Midnite Special


Founding band members, Lex and Michelle Greaves are two of the 14 children born to revered country recording artist, the late Rusty Greaves, with whom they began performing on stage with when they were pre-school age. Fourteen years ago they established Midnite Special and have been working in clubs and concert-halls throughout New Zealand ever since, accumulating a wealth of experience and developing a high level of professionalism. The band has seen a variety of line-up changes throughout its decade and a half tenure, the latest of which is among the most versatile and dynamic. Lex is the groups Musical-Director/Bass player and shares lead vocal duties with Michelle. Highly organized vocal harmonies are provided by the other band members, giving the band a unique warmth and robust sound, which is hard to surpass.


Robert Katipa comes from a very talented family also and has established himself as one of the countries premier country-rock guitarists, during his fifteen year career. Robert, like Lex and Michelle grew up in the Country Music scene, absorbing the mentorship of his father, Bob Katipa also a notable guitar player and musician. Robert is a very versatile and sought after guitarist, frequently hired as a backing musician for music festivals and recording sessions. We are thrilled to have him in the band.


Richard Te Paa also hales from an extremely talented family establishing himself as a drummer in all genres of music.  Like Lex, Michelle and Rob grew up around the Country Music scene.  Richard is a solid performer and singer in his own right.


Michael was fortunate enough to receive a world-class apprenticeship in the music industry during his engagement with the Bob Pariss band in the 1970s. Pariss’ band provided backing for the A-list of New Zealand entertainers during the era, including Billy T James and the Yandell sisters. The experience afforded to him provided the necessary skills to break into the international club circuit, with residencies in the United Kingdom and Bruneii throughout the late seventies and eighties. Since his return to new Zealand he has continued to perform regularly throughout the country, as well as acting as entertainment manager for several hotels, including Wellington’s Plaza Hotel and Auckland’s Carlton Hotel and Hotel Du Vin. After so many years of working solo he is excited to be in this dynamic team of musicians.


Hello Everyone!!!
And welcome to the "Midnite Special" Website!!!

Here you will find what we have been up to in our News section, links to other great website's, and of course our Gig guide and Photo gallery!!!

Take the time to look around, and feel free to make an enquiry or even just to say "Hello"!!!

Call Lex on 027 483 7439

Call Michelle on 027 284 3704


Hello all,

We have just arrived back from a very successful trip to beautiful Norfolk Island.  What a time we had there with such wonderful people.  Thanks to Jackie Pye and the rest of the committee for inviting us to be guests on the NZ Showcase.  The Jam sessions at Up Country afterwards were so much fun as well as getting to Jam with the likes of Glen Hannah on lead guitar and Michelle Rose on Pedal Steel.  Just amazing.  This will be a trip we won't forget in a long time.   We would like to thank all the people that bought our CD as well. 

Don't forget if you haven't got our album "Take A Ride" with Midnite Special, get yourself a copy by emailing or phone 027 483 7439.

We have some amazing shows coming up on our Gig Guide including a couple of 60's Revival Shows including Kevin Greaves, Suzanne Lynch and Pat Urlich.  We also have a show coming up in August featuring Angela Ayres "Simple Dreams the songs of Linda Ronstadt".  Really looking forward to these and working with such Legend in NZ Music history.  Check our gig guide for dates and we will see you at one realy soon.

Also don't forget we are available via our Midnite Special facebook page also.

Michelle and the band

Gig Guide

GIG Guide

Saturday 27th May Hamilton Workingmens Club 7:30pm

Saturday 3rd June Manurewa Cosi Club 7:30pm

Sunday 4th June Grey Lynn RSC 4:30pm

Saturday 10th June River City Rock N Roll Hop

23rd June Manurewa Cosi Club 60's Revival Show with Kevin Greaves, Suzanne Lynch and Pat Urlich

29th July Mercury Bay Club

Friday 11th August Stetson Club 8pm to 11:30pm

Saturday 12th August Hamilton Workingmens Club 7:30pm

Saturday 26th August Manurewa Cosi Club "Simple Dreams Songs of Linda Ronstadt" Featuring Angela Ayres

Saturday 30th September Private Function 40th Birthday

Saturday 14th October Hamilton Workingmens Club 7:30pm

Friday 10th November Stetson Club 8pm to 11:30pm

Saturday 2nd December Manurewa Cosi Club

Friday 22nd December New Plymouth Cosi 60's Revival Show with Kevin Greaves, Suzanne Lynch and Pat Urlich

Saturday 23rd December Hamilton Workingmens Club 7:30pm

****NEW YEARS EVE - Whangamata Club****



Photo Gallery & Play List

Midnite Special Song List

Peaceful Easy Feeling
Proud Mary
Long Train Running
Love will keep us alive
You to me are everything
Drift Away
Lay Down Sally
I shot the sheriff
Take it to the limit
You make me feel like dancing
Blue Suede shoes
April Sun in Cuba
All shook up
Have you ever seen the rain
Midnite Special
Steal my kisses
What’s goin’ on
Mama Mia
Under the board walk
Another Saturday Night
Saturday night at the movies
Why Does Love
With or without you
Sweet Darlin
Pink Cadillac
Lightning Crashes
I feel lucky
Mustang Sally
Something to talk about
Listen to the music
Hotel California
Sweet Home Alabama
I love Rock n Roll
Better man
Play that funky music white boy
Pretty Women
Hurts so good
I want to break free
Dancing Queen
Crazy little thing called love
River Deep, Mountain High
Simply the best
La Bamba
Twist and shout
Dreadlock Holiday
Summer of 69
Johnny B. Goode
Stuck in the middle with you
Walk of Life
Mary had a little lamb
Heading in the right direction
Come on over
Wonderful tonight
If tomorrow never comes
Everything to me
Ring, ring
When you say nothing at all
The great pretender
The Gambler
Islands in the stream
Six days on the road
If I said you had a beautiful body
Achy Breaky heart
Bluest heart ache
Honey, Honey
I like it, I love it
Man, I feel like a woman
Rocky Top
Independence day
Pour Me
Mi vida loca
Better things to do
Dance the night away
Ruby, Ruby
Lipstick on your collar
Blue beat
Honey Don’t
Rock around the clock
Great balls of fire
That’ll be the day
Every time that you walk in the room
I saw her standing there
The Twist
Take it easy
Billie Jean
Blame It On The Boogie
Wonder Wall

Better Man