The Tubes On Tour Welcome Back to the UK

The Tubes On Tour Welcome Back to the UK

The Tubes On Tour Welcome Back to the UK

With dates around the U.K. Including dates supporting ALICE COOPER

In 1977 The Tubes toured the UK, but many of their shows were banned due to British censorship. In February 1978 they released the ground-breaking live album What Do You Want From Live – recorded at London’s Hammersmith Apollo in November 1977, followed by their UK television debut on The Old Grey Whistle Test.

“We’re thrilled to return to the country that started it all for us,” says the Tubes frontman Fee Waybill. “I embrace my British heritage; the beer and the fish and chips and the best rock and roll fans in the world. The tour will be incredible fun.”

The news of the UK tour dovetails with the August 11th release of The Tubes: “The A&M Years” Box Set which includes the band’s first five studio albums. The box set can be ordered from Amazon UK HERE.

The band’s over-the-top theatrical visual live performances are known to rock fans worldwide for their quasi-pornographic and satiric take on the media, consumerism, and politics, celebrated by lead singer Fee Waybill’s deranged on-stage characters, including the larger-than-life fictitious platform-booted, drugged out British glam rock star Quay Lewd.

The current line-up of The Tubes features four original members – Fee Waybill (lead vocals), Roger Steen (guitar), Rick Anderson (bass) and Prairie Prince (drums), plus David Medd (keyboards), the latter has played with the band since 2006.

One thing is a certainty the evening will be a non-stop rollercoaster ride of theatrics and great music.

The Tubes On Tour Welcome Back to the UK

THE TUBES
NOVEMBER 2017 UK TOUR

*SUPPORTING ALICE COOPER

Southampton, Engine Rooms – Saturday 4th November 2017
Tickets: £27.50 (Inc. Booking Fee)
Book Online: 
www.seetickets.com – Venue: 0800 688 9311

Bristol, The Fleece  – Sunday 5th November 2017
Tickets: £27.50 (Inc. Booking Fee)
Book Online: See Tickets 
– Venue: 0117 945 0996

Reading, Sub 89 – Monday 6th November 2017

Tickets: £27.50 (Inc. Booking Fee)
Book Online: See Tickets – Venue: 01189 595 395

Newcastle, Boiler Shop – Thursday 9th November 2017

Tickets: £28 (Inc. Booking Fee)
Book Online:  Ticket ABC or We Got Tickets  

Edinburgh, The Liquid Room – Friday 10th November 2017
Tickets: £28 (Inc. Booking Fee)
Book Online: Ticket ABC

Leeds, First Direct Arena – Saturday 11th November 2017

(*supporting Alice Cooper) 
Tickets from £46.30 (Inc. Booking Fee)
Book Tickets:  AXS / Eventim

Glasgow, The SSE Hydro – Sunday 12th November 2017
(*supporting Alice Cooper)
Tickets: £45.40 (Inc. Booking Fee)
Book Tickets: The SSE Hydro / AXS
Box Office: 0800 952 0110 

Birmingham, Barclaycard Arena – Tuesday 14th November 2017  
(*supporting Alice Cooper)
Tickets from £45.80 (Inc. Booking Fee)
Book Tickets: Barclay Card Arena 
AXS
Box Office: 0844 338 8222

Manchester, Arena – Wednesday 15th November 2017

(*supporting Alice Cooper)
Tickets: £44.75 (Inc. Booking Fee)
Book Tickets: Eventim 
 /  AXS
Box Office: 0844 847 8000

London, SSE Wembley Arena – Thursday 16th November 2017

(*supporting Alice Cooper)
Tickets: £46.75 and £55.75 (Inc. booking fee)
Book Tickets:  AXS

Norwich, The Waterfront – Friday 17th November 2017 

Tickets: £27.50 (Inc. Booking Fee)
Book Tickets:  The Waterfront 

Box Office: 01603 508 050

Bluesdoodles are delighted The Tubes are back in the U.K. 

We reviewed the show at The Globe in Cardiff   – “What to expect from the Tubes? Expect the Unexpected, they will challenge, make you laugh and sing along, every tour is different this was a technicolour delight with references to the movies Tarantino meets Brando. Till the next time, you come to entertain us. Thank you for the music and fun”.  Read more …..

 Read what we talked about when Liz chatted to Fee HERE

The Tubes On Tour Welcome Back to the UK

Surreal Entertainment The Tubes at a Globe Full House

 Surreal Entertainment The Tubes at a Globe Full House

 Surreal Entertainment The Tubes at a Globe Full House

The Globe, Cardiff was packed to the rafters with fans of The Tubes, delighted they had crossed the border into Wales on the Mondo Pulp Tour. The San Francisco-based rock band are a mix of art, vaudeville, satire and above all rock tonight the set included old favourites and songs not heard live since the last century.   Joining Fee Waybill, lead singer were three other original members having played together for forty years, Roger Steen, guitar, Praire Prince, drums and bassist Rick Anderson, plus tonight on keys David Medd.

Describing The Tubes in words is going to be a challenge. The set was a spectacle of visual and aural enchantments that challenge and paint a sound and landscape that is a mix of theatre and gig.  They opened with an overture introducing everyone to the quality of the musicianship that enables Fee to fly. As we waited to see which persona Fee would be introducing, he appearing in a pin stripped outfit it was Monkey Time in Cardiff tonight. The Tubes played  one of the most varied sets I have seen going through the rainbow  lexicon of styles and tempos that The Tubes have explored for over two hours of live music that grabs your attention. This is punk meets everyone on the train and has a party with no holds barred. This approach works thanks to the innovative instrumental breaks from Roger’s guitar through to David’s keys that bring a hidden depth to the sound. The atmosphere was electric and Fee realised quickly a Welsh audience never needs to be asked to sing-a-long and added layers of harmonies tonight at the Globe.  The audience were a mix of locals and those who travelled from far and wide to see The Tubes including a group who are seeing their musical heroes every night of the UK leg of the Mondo Tour.

The highlights of a  jammed pack set were Stella, Street Car Called Desire – Marlon Brando mode as Fee in a ripped white T –shirt shredded his shirt in anguish as his raw vocals sang  “ I wake up screaming at the moon” but Stella doesn’t hear from the Love Bomb Album.  We had a chap wearing cowboy for The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance with a brief synopsis of the power of cowboy films as the Gene Pitney hit was re-styled The Tubes way.  With a night celebrating the depth of popular music/rock genres we had a medley of soulful James Brown meets rock n roll Chuck Berry.

The Fee rant was pertinent for changing times of health delivery in the UK with a warning of what could be coming to a British T.V. soon drug companies advertising drugs we haven’t heard of for syndromes and disease that are terrifying and often caused by other prescribed drugs so Fee had then to be a TV head cover with tablets and the screen full of pill bottles. Political, entertaining and powerful moving statement as Turn Me On poured through the speakers.

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The characters we wanted to see were present We had the sleazy Quiz Master, with shiny Red shoes and bright tight-fitting jacket as he sang Want Do You Want From Life and closing the set was Quay Lewd and the chorus we all wanted to sing White Punks On Dope.

We all wanted more a quick stage change and the encore ensued with three tracks including women joining Fee on stage for a dance.  Opening the encore was She’s A Beauty Then delivered I Saw Her Standing There with a growl of punk infused Beatles like you have not heard before once again demonstrating the influence of the fab four on modern rock music. Closing with Talk Ta Ya Later; we certainly want to hear The Tubes in Cardiff again.

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What to expect from the Tubes? Expect the Unexpected, they will challenge, make you laugh and sing along, every tour is different this was a technicolour delight with references to the movies Tarantino meets Brando. Till the next time, you come to entertain us. Thank you for the music and fun.

 

Set List

Overture
You Never Can Tell Chuck Berry
The Monkey Time
Tip Of My Tongue
James Brown Medley
Overture reprise
Mr Hate
Amnesia
Turn Me On
Golden Boy
Why I Can’t Walk Away
What Do you Want from Life
Gimme at Harp(Captain Beefhart & His Magic Cover Band)
Stella
Mondo Bondage
Why Can’t I Walk Away
What Do You Want From Life?
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (Gene Pitney )
Love’s A Mystery
Tubes World Tour
White Punks On Dope

Encore

She’s A Beauty
I Saw Her Standing There (Beatles Cover)
Talk To Ya Later

Talking With Fee Waybill The Tubes, Music and Touring

 

Talking With Fee Waybill The Tubes, Music and Touring

 

Talking With Fee Waybill The Tubes, Music and Touring

 

BD:  Fee, a big thank you for taking time out of your tour schedule to chat with Bluesdoodles.  Ahead of your 12 nights tour across the UK with The Tubes on your Mondo Pulp Tour. Check out the venues and dates HERE

 

BD: What were your early musical influences that led to your brand of rock and roll that shocks and mixes up the styles.

Fee: My early influences, everything! From Beatles, Hendrix and the more unusual Captain Beefheart, Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention. Jazz, Rock, Stones, Zep. We listened to everything such a varied array, including James Brown this led to music that would always be varied. We include R&B; Hard Rock, Psychedelic Rock in the set this time there is even a cowboy song! We listened to everything nothing was out-of-bounds we were interested in all forms of music. We bring to the music all interests and experiences, I was a Theatre Major, Prairie and Mike are artists and Bill Spooner’s the guitarist blues. These influences melded together creating the depth and variety of The Tubes.

 

BD: Following on do you think it is the depth & width of creative resources used that has given The Tubes music its longevity that keeps filling venues across the world?

Fee: Yes, combined with The Tubes satirising the trends of the day whether that was Punk Rock, Glam Rock, or Formulaic Rock like Bon Jovi. We thought about it created stage persona making the show both visually interesting and a way of expressing our parody.  An example of this is British Glam Rock Quay Lewd, reflecting examples in the real world David Johansen, New York Dolls and the gimmicks that bands have to do to get attention.

 

BD: The Tubes were a niche cult band with performances being banned back in the 1970’s when they toured England; The Tubes creating a media. Then you created songs that got radio play why the change of direction?

Fee: Yes, we were a niche band with a following but we were not making the record label A&M any money.  After five albums the production cost was not re-cooped. The Tubes were not receiving radio play so they let us go. Moved to Capitol basically the same and if you don’t get radio play we will have to let you go. Producer David Foster – he helped us do that with tracks from the album being radio friendly. Some said we had sold out but music, it is a business you have got to make money. The truth is the quality of the songs and songwriting was not any less valid. We started out with topless girls you can get away with it  in San Francisco but not in Kansas or Missouri, in the real world do that and you get banned.  On the tour to England we got banned by reputation, the media exaggerated saying we were having live sex on stage – we never did that it was bollocks, we had tits. Why would that be a problem in England where there are tits every day on page three? The fathers of Portsmouth decided in their wisdom to ban us, then the media storm, exaggeration sells papers and that is the business they are in. We didn’t care as it sold us more tickets for the next show.

 

BD: Tell the fans old and new who are in the current Tubes line-up and what can the fans expect in the show in the current UK tour.

Our current line-up is four of the original Tubes, myself on lead vocals, guitarist Roger Steen, Rick Anderson on bass and Prairie Prince behind the drums. Joining the quartet is David Medd  on the  keyboards. We have a new show for this tour. We try to do something different each time we hit the road.  Last year when we visited the UK it was about creating Film Noir, 1940’s Black & White. We have moved on much more colourful, homage to Quentin Tarantino and Pulp Fiction with two songs from the soundtrack in the set list. The whole show evokes pulp art era. The weird and colourful magazines outrageous fiction, monsters, superheroes and cowboys. Lots of songs being played live for the first time including Golden Boy. There is also a Marlon Brandon character Johnny from The Wild Ones. Stella a track evoking Street Car Named Desire.  We surround the new unheard music with White Punks On Dope; She’s A Beauty and others that people respond to and definitely want to hear every time.  From Remote Control album and being played live for the first time since 1979 will be Loves A Mystery.  We sit down rehearse what kind of thing we want to do, try it out. The Monkey Time has never been played live before except as a duo, this time I am doing both parts. We open with lots of dance numbers to get the crowds going including a James Brown medley. Changing the show for each tour is why people keep coming back giving us longevity?

 

BD: If you were putting together the perfect band with members from across the years (dead or alive) who would you have playing

Without a moment hesitation Fee knew as he said I have the band. Yes easy to say love to have Jimi Hendrix, but he was a drug addict or Keith Moon on drums, he was an alcoholic and Prairie is a better drummer. How can you trade-in forty years of playing together.


Talking With Fee Waybill The Tubes, Music and TouringCheck out the dates and venues – many are SOLD OUT so get your tickets soon.

The Mondo Pulp tour is a fantastic tribute to the Pulp Art era. The material will be different but the band promise to perform all the hits and fan favourites – What Do You Want From Life?, Mondo Bondage, Amnesia, Sushi Girl, Don’t Wanna Wait Anymore, Talk To Ya Later, She’s A Beauty and White Punks On Dope.

 THE TUBES – MONDO PULP 2016         The Mondo Pulp tour is a fantastic tribute to the Pulp Art era. The material will be different but the band promise to perform all the hits and fan favourites – What Do You Want From Life?, Mondo Bondage, Amnesia, Sushi Girl, Don’t Wanna Wait Anymore, Talk To Ya Later, She’s A Beauty and White Punks On Dope.

THE TUBES
MONDO PULP 2016 UK TOUR

FRIDAY 7 OCTOBER: LONDON, UNDER THE BRIDGE
TICKETS: £28.50 (INC. BOOKING FEE)
BOX OFFICE: 0207 957 8261
BOOK ONLINE: UNDER THE BRIDGE

SATURDAY 8 OCTOBER: MANCHESTER CLUB ACADEMY
TICKETS: £27.50 (INC. BOOKING FEE) – DOORS: 19:30
BOX OFFICE: 0161 832 1111 / BOOK ONLINE AT AGMP

TUESDAY 11 OCTOBER:BRISTOL THE FLEECE
TICKETS: £27.50 (INC. BOOKING FEE) DOORS: 19:30
BOX OFFICE: 0117 945 0996 (VENUE), 0370 44 44 400 or 0117 929 9008
BOOK ONLINE: THE FLEECE

WEDNESDAY 12 OCTOBER: PLYMOUTH THE HUB
TICKETS: £27.50 (INC. BOOKING FEE)
BOOK ONLINE: ENTS24 / BOX OFFICE: 0844 412 4642
VENUE: 07538 797 648

FRIDAY 14 OCTOBER: CARDIFF THE GLOBE(SOLD OUT)
TICKETS: £27.50 (INC. BOOKING FEE)
BOX OFFICE: 0871 220 0260 / BOOK ONLINE: SEE TICKETS
VENUE TEL: 07590 471 888

SATURDAY 15 OCTOBER: BRIGHTON CONCORDE 2
TICKETS: £26.50 (+ BOOKING FEE)
BOX OFFICE: 01273 673 311 / BOOK ONLINE: Concorde2
VENUE TEL: 01273 673 311 / VENUE EMAIL: hello@concorde2.co.uk

SUNDAY 16 OCTOBER: SOUTHAMPTON THE BROOK
TICKETS: £24.20 (INC. BOOKING FEE)
BOOK ONLINE: WE GOT TICKETS
BOX OFFICE: 02380 555 366 / 1-7pm MONDAY-SATURDAY

TUESDAY 18 OCTOBER: WOLVERHAMPTON ROBIN 2
TICKETS: £22.5O (ADVANCE), £25.00 (ON THE DOOR)
BOOK ONLINE: ROBIN 2 / BOX OFFICE: 01902 401 211

THURSDAY 20 OCTOBER: HOLMFIRTH PICTUREDROME
TICKETS: £27.50 (INC. BOOKING FEE)
BOOK ONLINE: PICTUREDROME BOX OFFICE
VENUE EMAIL: info@picturedrome.net

FRIDAY 21 OCTOBER: SAGE GATESHEAD
TICKETS: £26.88 (INC. BOOKING FEE)
BOOK ONLINE: SAGE GATESHEAD
VENUE BOX OFFICE: 0191 443 4661

GLASGOW, THE ART SCHOOL
SATURDAY 22 OCTOBER
TICKETS: £26.40 (INC. BOOKING FEE)
BOOK ONLINE: SYNERGY CONCERTS / DOORS: 19:30