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Best Gigs of 1996

For me this was a very special year indeed. The highlight was The Sex Pistols to reform with original members for the "Filthy Lucre" world tour. Alan McGee who was Creation Recordsand Oasis boss paid £5000 for a full page ad in NME to say that The Sex Pistols at Shepherds Bush was simply stunning. It was one of the greatest gigs of all time. KISS would also reform with all their original members and put the costumes and face paint on for their world tour which would be the No 1 grossing tour worldwide in 1996. These line ups were both from the classic late 1970s period when I was a teenager. Was a dream come true for me that's for sure. AC/DC at Wembley Arena was superb and I can remember they played a second date the day after but it was the same day as Sex Pistols at Finsbury Park. What a weekend. Neurotic Outsiders were the supergroup made up of Steve Jones (Sex Pistols), John Taylor (Duran Duran) and Duff and Matt (Guns And Roses). They were brilliant and apart from a short gig at The Borderline earlier this year this was their last UK performance as they sadly called it a day after one album. For the encore Simon Le Bon came on and sung punk gem "New Rose " by The Damned. Ice T at the small Subterania club in West London was a mega show by the OG. Fantastic lyrics, crazy atmosphere, boxer Lennox Lewis was here to watch as well. Other highlights I saw this year was Sting, Def Leppard, Pulp, Metallica, Rolf Harris, Social Distortion, Coolio, Henry Rollins, Jazz Passengers With Deborah Harry, Slade 2, Godfathers, Gwar, Damned, Stiff Little Fingers, Marianne Faithful, ZZ Top, Gary Numan, Bad Manners, Mike And The Mechanics, Trextasy, Tina Turner, Meat Loaf, Manic Street Preachers, Eric Clapton, The Who playing Quadrophenia, Neil Young, Alanis Morissette, Bjork, Massive Attack, Bryan Adams, Patti Smith Group, Steely Dan, Big Country, Powerstation, Peter Perrett.

  # Artists Venue Date Rating
1= 2979 Sex Pistols + A Shepherds Bush Empire, London 17.07.1996 10
1= 2977 Sex Pistols + Sultans Le Zenith, Paris, France 04.07.1996 10
1= 2971 Sex Pistols + Iggy Pop + Buzzcocks Finsbury Park, London 23.06.1996 10
1= 2982 Sex Pistols + Terrorvision + Echobelly Phoenix Festival, Stratford 21.07.1996 10
1= 2978 Sex Pistols + Slayer + Bad Religion Aquatica, Milan, Italy 11.07.1996 10
2= 2988 KISS + Ozzy Osbourne Donington Race Track, UK 17.08.1996 10
2= 3028 KISS Wembley Arena, London 25.11.1996 10
2= 3025 KISS NEC Arena, Birmingham 20.11.1996 10
2= 3026 KISS Nynex Arena, Manchester 21.11.1996 10
3 2970 AC/DC Wembley Arena, London 22.06.1996 10
4 3005 Neurotic Outsiders + Stimulater Astoria 2, London 26.09.1996 9,75
5 2953 Ice T Subterania, London 19.05.1996 9,75