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The LateShift Band

 

 

Steve Hansen on the bass guitar/vocals!

Steve’s first major influence, was “Roger Miller” but when the Beatles arrived on the scene, he knew that was it, He would be a musician. After a few years of accordion lessons, He switched to guitar, then bass. The first band that he played in was “Whiskey Tree”. This Nanaimo based band played up and down the island during the mid 60’s on the Coffee House circuit. Other 60’s bands he played in were, “Jacob Grin” and “Steamboat”.

After moving to Victoria, the 70’s and 80’s brought bands like the “Northern Lights” (Country), “Phoenix” (classic rock), with Dave Kissinger, “Steamboat”(classic rock from Victoria), and “Savanna Blue” with Little Ed Wright.

Eventually he joined Dave and Bob in an earlier version of Rukus, (92 to 95) along with Helen Davies, Steve Peabody and Brian Ferguson. He left to take some time off for Family, then got back into the music scene in “Kickstart”, with Pete Willing (classic rock, R&B). Other bands include the “Ready Willing Band”(classic rock),”Little Black T”(modern rock) , Freezeframe (80s) and for the last 11 years, Rukus.

Don Restall on vocals and percussion!

Don began playing professionally at age 14 as a ‘hired gun’ through the Victoria Musicians’ Union. At this time he also played highland drums for the Canadian Scottish cadets and as a member of the Oak Bay High Marching Band, represented Canada at Expo 70 in Japan.

Through his career, Don has played with several notable musicians including guitarist Tim Zurowski of “Freefall” and Crissy Steel, the eventual lead singer with “Headpins”.

He has several recording credits, including a jazz-rock CD with Barry Newman in 1973, radio played singles with Dale Collins of “Sleeping Dogs Lie” in 1977, and a full album with Victoria’s Bernie Shaw, the lead vocalist with the internationally famous British group, Uriah Heep.

Don also had a stint with local Rock ‘n’ Roll revival show band Doc & The Doo Wops in the 1980’s.

Pete Willing on vocals!

Peter Willing was born and raised in Langford, British Columbia. As a child he loved to play the piano and later found that singing and playing music would soothe his soul and fuel his optimistic spirit.

When the mania of the Beatles hit Canada, Peter became serious about music and formed his first band playing British wave music. That was in 1965 and he’s been playing ever since.

Peter has performed lead vocals and played keyboards in many bands featuring music from Rock to Country, to his favourite, Rhythm and Blues.

Peter has an entertainment company and regularly produces music events and fundraises for his community. Over the years he ran Dick Clark National singing contests and judged and mentored many talented artists.

Peter has been blessed to have had a half-century performing with some amazing artists, many of whom have become lifelong friends..

 

Alan Heffer on all the keys/vocals!

Born in London, England, Alan has played keyboards and sung in bands since he was 16 years old. For three years in the early 70s he played in the resident band at the Lyceum Ballroom on the Strand in London. He also played with this band at the British Film Awards at the Royal Albert Hall alongside the Joe Loss Orchestra.

After emigrating to Victoria, Alan focused on solo performances and made several appearances on CHEK TV, including a one hour Christmas special. He was also a finalist in the Search for a Star” competition on CBC TV playing with a large orchestra at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver.

Alan is the newest, but not the oldest member of LateShift, joining in 2020 after the tragic loss of Marty Adams.

 

Dave Kissinger on lead guitar/vocals!

Dave got hooked on guitar one lunch hour in 1958 after listening to Don Beech and Bill Comerford play Poison Ivy and a couple of Everly Brothers songs in the school lunch room. By the age of 12 he had taught himself how to play “Torture” on his prized “Gemtone”. Shortly after, he joined with several friends and began exploring songs by the Ventures, Wailers, Johnny and the Hurricanes and the Fireballs, to name just a few. Eventually someone suggested they play for an hour at a dance being held at the Club Soho. The Trojans, as they were now called, ended up playing most of the night and their first dance was in the bag. Over the next few years Dave played mainly for school and teen dances. In those days, bands played instrumentals only.

In the early 60’s bands started doing vocals, mainly on the influence of the Beatles. A band called R.P.M. and the Regents was formed fronted by Raymond Peter May who had an English accent, pointed Beatle boots and “longer hair”!! The group was very successful throughout the 60’s.

In 2008, Dave was honoured by his peers and inducted into The Victoria Rock & Roll Hall of Fame along with fellow members of “The Regents”

In the late 70’s Dave joined Phoenix playing Eagles, BTO, Police, Chicago, CCR, Van Morrison  and even a “country” set.  In the early 90’s Dave played guitar with Rukus which was a very successful oldies band playing authentic versions of the hits from the 50’s and 60’s.

On March 8, 2019 some of the old band came back together to support a Lion’s Club fundraiser, and after that amazing night, a new band was formed……called LateShift!!