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The Tubes started as a collection of high school friends from Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona. Two Phoenix bands, the Beans and The Red, White and Blues Band, both relocated to San Francisco in 1969 and eventually merged. The new band's core membership remained largely intact for more than a decade: Fee Waybill (real name John Waldo Waybill) (vocals), Bill "Sputnik" Spooner (guitar, vocals), Roger Steen (guitar), Prairie Prince (real name Charles L. Prince) (drums), Michael Cotten (synthesizer), Vince Welnick (piano), and Rick Anderson (bass). Singer Re Styles (born Shirley Marie MacLeod) (vocals) and ex-Santana percussionist Mingo Lewis were also fixtures for much of the band's early history.
Is Re Styles Dead?
The Helicopter victim was Jane Dornacker,occaisional member of The Tubes. ( She co-wrote songs like "Don't Touch Me There" and was a back-up singer in concert. ) She was later the lead singer in "Leila & The Snakes".
"Re Styles" aka "Shirley M.MacLeod" is ALIVE and kicking. She has turned up a few times to sing at Tubes re-union gigs,but spends most of her time as a horticulturalist.(see Stiv Bators/Cleveland,Ohio