Volume 2 in our Unreleased Classic Rock Photos Series presents some fabulous unreleased and never seen before photos of the Tubes courtesy of Mike Hill. These photos of The Tubes that feature their iconic lead singer Fee Waybill were taken by Mike Hill. The Tubes were a San Francisco band first formed in 1972. The Tubes released their first album in 1975 entitled simply The Tubes. The album featured their hit fm radio single “White Punks On Dope.” The musicians on their debut album featured Fee Waybill on lead vocals, Bill Spooner on guitar and vocals, Roger Steen on guitar and vocals, Michael Cotten on synthesizer, Vince Welnick on keyboards Rick Anderson on bass and Prairie L’Emprere Prince on drums. The band followed upon their debut album release in 1976 with the record Young and Rich.
In 1977, The Tubes released their third album called Now. For the group’s fourth album, the band brought on board the legendary Todd Rundgren to produce the record which was a perfect match for a band like The Tubes. In 1981, The Tubes would change producers bringing in the hit maker David Foster to produce their album The Completion Backward Principle. David Foster’s hit making skills helped the band go into heavy rotation with the just-launched MTV Network and their single “Talk To You Later.” David Foster would stick with the band for their next album released in 1983 entitled Outside Inside. The albums would feature the band’s biggest hit single of their career with the song “She’s A Beauty.” From that point on, The Tubes released only two more studio albums. Love Bomb was released in 1985 and Genius of America of 1986.
The Tubes were a band ahead of their time in many ways. Their stage shows were unlike anything ever seen before.
Unreleased Tubes Photos
The photos below of the Tubes were taken from a concert performance on November 12, 1981. The venue called Uncle Sams was a nightclub turned disco turned concert venue at Nantasket Beach in Hull, Massachusetts.
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Unreleased Classic Rock Photos Vol.2: The Tubes – The Mike Hill Series article published on Classic RockHistory.com© 2023
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