We are reminded today that they are not immortal as another iconic musician that had success in Australia leaves us. As we contemplate the death of Doc Neeson, lead singer of The Angels, we must first send our deepest sympathy to his family and and friends for their loss. Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Neeson emigrated to Australia when he was thirteen and began his musical career in Adelaide. Success followed as The Angels signed to Albert Productions in Sydney and garnered a large live following in that country.
I have posted an early video of The Angels most famous song, Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again. In the video Doc Neeson is still the bass player. Last year the man that took over on bass (the other) Chris Bailey also died of an aggressive cancer, as did Dragon’s Marc Hunter and in recent times Cold Chisel drummer, Steven Prestwich also of a brain tumour. We have also lost Divinyls singer Chrissy Amphlett to cancer, Sherbert’s Harvey James as well as four former members of Rose Tattoo – Ian Rilen, Peter Wells, Dallas Royall and Mick Cocks. The toll from this terrible disease is frightening.
So let’s just remember Doc and all these other great musicians and be glad at least of their legacy in the music they leave behind for all of us.