Cherry Red Box Set and Live Shows!
"Perfect Past: The Complete Doctors Of Madness" will be released by Cherry Red on May 8th. Along with the original three studio albums, there will be a bunch of extra tracks - demos, rehearsals, outtakes - included, some of which are not even familiar titles to me!
Following the success of last year's Japanese dates, for which Richard Strange and Urban Blitz teamed up with the rhythm section from Sister Paul, live dates this year will be happening. There's a show at an unspecified London location on May 16th (note date change!), also featuring Band Of Holy Joy, Lily Bud and other guests - contact Richard directly for tickets (hurry!). Other dates I know of so far are: May 24th Leicester, May 25th Stockton on Tees (Pauline Murray as support!), May 26th Scarborough, May 27th Leeds, May 29th Watford, June 3rd Chadwell Heath, June 4th Brighton. For details see, richardstrange.com. (also contact Richard there if you're an interested promoter!)
Vic Reeves digs DOM / Richard Strange on Portobello Radio
High profile endoresement for DOM from Reeves, who says: "If you have never heard the Doctors of Madness, you should. Musically they are the Velvet Underground, New York Dolls with shades of glam, hippie, prog and punk all rolled into one, yet are still totally original. Vastly underrated, they should have been huge. Pure genius".
Richard recently guested on Portobello Radio's Saturday Sessions, and can be heard here.
Remembering Colin 'Stoner' Bentley
It was great sadness that we learned of Colin's passing late last year. In Richard's words:
"RIP Stoner. It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. So glad we did one last show together last month. You really were the best, and your contribution to The Doctors was immeasurable and defined our sound. Good night, sweet prince, And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!
The Rest Is Silence"
Lauren Bentley has kindly got in touch and contributed some touching words in memory of her father which can be viewed here. Urban has also forwarded me some words on Colin. I'm hoping to assemble some further testimonials to Stoner over the next months from anyone who'd like to contribute, whether fans or fellow bandmates. Please get in touch if you'd like to contribute.
Richard Strange's site
Keep up with Strange's current activities at richardstrange.com. 'Doctors fans and Strange-ists can 'listen to some music, watch film clips, see my photo galleries, catch up on my news, download any song from my entire catalogue for 50p each, from Doctors of Madness to latest demos. Buy my book, hear me read some excerpts, read a chapter of my new novel, reserve tickets for Cabaret Futura, get on my mailing lists, leave me feedback. It's a one-stop drop-in. kick your shoes off and stay a while. Would be lovely to hear from anyone who feels like dropping me a line'.