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4th LEE BRILLEAUX MEMORIAL 1997
A sold out Maritime Rooms saw a European League of Nations of fervent Feelgood followers from France, Germany, Switzerland and Finland (sorry if I missed any nations out) and many from the UK and a few locals as well.
As we walked into the Maritime Rooms we were greeted by Anne Adley and Chris Fenwick, tearing up tickets and selling raffle tickets for a signed copy of Down By The Jetty - The Biography. I got ticket No. 21 (not the winner).
Cast my eyes round the rapidly filling up room for any familiar faces, Ah yes, there's John Carly with girlfriend Barbara, and there's John Butterfield by the bar, and here's John Warren (How come the name John has such an affinity with Feelgood? It's my middle Name as well).
Just before eight the music started with a set by a local band called The Receders, next up was Larry Wallis with Big Figure on drums and Phil Mitchell on Bass playing 4 songs which included 'Going Some Place Else' and 'As Long As The Price Is Right'. Next Eddie and the Hot Rods Barrie Masters, Dave Higgs, Graeme Douglas, Kevin Morris and Phil Mitchell with their own brand of Garage Punk, R&B, Pub Rock, Teenage Depression look out look out look out.
Next was in my opinion apart from the Feelgood set the stars of the show. We saw the very welcome return to these shores of the man who I believe helped Dr Feelgood back into the big time league Gordon Russell with Sarah calling themselves 'Two Timers'. Lee once called Gordon one of the best young guitarists around (He may be a little older now but doesn't look it). They did 5 or 6 numbers and Gordon still proved he is an excellent guitar player on both acoustic and electric also keeping time with a bass drum pedal banging at an old suitcase, while Sarah sang with a sassy Blues/Rock feeling I have not heard for years. She also proved to be a master or should it be mistress of the spoons/shakers/drum and gob iron. If there was any paint left on the walls after their set I would be surprised.
Next up was Snowy White who played 3 numbers with Kevin on Drums, Dave Bronze on Bass and then the stars of the show.
DR FEELGOOD. Pete, Phil, Kevin and Steve started off with the Classic 'Take a Tip', not played live for many years. After this the Feelgood songs rolled off in blistering bursts of energised force. 'She Does it Right', 'Back in the Night', 'Roxette' Etc. Then part way through 'Milk and Alcohol' the PA gave up. After a short interval the band came back minus Pete and with Gary Miller and Dave the Harmonica player to do a quiet version of 'I can Tell' helped by the massed voices of the audience. Shortly afterwards a borrowed PA from the upstairs Bingo room was put into action right next to my ear hole. Wow I had any remaining cobwebs shoved deep into the brain after that but who cares. From then on it was party time as Gordon came on to play for the remainder of the set with Steve, while Phil handed his bass to Dave Bronze starting with 'Route 66'. Dave White from the Feelgood Bar in Germany sang 'I'm a Hog for you Baby'. The Feelgood songs came and went in a fashion that Lee would have been proud of, last of which was 'Great Balls of Fire'. Alas everything must end and that was it for the night. This is the first time I had been down to the memorial show and it will now be a regular date in my Feelgood year.
Many thanks to Kevin Morris for organising the event, each and every one of the performers and to all of the audience who made it such a fantastic evening to raise money for SCENT.
Lastly my deep appreciation to John Butterfield for the transportation and showing me around.
(By Steve Smith, Beeston Rylands - for Feelin´ Good Newsletter Issue 8/July 1997)
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Bingo saves Feelgoods day
(By Rob Cole - Out of: Southend Evening Echo May 9, 1997)
A FAULTY PA did not stop the feelgood factor returning to Southend last night as more than 300 rhythm&blues fans turned out to welcome cult Canvey band Dr Feelgood home for a special one-off charity show.
A posse of Feelgood band members, past and present, sent the packed Maritime Rooms ballistic in a secret show in honour of the bands former lead singer Lee Brilleaux, who died of cancer three years ago. The band nearly called it a day after his death in 1994.
Despite playing to a full house last night, the Feelgoods did not expect to play through the Cliffs bingo public address system, drafted in after the bands PA packed in.
With new lead singer Pete Gage now firmly at the helm, they are celebrating their 25th anniversary.
Last nights show added more than £3,000 to the £12,800 already raised by the band for the Southend Community Extended Nursing Team, which nursed Brilleaux in the months before his death.
Speaking after the show, lead singer Pete Gage said: "The spirit of the fans was brilliant, they were absolutely fantastic, just a shame about the P.A."
A line up of local bands from the R&B scene past and past (Note by Gabi: I suppose Rob Cole meant "past and present"), including the Receeders, Larry Wallis, Eddie and The Hot Rods, the Two Timers and Snowy White, were on hand to make the night one to tell the grandchildren about.
Opening with Take A Tip, the Feelgoods rattled through a string of classics, before disaster struck during hit single Milk And Alcohol. The faithful sought solace at the bar and the band looked bewildered, before hitting back with the likes of I Can Tell, Down At The Doctors and Route 66.
Finnish Feelgood fan Teppo Nattila, 38, and five friends made a special trip to Southend for the gig. He said: "I have seen them maybe 30 times in the last 20 years and have got every album, single and CD they have released."
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