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How to book Spectrum
Apart from the legendary Spectrum there are four other Mike Rudd options to choose from listed below. If you'd like to book Spectrum or any of the other outfits please contact Mike per email or speak to him directly on (03) 9736 1164 or 0411 103 818. Prices and availability of the various combos available on request. 
 
 
 
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Spectrum L-R Peter Robbo Robertson, Broc O'Connor, Mike Rudd, Daryl Robert
s plus Madder Lake's Brenden Mason (pic Peter Lamont)
S P E C T R U M today
Spectrum today is very similar conceptually to the original band launched way back in 1969, but the loss of bassist and fellow founding member Bill Putt in 2013 leaves singer/songwriter Mike Rudd as the sole original Spectrum member. The recent addition to the Spectrum line-up of guitarist Brenden Mason has added a very positive dimension to the band, especially in the live performance arena. Brenden is a founding member of another Melbourne '70s' outfit, Madder Lake (12lb Toothbrush) and it just happens that Spectrum and Madder Lake are playing a very successful series of 'Double Bill' shows together around Australia at this time.
This five-piece version Spectrum plays
a strictly retrospective repertoire of songs (apart from Bill Putt's posthumous contribution It's a Lottery) from the various Spectrum, Murtceps and Ariel albums, including a brace of singles released over the decades. Singles like Spectrum's But That's Alright and Play a Song That I Know, The Indelible Murtceps' Indelible Shuffle and Esmeralda and Ariel's Jamaican Farewell and Disco Dilemma - and there are quite a few more. Never forgetting the legendary song that started it all, I'll Be Gone (Someday I'll have money) of course!

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Peter Robertson, Broc O'Connor, Mike Rudd & Daryl Roberts
The Indelibles - Spectrum reloaded
This is the very same band that was known until just now as Spectrum and is the band that can recreate the original Spectrum, The Indelible Murtceps, Ariel, WHY, Mike Rudd & The Heaters and even Mike's first band, Chants R&B songs just for you. With songs like I'll Be Gone, Launching Place Part Two, Going Home and Fly Without Its Wings, Ariel's Jamaican Farewell, Rock & Roll Scars, Red Hot Momma and Worm Turning Blues, Murtceps' Esmeralda, Some Good Advice and We Are Indelible, you'll be in Spectrum heaven.
The Indelibles (pic) will also treat you to a set of more recent songs from the Breathing Space EP series like Rocket Girl, Silicon Valley and Xavier Rudd is Not My Son, followed by a set of crowd pleasing blues from the Spill - Spectrum Plays The Blues and No Thinking CDs. Irresistible? Indelible? Certainly!

(pic Dale McCabe)
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Three-Piece Suit

Broc O'Connor, Mike and Peter 'Robbo' Robertson
The Suits - Mike Rudd, Peter 'Robbo' Robertson & Broc O'Connor
Just like Mike Rudd's Indelibles - but crunchy!  The perfect band for parties, Mike's Three-Piece Suit can do anything the four-piece can do but more economically and in a smaller space. Think of some famous three-piece outfits, like Cream, The Jimi Hendrix Experience and The Police etc. and you'll realise that despite Rudd's insistence on keyboards in his other line-ups, the trio format represents the essence of all Mike Rudd's bands rolled into one neat package with the spotlight on his own idiosyncratic finger-style guitar playing.
 
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The Mike Rudd trio -mmm 

The Mike Rudd trio (pic Peter Lamont)
Mike Rudd, George Butrumlis & Jeremy Alsop
I had a dream - and the dream was this acual trio, with piano accordion meister George Butrumlis and ace bassist Jeremy Alsop brilliantly complementing my nylon-string guitar and other bibs and bobs in essentially the same repertoire as I perform on my own. If the reaction to the trio at Spectrum to Ariel's re-Visionary concert is anything to go by, there's an audience out there for exactly this kind of sophisticated acoustic fare. George's lyrical playing and instinctively appropriate vocal harmonising combined with Jeremy's knowing but always tasteful double bass, flesh out the musical palette and enliven my occasionally quirky songs from Spectrum and Ariel to today and beyond..


Trio
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Mike Rudd - solo mmm

Mike Rudd - alone at last!
Mike Rudd playin' wid himself
Throughout his long performing career, Mike has preferred the comfort and safety of 'the band' format, but things are about to change. Mike sees playing solo as an opportunity to tackle songs that, for one reason or another, don't get played in the group setting. Outrageous songs like Excuse Me Just One Moment from Murtceps' Warts Up your Nose album and Confessions of a Psychopathic Cowpoke, from Ariel's A Strange Fantastic Dream album which of course was famously banned from airplay by the FCB* when on release.

Naturally the solo repertoire isn't just comprised of controversial songs - there are some damn strange and just plain beautiful songs in there as well. Songs like Superbody, from the Spectrum Part One album, the Ariel single I Can Do Anything, and the haunting Kneedeep from the Living on a Volcano CD. 

*Federation of Commercial Broadcasters

Read a review and some feedback about Mike's solo performances


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S P E C T R U M -yesterday

Today L - R - Peter Robertson, Broc O'Connor, Mike Rudd & Daryl Roberts 1971 L - R Lee Neale, Bill Putt, Mike Rudd & Ray Arnott
Discuss - is Spectrum dead?
The original Spectrum played around Melbourne and beyond between 1969 - 1973 when it was known chiefly as a sit-down-and-listen-to concert band, playing at venues like the Thumpin' Tum, Berties and Sebastians (oddly known as Discotheques) and the occasional riotous TF Much Ballroom event.
When pub gigs came into vogue in Melbourne, The Indelible Murtceps was devised to cope with the more visceral demands of pub audiences and happily co-existed with its big brother Spectrum, occasionally even playing a support role in the bigger concerts.
The popularity of Spectrum's national number one single, I'll Be Gone, put the band in front of many more people than an outfit retrospectively dubbed as a prog rock band might've expected, but Spectrum doggedly pursued its own musical course, to the point of NOT including I'll Be Gone on its first album, Spectrum Part One.
You will hear echoes of the original Spectrum in all the contemporary configurations listed above and, while it's still a useful reference point, the fact is that Spectrum as it was known back in the '70s, doesn't actually exist any more.
Don't be disheartened though. If you really want a genuine, purely Spectrum-Murtceps contemporary recreation, let's talk. In the meantime, if you'd like a stimulating concert-type reappraisal of Spectrum and beyond there's the Spectrum option with the effervescent guitarist Brenden Mason to consider.


And there's much, much more, so rather than me rabbiting on, check out the list above. (See official bio)
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