The Wholigans are based in Florida USA & Toronto Canada, and call on various musicians worldwide,all of whom have been Wholigans for many years.
This enables us to practically tour anywhere worldwide.
See ‘Wholigan WHistOry’ & the family tree here
OUR STORY……………..so far
Toronto Sound Academy, Canada.
Las Vegas Hilton Theatre March 2010
‘The Quiet One’
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From the stage clothes to the authentic stage gear + capturing the mannerisms of The Who. The Wholigans bring back memories of a Who of yesteryear which has to be seen to be believed.
With the thrashing windmills of Pete Townshend to the mic swinging of Roger Daltrey, and the incredible drumming style of Keith Moon ,combined with the thunderfingers of John Entwistle.
The Wholigans seem to have captured the total package…….that is The Who.
The band is regarded by fans of The Who as the worlds best WHO tribute, which is proven by the band being asked to headline WHO conventions worldwide.
The Wholigans have headlined 4 International WHO conventions since 2003. One in Hamburg Germany 2003 and three in London UK 03 & 06 & in OCT 2010 and at each event it was sold out, with profits going to the Teenage Cancer Trust & the Meg Fox Foundation.
Lead singer Barry also sang on Saturday & Sunday at the 2013 convention in London.
Come See Feel & hear The Who’s music the way it was in the glory days of the 70’s and decide for yourself……..
WHO ARE THE WHOLIGANS
The Story of The Wholigans
When I first left Newcastle England for Canada in 1980 I knew I wanted to rock, but The Wholigans and The Who were not even occupying any part of my brain, it really wasn’t my thing. I was into Black Sabbath, Ozzy, Judas Priest, Ufo, Status Quo, Budgie, Thin Lizzy.
So I join a band in Montreal called Nouveau Riche and we played originals (very 80’s metal), one day on the train to Montreal someone mentioned my passing resemblance to Roger to which I shrugged and said thanks I think. After playing for a while we added some cover songs just a couple of Who which I really wasn’t familiar with and after I sang them people came up and said how much they liked it, so we added a couple more. That went down well and the guitarist Mario Forlini closely resembled Pete so things were eerily falling into place (none of this was planned). We changed the name of the band to The Whooligans (note the 2 o’s)
The word ‘tribute’ was not around then in connection to bar bands, at least not as predominant as it is today.
Next up we move to Toronto and changed the name to The Wholigans and the band stayed at my place most of the time, we played a few gigs and eventually hired a new bassist Steve McKenna who was a great ox. Then we got a little more picky concerning our stage show and replaced the guitarist with a new Pete called Gerard Popma and on drums Paul Holman, the new guys really kicked my ass to play the part right as they were huge WHO fans.
A funny thing happened on the way to the forum….somewhere along the line I went from merely singing the songs to really enjoying singing them, the audience feedback was a big help and I found myself being consumed by The orribl oo! ….and loving it.
After a couple of years we changed the guitarist to a fella called John Walsh who looked like a mini-Pete and he was an integral part in making The Wholigans quite a commodity. He and I did not get along off stage (like Pete n Rog), but on stage it was a beautiful thing and we both knew it.
The band was very popular all over Canada and the USA throughout the 80’s.
Around 86 we hired Dave Smith(bass) who plays with the band till this day mainly in Canada.
Eventually though, John (Pete)..ssssssconfusing I know, …anyways John left and we hired another Pete called Pete Milner and a new drummer who is our current Moony ,he is Darren Atkinson.
That version of Pete didn’t work out so the band dissolved after a year or so.
I moved to Florida in 92 (I think) and took a 7 year hiatus and found myself itching to play again, I auditioned tons of Who wannabees, let me tell you that was rough.
I somewhat hired a new Pete , but then I got a phone call answering my advert and the guy said to me
“Whoever you’ve got playing guitar now get rid of him because I’m your man”…..that guy was the current Pete, Chris Bacon. The man has got balls I tell ya, but you know what? He was right!
We auditioned a number of different players over a year and hired a Florida only ‘Moon’, Chris Voll, he played 2000 till 2002? ish .The current Fl bassist is Mark Tinker.
Then one day I get a call from Darren asking me if I’d be interested in playing up in Canada with a new Pete called Mike Legault, I said yes and we did a tour . Mike did one tour of the UK with us, but due to physical problems can no longer tour.
The current lineup that plays the majority of shows is
So come out and experience what it was like to see The Who in their prime, and bring yer earplugs 😉
From Newcastle to Canada to Florida ‘Barry’s story’
Newcastle Opera house 2003
Las Vegas Fremont St August 2009
The reason why we do, what we do.
Courtesy of Rock Honors: The Who from Dylan Sanford on Vimeo.Dylan who is the Director of Photography ,allowed us to use his footage.
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