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Mick Cocks

Musician
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Born Jan 11, 1955
Died Dec 22, 2009

Michael Thomas "Mick" Cocks was an Australian musician, most noted for his guitar and songwriting work with Rose Tattoo. His original sound and style heavily influenced Guns N' Roses, who recorded a cover of the Rose Tattoo song "Nice Boys". He was also a member of Heaven, The Head-Hunters, Illustrated Men, Doomfoxx, Pete Wells Heart Attack and the Ted Mulry Gang.… Read More

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CHILDHOOD

1955 Birth Michael Thomas "Mick" Cocks was born on 11 January 1955. … Read More

TWENTIES

1977 22 Years Old The band's debut single "Bad Boy for Love" peaked at No. 19 on the Australian Kent Music Report Singles Chart in 1977. When Rilen left the group Cocks switched to bass guitar then Chris Turner (ex-Buffalo) was brought and, in turn, was replaced by Geordie Leach (ex-Buster Brown). This line-up recorded their debut album, Rose Tattoo which reached the top 40 on the Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart in November 1978. … Read More
1980 25 Years Old In 1980 Cocks was also a founding member of The Headhunters – an ad hoc collection of R&B musicians – initially with Todd Hunter on bass guitar and his brother Marc on vocals (both from Dragon); John Watson on drums and Kevin Borich on lead guitar (both Kevin Borich Express). … Read More
1981 26 Years Old In late 1981, Rose Tattoo, with Cocks, returned to Australia from a tour of Europe and began work on their third album, Scarred for Life.
1982 27 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1982, before recording commenced, Cocks had left to join Heaven and was replaced by Robin Riley on guitar. In 1980 Heaven was a heavy metal band formed in Sydney, they had issued a debut album, Twilight of Mischief.
1983 28 Years Old In September 1983 Cocks "had been ousted from Heaven" to be replaced by Evans.
1984 29 Years Old In November 1984, Cocks re-joined his ex-Rose Tattoo band mates, Rilen, Leach, Royall and Wells to form Illustrated Men – with Rilen handling lead vocals – which toured Australia. … Read More

THIRTIES

1990 35 Years Old From 1990 Anderson attempted to reform Rose Tattoo with Cocks but the death of Royall in 1991 of cancer stalled the process.
1993 38 Years Old In 1993 Rose Tattoo reunited, with Cocks and new drummer Paul DeMarco, to support Guns N' Roses on the Australian leg of their Use Your Illusion Tour. … Read More

FORTIES

1998 43 Years Old Rose Tattoo reconvened in 1998 as Cocks, Anderson, Wells, Rilen and DeMarco, and undertook an Australian tour. … Read More
2003 48 Years Old In 2003 Cocks rejoined Rose Tattoo to write tracks with Anderson which were recorded for a future album, Blood Brothers.

FIFTIES

2006 51 Years Old Sessions were disrupted by Wells illness and eventual death of prostate cancer on 27 March 2006, four years after his initial diagnosis. … Read More
In April 2009 Cocks was diagnosed with liver cancer, manager Steve White stated, "Mick... is now under the advice of the very best doctors in Sydney. … Read More
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