Monthly Archives: April 2020

The Jam -Debut Tour, California Ballroom, Dunstable, 9th July, 1977

  This was my first ever punk gig. An avid reader of the music press it was quite clear that something was happening . I lived in provincial Bedford at the time, there were no venues putting on punk gigs. … Continue reading

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David Bowie – Earthling Tour,Que Club, Birmingham,1997

I did not normally buy the Birmingham Evening Mail. But that day I needed to check the property pages , bought it at lunchtime, and sat down to read it with a sandwich. Tucked away, in a small box advert … Continue reading

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David Bowie – Stage/ Isolar 2 Tour, Earls Court, London 29/6 & 1/7/78

It had been barely two years since I had last seen Bowie, on the Isolar / Station to Station tour. During that time he had released another two albums which had changed the musical landscape, Low and Heroes. Simultaneously, punk … Continue reading

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David Bowie – Wembley Empire Pool, London, Fri May7th 1976

  The six shows had sold out in an instant. Bowie was in creative maelstrom mode. Six albums released in a four- year period from Ziggy onwards, each one packed with a dizzying array of ideas and musical references. Ziggy … Continue reading

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The National Front – My Part in Their Downfall

Leeds. 1979. Socially things were grim. The city was rough, tough, but unbowed, following the miners strike of ’72. The football team (Super) Leeds United was in decline, their hooligan firm, The Service Crew, were in their ascendancy. Musically, Leeds … Continue reading

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Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – Wembley Arena

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – Wembley Arena 30th May 1981 I had been just too young to catch Bruce for his debut London appearance at the Hammersmith Odeon at which he had been billed the future of … Continue reading

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My Favourite Musicals

I am fortunate to review theatre professionally. That means that I often see shows that I would not normally have bought a ticket for, and miss shows that I would have liked to have seen because of clashing dates. Here … Continue reading

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