards for venturing out midweek to see what is undeniably one of the true pioneers of the UK punk scene, and one that has continued to enjoy world wide acclaim whilst creating a variety of musical styles through the decades.
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