BOB DALZIEL (Lead
Vocals, Rhythm Guitar)
in Victoria, March 11, 1950. Bob co-founded "Rukus" as a group
with former lead guitarist Rod Arundell in 1981. The only original
member, Bob sings lead and plays rhythm guitar.
enjoys all types of music, but "Rock A Billy" is a personal favorite.
Heavily influenced by Elvis, The Beatles, Eddie Cochran, Buddy
Holly, Carl Perkins, Gene Vincent, etc. His favorite new groups
are Darrel Higham, The Stray Cats and
Bob's all time
favorite song is Elvis' "Baby Let's Play House.".
Brenda, the original 'Rukus' girl, since 1975, they have two
daughters, Lisa and Laurie, and four "Rukus" grandkids, Kalvyn,
Halen, Lacy and Ryder.
retired from the City of Victoria after 36 years. He also played
organized baseball and fastball locally for 20 years, playing most
positions, but was mainly a pitcher.
Mercs, Film Noir And Sky Blue.
DAVE KISSINGER (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
and 80's, Dave joined Phoenix playing Eagles, BTO, Police, Chicago,
CCR, Van Morrison in addition to the earlier R&B standards and even
a "country" set.
Dave has been with Rukus since the early 90's. He has a strong
appreciation for every type of music and has enjoyed the challenge of
doing authentic versions of the material Rukus plays.
Don Crocker (Percussion, Vocals)
Rukus drummer Don Crocker
first experience playing drums in a live band was in the 60's.
He was the drummer in the popular Victoria band The Motifs.
Don also played with the Vic High Five during that period.
In the 70's there was Daybreak and Prism (Victoria)
Don is also well know for
his many years operating Sound Source, a go to music store in Victoria
and manufacture of many speaker systems used throughout BC and beyond
even to this day.
In 2008 Don was inducted in
the The Victoria Rock and
Roll Hall of Fame along with fellow members of The Motifs.
Hansen (Bass, Vocals)
".My first major influence, was "Roger
Miller" but when the " Beatles arrived on the scene, I knew that was
it, I would be a musician. After a few years of accordion lessons, I
switched to guitar , then bass. The first band that I 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 I played in were, "Jacob Grin" and "Steamboat".
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.
joined Dave and Bob in an earlier version of Rukus, along with Helen
Davies, Steve Peabody and Brian Ferguson. I left to take some time off
for Family, then got back into the music scene with "Kickstart"(classic
rock, R&B). Other recent bands include the "Ready Willing
Band"(classic rock) and "Little Black T"(modern rock). So now here I am
back with Rukus, playing the music I started out with. Its good to be
playing with such a great bunch of guys.
MARTY ADAMS (Keyboard,
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.
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
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.
time, and for three years after, Marty played in a trio called Third
Avenue. His opportunity to join Rukus came in June of 2001 with a phone
call from guitarist Dave Kissinger, asking him if he was the same old
fellow who used to play in bands in the 1960's.
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