Brian Thomas

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John R Campbell Collection


Brian Thomas - seen at the SSR Concerts in Christchurch Cathedral 2006

Brian Thomas was the leader of The Vigilantes from 1959, and the band played at weddings and 21sts, and in dance halls, which included a regular but short-lived gig in Timaru (replacing The Downbeats).  The Vigilantes hit the big-time when they became the second band at The Laredo Nitespot (with Johnny Campbell and The Detours, and Les Stott) around 1963.  The band stopped playing at The Laredo in 1965, but continued making records, accompanying The Southerners on such hits as Don't It Make You Feel Good // South Wind, as well as making a few other records, most notably Come Tomorrow // The Cruel Sea and And I Love Her // Everybody Come And Clap Your Hands.


RRSP55 - The Southerners/Vigilantes

RRSP57 - The Vigilantes

RRSP59 - The Southerners/Vigilantes

RRSP153 - The Vigilantes


The Vigilantes - Bob Wilcock and Trevor Wright

The Vigilantes - Dixon McIvor, Murray Wood and Larry McKay

The Vigilantes - Murray Wood, Larry McKay and Brian Thomas


The full line-up for The Vigilantes was: Brian Thomas (lead guitar, band leader and occasional singer), Larry McKay (rhythm guitarist and occasional singer), Dixon McIvor (vocalist), Derek (Willy) Withers (bass guitar and occasional trumpet), Tony Mason (drums), Bob Wilcock (tenor saxophone).  The Vigilantes were resident second band at The Laredo Nitespot from 1963 to 1965, and subsequently appeared on The Des Britten Coca Cola Show  A tour to Pohara Beach Motor Camp was an epic, and the band played lots and lots of dance halls and church halls.  Spencer Street and the reek of Old Spice is a particularly strong memory.  Recording was very demanding and nerve wracking, but yet strangely satisfying.


Brian Thomas

Brian Thomas

Marcus Thomas and Brian Thomas


Newspaper article promoting Spencer Street Revisited

Brian Thomas with his beloved Fender Stratocaster


The Vigilantes were once again re-united for the inaugural ROCKONZ Concert in The Christchurch Town Hall, March 2007


Additional Brian Thomas and Vigilantes information can be found on the Johnny Campbell and The Detours website .....


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