The Substitutes present The ‘60s Rock ‘n’ Brass Show @ KINGSTON CITY HALL, Moorabbin

Friday 31 August


Short of a time warp, the closest you can get to experiencing the power, shock and sheer originality of ‘60s rock music is to see The Substitutes live in action!

The Substitutes have been around for nearly ten years recreating that ‘60s excitement and rawness that can easily get lost with tribute bands. Listen to a frenetic Kinks guitar solo or a Keith Moon drum fill and know that the ‘60s were about experimentation and risk taking, as well as great pop songs. Over that time The Substitutes have acquired the reputation of being Melbourne’s most experienced, most authentic and most exciting ‘60s tribute band.

In more recent times The Substitutes have presented a dozen special tribute shows highlighting various periods, bands, countries and styles from the ‘60s but never before utilized a brass section. This show therefore combines a mixture of great ‘60s rock songs (with brass) and a selection of great ‘60s soul songs (with brass).

ROB PRICE (ex lead singer for Kerryn Tolhurst’s ‘80s band Rattling Sabres) has been enlisted to add some soul vocals and BRASS ATTACK, a blisteringly good brass section, invited to give life to this specially curated selection of songs. What songs? Songs by The Foundations, Len Barry, Max Merritt, Al Green, The Beatles, Georgie Fame, Donovan, Wilson Pickett, Eric Burdon, Sam & Dave, Bob Dylan, Chicago, James Brown et al.
The show is built for dancing but if you want to simply sit back and listen to first class musicians playing first class songs that sound exactly like the record, then just do that.

About Guest Vocalist – Rob Price

Rob has had a long career in music beginning with country rock band the Riverina Playboys in the late ‘70s and extending to Rattling Sabres, the band formed by ex-Dingo Kerryn Tolhurst, in 1986. That band wrote and recorded the song ‘All Fired Up’ that was a minor hit in Australia but was later picked up by Pat Benetar and became a world wide hit. After Rattling Sabres folded Rob sang and toured with Australian Crawl, joined and played with the highly regarded Melbourne soul band, The Hi Tones through the 1990’s and recorded another Rattling Sabres album in 2011. At the moment he plays regularly with the Pearly Shells Swing Orchestra and has just recorded two singles with his soul band Flip Your Wig. Rob has a smooth and versatile voice, a commanding stage presence and is a dry wit on stage.

Brass Attack comprise Bruce Standell (sax/flute), Andrew Leach (trombone) and Alex Howroyd (trumpet). They are young but highly experienced and multi-talented musicians who play with various bands in various styles from rock through to jazz/swing including the Pearly Shells Swing Orchestra.

The Substitutes band
Neil Scott
 (vocals / guitar) grew up in Manchester and learnt to play guitar by listening to records by The Beatles, The Hollies and The Who. His natural ability and a succession of bands lead him to tour Australia as part of the successful British pop band Chalice who elected to stay at the end of the tour. Neil remained with Chalice until they split in 1979 when he went on to play with a number of popular Australian bands, notably Captain Spalding. He is an extraordinary guitarist, a fine lead singer and his Mancunian accent enables him to sing a range of British ‘60s songs with uncanny authenticity.

Peter Reed (drums) is a veteran of Melbourne’s rock scene who began his career as the drummer in pop band the New Dream who had half a dozen top 10 hits in the late ‘60s. Since then he has played and recorded with numerous bands such as Gary Young’s Hot Dog (at Sunbury ’74), Pantha, the Mark Gillespie Band, The Tremors (with Kerryn Tolhurst from the Dingoes), Lynne Randell Band, the Phil Manning Band, the Jane Clifton Band. He has taught drums to budding students for many years (including Daddy Cool’s Gary Young) and is a highly regarded technician.

Pete Robinson (bass and vocals) was a founder member of one of Melbourne’s first ‘60s pop bands, The Strangers. This band appeared regularly on TV, had at least a dozen national hits, and featured John Farrar who went on to become a successful songwriter in the US. Pete’s subsequent musical career has included such roles as television musical director, arranger, record producer for the likes of John Farnham, Johnny Young, Russell Morris, Ted Mulry and the Masters Apprentices. Most recently Pete was invited to become Music Director for the Go-Show reunion shows that have toured Australia annually since 2010. Pete is very well known and highly respected within Melbourne musical circles.

Peter Summers (guitar, keyboard and vocals) has been obsessed with music in all forms his entire life and played in many different sorts of bands (jazz, country rock, punk) before forming New Wave band Strange Idols in 1979. They recorded a single and album and toured extensively in the early 1980’s. In 1984 Peter retired from music because of family commitments but re-emerged in 2004 after being forced to attend yet another corporate event with a B-grade covers band (involving a laptop computer). He decided to prove that ‘60s music could be played with the fire and originality of the period and hence formed The Substitutes with some first class likeminded musicians. The rest is on youtube.

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Kingston City Hall (Banquet Room)
979-985 Nepean Hwy, Moorabbin
(Cnr South Road and Nepean Hwy, 100 metres from Moorabbin train station)

Tickets from $22 +bf
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    Allocated Seating $32 +bf
  • Standing Room $22 +bf
  • At the Door $25
Doors Open:
6pm (Seats/Dining)
8pm (Standing)

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