Category Archives: Classic Gigs

Rolling Stones, Don Valley, 6th June 1999

  Unquestionably there are optimum times to see musicians live. My gig going started in the mid 1970’s, I was too young to catch the Rolling Stones in their prime. For me, their last decent album was “It’s Only Rock … Continue reading

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The Clash, Live at the Lyceum, London,19th Oct, 1981

The Clash have now assumed legendary status from the Punk era. They were a remarkable band. Some of the myths surrounding them are at odds with reality. Many of their achievements are often under- appreciated. I saw them live twice, … Continue reading

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Too Petty – Flowerpot, Derby

The age of the tribute band is upon us. As the greats from the classic rock era grow old, infirm, or die, the demand for their music remains. No-one goes to a Beethoven concert, then complains that Beethoven wasn’t playing, … Continue reading

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Suede – Wolverhampton Civic Hall 1/11/94

A young family prevented me from swooping into the Britpop explosion. Early Oasis, Pulp, and Blur all came and went. But I did catch Suede, although perhaps just a couple of months after their high- water mark. The good news … Continue reading

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Lynyrd Skynyrd – Rainbow Theatre, London, 1977.

There is always a temptation to view one’s youth through rose tinted spectacles. To be of a view that a time that was special to you, was special to everyone. Yet with live rock music, there really is a case … Continue reading

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Tom Petty – an appreciation

    The phenomena of public grief for public figures whom were not known personally to the mourner is not new, but often ridiculed. Tom Petty was one of a handful who caused me to double take, and to feel, … Continue reading

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