David Costabile started learning music from the age of 8 after his mother bought him an accordion. The demand for accordion players in rock bands was not great at the time, so by his late teens he decided to buy his first synthesiser and taught himself to play. David got to see Queen perform live in Melbourne on the Works Tour in 1985 and today he takes on the role of Spike Edney, emulating the styles and sounds that are Queen.
David’s background is in original music with his songs having been played on radio and TV. He has also toured throughout Australia, USA and Europe. In 1994 he was duly elected as a Writer Full Member of the Australasian Performing Right Association Limited to which he still remains a member to this day
In 2003 David was asked to join Subsonic Symphonee where he met Scotty, Brad and later Darryn. In 2006, after returning from the USA with the band, David decided to leave to play in local cover bands. 5 years later in 2011 and, by a chance encounter at a rehearsal studio, he again caught up with Scotty, Brad and Darryn who were by now in The Australian Queen Tribute Show along with Gareth.
Not long after, David got a call from Brad who asked if he was interested in playing keys with The Australian Queen Tribute Show. Not being a piano player per se, David was reluctant, but decided to once again play with his ex band mates.
To achieve authenticity with sounds, David currently uses a Korg Kronos, the same keyboard brand and model as Spike has been recently using.
David is well known by his band mates as “cranky old bastard” and by the fans as “Silver Fox”… He answers to either!