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The Gig You Wish You’d Gone To

Posted: 08:52 08 May 2020
by Devongreenowl
Thanks to the moderators for permitting these music threads. I think we can all see that those taking part have enjoyed doing so and the interactions have been 100% positive. That’s music for you :cool:

Anyway, I promise this is my last one folks.

This is as the title suggests, about the gig you could have gone to but didn’t and have regretted it ever since. It doesn’t necessarily have to be because the gig turned out to be awesome, as you will see from mine. Anyway here goes:-

Back in the early 70's I had two tickets to go and see Slade at the Flamingo Ballroom., which to those who don’t know, is between Camborne and Redruth. Back in the day it hosted some fairly big names, which was pretty incredible as it was really just a decent sized dancehall.

Slade were at the top of their game at the time, but for whatever reason I decided I didn’t want to go. Now my girlfriend at the time, a very attractive blonde (but I digress) was VERY disappointed at this turn of events and I told her she could still go and take a mate. So I gave her the tickets and thought no more of it. I think I stayed at home listening to Radio Luxembourg or something like that!

Anyway, turns out that the mate she took was one of my mates and you can probably guess the rest. Things did get a bit ugly between me and my 'mate' and I’m sad to say there may have been a split lip involved. Still in the end I married a proper Cornish 'maid' and had twenty odd happy years.
I still wish I’d gone to the Slade gig though :funny:

Re: The Gig You Wish You’d Gone To

Posted: 08:56 08 May 2020
by Forest of Dean Green
A very specific one. I got the heave ho from my girlfriend in late 80s and she had my ticket to go and see the Pixies and the Throwing Muses just after Doolittle (I think) was released. Because I couldn’t bear the sight of her I skipped the gig. I regret it to this day and still haven’t seen the Pixies.

Re: The Gig You Wish You’d Gone To

Posted: 09:06 08 May 2020
by Devongreenowl
Forest of Dean Green wrote: A very specific one. I got the heave ho from my girlfriend in late 80s and she had my ticket to go and see the Pixies and the Throwing Muses just after Doolittle (I think) was released. Because I couldn’t bear the sight of her I skipped the gig. I regret it to this day and still haven’t seen the Pixies.


That’s a good one FODG. I feel your grief (about missing the Pixies!) I really COULD stand the sight of my blonde though! :funny:

Re: The Gig You Wish You’d Gone To

Posted: 09:22 08 May 2020
by mervyn
How about this for a missed gig. My youngest son was living in Vienna, and had a ticket with his mates for arguably the greatest ever European final at Barcelona when Man U beat Bayern. The day before his new Swedish girl friend told him she’d bought two tickets for the overnight sleeper train to Rome, and was he keen? What would you have done? Romance won.

Re: The Gig You Wish You’d Gone To

Posted: 09:25 08 May 2020
by Forest of Dean Green
Devongreenowl wrote:
Forest of Dean Green wrote: A very specific one. I got the heave ho from my girlfriend in late 80s and she had my ticket to go and see the Pixies and the Throwing Muses just after Doolittle (I think) was released. Because I couldn’t bear the sight of her I skipped the gig. I regret it to this day and still haven’t seen the Pixies.


That’s a good one FODG. I feel your grief (about missing the Pixies!) I really COULD stand the sight of my blonde though! :funny:


My ex was a Blonde too. Just an unpleasant one.

Re: The Gig You Wish You’d Gone To

Posted: 09:34 08 May 2020
by Devongreenowl
mervyn wrote: How about this for a missed gig. My youngest son was living in Vienna, and had a ticket with his mates for arguably the greatest ever European final at Barcelona when Man U beat Bayern. The day before his new Swedish girl friend told him she’d bought two tickets for the overnight sleeper train to Rome, and was he keen? What would you have done? Romance won.


Morning Mervyn - you obviously have a great relationship with your son! :cool:

Re: The Gig You Wish You’d Gone To

Posted: 09:35 08 May 2020
by Devongreenowl
Devongreenowl wrote:
mervyn wrote: How about this for a missed gig. My youngest son was living in Vienna, and had a ticket with his mates for arguably the greatest ever European final at Barcelona when Man U beat Bayern. The day before his new Swedish girl friend told him she’d bought two tickets for the overnight sleeper train to Rome, and was he keen? What would you have done? Romance won.


Morning Mervyn - you obviously have a great relationship with your son! :cool:


Ps - in the true spirit of the thread - did he regret missing the gig though? :funny:

Re: The Gig You Wish You’d Gone To

Posted: 09:38 08 May 2020
by GreenThing
The Rollercoaster Tour at the Pavillions early 90’s. Blur, Dinosaur Jr, My Bloody Valentine and Jesus and Mary Chain. I didn’t know it was on until it was too late.

Re: The Gig You Wish You’d Gone To

Posted: 09:43 08 May 2020
by mervyn
Devongreenowl wrote:
Devongreenowl wrote:
mervyn wrote: How about this for a missed gig. My youngest son was living in Vienna, and had a ticket with his mates for arguably the greatest ever European final at Barcelona when Man U beat Bayern. The day before his new Swedish girl friend told him she’d bought two tickets for the overnight sleeper train to Rome, and was he keen? What would you have done? Romance won.


Morning Mervyn - you obviously have a great relationship with your son! :cool:


Ps - in the true spirit of the thread - did he regret missing the gig though? :funny:


Yes and no. They lived together in Stockholm for eight years, and he claimed he never regretted that decision. He is now married with three children in Stockholm to another lovely Swedish lady, and I bet he finds it hard to see highlights of one of the game’s greatest moments.

Re: The Gig You Wish You’d Gone To

Posted: 09:44 08 May 2020
by Devongreenowl
GreenThing wrote: The Rollercoaster Tour at the Pavillions early 90’s. Blur, Dinosaur Jr, My Bloody Valentine and Jesus and Mary Chain. I didn’t know it was on until it was too late.


Bloody hell, I’m regretting missing that one GT, especially J&MC

Re: The Gig You Wish You’d Gone To

Posted: 10:10 08 May 2020
by Frank_Butcher
It's September 1980 and we used to go to a lot of gigs back then. Mate says to me, there's this new Irish band who are really exciting (he'd acquired a single called '11O'clock Tick Tock") and they're over in the UK. As it happens they're in Plymouth tonight at the Fiesta Suite - do I fancy it? Nah, says I, can't be bothered tonight.

Mate goes to the gig, not that many people turn up and he ends up chatting to some guy at the bar who later appears on stage.

Yes, it was U2 (when they were really good).

My mate had his own band at the time - he'd exchanged details and amazingly the lads kept in touch by postcard to keep track of how they were getting on and generally wishing them well. Unfortunately he can't find said postcard - can you imagine ....

Re: The Gig You Wish You’d Gone To

Posted: 11:09 08 May 2020
by Devongreenowl
Frank_Butcher wrote: It's September 1980 and we used to go to a lot of gigs back then. Mate says to me, there's this new Irish band who are really exciting (he'd acquired a single called '11O'clock Tick Tock") and they're over in the UK. As it happens they're in Plymouth tonight at the Fiesta Suite - do I fancy it? Nah, says I, can't be bothered tonight.

Mate goes to the gig, not that many people turn up and he ends up chatting to some guy at the bar who later appears on stage.

Yes, it was U2 (when they were really good).

My mate had his own band at the time - he'd exchanged details and amazingly the lads kept in touch by postcard to keep track of how they were getting on and generally wishing them well. Unfortunately he can't find said postcard - can you imagine ....


Good one Frank. Was it Hewson at the bar and did your mate get a word in…?!?!

Re: The Gig You Wish You’d Gone To

Posted: 11:56 08 May 2020
by Frank_Butcher
Devongreenowl wrote:
Frank_Butcher wrote: It's September 1980 and we used to go to a lot of gigs back then. Mate says to me, there's this new Irish band who are really exciting (he'd acquired a single called '11O'clock Tick Tock") and they're over in the UK. As it happens they're in Plymouth tonight at the Fiesta Suite - do I fancy it? Nah, says I, can't be bothered tonight.

Mate goes to the gig, not that many people turn up and he ends up chatting to some guy at the bar who later appears on stage.

Yes, it was U2 (when they were really good).

My mate had his own band at the time - he'd exchanged details and amazingly the lads kept in touch by postcard to keep track of how they were getting on and generally wishing them well. Unfortunately he can't find said postcard - can you imagine ....


Good one Frank. Was it Hewson at the bar and did your mate get a word in…?!?!


Think it was Mr Evans (The Edge) but not absolutely sure. It was Evans who sent the postcard.

I have another story sort of related to this thread - in the spirit of 'what might have been'. My old boss grew up in Glasgow and some of his mates set up a band. They were in need of new members and asked him if he'd go and get himself some gear and join them. However, he had saved his money with the purpose of getting himself a bike, so declined.

They changed their name and line-up - but he's still in touch with Jim Kerr and Charlie Burchill today.