Pete Wells is unable to play his annual NYE at the Empire (first time in 7 years I think). So after a bit of last minute organizing Pete Wells is presenting The Blurters, DOOMFOXX, Demolition Highstyle and Daredevil. Plus possibly another band. The show kicks off at 8.30pm and at $10 must be the cheapest NYE gig in town.
Angry once again was part of a band of Australian entertainers who flew overseas to visit soldiers in Iraq. read the full article below: Australian troops in Iraq treated to Christmas show December 25, 2005 - 3:17PM A band of Australian entertainers has given up the chance of a festive season at home to provide Christmas cheer for 450 soldiers stationed in southern Iraq. The entertainers gave up time with their families to put on a Christmas show for Australian Defence Force personnel stationed with the Al Muthanna Task group at a base near the town of As Samawah. Legendary performer Little Pattie (Patricia Thompson), who entertained Australian and allied troops during the Vietnam War, led the Tour de Force concert. She was joined by country music singer Beccy Cole, Angry Anderson, former Australian Idol contestant Hayley Jensen, Bessie Bardot, Geoff Barker and comedian Lehmo. "I feel I'm here to continue a time-honoured tradition which is of Australian performers performing for Australian forces no matter where they are in the world," Little Pattie said today. No matter what your politics are, whether you agree or disagree about our involvement, it's something every professional artist should do in their career." Little Pattie was the youngest performer when at 17 she performed for Australian service personnel during the Vietnam War. Anderson, a rock icon and leader singer of Rose Tattoo, said Australia's defence personnel should not be forgotten. "It's a thing as a country we need to constantly be reminded of that they represent us as a nation around the world," he said. They are our sons and daughters and they're out here doing us proud." Meanwhile, the Christmas spirit also reached HMAS Parramatta on duty in the Persian Gulf as part of Operation Catalyst - which is helping to secure Iraq's oil infrastructure in the Gulf. The sailors on board received a surprise visit from Father Christmas who handed out presents. AAP smh.com.au
The Tatts are playing this Friday 11/18 at the Annandale Hotel. Ticket info available at annandalehotel.com. The Tatts are playing this Saturday 11/19 at the Bridge Hotel. Ticket info available at bridgehotel.com.
The Pete Wells band is booked for their traditional New Years Eve show at the Empire Hotel. More info on this show as it becomes available.
Steve Danno-Lorkin interviews Dave Tice and John Baxter from Buffalo, on the occasion of the Volcanic Rock CD re-issue. There's a review of the CD as well...it's all here
Here's another gallery of pictures from Pete's Sydney Benefit Show.
Lee-Roy from 979fm has an interview this Monday at 2:30pm with Angry Anderson, where Angry will be discussing his days in Buster Brown. This is in conjunction with the recent reissue of "Something To Say" by Aztec Music. There'll be Tatts talk as well. The interview can be heard online, but remember to keep the time difference in mind when tuning in. 979fm is in Melton, Victoria...which is a suburb of Melbourne. You can coordinate your local time with Melton's here
Buffalo's "Only Want You For Your Body" has been reissued by Aztec Music ... Buffalo - Only Want You For Your Body "Buffalo’s 3rd album: Only Want You For Your Body, the last with the classic line–up of Dave Tice (Count Bishops), John Baxter, Pete Wells (Rose Tattoo) and Jimmy Economou, was released in 1974. The album sits comfortably next to Volcanic Rock as one of the most outrageously heavy and ground-breaking stoner rock albums ever released in Australia. With 6 further Tice/Baxter classics, including “I’m A Skirt Lifter, Not A Shirt Raiser” and “Kings Cross Ladies”, the album cemented Buffalo’s reputation as Australia’s premier hard rock band. The wildly tasteless cover design featured an obese, screaming, semi-naked woman shackled to a torture rack. On the back cover, the band revelled in their role as leering, lascivious Aussie yob rockers, with Tice wearing a devilish grin while clad in his black leather strides ‘n’ braces and brandishing a bullwhip. It was just a bit of harmless fun, yet outraged record store managers across the land refused to stock the record, some eventually placing it in a brown paper bag to hide the offending images." Track listing: 1. I’m A Skirt Lifter, Not A Shirt Raiser 2. I’m Coming On 3. Dune Messiah 4. Stay With Me 5. What’s Going On 6. Kings Cross Ladies 7. United Nations Bonus Tracks: 8. What’s Going On (Single Version) 9. United Nations (Live Version) Only Want You For Your Body is available from Vicious Sloth for $25 + post.
There's lots of cool new Rose Tattoo related CD's and DVD's on the market now. Read on... Buffalo - Volcanic Rock "One of the great lost classic Australian LP’s from the 1970’s is Buffalo’s 2nd LP: Volcanic Rock - one of the band’s greatest records and essentially the first stoner rock album ever issued in Australia. The importance of Volcanic Rock can never be underestimated. This is the album that established the band’s reputation for dispensing uncompromising heavy psych rock of monumental proportions; this is the album that continues to enthral aficionados of the genre the world over. It was this LP that established the classic line-up of: vocalist Dave Tice (who later joined UK R&B band The Count Bishops), guitarist John Baxter, bass player Pete Wells (who later switched to slide guitar in another legendary Aussie band: Rose Tattoo), and drummer Jimmy Economou. Aztec Music and Vicious Sloth will be reissuing all 5 Buffalo titles in late 2005 / early 2006 - Dead Forever, Volcanic Rock, Only Want You For Your Body, Mother’s Choice and Average Rock N’ Roller Each release will be a deluxe version: newly remastered from the original master tapes with rare bonus tracks. They will be packaged in a 6-panel digi-pak with 24 page booklets – liner notes by Ian McFarlane, rare photos and recent interviews with key band members. Please note: there have been several unauthorised Buffalo CD’s released over the past 10 years - these reissues will be the first ones that are both fully licensed, and done with the full co-operation of the band themselves." Tracklisting: 1. Sunrise (Come My Way) 2. Freedom 3. Till My Death 4. The Prophet 5. Intro: Pound Of Flesh 6. Shylock Bonus Tracks: 7. Sunrise (Come My Way) (single version) 8. Shylock (Live at Hyde Park, Sydney 1973) Volcanic Rock is available from Vicious Sloth for $25 + post. Rose Tattoo - Live in 1993 from Boggo Road Jail "Since igniting Australian audiences in the late 70s with the rock n roll anthems Bad Boy for Love and Rock n Roll Outlaw, Rose Tattoo have remained the bad boys of Oz pub rock. Performing here in front of a huge crowd at Boggo Road Jail alongside the Divinyls and Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs, Angry Anderson and the band deliver a thumping set of seminal Oz rock, rolling out all their big hits." The reissue of "Live at Boggo Road Jail" DVD - which features new artwork, 5.1 Dolby Digital Remaster, new liner notes and added trailers - is available from HMV.com.au. Rose Tattoo - Rose Tattoo / Assault & Battery "The FMR 'Double Plays' series continues with the Tatts first 2 albums released on one budget cd." This disc is available from HMV.com.au. Pete Wells - Mothers Worry "Slide Master, Rock Identity, founder & driving force behind Rose Tattoo – this man is an institution! His ‘no – bollocks’ approach to his music is here for all to hear. A lifetime of rock n’ roll in the toughest sense means that this album is compulsory for collectors of Aussie Rock Music. This rock n’blues album was produced by Rob Grosser, who also played drums. Lucy De Soto guests on a number of tracks." Petes latest cd, available from Big Rock Records. Chris Turner's Blues Pirates "Chris Turner’s Blues Pirates are the latest incarnation of Chris Turner’s musical journey. Born in South London he has been playing his blues based music for well over forty years. He has covered half the globe in his long professional career. Now based in Sydney, Australia, Chris has gathered together Rob Grosser, Erik Damburg, Ian Lees, Pete Wells plus many others in an ever changing blues line up." Together with Rob Grosser and Pete Wells on bass The Blues Pirates have recorded an album titled “Skulduggery”, soon to be released on Big Rock Records. Buster Brown - Something To Say "Buster Brown was a short-lived, but highly influential Melbourne band from the early Seventies, who are remembered as the breeding ground for some of Australia’s most famous musicians (AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd & Rose Tattoo vocalist Angry Anderson being the most notable). Aztec Music’s reissue of Something To Say has finally made this slice of Aussie hard rock history available for the first time in over 30 years." Something To Say is available from Vicious Sloth for $25 + post.
Thanks to Juergen Tschamler for some amazing Rose Tattoo photos, stageside at the Sydney Pete Wells benefit show. Juergen reports that the Tatts played a very fast and intense set...to see the complete gallery of Sydney photos, go to the Live page. And don't forget about the Melbourne show this weekend, with info available at petewellsbenefitconcert.com. Also, check out the incredible gallery of benefit photos at the official Rose Tattoo Website.
Performance times have been confirmed for Pete's Melbourne show, and the schedule is available at:
Tickets for the upcoming Melbourne benefit show for Pete can be purchased through the Palace Website.
Hot on the heels of the recent Pete Wells Benefit show in Sydney...comes news of a Melbourne benefit show at the Palace Theatre - October 9th. Performers will include Rose Tattoo, Beasts of Bourbon, Pete Wells All Star Band, Ian Rilen & The Love Addicts, Tex Don & Charlie, Paul Kelly, Tim Rogers & The Temperance Union, and Dave Hogan's Melt Down. Check out petewellsbenefitconcert.com, which will be online by mid September with the latest news on the upcoming show!
Former Midnight Oil frontman Peter Garrett will be Master of Ceremonies for the Pete Wells Benefit Concert: MP PETER Garrett has joined the A-list of Australian rock to pay tribute to ailing Rose Tattoo guitarist Pete Wells. Mr Garrett, who thrilled the industry recently with his oration to induct Hunters and Collectors into the ARIA Hall Of Fame, has agreed to act as an MC at Wells' benefit concert at the Enmore Theatre in Sydney on September 7. "Musos sticking together is what this concert is all about," Mr Garrett said yesterday. "We played with the Tatts in the early days and Pete Wells was a pure bloke - all music, muscle and tattoos. "I hope we raise heaps of money to him and others who face this difficult situation." Wells is battling prostate cancer. news.com.au
Here's some links relating to Pete: Video preview for Pete's benefit concert 60 Minutes story about Prostate Cancer w/a segment on Pete's battle 60 Minutes Transcript
Just got my copy of the new Buster Brown reissue and am pleased to report that it is a first class release from top to bottom! This is a must have cd for the Tatts aficionado - the disc was delivered promptly and safely by Vicious Sloth The remastered sound is incredible, Ian McFarlane's liner notes are a fascinating read, there's several rare photos and illustrations, and Angry also contributes comments to the package. The Buster Brown Discography page has full details on this reissue.
Pete Wells new cd "Mothers Worry" has been released. It's yet another winning combination of blues and rock-n-roll from PW. The cd is distributed in Australia by MGM and will soon be in the stores and available online. Check the Discography page for details on this great new release.
Vicious Sloth Records in Australia has just released a comprehensive CD reissue of the long unavailable Buster Brown album. The disc includes liner notes from Ian McFarlane, several live bonus tracks from Sunbury & GTK...and the mega-rare Rose Tattoo single "Release Legalize". For ordering information, contact the fine folks at Vicious Sloth
Here's the official info for Pete’s benefit show, September 7 at the Enmore Theatre in Sydney. Tickets go on sale Friday, August 5th!!!
Pete’s benefit show will be held on September 7 at the Enmore Theater, Sydney There’s a cast of thousands playing, including: • Jimmy Barnes • The Original Angels Band • Noiseworks Full details will be available soon.
Pete's new solo album is titled "Mother's Worry" and was recorded with Lucy & Rob Grosser. Mother's Worry will be released in the near future on Razor Blade Records. Full album details soon.
Brisbane’s Robbers Dog have released their 2nd album, which is titled "Only One Way To Rock". The album feature’s Pete adding his slide to the track ‘House Of Pain’ which is a tribute to the tattoo shop and also to The Tatts. Steve King also adds his thumping bass on the song as well as on a cover of Budgies ‘Wildfire’. The album is released on Razor Blade Records & will be available soon. Check out the Dogs site www.robbersdog.org. (The site is currently down but will be up soon). Just as a matter of interest, the song House Of Pain was written by Merlin from Robbers Dog & Eagle from Pete's official website, a few months before Rose Tattoo wrote their track House Of Pain!
We've got some amazing photos from the Aschaffenburg show courtesy of Juergen Tschamler. See them under UK / Europe '05 on the Live page.
Herko has been with the Tatts in Europe and has posted pictures from many of the Rose Tattoo / Doomfoxx shows. You can find all the info on the official Rose Tattoo Website. Looks like a rockin' good time...
Geordie Leach's new project is "DC and the Rich Men". The trio - Dave Cavanaugh, Paul Robinson & Geordie - have released a cd of powerful storytelling and acoustic melodies. It's very different from Geordie's Tatts work, but excellent nonetheless. Find out more about DC and the Rich Men at dcrich.com
The cd is available for $10 + postage. John Meyer has recently released "John Meyer's Blues Express" If you are a fan of electric blues guitar, this cd is highly recommended. There's a lot of British and Chicago blues in John's style, and his guitar tone is amazing. The cd is available via the fine folks at: True Blue Records Also, there is an interesting article about John's new release at abc.net More info on both of these on the releases is available on the Discography page.
Tatts Live Photos 6/01/05
Trevor Dare has come through again...providing us with some up close and personal shots of the Tatts tearing up the Cardiff Panthers Club! Trevor reports that it was an amazing show...Rob did an admirable job filling in for Pete on slide...but at the same time it just wasn't the same without Pete up there in the mix. Looking forward to seeing Mr. Wells back onstage where he belongs! Great to see Mick Cocks on stage with the Tatts again, and Mick O'Shea (filling in for Paul) rocked steady. Angry & Steve - great as usual. See all the Cardiff shots on the Live page.
Tatts Live News 5/30/05
Tatts fans report that the Eastwood and Cardiff shows were amazing! Lineup included Rob Riley on slide, Mick Cocks on guitar, and Mick O'Shea sitting in for Paul on drums. Full reports - with pictures from the shows - are coming soon!
Tour News & Dates 5/04/05
Unfortunately, Pete Wells will not be touring with the Tatts due to health issues, the big news is that his replacement will be original Rose Tattoo axeman Mick Cocks! Mick has been busy with his new band DOOMFOXX, but he will also be playing with the Tatts again for the upcoming tour! DOOMFOXX will be supporting the Tatts in Europe, so Mick will have double duty: the headline set with Rose Tattoo and the opening set with DOOMFOXX! Here is the complete list of tour dates including Australian warmup shows: Fri 27 May AUS Eastwood Hotel Sat 28 May AUS Cardiff Panthers Club Fri 3 June AUS Rooty Hill RSL Sat 4 June AUS Revesby Workers Club Thu 9 June AUS Hellenic Club, Canberra Fri 10 June AUS Woonona-Bulli RSL Club Sat 11 June AUS Doyalson RSL Wed 15 June GER Colos Sal, Auschaffenberg Fri 17 June GER Columbia Club, Berlin Sat 18 June GER Lausitzring, Eurospeedway Sun 19 June GER Mau Club, Rostock Mon 20 June GER X Club, Herford, Germany Tue 21 June GER Aladin, Bremen, Germany <---- New Venue Wed 22 June GER Markthalle, Hamburg, Germany Fri 24 June GER Zeche Carl, Essen, Germany Sat 25 June BEL GMM, Dessel, Belgium Mon 27 June UK Mean Fiddler, London, UK Tue 28 June FR Elysee Montmarte, Paris, France Wed 29 June SW Z7, Prattein, Switzerland Thu 30 June GER Hirsch, Nurnberg, Germany Fri 1 July GER Metropolis, Munich, Germany Sat 2 July AUT Orpheum, Graz, Austria Sun 3 July GER Rockfabrik, Ludwigsburg, Germany TICKETS AVAILABLE THROUGH:METALTIX
Pete Wells Online Interview 4/20/05
There is an excellent Pete Wells interview online at The Rock and Roll Geek Show Pete talks about Rose Tattoo...slide guitar...dealing with cancer...and lots more. Its a worthwhile listen...
DOOMFOXX EP & Download 4/17/05
Mick Cocks' band DOOMFOXX has a new 4 song EP available, and you can download the first single "Piece Of Me" from Blast Records. The EP is available at all shows...and word has it that the promo video for the single will be debuted at the April 20th show...upcoming shows include:
April 20, 2005 Sydney The Excelsior Hotel, 64 Foveaux Street, Surry Hills April 27, 2005 Sydney The Excelsior Hotel, 64 Foveaux Street, Surry Hills
New Live Photo Galleries 4/17/05
Check out the new photo galleries and Live Reports for Australia 2003 & 2004, as well as UK/Europe 2004 on the Live page.
Angry & The Bad Boys Of Oz Rock 4/01/05
Angry Anderson is touring through the month of April with the Giants on the BAD BOYS OF OZ ROCK tour. The Bad Boys are none other than Angry... Matt Taylor of Chain...and Stuard Wood of the Giants. Check out the Giants page for tour dates.
Ian Rilen's Passion 3/31/05
Finally got my hands on Ian Rilen's latest release, "Passion Boots & Bruises" from Ian & the Love Addicts. Its grinding, gritty barroom rock 'n' roll, well worth checking out. See all the details on the Discography page.
2005 European Tour Dates 3/21/05
European tour dates for 2005 have been announced!!! The dates are: 15.06.2005 - GER Aschaffenburg Colos Saal 17.06.2005 - GER Berlin Columbia Club 18.06.2005 - GER Lausitzring Eurospeedway 19.06.2005 - GER Rostock Mau Club 20.06.2005 - GER Herford X Club 21.06.2005 - GER Kiel Kieler Woche (tbc.) 22.06.2005 - GER Hamburg Markthalle 24.06.2005 - GER Essen Zeche Carl 25.06.2005 - BEL Dessel Graspop Metal Meeting 2005 27.06.2005 - UK London Mean Fiddler 28.06.2005 - FRA Paris Elysee Montematre 29.06.2005 - CH Pratteln Z7 30.06.2005 - GER Nürnberg Hirsch 01.07.2005 - GER München Metropolis 02.07.2005 - AUT Graz Orpheum 03.07.2005 - GER Ludwigsburg Rockfabrik TICKETS AVAILABLE THROUGH:
Brewster Bros. & Big Daddys 3/20/05
Angry Anderson is slated to appear as a special guest of the Brewster Brothers at the following gigs: Saturday March 26 - Culburra Bowling Club - Culburra Beach NSW Sunday March 27 - Sussex Inlet RSL - Sussex Inlet NSW Paul DeMarco will be drumming for the Big Daddys at the following gig: Saturday April 9 - Palm Beach Golf Club - Northern Beaches, Sydney, NSW
New CD Reissues w/Bonus Tracks 3/13/05
UK record label Captain Oi has just reissued the first four Rose Tattoo releases on CD with bonus tracks, historical artwork and liner notes from Kerrang!'s Derek Oliver. Notable bonus tracks are: "Wild One" - Making its first appearance on cd, it was the B-side of the "I Wish" single. "All Hell Broke Loose" - Previously available as a bonus cd single in the 1998 re-release of the "Nice Boys Don't Play Rock'n'Roll" compilation. See all the details on the CD Discography page.
Mick Cocks New Band "Doom Foxx" 3/06/05
Mick Cocks new band Doom Foxx has been playing around to Sydney to great notices...they will be at Spectrum in Darlinghurst on Sunday March 6th... check 'em out!
Vote in the Polls! 3/02/05
Rose Tattoo polls are back online. Go to the Polls page to register your vote!
Pete Wells Solo 2/27/05
Pete Wells is in the process of recording a new solo album. No word yet on whether it will be a project similar to 2002's "Solo", which featured Pete and Pete alone on all instruments and vocals. More info coming soon...
Pete & Steve King are also contributing to the new album by Brisbane's Robbers Dog.
Lucy & her Handsome Devils 2/27/05
Lucy DeSoto and the Handsome Devils recently finished a successful round of dates in support of harmonica player Lynwood Slim. Check out Lucy's releases on the Discography page.
Buffalo & Buster Brown Reissues 2/27/05
The entire Buffalo catalog is slated to be reissued w/bonus tracks. These releases are coming from Aztec Music which is owned by former Aztecs drummer Gil Matthews. Expect to see the Buster Brown album w/live bonus tracks, as well as other classic releases!
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