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Re: Ten best gigs ever

Posted: 11:07 19 Mar 2020
by Lousy_Pint
I'll have a go (in the order that I think of them):

Mott The Hoople - Plymouth Guildhall (3 times, 1971/72)
Black Sabbath/System of a Down - NEC Birmingham (2006*)
The Sensational Alex Harvey Band - Colston Hall, Bristol (1975*)
Bjork - Plymouth Pavilions (2008*)
Thin Lizzy - Dagenham Roundhouse (1974)
Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) - Rainbow, London (1974)
Gentle Giant - Plymouth Guildhall (1975*)
Nektar/Sassafrass/Dr Feelgood - Roundhouse, London (1974)
Can - Plymouth Guildhall (1975*)
King Crimson - Arena, Verona (2019)

* complete guesses, but around about those years.
Of course, there are many others that could go on the list, several of which would have been at the Van Dike in Exmouth Road, but I'm buggered if I can remember much about them... for some reason!?!
Anyway, my 10 above were all brilliant gigs. As for new stuff, looking forward to catching the Norwegian band 'Oak', when they next go on tour (hopefully 2021).
Take care all of you!!
LP

Re: Ten best gigs ever

Posted: 14:08 19 Mar 2020
by Pogleswoody
Lousy_Pint wrote: I'll have a go (in the order that I think of them):

Mott The Hoople - Plymouth Guildhall (3 times, 1971/72)
Black Sabbath/System of a Down - NEC Birmingham (2006*)
The Sensational Alex Harvey Band - Colston Hall, Bristol (1975*)
Bjork - Plymouth Pavilions (2008*)
Thin Lizzy - Dagenham Roundhouse (1974)
Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) - Rainbow, London (1974)
Gentle Giant - Plymouth Guildhall (1975*)
Nektar/Sassafrass/Dr Feelgood - Roundhouse, London (1974)
Can - Plymouth Guildhall (1975*)
King Crimson - Arena, Verona (2019)

* complete guesses, but around about those years.
Of course, there are many others that could go on the list, several of which would have been at the Van Dike in Exmouth Road, but I'm buggered if I can remember much about them... for some reason!?!
Anyway, my 10 above were all brilliant gigs. As for new stuff, looking forward to catching the Norwegian band 'Oak', when they next go on tour (hopefully 2021).
Take care all of you!!
LP


Yes I don't remeber the Van Dike much either!!

Atomic Rooster? 1971? That was a good night.

Seen most of the big names from 60s/70s tbh. Was the 'norm 'then to see Deep Purple and Zeppelin in your local music venue!!
Some of the good nights were lesser known bands, small crowds: Kevin Ayers? Stackridge? Supertramp? Quintessence? I didn't 'choose' I just went so that was a great way to hear new music.

I saw Thin Lizzy at the North East London Poly but can't remember what year (73-75?) wonder if they did Dagenham at the same time?

I have seen some 'stars' in my time: Hendrix, Clapton, Paige, Bowie, Morrison but nobody approached Phil Lynott for 'presence'; he filled the hall; like a God he was. Totally on his game with the band as tight as ****! Amazing!!

Re: Ten best gigs ever

Posted: 14:36 19 Mar 2020
by Lousy_Pint
You're not wrong Pogles, Lynott and Lizzy were superb. I also saw them at the Reading festival in the mid 70s, as well as Rory Gallagher (one I forgot on my list).

Unfortunately, I was just too late for Purple, Led Zep, ELP etc. when they all played in Plymouth. Like you, I went to loads of gigs, both at the Van Dike and Guildhall. There seemed to be 2 or 3 a week in those days. Mostly bands I wanted to see of course, but sometimes I just 'went along' too and was often pleasantly surprised, like Gentle Giant for example. Superb!

Hope you are well on the way to recovery. Take care

Re: Ten best gigs ever

Posted: 05:58 26 Mar 2020
by Ade the green
Well Whitesnake has been cancelled in June which was expected and The Shires should have already been cancelled in April but ATG want to keep hold of the punters money longer it seems.

If all had been well I would have liked to have seen The Dead South in Cardiff later in June but i’m Sure that will be cancelled as well.

Entertainment, I expect will be one of the last things reinstate s after the crisis is over so I can’t Imagine when the next gig will come from.

Re: Ten best gigs ever

Posted: 14:12 29 Mar 2020
by pastiesforlife
Just last month saw David Byrne’s final American Utopian show in New York. Absolutely spectacular but how things have changed in such a short time.

Not really into festivals but saw Stereophonics at Latitude last summer. Slow start but had everyone bouncing by the end.

Julian Cope having a breakdown on stage at Rock City. Think Teardrop Explodes split soon after. It was clear that JC needed help.

The Cure supporting and playing with Souxsie.

Lene Lovich at that place out at Devonport. So overcrowded the sweat dropped like rain from the ceiling. It was closed down soon after.

Buzzcocks at Top Rank, The Jam at Fiesta and Stiff Tour at the Poly (Graham Parker, Jona Lewie, Rachel Sweet and Wreckless Eric spring to mind).

Madness early on, supported by Merton Parkers, unless my mind is playing tricks. The Lurkers at Woods and chatting to the band after. Costello at Colston.

Happy days all of them. The ones that got away cos nobody else wanted to go at Woods...mystery group, SPOT - guessed they were a famous band due to the high admission charge of 70p; The Pretenders, and Albertos y los trios Paranois (being supported by one single, one flop,The Police). One best forgotten, Adam and the Ants at Woods - three songs was enough to head for the exit.

Re: Ten best gigs ever

Posted: 21:46 29 Mar 2020
by justanotherfan
Sabbath at the Colston Hall Brizzle.
Clapton at the Royal.
Too many to mention at the Van Dyke.
Because they are my generation, the Everlys at the Royal.

Re: Ten best gigs ever

Posted: 21:50 29 Mar 2020
by justanotherfan
Stray at the Guildhall, some of their lyrics very unPC.

Re: Ten best gigs ever

Posted: 02:12 30 Mar 2020
by MickyD
pastiesforlife wrote: Just last month saw David Byrne’s final American Utopian show in New York. Absolutely spectacular but how things have changed in such a short time.

Not really into festivals but saw Stereophonics at Latitude last summer. Slow start but had everyone bouncing by the end.

Julian Cope having a breakdown on stage at Rock City. Think Teardrop Explodes split soon after. It was clear that JC needed help.

The Cure supporting and playing with Souxsie.

Lene Lovich at that place out at Devonport. So overcrowded the sweat dropped like rain from the ceiling. It was closed down soon after.

Buzzcocks at Top Rank, The Jam at Fiesta and Stiff Tour at the Poly (Graham Parker, Jona Lewie, Rachel Sweet and Wreckless Eric spring to mind).

Madness early on, supported by Merton Parkers, unless my mind is playing tricks. The Lurkers at Woods and chatting to the band after. Costello at Colston.

Happy days all of them. The ones that got away cos nobody else wanted to go at Woods...mystery group, SPOT - guessed they were a famous band due to the high admission charge of 70p; The Pretenders, and Albertos y los trios Paranois (being supported by one single, one flop,The Police). One best forgotten, Adam and the Ants at Woods - three songs was enough to head for the exit.

I also saw loads at the Guildhall, and loads at Woods (we were clearly in the same audiences sometimes) and loads at Lancaster University as well (I was at Lancaster Art College at the time) including The Jam, Blondie (the very week that Denis got to Number 1), and both Stiff tours. The first one was better, including as it did both Elvis Costello and Ian Dury!

One of mine that got away was also the Pistols, at Woods Christmas 76, because the promoters doubled the price on the second night to an outrageous £1.60 (if memory serves) and I thought sod that! I'd been planning to see them at Lancaster Uni, which was one of the many cancelled gigs on that tour, so why I didn't cough up I really don't know. I saw them there at Woods in August 77, though. I'd been the previous week and seen the Police, first as a support act then acting as backing band to former Warhol Superstar Cherry Vanilla (again if memory serves) and that guaranteed a ticket to the Pistols, who were by then just about the hottest thing on the planet. (Well, if you liked that kind of thing! I daresay that there wasn't much of a scramble for tickets by Peters and Lee fans.)

The Clash at Manchester Free Trade Hall in 77 or 78 (supported by Richard Hell and the Voidoids) also now comes to mind. By chance my girlfriend and I had got second-row seats, and that was fine during Richard Hell. Things started to get very lively for the Clash, though, what with all the moshin' and the pogoin' and the gobbin', and we moved well back pretty smartish. Soon afterwards we watched as entire sections of five or six cast iron seats were ripped out of the floor and hoisted aloft - right where we'd been sitting. Kids, eh?

Re: Ten best gigs ever

Posted: 19:24 15 Apr 2020
by Dreamgreen
Free several times in Plymouth (Van Dyke)
Thin Lizzy several times in Plymouth (Guildhall, Van Dyke (?) and Exeter
Sensational Alex Harvey Band a few times (cant remember where but Plymouth)
Upp at the Fiesta Suite
Trapeze at the Fiesta Suite
Black Sabbath at Van Dyke
Quintessence at Van Dyke
Police in Exeter
Simply Red in Bristol
George Benson in Bournemouth
Mahivishnu Orchestra at Knebworth
Santana at NEC Birmingham
Gipsy Kings at Windsor Park

Re: Ten best gigs ever

Posted: 05:12 18 Apr 2020
by John Cooper
1) Van Halen as an unheard of support act to Black Sabbath at Guildhall in Dog Pooh City 1978
2) Ian Hunter / Mick Ronson Hammersmith Odeon 1979
3) UFO, Sony Hall New York 2019. Special as it is probably the last UFO gig I’ll get to see as Phil Mogg on his retirement tour.
4) Rainbow as headliners at first Monsters of Rock 1980 should’ve been special with Sabbath as 2nd on Bill. But, not long before, Dio left Rainbow to join Sabbath and refused to play “second dicky” to Blackmore. Rainbow, Scorpions, Judas Priest, Saxon, Riot, Touch, April Wine ended up being line up.
5) Nostalgia wise Really enjoyed Stranglers at Perranporth 2017, UFO Tavvy Wharf 2012, Hawkwind Falmouth 2017
6) Magnum at Brittania Inn (Yes, before Wetherspoons) 1994 and at Top Rank Suite 1982.
7) Kevin Ayers in London 1994, I’m sure it was day Argyle won 0-2 at Orient, but can’t work out where gig was
8) BJH Plymouth Pavillions 1992?

Re: Ten best gigs ever

Posted: 16:11 18 Apr 2020
by GreenThing
John Cooper wrote: 5) Nostalgia wise Really enjoyed Stranglers at Perranporth 2017


My mate is a big Stranglers fan and I’m a big Therapy? fan. A few years back Stranglers we’re playing in Bristol with Therapy? as support, so we both went up. I don’t know much Stranglers stuff but was very impressed and knew a few more than I though. The only song which didn’t really work live was Golden Brown, it just didn’t seem to hang together well.

Re: Ten best gigs ever

Posted: 16:50 18 Apr 2020
by Frank_Butcher
GreenThing wrote:
John Cooper wrote: 5) Nostalgia wise Really enjoyed Stranglers at Perranporth 2017


My mate is a big Stranglers fan and I’m a big Therapy? fan. A few years back Stranglers we’re playing in Bristol with Therapy? as support, so we both went up. I don’t know much Stranglers stuff but was very impressed and knew a few more than I though. The only song which didn’t really work live was Golden Brown, it just didn’t seem to hang together well.


The Stranglers were always 'my band' so to speak, my adolescence being through the Punk/New Wave years (musically speaking, what a time to be a teenager). Whilst the early stages of the era (1976-78) were all about energy and rebellion, there was this band that could actually play pretty well - Rattus Norvegicus is a classic album that stands out amongst their peers in 1977. They mastered several transitions in music genre and the majority of their material stands up well today.

Seen them countless times live and they were always excellent, if at times moody - my only regret is never having seen them at one of the big venues of the time. Would probably fill my top 10 to be honest, but I have resisted the urge to see them since Hugh Cornwell left.

Some memories are just better kept unblemished.

Re: Ten best gigs ever

Posted: 17:39 18 Apr 2020
by GreenThing
Frank_Butcher wrote:
GreenThing wrote:
John Cooper wrote: 5) Nostalgia wise Really enjoyed Stranglers at Perranporth 2017


My mate is a big Stranglers fan and I’m a big Therapy? fan. A few years back Stranglers we’re playing in Bristol with Therapy? as support, so we both went up. I don’t know much Stranglers stuff but was very impressed and knew a few more than I though. The only song which didn’t really work live was Golden Brown, it just didn’t seem to hang together well.


The Stranglers were always 'my band' so to speak, my adolescence being through the Punk/New Wave years (musically speaking, what a time to be a teenager). Whilst the early stages of the era (1976-78) were all about energy and rebellion, there was this band that could actually play pretty well - Rattus Norvegicus is a classic album that stands out amongst their peers in 1977. They mastered several transitions in music genre and the majority of their material stands up well today.

Seen them countless times live and they were always excellent, if at times moody - my only regret is never having seen them at one of the big venues of the time. Would probably fill my top 10 to be honest, but I have resisted the urge to see them since Hugh Cornwell left.

Some memories are just better kept unblemished.


The Stranglers without Hugh Cornwall are far better than Hugh Cornwall with The Stranglers, in my opinion.

I saw Than Damned at Plymouth Uni a few years back as well. They were good.