In 1970, Skid Row signed a record deal with CBS. Later that year that Brush, Gary, and drummer Noel Bridgeman had released thier first album called "Skid" (on CD as Epic/Sony ESCA 5534 [Japan].) Their second album was called "34 Hours," as that was the amount of time it took to record it (Columbia Rewind 480525 2). The last works of the band reocorded just before Gary quit, were not released until 1990. Shown below, the CD is widely available in American record stores in the Gary Moore section. The early works of the band have also been available since 1983, when they were released under the title "Skid Row" (available on CD as Columbia 477360-2)
After spending some time on the road, Brush
and Noel returned to Ireland in 1972, where they continued to perform under
the name Skid Row. You can also hear Brush and his bass on some tracks
recorded by the drug induced Dublin band Dr.
Strangely Strange. Brush has always kept the Skid Row name alive, however,
and "even went to all the trouble of breeding the guitar player."
Indeed it is a musically talented family, as Brush often tours with his
son Matthew on guitar and his son Jude on bass and guitar. Brush did not
appreciate the American band, launched by Bon Jovi's manager Doc Magee,
stealing his band's name. "He could be Doc Marten for all I know...but
he's going to get a kick up the arse."
In his most recent visit to the United
States, Brush did not get the chance to confront Magee, but he did trash
In 1997 Brush released a landmark CD entitled Celtic Road Warrior. It includes an excellent cover of U2's "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For," as well as "The Tractor." Brush calls this original composition, "a heartwarming tribute to his old faithful Massey Ferguson 35 which has since become an integral part of the Shiels family." The CD is available on Bus records (BUSCD801).
At the eve of a new century, Brush Shiels
can be found escorting two outstanding young musicians into the limelight
of two very promising careers. He can be heard on the bass and vocals
for two tracks of The Shiels Brothers Band debut album Hey Joe and Other
Family Favourites. The album highlights originial compositions by
Brush and guitarist/vocalist Matthew Shiels. Keeping it all in the
family, Jude Shiels can be heard on the slide guitar and vocals.
Also included on the CD, are uptempo Sheils signature covers of "Hey Joe,"
"Whole Lotta Love," "Statesboro Blues," and "Sweet Home Alabama." The album is available
on New Broom records. Americans will have a hard time finding it
in the states, but can only hope that this talented family take their music
across the Atlantic.
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