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In The Beginning ........
The Brewster brothers John and Rick came from a musical family, their father Arthur Brewster Jones was a conductor for the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. In 1949 their grandfather, Hooper Brewster Jones, died tragically backstage at the Adelaide Town Hall after his son Arthur had conducted him in the Symphony Orchestra.
The Brewster brothers John and Rick formed Moonshine Jug and String Band in November 1970. With their eclectic music rooted in a mix of 1920’s blues and jazz replete with washboard, washtub bass, banjo, harmonica and kazoos.
Bernard “Doc” Neeson an Irish immigrant joined Moonshine Jug and String Band as “Doc Talbot” in January 1971. In the same month they performed for The Australian Festival Of Progressive Music at Myponga in South Australia. John Woodruff went on to become the band’s manager in 1972.
The following year Doc Neeson graduated with B.A. (Hons Drama) in Drama and Film Production at Flinders University Drama Centre. Brett Eccles joined Stewart and the Belmonts in New Zealand. Bob Spencer joined Finch won 2SM/Pepsi Pop Poll, followed by Pepsi Battle of the Bands.
Released their debut EP in 1973 “Keep You On The Move”, peaked at number 5 on the local music chart in Adelaide. This was followed by the single “That’s All Right With Me” in 1974. Both these releases were on John Woodruff Sphere label. Graham “Buzz” Bidstrup moved to England and was session musician with Johnny Wakelin & the Kinshasa Band. Also performed for The Much More Ballroom at Cathedral Hall in Brunswick St, Fitzroy.
Birth Of The Band ........
The Angels were formed in December 1974 by Doc Neeson, the Brewster brothers John and Rick after a barmaid name call Angel at Adelaide, South Australia. Bon Scott reply to Doc, John, Rick “The Angels is catchy name”. After adopting electric instruments Charlie King joined the band on drums.
Doc Neeson added Keystone to avoid confusing with Red Angel Panic and become The Keystone Angels. The line-up were bass player, vocals Doc Neeson, rhythm guitarists, vocals John Brewster, lead guitarists Rick Brewster and drummer Charlie King. Began playing 50s rock and roll on the pub circuit and released first single, “Keep On Dancing” with John Brewster on lead vocals.
The Keystone Angels were added to Sunbury Music Festival ‘75 in Victoria. Backing band for Chuck Berry on his Australian tour. Support act for AC/DC for High Voltage Tour at Port Augusta at Mount Gambier in South Australia. Bon Scott, Malcolm Young recommended them to George Young, Harry Vanda and were signed to Albert Production as The Angels. They recorded a demo of “Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again” in 1974 the song was issued on Rocka compilation album in 1975.
Albert Productions issued in April 1976 first single, “Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face”. The Angels made their debut TV appearances on Countdown. Graham “Buzz” Bidstrup moved to London as session musician with Johnny Wakelin & the Kinshasa Band return to Australia. Charlie King left the band and was replaced by Graham “Buzz” Bidstrup a former member of Fahrenheit 451 on drums in August 1976.
Chris Bailey a former member of Tattered Soul, Red Angel Panic, Headband, Mount Lofty Rangers with Bon Scott in 1974. They released “Round and Round”, later remixed and produced by Ted Yanni as “Round and Round and Round” in 1996. He joined the band on bass in January 1977, to allow Doc Neeson to concentrate on vocals. The move to frontman allowed the band to develop an energetic and theatrical live presence. Rick Brewster would remain motionless, his head remained still to one side, for the entire performance. Performed at Bondi Lifesaver in Sydney with support act Gerry Joe Weise and Gary Conlon.
Albert Productions issued in August 1977 self-titled debut album The Angels, for which the band re-recorded the single tracks, followed a nationwide support tour to AC/DC and was an enormous seller in Australia. The re-issued and re-mastered from the original source tapes and features the award winning artwork in a digipak format along with an 8 page booklet and bonus rare and live recordings.
Performed at Bombay Rock in Brunswick with support acts Skyhooks and Kevin Borich. Performed at 2JJ Open Air Concert at St. Leonard's Park in Sydney with Cold Chisel and Madder Lake. Performed at Bananas in Melbourne with support acts The Boys Next Door and X-Ray-Z. Support act for Meat Loaf Australian tour at Pavilion in Sydney, Festival Hall Melbourne, Bombay Rock in Brunswick, Tiger Lounge in Melbourne, Commodore Sandringham, Festival Hall Melbourne. Performed at Tiger Lounge in Richmond with support act The Boys Next Door.
Albert Productions issued on 12th August 1978 album Face to Face, reached #16 in November and stayed on the Australian charts for 79 weeks. Mark Opitz engineered, produced the album with The Angels. Includes a live version of “Live It Up” was recorded in April by 2JJ. La Trobe live version of “Straight Jacket” is the same version as overseas re-recorded for Dark Room. Peter Ledger, who designed the cover, won Best Australian Album Cover Design Award.
Albert Productions re-issued Face to Face in 2008, originally released in August 1978. This seminal album featured Australian rock classics including “Straightjacket” “Take A Long Line” “Marseilles” and “Comin' Down”. Albert Production re-issued is coincide with the 30 anniversary. This release has been re-mastered from the original source tapes and features the award winning artwork in a digipak format along with an 8 page booklet and 5 bonus live recordings.
The Angels support act Midnight Oil at ANU Refectory in Canberra. Support act for David Bowie on Low And Hereos World Tour at Sydney Hordern Pavillion, Adelaide Oval, Perth Entertainment Centre, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Lang Park in Brisbane, Sydney Showground, Queen Elizabeth II Park in Christchurch, Western Springs Stadium in Auckland.
Albert Productions issued on 7th November 1978 EP The Tour, in coincide with their national tour as ‘Special Guests’ to David Bowie. The lyric “who pays for paradise” appeared in the song “After the Rain”. It was backed by live versions of “Who Rings the Bell” and “Comin' Down”.
The Angels performed at Royal Antler with INXS in early January 1979. Their performed at Manhattan Hotel in Vermont Melbourne with support acts The Boys Next Door and Fast Buck. 2SM radio station held a free concert their performed in front of 60,000 at Victoria Park with Dragon, Split Enz, Kevin Borich and Sports in Sydney. Doc Neeson climbing up and around the stage scaffolding by a flying beer can and damage to the park. Special Award at TV Week Countdown Awards.
Albert Productions issued on 23rd June 1979 album No Exit, entered the Australian album chart at #8 upon its release and again at #15 in September. George Young contributed as a backing vocalist to “Out of The Blue”.
No Exit kept the ball rolling with hits like “Shadow Boxer” and “Mr Damage”. The reputation for the Angels had grown and this album showcases their power that the band had in their live shows. The release has been re-mastered from the original source tapes and features the award winning artwork in a digipak format along with an 8 page booklet and 6 bonus live recordings.
The Angels performed at La Trobe University in Melbourne and recorded songs “No Exit”, “Am I Ever Gonna See You Face Again”, “Waiting For The World”, “After Dark”, "Straightjacket”, “After The Rain”, “Out Of The Blue”, “Save Me”, “Dawn Is Breaking”, “Be With You”, “Shadow Boxer”, “Ivory Stairs”, “Can't Shake It", “Marseilles” on 13th September 1979. This Is It Folks ... Over The Top was recorded 13th September 1979 at La Trobe University in Melbourne. The DVD shows The Angels at their best and with a bonus CD.
Albert Productions issued on 29th September 1979 EP Out Of The Blue, if you listen to the song you will hear ‘baby’ by George Young on vocals. A re-recorded version of “Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again” and two live version of “Mr Damage” and “Save Me” were recorded at 2SM Elizabeth Theatre.
Dirty Pool Artist Management organised a national tour with support acts Cold Chisel and Icehouse. Live at Apollo Stadium in Adelaide, Festival Hall in Melbourne, Canberra Showgrounds, Marconi Club in Sydney and Motordrome in Newcastle on 23rd November 1979.
On New Year Eve The Angels performed in front of 10,000 people on the steps of the Sydney Opera House. Through the concert a few people started trouble, throwing objects on stage, Chris Bailey was knocked unconscious and hospitalised, Doc Neeson received a few cuts to the head as he tried to help Chris Bailey.
The Band Goes Thru Line-up Changes .......
The Angels signed an international contract as The Angels with Epic / CBS Records and in March 1980 released Face to Face, a compilation of tracks from the Australian Face to Face and No Exit albums, on the Epic label. The Angels were permitted to perform in America as The Angels in 1980. Originally the band were going to release Face To Face as “The Angels” and decided to renamed themselves as “Angel City” to avoid confusion with “Angel” in the USA. Epic deleted the overseas cover, has been replaced by the Australian album as The Angels in 1998.
Albert Productions issued on 10th May 1980 compilation The Angels' Greatest, featuring Australian and international singles, edited version of “Who Rings The Bell” from “The Tour” EP and re-record version of “Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again” from “Out of The Blue” EP. Album reached #5 on Australian chart.
Epic issued on 16th June 1980 album Dark Room, proved to be a more sombre effort but nonetheless gave the band their first domestic number one single in “No Secrets”. For the international release Epic changed the track listing deleting “Alexander” and “I’m Scared” and replacing them with re-recorded versions of “Ivory Stairs” and “Straight Jacket”.
The Angels performed for Nightmoves Concert Night By Run, the song list were “I Ain't The One”, “I'm Scared”, “Face The Day”, “Wasted Sleepless Nights”, “Dark Room”, “No Secrets”, “Shadow Boxer”, “Devil’s Gate”, “Poor Baby” and “Comin' Down” at Melbourne Showgrounds with support act Midnight Oil on 19th June 1980. The Angels and Cheap Trick both bands performed on stage, their did a cover version of “Highway To Hell” in respect of Bon Scott at the Hippodrome, Paris on 8th November 1980.
Graham "Buzz" Bidstrup last recording was Into The Heat and Back On You. Left The Angels and was in demand as a session player. First single was Russia Rocks with The Takeaways in 1980. Drummer for The Party Boys album Live at Several 21st's was producer and drummer for the Numbers album 39.51 and producer from Boys - Inside The Cage and Nathan Cavaleri - Jammin' With The Cats. Soundtracks Heat Wave, Sweet and Sour TV-series. The Angels were supports act for AC/DC for Back In Black Australian Tour with Swanee at Showgrounds in Sydney on 23rd February 1981.
Brett Eccles New Zealander a former member of Space Waltz and Citizen Band replaced Graham “Buzz” Bidstrup on 26th March 1981. Performed for 3RRR FM Radio Concert with special guest Sports and the Little Heroes at Festival Hall in Melbourne. They need raise $100, 000 or facing closure in July.
Epic issued on 24th October 1981 EP Never So Live, quickly notched up sales of 80,000. Doc Neeson lead vocals on “Fashion & Fame” live at The Comb & Cutter, “Talk About You” live at The Astra, “Angel” live at The Manly Vale, Chris Bailey takes lead vocals on “Bad Dream” live at Sylvania Hotel. Liveline tracks “Fashion & Fame” live at Bombay Rock, Melbourne 1983 and“Talk About You” live at Sylvania Hotel, Sydney 1981.
Epic issued on 30th November 1981 album Night Attack, saw the band moving into much heavier musical territory. The album was release on international in 1982 with “Back On You” record that Albert Studios Sydney. Overseas cover has been deleted and replaced with the Australian bonus tracks as The Angels.
American Jim Hilbun took Chris Bailey’s position in time for their next American tour. A first performance with the band was at Fresno California on 8th April 1982. Performed "Living On The Outside" live in the studio of Countdown. Graham “Buzz” Bidstrup was producer for the Boys Inside The Cage album in November 1982.
Chris Bailey (bass), Brent Eccles (drums), Jenny Morris (backing vocals), Sharon O’Neill (keyboards) and Geoff Chunn (guitar, vocals, producer) appeared on “Like Elvis” on album More Hits And Myths in 1982.
On 29th January 1983 the band performed for Narara Music Festival with Zarsoff Bros, Goldrush, Mark Gillespie, Dynamic Hepnotics, Mental As Anything, Radiators, The Church, INXS and Men At Work. Doc Neeson come up with the idea to film this event and Live At Narara, released as 11 tracks, unreleased video clips were not included on the release. Performed “Eat City” at Countdown Music Awards with John Brewster on bass and Jim Hilbun on saxophone.
Epic issued on 2nd May 1983 album Watch The Red, was produced by The Angels and engineered by Andrew Scott and Al Wright. John Brewster takes lead vocals on “No Sleep In Hell". Rick Brewster did a home recording of “Chaplain's Drums" was instrumental track and was later re-recorded as “Easy Prey” with lyrics and appeared on the album. Jim Hilbun wrote "Stand Up" was a top ten in October 1982.
Mushroom issued on 28th November 1984 album Two Minute Warning, was recorded in Los Angeles over a three month period and was produced by Englishman Ashley Howe. The album achieved gold status and includes the favourites “Small Price”, “Sticky Little Bitch” and “Underground”. The international version includes a re-recorded of “Be With You" an edited version on the album. Issued with MCA and was later re-issued with Metal Blade Records on 9th January 1990.
There performed “Small Price”, “Eat City”, “Underground” and “Take A Long Line” for Live Aid Oz Africa was held at the Sydney Entertainment Centre on 12th July 1985. Featuring Men at Work, Australian Crawl, Do Re Mi, Electric Pandas, Rene Geyer, Machinations, Mondo Rock, Dragon, Mental as Anything, INXS, The Models, Party Girls, Goanna, Uncanny X-Men, and I'm Talking to help the starving of Africa. The four hour telethon concert was broadcast on Channel 7, Channel 9 and MTV America during the 12th to 13th July 1985.
Epic issued on 9th November 1985 compilation The Angels' Greatest Vol. II, contains tracks like “Live Lady Live”, “No Secrets”, “Into The Heat”, “Eat City”, “Stand Up” and many more. Shock Records re-title as No Secrets on 25th May 1998.
John Brewster last concert was a double at the Meyer Music Bowel and Palace on 27th January 1986. He joined The Party Boys and formed the Bombers in February. Countdown Music Award for Best Live Act. Bob Spencer a former member of Finch and Skyhooks joins the band on guitar on 26th March 1986. The Angels played with Australian Volleyball Federation all girl team to raised money for scholarship at Canberra Institute of Sports.
Mushroom issued on 29th October 1986 album Howling, was recorded at Rhinoceros Studios, Sydney and was mixed at Wessex Studios, London. Produced by Steve Brown, engineered by Andrew Scott and Al Wright. The album cover was design, photography by Jim Hilbun and Chrystene Carroll. The band recorded a cover version “We Gotta Get Out Of This Place” was a huge hit, the Animals also recorded the song in 1965. It reached the number 3 on Australian album charts.
Jimmy Barnes Freight Train Heart album featured as rhythm guitarists Rick Brewster with Chris Bailey, Neal Schon, Johnny Diesel and Jim Hilbun on these seven tracks. The opening track “Driving Wheels”, rhythm guitarists, Rick Brewster, “Seven Days” bass player Chris Bailey, “Last Frontier” lead guitarists Neal Schon, “I Wanna Get Started With You” lead guitarists Johnny Diesel, “I’m Still On Your Side” lead guitarists Neal Schon, bass player and backing vocals Jim Hilbun, “Lessons In Love” backing vocals Jim Hilbun.
Epic issued in October 1987 EP 4 Play Volume 6, was issued with a cover and second edition without a cover. Jim Hilbun was vote Best Bassist in Juke Magazine Readers Poll 87. Doc Neeson appeared in Rafferty’s Rules Christmas party for the cast and crew of the TV series.
Mushroom issued on 30th December 1987 doubt album Live Line doubt album, spanning ten years of their material and remains to this day as best seller of all time by The Angels. Unforgettable moment was at The Palais, when Doc Neeson kick the quad box and landed on Bob Spencer guitar neck and his wrist, he was taken to hospital and in his replacement was Jimmy Hocking. The tracks were recorded at The Sylvania Hotel, The Astra Hotel, The Manly Vale Hotel and The Comb & Cutter Hotel in August 1981 Bombay Rock, Melbourne and Narara in January 1983. Watch The Red Tour at The Hordern Pavilion in July 1983. The Howling Tour at Bankstown RSL March 1987.
Digitally remastered re-issue of the Australian hard rockers’ 1987 live album, complete with 10 bonus tracks, “Nothin' To Win”, “Night Comes Early”, “Into The Heat”, “Long Night”, “Easy Prey”, “Is That You”, “No Sleep In Hell”, “Talk About You”, “Gonna Leave You” and “I Ain't The One”. Also contains the four bonus tracks from the original release, “Small Price”, “Underground”, “Face The Day”, “Eat City”, for a total of 14 extra cuts and a grand total of 34 tracks! Double jewel case.
The Angels performed for The Live Line Concert Tour 1988 a sell out show and was not filmed. Telegram USA label issued The Angels From Angel City EP, which contains some live tracks from Live Line album. Guns N' Roses recorded “Marseilles” live at Irvine Canada, issued on a Bootleg album Ultra Rare Tracks III.
Chrysalis Records issued on 28th November 1989 album Beyond Salvation, recorded with producer Terry Manning in Memphis. Midway through recording James Morling who played in bands like Rookie and Strewberry Blonde before replacing Jim Hilbun on bassist in November 1989. The American version of the album has different track listing with only 3 tracks from the Australian version included. The remainders are all re-recordings of older songs. Found the band recording for Chrysalis Records, their first effort being Beyond Salvation.
The Angels put in a sterling show at the Earthquake Relief concert in Newcastle alongside Jimmy Barnes, Noiseworks, Midnight Oil, Crowded House, Split Enz, Johnny Diesel And The Injectors on 18th February 1990. Gold plaque (5 x 13 cm.) attached to outside of picture is inscribed “Presented to Newcastle City Council for your contribution to an historic gathering of Australian rock”.
Mushroom issued on 7th June 1990 album Beyond Salvation, gave them their first number one posting in Australia spawning three hit singles in the process and easily attaining platinum status. “Dogs Are Talking” band decided on using the B-side as a showcase for upcoming Australian talent. Bands included were Suze DeMarchi’s Baby Animals, Desert Cats and The Hurricanes. Two of the new tracks “Let The Night Roll On” and “Rhythm Rude Girl” are included fully on the American version whilst are edits on the domestic release.
Mushroom issued on 7th June 1990 album Red Back Fever, issued in a limited edition embossed leather sleeve complete with a 24 page booklet of excerpts from Dr Randolph E.J. Echt's writings from his book. Their performed for Red Back Fever Tour with special guest Judge Mercy plus The Chiorboys and Poor Boys. The album was issued as 2CD Set Red Back Fever / Left Hand Drive, previously released with Red Back Fever by Mushroom in 1992 as a limited edition collection of unreleased versions and B-sides. Promoted the album for two years, including a multi-million dollar government campaign highlighting alcohol related violence. The song “Tear Me Apart” was selected as the theme for Alcohol and Violence Tears You Apart Tour on 10th August 1992.
The Moonshine Jug and String Band reformed and MDS issuedin January 1992 album Rent Party, featuring Doc Neeson, John Brewster, Spencer Tregloan, Pete Thorpe and Rick Brewster. Their performed at Tracks, Coyotes, Old Manly Boathed, Shellarbour Workers Club, Shamrock and Thistle Hotel, Palais. The Angels performed for Steve Gilpin Benefit with Mi-Sex, Mental As Anything at Hordern Pavillion in Sydney.
The Angels performed “Tear Me Apart” and “City Out Of Control” for for The Wizard Of Oz live at The Palace in Los Angeles as The Angels in May 1992. The video had performances from Australian Rock Industry like The Black Sorrows, Beatfish, Deborah Conway, The Poor Boys and Kate Ceberano and exclusive behind the scenes footage and interviews.
Albert Production issued on 19th August 1992 compilation Their Finest Hour and Then Some, with tracks information by John Brewster. Re-issued on 1st August 2008 with four bonus material “Open That Door” (New Track), “Who Rings The Bell” (Studio), “Whitest Lady”, “Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again” (Original Single) and new CD cover.
Stravinskyi issued CD EP Shelved, saw the release to radio in America of the only product to be released there under the name The Angels. CD EP, limited to 1,000 copies, was made up of tracks from the “Howling” sessions declined by MCA on 30th October 1992. Andy Scott & The Sweet recorded “Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again” in 1992.
The Angels Welcome Back ........
John Brewster and Jim Hilbun returned to as James Morley and Bob Spencer were ousted in January 1993. Peter Ledger who designed the album cover for Fact To Face, died in car accident on 18th November 1994. Mushroom issued on 3rd December 1994 compilation Evidence, was a greatest hit collection. The two new tracks were “Turn It On” and “Don’t Need Mercy”, issued as singles. Produced by The Angels and Pierre Baroni was art direction, photograph, and album cover design. Their gave acknowledgement to Graham “Buzz” Bidstrup, Chris Bailey, Bob Spencer and James Morley for their artful performances and creative input.
Mushroom issued in April 1995 EP The Hard Evidence Tour, to celebrated the return
of John Brewster and Jim Hilbun was a sell-out and the EP was sold out at the shows and follow by The Barbed Wire Ball a national tour featured with the Screaming Jets and The Poor. Great White live album Stage featured “Face the Day” and “Can't Shake It” on 30th January 1996. The Angels issued a self financed single “Call that Living” in July 1996 was remixed by Rick Brewster and only sold at gigs.
An acoustic “Lounge Lizards” tour of Australia in mid 1997 had guest appearances from Ross Wilson and Angry Anderson. Mushroom Records issued three live videos Live At Narara, Beyond Salvation Live and From All Angels.
The Angels signed world wide deal they can release albums as THE ANGELS official statement from record company from Australia, USA, Canada, Europe to Shock Records Australian largest strongest independent record company on 30th September 1997.
The Angels performed for The Lounge Lizard Tour with Angry Anderson and Ross Wilson. The show was two hour Raw, Powerful Acoustic Rock. Was not a "Farewell Tour" it when so well the band decided to stay on the road. Issued single “Caught In The Night” and receives nationwide airplay and chart success on 13th October 1997. A second single “Northwest Highway” was issued on 23rd February 1998.
Shock Records issued on 2nd March 1998 album Skin And Bones, a wonderful and mostly hard-hitting rock album from the band. Their debut CD single “Caught In The Night”, receives nationwide airplay and chart success. “Call That Living” was limited press only and was sold at gigs. The artwork features photography from Jim Hilbun, which was shot in the remote North West of Australia. Vocals recorded at Denman Lodge and Darling Harbour Studios by Rick Brewster and he produced the album.
Raised money the Hyland Road Youth Centre organised by Triple M performed at Blacktown RSL Club. Performed for “All Hell Broke Loose Tour” with Rose Tattoo. Punk act The Melvins also covered “I Can't Shake It” in September 1998, included with Gearhead Magazine #8.
Inducted The Angels into ARIA Hall Of Fame by Angry Anderson on 20th October 1998. Performed a brief set at the “Concert of the Century” in Melbourne to celebrate Mushroom Records 25th anniversary on 14th November 1998.
Mushroom Records issued on 16th May 1999 compilation The Angels Greatest Hits – Mushroom Years, two CD set, to celebrate their induction into ARIA Hall of Fame. Bob Spencer joined Baker Brothers and performed at Blue Heeler Bar in Darwin. Doc Neeson performed for Tour Of Duty Concert held at the stadium in Dili for the Australian troops the INTERFET soldiers were not able to attended the concert. Australian troops. Doc Neeson organised it with performers John Farnham, The Living End, Gina Jeffreys, James Blundell, Kylie Minogue, Royal Military College Big Band and hosted by Roy Slaven and HG Nelson.
On 26th December 1999 The Angels performed “After The Rain”, “Take A Long Line”, “Face The Day”, “Be With You” and “Marseilles” in Studio 22. Clinton Walker, who wrote Bon Scott Highway To Hell and Stranded Independent Music, hosted the show. The Angels appeared in movie “Holy Smoke” and sang “Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again”. International Soundtrack included “I Put a Spell on You” on Australian Soundtrack included “Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again” and “I Put a Spell on You” by The Angels.
The Angels performed their last ever concert at the MGM Grand Darwin Millennium Concert New Years’ Eve in December 1999. By 2000 it was revealed that Doc Neeson was seriously ill, having suffered a major car accident that left him with neck and spinal injuries, and The Angels schedule was put on hold.
John Brewster took over as lead vocalist as The Angels. Grinspoon recorded “Take A Long Line” for the movie “Sample People” Soundtrack on 11th May 2000. Doc Neeson was awarded the National Service Medal and the Australian Defence Medal in October.
Doc Neeson performed at the Tour of Duty Encore! concert at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra on 3rd February 2001. The Angels reformed as Members of The Angels for Ted Mulry Benefit Concerts on 9th March 2001 with the Brewster brothers John, Rick, Graham “Buzz” Bidstrup, Chris Bailey and Jim Hilbun on lead vocals.
Doc Neeson preformed at Blue Mountains Bushfire Benefit Concert at at Glenbrook Park. Performed for Victims Of The Bali Tragedy with John on lead vocals in January 2002. Jim Hilbun design album cover Pain which includes posters and merchandise for Rose Tattoo. He appeared in movie Garage Days as Chief Roadie.
Shock Records issued The Complete Sessions 1980-1983 on 6th June 2002, a four CD box set collection of Dark Room, Night Attack, Watch The Red and The Blow each with bonus tracks including rare B-sides, demos, live tracks and previously unreleased material.
The Brewster Brothers performed for Concert for the Canberra Fire Relief Fund on 16th February 2003. Featuring Ian Moss, The Brewster Brothers, King Bros, Darren Jack Band, Ray Beadle & The Vipers, The Bellhops, Smokin' George, The Blues Cowgirls (ACT), Kerry Sweeney & The Upstagers, Midnight Ramblers, Corrydors, Lemon Squeezin' Daddies, Adam Pringle, Dave Hooper & The Hombres, Fresh Evidence, Finn, Van Veen Trio (ACT), Ghost Road (Pt Macquarie), Jenny Marie Lang, Leffler & Gahagan, Sidewalk Shuffle, Taildraggers, Dave Tice & Mark Evans, Terry Neimeier & Angie Currington, The Business (ACT), The Groove Kings (ACT), The Raging Dukes, The Seventh Sons (ACT) and Rynsardt.
Blue Tongue Records issued EP Any Day Live EP, a four track limited edition. Brent Eccles attended Famous for Sixteen Minutes in New Zealand. Doc Neeson's Angels featuring Jim Hilbun (ex-The Angels), Peter Clarke (The Ranch), David Lowy (Rockets) Allan Mansfield and Peter Northcote (former members of Dragon). The success of this reunion and the strength of John’s vocals encouraged the band to embrace both their music and heritage and continue as a 4-piece, playing the songs in which John, Rick, Chris and Graham in December 2003.
Los Angeles Hard Rockers L.A. Guns cut a rendition of “Marseilles” from their “Rip The Covers Off” album on 27th April 2004 released with Shrapnel Records. Reg Reagan first single “Am I Ever Going To See The Biff Again” version of The Angels “Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again” on 26th June 2004. The Knucklemen featuring John Brewster from The Angels, Kevin Borich on guitars, Paul DeMarco from Rose Tattoo on drums and Paul Christie from Mondo Rock and The Party Boys fame on bass. Brett Eccles attended Music Managers' Forum August Seminars from 2 to 5 August in New Zealand.
Doc Neeson formed Red Phoenix and released a self-title album Red Phoenix was Recorded at Compass Point Studios. The album contains 16 tracks and their singles “Lonely With You” and “Wavelength”. Featuring Doc Neeson on vocals, David Lowy and Peter Northcote on guitars, Jim Hilbun on bass, and Fab Omodei on drums.
Performed for Pete Wells Rock ’n’ Roll Outlaw Benefit Show was held at the Enmore Theatre on 7th September 2005, featuring Rose Tattoo, Billy Thorpe (MD), Diesel, Jon Stevens with Noiseworks, Tim Gaze (Tamam Shud / Ariel), Dave Tice (Buffalo), Chris Turner (Buffalo), Tim Rogers, Killing Heidi, Ian Moss, The Radiators and Sarah McLeod with more announcements to be made.
Australian Post issued Rock Posters The Stamps, poster advertising a LaTrobe University Union night in 1979 shows Angels singer Doc Neeson from the back with Sports, Paul Kelly on 12th September 2006. Leanne Kingwell recorded “Be With You" was released on 13th November 2006.
A Canadian band Dust Rhinos recorded “Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face” features on album The Second Set on 15th January 2007. Consists of fiddles, mandolins and something called a bodhran.
Over 10,000 AC/DC fans gathered at Claremont Showground for a Bon Scott tribute concert on 25th February 2007. Music was provided by The Angels alongside Rose Tattoo and Screaming Jets provided music. Liberation issued Wasted Sleepless Night - Definitive Greatest Hits compilation on 2nd June 2007. Featuring 20 classic songs from one of the hardest working bands in Australian music history.
Liberation issued on 4th June 2007 DVD Wasted Sleepless Nights - The Definitive Greatest Hits, this is the ultimate The Angels collection, featuring 39 of the band's classic clips all on one. The DVD includes never before released footage of The Angels at The Melbourne Music Show in 1988, and a number of tracks recorded live for ABC’s Studio 22 in 1999.
Liberation issued on 27th August 2007 2 DVD Live at Narara / Beyond Salvation Live, special edition. Disc One is Live at Narara was Australia's highest selling music video release for many years, and the DVD release is sure to be a hit. Their legendary concert from Narara on Australia Day in 1983 has never been on DVD. Disc Two is Beyond Salvation Live, recorded live on the band's Beyond Salvation Tour in 1990. DVD set features the band in full flight performing all their biggest hits, and features 5.1 sound and a newly recorded audio commentary by Doc Neeson..
Doc Neeson performed part of the “Tour de Force” of Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait, supporting the Australian Troops. Major General Mark Evans, the Commander of Australian forces in the Middle East, presents Doc Neeson with two medals recognising his previous service in the Australian Army on 30th October 2007.
The Angels Reunite ........
The Angels decided to reform with the original line-up of Doc Neeson, John Brewster, Rick Brewster, Chris Bailey and Graham “Buzz” Bidstrup on 18th April 2008.
John Brewster once was a member of The Party Boys, Wayne Jury, Angry Anderson Band and Double Trouble. Formed The Bombers and The Fallen Angels (featured John Brewster, Jim Hilbun, Chris Bailey, Graham “Buzz” Bidstrup and Steve Crofts). Chris Bailey Member of The Stetsons, Jimmy Barnes Band, Duffhead, Dave Steel Band. Graham "Buzz" Bidstrup recording included Mondo Rock “Chemistry”, Australian Crawl “Reckless”, Richard Clapton “Solidarity”, Cold Chisel “20th Century”, Jimmy Barnes “No Second Prize”. Produced and engineered many tracks for young bands including The Hoodoo Gurus, INXS, The Riptides and The Numbers. Co-founded of The Party Boys in 1982. Soundtracks he produced Heat Wave, Star Struck, Greetings from Wollongong, Sweet and Sour TV-series and River Murray TV documentary.
The Angels performed for Golden Stave Foundation 30th Anniversary Charity Lunchon and raised $700,000 on the day for children’s charities, held at Hordern Pavilion in Sydney on 27 June 2008.
The Angels performed “Take A Long Line” on The Footy Show. Doc Neeson official cleared false statement by the media, that was gossip on 19th June 2008. Performed for Golden Stave Foundation’s 30th Anniversary Charity Luncheon at the Hordern Pavilion. Raised a total of $700,000 on the day for children's charities on 27th June 2008.
Due to overwhelming public demand The Angels are proud to announce they’re hitting the road once again on the Night Attack Tour on 15th September 2008. After selling out the entire run of Face to Face anniversary concerts earlier this year, The Angels with support act Hell City Glamours will tour Australia throughout October, November and December.
John Brewster, Doc Neeson and Rick Brewster were inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame on 9th September 2008 in Sydney. SBS screen a documentary No Way, Get F*#ked F*#k Off! as the reunited band prepare to embark on their Night Attack Tour on 11th October 2008. Released on DVD that features band rehearsals, band meetings, backstage, dressing rooms, as the five original members of The Angels on 3rd November 2008.
The Angels performed for A Day On The Green Concert at Rochford Winery Yarra Valley. Features Hoodoo Gurus, Mark Seymour, Richard Clapton. John Brewster has undergone a quintuple heart bypass surgery at Queensland Hospital.
MGM Distribution issued on 16th January 2009 album Wounded Healer, is the definitive Brewster Brothers was re-worked, re-arranged and re-recorded songs from their back catalogue with some new songs.
The Angels performed for MAX Session in the Sand in front of tens of thousands of fans, the notorious rockers spectacularly closed this year’s St Kilda Festival, playing all of their biggest hits on 7th March 2009.
Australian rock legends took the stage for Australian Monsters Of Rock on Anzac Day at Enmore Theatre in Sydney, Australia on 25th April 2009. Featuring raw thunder of bands like The Angels, Rose Tattoo and The Screaming Jets.
The Angels performed for By Request Concert Series fans get to choose their favourite fifteen songs from the entire Angels catalogue. Their votes along with thousands of others from around Australia will be tallied up and the top songs chosen will comprise The Ultimate Angels Set List.
Symphony Of Angels performs their classic hits with the Adelaide Art Orchestra in an Australian first. The biggest project ever undertaken by this iconic band and will be held at The Festival Theatre in Adelaide. The Angels were honoured by the Lord Mayor of Adelaide.
The Angels Face To Face Tour are heading to Tasmania for the first time since their reunion in 2008. Over the last two years, the band has performed over 100 sold out shows & festivals around the country to over 100,000 fans. They’ve wanted to play concerts in Tasmania for some time now and are looking forward to giving fans a real dose of good old Angels’ rock!
The Angels are excited about their upcoming North Queensland After The Rain Tour dates. Doc Neeson adamantly states, we are here to tell you, we are definitely coming up in August 5, 6, 7 & 8 inclusive and were gonad rock you! The Angels have continued to deliver hard rocking sets for all the fans to lap up. This is the original and the best of The Angels packed tightly into one mighty seventy-five minute set of their greatest hits. Looking forward to the sunshine and some hot gigs. Not going to miss it this time Rick Browser.
Triple M and The Angels are both celebrating Dark Room album Anniversary! Both legends will join forces to create an exclusive double anniversary weekend event. Not only Doc Neeson from The Angels be co-hosting a live on-air celebration with the Triple M listeners, MAX will also join in on the fun by hosting a weekend of The Angels hits and singles. Triple M is back with a vengeance, and The Angels are back on tour, both have promised fans and listeners, Rock ‘n’ Roll will never die!!
The Angels New Look ........
Liberation issued on 3rd June 2011 compilation Greatest Hits Live, edited version of Live Line doubt album 1987. Recorded live at Narara Festival in January 1983, Bombay Rock, Brunswick, Melbourne in 1983, Bankstown RSL March in 1987, The Hordern Pavilion in July 1983 and The Sylvania Hotel 1981.
The Brewster brothers John and Rick drop Doc Neeson, Graham “Buzz” Bidstrup were replaced by Dave Gleeson from Screaming Jets as new lead vocalists and Nick Norton on drums in 2011.
Their first single “Waiting For The Sun” to be released from the bands new album. MMM radio stations around the country have already chosen to add the single to their playlists well before the “Take It To The Streets” album has even hit the shelves.
Rick Brewster in Australian Guitar Magazine's Definitive Top Ten Australian Guitarists of All Time was rated fifth as guitarist on 15th May 2012. Shaun Prescott from the magazine “Guitarist Australia” has presented in their August issue a five page cover article featuring Angels lead guitarist Rick Brewster. Titled “Make The Melody Sing”, the story covers a broad array of Rick’s views on everything from his life in the band, the equipment he uses and the new album sessions, right through to The Angels definitive role in the Aussie Pub Rock scene. It’s a great read, especially if your a musician, and you can find out more about it at your local news stand!
Liberation issued on 31st August 2012 album Take It To The Streets, with their new lead vocalists Dave Gleeson, was recorded at Albert Studios, Sydney. It contains re-recording versions of “Small Price”, “When The Time Come”, “No Sleep In Hell” plus The Browser Brothers version of “Wounded Healer” and Elvis Costello version of “Pump It Up”, It was re-issued 2CD with live versions on 6tht February 2013.
Rick Brewster and Ross Wilson are very proud that Joe Cocker has record their song “I Come In Peace”. Featured on his brand new album “Fire It Up” in 2012. Here in Australia we’ve known for decades that Rick and Ross are in this top eschelon of musical talent but now the rest of the world will get to find out just one more of our secrets.
The Angels 100% features Doc Neeson, Bob Spencer, James Morley, Jim Chillum, Graham “Buzz” Bidstrup. These members have not performed together for long time and rehearsals gave them goose bumps. Doc Neeson was hospitalized with an aggressive brain tumour over the Christmas and New Year period.
David Hasselhoff recorded The Angels song “Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again”, at Lizotte’s Newcastle, Australia in the courtyard of Lambton night club in February. On the recording features Choirboys frontman Mark Gable, The Angels drummer Graham “Buzz” Bidstrup, Baby Animals guitarist Dave Leslie and Ty Penshorn of Newcastle band Little Hornet. David Hasselhoff plans to return to Australia in April for a personal appearances tour and to meet up with Gable, Bidstrip and Leslie to write a new song.
John Brewster son Sam Brewster joined The Angels on bass. Chris Bailey had been suffering with throat cancer and passed away on 4th April 2013, his band mates confirmed on Twitter. A Benefit Concert for Adelaide Salutes Chris Bailey on 17th April 2013, featuring The Angels, Jimmy Barnes, Diesel, Brewster Brothers, Gangajang, Ian Moss, James Reyne, Phil Small, Swanee, Don Walker and Wilbur Wilde.
Musicians and music personalities will be gathering together for Rock For Doc at the Enmore Theatre in Sydney on 15th April 2013, a benefit concert for Doc Neeson. Featuring The Angels (Doc Neeson, Buzz Bidstrup, Jim Hilbun, Bob Spencer and James Morley), Angry Anderson, Baby Animals, Don Walker, Suze De Marchi, Diesel, Diva Demolition, Dragon, Jon English, Mark Gable, David Hasselhoff, Rob Hirst, Jim Moginie, Mi-Sex, The Radiators, Rose Tattoo, Melinda Schneider, Stellar, Jimmy Barnes, Noiseworks, Red Pheonix.
The Angels billed as the headline opener for Suzi Quatro on the Red Hot Summer Tour there’s definitely been a run on ticket sales at these huge outdoor regional shows. During January and February is nine dated tour of Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia and Queensland.
Liberation issued on 17th January 2014 album Talk The Talk, second studio album with Dave Gleeson at the helm. Features ‘Book of Law’ composed by Sam Brewster and Nick Norton. The Brewster Brothers produced and arrange the final product. They are going perform all the new songs at two very special pre-release showcase gigs this week at The Bridge Hotel, Rozelle, NSW.
Liberation issued on 2nd May 2014 2CD compilation 40 Years of Rock – Vol. 1: 40 Greatest Studio Hits and 40 Years of Rock – Vol. 2: 40 Greatest Live Hits. Disc one, features every hit, some groundbreaking album tracks and a few rare gems to round out the package. Disc two, is a three-disc, 40-track collection that cherry picks the band’s expansive stretch of live recordings from their beginnings in the 1970s through to the current day and everything in between.
A True Entertainer ........
Doc Neeson OAM, Co-Founder and Lead Vocalist, The Angels, 1975-1999 and 2008-2012. Formed, Doc Neeson’s Angels, 2003; and Red Phoenix, 2005, releasing a self-titled album. Led and performed with Doc Neeson's Angels on the Tour de Force tour of Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait, supporting the Australian Troops, 2007. Performed at the Tour of Duty Encore! concert, Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 2001. Initiated and performed in the Tour of Duty concert for the InterFET troops in East Timor, 1999. Involved in fundraising concerts for a number of organisations including MS Society of NSW, Storm Aid Wollongong, Newcastle Earthquake Relief, NSW Breast Cancer Institute, Queensland Flood Victims Relief and Miracle Babies Foundation. e.g. from OAM - Governor-General of the Commonwealth
Alberts issued on 20 March 2014 Doc Neeson single, “Walking In The Rain”, his first recording in seven years. Appeard on Australian Story - A Very Good Rascal ABC TV in April. He passed away peacefully today at 7.15am according to a statement released by his friend and publicist Catherine Swinton at 11.30am on Wednesday, 4th June 2014. Was born Bernard Patrick Neeson in Belfast, was delighted to receive an Order of Australia Medal for his services to the music industry last year.