Neighbours of John O'Roarke, chief operating officer of Royal Bank Insurance, will be in for a shock this week as the former punk rocker picks up his guitar for the first time in months.

O'Roarke, formerly of seminal punk rockers The Deaf Aids, who you may have spotted on Rock Goes to College in the late 1970s, is practising for a reunion this weekend. Unfortunately, it is not The Deaf Aids who will be reforming, but a school band that O'Roarke played with before his 15 minutes of fame.