Here's some upcoming Tatts shows for December...the Tatts are co-headlining with the Angels, and Black Label is the support band. A rocking evening is guaranteed! Friday 12th December 2003 - Rooty Hill RSL, Sydney Tickets Available At Venue Saturday 13th December 2003 - Salinas, Coogee, Sydney Tickets Available from Ticketek
• The Tatts video for "House Of Pain"...featuring live footage from their July 23rd gig at the Annandale Hotel...is currently in rotation on Channel B in Australia.
• Paul DeMarco couldn't make the Darwin Casino show of September 20th due to a personal commitment...so it was Mick O'Shea (Romeo Dog, Judge Mercy) filling in on the skins - and doing a great job of it! Pete Wells reports that is was indeed a rocking gig!
The Rocks Push release "Three Good Reasons For The Blues" is getting great reviews and airplay. Latest news is that Pete, Chris & Rob are going to sign a deal with Blah records in Melbourne, who will distribute the album on a worldwide basis.If you don't have this great release, its available from Big Rock!!!
Don't miss the Tatts this coming weekend: Friday 26th September 2003 - Surfers Paradise Beer Garden, QLD Saturday 27th September 2003 - Hoey Moey, Coffs Harbour, NSW
Angry Anderson guested with the Brewster Brothers on Saturday Sep. 6th at the Albion Hotel in Parramatta. Here's a mini review gleaned from an Angels discussion group: It was John & Rick on guitar (Rick with some wicked slide work) and Angry on vocals and tambourine. Tatts songs included Rock and Roll Outlaw, We Can't Be Beaten, a brilliant version of Scarred For Life and Bad Boy for Love. Angry also sang the Angels' City Out Of Control and some other songs, including All Along The Watchtower. A fantastic night all around! Angry's remaining dates with the Brewsters are: Fri September 12 Allawah Hotel, Mona St., Allawah 10 pm Sun September 14 Albion Hotel, George St., Parramatta 6 pm Fri September 19 Crossroads Hotel, Hume Highway, Prestons 10 pm
Here's some upcoming Tatts shows for September & November: Saturday 20th September 2003 - MGM Grand, Darwin (Casino) Outdoor gig on the lawns of the Casino. Tickets now available at the venue. Friday 26th September 2003 - Surfers Paradise Beer Garden, QLD Saturday 27th September 2003 - Hoey Moey, Coffs Harbour, NSW Saturday 29th November 2003 - Queenscliff Festival, Victoria Sunday 30th November 2003 - Corner Hotel, Richmond, Victoria Support band "MADE".
The Rocks Push cd...featuring a power trio of Pete Wells, Chris Turner & Rob Grosser is out now! "Three Good Reasons For The Blues" is hard hitting, rocking blues at its best. The cd is available and highly recommended...this thing rocks! Get it from Big Rock.
Angry is very busy over the next few months: SEPTEMBER:: Acoustic Gigs with the Brewster Brothers of the Angels in Sydney. OCTOBER:: Acoustic Gigs with the Brewster Brothers in Perth. Also some gigs with the Angels as vocalist (this is just a guest slot...Angry is 100% Rose Tattoo). NOVEMBER:: Gigs with the Big Daddys (Kevin Borich, Paul Christie, etc.) Angry would also like to get a band together with Tim Gaze and play songs from the "Southern Stars" album as well as his "Beats From A Single Drum" album.
Pete Wells web bloke Michael Eagling was at the Tatts Melbourne show...here is his detailed review: ROSE TATTOO Prince Of Wales Hotel, Melbourne, Thursday 24 July 2003 (Review by Eagle) It’d been 4 long years since Melbourne had a giant dose of ROSE TATTOO rock ‘n’ roll which is far too long for anyone, fan or not. There was a strong smell of eager anticipation in the air weeks before the gig, but it was even more noticeable as I killed time downing a few beers in the public bar before the show. Fans wandered in and out, a lot tattooed (wunder why!!) wearing the traditional black t-shirt, quiet a few had the new Tatts ones which was great to see. Surprisingly I would say that the majority of the crowd were on the younger side of most traditional Tatts fans which was great to see. I had 5 people with me who had never witnessed the Tatts live before and their expectations were mixed although I had worded them up. Venturing backstage before the show, I met up with Kingy who was sipping on a scotch (Johnny Walker Red) waiting for the rest of the band to turn up. Supposingly they had left the hotel they were staying at a while ago but had not got there. Eventually they turned up with Wellsy explaining that his bag had been lost somewhere along the line and they had to find it. Back out front the support band the Casanovers were finishing their set with a ripping cover of AC/DC’s ‘Riff Raff’ leaving the punters eagerly awaiting one of the legends of Oz rock to hit the boards. Shortly after the mighty ROSE TATTOO greeted the full house of approx 900 and powered through a set list of - One Of The Boys Black Magic Bad Boy For Love Assault & Battery Tramp House Of Pain Kisses & Hugs Butcher & Fast Eddy Illustrated Man Scarred For Life Can’t Help It If I’m Lucky Union Man Rock ‘N’ Roll Outlaw Nice Boys (Don’t Play rock ‘N’ Roll) We Can’t Be Beaten 17 Stitches Astra Wally It was LOUD, it was BRUTAL & the fans LOVED IT. Some memorable things to be noted on the night were - • The band played 7 songs from ‘Pain’ and a number of the crowd knew the words which impressed Angry (as there has been no publicity on the release of this album in Australia). • Melbourne being his home town, Angry gave a very inspirational performance telling a few stories of his youthful escapades which went down well. Collapsing after ‘Nice Boys’ and had to be helped up by Wellsy before cranking into ‘Beaten’. • The pretty lady who politely slipped in the front of me to jump on stage and kiss Angry after ‘House Of Pain’ & the band went straight into ‘Kisses & Hugs’ after she was assisted of by security!!!! • Kingy not only impressing the fans by his great bass playing but also drinking a bottle of Johnny Walker Red straight through the gig. • Rockin’ Rob Riley doing a solid job and pulling his famous faces. • DeMarco giving his Ludwig set an absolute pounding and having to tighten a number of things regularly. • Wellsy, the Maestro of the band keeping everyone together, even when some of the new songs got a bit loose,chain smoking, looking very well and blasting out some serious slide. • The band was brilliant, the fans were impressed. Well Melbourne fans, the band were very impressed so stay tuned for more ROSE TATTOO Rock ‘N’ Roll later this year!!!!!!!! Thanks to Oana Gilbert for making things happen & fans who supported the band by buying merchandise. Thanks Michael!!!
Jason was at the Melbourne gig...and provides this review: This was the second time I have managed to see Rose Tattoo in 20 years (the first being in Hamburg in Germany about 11 months ago). Although I must say the German audiences are more enthusiastic about our own local talent than us Australians are, the Tatt's did not fail to disappoint their small legion of fans at the Prince of Wales on the 24th in Melbourne. From the first to last track (I dont have a track listing cause I was pretty drunk by that stage), they showcased material off every album apart from "Southern Stars" which unfortunately is their most neglected album even though on the same par as their earlier albums in my opinion. (We are not including the "Beats from a Single Drum" era here by the way which is more of an Angry solo project than Rose Tattoo).
Well, what can I say being at the front at the stage where Robin Riley and Steve King (with Angry flailing about in typical Angry style)? They are simply put, one of the most genuine acts you could possible want to see. No pose, no 'tough guy' act, what you see is what you get with these blokes, and those who were fortunate enough to go to the show and be 'one of the boys' were treated to an amazing show with lots of both old and new tracks thrown in. Surprisingly, most of the people in the audience were very familiar with the new album 'Pain', and concluded that the Tatt's have lost nothing since bringing a glorious line-up back into the camp. This is of course evident on their "25 to Life" double CD/LP, but nothing can make up for the intensity their instruments produce on stage, as opposed to a live recording in where you can only imagine the intensity.
Thanks for a great night guys ... (I won't go to mention the support acts here cause one sounded like a female Ramones clone and the following band a clone of The Cult - both of those bands suck, so a clone of them can't be much better in my opinion). But the Tatt's flew home the Eureka flag rather than the Stars and Stripes influences, and made the night one of the most enjoyable I've been fortunate to experience in 30 years - thanks!!! Thanks Jason!!!
The "Recliner Rocker Tour" - featuring Angry with Stuart Wood + The Giants & blues legend Matt Taylor (Chain) - is kicking off again with tour dates for Tasmania & the East Coast of the mainland. Dates locked in so far are: August 21 Royal Oak Hotel, Launceston August 22 The Warehouse, Devonport August 23 The Republic Bar, Hobart August 24 to be announced
The Tatts have 3 big shows coming up this month SYDNEY: 7/23/2003 Annandale Hotel (w/special guests Black Label + 1 more band) MELBOURNE: 7/24/2003 Prince of Wales, St. Kilda (w/special guests The Spazzys + The Casanovas) ADELAIDE: 7/25/2003 Le Rox *** ALL AGES SHOW *** (w/special guests Full Frontal Lobotomy + The All Stars)
ROCKS PUSH is the name of a new Pete Wells musical project, with Pete on bass, Chris Turner on guitar and Rob Grosser on drums! Their debut release "3 Good Reasons For The Blues" is coming out on the Big Rock label. The band is named after an old Sydney street gang...this is definitely going to rock!
X has released a CD-EP of newly recorded material entitled "I Love Rock 'N Roll". (a copy is on the way) Also...a double live cd "Evil Rumours - Live At The Basement", recorded December 2002 at the basement in Sydney! (a copy is on the way too) And the 2nd X album, "At Home With You" has been reissued on CD on the Morphius label.
ANGRY ON ‘RECLINER ROCKER TOUR’ Angry is on the road doing some gigs with Stuart Wood + The Giants & blues legend Matt Taylor (Chain). Dubbed the "Recliner Rocker Tour" as a tribute to Stuart’s long time mate, Bill Denny, the 2 to 3 hour show is split into three sessions. The first part is an acoustic blues set covering songs such as "Manish Boy", Hoochie Coochie Man" and "Dust My Broom". The second set is a semi-acoustic set with Angry, Stuart and Matt each singing 4 songs each. Angry’s songs are "Master’s Of War", "Dirty Old Town", "Tobacco Road" and "Maggie May". The last set has the amps thumping! Gig dates (with more possible) - April 3 Clifton Hill Hotel, Melbourne April 4 Criterion Hotel, Warnambool, Vic April 5 Commercial Hotel, Mt Gambia, SA April 10 Rooxby Downs, SA April 11 Italo-Aust Miners Club, Coober Pedy, SA April 12 Todd River Tavern, Alice Springs, NT April 13 Tenant Creek Hotel, Tenant Creek NT April 14 Ernest Henry Mine, Cloncurry, QLD April 15 Century Mine, Mt Isa, QLD April 16 Phosphate Hill, QLD April 17 Mt Isa Civic Centre, QLD April 19 Hotel Kununurra, Kununurra, WA April 20 Spinifex Hotel, Derby, WA April 21 Whim Creek Music Festival, WA
Sydney’s most rockin Tattoo shop the HOUSE OF PAIN is featuring in a TV commercial for a mobile phone. This new phone enables digital photos to be taken and sent. Pete says the story line is that a pretty young lady comes into the shop to get a tattoo and sends a pic of it to her boyfriend who is somewhere else. It’s gonna be fuckin ugly as all the HOP crue play a role, yeah that’s right, Kingy, Matt, Richard & the charismatic Mr Wells. All I can say is that the young lady will have to be very very desirable to make up for that lot!!!
There is an informative review of the Tatts new DVD at dvd.net.au...
Brisbane rockers ROBBERS DOG have just released a live CD which features ripping covers of THE TATTS "Nice Boys" and "Rock ‘N’ Roll Outlaw". Also on the album are a number of AC/DC covers and other covers of the THE ANGELS, ZZ TOP, LED ZEPPELIN, THIN LIZZY etc. A stand out track on the album is "Soldier Of Fortune" which is the only ROBBERS DOG song on the album. You can buy the album from their website at robbersdog.org...
The Tatts will be playing at the Rooty Hill RSL, Sydney on Saturday March 15th. Tickets are $22.
Warner Vision Australia has detailed release info for the DVD release of "Jailhouse Rock - Live At Boggo Road Jail". Given that it is an Australian release, it appears that the encoding will be Region 4, which encompasses Australia & New Zealand among others. Europe is Region 2...USA is Region 1. The release info is here...
• Angry reports that his new new movie called "Sixteen G's", will feature some Tatts songs from "Pain". '17 Stitches' & 'One More Drink With The Boys' have been mentioned. • Paul has been cut from the "Long Way To The Top" tour, and he is quite pissed off about it! • Pete, Lucy & Paul are currently helping out on the new Jess Clements album...Jess is Lucy's niece.
Pete Wells informs us that the Tatts are on break due to band members being involved in other projects. Here's whats happening: • Angry Anderson is the lead in a new movie called "Sixteen G's"...it's about the underworld and will be shown at the Cannes Film festival. The movie also features members of Sydney rockers TYRANT. The soundtrack will feature TYRANT...and maybe some Tatts as well. For more info on TYRANT check out their Homepage • Paul DeMarco is putting together an instructional DVD on rock 'n' roll drumming! He's one of the best for sure...so keep your eyes peeled for this upcoming release! Paul is also currently on the "Long Way To The Top" tour, drumming for Billy Thorpe! Don't forget his work with Dave Tice, Mark Evans, The Headhunters, and the Porch Monkeys! Busy lad... • Pete Wells & The Damn Fine Band have two dates scheduled, 1/24 at the Ellouellh Hotel & 1/25 in Bathurst
There are two releases to be aware of: • The first is a Japanese issue of "PAIN" which features 3 live bonus tracks taken from "25 To Life". The tracks are 'Nice Boys , 'Rock 'N' Roll Outlaw' & 'One Of The Boys'. This cd is available now. • It looks like the Boggo Road Jail show is coming out on DVD in March! sanity.com.au lists it as an upcoming release...no info yet from Steamhammer regarding how this DVD will be encoded.