Monday, October 26, 2009

Sub titles for the Un-Irish


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' more no less.

Friday, October 16, 2009


Here's a video of the first and more than likely the last time we played 'Run Run Run' at Tom Wright's photo exhibition in 03.
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

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Cabin fever

I'm just a tad bored not playing, even though it's only been a month since the UK tour.
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

Didn't want to say anything......but

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 ? 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 ! 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,

HOLY SHIT! 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 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


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


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


Youtube in their infinite wisdom have changed all the existing channels to their 'new' format in the last few days or so.
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

Las Vegas Aug 16th-22nd 2009

These photo's + a few more are here
We played Fremont st Aug 16th-22nd for thousands each night and here are a lot of photo's taken by the fremont st photographer guy.
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.
So...until then......
Heres the tricky part,
go here and once there you'll see a large photo box titled Fremont st
and at the bottom right of the first box you'll see a small grey grid.
Click on that,
then use the side scroll to go down to photo 404,
click on 404 and continue to look at photo's 404 to 424 in a slideshow.
OH...BTW....once you have photo 404 going, click on the box next to the grid to see the slideshow in full screen.
To see all of our photo's they are 404-to-424
and 450+451
Sorry about the work :(
Our photo & video page has been updated ,and I still have to post some Toronto and a few more Vegas eventually.
Right now..... it's a bit quiet in Wholigania, probably for a while but 2010 is a different story (especially early 2010)
In the meantime you know Roger is on tour ,so I'll catch some of you at the shows. :)
'Use it or Lose it'

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Irish Jack and a drop of Guinness


At first when I found this video I was not too happy that someone had filmed us without our knowing.

While watching it for the first time I was waiting for the shoe to drop and someone to spout what really shouldn't be dirty public laundry.

Fortunately we were all on our good behaviour that day (or we were until the 5th pint or so ;)

The video was taken at Grogans pub just around the corner from 'the academy' in DUBLIN where we were playing that night.

We met prior to soundcheck many hours before showtime at midnight (we played till 2.30am+ or so)

The star of the video is Jack and it is only a brief glimpse into a tale that he weaves seamlessly & effortless as others just breathe it in.

The man is a walking book with twists and turns and tales that will keep you on the edge of your seat, hoping to capture the moment when he was 'there' and we hope to perchance catch a glimpse of a time and place we could only wish it were us at that moment.

Jack, you're a one of a kind my man.

Part 2
I do have a confession,although I have tasted guinness a sip or two previously,
but I had not actually drank a whole pint before, but what better place to lose my guinness virginity than in Dublin at 'Grogans' sitting with Irish Jack and his fellow Irishmen.

The first one went down waaaaay too easy,
followed by another,
and another
and another get the idea ;}

I will never be the same again as my Guinness virginity was broken not once, but several times whilst in Ireland.

You crazy bastards are indeed aptly titled because after a few pints of that ,it's enough to drive a man to drink (not that I need an excuse anyway)

But back to the video, I emailed Jack the video and asked his opinion on if it was alright to show and he replied.......


This is 6 minutes 46 seconds of pure unadulterated Guinness Genius ! Who in God's name had the termerity to point a lens in my direction? It is really very funny. I've played it twice and I love it. "

Irish Jack

So here ya go.

Guinness at Grogans pub in Dublin
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