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Dave Tice, 1978 (printed 2018)

Gary Ede

inkjet print on paper (sheet: 49.9 cm x 49.9 cm, image: 46.1 cm x 46.0 cm)

Dave Tice (b. 1950) musician, has aptly been called ‘Australia’s godfather of stoner rock’. Arriving in Australia in 1964, he went to high school in Brisbane, where he was a foundation member of Head in 1968. In 1970, in Sydney, with some personnel changes, Head became Buffalo. ‘We’d do a show at Hornsby Police Boys Club and there’d be 1 200 kids there. Fifty cents each to get in,’ Tice recalls. Over a seven year period Buffalo recorded five albums and toured with some of the major rock bands ever to have visited Australia, including Black Sabbath, Slade, Status Quo and Motörhead. In 1977 Tice returned to England where he became front man of the influential R and B/ proto-punk band the Count Bishops. The Count Bishops made three albums and supported bands including the Clash and the Stranglers before hitting an uncrossable rough patch in early 1979.Back in Australia from 1984, Tice has toured with blues and rock stalwarts around the country; fronted the Headhunters, house band at Springfield’s night club at Kings Cross; and more recently held long-term regular gigs at the Bridge Hotel, Rozelle and the Sandringham, Rozelle. His projects – solo, with ex-AC/DC bassist Mark Evans, with the Dave Tice band and with Buffalo Revisited - are ongoing. There are many clips of Tice in performance, past and present, on YouTube; a typical comment reads ‘I remember seeing him with Buffalo in Canberra in the 1970s. My ears are still ringing.’

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2018
© Gary Ede

Accession number: 2018.104

Currently on display: Gallery Two (Contemporary Gallery)

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Gary Ede (age 32 in 1978)

Dave Tice (age 28 in 1978)

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

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