Monday, December 28, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
We have begun confirming dates for 2010 in the UK & EU.
Keep checking our calendar for updates.
I think this is our 7th or 8th UK tour in 10 years (lemme check)
One of the very first gigs booked is our absolute favourite.....The Flowerpot in Derby :)
We will be visiting England,Ireland,Scotland and Wales twice March through May.
Germany in March and Sweden in May.
We're hoping to fit a few more shows in Ireland along with Dublin and Belfast as it seems they love The Who over there (that..... and we all like Guinness ;} *hic
Also look out for a BIG 1 nighter in Las Vegas gig March 10th ,
and also an all summer long small arena tour /outdoor festivals of the USA with 2 other tributes The Beatles & Stones & of course The Who.
2010 is shaping up to be our biggest yet.
Any buyers/agents (only) reading this, there are dates open, just contact email@example.com for info.
Netherlands buyers are especially welcome.
Everything you see here is a work in progress, but the ball is definetely rolling with some shows already booked.
So if you want to see The Wholigans next year,tell your local venues to get in on the act assap !!!
Just give them our links , and maybe lie just a little bit ;) and tell them that we're *fairly* good at what we do ;) ;)
The Wholigans you tube channel
Play All 108 video’s...7 hours+ back to back
WHO ARE THE WHOLIGANS
I'M A WHOLIGAN...WHO THE F**K ARE YOU
Saturday, December 05, 2009
The Wholigans are headed to L.A
We are proud to announce we are now working with
Jerry Greenberg who is famous for signing acts such as Whitesnake,Foreigner,Motorhead and Abba and many many others.
Jerry presents......'Bring Back The Music'
Jan 16th 2010 Marina Del Ray one night only.
We are also happy to announce that Mike Bisch, bassist from LA Who tribute 'My Generation' will be an official Wholigan for this one.
(note: You can see me singing with My Gen at http://www.myspace.com/thewhomygeneration
The band for LA is
Darren Atkinson (Drums)
Chris Bacon (Guitar)
Mike Bisch (Bass)
Coming soon ....more west coast USA gigs in 2010 .
Heres a clue to where we are playing
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
Tonight I'm off to see wassisname from that band from Shepherd's Bush.
I must admit I'm a tad apprehensive and perhaps slightly intimidated about going to tonights gig with 2000 Daltrey fans. (Nothing a shot of southern comfort won't fix....I'm hoping)
It should be a good show from what I've been reading about the tour.
Tonight is the end of the tour.
I'll post any photo's and a review Tuesday.
I just read that Roger's voice gave him a hard time last night,I hope the gig is still on.
Monday, November 23, 2009
WATCH ALL The Wholigans video's 108 & counting
The Wholigans on Youtube
Friday, November 20, 2009
This video is probably one of (if not THE best performance) I've seen of The Wholigans.
I have been SO LUCKY to have been surrounded by great -really great- musicians over the years.
Without whom I'd look and sound like shit.
This is from 1987-88ish or so . (it say's 89, but I believe it's a couple of years before that)
PLAY VERY VERY LOUD!!!!!!
I'll probably have to look for new band members after this as the current ones probably won't talk to me :(
Y'know I love you guys ;) ........honest enjun
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
2007 Hamburg Germany
'Love Ain't For Keeping'
Here's some other old video's to watch , for people who have lots of time on their hands
2003 stuff (Live at Leeds)
Intro (by Ozzie a crazy WHO fan) of 'old stuff' put up for no apparent reason
only watch till 3.09 as it repeats itself
Old stuff put up for no apparent reason 'Live At Leeds' part 1
PT2 of old shit
REALLY old stuff (eminence front)85
Something about a pinball
Cry if you want
Watch only if you have 1/2 an hour of your life of which you don't care if you can get it back or not ;)
I'm bored......can you tell ? ;)
Coming soon to a theatre/youtube near you.......more WHO convention 06.....an indepth report.
& asap a 2009 UK tour video (when Darren sends it to me
( from what I hear, it should be "soon")
Don't all jump and down at once ! .........(just a hint of sarcasm fills the air)
I feel the excitement/anticipation *cough* don't you ?
Till next time Wholigans *yawn*
*thinks to self*
I wonder if anybody reads this crap ? ......and why?????
oh &.....heres an easier link to August Vegas shows photo's
Assorted other blatant promo. .......(view at your own risk)
TheWholigans Youtube channel
The Wholigans video page 82-2009
Play all 106 video's back to back
Tuesday, November 03, 2009
WGFA , and I'm taking a look at what else there is that's ok.
Would be nice to play another WHO convention, but it takes a lot of work and I'm not sure there's anybody out there wants to give it a shot as the 2003 and 2006 were such a hard act to follow.
There's all kinds of links about the 06 convention in the 'more info' next to the video's if you want to take a gander/look.
You can read about the 2006 WHO convention here...
and the official photo album of the day is here
made up of photo's sent in by fans who came from all over the world .
I'm waiting on footage from this years UK tour to be sent to me, so there's nothing to put up in that regard just yet.
Otherwise I'm just working on gigs for 2010.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Irish Jack Video & The Wholigans
The video link on this post here has had sub titles added to it for those who couldn't understand any of it at all before.
The whole video is still hard to make sense of ,and will only mean anything at all to WHO fans who are aware of...... or have met Irish Jack.
It really is just a stumble through the eyes of a pint (or 2 or more ) of Guinness and the tales & philosphy of the men who partake in this liquid gold.
There is no hidden meaning or any reason trying to make sense of it,
I mean ..WHY ASK WHY ?
It just 'is ..what it is'...no more no less.
Friday, October 16, 2009
For all the details read 'more info' on the youtube site (to the right of the video)
I actually love the song and keep pushing the other Wholigans to do it,but they all seem a litle gun shy..... for some reason. I'll keep pushing, but in the meantime here it is
'RUN RUN RUN'
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
So I'm putting up a few old video's on youtube
(I'm waiting on new UK ones being sent to me by one of the other Wholigans.)
As soon as I get them I'll pop those up as well.
For now, here's 'See me,Feel me' from the 2003 WHO convention.
There was a short clip of this up for a while, but this is the complete version.
I'm going through a few different shows from over the years and will try and put up some off the wall /different songs, aside from the "normal" Who songs.
Any agents/venues/buyers out there, hurry up and call me.....I'm ready to go!!!!!!!!
ps:The Vegas photo's have been added to ,see here for an explanation ........404 to 505
Friday, October 09, 2009
WELL....I couldn't , for fear of losing gigs .
Dateline UK Tour Aug 28th-Sept 13th
Early September I caught a wicked wicked cold in Glasgow
(so what ? ...you might say, what's the big deal about a cold ? )
Well, here's the big deal.....a few days later after sneezing /coughing etc etc for hours / days on end.
There I was..... fast asleep in my hotel at 3am or so, when BANG! , someone had shot me in the side of my head (or so I thought)
I screamed in pain at the top of my voice (which I'm sure the other hotel guests really appreciated at 3am)
So I feel this f'n awful pain in my right ear and theres blood coming out non stop
(lovely visual I know)
Anyway twas no gunshot , but my eardrum had burst from an inner ear infection built up behind the drum.
So there I am a singer with a burst ear drum ,I can't hear a flippin thing and no way to fix it really at 3am.
So early the next day (7am or so) I head to a hospital in Derby, walk into the A&E (emergency) and sit and wait .
They finally get me into see a overall general practioner
(with limited skills and limited medical equipment to boot)
She looks in my ear and says, 'oh theres too much blood in there I can' t see, but it looks like a burst eardrum'
Well no kidding sherlock ! .......how about you clean it up so you can see and have a better synopsis ?
But no,they gave me a box of pills and said take 2 and call me in the morning blah blah blah.
Apart from the ear, I was also dying of a really bad cold etc, and I DID mention to her that I was
a singer and needed as much help as possible, and all I got basically was shrugged shoulders from the doc who said that's all I can do etc etc etc
So here I am not even 1/2 way through a tour with only 1 ear !
Meanwhile I can't tell anybody but my bandmates for fear of losing gigs.
I manage to get through a couple of gigs with one ear, and then we are in Swansea and the same thing happens in another hotel room,
MY OTHER F'N EARDRUM BREAKS!
HOLY SHIT!....here I am , a singer in the middle of a UK tour and I can't hear a thing!
(in reality I had about 10% of my hearing)
I head to a hospital in Swansea, and go through EXACTLY the same rigamorole as Derby, they didn't do shit to help ...at all
As you may have noticed I'm not thrilled with the health "care'" I had recieved at this point. :(
Once again I can't afford to let venue owners know they hired a deaf singer !
and not only that, I'm shitting myself wondering whether I should cancel everything or see what happens.
So come soundcheck, I just tell the soundman etc that I have a bad headcold and can hardly hear.
We play a song, and ALL I can hear is the voice inside my head and the vibrations of the bass and the drums, the guitar is a mere fly buzzing around my head.
I sing (or at least attempt to) and it appears the 27 years of having to sing with no monitors at shitty gigs is paying off.
I asked the guys in the band what they thought, and they said it (my voice) was fine and actually was better than normal as I was paying more attention to the songs and being in time.
Well we do a show with me just phuureeeeeking out hoping no-one notices, and apparently no-one did, so the fact that I couldn't hear diddlysquat was neither here nor there, the audience apparently were none the wiser thank god.
Funny thing was ,after we play a song I usually can judge the crowd by their response, but this time
I could only see them clap and cheer, but I could barely hear a thing !!!!
Long story (kinda short) we finished the tour with very positive feedback and general insanity fanwise (especially in Scotland & Ireland)
Problem 2 was, both Mark and Darren got sick as well (Chris did not somehow) and Darren just got better 2 days ago, however they did not blow any eardrums.
Here I am back in the USA and I was really glad to see an ear nose and throat specialist
(straight away I might add as I'm very happy with my health insurance thankyouverymuch:)
Well they put me through a plethora of tests and check and clean most of the orifices that matter
(dirty minds exit here) ;)
I have since been twice to the specialist and have a third visit in a week or so, but the good news is, the ears are healing.
I am still only running on about 50-60% hearing right now, & each day is better.
OH....aparently my high end was lost many years ago because of my playing with the EXTREMELY loud Wholigans, but I can honestly say I'd do it all again in a heartbeat
Fortunately I do not have the tenitus that Pete was said to have had at one point.
So the bottom line is, we have not been playing since leaving the UK Sept 13th and probably won't for a little bit, so I have a chance to fully heal.
On this tour I can truly say I WAS Tommy being 'Deaf, Dumb & Blind'
'Please ...turn everything louder than everything else !' ;)
ps: As you may know I'm a big Paul Rodgers fan, well a concert I went to last year 08/08/08 at the hard rock cafe in Hollywood Florida is being broadcast on VH1 Classic.
Bad Company: Hard Rock Live 2009
WATCH LIVE ON VH1 CLASSIC's
Hard Rock Live" broadcast on the "VH1 Classics" channel.
MONDAY 5TH OCT 11:00 - 12.30PM
MONDAY 5TH OCT 11:00 - 12.30AM
TUESDAY 6TH OCT 5:00- 6.30PM
THURSDAY 8TH OCT 1:00- 2.30AM
FRIDAY 9th OCT 3:30 - 5:00PM
Now obviously it's too late to see the performances earlier this week, but it's on at 3.30 today and I'm sure it will be repeated next week.
As I say, I was there and have seen it on VH1, I was about 10 rows (at the end of the row) in front of Mick Ralphs (guitar)
A great gig, by a great band, with a fantastic singer !
....and speaking of TOMMY, it's on at 8.30pm tonight on VH1 Classic.
Thursday, October 08, 2009
I'm not sure I'm all that enamoured with it,maybe it will just take getting used to.
I've twiddled and tweaked the settings here and there and am still discovering how,what,where and when on how to do things.
Take a look, and if any of you are youtube experts and/or have any ideas, feel free to comment (good or bad)
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
I managed to get a few photo's (above) from a friend, and I have contacted the photographer for more, but have yet to recieve a reply.
and at the bottom right of the first box you'll see a small grey grid.
Click on that,
click on 404 and continue to look at photo's 404 to 424 in a slideshow.
To see all of our photo's they are 404-to-424
Thursday, October 01, 2009
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Alan Kaye as Joe Cocker
(inc The Wholigans at 5.15 on)
'A little help from my friends'
I believe the crowd was around 20-30,000 and the vibe all day was surreal,and the comraderie between bands was just great..
I'm not really a hippy kind of guy but that particular event was as close to the real Woodstock I'll ever get to.
That was probably one of (if not THE best gigs we've ever played) unlike Mr.Townshend at the real woodstock, we actually enjoyed it.
Not that you can ever compare the two, but for me....I loved it and would do it again in a heartbeat.
all Wholigans photo's here
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Woodstock Aug 15th
ps: just before I go ,I've uploaded 100+ photo's from the Woodstock gig Aug 15th, there are many similar but I won't have time to edit them until I get back from the UK.
The sunset ones are the best imo. (around the middle )
Monday, August 24, 2009
Won’t get fooled again
Dublin Sept 13thIRISH JACK will be on stage talking about his days with The Who, prior to our gig at the Academy.
Woodstock Aug 15th 2009 montage http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNzGmXot83I
I have to issue a blanket apology to everyone I haven't been in touch with since late July as I've seriously had 'no time to lose'
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
"I will, of course, be making good Scottish breakfasts for you guys – square sausage, haggis, tattie scones, deep fried Mars bars etc etc etc all washed down with Johnnie Walker!!!!
We also have a good wee greasy spoon café across the road – if you prefer a more standard ‘full English’!
I’m right beside a pub (or four), a chip shop, a curry house, an ice cream parlour, an excellent park plus two or three lap dancing clubs within taxi distance!!
Look forward to seeing you guys soon,
Looks like Scotland may have more than a few tales to tell !!!!! ;}
but first Toronto,Chicago and Vegas. :)
I've been So busy for months and months organising everything from gigs,cars,hotels,work permits,tax forms,flight after flight after flight after fucking flight!
I do not like this travel agent shit man !!!! all want to do is sing damnit!!!!!!!
You'd think after 27 years it would be swimming pools,fast ,loose women
sex drugs n rock nroll.......well let me tell you something.!
Only some of that is true (not sayin which part ;}
ah quit yer bitchin ....I here ya say...quit yer pissin and moaning you part time Roger good for nothing.,,,,,,,,
Maybe your right.......then again maybe not.
ANYWAY where were we ? :)
OH YEAH.....we'll see you in Toronto on Friday night :)
turn everything louder than everything else !
SEE YOU ON THE WEEKEND WHOLIGANS :)
Thursday, August 06, 2009
Q107 WOODSTOCK show
Venue Sound Academy
WOODSTOCK tribute show, with tributes to Hendrix (my mate Tony Springer) and CCR,Santana ,Janis,Joe Cocker,The Band and more.....
& of course THE WHO
Tickets only available by winning , enter online or 'listen live' to Q107
Heres a video from my birthday bash July 31st in Toronto featuring Wholigans drummer Paul Holman 1984-88, Mike Chessman (bass) and The Wholigans Canadian bassist since 86 Dave Smith.
Dave is on guitar here though , playing my favourite song he does 'Goin home' by Ten years after.
Collectively they are known as 'TheAveryStoneBand'
I'll have other video up with The Wholigans at 'the bash' up by next week..promise ;)
New-ish WHOLIGANS video from May 2008 (W/Dave on bass & DarrenLolk on guitar)
'Young man blues' at Jeff Healeys bar in Toronto.
This was the final show at Jeffs place due to his passing.
*note...his tribute concert was the same night as us at a bigger location.
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
First off ...
A HUGE THANKYOU to all who came, and sent cards and best wishes. I had a great time (probably a bit too much fun .... if you know what I mean ;) ;) *hic
Here's a poem /song Irish Jack wrote for me for my birthday , but unfortunately I did not get it in time for the party, although I did recieve phone calls about it on the night and saw many frantic emails upon my return to Florida from people trying to get in touch with me.
As I say 'I pulled a Roger' and was internet free for 5 days (on purpose) so I apologise to Jack and those trying to get a hold of me.
Anyway, here is Jacks letter.
As the resident poet laureate of Shepherd's Bush I have composed a poem / "song" to honour your 50th birthday.
I thought it might be fun if you either read it out to the multitude at your 50th bash or perhaps sang it unaccommpanied.
It is, of course, a fitting tribute to you and in the air of the Alan Price classic The Jarrow Song.
What might be great, though you probably wouldn't have enough time by the time you get this, would be to have copies printed out for some of your guests.....Here's the song / poem (Have a really great night)
Well, my name is Little Barry Quinn
I'm not much tall but I'm full of vim
And the wife say's
"Barry go to London town
And if The Who don't soil their underpants
Or grant an audition with half a chance
Then Barry, with my blessings burn them down...
'Come on you Daltrey boy
He'll fill your heart with joy
He's marching for your freedom now
'Come on you Bush-born lad
He'll make your heart feel glad
He's singing Tommy, Quadrophenia
Well, my name is Little Barry Quinn
I've long blonde hair and my microphone spins
And the wife say's
"Barry go to London town
And if The Who don't wanna smash up gear
Or throw a guitar into the air
Then Barry, with my blessings burn them down
'Come on you Daltrey boy
Happy Jack say's I'm A Boy
He's marching for your freedom now
'Come on you Roger lad
He'll make your heart feel glad
He's singing Tommy, Quadrophenia
Well, my name is Little Barry Quinn
Give me half a chance and I'll look like Him
Cos Daltrey is a hero of mine
I was born in July Nineteen Fifty Nine.....
-SO WHAT IF I'M FUCKING FIFTY?? !!
(Irish Jack) -with apologies to Alan Price !
SO....how great is that ? to have dat young fella Jack of all people compose a writing as such for lil ole me :)
Thankyou Jack, lets share a pint or 2 ;) ;) in Ireland when we get over there next month.
On another note.... I'm still mulling over my own particular writings of the debauchery that passed for a birthday party last Friday.
So while I'm doing that, please take a look at some photo's of that night.
Monday, August 03, 2009
Just got back to hot hot hot Florida from Toronto a couple of hours ago.
Lemme sort through the 2 zillion emails I got while I purposely stayed off the electronic highway for 5 whole days!!
I've got loads of photo's and even some video (which I'm frightened to look at at !!!!)
Jack, I got your poem/song and I will reply pronto, right after I pour a cold one ;}
I'll will post/blog more tomorrow with all my thankyou's n stuff, but for now..it's feet up .....and a cold beer and once more I'll take flight away from the world that lies beneath this screen.
See ya in the morning kids :)
(I can say that now that I'm 'offficially' an old fart !:)
Me with Dave (who's mug is on the shirts with my legs !!)
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
I turn 50 next week on the 27th, and I am throwing a big bash in Toronto on the 31st.
I look forward to seeing friends and musicians I haven't seen in 25 years !
All passes are now gone (give or take a couple set aside for last minute guests), so it should be a good one.
The photo above is me around 6 or 7 or so (I think) outside the Bewicke school in Howdon in England.
I looked like a hooligan even then !
Where has the time gone ?
I'm still rockin all over the world, so thank you God for getting me this far.
In the next few weeks we are playing Toronto Canada,Chicago,Las Vegas then the UK (with the odd surprise gig thrown in here and there)
Apart from my 50th, it is also my 25th wedding anniversary the day after, and the 27th anniversary of The Wholigans.
I think the champagne(southern comfort will be flowing) ;}
Thankyou Wholigans for everything *sniff* tear*
I'M A WHOLIGAN..........WHO THE FUCK ARE YOU ?
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
2008 The Carling Academy..................not full enough ???????
This photo was taken at last years gig at the academy.
As you may know I grew up in Newcastle in the 60's-70's until late 1980 and absolutely love going back nearly every year,
but........... It appears the Newcastle academy feels there aren't enough Who/Wholigan fans to warrant a show there this UK tour :( (Aug/Sept 09)
If you have seen the band on our last 3 times through Newcastle at both 'The Opera House/Tyne Theatre & The Academy and want to see us back in Newcastle, call up the Academy (or other possible venues) and voice your support for us. email firstname.lastname@example.org call +44 191 268 0627
Locals ,also air your support on the BBC Radio Newcastle Paddy Macdee show. Do you have a better Newcastle venue ?,.....gis a shout at email@example.com or mail our UK agent.
BBC Radio Newcastle .....Paddy Macdee interview 2008
Live at the BBC...Part 1 of 4
Live at the BBC....Part 2
Live at the BBC... Part 3
Live at the BBC ... Part 4
Newcastle Evening Chronicle writes about The Wholigans
2 page centre article on Barry in the chronicle
EMAIL Gordon Barr firstname.lastname@example.org
Newcastle evening chronicle (he did the 2003 write up .............(above 2 page centre) ___ _______________________
A fantastic substitute! (link) By Dave Charlton, The Evening Chronicle The Wholigans, Newcastle Opera House - As a big fan of The Who, I arrived at the Newcastle Opera House a little apprehensive. Could tribute band The Wholigans live up to the original rock legends?
But from the opening number Who Are You?, my anguish soon disappeared. Not only did they sound brilliant but they even mimicked their counterparts, from Daltrey's microphone swinging through to Townshend's thrashing windmill style guitar playing.
This was then followed up with superb renditions of classics such as Happy Jack, Magic Bus, Boris The Spider and Pinball Wizard.
After a short interval the band returned to the mesmerising synthesiser intro to Baba O'Riley.
They then treat the crowd to more gems including Substitute, Pictures of Lily and finally, Won't Get Fooled Again. The Wholigans returned for a final encore with `Daltrey' in a Newcastle United shirt, and they finished the show with a blistering performance of The Who anthem My Generation.
To complete the proceedings the drums were kicked over and `Townshend's' guitar smashed on stage.
Now there are critics who disagree or are against tribute bands but if they're as good as this and continue on spreading the gospel of great live music instead of manufactured pop pap, then I'm all for it.
Do I think that The Wholigans come into this category of fantastic live music? You Better, You Bet!
Newcastle opera house 'Behind blue eyes' 2003 video
On a happier note. For all me Geordie mates who gan on the pop , divvent get on the phone aftaawards. Rhubarb I find this classic :)
* Toronto July 31st (link) I'm still looking for former Wholigans..and friends , all believed to be in Toronto..
John Walsh (guitarist 85-89ish)
Mario Forlini aka Mick Forli aka Mick LaRock (guitarist 82-83) & Pierre (Al) Major & Joe (bassist) (82-83) possibly in Montreal
& Pete Milner (2000)
& guitarist Rich Flynn (Oshawa) may have moved to Atlanta
Gareth Brown owner of Toronto's rock n roll heaven in the 80's (below Q107)
Please contact me at email@example.com
UPDATES July 17th 1pm
*New date in Scotland Aug 28th
Aug 30th Dundee show moved