Tony Mills

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19
Sep

A Tribute To TONY MILLS - RIP

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Anthony Paul Mills
07.07.1962 - 18.09.2019
 
“It is with a shattered heart that I announce the passing of my loving husband and best friend Tony Mills. He was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer in April of this year and lived his life to the fullest until he exhaled for the last time in my arms. He wanted to live, but wasn't afraid of death.
 
Most will know him through his incredible contribution to the music world as a singer in bands like Shy and TNT as well as a solo artist and session vocalist. He leaves behind him a legacy that will live on for many lifetimes.
 
Those people closest to him will also know him as a gentle and kind soul, a dedicated husband with a love for the quiet life, his animals and his motorbikes. His sense of humour was always on point. His last summer was the happiest in his life, at the end of each day he exclaimed "It's been another fantastic day!" He spent a lot of time in his workshop fixing up his dirtbike so he could ride it later this autumn. The evening before he passed, he managed to whisper:
 
"I've had a good life. I've had a GOOD life. I'm just a bit pissed about the bike."
 
Linda Mills
 
 
We all knew this was coming, but it doesn’t make it any easier to accept.
 
I would like to pay tribute to the one and only TONY MILLS – singer, songwriter, frontman, philosopher, comedian…and realist. Friend.
 
Tony and I swapped countless emails over the last decade, he was always that guy to replied to everything, almost immediately. He was always upbeat, even in the face of something he knew he couldn’t beat.
 
Cancer is a bastard, but through Tony’s courageous decision to be as open and honest about his treatment, we got to learn a little more about it and perhaps understand the emotional impact this had on both Tony personally and his family and friends. And by reading the many many comments posted under every update, we also got to learn a little about how his fans lived with the news too.
 
Tony Mills was one of the good guys. And you won’t ever hear anyone say differently. He will be missed.
 
His openness continued in his private correspondence with me. I’m sure many others received similar emails. I’m going to share one of the very last messages he sent me, as I know he wouldn’t mind. He sounded at total peace. I can’t overstate my admiration for his state of mind.
 
“I'm actually not sure now, if I have days or just a few months left. Either is definite.
I am enjoying a smoke, spending all my savings, forwarding advanced pocket money for the kids and paying for other artists to record their songs, that just can't afford it themselves.
I'm not listening to bible bashers or cannabis oil salesmen, just doing sessions, drinking good beer and dying naturally. I'll be remembered for that, thank you.
Oh and picking your own grave place, is a weird one, trust me.”
 
To close on a brighter note, which I know Tony would want – I asked him to send me some of his famous ‘tales from the road’ that I was at the time considering compiling and putting into book form. Who knows, I might still do…
 
He sent me some cracking tales, but its this one that has me smiling right now:
 
“SHY - somewhere in Europe. 1987
 
Parties with fans on tour buses are notorious. Most of the time, it ended up as a smoke filled, bottle strewn mess filled with laughter and sci-fi films on the video and 50 buck bets on who is willing to swallow the contents of an ashtray. I remember Chubby Brown being our host on the stereo for weeks and of course, some Monty Python and Black Adder. When it gets late, and everyone retires to their bunk bed, at whatever hour, then you know it's over.
However, not so, for a group of fans, who were informed in no uncertain terms, that they had to leave the bus at this point, (which was in the middle of a Belgian forest) at 0400 in the morning, because of checkpoint and passport control. We had driven for hours before that. I wondered how the hell those people ever found out where they were and how they got home, for years. Be careful, which bus you catch!!
It was fortuitous; the curtains of my bed, were parted by a machine gun at the border, with the words, 'Out!! - Drugs check !!'
The bizarre end to this tale, is that as we were signed to RCA at the time, we had some of their stock on the bus. The guards really only wanted our Coca Cola, so after they confiscated all the Coke, we signed a few copies of, 'Huey Lewis and The News' albums and they let us pass through the border, as we sang, 'The Way It Is'.”
 
That’s the way it is….
 
TONY MILLS RIP.
 

 

 
Fri
14
Jun

TONY MILLS Gets A Festival To Celebrate His Life & Music

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The Tony Mills Festival is a celebration of Tony Mills life and music, organized by Black Swan Productions, that will be held on Saturday, September 21, 2019 at the Al Luppolo Saloon in Roletto (TO), Italy, from 3:15 to 11:30PM, in the context of a larger 3-day biker fest.
 
There will be six bands, selected by a team of Italian record labels, playing a selection of their original material and Tony Mills songs from his different projects.
 
The festival will close with a rare headlining performance by Docker's Guild, who will present a special show made exclusively of material featuring the voice of Tony Mills (Docker’s Guild, Shy, TNT and solo works). As many of you already know, Tony Mills was diagnosed with terminal cancer in April 2019, so a huge fundraising effort is underway to collect as much money as possible for cancer research in Italy. Please show your love for Tony and support the cause! Also, visit the Official Facebook Page and follow all the news and updates.
 
DISCLAIMER: the Tony Mills Festival is officially supported by the Mills family, but Tony Mills will NOT appear.
 
More news and details soon!
 
 
Tue
09
Apr

Tony Mills - "Beyond The Law" (Lyric Video)

 
Tony Mills - 'Beyond The Law', from the album, 'Beyond the Law'. (2019) Guitar/keyboards-Tommy Denander, Bass-Linda Mills, Drums-Pete Newdeck.
 
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Mon
08
Apr

TONY MILLS Posts Heartbreaking News For Fans

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British singer/frontman TONY MILLS has terminal cancer. MR wishes Tony all the best and hopes he stays strong for as long as possible. He is one of the good guys.
He posted the following overnight on his FB page:
 
Cancer.
Not only my birth sign, but now also my fate.
Recently diagnosed, but far too late. I have suffered since the end of last year, shortly after a car crash before Christmas, which halted my digestive system and left me with internal pain that was difficult to isolate or fully understand.
Various hospital visits found nothing from tests until I took myself to a private clinic in Oslo, where the doctor decided I was too unwell for normal scopes and I was scanned the following day.
A tumour too old and large to be removable had been growing inside me for a year or so and was the cause of all my problems. It seems to me that the car crash definitely accelerated the growth and/or effects of this entity, otherwise I may still not even be aware of it. So, that's that.
Standing back from this for a moment, to look at my ensuing album release, I am grateful to the people around me that have been involved with my latest album, 'Beyond the Law', that will very obviously be my last written work as an artist.
The timing was nothing short of a relief. I am glad it got finished in time.
Certainly not least my wife Linda, Pete Newdeck, Tommy Denander, Toine Vanderlinden, Josh 'Tabbie' Williams, Tony Forsythe and Chris Aldridge on the studio level and Pete Kotevski from Battlegod Productions Jon Løvstad, Alex Cooper, Avalon Music and Ivan Gunn for artistic support, finance and logistics.
The record is delayed slightly, until June to help the different territories release simultaneously and assist the record in some success.
I was planning a thirty year anthology of solo material next year (1990-2020);
I have spoken to some of my colleagues and they may well organise that.
WIth regard to what will happen in the short term, I don't intend to do a lot; I gave up travelling after touring Spain three years ago, as I found it too tiring and it just felt like it was time to withdraw from such a public existence and get out of the spotlight. I have been a live performer in one fashion or another since 1978 and though many rockers paint the wrinkles and endeavour to recreate their long lost talents, that never interested me; I was always a believer in moving over for the youngsters and giving them their rightful opportunities while they were young and fit enough to do it with the energy that it requires.
I have been writing and recording for three years, mainly for other artists, which I have enjoyed a lot and for whatever time I have left, (which I will no doubt be told in no uncertain terms very soon) I intend to carry on that practice and work around the farm with my wife and the animals we love.
WIth little more to say for now, I will remain as sociable as possible for as long as I can, until it renders me incapable and then my wife will inform everyone of the eventualities. 
Thanks for your support during my time as a singer/songwriter; I met and worked with many of my heroes and I lived the dreams from when I was a starstruck teenager, against all odds and the advice of parents and teachers, who were all wrong.
Rock on.
Tony Mills
 
 
Mon
04
Mar

Tony Mills - "Running Guns" (New 2019, Lyric Video)

 
Tony Mills - 'Running Guns', from the album, 'Beyond the Law' (2019)
Guitar - Tommy Denander, Bass - Linda Mills, Drums - PeteNewdeck.
 
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Tue
03
Mar

TONY MILLS 'Over My Dead Body' Album Out Now

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Monday, February 23, 2015
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The 4th official solo album from ex-SHY/TNT frontman, Tony Mills is out now. A hard rock concept album tracing the death and rebirth of  the singer in Scandinavia in 2010.
 
For fans of SHY, TNT, SIAM, & SERPENTINE, WORK OF ART, DOCKERS GUILD, PAUL SABU, ROBERT SALL, ERIC RAGNO and RAM-ZET. The album crosses over from METAL to AOR and PROG ROCK. Mixed at OTB by Neil Kernon for Auslander.
Produced by Tony Mills for APM Music/Battlegod Productions.
 
Tracklisting:
 
01. Time Won't Wait
02. 28 Flights
03. We Should Be On By Now
04. No Love Lost
05. Gate 21
06. My Death
07. Bitter Suite
08. Northern Star
09. 4 In The Morning
10. Somewhere In London
11. Free Spirits
 
Line-up:
Vocals - Tony Mills
Keyboards - Douglas Docker, Eric Ragno, Henning Ramseth and Robert Sall
Bass Guitar - Andreas Passmark and Henning Ramseth
Guitars - Henning Ramseth, Robert Sall, Paul Sabu
Piano - Douglas Docker, Eric Ragno and Henning Ramseth
Drums and Percussion - Andreas Nergard
Fretless Bass - Neil Kernon
 
 
 
 
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