Fee Waybill

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Fee Waybill
Birth nameJohn Waldo Waybill
Born (1950-09-17) September 17, 1950 (age 72)
Omaha, Nebraska
United States
Occupation(s)Musician, producer

John Waldo "Fee" Waybill (born September 17, 1950 in Omaha, Nebraska) is the lead singer and songwriter of San Francisco band The Tubes. Waybill has also worked with other acts, including Toto, Richard Marx, and Billy Sherwood.

Early life and education[edit]

Waybill moved to Scottsdale, Arizona in the 1950s and grew up in the Southwest Village area.[1] He then attended Arizona State University, where he had planned to study oceanography. Ultimately, he discovered acting and decided to pursue that as a field of study.[2] Waybill eventually dropped out of college and, while hanging out in the Verde Valley of Arizona, got to know his future bandmates, Roger Steen and Prairie Prince.[3]


Waybill, along with the Tubes, appeared in Robert Greenwald's Xanadu (1980), and Lou Adler's Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains (1982). In the latter film, 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.

With the Tubes, Waybill would perform as crippled Nazi Dr. Strangekiss, country singer Hugh Heifer, glam rocker Quay Lewd, and punk parody Johnny Bugger.[4][5]

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",[6] and appeared, both acting and performing with The Tubes, in one of the "Fishin' Musician" skits on 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 pop music artists including singer-songwriter Richard Marx.

Personal life[edit]

Waybill and his wife, Elizabeth, live in Los Angeles' Hollywood Hills area.[7][8]


Studio albums[edit]

  • Read My Lips (1984)
  • Don't Be Scared by These Hands (1996)
  • Fee Waybill Rides Again (2020)

with The Tubes[edit]


  • "You're Still Laughing" (1984)
  • "I Don't Even Know Your Name (Passion Play)" (1984)
  • "Meeting Half the Way" (1990)
  • "Faker" (2020)

Soundtrack appearances[edit]


  1. ^ "Fee Waybill Rides Again: The Tubes' lead singer goes solo for hard-driving rock record". September 21, 2020.
  2. ^ "Fee Waybill Rides Again: The Tubes' lead singer goes solo for hard-driving rock record". September 21, 2020.
  3. ^ "Go back in time with the Tubes to the band's glory days".
  4. ^ Tubes homepage. Retrieved June 20, 2019.
  5. ^ "The Tubes," AllMusic. Retrieved June 20, 2019.
  6. ^ "Mondo Bondage: Why Fee Waybill is One of the Three Most Important People in the World". DangerousMinds.net. October 21, 2019. Retrieved August 29, 2019.
  7. ^ "Fee Waybill Rides Again: The Tubes' lead singer goes solo for hard-driving rock record". September 21, 2020.
  8. ^ "Fee Waybill rides again". August 19, 2020.

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