Home of Max Merritt and the Meteors
Hi and welcome to the official web site of Max Merritt and the Meteors. Max has become a legend in Australasian music over the past four decades. But he isn't one to sit at home with a cup of tea! Over the last couple of years Max has been playing to ever increasing audiences, made up of both long-time fans and kids who are experiencing his music live for the first time. No matter if you are a long-time fan or newcomer to Max's brand of soulful rock, we're sure you'll get a kick out of seeing and hearing Max up on the web.
MAX MERRITT TO FLY HOME FOR HALL OF FAME INDUCTION
Rock legend Max Merritt will return to Australia on Saturday 28 June for a brief visit enabling him to be in Melbourne to be inducted into the ARIA Hall Of Fame on Tuesday 1 July.
In April 2007 Max discovered he was suffering from the rare autoimmune disorder called Goodpastures Syndrome and he has been left with total kidney failure. While in Australia Max will be cared for at The Epworth Hospital under consultation with his Los Angeles Nephrologist Dr. Gregory Krastein.
Five weeks ago Dr. Krastein gave Max the all clear confirming that he was medically stable to travel and has since sent his medical records and pertinent information on his dialysis treatments to Epworth. Max’s long time friend and Manager, Wal Bishop, said “The ARIA people jumped at the chance to have Max here and booked business class tickets to get him home for the award in total comfort”.
Max fell on hard times after he fell ill and the Australian entertainment industry rallied to stage a fundraising concert at the Palais Theatre on 21 October 2007 that raised over $200,000.00 to sustain him. “His spirits are sky high at the moment and he has been building up his strength every day” Bishop said “Being here will also give him a chance to thank all those people that donated their time, talent, services and money for him”
A function is being arranged so Max can thank everybody involved in the concert. “The 3DVD Concert For Max set will be release on Destra Music and be in the shops later this month but we will hold off having an official launch until after the ARIA induction” Bishop added. "My best guess is we will head down to the Palais Theatre for an industry gathering on 2 July because Max wants to thank everybody in person"
CONCERT FOR MAX "…the best benefit ever!"
TRIPLE DVD AVAILABLE 1 JULY 2008 – PRE ORDER NOW
On 21 October 2007 a benefit concert was staged in Melbourne for Oz Rock Legend MAX MERRITT who had fallen on hard times after suffering a rare auto immune disorder.
Since early November 2007 our Vision Director, Luke Raisbeck, has been editing the Concert For Max video and Sound Engineer Ernie Rose has re-mixed the audio into 5.1 surround sound and we now have a DVD that is truly an Australian Rock ‘n Roll triumph.
More details and ordering information are available on this page.
CONCERT FOR MAX - AN OUTSTANDING SUCCESS
On Sunday 21 October the who's who of the Australian Rock 'n Roll industry came together to raise some much needed financial relief for their mate, Max Merritt. Max had fallen on hard times since suffering kidney failure in April.
Max Merritt's Manager, Wal Bishop said "it has been said before, if I am the smartest person in the room, I'm in the wrong room. On Sunday night I was in the right room". Over 150 people were involved in the Concert For Max including feature artists, musicians, riggers, loaders, technical crew, cameramen, directors, wranglers, stage hands, caterers, security, drivers, runners, merchandise sellers and raffle ticket sellers. Over and above that there were an endless number of goods and services donated including Audio, Lighting, Backline, Stage and Video. Even the venue was donated.
It is expected that, including donations, merchandise, raffle & auction and the net box office , the end result will be somewhere above $200,000.00.
More news on the event is available here.
Update of Max's Medical condition
Max's medical conditioned is pretty much unchanged at this time and his dialysis treatment continues three times each week. The good news however is that since the Concert For Max fundraising efforts, his spirits have soared. "It is such a relief not to have to worry about how I can pay the bills. I can now pick up the phone or go to the mail box without fear of who is about to bring another wall crashing down on me", Max said, "But as much as anything, the knowing that people cared enough to donate their time, talent, service & money to help me out makes me feel loved ...... and that means the world to me right now."
Full details as they stand at the moment are available here.
Max pays his respects to Billy Thorpe
Billy Thorpe passed away on Wednesday 27th February 2007.
You can read Max's rememberence of one of Australia's Rock 'n' Roll greats on this special page.
Take the performance with you
Even if you were unlucky enough to have missed one of Max's hot performances, you can still get the DVD of him live with the eighteen piece, one-night only version of the Meteors live at the Showroom at Crown Casino. Just head on over to the merchandise page.
We have now opened the second last carton of the Collections Edition - Max Merritt & Meteors Live In Concert DVD/CD package so if you do not have a copy you should purchase it now... they will not last much longer!
In the words of Max, Keep Rockin'!