CHAIN REACTION

CHAIN REACTION

Perth’s leading classic Rock ‘n’ Roll show band providing great entertainment with energetic fun-filled performances of very recognisable ballads and up-tempo dance songs, loved by all age groups.



Perth, WA, Australia

“Chain REACTION” is a professional 6-piece Cabaret Rock ‘n’ Roll Show Band, presenting funfilled energetic performances of the greatest classic Rock ‘n’ Roll hits from the last fifty five years. The band’s music is easily recognised, playing the Ballads and Up-Tempo Dance classics that people love to listen to, dance to and sing along with and is greatly enjoyed by all age groups. Band Members are all highly experienced, enthusiastic, talented musicians and performers. They bring together a variety of instrumental skills and strong influences, forming a tight and professional musical reaction. The Band has strong lead vocals and smooth harmonies, playing guitars, saxophone, keyboard, bass and drums, as well as harmonica and some percussion instruments thrown into the mix. “Chain REACTION” performs regularly at all types of events and high profile venues, ranging from Corporate Functions, Concerts, Hotels, Taverns, Dances, Weddings, Balls, Festivals, Fairs, Picnics, Birthday Parties, House & Street Parties, etc.

“Chain REACTION” is very flexible in arranging brackets to suit the requirements of each particular Gig and always prepared to work closely with the clients requests. For functions and parties the band can commence the night by playing an easy listening bracket of ballads and rhythms whilst guests are eating and talking, and then build up the excitement of the night with brackets of great Rock ‘n’ Roll classics that will have guests up and dancing the night away. Or for dances and concerts the band can just play great Rock ‘n’ Roll dance music throughout the event. “Chain REACTION” advertises all of its gigs that are ‘Open to the Public’ through their monthly emailed band newsletter “The Chain Gang Club” to the band’s support base of well over 1,000 subscribers in Perth and Country areas. 

 BAND MEMBERS

Phil Firkin
The Millennium Pulsar in this “Chain REACTION”
From the age of five Phil started absorbing Rock ?n?Roll enzymes giving him the neutrons to ignite the vocal reactor. A one time shipping monolith by day, Phil has supplied vocals, played guitar and bass with great Rock ?n?Roll bands such as “Plastic Power”, “Jive Turkey”, “Retro Vibes”, “Caught In The Act” and “Shoot The Breeze”. His influences are Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Joe Cocker, Creed­ance Clearwater Revival, Neil Young and Roy Orbison. Phil plays a mean rhythm guitar, a little lead and the occasional harmonica.
 
Dianne Firkin
Brighter than a Solar Flare in this “Chain REACTION”
Displaying great energy and stage presence Dianne is as streamlined as a Porsche Boxter with an effervescent fun loving personality. She has the vocal chords to sooth the savage beast. Leading an impressive life of organisation and intellect, Dianne has sung lead vocals with “Chain of Fools”, Silver Hair”, Retro Vibes” and “Shoot the Breeze”. She also plays an array of wind instruments, from Harmonica to Saxophone and loves to throw in some Percussion instruments for fun.
 
Alan Harvey
The Ivory-tinkling Wizard in this “Chain REACTION”
A songwriter of great talent, Alan plays keyboard and guitar and has performed with numerous bands including “Stringy Bach”, “Crooked Road”, “Raggletaggle” and “Dot Combo”. He has also supported such acts as “The Fureys”, “Maddy Prior”, “Eric Bogle” & “Jeremy Taylor”. Al­ so know as “The Prof”, Alan works at the University by day but transforms into a melodic key-master at night.
 
Ben Cook
The Bass Metal Catalyst in this “Chain REACTION”
Ben has played in a number of bands such as “Shoot the Breeze”, “Kade”, “Skelter”, “Partners in Kryme” and “Walker”. In “Chain Reaction” Ben plucks an underlying layer of low frequencies on bass. His influences are The Beatles, The Band, Elvis Presley, ACDC, The Rolling Stones,
David Bowie, Pearl Jam and Led Zeppelin. Ben is an ambitious song writer and can easily double as an Audio Engineer, Rhythm/Lead Guitarist or Drummer.
 
Tom Martin
The Percussion Isotope in this “Chain REACTION”
Tom started playing drums at the tender age of three thanks to the influence of his long time rock and roll drummer dad who played with various bands around Perth. Tom has played with bands such as “The Watchtower”, “Superfine”, “The Jamie Martin Trio”, “Retro Vibes”, “Shoot the Breeze” and “RTF”. He has had tuition from some of the great drummers of Perth including Andy Fissenden. Tom?s influences are Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, The Cream, Dire Straits and The Police.
His drumming influences are of course the likes of Mitch Mitchell, Ginger Baker, John Bonham and Stuart Copeland.
 
Ben Humphreys
The Acceleration Parameter in this “Chain REACTION”.
Ben took up guitar at age twelve inspired by the great Tommy Emmanuel. Ben played with the original Rock n Roll band “Deliza” in gigs around Perth and is presently playing in an “Acoustic Duo” in pubs and clubs.
Ben is a WAAPA graduate after studying contemporary music with plans of continuing his professional career in the music scene. His influences are Led Zeppelin, Tommy Emmanuel, Simon & Garfunkel, The Beatles and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.
 
SONG LIST
  
  • All Day and All the Night 
  • All Shook Up
  • Am I Ever Gonna See You Face Again
  • At The Hop
  • Back In The USSR
  • Bad Moon Rising
  • Ballad of John & Yoko
  • Blue Suede Shoes
  • Boots are Made for Walking
  • Born to be Wild
  • Brown Eyed Girl
  • Burning Love
  • Bye Bye Love
  • California Blue
  • Call me The Breeze
  • Candyman
  • Chain of Fools
  • Come Back Again
  • Come Together
  • Crawfish
  • Crazy Little Thing Called Love
  • Daddy Cool
  • Do You Wanna Dance
  • Dock of the Bay
  • Don't Be Cruel
  • Dream a Little Dream of Me
  • Dream Baby
  • Eagle Rock
  • Eight Days a Week
  • Fever
  • Fire
  • Four Strong Winds
  • Get Back Man,
  • Gimme Some Lovin
  • Gloria
  • Go Your Own Way
  • Going Up The Country
  • Gold
  • Good Lovin'
  • Great Balls of Fire
  • Green River
  • Handle With Care
  • Hanky Panky
  • Harvest Moon
  • Have You ever Seen the Rain
  • Heart Of Gold
  • Heartbreak Hotel
  • Hit The Road Jack
  • Hound Dog
  • I Can't Get No Satisfaction
  • I Could Walk 500 Miles
  • I Gotta Know
  • I Hear You Knockin
  • I'll Be Your Baby Tonight
  • I'm a Believer
  • Jailhouse Rock
  • Jenny Jenny
  • Johnny B Goode
  • Keep Your Hands To Yourself
  • Knockin' On Heaven's Door
  • Land of 1000 Dances
  • Lay Down Sally
  • Leave Your Hat On
  • Let's Twist Again
  • Little Sister
  • Living Doll
  • Lodi
  • Long May You Run
  • Lookin Out My Backdoor
  • Love Her Madly
  • Love is In The Air
  • Love Potion Number 9
  • Mamma Mia
  • Man, I Feel Like a Woman
  • Mustang Sally
  • Needles and Pins
  • Oh Pretty Woman
  • Old Time Rock n Roll
  • One Night
  • One Way Or Another
  • Ooby Dooby
  • Peter Gunn
  • Polk Salad Annie
  • Proud Mary
  • Road House Blues
  • Rock Around the Clock
  • Rock n Roll Music
  • Roll Over Beethoven
  • Route 66
  • Runaway
  • Shake Rattle & Roll
  • Shake Your Tail Feather
  • Shame Shame Shame
  • Slippin Away
  • Sorrow
  • Stand By Me
  • Stuck in The Middle with You
  • Stuck on You
  • Suspicious Minds
  • Sweet Caroline
  • Sweet Home Chicago
  • Taking Care of Business
  • The Break-up Song
  • The House is Rockin
  • The Jean Genie
  • The Letter (Boxtops)
  • The Letter (Cocker)
  • The Old Man Down The Road
  • Travellin Band
  • Treat Her Right
  • Trouble
  • Tutti Fruiti
  • Twenty Flight Rock
  • Two of Us (Beatles)
  • Valerie
  • Viva Las Vegas
  • Wake Up Little Suzie
  • Walk In The Room
  • Werewolves of London
  • What I Like About You
  • Whole Lot of Shaking
  • Wipe Out
  • You Really Got Me
 
 TESTIMONIALS
 
HI Phil & Dianne
Thanks so much for a great show - we had a few "no-shows" so it would have been made a bit better by more of a crowd. You guys were awesome & the feedback from last night & today was highly commendable. A few people have asked for your details already. My daughter amazed us all with her dancing & it seems she likes to be in the spotlight! Cheers again  Jason & Jodie
 
Hi Phil
Thanks so much for filling the gap at our Festival at the last minute, you guys were great and were extremely well received by the crowd. We have had so many good comments from patrons and staff. Even the Camel Ride operator Chris said he was grooving to your tunes, all the way up the back of the event. He mentioned that the sound was good from that far back also. Thanks so much Phil, we look forward to working with you and the band again soon.  Best regards Lucinda
 
Phil and Dianne
We wish to thank you and Chain Reaction from the bottom of our hearts for putting on such a brilliant performance at my party, the comments about you from everyone one there were amazing. Dianne you did such a great job with the tops and your dress they looked fantastic and added to the night. People who have never danced before could not sit down. The sound was fantastic.  once again thank you.  we will see you at your next gig. Kevin and Maree
 
Hi Phil,
Thank you for such a great night. Amber.
 
Hi Phil
I'm glad the band had a good time & there was a great crowd to play to. Paul received many compliments from the audience about how much they enjoyed your show. I'll certainly keep the band in mind for future events. Thanks again for everything. Bree , Community Events Officer, City of Gosnells
 
Thanks Phil.
It was a great evening and certainly well appreciated by the audience. Well done to all members of the band. I will keep in touch with dates for other events.  Thanks again.  Kind Regards, Kate ,  Community Events Officer,  City of Melville
 
Hi Phil
Thanks very much. We have had lots of feedback on what a great night it was and that was all due to you and your wonderful band.  Thanks again and we will happily use you again in the future and recommend your band to others.  Warmest wishes Jennifer
 
Hi Phil
Everyone was very impressed with the band. You have an excellent repertoire and are very tight. We will certainly be in touch re-F -Future events and yes put us on your mailing list. Richard General Manager             
 
Hi Phil
It was a great night.Everyone really enjoyed it - even those who listened and talked. Everyone raved about the band, so hopefully you will get some gigs out of it. Glad you enjoyed the food  just a tad over catered, but all good. It would be great if you could give us a DVD of the video - Michael's speech was short but sweet - I think I will remember it! Please pass on my congratulations to the rest of the band...fantastic. Michael had an absolute ball - couldn't have asked for more. Jo
 
Phil,
Just a note to say thanks for a fab evening we all had a blast and the feedback on the band was first rate. You have inspired Nancy and I to go to dance classes so we can learn to dance something other than the jive (for when we get old), in the meantime I am happy to jive all night to your music as the selection was first rate. Meredith Eddington (UWA) is keen to book you guys for next year so we will meet and discuss dates if you are open to that. I also spoke with Trevor Nisbett (West Coast Eagles) whose wife spoke at the microphone and he expressed that he thought you guys were great value so hopefully with his contacts you might get some interest.
What can I say? Thanks a heap for a great night, you did really well to get some of those old footballers up on the floor with their dicky knees. Cheers, Richard    PS Please pass on to the other members of the band!
 

 


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