THE HIPS are a hard-driving rock 'n' roll cover band rich in vocals, mixed with guitar, keyboard, bass and drums. They do the lot - Elvis, Jerry Lee, Beatles, Stones, Soul, Credence, Doobies, Status Quo and beyond.
With their strong harmony vocal and punchy rhythms THE HIPS always get the crowd up and on the floor. Combining experience, energy and sheer love of the music, the band heats up everything!
THE HIPS, a feel good band that makes the crowd feel good, comprises of
Peter Ristuccia – Male Lead Vocalist –British motorcycles and beer, rock, blues or opera, he loves them all. As smooth as Sinatra or as rough as Cocker, with a voice inherited from a mix of Italian and Aussie blood, he can sing them all. Add his fine ability with the tambourine and you have an integral contribution to a beautiful sound.
Sharyn Milross – (Shazza) – Vocalist – The youngest member of the band. An outgoing, vivacious, fun lady who not only looks sensational, but sings sensational with a whole lot of energy and personality to match. In the past, Sharyn has sung at weddings and parties, and in the end she remained – the life of the party! This dynamo is a Mum of four and works for a medical specialist. A beautiful and talented lady – you won’t want to miss!
Eddie Lai – Guitarist. What a talented and clever guitarist Eddie is!! Eddie like many in the band enjoyed a wild and wooly youth – having played in many well known bands in his earlier days. Today his guitar playing is eclectic for want of a better word! He can play soulful jazz, swing the blues or just rip into a rock riff that will leave you stunned. Eddie has his own successful engineering business in Sydney and is a father of two. He loves that guitar and it shows! Great guy and a great talent!
Richard Jones (Rockpile) – Rocky plays guitar and provides us with a wonderful experience of vocal talent! Rockpile was the lead singer on most of the tracks recorded over the years by Ol’55. It has been written that Rockpile's falsetto and range was amazing and he has been arguably one of the most underrated vocalists in Australian rock music history! Now he joins the rest of the Hips team and provides a wonderful rich sound that brings a tear to your eye!
Mark Lennon – Drummer. Walk the talk and keep the beat – Mark is the man you will love to meet! Mark is extremely talented, a person who takes the songs and spirits them to the band’s own style. He too was a well known drummer in his earlier days in the Shire! Today, he is a hardworking and conscientious man, who makes the bottom end of the band sound just the way it should! Apart from that significant achievement – he manages his own Accounting Business, and with his wife and girlfriend Mark is a most loving father of four wonderful children – all of them love Rock and Roll.
Paul McCann – (Random) Founder and Bass Guitarist – original bass player for Ol’55 and Fanis. Paul is a successful Telecommunications Management Executive, has four children, and loves sailing and collects of all things – especially pens. He is a real sweetie - you’ll love his talented bass playing and vocal support!
Glenn Cawthorne - Keyboards. Glenn has dedicated a great deal of time in learning his craft and considers himself richer for having played with so many fine musicians over the years ... present company included. Watch for Glenn's cool solos. He is always there to fat out the sound, whether with his intricate melodies, traditional rock and roll piano or screaming heavy rock organ solos. He's having a ball with THE HIPS !