Dean Bourne started performing at the ripe old age of 10 and by the time he had reached 15, he had conquered the local club, pub and restaurant circuits. Even at this early age, it was evident that Dean had a special gift, not only for playing the guitar but for his extraordinary vocal ability.
In 1997, Dean auditioned for 'Follow that Dream' - a showcase of look-a-likes and sound-a-likes. He overwhelmingly won both the audience and judges Grand Final. Dean's success was noticed by the producers of 'Idolz in Concert', who immediately signed Dean to appear as the popular 'Roy Orbison' in their show.
In the later part of the year 2000, Dean ventured into his own fully produced tribute show to Roy Orbison in 'ORBISON THE TRIBUTE'. The show received rave reviews from the harshest critics and his popularity can be gauged by the fact that he filled every auditorium in which he performed with the venues immediately rebooking the show in the earliest possible time.
2009 was an exciting and successful year with 'THE DREAM TOUR' a tribute to the Prince of Pop and the Prince of Rock - Cliff & The Shadows & The Big O - Roy Orbison starring Australian Music Legend Marty Rhone as Cliff. This show toured Australian mainland theatres including Crown Casino Melbourne & Perth, State Theatre Sydney and Her Majesty's Theatre Adelaide.
Quote - "It was like Roy Orbison was here in person." - Elizabeth Pickering, Perth, Australia
Early 2010 saw the launch of a brand new show 'ROY ORBISON REBORN', with many more of Roy's biggest hits introduced to accepting audiences.
Dean continued entertaining audiences at sell out venues throughout 2010 and again in 2011 with his ‘ROY ORBISON REBORN, 75TH Anniversary Tour’. This 2 hour show was a Roy Orbison experience. This was the first time Dean had taken his show to Tasmania which received overwhelming reviews.
Quote – “What else can I say but wow it’s amazing. I follow Roy Orbison tribute acts from all over the world and I have to say that Dean is the best and most accurate I have ever heard. His vocals are outstanding.” – Charley Hunt, Tasmania, Australia.
With the cream of Australian musicians and backing vocalists, Dean takes his audience on a whirlwind journey back through recording history. In 2012, 2013 & 2014 Dean performed in all major clubs & theatres throughout Australia and NZ in his own Roy Orbison Tribute show and in a variety of combo shows such as 'Roy Orbison & Johnny Cash' and 'Roy Orbison & Del Shannon'.
In 2015 & 2016 Dean continued touring Australia with his smash hit Roy Orbison Tribute with special guests 'The Robertson Brothers' performing as 'The Everly Brothers'. The show was an unprecedented success with a National SOLD OUT tour.
Dean celebrated his 20th year Anniversary in 2017 performing and paying the ultimate and authentic tribute to Roy Orbison, The Big O in 'ROY ORBISON REBORN' with a special tribute to the Traveling Wilburys and with 5 special 'ROY ORBISON ORCHESTRATED' shows with the 35 peice 'Australian Symphony Orchestra' conducted by 'George Ellis'. Venues included Hamer Hall Melbourne, QPAC Brisbane, State Theatre Sydney, Crown Theatre Perth, The Star Gold Coast (formerly Jupiter's Casino).
In January 2018, Dean took his show 'ROY ORBISON REBORN' abroad to IRELAND performing 4 big shows in Dublin, Cork, Limerick & Galway to 'SOLD OUT' audiences . Ireland was so impressed with Dean and his show that plans are in the process to return to Ireland again in early 2019 and extend the tour to include the UK & europe. Very exciting for all involved.
Dean is well sought after in the corporate world and on luxury cruise ships having played the waters of New Zealand and the South Pacific on numerous occasions.
Over the years, Dean has given his time to support & perform at many different charities which include - The Andrew Day Children's Fund, Victim's of Homicide http://hvsg.com.au/, Help2Help http://www.help2help.org.au/, Music for Life http://musicforlife.net.au/ (raising funds for Brain Cancer).
Quote - “A must see show for anyone who wants to relive the sound, the voice and all of the magical hits of Roy Orbison in an exciting concert experience that is much like the man himself – unforgettable”. - Jarrod Robinson, Auckland, New Zealand.