Q&A Scene: Mick Bower of the 1965 Masters Apprentices

Tell us about your new single/ album/ tour / show?

The show stemmed from 2014 when we were inducted into the SA Music Hall of Fame, supported by The Rob Pippan Band. We were warmly received. We have played Fringe and other gigs to sell-out houses. It was suggested we revisit Melbourne after 50 years – what a hoot that it is happening! The great Mike Rudd and Spectrum are also on the show. [Friday 1st September – Corner Hotel]

What’s your favourite work at this point in time?

Our first single Undecided, it started it all and bought home the bacon.

Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.

In 1966 on first visit to Melbourne we stayed at Sunshine Caravan Park. We would come back from ablution block dirtier than when we went across! It was raining mud. They had the greatest hamburgers at the café, they were as large as a dinner plate.

What, or who, inspires you?

The Eagles…Beethoven…Mozart..Handel…The Rippingtons..

Which song do you wish you wrote?

Gentle on My Mind..written by John Hartford.

How would you describe your sound in food form and why?

Old fashioned Steak. Old fashioned RnB – raw, basic, not gourmet…

What’s next for you?

Doing odd gigs with TMA… learning more jazz prac and theory.

What’s your scene?

Old and Boring! Listening to classics and RnB. I’m interested in current affairs and politics, eating Brian’s cooking and cheering for Collingwood.

About the 1965 Masters Apprentices

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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