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ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Lee Brilleaux's death in April 1994 various memorials
were celebrated with many ex- and actual Dr Feelgood members - but not
longer with a Dr Feelgood BAND. All activities in this way were stopped
and cancelled and the remaining members joined into other bands. It was
over and out. And it seemed the only logical decision.
Without Lee it would never be the same.
Easy to understand - but badly to bear...
went by... Surely enough time to accept the fact of never to see Lee again.
I'm sure he would have said "Don't be sad, Gabbi, life has to go on."
Well, I've tried and listened to the Feelgood records, like usual... they
still made me feel good, like usual. After the last song I'd put them back
into the rack, like usual. But THEN, there was the main difference: Usually
I've had the good feeling of looking forward to meet the Feelgoods to see
them playing, having a chat - now there was just the horrible feeling of
falling into a deep dark hole...
I'm glad few more people also could not stand the thought of never seeing Dr Feelgood live on stage again. Many of them asked the bandmembers and management to go on. But how?
conciderations and discussions made the idea growing to give it a try -
the search started, in hope to find a man who would be able to become Lee's
tried to read it slow - afraid to reach the last page...
unexpected you fet to know there is an instalment.
on further you find out this book may be different,
you say to youself:
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Phil Mitchell - Steve Walwyn - Pete Gage - Kevin Morris
Bassguitar - Guitar - Vocals+Harmonica - Drums
DR FEELGOOD 1995 - 1999
... Exactly those feelings I have had when I heard about the plan
the Feelgoods wanted to go back on the road with a new singer.
I was happy and afraid simultaneously!
it be possible to find a singer
The band gave me the honour to be the first person allowed to watch the first rehearsals with Pete Gage. I have known he had sung and played hammond organ in several bands of theBath area, where he comes from - so I supposed he wouldn't be a bad musician. Nevertheless I have to admit I was suspicious when I arrived in Phils studio the first time. A sunny day in June 1995, by the way.
You have to know meeting this band some years ago changed my life completely. They became the most important part in my life because this kind of music is the medicine which works on me - in addition to that comes the fact, the boys are great blokes, nice and friendly, down to the ground, natural - if it's the old, middle or actual Feelgoods.
Easy to imagine
how curious I was to meet the man who has got the courage to follow Lee's
to Lee's wishes
The current line-up is different to all earlier Dr Feelgood line-ups because it's the first one without any original member. Nevertheless Kevin, Phil and Steve in the meantime spent more time in the band as all other former bandmembers. With the exception of Lee, of course.
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Down by the Jetty
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saw the completion of a twenty dates UK tour and successful trips to Spain,
Italy and Switzerland. In January 1996 the band completed a sold-out Germany
tour with Canned Heat which was followed by a theatre tour of the UK with
the Blues Band. A first album with the new singer was recorded in Spring
1996. "On The Road Again" - again produced by Dave Bronze - saw
release in the early summer. The groups set features songs of this album
as well as all their hit records and many more from the previous 18 albums.
To hear the new Dr Feelgood album plus seeing them live on stage blew away
all the suspicion of fans and critics. Pete is a worthy successor for Lee
- if it's on stage or in the recording studio. His rough voice and energy
fits perfectly with the Feelgood songs.
Feelgoods are back to hand over to us
I know it's not just me in hope
In August 1999 Pete Gage played his last show with Dr Feelgood. Reason for the split were personal reasons (I hate the common lie of the ''musical differences'' which usually is used in such cases...). Please respect the guys privacy and ask for no more details, they all deserve at least a bit of privacy. Just let me add this: Many efforts have been made to solve problems before it came to the final decision to part. It was not easy for anyone involved. Personally I believe a ''divorce'' always is better than continuing with something which puts pressure onto people instead of staying an enjoyable thing. Especially if the ''couples'' name is Dr Feelgood...
Here's a letter from Pete he asked me to publish, which - of course - is my pleasure! Thank you, Pete, and very best wishes. It was good to get to know you, would be nice from time to time to get to know how you're doing now.
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(Source: FEELIN' GOOD Newsletters. With friendly permission of John Butterfield)
>>> Since Feb. 2004 we have got a detailed list of OUR EQUIPMENT. <<<
Update: Since September 1999 the band has got a new frontman, Robert
Kane. Robert's predecessor Pete Gage asked me to publish this letter
after the split from Dr Feelgood in August 1999.
February 12th 1946 in Paddington/London
May 15th 1955 in London
FIRST BAND: With school friends "Blend"
INSTRUMENTS: Drums, Calculator
DRUM KIT: First was Premier Olympic (made in 60s), current kit Premier Drum, Ludwig Snare drums, UFIP cymbals
INFLUENCES: (past and present) - Keith Moon, Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich, Mitch Mitchell, John Bonham, Ginger Baker, Bill Bruford, Ian Paice, Jeff Porcaro, Bernard Purdie (Aretha Franklin, King Curtis), Steve Gadd, George Rains, Richie Hayward (Little Feat), Fito de La Parra (Canned Heat), Fran Christina, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa - to name a few!!
PREVIOUS BANDS: After school toured with soul band backing Sam & Dave, Edwin Starr, Detroit Emeralds, Inez Foxx, and many many more. Toured with french band "Trust", many sessions in London, Pub residences.
RECORDS: Live double cd of "Trust" 1980 tour released on Epic in France 1992, cd with the Coal Porters "Land of Hope and Crosby" (Prima Records 1994). Albums with Dr Feelgood: Doctors Orders, Mad Man Blues, Brilleaux, Classic, Live in London, Primo, Feelgood Factor, Down at the Doctors, On the Road again, 25 Years of Dr Feelgood - 1997, Stupidity+, EMI Boxed Set tribute to Lee Brilleaux, Chess Masters, Speeding Thru Europe (live). Loads of singles and album tracks for various artists prior to Dr Feelgood - can not remember half of them - "Thank God"!
HOW DID YOU JOIN THE FEELGOODS: Lee phoned me and said rehearsals tomorrow (Monday), Dingwalls Wednesday! I had known Lee at school and had played in embryonic Feelgood with Lee and Sparko called "Pigboy Charlie Band" or sometimes Wild Bunch whilst still at school.
FAVE FEELGOOD TRACK: Too many to pick but early Wilko songs were so different to what was going on at the time.
FAVE ALBUMS: Down by the Jetty, Case of the Shakes, Feelgood Factor.
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March 19th 1953 in Wembley
Addition by Gabi:
PREVIOUS BANDS: I think, Phil also played in a band called "The Garden Airplane Trap" with Will Birch (Kursaal Flyers) and Graeme Douglas (Kursaal Flyers, Eddie & The Hot Rods).
June 8th 1956 Southam, Warwickshire
FIRST BAND: Hands Off - Formed at Southam High School
INSTRUMENTS: Guitar, Slide Guitar, Bass, Harmonica
INFLUENCES: Many including Rory Gallagher, Peter Green, Jimi Hendrix, Albert King, Hubert Sumlin, Early Eric Clapton
PREVIOUS BANDS: After first band HANDS OFF, joined professional rockband CHEVY, then played with R&B band THE DT's in the early 1980s. The DT's became backing band for the late Steve Marriott in 1987. Joined Dr Feelgood in 1989. After Lee's death played with Eddie & The Hot Rods, Roger Chapman Band and The Big Town Playboys before joining re-formed Dr Feelgood
RECORDS: Numerous Sessions. Chevy: The Taker - LP 1980, The DT's - Shakin' not Stirred - LP 1983, The DT's: Live at JBs - LP 1986, Steve Marriott and The DT's: Sing The Blues Live - CD 1988 / UK 2001, Steve Marriott and The DT's: Sing The Blues Live - CD 1988, Steve Marriott and the DT's: Live in Lindau 1988 (US Bootleg 2CD), Steve Marriott: 30 Seconds to Midnite - LP 1989 (also available as CD), Big Town Playboys: Hip Joint - CD 1995, Denim: Denim on Ice - CD 1999, Steve Marriott and the Official Receivers (2 Tracks Live with The DT's in Cologne, Germany) - 2CD 2000
Chevy 7''s: Too much loving / See the light*** - 1980, The Taker / Life on the run*** - 1981, Just another day*** / Rock on - 1981 [*** none Album tracks]
Dr Feelgood: Live in London - 1990, Primo - 1991, The Feelgood Factor - 1993, Down at the Doctor's - 1994, On the Road Again - 1996, 25 Years of Dr Feelgood - 1997, Stupidity+, EMI Boxed Set tribute to Lee Brilleaux, Chess Masters, Speeding Thru Europe (live)
HOW DID YOU JOIN DR FEELGOOD? When I was with the DT's I played various gigs on the same bill with Dr Feelgood and consequently came to know the members of the band quite well. Lee Brilleaux also came to see the DT's at gigs in Lutterworth and Kettering. On New Years Eve 1988 Dr Feelgood were supported at the Town and Country Club in London by Steve Marriott and the DT's. When Gordon Russell decided to leave the band, Phil Mitchell telephoned me at the Duchess of York, Leeds, where I was playing that night, to ask me if I would like to audition with Dr Feelgood. I learned the songs in the set from tapes while the band were touring abroad. When they returned, I went to the audition on Canvey Island and subsequently joined the band. One of my first gigs with Dr Feelgood was at London's Town and Country Club - the show was recorded and became the 'Live in London' album.
FAVOURITE FEELGOOD TRACK: Many, including I can Tell, Down at the Doctors, She does it Right
OFF THE ROAD ACTIVITIES: Playing and watching cricket, cycling, writing songs, playing occasional gigs with local musicians
MEMORABLE HIGHLIGHTS WITH CURRENT DR FEELGOOD:
1. Touring Germany 1996 with CANNED HEAT. In particular joining them on stage in Munich (25.01.1996).
2. Playing to around 50,000 bikers at a festival near Berlin.
3. Recording Peter Green's song 'World Keeps Turning' for the album 'On the Road Again'.
Some additions by Gabi:
"Whirlwind" (given by Lee)
Walwyn in Spain, La Boîte - March 24th-31st, 1996
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