Mikey Havoc Profile

aka Michael Roberts
Gareth Shute
13 Feb 2020

Music has been central to the long, varied career of Mikey Havoc. His decades in the public eye have included singing in chart-topping band Push Push, fronting his own TV show (often with Jeremy Wells aka Newsboy), helping run Squid – one of the coolest bars in Auckland – DJing huge dance events, and three stints as breakfast host on bFM.

Mikey Havoc (Michael Roberts) traces his love of music to the first year of high school when he started buying cassettes, which led to him and his cousin Ken Green becoming obsessed with heavy metal. He convinced his mother to buy him a guitar, an amp, and a distortion pedal, but guitar lessons didn’t get him very far (nor did an attempt at drums). Yet by fifth form (Year 11), he’d still managed to start his first band.

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Poster for a live gig at Squid, 6 June 1996: Mark Roach record release with Chris Knox, Matthew Bannister.
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Michael Franti (left) - Spearhead acoustic gig, upstairs at Squid, Auckland, 1990s.
Photo credit: Allan Roberts
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Mikey grabs a moment's rest
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Mr. Havoc's Magic Set (Virgin, 1999).
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Fontanelle, 95bFM Summer Series, Albert Park, 1995.
Photo credit: Chris Familton collection
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Shihad perform on the last episode of Havoc on MTV, October 1998.
Photo credit: Allan Roberts
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Mikey Havoc.
Photo credit: Allan Roberts
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Havoc 2000 Deluxe (ep 17, 1999)
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Mr. Havoc's Magic Set (Virgin, 1999)
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Mike Trujillo at the Suicidal Tendencies after party, Squid, May 1995.
Photo credit: Allan Roberts
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Push Push - Trippin' (1991)
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Havoc at the Big Day Out (1997)
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John Rowles with Mikey Havoc at 96bFM in the mid 2000s
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"Cheap Sex" party at Squid, December 1995.
Photo credit: Allan Roberts
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A very young Mikey Havoc
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Fontanelle at Squid, October 1995.
Photo credit: Allan Roberts
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Fontanelle set list, 95bFM Summer Series, Albert Park, 1995
Photo credit: Chris Familton collection
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Poster for Havoc's Sunday School regular event, Punch and Judy's Tavern, Fort Street, Auckland.
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Mikey Havoc.
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Fontanelle on stage at Big Day Out, Auckland, 1997.
Photo credit: Chris Familton collection
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Mike Muir (Suicidal Tendencies, Infectious Grooves) at Squid Bar, May 1995.
Photo credit: Allan Roberts
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Push Push in 1992. From Left to Right: Scott Cortese, Silver, Steve Abplanalp, Andy Kane, Mikey Havoc.
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Mikey Havoc in Fontanelle, bFM Summer Series, Albert Park, Auckland.
Photo credit: Chris Familton collection
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Mikey Havoc in Fontanelle, Squid, Auckland, October 1995 - with Antony McDonald (guitar), Blair Miller (drums), Chris Familton (bass).
Photo credit: Allan Roberts
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Push Push 1993 tour poster
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Havoc - first episode (1997)
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Mikey Havoc DJing with the Chemical Brothers, Feel, January 2000.
Photo credit: Allan Roberts
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"Cheap Sex" party at Squid, December 1995.
Photo credit: Allan Roberts
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Mikey Havoc in Fontanelle, opening the main stage at the Big Day Out 1998 Auckland.
Photo credit: Allan Roberts
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MC OJ and Rhythm Slave (feat. Mikey Havoc) - Money Worries (1991)
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Squid bar regular DJ Wanda on the decks.
Photo credit: Allan Roberts
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Fontanelle gig poster, c 1995.
Photo credit: Chris Familton collection
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A punter dancing in the rafters at a Squid "Cheap Sex" party, Auckland, December 1995.
Photo credit: Allan Roberts
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In 2002, Havoc appeared in Auckland Theatre Company’s production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. He hadn’t sung in a theatre show since high school, though as a teen his powerful voice had shone through in his school musicals and this had led to him being picked to perform a song from Phantom of the Opera at the Entertainer of the Year Awards.