Author Topic: Final Photo's of Colin Stoner at his last ever gig (with The Doctors of Madness)  (Read 227630 times)

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Re: The Doctors of Madness 1974 to 2014
« Reply #450 on: October 15, 2014, 07:02:28 PM »
Yes, I'd call it a sell out.

...On the ball as ever Fred.

Wonderful to meet The Afterglow, Stoner and Joe Elliott again.

Joe even got to sing 'my' song live with the Doctors of Madness.

Really special to see the electrifying Urban Blitz and the thuderous Silver Surfer on drums one last time.

First class set list (bar the missing Waiting encore). Couldn't have been better choices.

Now don't get me started on the audience, the venue and the rest of the show. The atmosphere wasn't Exploring Madness. Oh! For a pokey pub and ravining fans side by side by side singing along and hugging the returning heroes.

As for the rest. I DELETE.
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Re: The Doctors of Madness 1974 to 2014
« Reply #451 on: October 16, 2014, 12:06:58 PM »
Yes, I'd call it a sell out.

Joe even got to sing 'my' song live with the Doctors of Madness.

First class set list (bar the missing Waiting encore). Couldn't have been better choices.

Thanks for the infos. Which one is 'your' song again?
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Re: The Doctors of Madness 1974 to 2014
« Reply #452 on: October 16, 2014, 06:56:46 PM »
I sang Suicide City with Stoner and strange in 2006 and Joe sang it with the Doctors in 2014.
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Re: The Doctors of Madness 1974 to 2014
« Reply #453 on: October 17, 2014, 09:11:22 AM »
I sang Suicide City with Stoner and strange in 2006 and Joe sang it with the Doctors in 2014.

Very cool.  :)
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Re: Exploring Madness with TV Smith, Kid Strange, Stoner & Tj Sundown
« Reply #454 on: November 08, 2014, 10:32:19 AM »
It's good to see this post back home with TV Smith.

Wonderful to meet Colin Stoner again last month. :)

My favourite bass player in the world and a beautiful person to boot.
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Re: Exploring Madness with TV Smith, Kid Strange, Stoner & Tj Sundown
« Reply #455 on: November 08, 2014, 10:32:54 AM »
...Err, not that I'd want to kick Colin!
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Re: Exploring Madness with TV Smith, Kid Strange, Stoner & Tj Sundown
« Reply #456 on: November 16, 2014, 01:48:19 PM »
So sad to hear that Colin Stoner has just passed away. This changes forever the perspective of the reunion show last month.

Love you Colin.


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Wonderful to meet Colin Stoner again last month.

My favourite bass player in the world and a beautiful person.

Tj 8.11.14
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Re: Farewell Colin Stoner The Finest Bass Player Ever
« Reply #457 on: November 21, 2014, 10:06:30 PM »
Sounds like Joe Elliott is going to have a tribute to Stoner on his radio show.

Totally deserved.
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Re: Farewell Colin Stoner The Finest Bass Player Ever
« Reply #458 on: November 22, 2014, 04:39:45 PM »
Sounds like Joe Elliott is going to have a tribute to Stoner on his radio show.

Link service for anyone interested:
http://www.planetrock.com/on-air/joe-elliott/
http://www.planetrock.com/general/listening-online/
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Re: Farewell Colin Stoner The Finest Bass Player Ever
« Reply #459 on: November 23, 2014, 07:28:03 PM »
Just read this and it made me sad  :'(
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Re: Farewell Colin Stoner The Finest Bass Player Ever
« Reply #460 on: December 01, 2014, 11:18:30 AM »
A very nice tribute in the obituary section of the Times today...
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/obituaries/article4283254.ece

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Re: Farewell Colin Stoner The Finest Bass Player Ever
« Reply #461 on: December 01, 2014, 11:55:59 AM »
I already have the new Explorers CD's in my car for my coaching journey down South this week.

You helped make my dream come true Colin (and Teev). I'll never forget those two very special days. ...And not just the gigs.

What a truly lovely man.   
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Re: TV Smith, Richard 'Kid' Strange & The Great Stoner are just Exploring Madness
« Reply #462 on: December 14, 2014, 07:27:59 PM »
Still gutted about Colin Stoner's passing away. And so soon after The Doctors of Madness reunion.

Below is an obtuary written my friend Jeremy from The Doctors of Madness fanclub.

Finally, here's some Doctors of Madness reunion photo's of Colin on his last ever live show. He looks so happy on the final photo from the reunion gig...


https://www.flickr.com/photos/128614427@N02/sets/72157648876613070/

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Obituary - Colin Bentley (Stoner) 1949 – 2014

Colin Bentley (Stoner) who died on November 14 was mainly known for being a founding member and bassist for both the Doctors of Madness and then TV Smith’s Explorers in the late seventies and early eighties.

The Doctors of Madness were formed in 1974 in Twickenham by singer, guitarist and songwriter Richard (Kid) Strange and drummer Peter diLemma.  They recruited Stoner on bass and Urban Blitz on guitar and violin.  Richard Strange described Stoner as “the best bloke I have ever had in the band. He knows what it is about. And you should see him on stage. Weird!”.  This last comment refers to the skinny t-shirts and skeletal makeup that Stoner’s wife Elaine applied to him rather heavily before each show.

The Doctors of Madness, who were once described as “a bit like the Velvet Underground but in 3D colour” released three studio albums, Late Night Movies All Night Brainstorms, Figments of Emancipation and Sons of Survival all of which were critically accliaimed but not commercially successful.  Stoner played bass on all of these as well as providing backing vocals.  He also sang lead vocal on one song, No Limits from Sons of Survival and live also took over lead vocals on the Velvet Underground cover What Goes On.

Stoner’s melodic bass playing helped put the colour into the band and together with Kid Strange’s blue hair, Urban Blitz’s army fatigues and Peter diLemma’s surfer dude bleached hair, his bizarre stage makeup helped further their edgy stage image.  His playing can best be heard on the classic track, Marie and Joe, where Stoner’s bass solo provides a superb melodic break in the middle of the song before a wild guitar solo from Urban Blitz.

The Doctors of Madness broke up in 1978 and Stoner then joined TV Smith’s Explorers, playing on their near hit Tomahawk Cruise and first and only album, The Last Words of the Great Explorer.  Again, Stoner was an integral part of the band until their break up in 1981.

Stoner was also in demand as a session musician.  His work included playing bass with the Sadista Sisters, incorporating the role of musical director.  He also did studio session work, playing on singles for the band Exit, and with Daedalo, making a five track CD Walk Inside the Painting, playing a five string fretless bass guitar.

Stoner and his wife Elaine moved from London to Worcestershire in the late 1980s, where Stoner maintained a musical interest, playing with local bands and gigging with Nigel Kennedy as well as a playing at a pair of Exploring Madness reunion gigs with Richard Strange and TV Smith in 2006. His last band was Malvern-based “The Pull” who recorded a five song EP The Magnets which is available through Bandcamp.

Stoner was re-united with both Richard Strange and TV Smith for two re-union gigs called Exploring Madness in Yorkshire in September 2006. Stoner played bass and sang backing vocals on Explorers songs with TV and Doctors of Madness songs with Richard, before all three united to play three 'Raw Meat for The Missionaries' demo's written by TV and Richard in the late seventies.  

The final chapter in Stoner’s musical life came sadly in October where Stoner performed once again with the Doctors of Madness at the London Southbank Centre as part of Richard Strange’s tribute to William Burroughs: Language is a Virus from Outer Space.  It was the first time the full original band had played together for 36 years and although Stoner was frail, the band put on an outstanding “greatist hits” set showing how underrated and ahead of time they were in the seventies.

Stoner leaves behind his wife Elaine, daughter Lauren and grandson Reuben and a wide and longstanding musical legacy.

Jeremy Smith (The Afterglow - Doctors of Madness)
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Looks like another good night for TJ:

"So - Cabaret Futura is in overdrive!! Shows this week are:

Hastings Art Car Boot Fair...Saturday 16th 12.00-16.00
The Stade, next to Jerwood Gallery, Hastings.
Featuring Sarah Jane Morris, Band of Holy Joy, Martin Creed, Paul Sakoilsky,Geraldine Swayne and ウケイ マキコ !!!!

Portobello Green Summer Festival..Sunday 17th 16.45- 20.00
Acklam Village, Acklam Road, London, W11
Featuring Joe Joe Alban Bernie, KRÍA, Alexa Mullins and Coldredlight (Free Entry)

The Paradise...Monday 18th 20.00-23.00
19, Kilburn Lane, Kensal Rise, London, W10 4AE

Who's playing?? Now that would be telling....but if you like Doctors of Madness you might have a good evening...! The last show of the summer……please come along to drown our sorrows!"

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