Mick Cocks

Australian musician Mick Cocks

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.
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    FIFTIES
  • 2009
    Age 54
    Mick Cocks died from liver cancer on 22 December 2009, aged 54.
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    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.
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  • 2006
    Age 51
    Sessions were disrupted by Wells illness and eventual death of prostate cancer on 27 March 2006, four years after his initial diagnosis.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2003
    Age 48
    In 2003 Cocks rejoined Rose Tattoo to write tracks with Anderson which were recorded for a future album, Blood Brothers.
  • 1998
    Age 43
    Rose Tattoo reconvened in 1998 as Cocks, Anderson, Wells, Rilen and DeMarco, and undertook an Australian tour.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1993
    Age 38
    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.
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  • 1990
    Age 35
    From 1990 Anderson attempted to reform Rose Tattoo with Cocks but the death of Royall in 1991 of cancer stalled the process.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1984
    Age 29
    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.
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  • 1983
    Age 28
    In September 1983 Cocks "had been ousted from Heaven" to be replaced by Evans.
  • 1982
    Age 27
    In May 1982 Cocks replaced John Haese on guitar and the group toured the United States' West Coast supporting Mötley Crüe and Dio.
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    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.
  • 1981
    Age 26
    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.
  • 1980
    Age 25
    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).
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  • 1977
    Age 22
    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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1955
    Age 0
    Michael Thomas "Mick" Cocks was born on 11 January 1955.
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