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Post by Cheeveer » 8 years ago

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Guess I have to see that show some day. Never been a big Pink Floyd fan, but I've only heard good reviews about Waters' concerts.
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Post by kals » 8 years ago

It's worth seeing, even if it is odd to effectively watch / listen to a Pink Floyd concert without David Gilmour singing. That said Waters is a greater entertainer and the whole show is very theatrical.

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Post by PTRACER » 8 years ago

I'd perhaps consider going if it was both of them, but I'm not really a Floyd fan. Still, sounds like you had a great time :smiley:
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Post by Cheeveer » 8 years ago

One of my favorite bands, The Soundtrack Of Our Lives, are having a goodbye-tour of some sorts. They have announced that they won't continue after 2012.

So last Friday I saw them for 7th time or so in Västerås and just like the previous six concerts, it was incredible! Best live band I can think of. Just amazing. Sad that I probably won't have a chance to see them again.
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Post by PTRACER » 8 years ago

How big a band are they? The name almost sounds vaguely familiar.

I've bought tickets to more than half a dozen gig tickets today. Here's what's coming up for me now:

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Queen + Adam Lambert                                     Hammersmith Apollo, London     12th July 2012
The Darkness (+ Black Stone Cherry/Walkway)             Thetford Forest, Surrey        14 July 2012
Fatal Smile (+ Crazy Lixx)                               Underworld, Camden, London     7th September 2012
Reckless Love                                            Barfly, London  (Not sure what date yet, they're playing FOUR)
Firefest - Danger Danger/Stage Dolls/Lillian Axe         Rock City, Nottingham          21st October 2012
Jettblack                                                Underworld, Camden, London     26th October 2012
Steel Panther                                            Hammersmith Apollo, London     15th November 2012
Crazy Lixx                                               Surya, London                  17th November 2012
Thunder                                                  Manchester Academy, Manchester 22nd December 2012
All the gigs I've ever been to:

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Mercury (Queen Tribute Band)                             Some small hall somewhere       23rd October 2004
Queen + Paul Rodgers                                     Wembley, London                 11th May 2005
Queen + Paul Rodgers                                     Hyde Park, London               15th July 2005
Shed Seven                                               Shepherd's Bush Empire, London  15th December 2007
Queen + Paul Rodgers                                     O2 Arena, London                13th October 2008
Queen + Paul Rodgers                                     Wembley, London                 8th November 2008
Ankkarock Metal Festival                                 Korso, Finland                  14th August 2010
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroe                       Shepherd's Bush Empire, London  30th August 2011
The Union (+ supports)                                   O2 Islington, London            21st October 2011
The Darkness (+ Foxy Shazam/Crown Jewel Defense)         Hammersmith Apollo, London      25th November 2011
The Treatment (+ Sons Of Icarus/New Device/Motherload)   Underworld, Camden, London      8th December 2011
Thunder                                                  Rock City, Nottingham           20th December 2011
Reckless Love (+ The Treatment/Jettblack)                The Garage, London              2nd February 2012
Black Keys (+ Band Of Skulls)                            Alexandra Palace, London        9th February 2012
Jettblack (+ Barbe-Q-Barbies/Night By Night/Meansteed)   The Borderline, London          30th May 2012
Gods Of Metal Festival                                   Milan, Italy                    22nd/23rd June 2012
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Post by Cheeveer » 8 years ago

PTRACER wrote:How big a band are they? The name almost sounds vaguely familiar.
Pretty big, they are becoming a bit of a cult band now. They may not be everyone's style, but they are universally loved here. I have to say it's the best Swedish band of all time.

Here's then a list of all the bands I've seen (some of them multiple times, like The Soundtrack Of Our Lives whom I've seen 7 times):
[ingenting]
Adam Green
The Adolescents
Alice Cooper
The Almighty Defenders
Aloe Blacc
Amanda Mair
Arcade Fire
Arctic Monkeys
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti
The Avett Brothers
Babyshambles
Backyard Babies
Band Of Horses
Bernhoft
Black Lips
Bleech
The Bloody Beetroots Death Crew 77
Bob Dylan
bob hund
The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Cabezas
Calexico
Carl Barât
The Casualties
Crystal Stilts
De Lyckligarna Kompisarna
Deportees
Delphic
Dollhouse
The Drift
Dundertåget
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes
Electric Boys
Eskobar
Explosions In The Sky
Fleet Foxes
Florence Valentin
Frantic Sunday
Friska Viljor
Graveyard
Grizzly Bear
The Head and The Heart
The Hellacopters
The Hives
Hockey
Håkan Hellström
Icona Pop
I'm From Barcelona
Imperial State Electric
Jay Reatard
jj
Johnossi
Jonathan Wilson
Jukebox The Ghost
Julian Casablancas
Kaizers Orchestra
Kanye West
Karl X Johan
The King Khan & BBQ Show
The Kooks
Kurt Vile
Kärleksfabriken
Love Is All
Lykke Li
Mando Diao
Manu Chao
Marit Bergman
The Mars Volta
MGMT
Mikael Wiehe
The Mint Gun Club
Molotov Jive
The Most
Movits!
Mustasch
My Morning Jacket
Nationalteatern
Niki & The Dove
Noah And The Whale
The Nomads
Oasis
Okkervil River
Pascal
Parken
Patti Smith
Peter Doherty
Promoe
Public Enemy
The Radio Dept.
Regina Spektor
Robert Johnson and the Punchdrunks
The Rolling Stones
Roky Erickson & The Nomads
Roky Erickson & Okkervil River
Ruh
Roxy 77
Sex Pistols
Sherlock Brothers
Skrillex
The Sonics
The Soundtrack Of Our Lives
Syket
The Tallest Man On Earth
Teddybears
Thee Oh Sees
Them Crooked Vultures
this is head
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Trummor & Orgel
Two Door Cinema Club
Vampire Weekend
Veronica Maggio
Vivian Girls
Vånna Inget
Warpaint
The Who
Wilco
Wolf People
Wolfmother
Woven Hand
WU LYF
Yeasayer
Yuck
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Post by Everso Biggyballies » 8 years ago

Cheeveer wrote: Here's then a list of all the bands I've seen (some of them multiple times, like The Soundtrack Of Our Lives whom I've seen 7 times):
[ingenting]
Adam Green
The Adolescents
Alice Cooper
The Almighty Defenders
Aloe Blacc
Amanda Mair
Arcade Fire
Arctic Monkeys
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti
The Avett Brothers
Babyshambles
Backyard Babies
Band Of Horses
Bernhoft
Black Lips
Bleech
The Bloody Beetroots Death Crew 77
Bob Dylan
bob hund
The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Cabezas
Calexico
Carl Barât
The Casualties
Crystal Stilts
De Lyckligarna Kompisarna
Deportees
Delphic
Dollhouse
The Drift
Dundertåget
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes
Electric Boys
Eskobar
Explosions In The Sky
Fleet Foxes
Florence Valentin
Frantic Sunday
Friska Viljor
Graveyard
Grizzly Bear
The Head and The Heart
The Hellacopters
The Hives
Hockey
Håkan Hellström
Icona Pop
I'm From Barcelona
Imperial State Electric
Jay Reatard
jj
Johnossi
Jonathan Wilson
Jukebox The Ghost
Julian Casablancas
Kaizers Orchestra
Kanye West
Karl X Johan
The King Khan & BBQ Show
The Kooks
Kurt Vile
Kärleksfabriken
Love Is All
Lykke Li
Mando Diao
Manu Chao
Marit Bergman
The Mars Volta
MGMT
Mikael Wiehe
The Mint Gun Club
Molotov Jive
The Most
Movits!
Mustasch
My Morning Jacket
Nationalteatern
Niki & The Dove
Noah And The Whale
The Nomads
Oasis
Okkervil River
Pascal
Parken
Patti Smith
Peter Doherty
Promoe
Public Enemy
The Radio Dept.
Regina Spektor
Robert Johnson and the Punchdrunks
The Rolling Stones
Roky Erickson & The Nomads
Roky Erickson & Okkervil River
Ruh
Roxy 77
Sex Pistols
Sherlock Brothers
Skrillex
The Sonics
The Soundtrack Of Our Lives
Syket
The Tallest Man On Earth
Teddybears
Thee Oh Sees
Them Crooked Vultures
this is head
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Trummor & Orgel
Two Door Cinema Club
Vampire Weekend
Veronica Maggio
Vivian Girls
Vånna Inget
Warpaint
The Who
Wilco
Wolf People
Wolfmother
Woven Hand
WU LYF
Yeasayer
Yuck
A quick look identifies 4 we have in common.... albeit my going to their concerts was well over 30 years earlier

Alice Cooper
The Rolling Stones
Sex Pistols (Also saw PIL at the Rainbow in the late 1970's)
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers


I tried to make a quick list of some of the other bands I saw in the 1970's. Not all by any means just those that sprung to mind immediately.

Nils Lofgren (Multiple)
Led Zeppelin
Grace Jones
Dexys Midnight Runners (Multiple)
Tom Robinson Band
Billy Bragg
Haircut 100
Stranglers (Multiple)
Joe Jackson
Heaven 17 (Penthouse and Pavement 1981)



Free
Graham Parker and the Rumour
Littlefeat
Doobie Bros.
Madness
Clash
Lou Reed (Multiple)
John Cale
Santana (Twice, one of which was at the Albert Hall.)
Stranglers (Multiple)
Bruce Springsteen
Elvis Costello
Moody Blues. Actually I think it was when it was a break for them (c1975) and Justin Hayward performed with
others (Blue Jays rings a bell....??)

Many more but I would have to stop and think about those that did not spring to mind immediately.


Festival trips undertaken (and taken :tongue: ) that jump out were a couple of years to the Reading Festival..... 1976 was one, and either the year before or after I cant remember. I remember how it pissed with rain. Really hard. But I think it did at all festivals I went too.

Still, some great acts performed at Reading 1976..... 801 (Phil Manzanera & Eno plus others of note, in what was a post Roxy temp lineup) and luckily for me I was priviledged to be at Reading Festival 1976 to see one of the only 3 live performances ever by the band. Brilliant.

Actually the whole Reading weekend was an absolute boner..... in fact it was more than a weekend and I was there for a couple of days prior. I was with 4 or 5 mates and had an awful lot of grog, part of which was made up of a barrel of Marstons Pedigree I think it was. We had ordered it from a local (to home) 'Free House', collected it and were told as it was real ale it had to settle for 2-3 days prior to use. Panic. We were only planning to be there for the long weekend. So we did the only sensible thing to do. We left home to go the hour max drive to Reading a couple of nights earlier than the concert dates. So we arrived in two or three cars, and did our set up early so the beer would be well settled and optimum drinking by festival start. We had loaded the beer barrel in the back of my Escort Estate company car, and when we got to the Festival site set it up so the tailgate would more or less close, but when opened we could easily operate the gravity tap on the barrel. The car was not going to be moved anywhere over the weekend, so the beer remained undisturbed.

My mates and I had a fairly extensive set up planned for our camping area, which included a huge frame tent, with awnings and chairs, camp beds, and other things I will come too. As each mate arrived we unloaded firewood, gas camping stove, loads of food for breakfasts and dinners. Assorted Mums had pre-cooked a load of curry and this was all in containers was ready to just warm up on the stove. We also got pole position with a free choice of camping spot. We were as near to and with as direct access to the stage as you could get. We were all organised , just outside the entrance to the arena for want of a better word, so could hear all the music perfectly without leaving the tents, and when the rain fell we only ventured to the arena for selected acts to get the full atmosphere.

Plus we had some 'home luxuries' such as extention speakers for when the festival music stopped at night plus we had a very bodgy 12volt lighting set up. We even had one of my mates cars parked close enough so when one battery went flat we could jump start and run the engine for long enough to keep the battery charged .

It was pretty cool though and although hardly luxury we were doing it in style compared to some, camping out under suspended tarps and d.i.y. tents. We did meet a load of new friends though and our area became a bit of a social drop in hub that people camping close seemed to hang out around. When the rains set in we were less uncomfortable than most and had a few crashed out under the awnings.

For some obscure reason my Mum had given me a roll of the big black garden rubbish bags to take. A Godsend as it
happens because the rain was so intense we used them as a basis for waterproofs by cutting armslots into them. With the use of the ever present race tape we made headgear to match. Quite a fashion statement in the rain on the times did leave the tent area.

In highlights, the late John Peel was utterly brilliant in his role as some sort of master of ceremonies, introducing and anchoring the 'show', and with the endless rain causing long delays to acts playing, he was kept busy entertaining the crowds. He took on a lot of the blame for the delays and had us all chanting 'John Peel is a cunt' (to the tune of EE-Aye-Adio we won the Cup)........

Really miss John Peel and was sad to hear of his death a few years ago.. He was my hero in the 1970's when he was promoting and playing decent non commercial, non playlist and unheard of bands on his Radio 1 night show. Essential bedroom listening in those pre Playstation days. I now know and respect how much he in reality influenced much of my music taste and direction at the time. But I guess that would be true for many of us that suffered pre Peel to any non mainstream, non pop non middle of the road playlist dictated and commercial shite that was fairly prevalent on the normal Medium Wave radio stations of the day. Peel's show was sure to be new and far from the norm music. Whoops, side-tracked again..... :roll:

Just going back to the Festival gigs for a moment, also performing at Reading that year (1976)...... Rory Gallagher, Black Oak Arkansas, Manfred Mann, Van Der Graf Generator, Pat Travers Band, Eddie and the Hot Rods, Ted Nugent, AC/DC, Coliseum, Gong, and Sunderland Bros & Quiver. Osibisa, an African band whose 'Woyaya' album I had bought a couple of years prior, were the Sunday night 'closing act'.

.... and one other Festival I remember well was Glastonbury in 1985, when it also pissed with rain. I was on a visit home to the UK from my at the time new life in Aus . I went with my best mate in England who was going anyway, (and had been in the Reading trip a few years earlier) and I tagged along at the last minute. We were sleeping / camping in a Transit van that he had borrowed from a friend of his for a few days, and again we were parked in a camping zone not too far from the main stage. I remember that there were Rastas openly selling ganja or whatever you wanted, standing there unashamedly, calling out like a street salesman flogging newspapers, calling out the headlines to attract a few extra punters. Skunk Heads £5 Festival Special being spruiked and openly sold like the Evening Standard. It was all very Amsterdam like. :whistling:

I also have a photo I took that shows a BMW 5 series (of the time) that had been adorned minutes before by a Rasta guy sat on the bonnet of his car selling his wares quite openly and parked (or bogged as it turned out) in the middle of the spectator areas in amongst the sideshows .... with a Supermarket grocery bag wrapped over the reg plate. The picture I have is of it being towed out of where it had bogged, by a tractor. Rather than towing him to a dry area with traction, he towed the BMW into even deeper mud, albeit in a more discreet position and where the dealer had been trying to get to when he got bogged. Despite being towed into a more difficult position that would need another tow without doubt, Rasta was immediately out of the car happy with the site, and setting up stall again to market his wares. :cool:

It was a brilliant atmosphere, and one sadly is no longer seen, and the Police I saw there were never hassling or searching dealers or punters. Unlike the much more obvious and over zealous Police presence at Reading Festival, where a quick search was routine with every trip for a piss or whatever. :twisted:

I remember at Glastonbury, being woken up one morning by the sound of Peter Garrett (Midnight Oils).... an Aussie band I had only known of since going to Oz a year or so before.... and here I was in the UK with them on stage at Glastonbury. I didnt even know he was playing. It was all a bit surreal at the time, no doubt enhanced by the products of the on site 'street vendors' I had shopped with.. :omg:

I have some photos from that which I will scan and post.

Other Bands on the bill were: Echo & the Bunnymen, Midnight Oils, Joe Cocker, Boomtown Rats, Style Council, The Cure, The Pogues, Ian Dury & Blockheads, Madness, Aswad, Jonathon Richmond (Modern Lovers)

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Post by Everso Biggyballies » 8 years ago

Re what I posted above
Festival trips (both undertaken and taken) that jump out were a couple of years to the Reading Festival..... 1976 was one, and eitherthe year before or after I cant remember.. I remember how it pissed with rain. Some great acts performed..... 801 (Phil Manzanera & Eno plus, in what was a post Roxy temp lineup, and luckily for me I was priviledged to be at Reading Festival 1976 to see one of the only 3 live performances by the band. Brilliant.

This clip is to my knowledge of the full (40+ mins) final concert of those 3 '801' performances in 1976. So, not Reading Festival, but the same 'set', a couple of weeks later. Very easy on the ear nonetheless. There must be some Manzanera / Eno fans in the house who would like to hear it, so here is da clip.


Firstly. here is the band info:
801 were an English experimental rock band that were originally formed in 1976 for three live concerts by

Phil Manzanera (guitars, Roxy Music)
Brian Eno (keyboards, synthesizers, guitar, vocals and tapes, ex-Roxy Music)
Bill MacCormick (bass and vocals, ex-Quiet Sun, Matching Mole)
Francis Monkman (Fender Rhodes piano and clavinet, ex-Curved Air)
Simon Phillips (drums and rhythm generator)
Lloyd Watson (slide-guitar and vocals)


801 Live is the debut live album by 801, released in November 1976. In 1976, while Roxy Music had temporarily disbanded, 801 got together as a temporary project and began rehearsing at Island Studios, Hammersmith, about three weeks before their first gig.

801 performed three critically highly acclaimed concerts: in Norfolk, at the Reading Festival, and on 3 September at London's Queen Elizabeth Hall. This last concert was recorded and released as the album 801 Live. The music consisted of more or less mutated selections from albums by Phil Manzanera, Brian Eno and Quiet Sun, plus a full-scale rearrangement of Lennon-McCartney's "Tomorrow Never Knows" and an off-the-wall excursion into The Kinks' 1964 hit "You Really Got Me". 801 Live set new standards for live recordings because it was one of the first in which all outputs from the vocal microphones, guitar amps and others instruments (except the drums) were fed directly to the mobile studio mixing desk, rather than being recorded via microphones and/or signals fed out the front-of-house PA mixer. The album became a significant cult success in many countries, notably in Australia, where it was heavily promoted by the ABC's new 24-hour rock station Double Jay (2JJ).

In 1977, hoping to capitalise on the success of 801 Live, the band recorded and released Listen Now, a studio album with additional collaborating musicians including Tim Finn of Split Enz, but without Lloyd Watson.

In 2006, the official Phil Manzanera Web site Manzanera.com reported that 801 Live was soon to be reissued as a double CD with "minor tweaks" to the original recordings and restoration of the "proper ending" to the song "Third Uncle". In April 2011, Burning Shed announced the availability of the double CD under the title 801 Live Collectors Edition Material for the second CD was taken from a studio rehearsal on a sound stage at Shepperton Film Studios.

1976 LP track listing

"Lagrima" (Manzanera) -- 2:34
"TNK (Tomorrow Never Knows)" (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) -- 6:14
"East of Asteroid" (Manzanera, MacCormick) -- 4:58
"Rongwrong" (Charles Hayward) -- 5:10
"Sombre Reptiles" (Eno) -- 3:14
"Baby's on Fire" (Eno) -- 5:02
"Diamond Head" (Manzanera) -- 6:21
"Miss Shapiro" (Manzanera, Eno) -- 4:20
"You Really Got Me" (Ray Davies) -- 3:23
"Third Uncle" (Eno) -- 5:14

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Post by Jesper Hvid » 8 years ago

What were your impressions of the Zeppelin gig?
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Jesper Hvid wrote:What were your impressions of the Zeppelin gig?
I recall it was a huge day for me as I wrote about elsewhere in the forum many moons ago.
Back in 1975 BBC had recently launched Radio 1 as their new 'Pop' Music Channel, and Radio 1 sponsored one of the Production Saloon Car Championships. They used to promote some of the events with what they called 'Fun Days', which involved celebs and side shows happening. One of these 'Fun Days' was at Mallory Park in May 1975.....

.....this memory is of that Mallory Park 'Fun' Day. I was one of the close to 50,000 (yes Fifty thousand!) people that were at Mallory that weekend. i was working for Arian Automotive, who built and ran a number of Mazda RX3's in ETCC, BTCC plus the Radio 1 Prodsaloon Championship.

I have never seen so many people at Mallory, that I know, and to start with was hardly a fun day I can assure you. One of the cars I was looking after was the Cozy Powell Hitachi sponsored entry. Cozy was a drummer of some note (he had a UK #1 hit with a drum solo called Dance with the Devil, was drummer with Whitesnake and many top Bands) and so of great media and fan interest. (Sadly I read of his passing a few years ago, in a road accident near his home - RIP Cozy) Noel Edmonds was also racing that year in a Radio 1 / Castrol backed Capri, so there was always plenty of attention.

Of the huge crowd there on this day, very few were motor racing fans. Most were screaming girls there to catch a glimpse of the Tartan Terrors, the Bay City Rollers, the 70's equivalent of a 'Boy Band', who were to be the 'guest attraction'. There were also other celebrities involved in the day.

The thousands of girls around started off as being a delight bearing in mind I was a testosterone brimming 19 or 20y.o. at the time....being asked for autographs was a bit embarrassing, but I coped.;) It soon all started to go wrong though.

The Island in the middle of the lake had been converted for the day into a stage, and the band were supposed to play, or at least appear at some stage, and the DJs were doing their thing there. All the top DJs (for those not from the UK you have to understand that DJ's of a radio station that was National and the only source of music other than pirate radio were huge media stars) of the day were there, Tony Blackburn, David Hamilton, DLT, John Peel, plus of course Noel Edmunds. Another DJ, Paul Burnett, was broadcasting appeals for the public to stay away! They were all being driven round the track in course cars or around the lake in a small speedboat.

The arrival and landing of a helicopter indicated the 'Rollers' had been deposited on the island. Im sure the helicopter landed on the island itself. They were scheduled to do a 'lap of honour' but that never materialised due to the safety risk. What safety risk you might ask.....

The Formula Ford race was running full bore when the band appeared on the island, but that mattered not. At this point sheer hell broke out as hundreds of tartan clad crazy schoolgirls proceeded to run across the track, MID RACE, totally oblivious of the cars racing by.

Like lemmings they hurled themselves into the lake to try to swim to the island in the middle of the lake, which IIRC had a control tower on it. The band and others barricaded themselves in the tower as scuba divers in wet suits and flippers were flapping around, and with what seemed to be hordes of police, were trying to round up these girls. Part of the entertainment was a speed boat that was used to convey the DJs to the island.....

Indeed, one of the clearest memories I have of the proceedings was of this speedboat, cruising around the lake at this point, being driven by a Womble dressed in full regalia, whilst Tony Blackburn (Radio 1 National Breakfast Show DJ) was sat up behind, looking every bit like the Queen, waving regally to the crowds, with all these schoolgirls trying to cross to the island. The speedboat accelerated off back to the island with Blackburn flung from his throne onto the floor of the boat. The helicopter tried to land again to recue 'the Rollers', but there was no space. The band tried to escape by boat but the fans were hanging on to the side so it returned to the island and they scurried back into the tower. Frogmen were still running into and out of the lake collecting girls and depositing them on the bank for PC Plod to deal with.

Racing was naturally stopped, and when control was regained all those involved on the racing paddock side of things began to see the funny side of it. I know there were quite a few injured in the melee, none seriously I believe. The day continued with no further interruptions. Thankfully the intended Bay City Rollers performing a couple of songs did not go ahead.

In fact Cozy Powell won his class that day so we were quite happy by the end. However, by the time we had loaded up the race cars, the traffic was as bad as Silverstone on GP day at its worse, compounded by thousands of overly excited pedestrians dressed in Tartan and 'under the influence', walking in the roads aimlessly, in a state of euphoria .

By this time I was getting very peeved trying to escape the circuit driving one of the transporters, from memory a V6 petrol engined flatbed Transit with a car on the back, dragging a trailer with another car on it behind (although it may have been a caravan, my memory fails me). We were on the road leaving the track, at barely walking pace, literally bumping pedestrians out of the way to try and clear a path. Pedestrians were clambering on the rig, trying to cadge a lift and my mate in the passenger side of the truck was trying to tell them to 'get off please' ...or words to that effect. A few 'brake tests' did the trick, until the road started to clear and we were able to pick up speed. Thankfully the rest of the journey was straight forward.

The reason I was in a big hurry to escape...... I had tickets to see some real music that night. Led Zeppelin were playing at Earls Court and my mate and I had tickets. My next challenge that night was nearing Earls Court trying to find a suitable park to fit 40ft of transporter and trailer.

A while ago I actually emailed the friend of mine from UK who was with me that day to verify some points for that story. He related the story as an onlooker trying to reverse park 'the rig' in a side street space in Earls Court that was a little ambitious. There was a nice new car behind.... the owner of which came out from his flat to check what was happening, and seeing the size of the space, told me my rig wouldnt fit the space. Bear in mind at the time I was even younger looking than the 19 or 20 yo I was.... certainly IIRC I was still 'young enough to know everything'! so nowadays I can fully understand his concerns when apparently I very confidently said 'Oh yes it will', and continued to inch towards his car. At which point he screamed out Stop, pulled his keys out and moved his car to another spot up the road leaving a space that I fitted comfortably. Who said size doesnt count or mean anything!

We locked everything up and ran off towards the concert. So, Yeah I got to the gig, and it was great. Louder than a Mazda megaphone exhaust. A great end to a long day and night.

Altogether one of the more unique and certainly most memorable days motoracing I have had.

Fun to look back on but scary at the time.

Some pics I found....

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But moving on to the quality part of the day....


To be specific about the Led Zepp part of my 'big day', it was as I mentioned above, at Earls Court. May 1975. Im guessing here but it must have been close to 20,000 people at Earls Court that night to see the band play.

It was one of the first times I had been to a major / 'mega' venue for a concert, more used to seeing even fairly big name bands in smaller venues more like say the Hammersmith Odeon than the likes of Earls Court. I didn't like the separation from the act and the distance from the stage one was placed. I wasn't impressed by the prospect of having to watch a live performance on a big screen TV. I was, as a result perhaps inwardly disappointed when I arrived, as a result of seeing the distance from the stage etc.

But I do remember that I left with completely different thoughts, and thoroughly enjoyed the whole concert for multiple reasons ....... for the atmosphere that such a large crowd created, the massive interaction between the band and fans, and I know I was impressed by the loudness...... also by the awesomeness of 'the show', the massive lighting and SFX, all of which were a bit new to me. And just the fact that here was me listening to a brilliant performance of my favourite music (It was the time of Physical Graffitti) played by a superhero band. It took everything to a new higher level. Well worth the ticket price. Even if the £2.50 ticket cost was 10% of my pre-tax weekly wage it was well worthwhile. :wink:

But the best thing was that it went on for hours, literally, and they played many of their classics.

I only wish I could remember more of the specifics of the evening. Although I do recall losing my voice from 'joining in the atmosphere. :thumbsup:

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Post by theracer120 » 8 years ago

Great story Everso, thanks for posting.

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Post by Everso Biggyballies » 8 years ago

Since living in Australia I have seen a few bands and acts, so to add to my other post, a few more concerts I attended.


Seen in Aus (Post 1983)

U2 (Early 1980's)
James Brown at Melbourne Metro
Joan Armatrading
Violent Femmes at the Palace, St Kilda (Melbourne)
Madonna
David Bowie (at VFL Park, Waverley)
The Police, at Sydney Showgrounds. Took my boss, visiting me from the UK, to that. And then lost him in the crowd. :whistling:
Marianne Faithfull at the Melbourne Athenaeum Theatre
Kids in the Kitchen
The Saints

I used to be a huge fan of the Saints lead singer/guitarist Chris Bailey, and this song was quite a fave of mine back c 1984 when I used to watch them play in pubs and clubs.

They also influenced my choice of football team (The Saints, aka St Kilda) to support when I first arrived here to live. (Melbourne culture dictates you must have a team you barrack for, even if you don't go to matches. First question guys would ask is who do you....). Anyway, one of my favourite songs....

Ghost Ships Used to (and still do) Love Baileys vocals in this. Plus his guitar playing. Also the horns section.... :wink: The first two minutes is of an interview of the period with the Divinyls, (the late) Michael Hutchence and also Chris Bailey so the song starts 2 mins in.....




It was one of those songs that always gets me singing along for the chorus. In fact just realised.... it still does. It is also good for a bit of air guitar play.

Another favourite Saints track of mine is "Just like Fire would", which will certainly be easy to find if anyone wanted....

The Choirboys is another Aussie band I saw a couple of times back in the 80's. This song was probably known internationally, and now seen as one of their 'anthem' tracks.



Plus I have been to countless pub concerts over the years, many smaller / breaking bands whose names I could not even begin to remember..

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Post by kals » 8 years ago

I'm a little ashamed of my concert history, as it is a little poor and lacking in depth and quality. What I've seen live is:

Van Morrison
Red Hot Chilli Peppers
James Brown
Goldfrapp
Britney Spears (I await the abuse, but this was to accompany my wife, I took a book to read...)
NERD (refer to comments after Britney Spears)
Chester French
Keane
Robbie Williams
The Darkness
Moby
Ash
Roger Waters
Hard-Fi

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well you can say you saw james brown, outclassing other nerdish stuff
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caneparo wrote:
kals wrote: James Brown
well you can say you saw james brown
Everso Biggyballies wrote: James Brown.
That is something Kals and I have in common.... though I daresay I saw a much younger (albeit still a pensioner) version of James Brown..... it was 1988 or so when I saw him play at the Metro nightclub in Melbourne CBD.

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Post by theracer120 » 8 years ago

Everso Biggyballies wrote:
I used to be a huge fan of the Saints lead singer/guitarist Chris Bailey, and this song was quite a fave of mine back c 1984 when I used to watch them play in pubs and clubs.

They also influenced my choice of football team (The Saints, aka St Kilda) to support when I first arrived here to live. (Melbourne culture dictates you must have a team you barrack for, even if you don't go to matches. First question guys would ask is who do you....). Anyway, one of my favourite songs....

Ghost Ships Used to (and still do) Love Baileys vocals in this. Plus his guitar playing. Also the horns section.... :wink: The first two minutes is of an interview of the period with the Divinyls, (the late) Michael Hutchence and also Chris Bailey so the song starts 2 mins in.....




It was one of those songs that always gets me singing along for the chorus. In fact just realised.... it still does. It is also good for a bit of air guitar play.

Another favourite Saints track of mine is "Just like Fire would", which will certainly be easy to find if anyone wanted....
Don't forget their earlier material, which is seminal as far as punk is concerned. And "I'm Stranded" is undoubtedly one the best punk rock tracks ever recorded, at least in my opinion. "Know Your Product" is up there as well.

And on a personal front, the Saints' original guitarist Ed Kuepper's solo work has been huge in my short life, as well. He was one of the first artists I was exposed to. And I saw him as well, a couple of years back, when I was still in primary school. First and only concert I've ever decided to go to myself, although I took Mum with me, of course. Only other real concert I've ever been to was a big Motown thingy, run by none other then V8 Supercars boss Tony Cockrane, who brought along Jimmy Barnes with him, who was totally out of place among all the classic Motown groups. Oh, and a couple of concerts of the local youth group band, but they aren't big at all, and there was like 15 people there. So, it doesn't really count, I guess.

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