Australia's music world lost two of the best this week, in the form of expert musical director and arranger Tommy Tycho, and bass player Chris Bailey.
There's been a bit of confusion around the interwebs regarding Chris Bailey and I seek to lay this one to rest. This is NOT the Chris Bailey who formed The Saints in Brisbane in 1974. It is Chris Bailey that played with the Angels from 1977 to 1982.
He originally joined the band in 1977, before the recording of The Angel's first record, in order to free up Doc Neeson to forge his place in Australian Rock folklore as the mad Irishman.
Chris left the band before the recording of 1983's "Watch The Red" LP. He later joined (and then managed) GANGgajang. He rejoined one of the many reincarnations of the Angels doing the rounds (that mess is worthy of a novel in itself) before succumbing to throat cancer on April 4, 2013. He will be missed.
Here'a a clip of the Angels, with Chris on bass, at the Concert of the Decade, 1979 on the steps of the Sydney Opera House. They're performing the track "I Ain't The One" from the essential "Face To Face" LP. Apologies for the audio which has Doc's voice dropping in and out all over the shop.
Vale Chris (and Tommy - I'll write about you soon.)