Thursday, October 26, 2006

25 years !!!!!!

I just liked this photo, no other reason for posting it apart from that.

Updated Wednesday 8.40am Feb 27th

New gigs +

a new Wholigans website is up.

25th Anniversary
A Tribute to The Who since 82
2007 World Tour

The Wholigans celebrate 25 years of paying tribute to the greatest rock band in the world THE WHO .

March 24th go here and click on Saturday rock n roll tribute day

...New Port Richey Florida USA ,opening for FOGHAT

June 28th Suwanee GA

June 30th new location Knoxville Tenessee

September & October...UK + Germany

Some of the shows especially the Canadian gigs will feature the band playing one of the classic Who albums in their entirety , such as.....' WHO'S NEXT '..... 'LIVE AT LEEDS ' & 'TOMMY' + a selection of The Who's greatest hits .


.Ran across some old videos 86-ish-to-2003

.These video's are courtesy of Dave Smith former bassist for The Wholigans 86-ish-2003
These vids are from around then .

Recorded at 'rock n roll heaven' yonge & bloor Toronto Canada.

The guitarist is John Walsh (till 89?) haven't heard from him since,...John, where are you ?

Bass.Dave Smith
The drummer is Paul Holman , who I believe is still drumming in Toronto/Woodstock, who's mother makes great pickles :) ya Paul and Jenny and Mrs Holman for keeping the band from starving to death : )

ME..singing duh ;)

While I'm reminiscing, good memorys and thanks go out to....

Gerard Popma ..not in this video).,,,,,,(Pete wholigan 83-84ish-? )

Steve Mckenna (now living in Ottawa) Steves health is not the best and I wish him well, .that man knew his way around an alembic bass guitar, man he had 'the sound'

In the 80's our roadie Poo...(as in shit ..not as in bear....his words ....not mine) ..

"We can't afford this place" he shouted out as we entered this fancy restaurant in Novia Scotia or Newfoundland..can't remember..anyways. We were dressed like bums and probably (more than likely ) drunk.....we quickly left.


Jim 'nice hair' Popma (roadie) and 'Crazy Al ' soundman, expert "cigarette" roller and connoisseur of fine alcohol. ;}

One day I will attempt to list all of The Wholigans over the years as they were all invaluable to our story.

Video's ...all from 85-ish? (a couple of 03's thrown in)

Sister disco 85 ?

Hey how about that short hair and miami vice suit huh :) .......jeez!!!!

Eminence front 85 ?

Your's truly wailing on guitar.....yeah right ;)


Baba o'riley 86

Magic bus 86


Young man blues 86


The real me 2003 WHO convention London Astoria UK


My Generation..from Tom Wright opening photo exhibit in 2003 ,Tom was The Who's tour manager and is a friend of Petes and a celebrated rock photographer (see our links page on our site + our photo's section)

update Feb 2nd

more 80's stuff

Pinball Wizard/see me feel me/listening to you


OH !...btw heres some video from the 2006 WHO convention in London, scroll to the bottom of the blog.

A few dodgy bits here and there, alright A LOT of dodgy bits , but it can't all be good right ;)


Thanks to all of you who have sent me best wishes re: my back.

I AM ready to rock n roll, as adrenaline is my only cure all fix, so that goes to show you the power of the Who's music and their fans really "HAVE THE POWER TO HEAL YOU.....NEVER FEAR !"......'Tommy'

That said ....lose yourself in the Who tour that is now and when that is said and done and you still need a WHO fix , come see us .

WE WILL WELCOME YOU TO THE CAMP as I hope you welcome us.



Sunday, October 15, 2006

One day you're nobody ,the next day you're on top o'the world ma !!!

Sat Oct 14th photo's courtesy of Kirk Mason semi-official photo guy ;)

I've tried uploading more images here but my flippin ' 2000windows Me' gives me a hard time, I guess it's time for a new dell huh :\

We played Friday Oct 13th at a local watering hole for a lot of mean ass just out of prison type characters and strippers on crack and a few die hard Who/Wholigan fans.
Nobody clapped apart from the small % of wholigans.
Lets just say Friday the 13th lived up to it's reputation as a bad..really BAD day.
The owner told us we suck and we would never be back (like we want to go back to hell!) and he tried hard to start a fight and have security kick our butts, but we kept our mouth shut,
got paid (just) It helps when your agent/manager is 6ft 5 and 250lbs !
but then we got the hell out of dodge!!!
We have never been treated with such disrespect in 25 years.....EVER !
This is not the end of the story....stay tuned. ...there is soooooooooooooo much more !

As for Saturday the 14th, it was f'n magic in New port richey Florida for an estimated few thousand crowd, although the total estimate turnout for the day I was told was 40,000 people !!!
We opened for Blue Oyster Cult whom I met and were very nice guys, and Buck Dharma came up to me and told me we rocked which was cool, but to be honest I didn't know who the hell he was until he introduced himself.
B.O.C's management however were a different story, we were told at one point to play longer so I added Naked eye close the end of the set and was planning on playing Won't get fooled again then my generation to finish, but then during Naked Eye we were told to play only one more and that was it.

Our agent/manager really wanted us to play my gen and smash ,so I had to cut WGFA(which we've never done)
So we start MY GEN and within the first few bars BOC's management tells our guy that we have to stop playing immediatly or BOC was going to cancel and leave (because they (the management)knew we were going to smash)
Our manager and our roadie tell them NO F'N WAY! we play the song anyway and smash the hell out of the guitar and drums and the crowd ate it up, we absolutely destroyed the stage.

Now no disrespect to BOC but there was no way we were going to stop in the middle of MY GEN, and we weren't trying to steal the show , we were just doing what we always do and I think the BOC management was just a bit power crazy.
BOC band members watched us from side stage and complimented us afterwards and were really nice so obviously the problem didn't stem from them.
Apart from that debacle the show was greeeaaat!

BOC although I was not too familiar with a lot of their material, I did know 'godzilla' 'don't fear the reaper' and a couple of others.
They were really tight and Buck is a great guitarist and the show was excellent.

I have some photo's which I'll post eventually, but for now here is our setlist.

SHAKIN ALL OVER (inc roadrunner/join together/my generation blues)

Thursday, October 05, 2006

You can never have enough 'Pete's'

Darren the 'Pete' from TheWhoShow in L.A. will be playing these gigs with us, as Chris can't make it.

Friday October 13th
St. Petersburg

Oct 14th
New Port Richey
Opening for Blue Oyster Cult
Expected crowd 5000+

Sunday, September 24, 2006

The Who,Who'sNext & The Wholigans,,,,,,,,

All in one night is enough Who for any Who fan to keel over in a drunken whostupour, but that is exactly what happened Sept 18th 2006.
I was in NYC staying at Bill's house (guitarist who's next) along with all of the other band members including The Wholigans own drummer Darren who was filling in for the evening.
It was kind of strange waking up and seeing another Roger across the kitchen in the form of Dave.
A lot of people think that there would be animosisty between who tribute bands but it's quite the opposite we all have a comradrie anongst the east/south/west coast bands. (rappers could learn a lesson)

I went to to the who's next rehearsal which was a little weird for me to watch and probably just the same for Dave, but we ended up at an irish pub to cap the night..

Next day I headed into the city and met up with tons of Wholigans inc actually too many to name but here goes:
Mike,Marc,Rob,Scott,Meg,Joyce,George ,hirbormort,Alan Mckendree,ratboy was noticably missing as was bjorn and majik (who showed the next day) there were many others whom I met at thestout which was an ok place to meet but too big & loud for me, I prefer the smaller intimate...molly wee's pubs(next time guy's?)

We head up to the gardens 90% of us without tickets, I bought with the help of Rob a $50 sidestage ticket and headed gleefully towards the entrance only to be turned back with the words 'it's a fake' echoing in my head...oh well.
So I bought a dirt cheap ticket of $20 to get in the door and walked in with Rob and we ended up in$250 seats 10th row up Petes side and a fantastic view.
I can't repeat the setlist forbatem except for the fact there was a lot of new stuff which I thought was great and I do think in fact ' WE'VE GOT A HIT !'

I've posted elsewhere that the closing song 'Tea &Theatre' was/is the most emotional song Pete has written and had the most emotion I've heard/seen come out of Roger.
Very VERY well done boys, it was excellent !

After the show I head to BBKings where who'snext were playing midnight till 2, it was a bit of a rough start for the lads but as the night wore on the pieces fell into place along with the additions of a steeelslide player for a few songs and also The OX'S guitarist Godfrey Townsend played a few songs , one of which I sang
'shakin all over ' with Stoney from the quadropheniacs(another who tribute) I also did 'substitute' with who's next.for the encore.

It was about 3.30-4am by the time we headed home and one of the lads in the van found out he had just become a proud papa that night (not my place to say who) so after that we all toasted with a beer (at home) then crashed immediatly as most of us had to to leave for the airport within a few hours.
Myself ,I was Who'd out and didn't care if I heard another Who song in my life, yet hear I am about to embark on a couple of gigs in Georgia 2 weeks later!!!!!!
One in Augusta where we are playing the entire live at leeds + others, then it's off to Stone mountain park in front of 15,000 people !!!!

My back is still very sore along with my legs, but once I'm on that stage I'll be superman, but when I walk off I'm sure the kryptonite will kick in.
How can you NOT get excited singing The Who for all those people:)


Friday, September 15, 2006

Sore back ...what sore back ?..rock n roll will fix it !

OH MAN !!!!!!!
I am worn out from the Flogging Molly gig last night, I danced/pogoed/jigged my ass off all night and all on one count em one drink
They were fantastic and I bought the t-shirt.
I was obviously the oldest one there but I didn't give a damn, I went within 10 feet of the stage amongst the skins and the punks and the bodysurfers and sweated my butt off and had a smile on my face all night long

The place was in an outdoor courtyard holding 1200 people in a place called Jannus Landing in downtown St Petersburg.
If you like the pouges,the clash,elvis costello, the levellers,seven nations,great big sea ,celtic music in general and add punk attitude you get Flogging Molly
.If you get a chance to go to a live show GOOOOO!
You will have a blast.
Part of the fun for me was getting to look at all the real young people who had anticipation,excitement,and that look of a first time concert goer ,and the look in their eyes was incredible.I remember those days and still try to retain that magic and flogging molly did that for me last night.

I came home jumped in the shower,came out then cracked a beer and prepared to watch The Who on David Letterman , then promptly fell asleep
Thank god for DVD recorders.

Up next...Wolfmother Saturday at the same venue, then The Who Monday in NYC.
I hope my old bones (back) carry me through the next few days.

Thank god prohibition is long gone or I'd have to find alternatives to pain medication ;}

Music will keep you young ,people and will keep the kid inside of you alive, so keep rockin don't let ANYBODY tell you, you are too old.
Look at Pete or me for that matter, it works I tell ya !!!!!!

Rock your bloody arses off till you die !

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Here we go again

As some of you know I had a major back operation a couple of years ago (you can read the story on our site 'dear diary'
What I didn't tell people just prior to this years convention in London in April , is that I had another back surgery , not as big as the first one but scary enough that it had possibilities that could have caused me never to walk again amongst many other problems, but anytime you enter that realm those possibilities exist. This all happened 2 weeks prior to the tour.

I just didn't want to let the who fans know and especially the tour promoters as it would have created a lot of problems.
Thankfully the procedure worked and I was able to do the tour but with help of many pain prescriptions.

Well since then the problems still persist and my daily activity is limited so that said I went to see my specialist and I'm going on the table Sept 25th for a 1/2 day mini surgery/procedure.
Everytime you have surgery, scar tissue is left in the body, and after having an MRI last week it was discovered that here is a lot of tissue pressing on my nerves causing a lot of lower back pain,down the right leg and into both feet.
So I'm having a new procedure done which works but is still not an automatic thing for doctors to go through yet, it's still fairly experimental.

What happens (the squeamish should not read on) but they cut a hole just above my anus
(about the size of a dime/sixpence) then they run a cathetar/or some kind of hose up through the lower hole in my tailbone and up into my spine.
From there they release enzymes into the area of the scar tissues, the enzymes slowly eat away the tissue.
I am going to have this done twice including the regular steroid shots over the next month or so.

OH....I forgot to mention that they keep me awake during this to make sure they don't screw up, why they do this is beyond me.
They do medicate ,but the fact they keep me awake sucks!
It hurts just thinking about it :(

If this does not work then they will put a small piece of metal transmitter inside my back which sends signals which confuses the brain ,I don't really want to go that far.......but.

I have been going nuts with the pain for years since the initial operation but never really told anybody just because.
My band members knew but I don't think knew the extent.

On stage I feell like a kid again, the adrenolin works wonders (they realy should investigate that) afterwards is a different story.
I'm no cripple so I'm not seeking sympathy as millions suffer the same deal, I just needed to get it off my chest.(or off my back so to speak)

The procedure on the 25th will not hinder my gig on the 29th, I'll have my buddy southern comfort with me ; }

Thanks for listening, and see you in NYC : )

Monday, September 11, 2006


Hello all,
thought I'd let you know that there is a lot going in my world,some sad,some painful , some good and a lot to contemplate.
Mentally and physically I am not the man I was 10 years ago.I'm really having to dig deep before I come up with solutions.Can't really give you details but time will tell the tale.
I will see a lot of you in NYC both before and after the show, but it's times like those that helps one think about tomorrow and look forward to...we all need something like that otherwise whats the point ?

I apologise for lack of blogs re San Fran and Ft Lauderdale and hell even lack of uk photo's and our web updates, seems my brain is on a temporary wholigan hold right now.
Life is bigger than The Wholigans......Whodathunk ?


Remember 911

I urge you all to take a moment to remember 911 today and to please leave politics out of it, it was just not an American tragedy but a human one.
Take a moment.

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Just one flippin decent seat..........puhleeeeeeeeeeeeeeese

I decided tonight to go to the 1st night at MSG BUT IT'S SOLD OUT!

Can anyone get me a half decent ticket,I know how to get there and I have a place to stay.But without a really good ticket I'm not going.

Also after the show I'm going down to bbkings to sing with bills who'snext show (I' m not singing all night long just a few) wholigan darren will also be playing!!

Someone please find me a decent ticket without breaking the bank....I don,t have Rogers money!!!!!


I booked a fairly cheap flight $183 , leave on Sunday ,go to Bills and then watch those 'other guys/who'snext' rehearse (which will be strange)
Monday head into the city and meet up with whomever wherever, (where and when is everbody meeting?)
After The Who I'm off to see who'snext afterparty at bbkings and probably sing a couple (if I'm sober)Anybody else going ?
Then go home on Tuesday.
All I need now is a decent ticket, Bill seems to think I'll get one last minute unless a sweet deal walks in before then .....anybody ? :)

Saturday, July 08, 2006

July 4th weekend

July 2nd at New Port Richey Florida at an outdoor festival.

Here are some photo's taken by Kirk Mason who is slowly but surely becoming the unoffical/official photographer of The Wholigans.

The band is not playing the rest of July as all four of us have tons of other stuff going on.
My next gig is with members of TheWhoShow in San Francisco on Aug 12th at a scooter rally, then August /Sept/Oct looks pretty busy for the band playing everywhere from Ft Lauderdale to Detroit and a possible mid west USA tour in October.


Friday, June 09, 2006

Radio Twoligans

Radio Twoligans updated Thursday September 6th 10.30pm

Board recording of the show

The Tommy gig with the vodkanauts was broadcast on Aug 16th 9-11 and you can listen to the archive here.
The program is called 'Soundcheck' Tommy starts at 16minutes 33 seconds in.
I sing 'Amazing journey' at 26.18 and 'Pinball Wizard' at 49.00

A short video of The Twoligans Saturday June 24th
We played .
The Seeker
The Real me
Love ain't for Keeping
Magic Bus
A Quick One

Some photo's of The Twoligans, not terribly exciting but hey wutchagonnado Best viewed as a slideshow

Other videos of the day

Monday June 12th 4-6pm

The Twoligans ........(Mark & Barry) were on WMNF 88.5 radio with DJ Flee.
The band was interviewed along with answering questions from callers about anything Who related and also played 4 songs accoustically live in the studio.

The entire show was dedicated to The Who and was interspersed with Who rarities.
The Twoligans were on for the entire 2 hours.

This show is also a promo for an upcoming show at Skippers June 24th where there will be 25 bands playing in an all day tribute to The Who including The Twoligans

update Tuesday June 13th

Here is the playlist + there was plenty of talk inbetween....

Playlist for Sonic Detour (Jun 12, 2006)

Artist Name Track Title CD Title

1 Those Darn Accordions Baba O'Riley No Strings Attached

2 The Who My Generation Radio Jingle (none)

3 David Bowie Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere Pin-Ups

4 Twoligans The Seeker (live in studio)

5 High Numbers Zoot Suit (none)

6 The Ramones Substitute Acid Eaters

7 Neil Young Let's Impeach The President Living With War

8 Slaid Cleaves Won't Get Fooled Again live

9 Graham Parker Substitute (none)

10 Twoligans Magic Bus (live in studio)

11 Richard Thompson Legal Matter MoJo Magazine Covered CD

12 Petra Haden Armenia City In The Sky Sings The Who Sell Out

13 The Wailing Souls 'My Generation' Psychedelic Souls

14 Twoligans Tattoo (live in studio)

15 Twoligans Love Aint for Keeping (live in studio)

16 Pete Townsend Radio interview (none)

17 Sandy Nelson Pinball Wizard Mojo magazine Who covered

18 tina turner Acid Queen Tommy Movie Soundtrack

19 4 Hr Ramona The Seeker Who Cares: A Tribute to the Who

20 The Waco Brothers Baba O'Riley Mojo Magazine who covered

21 Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band Squeeze Box Who Stole the Hot Sauce

22 Dread Zepplin Baba O'Riley The Fun Sessions


Afterwards there was a rehearsal in the large studio with the vodkanauts and several other local singers ,we ran through Tommy . I sang Amazing journey and Pinball Wizard along with the finale of listening to you etc, and then an encore of Join Together.

Thanks to flee for supplying the beer and pizza :)

Theres some fantastic local talent in the Tampa bay area and I was humbled and proud to be a part of it.

Heres a link to mp3's of a rehearsal I had last night with a band called The Vodkanauts, keep in mind they play lounge lizard songs like elvis and neil diamond and sinatra ,and they are really cool cats and The Who is not their thing,


They are playing TOMMY as a one off thing for this benefit.

They are........1 accoustic1 electric guitar1 bass anddrums and throughout this rehearsal you will hear about 5 or 6 guest vocalists.

This was everybody's first time together.I sang Amazing journey & 'Pinball Wizard' and 'join together' with everybody.


Update July 6th

July 4th I sang again with The Vodkanauts.

Here is the entire performance, I sang

Pinball Wizard @ 20 minutes in

I'm Free @ 32 minutes

Listening to you @44.40


XL now available along with Med & Large


Friday, May 26, 2006

A Wholigan in New York.

Photo taken at The Who concert at Madison Sq Garden. 2002

I'm off to NYC with the missus on Sunday for 5 days,and we've got a litle bit extra cash so we are sure to have a good time.As well as going to bbkings on Wednesday and hanging out with Bill from who'snext we are going to play tourist and do some shopping and also eat in Little Italy .
We plan on going to ground zero this time as we didn't do it last time in NYC not long after 911, we felt it was just too early last time, but I'm sure it will still be a sad reminder and it's something we must do.

NYC is such a fantastic city, if I were in my 20's again I'd probably live there.

Photo's from 2002

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Highway to Hell

Got up and sang with some friends of mine in an AC/DC tribute band last Thursday and sang Highway to Hell, see photo's here

They are a great band based in Tampa bay Florida, check them out


Monday, April 10, 2006

Pure Madness !!!!!! aka 2006 Who convention & tour

UPDATED January 13th

Pictured left to right lower:
Simon Townshend (TheWho & Casbah Club), Chris, Barry & Mark...The Wholigans
Upper: Mark Brzezicki (BigCountry/Casbah club) Paul (drummer from Who's Next UK) & Bruce Foxton ,(The Jam/Casbah Club)

2006 Convention website

Convention on myspace

On 1st April 2006, the Bush Hall in Shepherd's Bush, London was rocked to the sound of Tommy, Leeds & more by The Wholigans at The Who Convention 2006. Now you can get a high-quality double DVD .
(see below)


Simon wearing the flag we donated to the auction,it was signed by all The Wholigans and The Casbah club & Irish Jack. It sold for 160 pounds I believe, The winner also had his photo taken with us and Simon underneath the flag posed ala kids are alright.

Florida 3pm Monday April 10th
I just got in at 3am this morning and I'll be relaying the story of the entire "Wholigans Madness" tour over the next few days along with photographs (be sure to send me some photo's of the shows you came to)

It's best if you upload them to a site such as and then send them as to avoid filling my mailbox.

The collage photo from the convention was sent to me from Louise Göransson who came over from Sweden..
Click on the photo for a larger image.

Here it is Wednesday and I still need a few more days to write and add photo's, speaking of which ...I have only recieved 2 or 3 emails from Who fans with photo's. PLEASE send me some, I know EVERYBODY had a camera ,so get off your arses and get them to me ya barstards ! ;)

Especially seeking a photo of Roger and myself sidestage.

1ST UK photo album, more to come this album includes the Friday night at The Goldhawk at the accoustic jam. Best viewed as a slideshow with 5-6 second pause.

2nd photo album courtesy of Ron Dovey, all photo's taken at the Robin 2 in Bilston/birmingham/wolverhampton

View only if you really really really love the wholigans.......239 of them taken at bilston/birmingham/wolverhampton....same gig

update Aug 10th 1.10pm

For those of you wanting to purchase hard copies of the Convention DVD’s here are the details..

The full set consists of 5 DVD’s, and are available in PAL and NTSC format, please specify with your order which format you require.

All profits will be given to Teenage Cancer Trust Registered Charity Number 1062559.

£24 = 5 DVD Set, Emailed Art, No Cases.

£26 = As Above but Europe.

£27 = As Above but America

£28 = As Above but Worldwide

Anyone who wants to order individual discs rather than the full set of 5, prices will be as follows,

The Wholigans 2 disc set will count as 1 disc and is not priced per disc.£7 = UK.£8 =

As Above but Europe.£9 =

As Above but America.£10 =

As Above but Worldwide.

All payments however made MUST be in UK pounds.

All DVD’s will be supplied in plain white paper envelopes. All artwork and text files can be downloaded here

Initially, orders should be placed via Steve at and paypal payments made to that same email address as I will be away on holiday for the next two weeks.

Please supply your full snail mail address and if you pay via Pay Pal, it might be wise foryou to include in the notes section just who you are - email addresses registered with paypal aren't necessarily going to be the same as the one you "place the order" with.

If you could also let us know with the order which forum you are a member of it will help with our records.

Shipping would take up to 10 days, all orders will be dispatched within 4 days, and therefore delivery from order should be less than 2 weeks.

Orders will only be shipped after payment has cleared (just in case someone pays via echeck on paypal - payment clearsafter about 4 days or so).

We can also accept payment by cheque or postal order again orders will be dispatched after payment has cleared and all funds must be paid in UK Pounds.

Should we be inundated with orders, please be patient as theymay take longer than 2 weeks to be delivered. We will however advise you of any delays.



NOV 12th 06 update

youtube videos of the convention courtesy of jokerjames

Below are videos of The Who convention.
go here

or here

Thursday, March 16, 2006

The more things change the more they stay the same.

For those of you that cannot make the convention or plan to come to Manchester the day after on April 2nd, .Irish jack is coming with us up to Manchester and will be doing a short reading before our show.

In the 60's /70's Jack was there with The Who, and now he's still here.... except with us, now THAT'S a Who fan !
We all love Jack as we had a great time with him in 2003 at the convention and also in NYC, and now 2006.

I can guarantee you I will have lot's of story's (and photo's) for you after this tour.

Irish Jack

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

A canny weekend if ah say so me sel like :)

Here are some photo's from Saturday March 4th at Safety harbor in Florida.
Slyvie Damien


Taken by Kirk Mason

Thursday, February 16, 2006

On top of the world ma...on top of the world.

Feeling pretty good today, the gigs seem to be coming out of nowhere and all at the same time.
Theres a couple I can't put to press just yet but it's looking very good. March/April/May is going to be way busier than expected for the band and all pretty high profile gigs with the biggest profile gig of them all being The Who convention in London.
The convention has officially been sold out, so it should be a great day.

Sorry to hear that 'Who's Next uk' cannot play the convention because of an injury to the drummer,I know they were looking forward to the day.
'Who's Who' appear to a good 'substitute' for Who fans coming to the show, I'm looking forward to watching them and of course Casbah Club.

The Wholigans drummer Darren will be playing with 'Who's Next ' USA March 16th and 18th in New York City and possibly/more than likely he will be playing a Wholigans gig on the 17th in Florida , the dear boy certainly will be kept busy !
In related news, a great friend of the band Bill Canell (Pete) from 'Who's Next' USA will be finishing the UK tour with us from April 3rd on as Chris Bacon has to get back to Florida as he's moving house and the date can't be changed.
See Bill here
I just got off the phone with Bill and he can't wait to play and he's also pushng me to play some obscure who songs which The Wholigans don't play, so I guess I better start practising !

On a personal note, healthwise 2005/06 has been really shitty but the futures so bright I gotta wear shades.
(too many details I won't bore you with)

A note to the weatherman at the BBC, could you please order up some warm weather for April as I'm spoilt here in Florida.
It looks like we are not playing my hometown of Newcastle at which I'm really dissapointed at (see:really pissed off ! )
I have no idea why not....oh well :(

I'm looking forward to playing for all the UK Who fans and sharing a few pints and hopefully not sleeping in a Soho doorway ; }



Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Another day in Paradise ?

Sunday Jan 16th

80 degrees,sun shining so it seemed like a wonderful day to go to the beach. So we pack up the car and head up to the family condo right on the beach.
What could be better, hang out on the beach, venture carefully into the cool water, cool because despite the air temperature the water is still 60 which is wayyyy too cold for us floridians brrrrrr!
Well anway after a knee high walk into the water and hours of shell picking and the odd cold beer :) I decided to walk along to the bird sanctuary where they take in injured birds such as pelicans,owls,egrets and assorted other florida birds. The sanctuary is acccessible right from the beach and feeding time is quite the sight as all of the other birds in florida congregate on the beach just outside at that time.
So I wandered in and oohed and awwed and at all the birds (covered under netting) and after a while this old fart had to sit down.....well.....little did I notice one of Floridas largest bird 'the pelican' was sitting about 12 feet above me.
Well apparently his bowels were in need of a movement and I was soon to be his persoanal toilet, so there I was sitting innocently thinking what awonderful day it was when sssssSSSSSSSSPLatTTTTTTTT!!!!!!!
I was covered in lots and lots of warm really warm pelican poo, and I began to whine like a little girl.
Apparently I was a a great source of amusement to my wife and sis in law + many others around me.
Fortunatly there was a water hose around the corner to wash me off and of course I was only wearing swim trunks so cleaning up was easy.
Another day in paradise huh ?

Later on in the day after sunning and swimming in a heated pool we were invited to go see some friends of mine for free at a sold out show, Zoso a Led Zepp tribute band at a theatre, so I got to play semi rockstar for the night.
The steady flow of Heineken seemed to soften the blow of the pelican poo,and at this point I am really gratefull I wasn't looking up at the pelican with my mouth that would be an entirely different day !

ah Paradise, got to love it.



Thursday, January 05, 2006

Bye Bye 2005

Late 2004 /All of 2005 was possibly the worst time of my life physically / mentally / financially & early 2006 doesn't appear much better.
Without going into detail, I am hoping for the best and looking forward to the future, and I am also hoping for favours from the big guy in the sky.

Life is a strange animal.

Who fans keep me going....for which I thank you.....and I'll see you soon.



TV show 'The Spot' featuring The Wholigans 2005 (scroll to the right for more or just push play)
Mute The Wholigans '' player (above) before playing these video's
These video's will play back to back for at least 3 hours