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Quote: Francis, promoter and owner of the Spirit of '66 in Verviers/Belgium


To make things easier for both, you and me, I have decided to inform you about what is going on in and around the Feelgoods camp at one page (this one) instead of having two pages. The News & Gossip page incl. additonal (now old) news from October 1997 to October 2001 will stay available for your research, of course. And here is the ''quick click'' to the LATEST ENTRY. --- Gabi


With big sadness I had to say a last bye bye to a friend and former guitarist of Dr Feelgood:

John Philip Cawthra a.k.a. GYPIE MAYO
lost a long battle against cancer on 5am, Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013.

R.I.P. Gyp - Thanks for everything...
~ Gabi (
https://www.facebook.com/gabischwanke.5 )


June 27, 2008: The latest issue of U.S. magazine ''Ugly Thing'' (Ugly Things # 26 - Winter/Spring 2008 / edited by Englishman Mike Stax) features an article by Johan Kugelberg entitled ''Punk before Punk'', which also features a stunnig review of Feelgoods' DVD ''Going Back Home''... ''It was as if punk already had happened, and already was over''. (Many thanks to Roberto ''Pit Ryan'' Pettarini of Mad Men Blues for this info!)

June 6, 2008 marks 25 years since Kevin Morris' first gig with Dr Feelgood! Congratulations from your many fans and friends, Kevin! ~ Gabi

May 2008: Smooth Operations, Mark Radcliffe and John Leonard have won a Gold Award for their Dr Feelgood documentary ''The Feelgood Factor'' which played on BBC Radio 2 last year. Visit www.smoothoperations.com* and www.radioawards.org/winners/?category=The_Music_Special_Award&year=2008*

April 5, 2008: Email from Lew Lewis: ''I am alive and fairly well. I'm living in Southend and playing and writing music at home with a view to releasing something very soon, probably via and on the internet. Lew.'' (Lew joined Eddie & The Hot Rods for a few songs at Club Riga in Southend early May.)

February 2008: Julian Temple, well known from the making of ''The great Rock'n'Roll Swindle'' and his recent work on the Joe Strummer documantary, is currently working on a DOCUMENTARY ABOUT DR FEELGOOD. The film shall cover the early years of the Feelgood history with the original line up with Wilko Johnson.

January 2008: For LAST MINUTE NEWS, TOUR UPDATES & PRESS MATERIAL of DR FEELGOOD visit our new info pages at www.myspace.com/drfeelgoodband.



December 2007: For Wilko Johnsons new and only official website visit www.wilkojohnson.org.uk.

October 2007: Southendpunk.com* hosts two gallery pages plus a biography of 'Deenos Marvels'* ('Deanos Marvels'), a band of long-time Dr Feelgood roadmanager Dean Kennedy, his brother Warren, Buzz Barwell and others. A cruise around the Southend Punk site offers an interesting overview of the Southend music scene in the past. (Ta, Warren - for this info!)

August 2007: For some nice photos from the ''Canvey Walk'' at the day of the Lee Memorial last May visit Steve Walwyn's website at www.stevewalwyn.com.

June 12, 2007: The Classic Rock Magazine, Black Sabbath issue, features a lengthy article titled ''Bar room blitz'' and covers the Pub Rock era including the page ''How Dr Feelgood stormed the Naughty Rhythms tour''. The Cream issue has a long feature on Dr Feelgood and The Groundhogs, and two full page photos of Lee in the late seventies! [Thanks to Chris Frances for this information.]

June 8, 2007: The June edition of 'Word' Music Magazine has several mentions of Dr Feelgood and a photo of the original line-up on page 104. Highlights include the news The Ramones and Paul Weller were inspired by the band with a great quote from Lee Brilleaux, and the statement that 'Stupidity' is one of the greatest live albums. [Thanks to Alan Joseph for this information.]
Chris Somerville reported from Canvey on May 5th in the Daily Telegraph:
In pursuit of the Feelgood factor* and Just what the doctor ordered*

The Hamsters newsletter from May 24, 2007 announced: ''A lot of you are asking about 'The Mad, The Bad & the Dangerous!' shows with Wilko Johnson and John Otway: we're playing a benefit at the Half Moon, Putney on Tuesday 17/7 for one of the MBD road crew who's in long-term hospital care following a severe car accident; we'll also be at Aylesbury Civic Centre on Friday 16/11 - we wanted to get one in at one of our favourite venues before they knock it down!''

April 28, 2007: UK-TV channel ITV 1 is trailing a new show called 'The Last Detective' using the song 'Dangerous' (written by Gordon Russell, Phil Mitchell, Lee Brilleaux, Kevin Morris and Larry Wallis) from the album 'Doctors Orders'.

May 5, 2007: Manager Chris will be doing the usual 'Canvey Walk' before the Lee Memorial on Friday, 11th May. Meet at the Oysterfleet at 10.00am and the Lobstersmack Pub at 10.30am.

March 6, 2007: Tickets for the 14th Lee Brilleaux Memorial on Friday, 11th May 2007, are SOLD OUT. For those who want to donate anyway: Visit www.justgiving.com/leebrilleaux

Feb. 23, 2007: Tickets for the London show at the Mean Fiddler on May 12th, 2007 - with Dr Feelgood, Eddie & The Hot Rods and special guest Little Bob Story - can be purchased from the office by CHEQUE ONLY at a price of £ 14 per ticket in advance. A stamped addressed envelope will be needed for the return of tickets. Tickets also can be obtained directly from the venue by calling 0870-060 3777.
=> Grand Records c/o The Oysterfleet Hotel, Furtherwick Road, Canvey Island, Essex, SS8 7UX, GB / England.

Jan. 21/Feb. 7, 2007: Tickets for the 14th Lee Brilleaux Memorial on Friday, 11th May 2007, at The Oysterfleet, Canvey Island, are available now.
The Oysterfleet is fully booked already, for other accomodations nearby check the Canvey page.

April 6, 2007: Wilko Johnson plays on Sunday, April 8th, at the Hope and Anchor in London-Islington (N1 1RL, 207 Upper St.) at 'The Peafish Hope and Anchor Festival'. Doors at 2pm / first band at 3pm / open till 1am with DJs after the bands. Playing on that day are: Wilko Johnson, Chris Spedding, Rhino Edwards (a tribute to Ian Dury & The Blockheads and Kilburn & The Highroads, with a special line up of Blockheads feat. Norman Watt-Roy, Mick Gallagher, Johnny Thurnbull and Derek the Draw), Mark Cottrell, and several other bands. Tickets cost £ 20 per day and are available from www.ticketweb.co.uk. The festival runs from Sunday to Monday (John Otway and The Ruts play on Saturday). The festival shall raise money for The Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy charity.

January 16, 2007: In December 2006 News (below) mentioned BBC 2 Radio show ''The Feelgood Factor'' can be heard for a week after transmission using the BBC's 'Listen Again' facility at www.bbc.co.uk/radio2*. This is a 'MUST LISTEN TO'! (The far best stuff webmistress Gabi has heard on the radio since ages. How great to hear all the 'old' folks on common ground in such an highly entertaining radio show. 1000 THANKS and congrats to Mark Radcliffe, Wammo, the BBC - and everyone else involved - for this highlight!)



December 5+29, 2006: On Saturday 13th January 2007, 8.00-9.00pm, BBC Radio 2 features Dr Feelgood in ''The Feelgood Factor'' (visit www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/proginfo/radio/wk3/sat.shtml* for details), while there will be an Wilko Johnson interview at ''The Bo Diddley Story'' on Tuesday 16th January, 9.30-10.00pm (visit www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/proginfo/radio/wk3/tue.shtml*). +++ WORD music magazine issue January 2007 includes a long article about Dr Feelgood and a couple of photographs, including a very recent photo of Wilko, Figure and Sparko together on Canvey Island. (Thanks to Alan Joseph for these info!) +++ Barry O'Brien has published the receipe for the special Feelgood drink - created by Pierre Duboscq in the 90ies - at www.biguntidy.com/receipe.html*. Tasting fine not only at New Years Bashes...

Nov. 17, 2006: Steve Walwyn has set up a website at www.stevewalwyn.com with galleries of photos he took and takes on the road and during his cycling tours. A really nice and very welcome addition to the Dr Feelgood-Online-Community!

November 2006: According to the Hamsters' newsletter there will be a few The Mad, The Bad & The Dangerous* concerts with Wilko*, The Hamsters* and John Otway* at the back end of 2006.

November 4, 2006: Gypie Mayo sent some cds from himself and the band of his son Luke, also he contributed his guitar skills to one track of the new Barcodes cd (Alan Glen's band, who was harmonica player with Nine Below Zero, The Yardbirds, and is known from recordings with Dr Feelgood, too). [I have none of these CDs availabe to sell, sorry!]

Oct. 28, 2006: Dr Feelgood on UK-TV: Sunday, November 5th, 9pm - BBC 2 - Documentary about Paul Weller, who talks about how The Jam were influenced by the Feelgoods, also there's a short clip of Dr Feelgood performing ''She does it right'' on The OId Grey Whistle Test. [Thanks to Stephen Foster for the info!]

Sept. 10, 2006: BBC4 (UK digital Freeview channel) broadcasts some 'Feelgood stuff' on Friday, 15th September.
21:00 o'clock / 9:00pm: ''Ian Dury - On my Life'' - The late Ian Dury reflects on his career
22:00 o'clock / 10:00pm: ''If It Ain't Stiff'' - Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe and Captain Sensible look back at the maverick record label
22:45 o'clock / 10:45pm: ''Stiff & Co at the BBC'' - Sessions from the archives (Elvis Costello, Dr Feelgood, Ian Dury)
23:15 o'clock / 11:15pm: ''So you wanna be a Rock'n'Roll Star?'' - On tour with the Kursaal Flyers

Repeat PrescribtionAugust 2006: Please order DR FEELGOOD MERCHANDISE from:
CADIZ MUSIC Ltd., 2 Greenwich Way, Clarence Road, London SE8 3EY, UK
Fax Gareth: ++44 - (0)20 8469 3300 /
www.cadizmusic.com* and www.cadizmusic.co.uk*
Also contact Cadiz for details on ordering and other merchandise related issues.

Jetty Collectors EditionAugust 2006: Latest CDs to add to the Dr Feelgood catalogue are the new studio album Repeat Prescription - 'New Versions Of Old Favourites' (Here's John Butterfield's review / Gabi's faves - at 1st listening - of this album are 'Milk & Alcohol', 'She does it right', 'Down at the Doctors' and 'Rudolph', and: good to hear 'Looking back' again!), and a release by EMI, presenting a Collectors Edition of Down by the Jetty including 2 CDs (original mono and a stereo version with additional bonus tracks). The fold-out CD pack offers a nice booklet with notes by Will Birch and photos.

July & Sept. 2006: Pete Gage has supplied vocals and harmonica on two tracks for Finland's Naughty Rock'n'Rollers 'Doctor's Order' (Thanks to Teppo for a copy). Here's a review and ordering info. More news on Pete available at Feelin' Good newsletter issue 44 (from Sept. 2006), reporting from the 13th Lee Brilleaux Memorial.

July 2, 2006: The Rockinbeerfest 2006 presents Wilko Johnson, Dave Bronze (in the Frankie Miller Full House Reunion line up), Eddie & The Hot Rods, John Otway, The Hamsters, The Blockheads and others from 17.-20.August 2006 in Godmanchester, Huntington/UK => Flyer

June 14, 2006 - A note by Gabi:
Since quite a while on my mind was to tell you about the publishing of the book ''Riding Shotgun'' by bass player Gerry McAvoy, who was on tour with Rory Gallagher for twenty years (in these days is on the road with Nine Below Zero). Although I did not lay my hands on the book as yet, I am sure it is an interesting read and provides an emotional journey for everyone who loves music.
=> Amazon.co.uk* offers paperback and hardcover versions.

June 2, 2006:

Birch at Lee bench NYPlaque - Brilleaux memorial bench NYWill Birch has visited Lee's memorial bench at Jackson Square Park in New York this May, and sent these 2 photos (Thanks to Will for the shots!).
Will Birch (800x647px) / Brilleaux memorial plaque (800x637px)

May 10/17, 2006: The first photos and video clips from the 13th Lee Brilleaux Memorial are kindly provided and presented by Mark Fielder and Jan Bodegraven [THANK YOU, Mark and Jan!!!].

May 3, 2006: Latest news on the 13th Lee Brilleaux Memorial are available. +++ For the Canvey Walk meet 'the human Dr Feelgood encyclopedia' Chris Fenwick on Friday morning, 10.00am in front of the Oysterfleet Hotel, he will guide you through Feelgood history!
On Saturday, 6th of May, Dr Feelgood, Eddie & The Hot Rods and Wilko Johnson play at the Mean Fiddler in London.

May 2006: The music of Dr Feelgood is now available at iTunes. Search for 'UK / Dr Feelgood / all media' at http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZSearch.woa/wa/itmsLinkMaker* or click here for the available tunes*.

March 14, 2006: Blues Matters magazine (UK) features Dr Feelgood in its April/May issue. Here's an excerpt from Pete Moran's review of the Butlins Rock & Blues Weekend in Skegness end of January: ''(...) Next up and the reason for the now heaving crowd, Dr Feelgood. The epitome of great British blues/rock they hit the stage at 100 mph, accelerated and delivered a thunderous set taking us 'Down To The Doctor' to get some 'Milk And Alcohol' and leave us gagging for more. Fronted by the ultracool Robert Kane on vocals and harmonica, Phil Mitchell on bass, Kevin Morris on drums and Steve Walwyn on guitar. They receive a thunderous ovation from an audience grateful that the good Dr has done his stuff and made us all feel much, much better. (...) What can one say. Another thunderous set superbly delivered. "It's a bit early for this sought of thing", said Robert. But still they delivered. Once seen never forgotten. The best live act around. (...)'' => Visit www.bluesmatters.co.uk for more.

March 2006: John Bobin's book 'Bark Staving Ronkers' features some of our Canvey/Southend heros. Southend-born John started to play the bass guitar with 12 and was part of the Essex music scene in the 60ies/70ies. All profits from the book sales go to cancer research, so buy buy buy, folks! - After I have not seen the book so far, I fetched one of the overall excellent reviews at Amazon.co.uk: ''The writer has lived through the 60s 'Thames Delta' music scene that most of us have only read about, and he has the gift of bringing it all to life with ancedotes and details that delighted me. The eccentricities and ambitions of young men touched by rock'n'roll in its earliest days are vividly portrayed but it's all done with a sense of humour and humility that make it a charming read. It bristles with engaging detail, and the fact that it's written by a working musician sets it head and shoulders above other such books. The pitfalls of the infant Rockbiz are all-too clear from numerous examples of deals-gone-wrong and of spur-of-the-moment decisions that, had they gone the other way, might have led to stardom. Thoroughly recommended to anyone with an interest in the Essex music scene that spawned so many famous (if not infamous) names not least Rob Trower, Procol Harum, and later the Kursaals, Wilko Johnson and many many more.''
=> Get the book from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

Feb. 7, 2006: For those who want an additional 'dose of R&B' after the Lee Memorial day an extra show was arranged especially for you: Sat. May 6th, 2006 - UK London, Mean Fiddler => see * Eddie & The Hot Rods * Dr Feelgood * Wilko Johnson *

Feb. 7, 2006: Just a day after a Feelgood gig, John Hurd from Bonn's English-Network published a Live Review from 6. Feb. at the Harmonie, Bonn, Germany!

Jan. 26, 2006: Tickets for the 13th Lee Brilleaux Memorial on Fri. May 5th, 2006 are available now. Here is how to order tickets.

Jan. 23, 2006 - Email from Lesley Clark:
''...The construction of the Lew Lewis website has been put on hold indefinately. ...Many thanks to everyone who has sent notes of support. Thanks Les''

Jan. 15, 2006: From the January issue of MOJO magazine: ''Headlined From Canvey Island to N.Y. Dr Feelgoods Lee Brilleaux gets a memorial bench - In Manhattan! Lee Brilleaux, late singer with Essex pub rock royalty Dr Feelgood has been remembered with a bash every year since his untimely passing in 1994. Last December 12th saw the unveiling of a more permanent memorial in New York, when a bench with a brass plaque reading 'WOLFMAN CALLING IN MEMORIAM LEE BRILLEAUX OF DR FEELGOOD 10.05.52-07.04.94' was installed at Jackson Square Park in The West Village. The bench was originally meant to be in Central Park facing Southend but this wasn't possible so it's in the Chelsea area of Manhattan instead.'' (Thanks to Alan - an old friend of Steve Walwyn - for this info!)



Nov. 30, 2005: The double CD ''The Complete Stiff Recordings'' is available now. It contains 31 tracks from Dr Feelgoods Stiff era 1986/87, incl. 4 songs appearing on CD for the first time (bigger graphics front cover / back cover). Stephen Foster wrote the Liner notes.

Nov. 17, 2005: Today I received the DVD from the London gig on 20th of August, 2005, at the Mean Fiddler (Graphics of Front cover and Back cover should open in new browser window). Of course it straight went into the DVD player and made my day/week/month/year for 2 hours or so, filled with the Feelgoods live - in great form like usual - and many familiar faces in the bonus section (Hi folks, really nice to see you, and well spoken!! :o)) and Wilko talking about Canvey and playing with The Big Figure and Phil... Wonderful! How long took it to get this done, how often have I begged for another live video/DVD of the Feelgoods. THANK YOU, MY FRIENDS!!! Now I can watch and enjoy you whenever I like. Another plus: They have even recorded one of my most favourite tracks from the vintage days, ''99 and a half''. Oh, I love you, guys! - Now here's the track list:
1. Date Bait / 2. Too much trouble / 3. Baby Jane / 4. Roxette / 5. Milk & Alcohol / 6. Ninety-Nine and a half (won't do) / 7. I can tell / 8. Instinct to survive / 9. Down by the Jetty Blues / 10. Back in the Night / 11. She does it right / 12. Going back home / 13. Down at the Doctors / 14. Waiting for Saturday night / 15. Mad Man Blues / 16. Bony Moronie

Rheinfall 2005Phil, Steve and Robert with Big Figure (2nd from left) at the Rheinfall, Schaffhausen, in November 2005.
Bigger image of close-up (600x551px) / Full shot (600x800px)
(Thanks to Steve for the nice photo!!)

Sept. 27, 2005: UK magazine ''Blues Matters'' has set up a poll - ''Most significant white Blues/Rock band (UK)'' - on its website. Of course it includes Dr Feelgood. Click here to vote [External link] (Thanks to Dylan Emery for this info.)

Sept. 23, 2005: Lesley Clark is putting together a website for Lew Lewis and is looking for contributions to the site: ''I've managed to get a few images together and Wilko is (hopefully) going to help me with the biography and take some recent photos of Lew. I would be interested in any stories anyone might have when they have seen Lew play or when they have met him. Also any memorabilia or photos would be good. Many thanks, Les'' - E-mail: gobuggybabies@yahoo.co.uk => UPDATE Jan. 23, 2006 - Email from Lesley Clark: ''...The construction of the Lew Lewis website has been put on hold indefinately. ...Many thanks to everyone who has sent notes of support. Thanks Les''

Sept. 25, 2005: Email from Stephen Foster: ''In case you hadn't heard I'm putting together a double CD for Grand called 'The Complete Stiff Recordings' which is scheduled for release on 7th November. The DVD recorded in London recently comes out on the same day.''

July 23 + 26, 2005: Email from John Potter, with sad news: Alan Platt (member of Wilko Johnson's Solid Senders) died on Monday the 18th July 2005. He tripped up on the kerb and hit his head. Alan soon passed into a coma and later he slipped away. Apparently there was no pain. His funeral is on Wednesday 27th July. Alan was a brilliant drummer, who has done much work with Wilko and myself on many occasions. His song ''First thing in the Morning'' on the Solid Senders album remains a classic. One of Rocks nicest people, he will sadly missed. Regards John.

July 9, 2005: John Crippen aka ''Johnny Guitar'' has provided some special news, that surely will make some of you readers jump from joy. Thanks to Chiswick Records, the Count Bishops will be back together for one night to play the 100 Club in London on 23rd September, 2005 ! Special guests are Eddie & The Hot Rods, so expect a night to remember. Visit www.bangbang-live.com/countbishops.html for details [External link].

June 24, 2005: Latest news from Gypie Mayo are available.

June 7, 2005: Kevin's wife Clare is walking a charity marathon called the Moon Walk in aid of breast cancer through London on the night of the 18th of June. For further details look at www.walkthewalk.org. If you want to sponsor her, please send donations to: Dr Feelgood, P.O. Box 2048, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex SS9 1XY, UK. Cheques should be made out to ''Walk the Walk Worldwide''. Many Thanks !

PaintingApril 9, 2005: Pete Taylor, bass player from the band ''Swindle'', has donated a painting of Lee and Wilko for auction at the Lee Memorial in May. To honor Wilko's wife the winnning bid money will be forwarded to the Salisbury Hospice ''In Memory of Irene Knight''. Visit www.justgiving.com/ireneknight for making extra donations.

May 2, 2005: Confirmed special guests at the 12th Lee Brilleaux Memorial on May 6th are: Wilko Johnson, The Big Figure, Gordon Russell & Sarah James (Two Timers) and Pete Gage. It is very likely that Sparko will attend the show, maybe even other surprise guests. Not available this year is Gypie Mayo; webmistress Gabi has to stay in rainy Germany too, wishing you all an enjoyable time at the Memorial. (Please send reviews, photos, videos !!)
Bill Hurley & The Inforcers will play the day after the Lee Memorial (on May 7, 2005) at
Riga Music Bar in Westcliff (London Road), just ''around the corner'' from Canvey. Doors 8.30, Support band 9.15pm, Bill and the Enforcers 10.30pm til midnight. Admission £6.00.

April 9, 2005: The Hamsters team up with Wilko Johnson and John Otway for the ''The Mad, The Bad & The Dangerous!'' Tour. They will cruise the UK from September to December 2005, for details and great photos visit www.madbaddangerous.co.uk [External link].

April 7, 2005: For the annual Canvey Walk meet at the Oysterfleet Hotel, 10.00am on Fri. 6th of May. Dr Feelgood manager Chris will guide you through the mists and marshes of the island to show you historical Feelgood spots.

March 17, 2005: Tickets for the 12th Lee Brilleaux Memorial are **SOLD**OUT** !

March 14, 2005: Hotel rooms on Canvey are fully booked for the Lee Memorial day (night) on May 6th. For accommodation suggestions nearby visit the Canvey info page.

March 2005: Guitar & Bass [www.guitarmagazine.co.uk] Magazin from March reveals the secrets of our guitar hero Wilko. The magazine Includes tabs and insider info from the man himself. And no need to buy any more guitar picks in the future. Good luck! [Thanks to Chris from Sweden for this info & David from Wales for the link.]
The March issue of ''Record Collector'' offers an 8-page Pub Rock special with load of stuff on the Feelgoods including some rare pics and a Wilko Johnson interview.
[Thanks to Steve Pilkington for this info.]

February 7, 2005: Lee Brilleaux's cream colored, custom build guitar from Japan was for sale at ebay.com until 7th of February. It went to a collector in Switzerland for GBP 857.77 / US $1,593.39. Congrats to him, Dean says thanks to the people who participated into the auction.
=> External Link to the Auction (the page of the auction will be deleted by ebay after some time.)

February 2005: On Saturday, 19th of March 2005 Swedish radio channel number 4 will broadcast the Dr Feelgood show from Sweden Rock Festival 2004. [Thanks to Stefan Gustavsson for this info.]

February 2, 2005: Rock piano player John Potter (External link) has been associated with many artists from the Thames Delta including the embryonic Dr Feelgood, Wilko Johnson, Gypie Mayo - has launched his own website now.
On Jan.30, 2005 the Independent (UK newspaper) has published an Wilko Johnson article. Very interesting and personal interview bits plus insights on Canvey and the Feelgoods. All this at The Independent Online Issue [External link]

January 2005: End of January EMI will release the GOING BACK HOME video (in parts) on DVD, a special live CD will be the 'collectors' extra of this package. More info at Grand Records latest releases page.
Congratulations & Many Thanks to JOHN BUTTERFIELD ! Since 20 years he is doing a fine job with editing the official Dr Feelgood Newsletter, providing the fans every 2 months with the latest news, cd and live (p)reviews, Feelgood stories and stuff. If you have not subscribed to the printed version, check out our special online section for John's ''Feelin' Good'' Newsletters.

January 6, 2005: Gypie Mayo has left The Yardbirds to concentrate on own projects. He already thought on quitting at the end of 2003, but his band mates could hold him for another year. Anyway the Yardbirds currently are checking out possible replacements to go on German tour in April 2005. There is rumour they are rehearsaling with a very young unknown guitarist from London. [Thanks to roadie Buddy via 'Mayo 2' for this info.)
Postponed - Dr Feelgood on the radio: On 8th of January 2005, 20:00-21:00 o'clock, Swedish radio channel number 4 will broadcast a charity concert for the victims in SouthEast-Asia. The planned Dr Feelgood show from Sweden Rock Festival 2004 will be on some other time.



December 2004: On 8th of January 2005, 20:00-21:00 o'clock, Swedish radio channel number 4 will broadcast the Dr Feelgood show from Sweden Rock Festival 2004. [Thanks to Stefan Gustavsson for this info.]

November 14, 2004: UK TV channel ''ITV Anglia'' broadcasts the music special ''When Essex rocked'' on Friday, December 3rd (0.00am - 0.30am, night from Friday to Saturday). The documentary covers the early 70ies of Dr Feelgood, Eddie & The Hot Rods, The Kursaal Flyers, The Clash, and features interviews with Chris Fenwick (Dr Feelgoods manager), Wilko Johnson, Sparko, Will Birch (Kursaal Flyers, author of ''No sleep till Canvey Island'', writer for Mojo magazine), Tony Moon (author ''The Dr Feelgood Story''), Billy Bragg, and more. To fetch via satellite on Sky Channel 103 (Strobe 963 or 964 for Essex, depending on post code). => www.itv.com or www.angliatv.com

October 31, 2004: On Thursday, 4th November, Lew Lewis is playing at the basement of the Royal Hotel in Southend-on-Sea. Our good old Sparko is playing bass, Warren Kennedy plays guitar and Phil Stark the drums. The band name is ''Out 4 a Lark''. Also playing is Larry Wallis! [Thanks to Warren for the info! :o)]

September 21, 2004: The two ''Health Angels'' (grin) of our Feelgoods are using their holidays for intense practice: While Robert wrecks one pair of trainers after the other for getting prepared for a - soon to come - Half-Marathon in England, Steve hit his mountain bike for a cruise through Spain. He started last Tuesday, and sends text messages with a short report every evening, Read about the current weather and wine situation in Spain.

September 4, 2004: Two days ago I received a promo cd and info sheet of Rhythm'n'Blues band One Way [www.one-way.be] from Belgium. Their cd ''First Blast'' features Steve Walwyn, Gordon Russell and Ian Gibbons on several tracks. Thanks for the promo pack, Charlie!

August 5, 2004: It is with great sorrow that we have heard of the death of Wilko Johnson's wife Irene, who passed away on August 4th, 2004. Irene and Wilko had been married for 36 years and she was a source of inspiration to him and his songwriting.
Our heartfelt condolences go to Wilko and their two sons Matthew and Simon.
~ Kevin, Phil, Steve and Robert, Chris and Ann, John Butterfield and Gabi, all the extended Feelgood Family.

April 15, 2004: The details for the ''Canvey Walk'' on the morning of the annual Lee Brilleaux Memorial are available now. Although the walk is especially arranged for the visitors of the Memorial, there is no need to own a ticket for the show to join us for the walk. Means: Everyone who is interested in seeing the Feelgood spots on the island is welcome to join in!
There are plans to (finally!) release the ''Going Back Home'' video from the Feelgoods at the Kursaal (way back in 1975) on DVD. No details or release date available yet, I am afraid. Check back for confirmed news on this subject later.

April 2, 2004: The May issue of UNCUT Magazine (Clapton cover) has a 4 page ''Brilleaux remembered'' article by Will Birch, who recalls a jolly-up with Lee Brilleaux and the Dr Feelgood crew.
In the February issue of Vintage Guitar Gypie Mayo was featured with an interview and article on his recent work with The Yardbirds.

March 10, 2004: Mick Green is back on his feet after the heart attack he suffered on stage in New Zealand in February. Updates at www.thepirates.co.uk.

March 6, 2004: We still have not recorded any of the songs suggested by the fans at the ''Suggest a song - Competition'', but after we played one of the suggested songs live at the recent German tour, we can finally announce a WINNER !

March 4, 2004: Tickets for the 11th Lee Brilleaux Memorial ARE SOLD OUT now.

February 28, 2004: According to Ann Adley from Grand Records there are only 20-30 tickets left for the Lee Brilleaux Memorial. So if you want one, hurry up!

February 6, 2004: Ticket sales for the 11th Lee Brilleaux Memorial now have officially started. Be quick, as only a limited number of tickets are available and usually are sold out very quickly (Until yesterday the office had 130 tickets sold already in advance!). All ordering details here.

February 5, 2004: We are sad about the loss of Buzz Barwell, who has died on January 31st in Denmark, where he has lived and played since many years.
Buzz became part of the Dr Feelgood history in Summer 1982, replacing The Big Figure and filling the drum stool until Kevin Morris took over in June 1983.
Our condolences go out to his family and friends.

See Dr Feelgood History page for more info on Buzz.
2nd bad news: On 1st of February MICK GREEN suffered an cardiac arrest on stage, being on tour in New Zealand with Brian Ferry. Luckily two doctors were in the audience who saved him from an early death. Mick had an 6hrs operation on Feb. 9th and now is on the way to recover.
Visit The Pirates' website at
www.thepirates.co.uk for further updates and to send a message to Mick from there.
A letter from Mick's son Lloyd tells details (Email from Feb. 15th @ www.roxyrama.com)

February 4, 2004: Since end of January 2004 the official Naughty Rhythms WebSite at www.naughtyrhythms.com is closed down. Links from the Dr Feelgood site to the N.R. site have been deleted (hopefully I have fetched them all...). Of course all material, the complete site, is saved onto hard disk - A later inclusion at Gabi's Music Club portal is possible.

January 13, 2004: End of January 2004 the Feelgood' office (Grand Records) will move, from then on please use the following address for orders, questions, autograph requests, etc... :
GRAND RECORDS, The Oysterfleet Hotel, Knightswick Road, Canvey Island, Essex SS8 7UX, England/UK

January 12, 2004: The 11th Lee Brilleaux Memorial will be held on Friday May 7th, 2004 at the Oysterfleet Hotel, Canvey Island, England. Tickets will be available from the end of January. More details here.



September 23, 2003: Added today: Steve Walwyn's report and photos of his bicycle ride - from Land's End to John o'Groats.

September 13, 2003: Steve Walwyn has reached Land's End to John o'Groats after 10 and a half day on his bicycle. I hope to receive some photos and more details from him (when he has relaxed) to publish at Steve's Charity special page.

August 31, 2003: On 2nd of September Dr Feelgood guitarist Steve Walwyn will take off on his bicycle for the 1000 miles trip from Land's End to John o'Groats to raise money for the Down's Syndrome Association. If you want to help making Steve's effort a success, please donate a pound or two, some euros, or what ever else you can dispence. All details at Steve's Charity special page.

May 15, 2003: On May 20th (10pm UK time) BBC 6 Music ''Dream Ticket'' broadcasts online some live stuff from DR FEELGOOD (approx 15-30min), Wreckless Eric, The Alarm and others. On May 21st is WILKO JOHNSON on the list. The material will be available for a while afterwards. Happy taping!

May 14, 2003: The Lee Brilleaux Memorial Fund CHARITY AUCTION has ended on 10. May 2003.

May 5, 2003: Your webmistress Gabi heads off to England on May 6th, for the Lee Brilleaux Memorial and the Feelgood gigs around the 9th. I'm looking forward to see you there! Am very curious on who will get the beautiful Dr Feelgood Painting in the end. It will be not me, that's what I know for sure. Sigh. How good to know, I can give the real lads a big hug, YES!
If I can not access my email while I'm away (I promise to try, although it surely would do me no harm not to touch a computer for a few days...) the email box probably will return emails soon, saying something like ''not available'' or ''box full'' or a simlilar unpleasant note. The box gots limited space (which usually is topped by the damned spam crap quickly). If this will be the case, please try again and send your email a week later or so. I'll be back!

April 1, 2003: A brand new CD feat. GYPIE MAYO will be released on April 22nd, 2003. It's THE YARDBIRDS' first studio album since 35 years, ''Birdland''. More info at our Gypie Mayo - The Yardbird(s) page and at Gabi's Music Club Yardbirds Gallery.

March 21, 2003: Tickets for the Lee Brilleaux Memorial (May 9th, 2003) are SOLD OUT!

Feb. 28, 2003: The upcoming cd's of Dr Feelgood have got proper names now: ''Speeding thru Europe'', a collection of live recordings from 2002 and 2003, and ''Wolfman Calling - The Blues of Lee Brilleaux'', features the bluesy site of Lee. Both cds are planned to be released in May (probably 12th).

Feb. 25, 2003: Will Birch's book ''No Sleep Till Canvey Island'' - The Great Pub-Rock Revolution, first released in 2000 by Virgin Books in London, is now out as a reprint (320 pages, 8 pics). The reissue includes infos on the death of Ian Dury.
Addition on March 26th: Will sent an email saying, there is no reprint available at this time. Strange enough one of the german records/music books mail orders has advertised it in February. - Sorry for giving you wrong info. (Shame on me) ~ Gabi

Feb. 3, 2003: Tickets for the next LEE BRILLEAUX MEMORIAL (on May 9th, 2003) are available to order now. Be quick, as ticket numbers are limited and usually sell out in a short time. Ordering details on Memorials page.
Also planned to be released in time for the Lee Memorial are 2 CDs, one shall feature Lee singing the Blues, the other will be a live album of the current Dr Feelgood line-up, fetched at various shows in Europe (Let's praise the fantastic mobile recording equiment :o)).
The bidding strategies for the oil painting of the Feelgoods at the Naughty Rhythms tour. which Paul Shuttleworth kindly has donated to the Lee Brilleaux Memorial Fund, leave me puzzled: The current highest bid is stuck at £ 150.00 since ages, and I'm wondering if people really prefer to look at the usual landscape paintings (or even worse, vegetable stills) hanging above their fireplaces instead of having this wonderful piece of art there...
Last but not least, the January Feelin' Good Newsletter is added. Until I receive the text files from John, it will be available as graphics only, sorry for this (typing it all out would take days, as I am only typing with 4 fingers).



Nov. 19., 2002: Kursaal Flyers' frontman Paul Shuttleworth has donated an original oil painting from Dr Feelgood (live at the Naughty Rhythms Tour) for the Lee Brilleaux Memorial Fund CHARITY AUCTION.

Nov. 6./11., 2002: The ones who always dreamed about spending New Years Eve together with Dr Feelgood will get this chance on December 31st. Come together on Canvey Island at the Oysterfleet Hotel (www.oysterfleethotel.de) to spend the night with fans & friends and Dr Feelgood live on stage! To me this sounds like the only possible right decision, that's why I hope to be able to make it to the party too. Fingers crossed! - Details at he Tourdates page. >>> TICKETS AVAILABLE ONLY DIRECTLY FROM THE OYSTERFLEET!

The latest CD releases of Dr Feelgood "Finely Tuned - The Guitar Album" and "Down At The BBC - In Concert 1977-78" arrived at Grand Records in the meantime. So it seems they're ready to get posted off now. The new issue of the book "Down By The Jetty - The Dr Feelgood Story" (new chapter and new cover art) shall be available at November 8th.

Oct. 16, 2002: The band works on recordings for the album whenever time allows, they also started to carry around a 16-track portable digital studio on tour (which makes me dream of countless GigaBytes of 1st class live material :o)), nevertheless none of the suggested songs has been taped yet. No one knows when exactly the studio album will see the daylight. How good the BBC again took historical Feelgood material off their cellar racks (Down At The BBC - In Concert 1977-78), even a never before released treasure from an old recording session found its way onto CD (Finely Tuned). Both items shall be released this month (for pre-orders check our Order Shop). Food for the upcoming time of waiting for the follow-up of Chess Masters... Not just me looks forward to a Dr Feelgood CD of (re)fresh(ed) original and cover material. An idle wish: Hope they'll got it managed until my 40th birthday (next June). In the meantime I continue watching over the box full of Feelgood stuff which waits to get sent out to the winners of the "Suggest a Song" competition. Stay patient, folks!
What's left to say in this case? The Feelgoods are in good company taking their time with the production of a new album: The new Canned Heat CD should have been released last Summer, the band currently is finishing work and the CD shall be out in Spring 2003. The fans of The Yardbirds already wait far longer for the first(!) studio album of the line-up feat. Gypie Mayo. Lucky are the ones who could get hold of the rare CDs of the Leverkusen Bluesfestival 1997 and "Live in Laughlin" show (11. May 2002). Live is life...

After it seemed he has disappeared in the dust, I finally received some news about Lew Lewis. Check it our at the Lew Lewis special page.

Oct. 2, 2002: The 10th Lee Brilleaux Memorial will be held on Friday, May 9, 2003. No details are available at this time and NO TICKETS FOR SALE YET ! As soon as tickets are ready to order, I let you know.

Gypie Mayo flys over with The Yardbirds to tour Germany from 2. to 19. October. Going cross with the tour of Dr Feelgood (they even hit the same venues more than once) in this way the german Feelgood fans will get the rare possibility to see the Feelgoods performing "Milk & Alcohol" and - just a few days earlier or later - being able to lend an ear to the composer of this smash hit.

Aug. 30, 2002: The Feelgood's office / Grand Records has moved from 107a to 103a High Street, Canvey, UK. Full address see here.

May 2002: Check out Gabi's 9th Lee Brilleaux Memorial - Report. The first Gallery is available at ''Fast Ian'' Narbeth's website, also Mark Fielder has set up an Photo Archive (both links lead to external web pages).

May 18, 2002: A Pink Fairy returned: Larry "as long as the price is right" Wallis has released a CD, well worthy for me to set up a special page with detailed info.

April 2, 2002: The 9th Lee Brilleaux Memorial on 10.May 2002 is SOLD OUT! Congratulations to the lucky ones who own a ticket :o)

December 13, 2001/January 17, 2002: Good news: The 9th Lee Brilleaux Memorial could be arranged to take place exactly at his birthday! Book a day or two off to come over to Canvey Island on Friday, May 10th 2002. Order your ticket early enough 'cause usually the show sells out quickly! - The famous Canvey Walk also will be repeated at morning of the same day. Details to follow at the Memorials page when available.



June 24, 2001: Open for public is the Official Naughty Rhythms WebSite. The dates of the tour 2001 are already booked, so check them out and decide which dates you want to go to see John Otway, The Kursaal Flyers, Canned Heat and Dr Feelgood!

MAY 25 + June 19, 2001: Finally it's up: A free e-mail newsletter which will provide everyone who's interested with the tourdates of bands who are featured in Gabi's Music Club (The Feelgoods, Hot Rods, Two Timers, etc...), news and gossip, and anything else which is worth to get mentioned. It's planned to send out 1 regular newsletter monthly and - if unexpected hot news appear - you'll receive a special edition. After I had so many people emailing me because of news and tourdates, I've thought it's easier and saves me a lot of time, to set up this free service. Hope many people will take use of it!
Subscribe now!
People who already have subscribed to the service which was up here earlier PLEASE SUBSCRIBE AGAIN as the newsletter-service provider has changed.
Update Oct. 16, 2002: Due to neverending technical problems the newsletter service of Gabi's Music Club had to become closed down in the meantime.

MAY 22, 2001: S.C.E.N.T. has sent a letter to the Feelgoods office to says THANKS to the people at Lee's Memorial who all helped to collect money for the Southend Nursing Team.

APRIL 11, 2001: The tickets for the 8TH LEE BRILLEAUX MEMORIAL are SOLD OUT now. For details on the schedule etc visit the Lee Memorials page.

JANUARY 4, 2001: TICKETS for the 8TH LEE BRILLEAUX MEMORIAL are available to order now! Please check out the Lee Memorials page for detailed info.



DECEMBER 9, 2000: The 8th Lee Brilleaux Memorial will be held on Thursday, May 10th 2001. Supposedly at the Oysterfleet Hotel in Canvey Island, Essex, England. Details on bands etc are not available yet but will be added at the Lee Brilleaux Memorials page as soon as I get more info.

AUGUST 31, 2000: The latest issue of 'Feelin' Good' is now out and it is a special edition to celebrate the 'Naughty Rhythms Tour'.
Get your free copy by sending a SAE and self addressed envelope to:
Dr Feelgood Information Service, PO Box 94, Middlesbrough, TS14 6TA, England / UK

JUNE 18, 2000: THE DR FEELGOOD CD-ROM still is in the phase of creation. It more and more comes out as a quite big project and - as only one person works on it - it needs far more time to produce it as planned. Dr Feelgood's "BITS & BYTES" (working title) shall become a really special archive, including photos of the band and tour posters, reports, newspaper cuttings, reviews, interviews, tickets, drawings, quotes, sounds, videos, other memorabilia, etc etc - in fact anything which documents the Feelgoods history has the chance to be used for the project. If you want to contibute, you are welcome. Of course I will try to add the names of the senders to the CD-ROM. Useful are scans in jpg or gif format (not compressed, if possible), texts could be included in e-mails or (even better) attached as txt-, wri-, doc- or pfd-files; videoclips in mp3, avi or mov format; regarding sounds I think my PC is working with the usual formats like wav, aif, mp3, au, mid, ...). It also is possible to send discs (dos-formatted), CD-ROMS, paper photos, photocopies, VHS videos, etc. E-mail Gabi for her postal address (Do not send material for the website and/or cd-r to GRAND RECORDS, as they would have to forward it to me or - even worse - your precious contributions will end up in a big box at the Feelgoods office or Chris' cellar (probably with low chance to be ever seen again), who knows?!
Many thanks!

JUNE 19, 2000: The Blues on the Farm Festival on 29th June will be filmed and broadcast live on the web by a company called Virtue TV. The relation to Dr Feelgood? Ex-Feelgood guitarist Gordon Russell will play the festival with his duo Two Timers.

MAY 25, 2000: British blues magazine BLUEPRINT has sent me an e-mail:
If any Feelgood fan wants a copy of the magazine in which we featured the band, they should send a cheque for £ 3.50 (UK price) or £ 4.50 (Europe price), payable to ABACABE PUBLISHING at 10 Messaline Avenue, London W3 6JX, UK. People in the US can do it through www.asylumsite.com and the US price is $ 7.50 per copy.
Best wishes, Tina
Check out our website at www.blueprint-blues.co.uk


On Monday March 27th 2000, the music world lost one of its most influential characters, Ian Dury. Ian's uniquely English lyrical style, displayed throughout his work firstly as part of Kilburn & The High Roads and then most tellingly with The Blockheads, have left an indelible impression on British popular music and has exerted enormous influence on others. Putting it simply, Ian Dury was a one off, who is greatly missed by those who new him and by many that didn't. It's with this in mind that Inside Media Promotions, East Central One, Metropolis Music and Dr Martens who are kindly sponsoring the event, proudly announce a special tribute concert to Ian Dury on Friday 16 June at Brixton Academy. Tickets are £20 (subject to booking fee).

The evening will be headlined by The Blockheads, Ian's long serving band, with guest vocal appearances by Robbie Williams, Joe Strummer, members of Madness, Ian Broudie, Kirsty MacColl, Saffron from Republica, Wreckless Eric, Mark Lamarr, Phill Jupitus, Keith Allen and Kathy Burke. Others also scheduled to make an appearance are the likes of Mick Jones, Topper Headon, Glen Matlock, Wilko Johnson and Chas and Dave. Further guests are to be announced soon. Suggs from Madness says: "I am proud and privileged to be involved in a tribute to one of this country's finest writers and performers. Looking at the line up so far it looks like it will be a fantastic evening and a fitting tribute to the great man." The profits from this very special concert are to be donated to the national charity CancerBACUP, for whom Ian was spokesperson. Ian wanted to ensure that everyone who was diagnosed with cancer knew about and had access to, the best information and support possible. You can help CancerBACUP with donations by calling 020 7920 7212.

Brixton Academy - 020 7771 2000
Stargreen Box Office - 020 7734 8932
Ticket Master - 020 7344 4000
Way Ahead - 020 7403 3331
Credit Card Hotline - 020 7287 0932
Website - ticketweb.co.uk

February 21+24, March 5 & April 9, 2000: 1.) TICKETS FOR THE LEE BRILLEAUX MEMORIAL READY TO ORDER NOW! Please visit Lee Brilleaux Memorials page for information.
 (April 25, 2000)
2.) The new CD release date has been put back to 15th May, Will Birch's book "No Sleep Till Canvey Island" (ISBN 0-7535-0411-1) will be out on 6th April. Visit www.dbd.co.uk/willbirch, www.bestiff.demon.co.uk and www.virgin-books.com for more info.
There will be a joint launch of the CD (acoustic set) on MAY 3rd 2000 in London at Borders Book Shop - time not confirmed yet but likely to be about 6.30pm. Will Birch also will be there to promote the new book "No Sleep till Canvey Island".

 No Sleep Till Canvey Island

February 10, 2000: 1.) At April 27th Dr Feelgood will play a special show to present the upcoming brandnew studio album "CHESS MASTERS" . The concert will be held in London-Soho W1 at The Borderline (Orange Yard, off Manette St., Tel. 020 7734 2095 ). The official release will be on May 8th.
2.) Tickets for the 7th LEE BRILLEAUX MEMORIAL on May 4th in Canvey Island's Oysterfleet Hotel (Knightswick Road) soon will be available to order directly from the Feelgoods office at Grand Records. Detailed ordering information to follow.



October 10, 1999: The 7th LEE BRILLEAUX MEMORIAL will be held on Thursday May 4, 2000 at the Oysterfleet Hotel, Knightswick Road, Canvey Island, Essex/England.

September 21, 1999: Dead line for sending in your Favourite TOP25 DR FEELGOOD Songs is NOVEMBER 24, 1999!

August 03, 07 & 19 and September 12, 1999: August 3rd: Dr Feelgood have got a new frontman, Robert Kane, formerly of The Animals II. Robert was a fan of Dr Feelgood and them do respect him as a singer since a long time. Visit the Official Animals II Website for some soundfiles and photos (Addition at September 12: Since early August the Animal II site is "under construction", so I have added the soundfiles and some Robert Kane Info here) --- and don't forget to check Dr Feelgood's tourdates for upcoming shows with the new "boy"!
Pete Gage is persuing a solo career and we wish him much luck in the future.
Me personally does understand why the Feelgoods had to split from Pete in the end. A band with the name Dr Feelgood should feel good on AND off stage... If it is not like this, it would be not honest and the name would not fit (Just my opinion). Nevertheless I want to give my Thanks to Pete for the good times which happened and especially for always keeping his promises (like sending photos, posters, lyrics, books, etc), which unfortunately often is unusual in the musicians scene
(Shall be no reproach, all you boys on the road! I know how chaotic your lifes are!). Best luck in the future, Pete.
August 7th: Today I received a package of Pete including a for the Dr Feelgood fans. He left it up to me if it will be published here or not - well, here it is: Pete
's letter to you.
August 19th: A brandnew Promoshot. In September Dr Feelgood will be in the studio to record a new album which will be released by EMI.
September 12th: Early this month I've checked out Dr Feelgood with the new frontman at two shows in Holland. Few fans have asked me (also I received e-mails) about the line-up change. Obviously it's time to write a bit about the "what, why and how" and my personal thoughts about it. It was enough stuff to add a new page to this website and - looking straight forward - I've named it "Feelgood 2000 - Ready For The New Century".

June 6, 1999: A private note this time: I finally was offered the chance to start a course for Multimedia production end of May, which now takes most of my time. It is such hard getting up early in the morning now (after having mainly worked during nights in the last two years...) to then listen to a teacher for 7 hours! Mostly I fell into bed early in the evening, not able to do much more as checking for emails. This is reason why I want to beg you for understanding if the website(s) will not become updated as often as usual in the following 12 months. I promise to add as much new stuff as possible, to keep the guestbook, messages and tourdates up-to-date regularly, also all emails will be read, of course - but that's probably all I will find time to do. Anyway, after the course I hopefully will have learned many new things to be able to present you the "perfect" Dr Feelgood website and maybe some more interesting material! In fact I plan to create a Dr Feelgood multimedia cd-rom one day. Unfortunately due to the course I have to cancel my annual trip to the Lee Memorial :´-(
It would be very nice if people who go to see it send me reviews or photos of the memorial for having something to add to the Memorials page.

Many Thanks in advance!


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