The Hi-Tides is a local Adelaide band specializing in classic hits from the past to present.


The Hi-Tides is a local Adelaide band specializing in classic hits from the past to present. Every song is well known – every song is a dance hit. The band members have significant combined musical experience entertaining Adelaide audiences. We’re regularly booked at corporate functions and local Adelaide venues. Our specialty is a fresh “new wave” direction blended with classics. All reflected in the fun we generate from the many years we’ve played together. Featuring great harmonies and FUN music!

Meet The Band

John McKay heads The Hi-Tides and has operated as a professional musician around Adelaide and Sydney circuits over decades. All-round nice-guy. Has performed with many legends including John Bywaters from the Twilights.

John (JB) Bywaters the Hi-Tides capable bass player has been around what seems like forever. He’s a permanent fixture on the Adelaide music scene. He’s Vice Chairman of the Adelaide Chapter of Support Act and on the committee of the South Australian Music Hall of Fame.
John has played in many high-profile bands including The Twilights, Fahrenheit 451, Honest John and Cornesy’s Allstars to name a few. John’s first band was a trio called “The Plainsmen” with drummer Dean Birbeck and a guitarist called Ivan way back in 1961. He also plays bass in a Community Band called the Chicago Showband who perform at Charity Functions such as pageants and lifestyle homes.

John Rose is a multi-instrumentalist who lays down solid drum beats for The Hi-Tides. He runs a successful international business distributing “home movies”. He has performed with many celebrities, including Greg Mallen.

Greg Mallen has the pleasure of being the only member of The Hi-Tides who doesn’t have a room named after him. He has a long history in Adelaide cover bands and takes pride in reproducing both the tones and style of the songs we perform. He was a 1976 founding member of the long-running Adelaide band Muskat and currently performs with several show bands including The Creedence Revival, The Oz Rock Show and Cornesy’s Allstars.


The New Wave
Ain’t Messin’ Round – Gary Clark Jr
Alone With You – Sunny Boys
April Sun – Dragon
Devil Inside – INXS
Don’t Change – INXS
Friday I’m In Love – The Cure
Funky Music – Wild Cherry
Good Thing – Fine Young Cannibals
In Between Days – The Cure
Make Me Smile – Steve Harley
Master Blaster – Stevie Wonder
Mixed Up Shook Up Girl – Mink Deville
Molly’s Chamber – Kings of Leon
Nips Are Getting Bigger – Mental As Anything
Old Man Down The Road – John Fogerty
Original Sin – INXS
Pipeline – Dick Dale & Stevie Ray Vaughn
Psycho Killer – Talking Heads
Rumble – Link Wray
Run To Paradise – Choir Boys
Senses Working Overtime – XTC
Sex On Fire – Kings of Leon
Sounds Of Then (This Is Aust) – GANGgajang
Strut – Taj Mahal
Superstition – Stevie Wonder
The One I Love – REM
To Her Door – Paul Kelly
Under The Milky Way – The Church
Underneath The Radar – Underworld
Unguarded Moment – The Church
White Wedding – Billy Idol
You Sexy Thing – Hot Chocolate
Pretty Woman – Roy Orbison
Runaway – Del Shannon
Save The Last Dance – The Drifters
Saw Her Standing There – Beatles
Sex Bomb – Tom Jones
Stuck In The Middle – Stealers Wheel
Teenage Wedding – Chuck Berry

Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
Come Back Again – Daddy Cool
Come On Everybody – Eddie Cochran
Crazy Little Thing – Queen
Daddy Cool – Daddy Cool
Do You Wanna Dance – Cliff Richard
Eagle Rock – Daddy Cool
Folsom Prison – Johnny Cash
Fortunate Son – Creedence
Green Door – Shakin’ Stevens
Have I Told You Lately – Van Morrison
Hurts So Good – John Mellencamp
I’m A Believer – Smashmouth
I’m Ready – Taj Mahal
Love Her Madly – The Doors
Moondance – Van Morrison
Mustang Sally – The Commitments
My Baby – Cold Chisel
Needle In A Haystack – The Twilights



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