Forty years ago the Canvey Island-based rhythm and blues band Dr Feelgood were celebrating getting to number one in the album chart with their live LP Stupidity.
It was an incredible feat for a group who only a couple of years earlier were playing in the music pubs of London. In the mid-70s the classic line-up of Lee Brilleaux, Wilko Johnson, John B Sparks and The Big Figure took the UK music scene by storm and in the process laid the foundations for the punk movement to come.
Four decades later Dr Feelgood still pack out venues across Europe and their annual winter tour would not be complete without a visit to Ipswich. The modern day band returns to Venue 77 at the back of the Gardeners Arms on Thursday 15th December for a show that will feature all the group’s best known tracks like Milk And Alcohol, Down At The Doctors, She Does It Right, Roxette and appropriately enough for the season Chuck Berry’s Christmas classic Run Rudolph Run.
Opening the show by special request of Dr Feelgood drummer Kevin Morris is leading Suffolk outfit Delta Groove. Fronted by singer Richard Everitt, Delta Groove include ex-Nine Below Zero and Rory Gallagher drummer Brendan O’Neill in their ranks.
Tickets for Stephen Foster’s annual Dr Feelgood festive bash are available in advance from the Gardeners Arms’ bar, Out Of Time Records and the Ipswich Regent Box Office on 01473 433100 or visit www.ipswichregent.com. Admission’s £18 in advance, £20 on the night. It’s going to be a blast so get your ticket now for a Christmas party like no other in town.