Dr Feelgood return to our shores after 30 yearsSoundbites

It’s been more than 30 years since Dr Feelgood toured . Was it something we said?
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PIONEERS: Dr Feelgood perform at Lizottes Newcastle next Tuesday, May 15. Tickets are on sale now at the venue.

Whatever it was, all is forgiven, and the band is heading to our shores for a series of gigs this month.Formed on Canvey Island in Essex in the early 1970s, Dr Feelgood remains one of the rawestand most uncompromisinglive rhythm and blues acts in the world today.

Dr Feelgood had a string of hit singles includingRoxette, Back In The Night, Milk and Alcohol, Down At The Doctors, She Does it Right,Going Back HomeandSee You Later Alligator. Album Stupidity topped the charts in the UK.

The last album to feature founding memberLee Brilleaux,Down At The Doctors,was recorded live at the Dr Feelgood Music Bar on Canvey Island just two months before he died in 1994. The current line-up features rhythm sectionKevin Morrison drums andPhil Mitchellon bass,Steve Walwynon guitar and the most recent addition,RobertKane(formerly of The Animals).

Jullien Temple’sfilmOil City Confidential,originally released in 2010, tells the story of the band’s formative years.Morris told Soundbites the band was thrilled to return to . They had just been waiting for someone to invite them.

“The last tour was a lot of fun, the locals always made us very welcome and we enjoyed many barbeques,” he said. “We love to travel the world and get paid for it. It is a real pleasure and privilege.”

Fun fact: the band’s former guitarist Wilko Johnson played a mute executioner in the first two series of Game of Thrones:“He was told not to try to act but just look normal,” Morris said, laughing. Catch Dr Feelgood at Lizotte’s Newcastle next Tuesday, May 15.

Jazz festivalMore than 200 musicians have already been confirmed for this year’s Newcastle Jazz Festival (August 24 to 26). It is the broad diversity of music styles on offer and the “very affordable” ticket prices that underpin the festival’s ongoing success, according to festival publicist Sylvia Shearer.There will be traditional and mainstream jazz; big bands; swing; blues; jazz pianists; swamp; pre-western swing and gospel, to name a few. The festival is held at New Lambton’s West Leagues Club in the Starlight Room, Marble Bar and The Terrace. Another stage will be set upat Wests Bowling Club. Tickets cost as little as $30 for a session pass and $105 for an early-bird full weekend pass (must be purchased by June 30). For more information go to newcastlejazz老域名出售.au. Tickets areavailable from Ticketebo or at the gate over the weekend.

Album launch partySinger-songwriter Tori Forsyth wrote her first song just two years ago but is fast makinga name for herself in alt-country circles.

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Her singleNew Wallshas been streamed more than 2 million times and she was nominated in2017 for CMC New Artist, as well as winningthe16thIndependent Music Awardin the alt-country genre. She performed atSXSW Festival in Austin, Texas, recently as an “Americana artistto watch”.She is about to release her debut albumDawn Of The Dark, produced by Shane Nicholson.

Forsyth grew up on a rural property on the Central Coast and then a 62-acre spread near Congewai in the Hunter Valley.

Join her at the official album launch party at The Wickham Hotel on May 25. Forsyth and band will be on stage after 8pm.

n firstThe Yale Concert Bandwill tour this month for thefirst time in its 100-year history, including a stop off inNewcastle. The band has performed at Carnegie Hall and is made up of55 brass, woodwind, keyboard and percussion players. On this tour they will premiere a reconstruction of the last composed unfinished piece by famous n composer Percy Grainger. The concert experience comes tothe Newcastle Conservatorium of Music on May 31.

Hysteria in fullThey are not playing in Newcastle this time around but Def Leppard have confirmed they will play their longest recording in full for an n audience. The album in question is1987’s Hysteria which gave us rock anthems like Animal, Pour Some Sugar On Me, Hysteria, Love Bites, WomanandRocket. German rockers Scorpions are coming along for the ride ontheir firstmulti-city tour of .They play at ICC Sydney Theatre on November 10.

Taking us backDue to popular demand, Jon Stevens ishitting the road for a “best of” tour that will cover all the hits of his career: from his solo work, right through to Noiseworks, INXS, The Dead Daisies and even Jesus Christ Superstar. Stevens will beat Lizotte’s Newcastle on May 24 and Belmont 16s on June 23.

Sun sets on gigKOFM Sunset Sounds is over before it began. The concert had a date (November 3) and a venue (Roche Estate) as well as a decent Aussie line-up, but it has since been cancelled.Empire Touring had this to say:“Due to unforeseen circumstances that cannot be resolved in the short term, Empire Touring have made the regrettable decision of postponing Sunset Sounds to a new date in 2019. We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused anybody.”

Still rockin’Front End Loader are launching a new record, Neutral Evil, at Maitland’s The Junkyard on May 18. Now that will be a gig worth being front and centre at.

Wheels Up tourNewcastle-based band Hurricane Fall are fast developing a fan base with their unique brand of rock-edged country. Try to catch theirWheels Up tour this month.