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The Rock-itt : August 2010
A huge night of music and mayhem with Kickstone, Mending Melissa, The Overtones (Dave's band from the 1980's), Dead Rabids and Snaketide. How better to celebrate a 50th Birthday than by having four really hot bands perform at your party and resurrecting your old rock band from the 1980's at the best rock venue on the Northern Beaches, the Manly Fisho's in front of a large crowd of family, friends, performers and guests? Dave was really honoured to have three of the Manly Marvel's Band Competition Grand Finalists perform at the party. They were: Mending Melissa (winners of the competition), Snaketide (who came third) and Kickstone. Dave would like to give a huge thank you to Kevin Meaney (Fisho's Director and Sound Engineer) who made this event possible and did an amazing job on the sound and lights as well as setting up a huge screen for the slideshow of Dave's life. A big thank you to the Fisho's, Manager 'Ant' and staff, Kevin Mullooly, all the bands who performed on the night, Mum (for the cake and nibbles), Pete from The Rock-itt magazine, Michael White (taking photos), Muzza from Snaketide (for lending his drum kit) and everyone who turned up for a truly great night. Dave could not have reformed his 1980's band The Overtones without the dedicated talent, friendship and support from Pat Frisina (Bass Guitar), Mark Forrest (getting back on drums after a 28 year absence!) and Pete Durkacz original member of The Overtones, flying in from Melbourne to guest sing the single 'Holiday'. With a Big crowd in the room Kickstone opened the night with their big three piece sound rocking the room with their original catchy tunes and a great rendition of Metallica's 'Enter Sandman' and Deep Purple's 'Black Knight'. Mending Melissa, on a high from winning the Manly Marvels Band Competition only a few nights before, captivated the audience with their musicianship, original songs and Melissa's amazing voice and stage presence. This night was also the first time the band has played a cover song live, which happened to be a Preset's tune. After the mandatory cake cutting and speech, the curtain opened with lights blazing and smoke filling the room as The Overtones (with birthday boy Dave Tozer singing and playing guitar) opened with their legendary tune 'The Overtone Beat' Manly Fishos, Friday 23 July For photos and video footage visit www.myspace.com/davetozerphotos