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1517236792feelgoodnews-w555h344It’s been 31 years since Dr Feelgood, Britain’s best exponents of R&B toured Australia. This week sees them play the first dates of their Milk & Alcohol Australian tour with dates booked across the country. Dr Feelgood stood apart from other UK punk/new wave/pub rock bands of the 70s due to their own unique rock sound, which was focused centred around British RnB, and guitarist Wilko Johnson’s choppy style. The band found mainstream success in the mid-70s when their 1976 album Stupidity went to number one on the UK album charts, and a string of UK top 40 singles followed. The current line-up features the rhythm section Kevin Morris on drums and Phil Mitchell on bass, both of whom have been in the band more than 35 years, with fellow long-term guitarist Steve Walwyn, and Robert Kane – formerly of The Animals – who was the most recent addition in 1999. With over 40 years of material to choose from, fans are in for a treat as the band mix the set up with old and new classics including ‘Milk & Alcohol;’, ‘Back In The Night ‘ and ‘Roxette’. Blues fans will lap up the choice covers these guys interweave into their set including Blind Willie McTell’s ‘I Can Tell’, Bo Diddley’s ‘Who Do You Love’ and Elmore James’ ‘Dust My Broom’. Personally, I can’t wait to hear ‘Gimme One More Shot’. A tour you do not want to miss! Full tour dates and tickets available here

3 May Adelaide

5 May Melbourne

6 May Thornbury

8 May Canberra

9 May Sydney

12 May Wollongong

13 May Sydney

15 May Newcastle

16 May Coffs Harbour

17 May Twin Towns

18 May Brisbane

19 May Sunshine Coast



John-Waite-Photo-1John Waite is in the midst of his first Australian tour, and by all reports the shows thus far have been electrifying. At 65, and after 40 years in the music biz, Australian fans have often scratched their heads as to why Waite has never toured Australia before. Although The Babys disbanded in 1981, they did have huge chart success in Australia, with ‘Isn’t It Time’ reaching number one in 1977 and ‘Every Time I Think Of You’ hitting the top 10 a year later. Waite released a slew of great solo albums in the 1980s, including 1984’s massive ‘No Brakes’ LP, which resulted in international attention and produced a number one US hit, the enduring “Missing You”. 1985’s ‘Mask Of Smiles’ was a favourite of ours, as it included Johnny Thunders’ slashing guitar on the hard rocking tune, ‘No Brakes’. ‘Rovers Return’ from 1987 is another of his great solo albums worth seeking out. As is commonly known, in 1988, Waite teamed up with former Baby’s bandmates Jonathan Cain and Ricky Phillips, along with Neal Schon from Journey and drummer Deen Castronovo, to form the supergroup Bad English who released the enduring, ‘When I See You Smile’, another number one and the album itself selling over two million in the US alone. Bad English had other great tunes from three album, including ‘Forget Me Not’ and ‘Straight To Your Heart’. In the 90’s Waite was part of Ringo Starr’s All Star Band and has continued to produce quality solo albums and tour worldwide. This is one tour you do not want to miss! Tour dates and ticket information here


Tuxpi photo editor: https://www.tuxpi.comOn behalf of Mr. Rockbrat, I would like to wish all Rockbrat Readers a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2018! Happy Holidays to all our readers in North America. Statistics indicate that there are still thousands of people out there who enjoy reading the plethora of articles, opinion and blogs on the Rockbrat site –  with new readers continuing to discover (and re-discover) many of the old articles. A well written word does not date – and still has relevance to certain people as time ticks by. We received a lot of positive feedback for Dan Baird album reviews and live reviews we penned in March/April this year – and writing liner notes for the CD reissue of Ted Mulry Gang’s “Live” album was also another personal highlight. Astute readers would have noticed that as well as penning a bunch of articles/ reviews etc this year – much of our time and energy has been devoted to the Australian Rock Show podcast, which, come next month – will be 3 years old.

Like many of the other musical projects The Gray Brothers have been involved in, the Australian Rock Show is a labour of love. We are not journalists – we are rock fans, like you, who are devoted to pushing and preserving Oz rock – the best rock n roll in the world. Personally, I would like to extend a big thanks to my brother Denis (Mr Rockbrat) who has, by and large, carried the show on his shoulders this year. I have not had as much time to dedicate to the show as I intended, but I have some good interviews planned for next year, so stay tuned. The calibre of the interviews Denis has conducted this year (not to mention the professional production) have greatly increased the profile of The Australian Rock Show – with new followers discovering the show every day. You can help us out by promoting the show – continuing to get the word out – like us on Facebook if you haven’t already, tell your friends about it, sharing it on Facebook, leave us a review on Itunes. Pick up a limited edition Australian Rock Show T Shirt – every little bit helps us out.

Some of the interviews on the Australian Rock Show this year have included Mick Blood (The Lime Spiders), AC/DC book authors Jesse Fink and Jeff Apter, Johnny Kannis of the Hitmen, Rick Brewster of The Angels, Dave Tice (Buffalo), Juliette Valduriez, Larry Attard (Snake/ Acca Dacca), Bruce Kulick (KISS), Dan Baird, Clifford Hoad (Kings Of the Sun) plus tribute shows to the great Malcolm and George Young. The impact that they made to Australian rock n roll and Australia’s cultural identity cannot be understated. Again, all episodes of the show are available for FREE download or streaming via ITunes, Sticher and Tunein Radio. If you haven’t checked out the archives – feel free to delve into the back catalogue and listen to Interviews with Chris Bonacci (Girlschool), John Brewster (The Angels) Dave Evans (AC/DC / Rabbit), Craig Csongrady (Boss/BB Steal), TASTE (both Ken Murdoch and Michael Tortoni), Andy Cichon (Judge Mercy/Billy Joel/Shania Twain), Paul Woseen (Screaming Jets),  Boris Sujdovic (The Scientists/Beasts of Bourbon/Dubrovniks), Todd Hunter (Dragon), Jeff Hoad (Kings Of The Sun), Phil Foxman (Supernaut), Mitch Grainger, TMG Roadie Ronald Clayton, Lime Spiders, Tough Luxury, Legs Electric, Australian rock journalists Stuart Coupe (author of Gudinski) Murray Englehardt (author of AC/DC Maximum Rock n Roll),Melbourne all girl rockers She-Wolf, Ray Arnott, Sherry Rich, Anne McCue, The Shivers, Brian Giffin (author of Australian Heavy Metal encyclopedia), Christina Crofts, Steve Mulry of Black Label, Tyrone Coates (The Bombers), Sandi Novak (Rum Babas), Rose Carleo and Leeno Dee (Candy Harlots / Melody Black) to name but a few. If you are yet to check out the Australian Rock Show – head over there now at Please email us and say hello, (as we love your feedback on either the Australian Rock Show or Rockbrat blog.

In spite of all the doom and gloom that exists in the world, (anything from cowardly Islamic terrorists to global warming and climate change), always remember that listening to a great rock song is often the tonic you need – and rock n roll has the power to unite. A rockin’ Christmas to all from The Gray Brothers. Over to you Malcom…….Godspeed.



band-photoAs many astute rock fans would be aware, legendary British outfit Dr.  Feelgood will be hitting Australia in May 2018. The good folks at M.G.M (those who brought the great Dan Baird & Homemade Sin out to Australia earlier this year), are looking for corporate sponsors for the Dr Feelgood Tour. If you are a company or organisation who would like to get involved, and get behind even one Dr. Feelgood show in your city or state, now is the time to act. Please download the attached sponsorship form M G M SPONSOR Dr Feelgood 2018, or contact Jim at MGM for more info.

Episode 68 – Dan Baird Interview

Posted: April 21, 2017 by rockbrat in Rockbrat News Flash:

Dan Baird and Homemade Sin are currently in the middle of an Australian tour and on episode 68 of The Australian Rock Show, we sit down with Dan for a detailed interview. We look over their current album ‘Rollercoaster’, Dan’s recent record ‘SoLow’ and much more. Dan Baird and Homemade Sin are indeed the genuine article ? the real rock n roll deal and quite possibly – the best band alive today. This is an interview you don’t wanna miss. Play loud !

Music by:

Dan Baird and Homemade Sin, Dan Baird, The Church

Check out this episode!

12734114_1060998633943869_6597136730120748825_nI am posting this blog to raise awareness of Spencer Jones’ illness, and his need for financial assistance. I have seen Spencer Jones many times over the years, with the Johnnys (at Gladesville), with the Beasts of Bourbon on many occasions, with Hell To Pay and also as a solo artist. I adore his 1994 sold album ‘Rumour Of Death’, and my Hell To Pay album is signed by him (see post at bottom of page).

News that Jones has become seriously ill and unable to work has sparked numerous benefit shows around the country, headlined by The Drones, Paul Kelly, Dave Faulkner and more, and a GoFundMe campaign. As the news blurb says,”Spencer P Jones, guitarist, singer and prolific songwriter is seriously ill. He has performed live consistently for more than 30 years, but has not been able to work for several months due to his illness. Author of catchy and poignant tales capturing Australia’s underbelly, driven by his signature guitar sound (Australian Guitar magazine rated Jones as one of Australia’s Top 40 best guitarists), and delivered in his melodic but menacing snarl, his impact on the Australian and international rock scene is unsurpassed in this country. Spencer came to prominence as guitarist, singer and songwriter with The Johnnys (a band so loved by Neil Young he said he wished he could bottle their sound and spirit) and as one part of inner-city swamp rock supergroup the Beasts of Bourbon. Moving out on his own with his 1994 debut Rumour of Death, Jones has gone on to release ten impeccably crafted albums in his own right .

Along his journey, Jones has also been a gun for hire with Paul Kelly, Chris Bailey and The General Dog, Maurice Frawley and The Working Class Ringos, The Sacred Cowboys, Ian Rilen’s Hell To Pay, These Immortal Souls and Shotgun Wedding. And then there’s the international connections – he has played with everyone from the Gun Club to Evan Dando, the Violent Femmes, Shotgun Rationale and Andre Williams as well as touring with members of Television and The Damned.

To support Spencer with the costs of his medical treatment, some of Australia’s finest rock musicians are coming together to celebrate the career of the axeman and master songwriter with benefit shows in Victoria and Western Australia. A great gig is being held on Sunday 20th March at Mojos Bar Freemantle and on Friday 15th April there is a once in a lifetime show at the Prince Bandroom in St Kilda.

If you are unable to attend one of the shows, but would like to contribute to help Spencer with his medical costs you can do so by donating to this fund. Head here and put in a few bucks. Please support one of Australia’s musical treasures.

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Hell To Pay were a Melbourne band who existed from around 1991 to 1993. They were, to coin an often over used phrase, ‘the real deal’. Any band that included both Ian Rilen and Spencer Jones in their ranks was always gonna be top shelf, and so they were. If you wanna talk inner city supergroup, then look no further than this lot. Rilen was on guitar and vocals. Spencer Jones was on lead guitar and vocals. Jon Schofield (ex Grooveyard, Paul Kelly) was on bass, and former JJJ DJ Tony Biggs was on drums. Cathy Green of X also played bass on the album. The band were signed to Red Eye Records in Sydney and released a CD single called ‘Saints & King’ in 1991, and an album, ‘Steal It’ in 1992. Both are long out of print, but are essential if you are fan of either Jones or…

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arslogo….From the rockin and rollin Gray brothers – the guys who brought you the Hard Rock Show in 1987 through to Vicious Kitten fanzine/records – and most recently, the Rockbrat Blog – comes the Australian Rock Show – Oz Rock’s Loudest and Proudest music podcast !

Big things planned folks – the aim is to spread the word about cool Australian rock n roll