Wednesday, October 10, 2012

I heard the news today, oh boy.

Today was the day the world started to change, and not the 'change' that was previously 'hoped' for.
I heard news today that made me question everything & everyone.
I knew this day was coming, & I hoped this day would come & although it made me happy, it also saddened me that there ‘maybe’ no hope at all.
I do however pray that good will eventually come out of all this.

Yes…… this message is very cryptic, but to be honest I don’t think I could encapsulate everything I heard today into ‘one’ post.
Watch ALL the news, not just left or right, but both sides and enlighten yourself.

If your political "savvy" comes from entertainment shows, then you have NO idea of what I’m talking about .
But if you actually pay attention, you will know that the world as we knew (not know) is long gone and is buried in the abyss, which saddens me no end.
What we accept as ‘the norm’ these days, is NOT normal, I REFUSE to accept today’s ‘norm’, be it morals and/or the language of what is acceptable.

Behind my mirror stands a 1950’s Jimmy Stewart , and I do not like what we/I have let dramatically change ourselves for the worse.
I actually am embarrassed ,what I/we have accepted as ‘norm’ but I am changing, and hope others will follow (although that ‘hope’ is tangible)

‘The world As we Know’ is ALSO on  the edge of dramatic change, and is Biblical in proportion, and once again FAR too complex to put into 1 post.

All I can tell you is ‘Pay Attention’, DO MORE than just ‘get through’ another day and close your eyes to what is going on around you.
We (as in the human race) need to treat others as how you would like to be treated.
Be civil,
Be courteous,
Be informed,
Be accountable.
Tell the truth, because you ‘Are and Will ‘ be  judged by & for your actions , just because you repeat the lie, does not make it true.
We all are being judged and all will eventually ‘pay the piper’ (look it up)

I ‘Have To’ go , because my brain is exploding.
Perhaps I think too much……..perhaps not enough.

Sunday, August 05, 2012

Videos Videos Videos

There are lots of videos from our  last show in Toronto up at
and there a few more to go up in the next few days, including the full show,1 in B&W
and 1 in colour.

Update August 24th


Here is the full Toronto show in b&w ,1 hour +

Please leave your comments on youtube,good bad or indifferent.....thanks.

Many more and current updates on our site

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Toronto in July

Win tickets for our Toronto show July 14th by entering here
listen live to win several times a day until the show.

& don't forget we are in New Jersey August 4th

Monday, June 04, 2012

The times they are a changin

I can't really pinpoint nor go into detail nor describe sufficently, but sometimes things happen,
that make you go       'Hmmmmmm?'

So..... Orft I wanda ,to discover the source of   'Hmmmmmm'

My brain needs soothing, so I must go and take care of that before........

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Toronto show

Due to reasons beyond our control ,our Toronto show scheduled for July 7th has been moved
to July 14th.

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Toronto July 7th

Q107's 'Summer Bash' -Saturday July 7th at
Q presents a 'British Invasion' night with tributes to The Who
(The Wholigans)
& The Rolling Stones (The Blushing Brides)
+1 more act tba (they are 'Fab') ;)
Also the Q house band w/Michael White

To win tickets, listen to Q107 in June

Friday, April 27, 2012

Nuuuuuuu Joiseeee

Vineland New Jersey
Saturday August 4th
Landis Theatre
The Wholigans 30th Anniversary 1982-2012      .......                 

Wholigans WHistOry    .......            See Al of The Wholigans videos here


Saturday, April 14, 2012

The Wholigans televised concert

The Wholigans have played a few televised concerts over the years at an event in Tampa called ’Friday Extra’
City of Tampa Tv have had this sitting on the shelf for a while , but they just put this 1 hour long show up yesterday.
As it ‘just’ went up, it is titled wrong and doesn’t have a set list, so here it is:
Who Are You (we don’t start till 3 minutes in)
The Seeker…..
I Can’t Explain….
Happy Jack
Summertime Blues
Shakin All Over
Pinball Wizard
Baba O’Riley
Magic Bus
Won’t Get Fooled Again
Encore: My Generation (a *special* version)

If you like it or hate it (either or) please comment on youtube ,thanks,

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Wholigans in Canada


                  SUMMER BASH                     
Toronto’s Canadas best rock Q107 & The Sound Academy present …..
a British Invasion night ,with
The Wholigans….a tribute to The Who on their 30th Anniversary 1982-2012
& also on the show are veterans of the Canadian tribute scene  with a tribute to The Rolling Stones

Stay tuned to Q107 to win tickets.


Friday, April 06, 2012

The Wholigans at the rock n roll hall of fame ?

An interesting article about tribute bands at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
"Orchestras are huge tribute bands,we just happen to be a 4 piece orchestra.
The Who made history, let us revive it ,and let you relive it."....
.Barry Wholigan
LA Times 2010 archives 

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Wholigan books

Somehow and someway The Wholigans have found themselves written into 2 books in the last few years, which is really really cool and unexpected, but we're not complaining.

                                 Click on the book cover for more info & to purchase
A Toronto Wholigan Anne Marie Klein has written a novel entitled
‘Behind Blue Eyes’…part one ‘Love Reign O’er Me’
The Wholigans are very happy to be  a part of this book.
This scene takes place in the 70's in a bar downtown Toronto that we actually played called DJ’s  (you can see the ticket
DJ’s is long  gone though.
Here's parts of the book.........

“How’s it going Sarah?” he asked as she put her hand forward to be stamped.
“Great you?” She watched Ian pay the cover charge.
“Same old, same old” he said “I gotta warn you, it’s packed in there, and at least a hundred degrees”
“Thanks for the heads up” She turned back one last time.”Who’s playing tonight? “
“The Wholigans” he said “and they sound great.”


….they returned to their seats and continued to talk until the performance began. The top- billed band, The Wholigans, as their name suggested, were a tribute group covering songs by The Who. Ian enjoyed listening and watching the band, his head filling with his own ideas and possibilities for the future. When the set ended, the crowd clapped and cheered appreciatively and people finished their last drink before heading towards the exit.


Here's the other book (we are proud to be mentioned several times) by Tom Wright close friend of Pete's.

“Had I not met Tom Wright” Townshend muses in his foreward to Wrights first book ‘Roadwork-Rock & Roll Turned Inside Out’ “The Who would never have become successful”
                                    Click on the book cover for more info & to purchase
“If it weren’t for Tom, we wouldn’t have The Who. True story. Ask Pete Townshend,It is there in black and white.”

 We played at the opening of Tom's photography exhibit in Traverse Michigan (a 3 song set) to commemorate the first 3 songs The Who ever played in the USA for Tom.
Here is 'My Generation' at the Dennos Museum

and here's the aftershow gig at 'Streeters' where we played 'Run Run Run' for only the 2nd time in our lives, the first time was at the first show for Tom during rehearsal and we SUCKED and Tom said to us "Can play something you know?"   OUCH ! we did.
So here it is.

                                       Wholiganism 101 515
        Once a Wholigan, Always a Wholigan


Monday, March 26, 2012

Wholiganism 101

March 26th

Wholiganism 101 on the front page at

Friday, March 23, 2012

Nowadays it's the old man has got all the money

......& a young man ain't got nothin in the world these days !

The years have past me by and I'm still waiting to have all that "old man money"
Until then I'll just keep singing this song.

ps: mute the player on the top left of this page before playing these videos.




        I'M A WHOLIGAN

Monday, March 19, 2012

30 years of Wholiganism !!! ......1982-2012

We are celebrating our 30th Anniversary

Watch for shows later this year in Northern USA & CANADA (Summer & Fall)...
ALSO stay tuned ,there will be a
*competition running April/May
You can win t-shirts,posters,stickers +2 tickets to any Wholigans show in your neighborhood.
Watch FB
or our website for details

             Photo taken in the studio recording a 30 second tv ad in 1984
     Steve McKenna            Paul Holman        Barry Quinn        Gerard Popma
                              Wholigan Whistory

* Sorry but the competition is only open to USA & Canadian residents only. No cash value applied on prizes.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Behind Blue Eyes

The Wholigans are part of a new book by
Anne Marie Klein

We even have Wholigans in the literary world ,and one such Wholigan is Anne Marie Klein who wrote a book entitled
'Behind Blue Eyes' .....part 1 'Love Reign O'er me'
The Wholigans are proud to be a part of this book, and we wish Anne continued success.

If you are a WHO fan (and you must be to have read this far)
                                            BUY THIS BOOK

Based on the song made famous by The Who, Behind Blue Eyes is a new series of rock and roll novels set in the music world of Toronto and London in the late 70s. The first book, Behind Blue Eyes: Love Reign O’er Me, is now available in paperback form from at this link:

The second novel, Behind Blue Eyes: Love Ain’t For Keeping, will be released through in April 2012, and e-books will soon be available for both books. Check back for further updates as we develop our e-books and Web site, in the near future.

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