Dr Feelgood are still pleasing their fans

Formed on Canvey Island in Essex in the early 1970s, Dr Feelgood are still going strong for their own and successive generations.

An extensive tour brings them to Clair Hall, Haywards Heath on October 24.

Kevin Morris, a member for nearly 30 years, said: “I suppose every year as we get a little older, it gets harder to give it 100 per cent firepower, but we still love it.”

The band has kept going constantly bar a break when frontman Lee Brilleaux died at the age of 41 in 1994.

“At that time, there were no plans to carry on at all,” Kevin recalls. “We just thought that it would be inconceivable to keep going. I suppose it was about a year before we thought we should continue.

“It was inconceivable because Lee was such a focal point of the band, but then over the year more and more people contacted the office saying that they would rather the band carried on without him than didn’t carry on at all. It was really what the fans wanted.”

Kevin remembers Lee as a multi-facetted personality, his on-stage persona far removed from the off-stage guy who would quietly sit and read The Telegraph.

“I had known Lee at school. I had been in an earlier version of the group, and they were a couple of years older than me.”

Kevin continued with another band and bumped into Lee a while later, just after Dr Feelgood had done their first album: “I was knocked out by Lee and Wilko (Johnson) and their incredible double-pronged attack. But internally the group was in a mess. It was really the band and Wilko on two separate sides, and that went on for a long time before Wilko left.”

But as Kevin says, there has always been a lot of change in the band: “Really the dynamic comes from the material. We still play some of the songs written by Wilko. Really, it takes us through the different stages. The skeleton set for us is the hits (hit singles included Roxette, Back in the Night, Milk and Alcohol, Down at the Doctors, She Does it Right, Going Back Home and See You Later Alligator), and then we flesh it out in between. But we know that it is the hits that people want.”

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