Pete Wells is best known internationally for his seminal slide-guitar work with bona fide Oz rock legends ROSE TATTOO and locally Bufallo, Rocks Push, Lucy Desoto and The Handsome Devils, Hillbilly Moon and many more forays into the heady world of rock.
Pete was admired by many in the rock scene, including Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, and members of Guns n' Roses, who asked the Tatts to reform for their 1989 Aussie tour.
Sadly, Pete passed away in March 2006 after a long battle with cancer. His story can be found on the Reviews/News Page.
Bio From Wikipedia:
Pete Wells (circa 1948 – 27 March 2006) is best known as the slide guitarist with Australian rock band Rose Tattoo. Wells first rose to prominence as bassist with the pioneering Sydney-based heavy metal outfit Buffalo in the 1970's.
In 1976, Wells formed Rose Tattoo with former Buster Brown vocalist Angry Anderson, guitarist Mick Cocks, bassist Ian Rilen and drummer Dallas Royal. The band's hard rock style soon developed a strong following in Sydney leading to Albert Productionsoffering them a record contract. Their single "Bad Boy for Love" became a hit and their self-titled debut album established their reputation with production by George Young and Harry Vanda formerly of The Easybeats. Rilen left the band to be replaced by former Buster Brown bassist Geordie Leech.
After the release of their second album Assault and Battery, Rose Tattoo embarked on an international tour. They were the loudest band to play at the Marquee Club since Led Zeppelin. After the release of their third album Scarred for Life, the band supported Aerosmith and ZZ Top on US tours.
Wells left the band in 1983 with Royal and Robin Riley who had replaced Cocks in 1982. After Wells left Rose Tattoo, he fronted The Pete Wells Band. He also worked on side projects to his credit, such as the Lucy DeSoto Band, Rocks Push with Rob Grosser and Chris Turner, and Hillbilly Moon with Paul Norton and Cletis Carr. Rose Tattoo reformed briefly in 1993 to support Guns N' Roses on an Australian tour.
Wells was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2002. Australian musicians played benefit gigs for him in 2005 including Rose Tattoo, Peter Garrett, The Beasts of Bourbon, Tex, Don and Charlie, Paul Kelly and Tim Rogers and the Temperance Union. Peter Wells died on 27 March 2006 from the disease.
2008/Pete Wells/Bodgie Dada
2006/Blues Hangover/Greetings From The Aloha Monkey
2005/Pete Wells/Mothers Worry
2004/Lucy DeSoto & the Handsome Devils/Whiskey Dance
2004/Lucy DeSoto & the Handsome Devils/Low Down and Travelling
2003/Rocks Push/Three Good Reasons For The Blues
2003/Lucy DeSoto & the Handsome Devils/Lucy DeSoto & the Handsome Devils
2001/Pete Wells, Angry Anderson and the Damn Fine Band
2000/Pete Wells Band/Hateball
2000/Rose Tattoo/25 To Life
1999/Pete Wells Band/It's All Fun and Games
1999/Lucy DeSoto/Take This Veil
1996/Pete Wells Band/Go Ahead Call The Cops
1996/Hillbilly Moon/Volume Two
1996/Romeo Dog/Romeo Dog
1995/Blues Hangover/Blues Hangover
1994/Peter Wells/Crisis Point Casino
1994/Hillbilly Moon/Volume One
1993/Peter Wells/No Hard Feelings
1992/Peter Wells/The Meaning Of Life
1990/Peter Wells/Everything You LIke Tries To Kill You
1986/Lucy DeSoto/Help Me Rhonda My Boyfriends Back
1984/Scattered Aces/Six Pack
1982/Rose Tattoo/Scarred For Life
1981/Rose Tattoo/Assault and Battery
1978/Rose Tattoo/Rose Tattoo
1974/Buffalo/Only Want You For Your Body