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Band members

  • Line-up
    • John the Beast (John Zisimou) (guitar)
    • Tony Zisimou (bass)
    • Bob Gillett (vocals)
    • Pil (drums)
  • Former members
    • Yanuar, Ari (drums) (1986)
    • Wayne Harrison (drums) (1985 - 1986)


Adelaide, SA, 1980

Band information

Escape was a semi-legendary Adelaide band which made a name for itself on a national level thanks to their over-the-top style. Man-mountain John the Beast's barbarian outfit and guitar complete with a full set of extractors welded to it was arguably the main feature of the band's live show. The band recorded several tracks and featured in a B-Grade film but these recordings were lost. In 1986, the band’s tour bus crashed and The Beast spent three years in hospital recovering, effectively ending the group.

The Zisimous formed Blistered Palms in 2002. Strike Back Demo

Wonder World Episode featuring John the Beast

7:30 Report featuring John the Beast and Boss