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Diary of a 60's Cover Band (Blog)

The latest astonishing song we've added is "Something in the Air", recorded in 1969 by the one hit wonder band Thunderclap Newman. They were put together by Pete Townsend around a drug addled drummer (Speedy Keene) and an eccentric jazz pianist (Thunderclap Newman). The song has a killer middle instrumental section.

We've also recently added "Everlovin' Man" by The Loved Ones to our repertoire in honour of the late great Gerry Humphries. Dennis does the most astonishing version you've heard bar the original. See him in action here. 

Remember the 60's?

The 60's were an exciting, revolutionary, turbulent time of great social and technological change: assassination, unforgettable fashion, new musical styles, Camelot, civil rights, women's liberation, a controversial and divisive war in Vietnam, the first manned landing on the moon, peace marches, World's Fairs, flower power, great TV and film and sexual freedom.

Please note:
The Substitutes are based in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.




'60s music attracts a diverse range of people but the majority are in the 45+ age group. This group is looking for:

  • a clean and well presented venue that has good food

  • a large dance floor and great live music for dancing 

  • the opportunity to have fun and meet people. 

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The Substitutes are Melbourne's best '60s band bar none and we actively encourage dancing - we love dancers!

Help us recreate the atmosphere from the Thumpin' Tum, Berties, The Catcher, Opus, etc. 
So if you enjoy '60s music and would like to see it played by a seriously good band, and you'd like to meet people of similar age and interests, and you like dancing, please come along. 
See below for the dates. 

"It will be worth it, if not for the sake of this song, but for the sake of your own peace of mind" [from the song "San Franciscan Nights recorded by Eric Burdon & the Animals in 1967]



Sunday December 8, 2019, Private Function

ay December 14, 2019, Carnegie Hall, 8pm

The Substitutes XMAS Party featuring BARRY SMITH and KELLY AUTY with TANYA KAY
Abel Tasman Dutch Club, 65 Rosstown Rd, Carnegie
Bookings: Tickets may be booked via SMS to 0413 189 445 or via email carnegiehallatabeltasman@gmail.com.
Reserved seating and general tickets are $20 for members and $25 for non-members.

Tuesday December 31, 2019, Oakleigh Lounge, 8pm-1am

Special NYE Show with DENNIS MILLAR and featuring BILLY MILLER
95 Drummond St Oakleigh.
Finger food and barbeque included. Bookings available

Saturday February 1, 2020, Hampton RSL, 7pm

SPECIAL: Peter Summers' & The Substitutes 15th Birthday Party
This is a significant birthday for Peter Summers and the 15th birthday of The Substitutes
25 Holyrood St, Hampton

Sunday February 9, 2020, Essendon Bowls Club, 3pm

Show TBA
50 Raleigh St,
Table Bookings: 9375 2522ngs:

February 20, Hampton RSL
March 14, Elsterwick Park Sports Club
March 21, Bentleigh Club with Barry Smith
April 4, Eddies Band Room with Ronnie Charles
April 18, Triumph Car Owners 60th Celebration, Ballarat
April 25, British Classic Motor Cycle Celebration, Newstead
May 23, Bentleigh Club with Ronnie Charles.

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