Rose Tattoo
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Introduction ........

Rose Tattoo unleashed a unique blend of punk aggression and rock rebellion when they burst out of the seething Australian scene of the mid seventies. They set out to shock and rock, and there were few more terrifying spectacles on stage than Angry Anderson, their scowling, snarling singer. With his bald head glistening under the spotlights and a mass of garish tattoos covering his rippling muscles, Anderson embodied the living, breathing sprit of bad boy rock ‘n’ roll.

A gritty singer and uncompromising lyricist, he fronted one of the most dynamic ‘people’s bands’ to emerge from Australia’s musical melting pot. During a ten year Rose Tattoo revolved from Sydney bikers’ band to influential rock phenomenon. They were seen as frontrunners of the Los Angeles Glam band movement and inspired Guns N‘ Roses during their meteoric rise to fame.

Rose Tattoo began as dark, brooding vision conjured up by Peter Wells, the imposing figure who had played bass with Sydney punks, Buffalo. What to create was the loudest most aggressive rock ‘n’ roll outfit the planet had ever seen. Inspired by Ry Cooder’s work with Frank Zappa associate, Captain Beefheart, Peter switched to slide guitar and set about forging a brutal, slashing style. This move created a vacancy in his monster band vision for a bass player and Ian Rilen was drafted. Gary “Angry” Anderson first made an impact as the honorary leader of raw Melbourne blues rock band Buster Brown on drums Phil Rudd and bass player Geordie Leach. It was Buffalo bass player Peter Wells who in 1976 decided to form the band that became Rose Tattoo, decided on their style of boogie and blues music, and their street look, united by their tattooed bodies. Soon after the band was formed Ian Rilen of Band Of Light joined on bass to allow Peter to switch to slide guitar. The line-up fell into place with Gary “Angry” Anderson and bass player Geordie Leach, from Melbourne’s Buster Brown. Mick Cook was looking for a band Peter was working on, after Angry’s recruit with another Melbourne Dallas “Digger” Royal on drums.

The band’s first gig debut on New Years Eve 1976 at Sydney’s Bondi Lifesaver and it wasn’t just the volume and aggression that drew attention. Pub owners were terrified that booking the band would just invite rioting and violence. For sometime their only haunts in Sydney were the Bondi Lifesaver and Chequers. Like AC/DC they struggled in the beginning, had to earn audiences’ respect before they were accepted. Bon Scott and Angus Young regularly joined the band on stage, and it was Bon Scott who recommended that the band be signed to their label, Alberts in 1976. By the end of 1977 had been captured on vinyl by Vanda and Young. ‘Bad Boy For Love’, example of pair’s ability to tease nascent hooks from Rose Tattoo’s heavy thunder. The B-side was ‘Snow Queen’, equal carnally to anything from the pen of Bon Scott. The track was made available on CD with the release of Nice Boys Don’t Play Rock ‘N’ Roll CD. Both songs were written by bass player Ian Rilen and were produced by Harry Vanda and George Young. Rose Tattoo song ‘Bad Boy For Love’ reached #19 on Australian Single Charts in late 1977.

Self titled debut album Rose Tattoo released on November 18, 1978 by Albert Productions. It remains one of the classic Australian rock albums. Heavy on the aggression and atmosphere this album brims with street anthems like ‘Bad Boy For Love’, ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Outlaw’ and ‘Remedy’. Rose Tattoo stands as on of the most revered Australian hard rock bands of all time and an international reputation on the heavy metal circuit. Guns N’ Roses later recorded the album Nice Boys and subsequent singles were Rock ‘n’ Roll Outlaw and One Of The Boys which got the band banned on Countdown programmed after Angry Anderson and Mick Cocks “kissed” during the song (they were in fact swapping chewing gum). A version of The Kinks ‘You Really Got Hold On Me’ was recorded and remain unreleased. In Europe and UK the album was re-title as Rock ‘N’ Roll Outlaw.

Various Artists album Canned Rock by Albert Productions, features two live versions of ‘Bad Boy For Love’ and ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Outlaws’ on the release. Geordie Leach had been recruited to consolidate the line-up with Angry Anderson. The album re-issued on September 20, 1990, with eight bonus tracks, six of which are previously unreleased.

In 1979, Mick Cocks and Geordie Leach took leave of absence and the band continued on as four piece with guitar godfather and early seventies’ leader of Melbourne’s infamous Coloured Balls, Lobby Loyde. He briefly joining Rose Tattoo as a bass player and released a single, Release Legalise with Independent label Repeal there misspelt both Dallas “Digger” Royal and Lobby Loyde name.

Second album Assault And Battery released on January 01, 1981 by Albert Productions. It reached #1 on the UK Heavy Metal Charts. It also produced 2 big singles ‘Out Of This Place’ and ‘Manzil Madness’. The album was produced by Venda Young produced the album and featuring 10 tracks of hard edged street rock. Rose Tattoo’s European live debut was with Rainbow in 1981, and that year the band went down a storm on their debut UK festival appearance at the Reading Rock Festival. After which guitarists Michael Cocks left to be replaced by Robin Riley.

Axl Rose “LA and you see Guns N’ Roses and Motley Crue doing the whole tattoo business and ripping them (Rose Tattoo) off completely. They (Guns N’ Roses) even did one of their songs in their set, ‘Nice Boys (Don’t Play Rock ‘N’ Roll)’

The track ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Outlaw’ was covered in 1981 by American rock vocalist Helen Schneider under the title of ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Gypsy’ and went on to become a world wide hit, while ‘Nice Boys (Don’t Play Rock ‘N’ Roll)’ was later covered by Guns N’ Roses on their debut EP Live?!*@ Like a Suicide. The song was performed live at Sydney Entertainment Centre on December 17, 1988 on their Australian tour Welcome To The Jungle. The song would later be recorded as studio version and appeared on album G N’ R Lies in 1988 and Germany compilation album Make My Day in 1991.

In the early eighties the band came to live and work in London for a while. Then in December 1982 Rose Tattoo embarked on a five week US tour supporting Aerosmith and Pat Travers. In the early eighties the band came to live and work in London for a while. Then in December 1982 Rose Tattoo embarked on a five week USA tour supporting Aerosmith and Pat Travers. American fans found Rose Tattoo a somewhat frightening, alien spectacle. Many mistook them for English skinheads, and wondered if their mass of garish tattoos were real. They were taken aback at the sight of Angry Anderson shouting at them about working class heroes and villains. In Britain audiences were more receptive and one of the band’s proudest moments came when Rose Tattoo was voted Best New Band Of 1981 by readers of Kerrang.

Third album Scarred For Life released on June 01, 1982 by Albert Productions. Produced 3 singles and peaked at #14 on the Australian National charts in 1982. The band went on a three month tour of the USA, which took in support dates for the likes of Aerosmith and ZZ Top meanwhile Scarred For Life went on to sell 70,000 copies. Robin Riley wrote four of the songs on ‘Scarred For Life’ the title track, ‘We Can’t Be Beaten’ also UK single, ‘Branded’ and ‘It’s Gonna Work Itself Out’.

Line-Up Changes ........

Rose Tattoo performed for Narara Music Festival on January 30, 1983 with Mighty Guys, Uncanny X-Men, Allniters, Jo Jo Zep, Dragon, Mi-Sex, Goanna, Richard Clapton, Cold Chisel and Rose Tattoo.

Pete Wells, Dallas Royal and Robin Riley departed the band in early 1983. The line-up was Angry Anderson (lead vocals), Geordie Leach (bass), Gregg Jordan (guitar), John Meyer (guitar) and Robert Bowron (drums) for a tour with Choirboys and The Angels hit the road for East Coast tour in June 1983.

Scatted Aces were basically a heavy rock group formed in mid 1983. Slide guitar Pete Wells and guitar, vocals Chris Turner were former members of the Buffalo and have both performed with Rose Tattoo. Bass player Ronnie Peel adopted stage name Rockwell T. James a former members of One Ton Gypsy, La De Das. Drummer Fred Zeppelin real name is Paul DeMarco was recruit to the band. Mini album Six Pack and single ‘C’mon Everybody’ originally by Eddie Cochran.

Fourth album Southern Stars released on October 10, 1984 by Albert Productions. ‘Southern Stars’ is the constellation that you see on the flag and it means everything that’s Australian to Australians. The album was essentially made Angry Anderson and Geordie Leach, together with Gregg Jordan (guitar), John Meyer (guitar) and Scott Johnston (drums). Including the Australian hit single ‘I Wish’, finds the band moving in a more AOR style. However, the 10 featured tracks lack none of the bands customary bite, on ‘Saturday’s Rage’ in particular, they more than actually capture the cross between Hard Rock and Metal. Southern Stars CD music contains a single disc with 10 songs.

During 1984 to 1985 Angry Anderson put the band on hold while he appeared in the film “Bullamakanka” and took on the role of Ironbar Bassey in the “Mad Max” movies. He’d also become a TV personality, accepting the midday Ray Martin Show invitation to appear in segments about ‘youth’ issues.

Pete Wells formed Illustrated Men in November 1984. Featured former members of Rose Tattoo with Ian Rilen (vocals), Mick Cocks (guitar), Georgie Leach (bass) and Dallas Royal (drums). The band style of music was loud that shake the function of rock ‘n’ roll and performed most of Ian Rilen songs and of course ‘Bad Boy For Love’ Rose Tattoo classic. Illustrated Men would later disband after Pete Wells join Lucy Desoto Band in 1985.

Compilation A Decade of Rock released on March 29, 1986 by Albert Productions. All tracks recorded at Albert Studios, Sydney, Australia. The cover, which includes a pictorial liner notes sleeve. This release has the incredible vocal of Angry Anderson with wicked slide guitar work from Pete Wells. This compilation features ‘Southern Stars’, ‘Death Or Glory’, ‘I Wish’ and ‘No Secrets’ Rose Tattoo classics tracks. Engineers by Sam Horsburgh Jnr, Colin Freeman, Bruce Brown and was produced by Vanda & Young.

Fifth album Beats From A Single Drum released on November 22, 1986 by Mushroom. Contributions to the album were Tim Gaze, Andy Cichon and Scott Johnson and additional help from Stewart Fraser and Michael Caruana. In UK it was issued as Angry Anderson first solo album with different cover and replaced ‘Michael O’Reilly’ with ‘Born To Be Wild’ with a picture sleeve in 1989. Recorded at Rhinoceros Studios, engineered by Alan Wright and produced by Kevin Beamish.

Scott Robinson and Charlene Mitchell wedding was a phenomenal success for Neighbours. The church scenes were filmed at the Holy Trinty Church in Doncaster and were shown Network Ten on July 01, 1987. The wedding theme, ‘Suddenly’ sung by Angry Anderson. After the wedding episode aired, ‘Suddenly’ a wonderful piano ballad released on July 11, 1978 by Mushroom. Provided the love ballad for lead singer Angry Anderson. The great-illustrated man of Australian rock of Rose Tattoo, it made reached #2 on the national singles charts.

The show was sold out at Whiskey Au Go Go in Los Angeles and audience were treated to a memorable encore, when Doc Neeson and Axl Rose from Guns N’ Roses, joined Angry Anderson at the microphone for a spirited version of ‘Nice Boys (Don’t Play Rock ‘N’ Roll)’.

Dallas Royall pass within eight months of cancer in 1989. Free of drug problems by then he was hospital and had tests on his ulcers, found out they were tumours. After years of struggle with heroin addiction and alcoholism and the band took the chance to stay together for a successful pub tour of Australia.

The Benefit Concert For Steve Gilpin some of the biggest names in Australian rock coming together to morn their friend Steve Gilpin in the best way they know how. In six hours there were 6,000 people crammed inside the Hordern Pavilion. It had an incredible line-up The Radiators, Shauna Jensen, Gangajang, James Reyne, Mental As Anything, Midnight Oil, Don Walker, Chris Bailey, The Angels, Angry Anderson, Kevin Borich, Sawanee, John Brewster, Gyan, Austen Tayshus, Marc Hunter, Mark Williams, Jenny Morris, Alex Smith, Matt Moffat, Jimmy Barnes, Dave Bobbyn, Buzz Bidstrup and the re-formed Mi-Sex.

Compilation Angry Metal: 20 Great Tracks released on February 10, 1993 by Repertoire Records. Greatest hits with 20 tracks from one of Australia’s finest Rock exports. Includes Tatts classics like ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Outlaw’, ‘One Of The Boys’, ‘Scarred For Life’ and ‘Southern Stars’ all of which make this a great Rose Tattoo collection.

Rose Tattoo were persuaded to reunite to support Guns N’ Roses on their tour of New Zealand and Australia in February 1993, plus a small tour of their own. The original line-up sadly without drummer Dallas ‘Digger’ Royall, who had died in 1989.

Guns N’ Roses came back to Australia only for two big concerts in Sydney and Melbourne, they asked Rose Tattoo, one of their all time favourite hard rock bands to reform and support them. Australians love the Tatts, and their place in the pantheon of Australian rock legends is assured. Many consider them born to be wild hard rock gods. The Tatts took the chance to stay together for a successful pub tour of Australia. The band played again together with Billy Thorpe in Brisbane at the former Boggo Road Goal in July. Then the Tatts were inactive again for several years.

VHS Rose Tattoo Live In 1993 From Boggo Road Jail released on July 31, 1993 by Warner Vision. The original line-up of Angry Anderson, Peter Wells, Geordie Leech and Mick Cocks reunited to celebrate the closing of the jail alongside the Divinyls and Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs. Umbrella Entertainment released the video on DVD on March 03, 2003. The band deliver a thumping set of all their big hits including ‘Out of This Place’, ‘Bad Boy For Love’, ‘Assault & Battery’, ‘Tramp’, ‘The Butcher & Fast Eddy’, ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Is King’, ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Outlaw’, ‘One Of The Boys’, ‘Nice Boys’, ‘Going Down’ and the Rolling Stones classic ‘Street Fighting Man’. The original line-up of Angry Anderson, Peter Wells, Geordie Leech and Mick Cocks reunited to celebrate the closing of the jail alongside the Divinyls and Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs.

Blood Brothers ........

Angry Anderson toured with The Angels and Ross Wilson on The Lounge Lizard Tour on May 13, 1997, the show was two hour Raw, Powerful Acoustic Rock. The Angels song ‘Love Takes Care’ featured Doc Neeson (acoustic guitar, vocals), Ross Wilson (percussion, vocals), Brent Eccles (percussion, vocals), John Brewster (acoustic guitar, vocals), Rick Brewster (acoustic guitar, vocals), Jim Hilbun (acoustic guitar, vocals) and Angry Anderson (drums). He sang Rose Tattoo classic stand songs and same solo song like ‘Suddenly’ was the closer song.

Compilation Never Too Loud 2CD released on July 21, 1997 by Repertoire Records. The only definitive anthology 37 superbly remastered singles, album tracks and b-sides. Includes liner notes by Angry Anderson tells the full fascinating, story of Rose Tattoo to Chris Welch in the accompanying booklet. Produced by Vanda Young memorable tracks from the Tatts, including ‘Nice Boys (Don’t Play Rock ‘N’ Roll)’, ‘The Butcher And Fast Eddy’, ‘One Of The Boys’ and ‘We Can’t Be Beaten’ together with rare live recordings from the BBC archives. Two CDs in a slimline jewel case and housed in a slipcase.

Angry Anderson inducted the Angels into ARIA Hall Of Fame on October 20, 1998. The Angels and Rose Tattoo released special collectable CDs and both bands performed for ‘All Hell Broke Loose Tour’ on July 03 to August 16, 1998. After the experience of The Lounge Lizard Tour. Line-up was Angry Anderson, Peter Wells, Mick Cocks original bass player Ian Rilen and new drummer Paul DeMarco. Geordie Leach replaced Ian Rilan on August 01, 1999.

Double disc live set 25 To Life released on November 28, 2000 by Steamhammer. Recorded live at Wacken, Brackel, Germany and was distributed through SPV Records in Europe. Includes liner notes by Murray Engleheart. Engineer Hans Steffen and Malcolm Devenish. Audio Mixers Nikolo Kotzev, Rainer Hansel. Rainer Hansel produced the album.

Rose Tattoo performed for Ted Mulry Gang Benefit Concert on March 10, 2001 at City Live Night Club, Sydney’s Fox Studios. The band toured the UK for the first time in 18 years and was rewarded with an exceptional KKKKK live review in Kerrang on June 16, 2001.

Rocker and activist Angry Anderson will lead The Damn Fine Band at a charity concert on April 07, 2001, at Club Nova Newcastle. Three other Sydney hard rock bands will play, including Black Label, Ghost Road and the Bellhops. Proceeds of the evening will go to the now independent Newcastle Volunteer Centre, who provide volunteers to groups such as the Stockton Centre, City Mission, The Samaritans and the Volunteer Coastguard. Volunteer centre spokesman Alan Metcalf said it was in dire need of support since government funding to the organisation ceased last year.

Album Pete Wells / Angry Anderson & The Damn Fine Band on October 01, 2001 by Big Rock. The founding members of Rose Tattoo have come together once more to kick out some of the finest blues rock jams and were recorded live at Damien Gerards. Their stomping blues covers packed out the venues and as a result of their success a CD was released later in the year, which sold heavily.

Jim Hilbun “words yeah, the boys are still going strong. I think they’re still tossing around ideas for the cover but it should be happening soon”

Sixth album Pain released on June 23, 2002 by Steamhammer. Is almost sixty minutes of brilliant, pure, undiluted, unadulterated hard rocking bluesy metal. First studio in 18 years with 16 tracks like ‘Black Magic’, ‘House Of Pain’, ‘Satan’s Eyes’ and ‘Illustrated Man’ was recorded at Karo Studio Brachel, Germany and released with SPV Records. Singer Angry Anderson and slide guitar demon Peter Wells still front the band as they pound through blistering tunes teeming with full throttle vocals and explosive guitar licks. Australian hard rock band, whose sound is a mix of blues rock influences. You’ll have a fair idea about the sound of Pain was producer by Rainer Hansel. Jim Hilbun design album cover Pain that includes posters and merchandise for Rose Tattoo. SPV re-issued on April 27, 2009 UK Deluxe Edition 2 LP vinyl record set.

The band was co-headline for Rock and Blues Festival with Doro Pesch on July 27, 2002 in Derby. Rose Tattoo were a bunch of Aussie headcases who wrote true classics, often covered to this day, like ‘Nice Boys (Don’t Play Rock ‘N’ Roll)’and ‘Rock ‘‘N’ Roll Outlaws’ and lived it like they sang it every step of the way. There’s so much soul in that voice as the band swagger through ‘Rock ‘‘N’ Roll Is King’ and ‘One Of The Boys’ that it simply puts everyone else to shame. Doro Pesch female former lead vocalist of 80s and 90s German rockers Warlock. The band confirmed a short notice low key London gig at the Garage on July 29, 2002.

Deep Purple special guest are Rose Tattoo that will support them on their Australian tour and the band first gig on April 26, 2004 at the State Theatre in Sydney.

Ian Rilen & The Love Addicts album Passion Boots & Bruises released on November 30, 2004 by Bang Records. A cross between Keith Richards and Charles Bukowski, an album full of gritty blues based rock, exactly what you would expect from the man who wrote ‘Bad Boy For Love’ and ‘Dirty Degenerate Boy’, Rilen is an unsung National Treasure according to Cold Chisel’s Don Walker. Rilen’s latest incarnation with the Love Addicts is dirty swamp blues rock and Booze To Blame is the first single lifted from the Passion Boots & Bruises album and features CD Single ‘Booze To Blame’, ‘Inside Out’, ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Man’ including a live version of ‘Bad Boy For Love’. Re-issued as deluxe and limited editions in triple cover digipak CD with huge inner booklet, as well as limited edition of 500 thick vinyls with gatefold full colour cover on February 19, 2007.

Pete Wells Rock ‘N’ Roll Outlaw Benefit Show on September 7, 2005 at Enmore Theatre, Sydney. Featuring Rose Tattoo, Billy Thorpe, Diesel, Sarah McLeod, Noiseworks, Tim Gaze (Taman Shud/Ariel), Dave Tice and Chris Turner (Buffalo), Beasts of Bourbon, Pete Wells All Star Band, Ian Rilen & The Love Addicts, Tex Don & Charlie, Paul Kelly, Tim Rogers & The Temperance Union, Dave Hogan’s Melt Down, The Original Angels Band, Ian Moss and The Radiators. Second gig was held at The Palace, Melbourne on October 9, 2005. Pete Wells founder of Rose Tattoo passed away after a long battle with prostate cancer in March 27, 2006. He was diagnosed with cancer in 2002, had been undergoing treatment, which had caused him to stand aside from touring with Rose Tattoo.

Pete Wells response to Rock ‘n’ Roll Outlaw Benefit Show was typically short and warm “I’m totally overwhelmed by this love and generosity” he said. He’s man of few words is Mr Wells. He prefers to let his guitar do the talking and his snakeskin boots do the walking.

EP Black Eyed Bruiser released on August 03, 2005 by Armageddon, produced and master by Mark Opitz. Recorded at Studio 301 in Sydney, Australia. The opening track is Stevie Wright originally recorded Black Eyed Bruiser, written by Harry Vanda and George Young. Live tracks ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Outlaw’, ‘Remedy’ and ‘Astra Wally’ recorded in Sydney at the Pete Wells Benefit Concert.

Pete Wells & Blues Hangover album Greetings From The Aloha Monkey released on May 29, 2006 by Shock Records. Posthumous from the iconic Australian guitarist, whose passing on March 27, 2006 was deeply felt by the Australian rock and blues communities. Blues Hangover was a part time outfit Peter and his regular music partner, pianist Lucy De Soto, formed a decade ago. This third and final album from the band was recorded in December 2005, just before Peter entered the final stages of the cancer that took his life.

Rose Tattoo performed for Wacken Open Air on August 05, 2006 at Wacken, Germany. The band line-up was Angry Anderson (vocals), Mick Cocks (guitar), Dai Pritchard (slide guitar), Stephen King (bass) and Paul DeMarco (drums).

ARIA Hall Of Fame inducted Divinyls, Icehouse, Daddy Cool, Helen Reddy, Lobby Loyde and Rose Tattoo on August 16, 2006 at Melbourne’s Regent Theatre. Will see Jet pay tribute to Rose Tattoo, and will perform ‘We Can’t Be Beaten’. Australian based New Zealand star Brooke Fraser will perform Helen Reddy’s ‘Delta Dawn’. Divinyls founding members Chrissy Amphlett and Mark McEntee, will take to the stage for the first time in almost 12 years to perform two of their biggest hits, “I Touch Myself” and “Boys in Town” while Daddy Cool will regroup to perform their iconic hits, ‘Eagle Rock’ and ‘Come Back Again’. Iva Davies and Icehouse will perform ‘We Can Get Together’ and ‘Great Southern Land and’ finally, Billy Thorpe And The Sunbury Aztecs will perform a very special musical tribute to Lobby Loyde.

Ian Rilen founding member of Rose Tattoo and X battle with bladder cancer and pass way on October 30, 2006. There had a benefit show which featuring Rose Tattoo, The Hoodoo Gurus, The Beasts of Bourbon, Don Walker and the Suave Fucks and Tim Rogers, Billy Thorpe and Divinyls singer Chrissie Amphlett. His recent band was the Love Addicts had him on vocals and guitar also included a stripped back jazz inspired version of the Rose Tattoo hit Bad Boy For Love.

Rock On ........

Released live album Bon Scott Celebration Concert, recorded in Australia on February 25, 2007 at Claremont Showgrounds. Over 10,000 Rock fans witnessed Bon’s mates and peers pay tribute to him at this very special performance. This live CD contains blistering performances from AC/DC’s mid 70’s label mates, Rose Tattoo and members of the Angels plus an all star Party Boys featuring the original lead singer of AC/DC Dave Evans, Alan Lancaster (Status Quo), original AC/DC bassist Mark Evans, Angry Anderson, Dave Gleeson and Bon’s co lead singer from The Valentines, Vince Lovegrove. A must for all fans of AC/DC and Aussie Rock.

Seventh album Blood Brothers released on February 16, 2007 by Armageddon Music. Rose Tattoo has been at the top of the pile for years. The raw style of blues-rock that the Australians manage to create out of a hot mix of slide guitars, pounding hooks with sharp and tight rhythm along with the unmistakable voice of the front man Angry Anderson. A true rock ‘n’ roll album that mixes traditional and modern styles in a super high quality but is also a tribute to the band members Peter Wells and Ian Rilen who unfortunately recently lost their Lives. Album and DVD Blood Brothers Special Tour Edition released on October 07, 2008 Wacken Records, featured Rose Tattoo Live At Wacken 2006 and Rose Tattoo TV Interview.

Lobby Loyde pass away at Box Hill Hospital after a long battle with lung cancer that eventually spread throughout his body on April 21, 2007. Inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame on August 16, 2006 at the Plaza Ballroom at Melbourne’s Regent Theatre. Born John Baslington Lyde in Longreach, Queensland, in 1941. His mother was a classically trained pianist and his father a jazz trumpeter and as a teenager he joined them in country town performances in outback Queensland. He was a driving force behind the Aztecs, rhythm and blues band the Purple Hearts, Wild Cherries, and he then formed the Coloured Balls and Southern Electric.

Motörhead Australian tour with special guest Rose Tattoo on October 03, 2007 at Convention Centre, Brisbane, QLD. Dai Pritchard does awesome slide guitar on favourite anthems Bad Boy For Love, Rock ‘N’ Roll Outlaw, Assault And Battery and One Of The Boys the crowd show appreciation for their music and finally was Nice Boys (Don’t Play Rock ‘N’ Roll). Rose Tattoo and Motörhead last show was on October 16, 2007 at Challenge Stadium, Perth, WA.

Angry Anderson organised Rock ‘N’ Roll Heaven on December 15, 2007 at WIN Entertainment Centre, Wollongong. Raised money to build Dunn & Lewis Memorial Centre. Included Rose Tattoo, The Radiators, The Screaming Jets, GANGgajang, Choirboys, The Angels Band (John Brewster, Rick Brewster, Chris Bailey and Graham “Buzz” Bidstrup), The Party Boys Kevin Borich, Alan Lancaster (Status Quo), Randall Waller (Shania Twain Band), Paul Christie (Mondo Rock).

Rose Tattoo headline Blood Brothers European Tour 2008 with special guest Havanna Heat Club and Nicki Puppet and ends on July 12, 2008.

Various Artists album A Tribute To Lobby Loyde, Billy Thorpe and Pete Wells released on December 06, 2008 by Bombora Music. Are a stirring reminder of the talent and fraternity of Australian music. To celebrate the lives of outstanding musicians Pete Wells and Lobby Loyde while they were still with us, Billy Thorpe organised two almighty benefit concerts. “Tribute” is the result. This live 11 track CD (with 3 bonus DVD tracks) features Richard Clapton, Brian Cadd, Ian Rilen, Noiseworks, Rose Tattoo, Ian Moss, Russell Morris, Spectrum, Diesel along with Billy and Lobby. Profits from the sale of “Tribute” go to Support Act and the families of Lobby, Pete and Billy.

Mick Cocks concert One Of The Boys on July 24, 2009 at the Enmore Theatre. Well known musicians have come together to support one of their own, Mick Cocks guitarist and founding member of the iconic Australian rock band Rose Tattoo. Artists confirmed for the show are Jimmy Barnes, You Am I, Ian Moss, Rose Tattoo, The Screaming Jets, The Radiators, Mark Gable (Choirboys), Phil Small, Dave Tice and Mark Evans (ex AC/DC), Steve Prestwich, Chris Turner, Lucy DeSoto and Shauna Jensen, Dee DeMarco plus a house super band featuring Randall Waller (Shania Twain Band, guitar), Clayton Doley (keyboards), Dario Bortolin (bass), Paul DeMarco (drums), Theo Katz (drums) and Andy Thompson (Sax Moving Pictures). Mick Cocks lost his battle against liver cancer and secondary tumours in his lungs and passed away today, on December 22, 2009.

Guns N’ Roses will be special guests ZZ Top and Australian rock legends Rose Tattoo on March 09, 12, 13, 17 and 20, 2012. The ground breaking debut album featured classics hits Welcome To The Jungle, Paradise City, and chart toping hit Sweet Child O’ Mine. Guns N’ Roses most recent release, Chinese Democracy in 2008 and debuted at number one in 13 countries. ZZ Top iconography beards, cars, girls, and magic keychain transcend all bounds of geography and language. The band’s latest album La Futura, produced by Rick Rublin and Billy Gibbons is available through Universal Music Australia. Rose Tattoo is touted as the best bar room blues based rock band in world and one of the most revered bands of all time. The lineup features lead vocalist Angry Anderson, Dai Pritchard, Paul DeMarco, Geordie Leach and Randall Waller.

Ian Rilen & The Love Addicts album Family From Cuba released on September 21, 2012 by Phantom Records. The late, great Ian Rilen make the final album recording. The 14 tracks are packaged with a 72 page booklet, giving an insight into the life and times of our original “Rock ‘N’ Rolll Outlaw” and accompanied with incredible photos. His husky voice on each track gives a powerful raw energy with lots of stomping blues. As you listen to ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Man’ in Ian Rilen own words, I play rock ‘n’ roll man for a livin’, as if you couldn’t tell I’m a rock ‘n’ roll man, we’re just doin’ it ’cause we can.

Musicians and music personalities will be gathering together for ‘Rock For Doc’ a benefit concert on April 15, 2013 at the Enmore Theatre in Sydney. 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.

Compilation The Essential Rose Tattoo released on August 23, 2013 by Albert Productions. In the category of cult bands, Rose Tattoo has been at the top of the pile for years. The raw style of blues rock that the Australians manage to create out of a hot mix of slide guitars, pounding hooks with sharp and tight rhythm along with the unmistakable voice of Angry Anderson is what gives fans a welcome feast. 18 classic tracks from Rose Tattoo including ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Outlaw’, ‘Bad Boy For Love’ and ‘We Can’t Be Beaten’ to name a few.

Compilation Tatts: Live In Brunswick released on February 03, 2017 by Golden Robot Records. Is a 14-track album recorded at Melbourne’s Bombay Bicycle Club in Brunswick in 1982 and mastered for loyal fans in 2017. The album goes back thirty five years ago when the Australian pub rock scene was at its peak of live music was everywhere, and so was Rose Tattoo. There became one of Australia’s most revered rock bands of all time, known for their peerless, raw, heavy blues rock, hot mix of slide guitars, and the unmistakable voice of Angry Anderson. Tatts: Live in Brunswick, when rock was king and Rose Tattoo was at its most formidable, with all the might of what’s ahead in 2017.

Rose Tattoo’s upcoming Brisbane and Sydney performances with Guns N’ Roses on February 7, 10 and 11, 2017.


Chris Welch and Aj De Barro inner notes from Never Too Loud, 1997

Muarry Engleheart inner notes from Nice Boys Boys Don’t Rock ‘n’ Roll, 1998

Albert Productions inner notes from Good Times 50 Years, 2014

Re-edited by Tony Senatore


Angry Anderson

Lead Vocalist

1976 –

Dai Pritchard

Slide Guitar

2006 –

Bob Spencer

Rhythm Guitar

2017 –

Mark Evans


2017 –

John ‘Watto’ Watson


2017 –


Andy Cichon

Bass, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals

1984 – 1987

Chris Turner

Bass (2 months)


Dallas ‘Digger’ Royal


1977 – 1983

Geordie Leach

Bass, Vocals

1978 – 1983, 1993 – 1993, 1999

Ian Rilen


1976 – 1977

Lobby Loyde



Michael Vandersluys



Mick Cocks

Rhythm Guitar

1976 – 1980, 1993 – 2005

Neil Smith


1979 – 1980

Paul DeMarco


1993 – 2014

Peter Wells

Slide Guitar, Vocals

1976 – 1983, 1993 – 2005

Rick Mellick



Robert Bowron


1980 – 1981

Robin Riley

Rhythm Guitar

1981 –

Scott Johnson


1984 – 1987

Steve Balbi


1983 – 1987

Steve King


2000 –

Tim Graze

Slide Guitar, Vocals

1984 – 1987

Guitar Tabs

All Hell Broke Loose (Chord)

Album: Scarred For Life (1982)

Word and Music by Angry Anderson, John Paul Young and Warren Morgan

Author by Leeches Suck

Bad Boy For Love

Album: Rose Tattoo (1978)

Composed by Ian Rilen

Tabbed by Geetar Man

Black Eyed Bruiser

Album: Blood Brothers (2007)

Composed by Harry Vanda & George Young

Tabbed by Ruben Meijerink

Its Gonna Work Itself Out

Album: Scarred for Life (1982)

Composed by Angry Anderson and Robin Riley

Tabbed by Not Sure

Nice Boys (Dont Like Rock N Roll) (Intro)

Album: Rose Tattoo (1978)

Composed by Angry Anderson, Mick Cocks, Geordie Leach, Dallas ‘Digger’ Royal and Peter Wells

Tabbed by Geetar Man

Nice Boys (Dont Like Rock N Roll)

Album: Rose Tattoo (1978)

Composed by Angry Anderson, Mick Cocks, Geordie Leach, Dallas ‘Digger’ Royal and Peter Wells

Tabbed by Geetar Man

One Of The Boys

Album: Rose Tattoo (1978)

Composed by Angry Anderson, Mick Cocks, Geordie Leach, Dallas ‘Digger’ Royal and Peter Wells

Tabbed by fishburn

Rock ’N’ Roll Outlaw (Chord)

Album: Rose Tattoo

Word and Music by Rose Tattoo

Author by Leeches Suck

Scarred For Life

Album: Scarred For Life (1982)

Composed by Angry Anderson, Robin Riley and Dallas “Digger” Royal

Author by allfooie

The Butcher And Fast Eddy

Album: Rose Tattoo (1978)

Composed by Rose Tattoo

Tabbed by Mat Mac

We Cant Be Beaten

Album: Scarred For Life (1982)

Composed by Angry Anderson and Robin Riley

Author by Leeches Suck

Rose Tattoo

Release : November 18, 1978

Label : Albert Productions

Catalogue : APLP.032

Assault And Battery

Release : January 01, 1981

Label : Albert Productions

Catalogue : APLP.049

Scarred For Life

Release : June 01, 1982

Label : Albert Productions

Catalogue : APLP.056

Southern Stars

Release : October 10, 1984

Label : Albert Productions

Catalogue : APLP.431063

A Decade of Rock

Release : March 29, 1986

Label : Albert Productions

Catalogue : APLP.431067

Beats From A Single Drum

Release : November 22, 1986

Label : Mushroom

Catalogue : RML 53217

Angry Metal : 20 Great Tracks

Release : February 10, 1993

Label : Repertoire Records

Catalogue : REP 4309-WG

Never Too Loud

Release : July 21, 1997

Label : Repertoire Records

Catalogue : REP 4601-WG

Nice Boys Don't Play Rock 'N' Roll

Release : July 14, 1998

Label : Albert Productions

Catalogue : 828768882

25 To Life

Release : November 28, 2000

Label : Steamhammer

Catalogue : SPV 089-72091


Release : June 23, 2002

Label : Steamhammer

Catalogue : SPV 085-74212

Blood Brothers

Release : February 16, 2007

Label : Armageddon Music

Catalogue : AMG 059-2

The Essential Rose Tattoo

Release : August 23, 2013

Label : Albert Productions

Catalogue : 88883774882

Tatts: Live In Brunswick

Release : February 03, 2017

Label : Golden Robot Records

Catalogue : GOLDRR011


A : Bad Boy For Love

B : Snow Queen

Label : Albert Productions

Catalogue : AP-11560

Release : 25 October 1977

A : Rock ‘N’ Roll Outlaw

B : Remedy

Country : Australia

Label : Albert Productions

Catalogue : AP-11772

Release : 14 August 1978

A : One Of The Boys

B : T.V.

Country : Australia

Label : Albert Productions

Catalogue : AP-11824

Released : 18 November 1978

A : Rock ‘N’ Roll Is King

B : I Had You First

Release : September 05, 1978

Label : Albert Productions

Catalogue : AP-542

Released : 05 September 1981

A1 : Assault And Battery

A2 : Astra Wally

B1: One Of The Boys

B2 : Manzil Madnes

Country : UK

Label : Carrere

Catalogue : CAR 220

Released : 18 Dec 1981

Format : Double Pack

A : We Can’t Be Beaten

B : Fightin’ Sons

Country : Australia

Label : Albert Productions

Catalogue : AP-854

Released : 20 November 1982

A : Branded

B : Dead Set

Country : Australia

Label : Albert Productions

Catalogue : AP-898

Released : 30 April 1983

A : It Will Work Itself Out

B : Sydney Girls

Country : Australia

Label : Albert Productions

Catalogue : AP-1007

Released : 22 June 1983

A : I Wish

B : Wild One

Country : Australia

Label : Albert Productions

Catalogue : AP-1299

Released : 12 September 1984

A : Freedom’s Flame

B : Never Too Loud

Country : Australia

Label : Albert Productions

Catalogue : AP-1384

Released : 22 December 1984

A : No Secrets

B : Let Us Live

Country : Australia

Label : Albert Productions

Catalogue : AP-1444

Released : 13 March 1985

A : Born To Be Wild

B : Sun’s Gonna Shine

Country : Australia

Label : Mushroom

Catalogue : K-9837

Released : 21 November 1985

A : Calling

B : Win At Any Cost

Country : Australia

Label : Mushroom

Catalogue : K-66

Released : 03 September 1986

A : Get It Right

B : Michael O’Reilly

Country : Australia

Label : Mushroom

Catalogue : K-187

Released : 14 December 1986

A : Falling

B : Winnie Mandela

Country : Australia

Label : Mushroom

Catalogue : K-248

Released : 14 March 1987

1. Black-Eyed Bruiser

2. Rock ‘N’ Roll Outlaw (Live Track)

3. Remedy (Live Track)

4. Astra Wally (Live Track)

Country : Germany

Label : Armageddon Music

Catalogue : AMG 057, 4046661042

Released : 03 August 2006

Format : CD, EP

Title : Black-Eyed Bruiser



Rose Tattoo – Golden Robot Records


Ian Rilen Official Site

Lobby Loyde Officia Site


Angry Anderson – Bound For Glory Page

Umbrella Entertainment


Rock Hard (German Magazine)

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