“It’s very sad news, there is a sense of relief, Doc has been battling this dreadful cancer for a long time.
It’s terribly sad to lose somebody, we haven’t worked together for a few years, most people realise that, but I’ve found myself a lot lately thinking about the great, unbelievable days of firstly the Moonshine Jug and String Band that Doc joined in about 1972, we formed the band with The Angels in ’74 and just got in the old EH Holden Stationwagon and drove around Australia, went literally gig to gig. We used to work every night of the week in those days.” said Brewster to 702 ABC Sydney’s Richard Glover.
The band started in Adelaide, where Brewster now lives once more, “The music here was just incredible” he said.
Neeson had a very memorable stage presence that audiences would always connect with, as Brewster explained.
“I know that Doc was heavily into the theatre of expressionism, Bertold Brecht, he was right in to that. He sort of brought that to his stage show. He was this manic character, we found this incredible chemistry between me and Rick, and Doc.
He just evolved into one of the greatest frontmen ever.. Right up there with Mick Jagger, he was incredible.’
One of the band’s biggest hits is “Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again” and it has a well known additional lyric that the audience add in.
Richard Glover encouraged his audience to sing it along with the song on the program today and he asked Brewster about the genesis of the ‘additional lyric’
“Don’t ask me how that started, we’ve never known but it’s made the song huge!” said Brewster.
Australian music fans will surely miss Neeson’s energetic performances.
“Doc just gave it his all, he’d be wringing wet, end of the show he’d be laying on a cement floor trying to cool down, he’d be so wiped out.
We’re very sad”.