Contrary to the information previously posted on ROSE TATTOO's official web site, Jimmy Barnes and Doc Neeson's RED PHOENIX will NOT be appearing at the upcoming benefit concert for ROSE TATTOO founding member and guitarist, Pete Wells, which is scheduled to be held September 7 at the Enmore Theater in Sydney, Australia. According to an official press release obtained by BLABBERMOUTH.NET, currently confirmed performers include ROSE TATTOO, Billy Thorpe (MD), DIESEL, Jon Stevens + NOISEWORKS, Tim Gaze (TAMAM SHUD/ARIEL), Dave Tice (BUFFALO), Chris Turner (BUFFALO), Tim Rogers, KILLING HEIDI, THE ORIGINAL ANGELS BAND, Ian Moss, THE RADIATORS and Sarah McLeod, with more announcements still to come.
Wells was diagnosed with prostate cancer two years ago and has been undergoing treatment but has had to stand aside from touring with ROSE TATTOO until he recovers.
Commented ROSE TATTOO frontman Angry Anderson: "Pete is one of my oldest and closest friends — basically, he's family. We've been together for 30 years in a band, there's no way I wouldn't be there for him as I'm sure he would for me. Anything the rest of the band and I can do to help him out …"
Billy Thorpe added: "Pete 'Pops' Wells is the last of our rock n roll outlaws. From his early days with BUFFALO through to the legendary ROSE TATTOO, Pete's uncompromising attitude and steel-hard, kick-arse, brand of unadulterated, undiluted, pure rock 'n' roll has inspired a legion of fans both in Australia and internationally, where he is held in the highest regard by the likes of Slash and Keith Richards.
"The speed with which everyone has come on board this benefit is a testimony to the high regard in which Pete is held and a true measure of how much he is loved. Tim Rodgers summed it up perfectly when I asked him if he'd do the show. He said, 'I've never met the man. But Pete Wells! Are you kidding? I consider it an honour to be part of Pete's benefit concert.' And so do I."
Pete's response to the announcement of the benefit show was typically short and warm: "I'm totally overwhelmed by this love and generosity."
Tickets for the Pete Wells Rock 'n' Roll Outlaw Benefit Concert will go on sale Friday, August 5 via Ticketek (www.ticketek.com).