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Gig List: 1995

# Band(s) Venue Date Rating Comments
2900Tom Robinson Band + TV Smith + Martyn JosephWandsworth Town Hall, London29.12.19959,5invite only show for his mailing list .Tom was on stage all the time helping out with both short support sets and then TRB did a brilliant 90 mins of the best songs in his career .all
2899Alan PriceJazz Cafe , Camden , London27.12.19958,5Freezing night meant a low turn out .played some Animals hits and covers
2897Tony Hadley Jazz Cafe , Camden , London21.12.19959,25Really good 1 hour 50 mins set of Spandau hits , solo material and covers
2898MadnessWembley Arena , London22.12.19959,5non stop Madness hits show for 1 hour 35 mins in this great xmas atmosphere
2896Sparks + Billie Ray MartinKentish Town Forum , London20.12.19959,75Totally fantastic 1 hour 45 mins set of old and new material with hi energy mix
2895Naughty By Nature Subterania , London19.12.19958,5one of americas top hip hop acts . good 90 mins but the best bit was the crowd rapping competition ,
2894Nick Lowe Jazz Cafe , Camden , London18.12.1995990 mins set of oldies , newies and some covers in a country style ,
2893Stranglers + Smalltown HeroesClapham Grand , London15.12.19959,5new singer has settled in well .90 mins set of mainly older material .JJ roaring bass as ever was great .
2892Marc AlmondShepherds Bush Empire,London14.12.19959,5Excellent 2 hour glam set with lots of male and female dancers ,
2891Blue Oyster CultKentish Town Forum,London13.12.19959,25Not as heavy rock as they once were but they still have 3 original members for this 1 hour 50 mins set .Only UK show for their 25th anniversary .Good mix of old and hew material ,
2890Dave Vaniums Phantoum Chords + Captain Sensible Mean Fiddler,Harlesden,London09.12.19959great double bill featuring 2 members of The Damned .Captain did a chaotic 45 mins of Damned and solo stuff .Vaniums band did an hour set of his rockabilly material but sadly there was no Damned reunion on the stage at end
2889Human LeagueShepherds Bush Empire,London06.12.19959,5back in London by public demand following the success last month of the Royal Albert Hall shows .The same 90 mins set but still superb ,
2888Howard Jones Jazz Cafe , Camden , London30.11.19959amazing start here when during the second song a women walked on to the stage and smacked Howard full in the face which clearly shocked The bouncers then threw her out .him.Just him and his piano tonight against the full band he had recently at The Mean Fiddler show but still lots of hits ,
2887Gilbert O SullivanJazz Cafe , Camden , London29.11.19959"nice to see him back on stage for this 1 hour 45 mins enjoyable set that inc hits like Claire and Get Down
2886Rod StewartWembley Arena , London28.11.19959,754th of 5 wembley arena shows on this tour performed in the round .Fantastic atmosphere for this 2 hours 15 mins set with so many great songs and his huge stage personality
2885M PeopleRoyal Albert Hall , London24.11.19959,5First of 3 sold out RAH shows .When this tour arrived M People have had a dozen top 40 hit singles .Fantastic 90 mins dance atmosphere .Heather Small superb on vocals
2884BlamelessMean Fiddler,Harlesden,London23.11.19957,5some nice distorted guitar in a fairly average 45 mins set ,
2883Roxette + Paul CarrackShepherds Bush Empire,London16.11.19959,25Invite only show via Capital Radio Paul Carrack did a good 30 mins set .Roxette did a 65 mins greatest hits set of their catchy pop rock songs ,
2882Human LeagueRoyal Albert Hall , London15.11.19959,5First UK tour for 7 years .Great seats down the front for this excellent 90 mins greatest hits set ,
2881David Bowie + MorrisseyWembley Arena , London14.11.19959First of 4 wembley arena shows for this very interesting double bill .Morrissey did a good but not great set .Even though Bowie did warn everyone there would only be 3 or 4 old songs in the set this was the wrong venue to do that kind of set to be honest ,
2880Young GodsKentish Town Forum , London11.11.1995775 mins set that was pretty boring ,
2879Black Sabbath Shepherds Bush Empire, London10.11.19959,5even without Ozzy on vocals those classic rock songs and some amazing guitar riffs from Tony Iommi are mega ,
2878Joyce SimsJazz Cafe , Camden , London09.11.19958,5enjoyable 70 mins soul set that included her hit singles ,
2877Kim Fowley + BMX BanditsMean Fiddler,Harlesden,London03.11.19959bizarre to see this legendary song writer and manager of 1970s female rockers The Runaways in Harlesden .under rehearsed set but great fun ,
2876Motorhead + CathedralKentish Town Forum , London02.11.19959,5Motorhead as usual did a superb 85 mins of hard rock anthems old and new
2875Soul Collective + Blow + Scrap Iron ScientistsGarage , London31.10.19959S I Scientists did a superb 30 mins set Blow were ex Little Angels and they did an ok rock set .Soul Collective did a really good 80 mins of power riffing
2874Nils LofgrenClapham Grand , London26.10.19958,5nice long 2 hour set but it only really got going in the last hour ,
2873Billie Ray MartinJazz Cafe , Camden , London24.10.19958,5great white female soul voice ,
2872Christy Moore + Eleanor ShanleyClapham Grand , London19.10.19959,5Christys Live At The Dublin Point was one of the best sellers this year in Ireland , Fantastic songs mostly based on Irish themes and places.
2871Paul Brady + Sinead LohanJazz Cafe , Camden , London18.10.19959Eric Clapton was next to me watching support did a really good set Paul Brady did a 1 hour 45 mins set of quality songs with great lyrics ,
2869China BlackJazz Cafe , Camden , London11.10.19958,5enjoyable 55 mins set of pop soul that included his 3 hit singles ,
2870Jimmy Somerville + JillyClapham Grand , London12.10.19959First UK tour for 3 years .70 mins set of Communards and Bronski Beat hits mixed in with some of his cover versions
2868TemptationsClapham Grand , London03.10.19959feat original member Dennis Edwards enjoyable songs and crowd partipation
2867Gavin FridayJazz Cafe , Camden , London02.10.19958,5interesting 90 mins set of monotone singing and silly dancing ,
2866Pogues (without Shane )Mean Fiddler,Harlesden,London29.09.19959,25sold out 95 mins show of old and new material that the crowd really loved ,
2864Green Day + Riverdales Brixton Academy , London21.09.19959,25great 65 mins of catchy american punk smashed up equipment at the end ,
2865Alanis MorissetteSubterania , London28.09.19959,5Sold out one off debut UK club show .current single is the fantasic You Oughta Know she has the lot .lyrics,looks, attitude .She comes on in a wig then tears into a stunning 70 mins set of great tunes and mad dancing .the drummer was Taylor Hawkins who soon after joined The Foo Fighters.
2863Joan ArmatradingRoyal Albert Hall , London20.09.19959,25"really good 1 hour 45 mins set slower paced hits then newies then uptempo hits and a superb Willow
2862Babes In ToylandGarage , London19.09.19957sold out but not to my liking ,
2861Blur Oscars , The Pier , Clacton17.09.19959,75"part of a week long tour of seaside venues .so hot inside they had to open exit doors behind the stage which meant you could see the ocean while the band were on stage . Blur did a superb 85 mins set in the week that ""Country House"" was no 1 in charts .
2860Counterfeit Stones Mean Fiddler,Harlesden,London16.09.19959,590 mins of classic stones tracks with really funny stage banter ,
2859Midge Ure Garage , London15.09.19958,580 mins acoustic set and played some Ultravox hits which were good ,
2858D AngeloJazz Cafe , Camden , London14.09.19959up and coming from USA whose 60 mins RnB set brought the house down
2857Abbamania + The Royal Family + BeatlemaniaDocklands Seafood Festival London09.09.199593 tribute bands , beatles were ok .queen were pretty good but the abba tribute was easily the most fun ,
2856Blind MelonMean Fiddler,Harlesden,London08.09.19958apart from a couple of really good songs I thought they were average
2855Metallica + Therapy + Skid Row + Slayer Monsters Of Rock Festival Donnington Race Track , UK26.08.19959,75Slayer and Therapy were boring .Skid Row did a really good 50 mins .Metallica did a superb 2 hours 20 mins set of heavy tunes with great riffs and fantastic drumming ,
2854Fabulous ThunderbirdsMean Fiddler,Harlesden,London25.08.19958,5texas bar room blues with superb mouth organ playing ,
2853Mudhoney + PawGarage , London24.08.19958,5warm up show for Reading Festival both bands did grunge sets ,
2852Carter TUSM + We Know Where You LiveGarage , London23.08.19959,25support feat ex members of Wonder Stuff .Carter did a really lively 70 mins
2851The Creation + These Animal MenMean Fiddler,Harlesden,London22.08.19958,5The Creation feat a couple of members from the original 1960s line up
2850Jimmy BarnesClapham Grand , London21.08.19958,585 mins full throttle set but not as good as his last shows over here
2849Jayne Countys Electric Chairs + Broad ChurchBottom Line , London W1217.08.19959,5really good ska rock support Jayne County was great . 55 mins set full of trashy talk and crazy songs ,
2848FilterGarage , London15.08.19959features ex members of Nine Inch Nails debut UK show really good rockin 50 mins set ,
2847Craig McLachlanBorderline , London11.08.19958,580 mins set from this aussie soap star some mundane songs but some nice guitar playing and his fun stage manner made it a decent gig overall ,
2846Bi JoviRed Lion Pob , Brentford , Middx10.08.19958nice to hear those great Bon Jovi songs but the singer was a bit too average ,
2845Trextasy Red Lion Pub , Brentford ,Middx03.08.19959,5Fantastic 85 mins set of Bolan tracks .This was a very special show as this was one of the few gigs where they had a Gloria Jones lookalike and soundalike with them on stage for backing vocals ,
2844Tony HadleyJazz Cafe , Camden , London31.07.19959,5Surprisingly excellent show with a 2 hour set of Spandau classics with solo material and cover versions ,
2842Kirsty McCollClapham Grand , London21.07.19958,5some good songs in the 80 mins set ,
2843Terence Trent DArbyShepherds Bush Empire,London26.07.19959,252 hour set with no support .that great voice is still intact ,
2841Del AmitriHammersmith Apollo , London20.07.19958,5The first 45 mins was really boring but the next 45 mins of hits was good ,
2839Mike And The MechanicsShepherds Bush Empire,London18.07.19959,590 mins set of quality pop rock songs with great vocals from all vocalists ,
2840Rolling Stones + ReefBrixton Academy , London19.07.199510Spent over 2 hours in the queue yesterday to get these prized tickets and what a fantastic show it was .The sound quality was perfect for the 2 hours 10 mins set that was slightly different to Wembley Stadium shows .I was 10 feet from the stage .Mega ,
2838Randy CrawfordClapham Grand , London17.07.19959Fantastic sweet soul voice ,
2837Bodycount feat Ice T + Pitchshifter + Scrap Iron ScientistsClapham Grand , London14.07.19959,5both supports were pretty good but Ice T really did the most amazing hard rock thrash set I have ever seen ,
2836EMFSubterania , London13.07.19959,25warm up show for Phoenix Festival really good 65 mins set full of energy with great finale of Unbelievable and encores of Search And Destroy and Im A Believer
2835Mary CoughlanMean Fiddler,Harlesden,London12.07.19959really good bluesy set from this Irish singer in the Janis Joplin mould ,
2833Public EnemyKentish Town Forum, London10.07.19959,2590 mins set of old and new material .Chuck D made loads of info raps ,
2834Rolling Stones + Black Crowes Wembley Stadium , London11.07.19959,75Rolling Stones did a brilliant show lasting 2 hours 15 mins playing songs from all their 30+ years together .Fantastic large video screen above the stage with fireworks and inflatables ,
2832Mike Peters Mean Fiddler,Harlesden,London05.07.19959,5Second show lasted 1 hour 45 mins .just a man and his guitar featuring loads of classic Alarm anthems ,
2831Mike Peters Mean Fiddler,Harlesden,London04.07.19959,5First show lasted 1 hour 35 mins set ,
2830Damned + Zodiac MindwarpKentish Town Forum , London01.07.19959,5nice to see Zodiac back on the stage again for a good 35 mins set .Great Damned set of old and new with a great finale of Smash It Up
2829Craig MackSubterania , London29.06.19957,5only UK show by this New York rapper only on stage for 30 mins ,
2828Jason And The ScorchersMean Fiddler,Harlesden,London28.06.19959,25really good uptempo country rock ,
2827Ramones + Anti Nowhere LeagueAstoria , London27.06.19959,5Ramones did a 75 mins set that is getting faster and faster
2826Bon Jovi + Van Halen + Thunder + Ugly Kid Joe Wembley Stadium , London25.06.19959,75Van Halen did a great 75 mins set .Did some early material as well .Bon Jovi did a 2 hours 30 mins set to confirm they are one of the biggest and best live rock bands on the planet
2825Bon Jovi + Van Halen + Thunder + Ugly Kid Joe Wembley Stadium , London23.06.19959,75ugly kid joe did a fun filled 30 mins set thunder did a 50 mins set but should have stuck to a greatest hits set
2824LA DoorsMean Fiddler, Harlesden,London22.06.19958,52 hour set with a great light show ,
2823Evan DandoMean Fiddler,Harlesden,London21.06.19958,75sold out 70 mins acoustic set ,
2822Tricky + Gene + Spearhead + CornershopAstoria , London20.06.19958,54 band Glastonbury Festival showcase gig arranged by NME but none of the bands seemed that special to me ,
2820African HeadchargeSubterania , London15.06.19958,5nice 75 mins reggae vibe ,
2821Rod Stewart + Mike And The MechanicsWembley Stadium , London17.06.1995support were really good Rod and band with 22 piece orchestra did a great 2 hours 10 mins set ,
2819ALT feat Tin Finn + Liam OMaonlai + Andy WhiteJazz Cafe , Camden , London12.06.19958,5swopped vocals each song but Liams passion and the couple of Hothouse Flowers songs were best tonight ,
2818Big Country + BuzztonicMean Fiddler,Harlesden,London08.06.19959,25low key warm up show for Fleadh Fest BC just been dropped by their record company and struggling to convince fans with new material but those old hits are still great live as usual ,
2817Jimmy Barnes + DieselMean Fiddler,Harlesden,London01.06.19959,25a packed sold out show and very loud .Jimmy Barnes did a really good 75 mins set of old and new material ,
2815ChelseaGarage , London23.05.19958,7565 mins set from these punk rockers
2816Brian Setzer OrchestraKentish Town Forum , London31.05.19959,5one off UK show .Fantastic 90 mins set with his 16 piece big band with a few Stray Cats classics thrown in as well ,
2814Black CrowesPantages Theatre , Los Angeles18.05.19959,25what a fantastic old theatre similar to Hammersmith Odeon / Apollo with downstairs and upstairs seating .Crowes did a great blues rock set ,
2813James CottonHouse Of Blues , Los Angeles17.05.19959enjoyable set but we only went as he was support to Page and Plant last night and we were hoping they might come on for a couple of songs /did not/
2812Jimmy Page And Robert Plant The Forum , Los Angeles16.05.19959,5set lasting over 2 hours in this legendary venue from these two Led Zep legends
2811Slashs Snakepit + Brother Cane The Palace , Los Angeles 13.05.1995990 mins solo show in a great venue
2810China BlackJazz Cafe , Camden , London26.04.19959enyoyable 65 mins of pop soul
2808Deana Carter Jazz Cafe , Camden , London24.04.19958,5lovely country lyrics and steel guitar ,
2809Dionne FarrisJazz Cafe , Camden , London25.04.19958,5good 80 mins set from this former member of Arrested Development
2807Janet Jackson + MN9Wembley Arena , London20.04.19959,75another fantastic JJ live production with 12 piece band and 10 dancers along with loads of costume changes and loads of really great songs .non stop energy and visually superb ,
2806Janet Jackson + MN8Wembley Arena , London19.04.19959,75so good I went back for another dose ,
2804Chris WhitleyMean Fiddler,Harlesden,London17.04.19958,75neat indie guitar tunes with some great bottleneck guitar playing ,
2805BuzzcocksCamden Palace , London18.04.19959,5low key secret club show .55 mins back to basics set .loads of old anthems but because of some dodgy sound not their best gig ,
2803China CrisisJazz Cafe , Camden , London13.04.19958pleasant semi acoustic set and it was nice hearing all of their hits again ,
2802Keziah Jones Subterania , London10.04.19958trendy crowd for this hour set of funk rock similar in style to Livin Color ,
2801Dream WarriorsSubterania , London05.04.19959rap vocals with some soul and ragga ,
2800Dick Dale + BiobollixGarage , London29.03.19959venue was decorated in 1960s style with palm trees and go go dancers .90 mins of mainly instrumentals ,
2799Simple Minds + Surfing BridesWembley Arena , London27.03.19959,75support were really good with the great tune Everythings Fine Simple Minds still have those big arena anthems that really do rock the house .
2798SparksKentish Town Forum , London25.03.19959,75pretty much the same show as the Bush Empire gig a few months ago .non stop hi energy mix to old hits and the new material is really good as well ,
2797Adam AntShepherds Bush Empire, London23.03.19959,75amazing that these are his first UK shows since 1985 Live Aid show as he has been off making feature films .2nd of 3 sold out Bush Empire Marco on guitar and loads of screamingshows .girls and twin drums just like old days .Really good 1 hour 40 mins set ,
2796Kris KristoffersonMean Fiddler,Harlesden,London20.03.19958,5bizarre seeing this country legend in Harlesden but he a good 2 hour set ,
2795Stiff Little Fingers + Mike Peters Kentish Town Forum , London18.03.19959,75Mike Peters did a great 30 mins and SLF did a storming 80 mins set .This line up of SLF inc Jake Burns Dave Sharp/Alarm/+ Bruce Foxton/Jam/
2794Foreigner + Doobie Brothers Wembley Arena , London16.03.19959,75great rock double bill .Doobie Brothers did a good hour set .Foreigner did a really superb 90 mins set of their catchy rock songs ,
2793Australian Pink FloydMean Fiddler,Harlesden,London15.03.19959really good 2 hour Floyd tribute with first set the lesser known tracks and second set was the big Floyd songs ,
2791The Fall + Voodoo QueensKentish Town Forum , London10.03.19957whlle the band made some nice noises Mark Smith was totally out of it and the vocals were terrible ,
2792Siouxsie And The Banhees + Goya DressKentish Town Forum , London12.03.19959,5last show of european tour .I always love seeing this band play.85 mins set of old and new material ,
2789Brian KennedyJazz Cafe , Camden , London06.03.19958,5enjoyable 90 mins set ,
2790GravediggazCamden Palace , London07.03.19958,5great rap trio but a short 45 mins set ,
2788PrinceWembley Arena , London05.03.19959,53rd of 5 wembley arena Prince shows .he played a lot of newer funk songs and left out a lot of Purple Rain songs .2 hour set but our seats were crap ,
2787Wayne KramerGarage , London02.03.19959really good 70 mins set with great encore of Kick Out The Jams
2786Spike /Quireboys/ and Darryl /Dogs DAmour/Mean Fiddler,Harlesden, London01.03.19958,7560 mins of blues covers and 4 Quireboys oldies
2785Echobelly + Dodgy + Skunk Anansie + ReefAstoria , London27.02.19858,75tv recording of 4 up and coming acts .Echobelly and Skunk were the best ,
2784Chuck Berry Clapham Grand , London24.02.19859,560 mins set with no encore but this was quality from this rock n roll legend,
2781Godfathers + SpeedwayGarage , London14.02.19959,75stunning 80 mins set from one of the the countrys best live bands ,
2782Richie Havens Jazz Cafe , Camden , London16.02.19958only warmed up in the last 20 mins ,
2783Kirk Brandons 10:51 Subterania , London23.02.19959Spear Of Destiny singer with yet another band . 70 mins set and fair play he still has that punk style snarl ,
2780DrizaboneJazz Cafe , Camden , London10.02.19958up and coming pop soul ,
2778Bryan FerryHammersmith Apollo , London07.02.19959,5sold out 90 mins set of Roxy Music and Bryan Ferry classics . Cool ,
2779Mike Peters Garage , London09.02.19959,75stunning show lasting 2 hours 25 mins full of rousing Alarm anthems ,
2776Bootsys Rubber Band Clapham Grand , London03.02.19959,25Fantastic 1 hour 50 mins set of funk from George Clintons old bass player ,
2777Siouxsie And The Banshees + Disco InfernoShepherds Bush Empire ,London04.02.19959,5crap support but The Banshees did a stunning 90 mins set of old and new ,
2775Mavis StaplesJazz Cafe , Camden , London02.02.19958,5Still signed to Prince record label .80 mins set of originals and covers ,
2774The Sultans Of PingMean Fiddler,Harlesden,London28.01.19959Really good 80 mins set with singer an irish version of Iggy Pop ,
2773The Men They Couldn’t Hang + Blaggers Ita Mean Fiddler,Harlesden,London27.01.19958,25loyal sold out crowd but always seem to be in shadow of Shane and Pogues
2772World Of LeatherJazz Cafe , Camden , London26.01.19958low turn out for this 60 mins set ,
2771Edwin StarrJazz Cafe , Camden , London20.01.19958,590 mins of good time soul ,
2770Lisa Germano + Tim KeeganJazz Cafe , Camden , London17.01.19958lots of swearing in the 55 mins set ,
2769Wolfgang Press + Dust Brothers / Chemical Brothers /Jazz Cafe , Camden , London11.01.19958,5support stole the show . Soon after this gig Dust Brothers had to change their name to The Chemical Brothers
2768DamnedPowerhaus , London09.01.19959,75Best gig I have seen Damned for ages .Kris Dollimore (ex Godfathers) on guitar .Great punk atmosphere . Loads of great songs with a stunning encore of Pretty Vacant and Smash It Up mega stuff .