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|Birth name||John Waldo Waybill|
17 September 1950 |
|Associated acts||The Tubes, Richard Marx, Jack Casady, Toto|
John Waldo "Fee" Waybill (b. September 17, 1950, Omaha, Nebraska), is the lead singer and songwriter of the band The Tubes. Waybill has also worked with other acts, including Toto, Richard Marx, and projects headed by Billy Sherwood.
From age 4 through 18, Waybill lived in Scottsdale, Arizona, in the Phoenix area. He attended Scottsdale High School. Of his upbringing, he would later say, "People always ask how come you guys are so twisted and I say it’s because of Phoenix." Waybill, along with The Tubes, appeared in Robert Greenwald's Xanadu, and the 1982 independent Canadian film, Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains. In The Fabulous Stains he played the character Lou Corpse, the washed-up frontman of a band called The Metal Corpses. In 1984, a year after The Tubes released one of their most successful albums, Waybill released his first solo album called Read My Lips. In 1996, Waybill released another album called Don't Be Scared By These Hands. It was revealed in a video blog by Richard Marx that Waybill was in the process of recording a third solo album. The album title and release date have yet to be announced. In the '70s he had been branded with the nickname 'Fiji' because his friends teased him about his big afro that looked like the black king of Fiji who had appeared on the cover of a National Geographic magazine. This got shortened to 'Feej' and eventually (by the time of the first record) to 'Fee', which he felt was fitting because a waybill is a shipping order for which a fee is paid.
During the early 1980s, Waybill appeared as himself on a short-lived television program called Rock-N-America, usually performing as a street reporter who annoyed pedestrians with nonsensical interviews. He also made a cameo in Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure as one of "The Three Most Important People In the World"  and in a Fishin' Musician episode from Second City TV.
In addition to his work with The Tubes, Waybill now works as a record producer. He was the producer for a number of popular artists, including Bryan Adams, and singer/songwriter Richard Marx. One of Fee's latest efforts includes vocals and co-writing on "All's Well That Ends Well", the critically acclaimed song in 2011 by Steve Lukather, of Toto.
- The Tubes official website
- Exclusive Fee Waybill Radio Interview