Dave plays rhythm guitar, harp and vocals while Mark Evans (original bass player of AC/DC, Finch / Contraband) plays acoustic guitar at their resident gig at the Bridge on Thursday nights. On some nights the boys plug in and blast off with a full band, adding lead guitar, drums and Mr. Evans pumping his bass lines out as solidly as ever.
Dave Tice started out playing in local Sydney bands in the mid 60's. His musical talent and hard work have carried him through several decades. His recording career has encompassed several genres, from the legendary hard rocking seventies band Buffalo to the R & B sounds of the UK based Bishops and more recently the Blues based rock of the Head Hunters, the Dave Tice Band and the Bar Kings.
In 1970 Dave formed the legendary heavy rock band “Buffalo” along with co-founder Peter Wells of “Rose Tattoo” fame.
“Buffalo” went on to record 5 albums, most of which are now on the must have list for serious collectors worldwide. In a career spanning some 7 years “Buffalo” headlined their own tours Australia wide as well as touring with some of the biggest international acts to visit this country; “Black Sabbath”, “Slade”, “Status Quo”, “Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow” to name just a few. Along the way collecting gold records and Aria nominations and helping to define the style of music now recognized as Australian pub rock..
The demise of “Buffalo” in 1977 saw Dave heading for London at the invitation of seminal English R&B punk band “The Count Bishops” who were looking for the front man to complete the line-up on their first album. This partnership spawned a total of three albums and a number of singles and E.P.’s , one of the singles “I Want Candy” making the top 40 in England just before the tragic death of guitarist Zenon DeFleur prematurely halted what had been a steady climb . The legacy of those years can still be found on compilations and “best of” collections available throughout Europe and the world on Ace records. “The Bishops” toured extensively in the U.K. and Europe sharing bills with “Doctor Feelgood”, “John Cale”, “The Clash”, “Motorhead”, “The Stranglers”, “Bo Diddley”, and many more too numerous to mention. Dave’s name also appears as co-writer on two “Doctor Feelgood” songs.
1984 saw Dave return to Australia and, over the next few years, tour with some of the most respected Blues and Rock musicians in the country including Mal Eastick, Phil Emmanuel, Paul Demarco, Harry Brus, Mick Cocks etc. etc. Recording history includes the much sought after limited edition “Headhunters” album “Outlaw Boogie” and more recently, singing 10 songs on the award winning Blues album “Sippin’ and a Sliding” by the Sydney Blues collective known as “The Bar Kings”.
“B’B King turned 64 during the Australian leg of U2’s “Love comes town” tour. To celebrate, a surprise party was arranged aboard the O’Hara Booth, cruising Sydney harbour. The band asked to supply the live music for these legends was the house band from Springfields night- club in Kings Cross. Led by Dave Tice ,the Headhunters more than did the job and were joined by B’B for what turned into a 1 & a half hour jam session.”
If ever an endorsement of credibility was required this must surely be it, but then again Dave Tice’s credibility in the Blues and Rock genres is more than established.
Any cursory perusal of Australian music history couldn’t fail to stumble across his name associated with many of the most respected bands and musicians on the roster.
Most recent recorded work is Dave’s first “solo” album “Lay Down With Dogs”, which showcases a seasoned performer and songwriter in collaboration with some of the best musicians and writers in the business. Seven self- penned songs and co-writes with Dennis Walker (Robert Cray Band writer and producer) Johnny “Guitar” Crippen (Dr Feelgood), and Mal Eastick, who also appears as guest guitarist on one track. Other guest performances come from Peter Wells, Mark Evans, John Russell, and a core band featuring Paul Robert Burton (Upright Bass), Paul Demarco (Drums), Steve Edmonds (Guitar) and Mike Gubb (Keyboards). This album currently available through Fullmoon Records.
Currently Dave performs in his duo with ex A.C./D.C. bassist Mark Evans at the Bridge Hotel, Rozelle, Sydney, where, as “Tice & Evans” they have been resident every Thursday night for the last 3 years.
Dave also guests at several blues & roots festivals (solo,duo or with his full band) & occasionally with Paul Burton’s band “The Shuffle Kings”.