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Rose Tattoo

Formed: 1976
From: Sydney, Australia
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Rose Tattoo News

Below is our complete Rose Tattoo news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Rose Tattoo Singer Reveals Political Ambitions

According to Dailytelegraph.com.au, Rose Tattoo singer Angry Anderson is angry about the carbon tax and has joined the National Party of Australia with the intention of running for a seat at the next federal election.

"If between the party and I, we can agree, I feel I can best serve the Australian people on the national stage," the 63-year-old rock singer told The Sunday Telegraph.

"I've always liked big stages. We're in discussions at the moment - listen to me, all of a sudden I sound like a politician" he laughs. More...

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Sunday Old School: Rose Tattoo

When thinking about Australia's contribution to hard rock and heavy metal, 99% of people will instantly think of AC/DC, which is fair enough, but many of these same people tend to overlook another of the country's best exports, Rose Tattoo. Rose Tattoo were undeniably one of the hardest rocking bands to ever plug into an amp and they proved it by not just writing some fantastic songs, but by taking the stage with a ferocious attitude that bands like Guns 'N Roses would later be known for. The band was formed in 1976 in the city of Sydney by guitarist Peter Wells, who was formerly a member of the heavy metal band Buffalo. The original lineup also featured vocalist Tony Lake, guitarist Leigh Johnston, drummer Michael Vandersluys and bass player Ian Rilen, who taught himself the instrument while he was in prison. Johnston was soon to be replaced by Mick Cocks however, and shortly afterwards, more lineup changes occured, most notably the new addition of notorious frontman Gary "Angry" Anderson. The band released a single on Albert Productions named "Bad Boy For Love" after being recommended to the label by AC/DC. This would mark the only recording with Gilen, who left soon afterwards to form the punk rock band X.

Rose Tattoo followed the single by releasing a self-titled album in 1978, which entered the Australian Top 40 and began to become involved in social issues when they released a single supporting the legalisation of marijuana entitled, "Legalise Realise." A short while later, the band began to achieve success in foreign markets when their debut album, (re-released under the name Rock And Roll Outlaw) entered the British charts at number 60, the German charts at number five and the French charts at number two. They released a second album in 1981 named, "Assault And Battery" which entered the Australian Top 30 and topped the British heavy metal charts, just like the band's previous release. After gaining a following in Europe and the United Kingdom, the band recorded a third album, "Scarred For Life" and set their sights on the United States, supporting the likes of ZZ Top and Aerosmith. While the tours didn't prove to be the groundbreaking introduction they needed, they left a resounding impression on some audiences, particularly in Los Angeles, with many bands from the area later citing Rose Tattoo as an influence. Several lineup changes occured soon after they got back from the States and Anderson recorded what was intended to be a solo album named, "Beats From A Single Drum," however due to contractual issues, it was released under the Rose Tattoo moniker. The band split soon after and Anderson earned himself a hit single with the song "Suddenly" after it was used in the popular soap opera, "Neighbours."

A brief reunion happened in 1993 when Guns 'N Roses asked them to support the group on their Australian tour. Although the reformation didn't last as long as fans hoped, a second reunion occured in 1998, eventually resulting with the album, "Pain" in 2002, their first studio album in sixteen years, along with a live album entitled, "25 To Life." Although the band would suffer a set back when guitarist Peter Wells passed away in 2006, they soldiered on and released a new album, "Blood Brothers" in 2007. Sadly the band has been mainly inactive in recent months, owing to the death of guitarist Mick Cocks in December 2009. Though not as largely known by fans of heavy metal and hard rock audiences of today as they arguably should be, Rose Tattoo have undoubtedly carved a place in music history as one of the most aggressive, though simultaniously fun bands to ever emerge from Australia. More...

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Rose Tattoo Guitarist Passes Away

Mick Cocks, the guitarist of Australian rock legends Rose Tattoo, has lost his battle cancer and sadly passed away today (December 22nd.) He had been diagnosed with the cancer of the liver in April of this year. Earlier this year in July, Rose Tattoo performed a benefit show at the Enmore Theatre to help Cocks out. More details are expected to be revealed shortly.

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Rose Tattoo Frontman Criticised By Senator

News.com.au is reporting:

'80s rocker Angry Anderson famously sang 'We Can't Be Beaten' in his days fronting ROSE TATTOO.

Now that could be the motto for pokie giant Aristocrat after he allowed his image to be used to create a Rose Tattoo-themed machine.

The former wildman, famous for his all over tattoos, has become better known in recent times for his charitable works over the past 20 years than for fronting the famous rock band itself. More...

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Rose Tattoo Announces Australian Tour Dates

Australian rockers Rose Tattoo has announced a lengthy tour of Australia beginning this September. More details including support acts and possibly more shows will be revealed shortly.

The tour dates are as follows:

September 11 - Great Western Hotel - Rockhampton, Australia
September 12 - Shananagan - Cairns, Australia
September 16 - Prince of Wales - Melbourne, Australia
September 17 - Hallam Hotel - Melbourne, Australia
September 18 - Westend Hotel - Melbourne, Australia
September 19 - Village Green - Hotel Melbourne, Australia
September 25 - Springwood Hotel - Brisbane, Australia
September 26 - Kallangur Tavern - Brisbane, Australia
October 1 - Panthers - Newcastle, Australia
October 2 - Mounties Mount - Pritchard, Australia
October 3 - Waves - Wollongong, Australia
October 4 - Rooty Hill RSL - Rooty Hill, Australia

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Rose Tattoo Guitarist Diagnosed With Liver Cancer

The management for Australian hard rock legends Rose Tattoo has announced that guitarist/founding member Mick Cocks has been diagnosed with cancer of the liver. A statement from manager Steve White reads, "Mick has asked that I release this information to avoid the rumour mill taking control of information. The situation is that Mick has been diagnosed with liver cancer and is now under the advice of the very best doctors in Sydney. Treatment plans are underway and Mick is in good spirits and ready for a fight."

We wish Mick all the best for a quick recovery.

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Australian's Rock Out Festival Postponed

Australia's recently announced Rock Out Festival has been postponed until later this year. Here's the update from the organizers:

“MTD4 and Blade Promotions after consultation with the venues and major stakeholders including the International Artists, have decided that it is in the best interest of all parties concerned to postpone the event to Sept/Oct this year.

"The new dates will be advised as soon as possible.

"We anticipate announcing additional headline bands to join those previously listed as the postponement allows us to restore the event to our original concept including multiple stages, all ages ticketing and camping at all sites.

"We apologise if this postponement causes any inconvenience to those that have already purchased tickets to our event and encourage them to contact us directly - contact@rockoutfestivals.com.au"

The original festival dates that have been postponed are:

10th–12th April - Queensland Raceway, Ipswich, QLD
17th–19th April - Eastern Creek Raceway, NSW
24th–26th April - Calder Park Raceway, VIC

The bands slated to perform included: More...

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Twisted Sister, Rose Tattoo Added to Rockout Fest

American glam rockers Twisted Sister have been announced as the new headliner for the Australian east coast’s Rockout Festival, that will be hitting up Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne in April. Also recently added to the line-up includes Rose Tattoo, Black Majesty and Five Star Prison Cell. More acts will be added in the weeks leading up to the festival.

Tickets are on sale now to the general public at Ticketek. For information on tickets and locations, visit rockoutfestivals.com.au.

Here are the festival dates:

10th–12th April - Queensland Raceway, Ipswich, QLD
17th–19th April - Eastern Creek Raceway, NSW
24th–26th April - Calder Park Raceway, VIC

The lineup so far is as follows: More...

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Rose Tatoo Announces One-Off Show

Rose Tattoo, Australia’s favourite Aussie rock legends will be performing for one night only at the Coolangatta Hotel on the Gold Coast on Sunday, April 12. Presented by Ice Management and Productions, Angry Anderson and the formidable band that are Rose Tattoo will rock out the Cooly with songs from classic albums like "Scarred for Life," "Southern Stars," "Blood Brothers," "Pain" and of course the self titled "Rose Tattoo" album released in 1978.

Throughout the line-up changes over the years, a solid sound has remained the constant with Rose Tattoo and whether you call it hard rock or blues rock, the music is a hot mix of slide guitars and pounding hooks, with a sharp, tight rhythm. And you can’t go past the unmistakable voice of Angry Anderson as he belts through hits like “Bad Boy for Love” and “We Can’t Be Beaten.”

“Blood Brothers,” the latest album from Rose Tattoo, pays a touching tribute to founding members Pete Wells and Ian Rilen who both lost their battles with cancer in the last few years. The album combines the traditional sounds of that original rock line-up with a modern edge and high quality that is demanded from today’s taste makers. It’s powerful, unrelenting and wildly uncompromising, making it one of the best albums to come out of the Rose Tattoo camp yet.

Rose Tattoo play the Coolangatta Hotel on Sunday, April 12 and tickets are available from the venue and Oztix. Visit www.oztix.com.au for more information or call 1300 762 545.

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Rose Tattoo Frontman Running For Local Government

Legendary frontman Gary "Angry" Anderson, best known for his work with hard rockers Rose Tattoo, has announced he will be contesting for a seat at the upcoming New South Wales local government elections.

Sydney Morning Herald reports with the following: "He may have once been a bad boy for love but the diminutive tattooed rocker Angry Anderson thinks he would be good for the people of Warringah.

Gary "Angry" Anderson is one of 87 people standing for Warringah Council at the September 13 local government elections, including 12 who would like to wear the mayoral robes. More...

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More Acts Confirmed For Download Festival

The following message has been posted on the official Download festival website:

"Download Festival has announced a fantastic motley crew of metallers to this year's line up, showing yet again how much the festival represents all walks from the 'rock' way of life! Leading the metal charge are Testament, Municipal Waste and Trigger The Bloodshed all who bring a slice of brutality to the weekend. Joining them are Brigade, Exit Ten, Comeback Kid, Valient Thorr, Chiodos, Animal Alpha, August Burns Red, Rose Tattoo and Hostile."

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Graspop Announce Saturday Headliners

Belgium's Graspop Metal Meeting have announced the days for the announced lineup so far. In addition to this, they have announced that KISS will be headlining on the saturday, adding to the already exciting headliners of Judas Priest on friday and Iron Maiden on sunday. If that wasn't intense enough, they have also announced that Agent Steel, Tesla and Rose Tattoo will join the ranks.

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Rose Tattoo Update Tour Schedule

Aussie hard rock legends ROSE TATTOO have issued the following brief update:

"Just check out the updated Tatts tour dates for 2008, including some Australian shows as well!"

Rose Tattoo now have the following live dates scheduled:

22 - Loxton Festival - Riverland, South Australia - Australia

9 - Crowne Plaza Hotel - Terrigal, Australia
10 - Theatre Royal - Lithgow, Australia
30 - Workers Club - Blacktown, Australia
31 - Workers Club - Revesby, Australia

7 - Rock am Ring - Nürburgring - Eifel, Germany
8 - Rock im Park - Nürnberg, Germany
9 - Backstage - München, Germany
10 - Z7 - Pratteln, Switzerland
11 - Colosaal - Aschaffenburg, Germany
13 - Novarock Festival - Nickelsdorf, Austria
15 - Download Festival - Donington Park, Great Britain
17 - Markthalle - Hamburg, Germany
18 - Musikzentrum - Hannover, Germany
19 - Zeche - Bochum, Germany
21 - Fields Of Rock - Biddinghuizen, Holland
22 - Hellfest - Le Mans, France
25 - Alcatraz - Milan, Italy
26 - Circolo Degli Artisti - Rome, Italy
27 - Gods of Metal Festival - Bologna, Italy
29 - Graspop Metal Meeting - Dessel, Belgium
30 - Trabendo - Paris, France

1 - Parkbühne - Leipzig, Germany
4 - Citadel - Berlin, Germany (with MOTÖRHEAD)
5 - Waldrock Festival - EX Leeuwarden, Holland
9 - Super Rock Festival - Lisbon, Portugal
11 - La Plata Festival - Merida Alberque Lel Prado, Spain
12 - Metalway Festival - Zaragoza, Spain More...

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More Bands Added To Graspop Metal Meeting 2008

ARCH ENEMY, SYMPHONY X, BRING ME THE HORIZON, BLACK STONE CHERRY, THROWDOWN and BLEEDING THROUGH have just been confirmed for the Graspop Metal Meeting which is set to take place June 27th - 29th at De Boeretand in Dessel, Belgium.


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SPV and Wacken Records Announce Joint Venture

A joint venture of a very special kind promises to bring a fresh breeze to the German metal scene: SPV, the record imprint from Hanover, and Wacken Records have announced their cooperation in the marketing, promotion and worldwide distribution sectors. At the same time, Wacken Records (formerly trading under the name of Armageddon Music) will be incorporated into the SPV system, while remaining an independent company which will benefit from the international contacts and longstanding experience of its new partner. With the support of Wacken Records, SPV will in turn gain access to a wider forum and increase its focus on discovering, supporting and promoting newcomer acts.

SPV is among the most important rock and metal labels worldwide, with top acts such as Whitesnake, Motörhead, Saxon, Iced Earth, Helloween and Type O Negative on its roster. Wacken Records will bring Rose Tattoo, Victory, Onkel Tom Angelripper and Holy Moses, among others, and the extremely promising newcomers Suidakra and Forever Slave into the cooperation. The label also runs the Metaltix merchandising company and the tour promoters, ICS, who are responsible not only for the Wacken Open Air festival, but also for the Wacken Road Show and the Metal Battle tour concept. In this light, Olly Hahn, International Product Manager at SPV in the metal/rock sector, expects a fruitful cooperation which many newcomer acts, alongside the established artists, will benefit from: “This cooperation contract is our reaction to the shifts that have taken place in the market, focussing the strengths of SPV and Wacken Records, in association with Metaltix and ICS. Our cooperation will produce new marketing structures for young bands to break into the world of heavy metal.”

Wacken Records label boss, Thomas Jensen, is also looking forward to the cooperation: “The aim of the Wacken Open Air festival, alongside ICS with its Wacken Road Show and the Metal Battle concept, has always been to bring metal music to the world. This is why we are permanently looking for strong cooperation partners for our label. In SPV, we have found a company with a great wealth of experience and willingness to try unconventional paths, which complements Wacken Records perfectly. This joint venture will consolidate the continuation and emphasis of our strengths.”

Here is the latest release schedule for Wacken Records:

07.04. Forever Slave "Tales For Bad Girls" CD
28.04. Suidakra "13 Years Of Celtic Wartunes" DVD + CD
28.04. Torture Squad "Hellbound" CD
26.05. Mennen "Planet Black" CD
26.05. Hangar "The Reason Of Your Conviction" CD
23.06. Mambo Kurt "The Orgel Has Landed - Live In Wacken" DVD

Although expect the new studio album by thrash legends Holy Moses and a re-release/LP box set from Rose Tattoo`s "Blood Brothers."

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Four More Bands Announcced For Wacken Open Air

The following additional bands have been announced for Wacken Open Air 2007:


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Rose Tattoo's Pete Wells Dies

Christie Eliezer of Billboard.com reports: Pete Wells, slide guitarist and one of the founders of Australian power blues band Rose Tattoo, died in a Sydney hospital early yesterday morning (March 27). He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2002 and had spent the last five weeks in the hospital. According to friends, he was due to turn 60 this year.

Wells emerged in 1966 playing bass in the Brisbane blues band Head. He moved to Sydney and joined heavy metal band Buffalo. The band's "Volcanic Rock" was the first Australian metal album to go gold; the act also scored an overseas deal with Vertigo.

In 1976 he switched to slide guitar, formed the seminal Rose Tattoo and went on to hire lead singer Angry Anderson. They became one of Australian's main street outlaw bands and found a loyal following in the United Kingdom, Germany and France. Wells' original concept for the band was for all the members to sport bright orange hair, tattoos, shaved eyebrows and black T-shirts and jeans.

Rose Tattoo's influence later became apparent on U.S. rock combos like Guns N' Roses, who covered its track "Nice Boys (Don't Play Rock'n'Roll)," Motley Crue and L.A. Guns.

Australian acts such as the Beasts of Bourbon, Paul Kelly and Tim Rogers staged benefit concerts for Wells in Sydney and Melbourne last September. A memorial service will be held Friday (March 31) in Sydney.

Read the full article at Billboard.com.

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Rose Tatoo Guitarist Quits Due To Cancer

Australia's Undercover News is reporting that Pete Wells, founding member and guitarist for ROSE TATTOO, has had to give up touring with the band because of prostate cancer.

Wells was diagnosed two years ago and has been undergoing treatment but has had to stand aside from the band until he recovers.

A statement at his web site reads, "Apologies to TATTS fans, but Pete isn't well enough to do the current [Australian] dates and the overseas tour. An old mate, Mick Cocks is filling in for Pete."

At the Albert Records web site, a message says, "Pete would like to thank all his friends and fans for their enthusiasm and support over the years. He looks forward to playing overseas again after he's made a full recovery."

On a positive note, Pete will soon release his solo album through Razor Blade Records. He also recently co-produced an album for Brisbane's ROBBERS DOG.

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