Best Gigs of 1981
In May of this year I landed my dream job. I started work as front of stage security at Hammersmith Odeon so now I would get paid to watch my fave bands and not worry about having to get advance tickets for shows. I was there for the next 10 years until the venue was sold to the Apollo leisure group. Other live gig highlights that I went to for this year included Adam And The Ants, Cure, Status Quo, New Order, Foreigner, Tubes, Ultravox, Marvin Gaye, Whitesnake, Toyah, ZZ Top, Psychedelic Furs, Kraftwerk, Duran Duran, Pretenders, Joe Jackson, Clash, U2, Stray Cats, Squeeze, Slade, Cliff Richard, Japan, Thin Lizzy and Judas Priest.
|1||889||Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band||Wembley Arena, London||04.06.1981||9,75|
|2||946||Ramones||Venue, Victoria, London||19.11.1981||9,75|
|3||877||Stiff Little Fingers||Rainbow Theatre, London||10.05.1981||9,75|
|4||915+917||Siouxsie And The Banshees + J C Clarke||Hammersmith Odeon, London||25/08 +03/09.1981||9,75|
|5||842||Gary Glitter + HeeBeeGeeBees||Venue, Victoria, London||14.02.1981||9,75|
Best Gigs of 1980
Well it had to happen. We formed our own band and started playing gigs. Playing your own material and having people dance and jump around to it was great fun. We lasted eighteen months and played about 30 gigs. We were called Gun Control (after a Sex Pistols bootleg). We should have made our own records but never got round to it. Some of the highlights I saw this year were Blondie, Madness, Joy Division, Ramones, Only Ones, Slade, Motorhead, Stiff Little Fingers, Siouxsie And The Banshees, ZZ Top, Members, Adam And The Ants, Stray Cats, Thin Lizzy, Elvis Costello, Scorpions, Specials and B52s.
|1||763-766||KISS + Girl||All 4 dates on UK tour.||05-09.09.1980||10|
|2||682+683+684||Clash + Joe Ely||5 London shows - various venues||Feb and June 1980||9,75|
|3||797+798+799||AC/DC + Starfighters||Hammersmith Odeon, London||10+11+12.11.1980||9,75|
|4||729+730||Black Sabbath + Girlschool||Hammersmith Odeon, London||07+08.05.1980||9,75|
|5||720+721||Sammy Hagar + Riot||Hammersmith Odeon, London||19+20.04.1980||9,75|
Best Gigs of 1979
Well the highlight was a month long trip to America which was fantastic. Freddie Laker had brought out his Skytrain service over the Atlantic and on my plane was the singer Joe Jackson. I managed to see the 3 shows below as well as The Bee Gees at Madison Square Garden and The Buzzcocks played at The Diplomat Hotel NY where I was staying. Other big shows I saw that year included Status Quo, Van Halen, Who, Thin Lizzy, Ted Nugent, Rush, Roxy Music, Chic, Osmonds, Earth Wind And Fire, Queen, Police, Motorhead, Echo And The Bunnymen, Kate Bush, B52s, Joy Division, Skids, Damned, Iggy Pop, Tubes, Gang Of Four, Only Ones and Elton John.
|1||599||Clash + Sam And Dave + Undertones||Orpheum Theatre, Boston||19.09.1979||10|
|2||600||KISS + Judas Priest||Amphitheatre, Chicago||22.09.1979||10|
|3||535||Siouxsie And The Banshees + Human League||Rainbow Theatre, London||07.04.1979||9,85|
|4||617+619||AC/DC + Def Leppard||Hammersmith Odeon, London||01+03.11.1979||9,75|
|5||596||Johnny Thunders Heartbreakers||Max's Kansas City, New York||07.09.1979||9,75|
Best Gigs of 1978
Highlight of the year was a one off show by Sex Pistol Sid Vicious and his punk mates. Another great year for live band action. My fave types of music were punk rock and heavy rock and I easily went from a punk gig one night to a rock gig the next night etc. I saw great shows by Thin Lizzy, Queen, Public Image Ltd, Talking Heads, David Bowie, Bob Dylan, Van Halen at Rainbow, Runaways, Alex Harvey, David Johansen, Clash at The Roxy, Harlesden, Sham 69, Parliament and Funkadelic, Blondie, Siouxsie And The Banshees, Japan and Blue Oyster Cult.
|1||431||Vicious White Cats (Sid Vicious Special)||Electric Ballroom, London||15.08.1978||9,85|
|2||428+491||Greedies (feat Sex Pistols +Thin Lizzy)||Electric Ballroom, London||29/07 +16/12.1978||9,85|
|3||423+424||Clash + Specials||Music Machine, London||24+25.07.1978||9,75|
|4||395+399||Black Sabbath + Van Halen||Hammersmith Odeon, London||01+10.06.1978||9,75|
|5||469+470||AC/DC + Blazer Blazer||Hammersmith Odeon, London||15+16.11.1978||9,75|
Best Gigs of 1977
The first 6 months of this year quickly saw many punk bands move out of the pubs and clubs into the bigger venues. The Sex Pistols were banned from venues all across the country so all their gigs had to be short-notice special secret gigs. The famous Roxy club opened and closed. Loads of other great shows like Iggy Pop with David Bowie, Trex, Ted Nugent, Abba, Johnny Thunders, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Status Quo, James Brown, Thin Lizzy, AC/DC, Slade, Pink Floyd... Two great Clash shows with Sham 69 in support at The Rainbow in December.
|1||255||Sex Pistols + Slits||Screen On The Green, London||03.04.1977||10|
|2||263||Clash + Jam + Buzzcocks||Rainbow Theatre, London||09.05.1977||9,75|
|3||266||Clash + Buzzcocks + Slits||St Albans City Hall, Herts||21.05.1977||9,75|
|4||336||Ramones + Generation X + Rezillos||Rainbow Theatre, London||31.12.1977||9,75|
|5||322+323||Damned + Dead Boys||Roundhouse, London||25+27.11.1977||9,75|
Best Gigs of 1976
This was the year when punk rock really did shake up the music business. As a 17 year old this was just the right music and scene that I just loved. The 100 club punk festival in Sept was the event that really kicked things off. It really was the start to an amazing year that has never been repeated by any other music genre. Even now The Sex Pistols and The Clash still mean so much to a lot of people. There were so many great gigs nearly every night and it was this year where I started to get out to about 100 shows a year. Other great shows this year included Who at Charlton FC, Loads of AC/DC pub gigs at different venues, Runaways at The Roundhouse, Aerosmith at Ham Odeon, Bob Marley, Ted Nugent, and Rod Stewart.
|1||207||Sex Pistols||Notre Dame Club, London||15.11.1976||10|
|2||185||Sex Pistols + Clash||100 Club Festival, London||20.09.1976||10|
|3||139+140||KISS + Stray||Hammersmith Odeon, London||15+16.05.1976||10|
|4||110+111||Status Quo||Hammersmith Odeon, London||27+28.02.1976||9,75|
|5||142- 146||Rolling Stones + Meteors||Earls Court Arena, London||21-27.05.1976||9,5|
Best Gigs of 1975
I was starting to widen my tastes as I got more into soul and funk music and went to see a few of them play live such as Detroit Spinners and Fatback Band. I saw both Bruce Springsteen shows at Hammersmith Odeon this year as well.
|1||45+46||Bachman Turner Overdrive + Thin Lizzy||Hammersmith Odeon, London||03+04.05.1975||9,5|
|2||96+97||Who + Charlie||Hammersmith Odeon, London||22+23.12.1975||9,5|
|3||89+90+91+92||Queen + Mr Big||Hammersmith Odeon, London||29.11-02.12.1975||9,5|
|4||59+60||Alice Cooper + Heavy Metal Kids||Wembley Arena, London||11+12.09.1975||9,5|
|5||71||Blue Oyster Cult + Motorhead||Hammersmith Odeon, London||19.10.1975||9,5|
Best Gigs of 1974
As I get a bit older I am starting to get into rock music a lot more. Most touring bands would rather play 2 or 3 nights at Hammersmith Odeon than a night at Wembley Arena when they came to play shows in London.
|1||13+14+15||Slade + Beckett||Hammersmith Odeon, London||16+17+18.05.1974||9,5|
|2||16||Black Sabbath + Black Oak Arkansaw||Hammersmith Odeon, London||21.05.1974||9,5|
|3||25||Status Quo + Snafu||Hammersmith Odeon, London||13.12.1974||9,5|
|4||23||Sparks + Pilot||Hammersmith Odeon, London||11.11.1974||9,5|
|5||30+31||Gary Glitter + Glitter Band||Hammersmith Odeon, London||29+30.12.1974||9|
Best Gigs of 1973
I was only 14 when I first started going to shows. I never had much money so I would usually sneak in the side doors. The security was not as tough as it is today. Hammersmith Odeon was a few minutes walk from me but it was not until a couple of years later that I knew it was one of the top live venues in the whole country. I was very into glam rock at the time so I would try and catch those bands but Marc Bolan sadly never played Hammersmith Odeon in the years I went there.
|1||3||Mott The Hoople + Queen||Hammersmith Odeon, London||14.12.1973||9,5|
|2||4||Sweet + Fumble||Rainbow Theatre, London||21.12.1973||9,5|
|3||2||Wizzard + Raymond Froggart||Hammersmith Palais, London||11.09.1973||9|
|4||5+6||Elton John + Kiki Dee||Hammersmith Odeon, London||23+24.12.1973||9|
|5||1||Slade + Geordie + Suzi Quatro||Brands Hatch Racetrack, Kent||12.08.1973||9|