Saturday, July 25, 2009


There seems to be a bit of confusion over the date of my birthday party,
(those with invites, please read the letter that came with the invite)
My birthday is Monday the 27th……The Party is FRIDAY THE 31ST

Friday, July 24, 2009

Over the hill ?

Well it's near that time :(
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*


Wednesday, July 15, 2009

2009 UK tour......NEWCASTLE ......not on ?????

2008 The Carling Academy..................not full enough ???????
This photo was taken at last years gig at the academy.

Newcastle Opera house 2003

July 17th* UK Show updates at bottom of this blog

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 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 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

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

UPDATES July 17th 1pm
*New date in Scotland Aug 28th
Aug 30th Dundee show moved

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

July 31st BirthdayBash

July 14th update.....everybody should have recieved their passes by now,please contact me if you have not.

note: see video links at the bottom of this post. (absolutely unrelated to the rest of this blog)

View from the stage at The Blue MoonPub
Photo's of the venue here>> TheBlueMoonPubPhoto’s
More info
As of today, just a few tickets remain (about 10 maybe ) .....if you want em, better get em !__________

Also heres a list of recent visitors to this blog, it's amazing how far and wide you Wholigans are ! :)

Turin, Italy
Athens, Greece
Buffalo, NY, United States
Manchester, United Kingdom
Braga, Portugal

Catanzaro, Italy
Clarksville, TN, United States

Arvada, CO, United States

Bucharest, Romania
, Spain

Wroclaw, Poland
Denver, CO, United States
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Palmas, Brazil

New Hyde Park, NY, United States

Ceska Lipa, Czech Republic

Lisbon, Portugal

Karabük, Turkey

Caen, France
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Berlin, Germany
, Mexico
Lisboa, Portugal
White Oak, NC, United States
Madrid, Spain

Sofia, Bulgaria
Aars, Denmark
Barcelona, Spain
Quito, Ecuador
Eppeville, France
Medford, MA, United States
São Paulo, Brazil

Lvov, Ukraine
Sofia, Bulgaria

Brighton, United Kingdom

London, United Kingdom

Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Medellín, Colombia
Wed, 15 Jul 2009 23:01:04 -0500

Charleston, WV, United States

C. De Mayo, Argentina

Kernersville, NC, United States
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Memphis, TN, United States

Athens, GA, United States
Woodstock, ON, Canada
Whitley Bay, United Kingdom
Waterlooville, United Kingdom
York, United Kingdom
Brighton, United Kingdom
Glasgow, Scotland

Arlington Heights, IL, United States

Athens, Greece

Stupino, Russian Federation

Valparaíso, Chile

Bala Cynwyd, PA, United States

Carpentersville, IL, United States

Dacula, GA, United States

Rafaela, Argentina

Clichy, France

Tue, 14 Jul 2009 20:28:20 -0500
Toronto, ON, Canada

Virginia Beach, VA, United States

Dieppe, NB, Canada

Buenos Aires, Argentina




Anápolis, Brazil

Don Torcuato, Argentina

Camboriú, Brazil

Tue, 14 Jul 2009 14:00:25 -0500
United Kingdom

Huntsville, AL, United States

Tue, 14 Jul 2009 10:47:16 -0500
Montreal, QC, Canada

_____+ we've had visitors from all over the world, quite fascinating really :)_____________

ps: 4 very interesting WHO related video's imo Have a drink on Keith. Smash it up Pete. The Lizard King gets fooled again. WHO vibration.

Monday, July 06, 2009

New video up....(updated July 7th)

My Generation (Live at Leeds ) extended
+ there's a camera vid on our site as well from Virginia beach (not the greatest quality...but)
Anyone who gets any video of any gig ,please send it to
Especially looking for June 27th NewPort Richey Florida ......& any photo's.

Saturday, July 04, 2009


Belfast Sept 12th 2009

Friday, July 03, 2009

Wholigan T's designed by Wholigans

All good slogans, but maybe you have a better one ?
If you do ,or can use one of the above, put it into a new t-shirt design and send it to us.
Using these LOGOS (scroll down the page)

We need a new t-shirt design...send us your best ideas
It must be in black & white incorporating the famous arrow
Use our logo's (above),slogans and PHOTO'S of your choice
(300 dpi preferred )
THE PRIZE IS .......... your design goes on the t-shirt +free shirts and assorted Wholigan swag:)
GO ...GO...GO ! ..........WHOLIGANS!!! :)

See the old (not many left) Wholigan shirt above for idea's.
Mail entrys to
Deadline July 15th
Good Luck :)
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