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Snippets of FEELIN' GOOD Issue 12/July 1998

Published with friendly permission of editor John Butterfield.



This years date for the Lee Brilleaux Birthday Memorial show and a welcome return to Canvey Island. Regular readers of "Feelin´ Good" will recall that the last show Lee sang with Dr Feelgood was at the Dr Feelgood Music Bar. The Bar was then demolished and the "Oyster Fleet Hotel" built on the site. Fans arriving at the "Oyster Fleet" were greeted with the new plaque outside the main entrance commemorating Lees' last performances. All proceeds from each and every Memorial Show go to S.C.E.N.T. - the team of nurse that enabled Lee to spend his last days at home. The show commenced with the current line up of Pete Gage (vocals), Steve Walwyn (guitar), Phil Mitchell (bass) and Kevin Morris (drums). The songs played were "Instinct to Survive" (On The Road Again), "Sneakin' Suspicion", " Take a Tip" (Private Practice), "Mellow Down :Easy" & "Wine, Women, Whiskey" (On The Road .Again), "She Does It Right" (Down By The Jetty). Dave B. and the G.i.T.'s followed with 4 tunes namely "Cissy Strut", "Honky Tonk", "Yeah, You're Right" and the old Feelgood closer "Freddies Footsteps". "Who are this band?", I hear you say. Dave Bronze played bass with Steve Walwyn and Kevin plus the first guest appearance of Ian Gibbons on keyboards. A short break before a rare SOLO appearance of Pete Gage singing and playing piano a collection of tunes from his solo CD "Out of Hours". Pete was then joined onstage by Kevin and Dave Bronze and ex Feelgood guitarist Gordon Russell for a very rare live rendition of "Violent Love" and "Don't Worry Baby". This set the scene for Two Timers - (Gordon & Sarah) who played 30 minutes of songs from their new CD on Grand. Gary Miller & Friends contributed with "I Can Tell", "Lookin' :Back", "No Mo Do Yakomo". 'The Friends'' were original Feelgood drummer The Big Figure (a slimmed down version!), Dave Bronze, Gordon Russell and Steve West (ex Practice) on harmonica. Their encore included Ian Gibbons on keys for "Great Balls of Fire". A short break before an unbilled appearance of Barrie Masters (Eddie & the Hot Rods) backed by Ian Gibbons, Kevin Morris, Phil Mitchell, Steve Walwyn, Ian Gibbons. They stormed their way through "Quit this Town", "Do Anything You Wanna Do" , "All or Nothing", "Hard Drivin' Man". Barry then left and Pete Gage took over the vocals for "Tanqueray" before Dave White (Germany) sang "I'm a Hog for You". The final Feelgood tracks saw a return of Gary Miller, Steve Walwyn, Dave Bronze, Steve West, Big Figure and on bass the one and only John B. Sparks. It had to back to the classics so "Roxette" was followed by "Milk & Alcohol", "Down at the Doctors", before the final rendition of "Route 66" closed the show. All in all, a great experience and one that was shared by fans from all over the Globe including France, Holland, Sweden, Germany, Denmark, Finland and even Australia. It's impossible to name and thank everyone personally but it goes without saying the Dr Feelgood would like to thank everyone for their attendance and ensuring the music and spirit of Dr Feelgood lives on.



AND we thought she was such a nice girl! A flatmate of the world's most famous bride to be revealed Lady Di's musical tastes last week. The Woman Who Would Be Queen has been known to shuffle an efficient shoe to Dire Straits, and Dr Feelgood!

         Cartoon: Lady Di and Lee Brilleaux   Speculation had been running high here in the office that if her ladyship married Dave Edmunds in a Rastafarian wedding they'd be Dai and Di. But Lee Brilleaux? I mean, what would they talk about? Whelks? Trousseaux? Jolly ups?

There's no connection between Lady Di's favourite band and the fact that after four years Gypie Mayo has left the Feelgoods for "Purely personal reasons". His replacement is Johnny Guitar, the first American to be a part of that Southend institution. Formerly with the Count Bishops, Guitar answered an NM ad, was selected from 50 guitarists and played his first gig at the Isle Of Man TT Races last week.

The Feelgoods have a live album with Mayo in the pipeline, and are setting off this week for dates in Holland, France, Ireland, Scandinavia, Spain and Portugal. A British tour is planned for October.

(Patrick Humphries - Press cutting from the 1970's)

Not a busy time over the next few months due to holidays and other commitments.

Next issue of "Feelin' Good" should be out early October so please send SAEs (or IRC and Addressed Envelopes if outside UK). Thank you to all the contributors who have sent in reviews etc but we always need more so put pen to paper and send to Dr Feelgood Information Service, PO Box 94, Middlesbrough, Cleveland, TS4 3YX, UK.

John Butterfield (Editor of snail mail newsletters)

were added

Leeds, University, UK - October 11, 1975 to Newsletters: Early Gigs section
Folkestone, Leas Cliff Hall, UK - late 1992 to Newsletters: Early Gigs section
Newcastle upon Lyne, Old Frog Inn, UK - July 1992 to Newsletters: Early Gigs section

[ Robin Hood's, Brierley Hill, UK - November 1997 to Newsletters: New Gigs section
was not added due to OCD software problems ]

Newsletter Issue 13/October 1998 was not added because only contents were tourdates.

Go to Newsletter Issue 14/January 1999


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