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.
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