Category Archives: Classic Gigs

Tina Turner- Portman Rd  stadium,  Ipswich, England 25/7/90

East Anglia was honoured to have Tina pay her first ever visit to the area for a two night stint at Ipswich Town’s handsome football ground for her Foreign Affair tour(also known as the Foreign Affair: European Tour 1990) It … Continue reading

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Television / the Only Ones – Hammersmith Odeon London, April 17th 1978.

Television / the Only Ones – Hammersmith Odeon London, April 17th 1978. Much talk was made of American/ New York punk, in the Uk. With the exception of the Ramones and Richard Hell and the Voidoids, its impact was insignificant. … Continue reading

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Graham Parker & The Rumour – Leeds University, April 23rd 1978

The mid to late 70’s was an incredibly diverse time for music. The early 70’s was experimental and primarily featured disco building upon 60’s soul, prog rock developing hippy rock and hard rock, pop, and Rnb rock n roll. .  … Continue reading

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Cher- Birmingham NEC May 15th 2004

I didn’t own a single Cher single or album, yet somehow she has been omnipresent in my awareness of music. As a child I remember the tweeness of “I’ve got you babe”, but also the darkness of “Bang Bang”. I … Continue reading

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Black Sabbath live – Hammersmith Odeon, London, 14th March, 1977.

Sabbath liked Marshall amps. The seventies was the apogee of Heavy Rock, the holy trinity were Deep Purple ( Smoke on the Water),Led Zeppelin ( Whole Lotta Love) and Black Sabbath ( Paranoid).  By the mid 70’s, Zep had become … Continue reading

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Roxy Music Aug 1st 1980 the Flesh and Blood tour.

Roxy have enjoyed two distinct eras, the first artistically successful 1972-79, the second commercially successful ( 1980 onwards). Lack of opportunity, not lack of desire or admiration, meant that I missed out on the first era. How I would have … Continue reading

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Siouxsie & The Banshees / The Human League, London Rainbow Theatre, 7th April, 1979

Shows which are anticipated as Events rarely live up to expectations. This was an exception. Siouxsie was playing the gig as a benefit for the mental health charity Mencap. Raw punk had long since disappeared into the ether, in its … Continue reading

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The Boomtown Rats – Leeds, 1977

  The Boomtown Rats Oct 17th, ,1977 Leeds Poly The summer of 77 unleashed a tsunami of Punk and New Wave debut albums, singles and tours. It was difficult to keep up. It seemed that every week there was something … Continue reading

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The Stranglers – Leeds University, 7th June, 1978

  A band that were around Punk at its inception, were also outsiders from its inception. The Sex Pistols, the Clash and the Buzzcocks were the original fulcrum, lauded by the all powerful music press of the time. There were … Continue reading

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The Buzzcocks / Slits/ Gang of Four / John Cooper Clarke, Leeds University Refectory. Mar 18th 1978

  In the summer of 76 only three bands mattered, The Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Buzzcocks. Two years on the Buzzcocks still mattered. Their debut album, Another Music in a Different Kitchen had been released a week earlier. … Continue reading

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