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..
Marty Adams on all the keys/vocals!
Born in London, England, keyboardist and vocalist Marty Adams grew up with both the British Invasion and the era of Northwest Rock in the 1960’s. He lists Northwest bands such as ‘The Wailers’, ‘The Sonics’ and ‘The Viceroys’ as early Rock ‘n’ Roll musical influences. His all-time favorite singer is Del Shannon of whom he has an extensive collection of recordings, music and memorabilia.
During the sixties, Marty played in a number of local bands including the Beau Gentry, the Mixed Emotions and the Hidden Fifth. This was during the era of Victoria clubs such as the Purple Onion, which regularly featured local bands as well as top name Northwest bands from the United States.
After embarking on a teaching career in 1968, Marty got out of organized bands in the early seventies and focused on choral directing and many aspects of musical theatre. In the mid eighties he was invited to join ‘Doc & The Doo Wops’, a fledgling musical group made up of Victoria Operatic Society members. This group developed into the number one nostalgia/show band in Victoria over a period of ten years, ending with a final outdoor performance at the Commonwealth Games in 1994.
During that time, and for three years after, Marty played in a trio called Third Avenue. He joined Rukus in June of 2001, playing keyboards and handling most of the on-stage commentary until the group’s dissolution at the end of 2018.
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!!