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Passings: Chris Bailey of Australia's The Angels


Photo by Ros O'Gorman
Chris Bailey, bass player for the Australian band The Angels, has lost his battle with cancer.

Chris was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer in later January and started immediate chemotherapy. John Brewster of The Angels told Noise11 today that “he is free of the nightmare”.

He joined The Angels in 1976 and left in 1982 but then re-joined and recorded the band’s recent album Take It To The Streets. He played on the debut album for The Angels in 1977 and then the iconic Face To Face. No Exit, Dark Room and Night Attack albums with the band.

Chris passed away at 12:30 AM this morning, April 4, 2013. He is survived by wife Josie and a 3-year old son.

John Brewster has confirmed that the benefit concert for Chris will go ahead as a tribute show. “It will raise funds to help the little bloke’s education,” John said.

The line-up for the benefit is a Who’s Who of Australian rock including the members of Cold Chisel. The show will feature Jimmy Barnes, Ian Moss, Phil Small and Don Walker, all billed individually.

Diesel will join Jimmy Barnes. Also on the bill are James Reyne, Gangajang, Swanee with The Brewster Brothers and The Angels with Dave Gleeson. Wilbur Wilde will be the MC.

‘Adelaide Salutes Chris Bailey’ will take place at the Thebarton Theatre in Adelaide in April 17.

Brewster, guitarist and founding member of the band with Chris, spoke with Noise11 and issued the following statement today. “It is a very sad day for us,” John said. “We have lost a great friend in Chris Bailey and a great friend to a lot of people. We are doing a concert in Adelaide on the 17th of April at the Thebarton Theatre. I made all the calls and not one person hesitated. All the guys from Cold Chisel will play. Jimmy is going to sing a couple of Angels’ songs. Mossy and Don Walker are going to get up with the Brewster Brothers and The Angels. James Reyne is coming over. Wilbur Wilde will compere. Gangajang will be there. It will be the celebration of a wonderful guy. We are obviously very sad today. He had been battling this damn thing for the last nine months or so and it’s been a hard road for him”.

John also confirmed that work had begun on the next album for The Angels and Chris will be very much a part of it. “We just loved the experience of making the Taking It To The Streets album so much that we decided to jump back into the studio and go again. We only had a few loose ideas for songs and ended up recording 16 songs. Chris came and joined us for three of those days and I think he played on eight of the new songs. My gut feeling is that he will probably be on about 50% of the next album. I’d like to recommend to the band that we dedicate the next album to Chris’ memory. He is a wonderful guy and an amazing musician and will be sorely missed”.

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