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First Gig, Last Gig, Best Gig..

Discussion in 'Music' started by Panja, Jul 9, 2019.

  1. King_Kenny

    King_Kenny JUSTICE FOR THE 97!

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    Was that the concert were they ended with Skinhead Moonstomp, crowd invaded the stage and Hall got all pissed and started pushing them off? :laugh:



    Loved The Specials and wish I'd gone to see them live. Also early Madness before they became too mainstream, One Step Beyond (my very first album) era.
     
  2. Habbinalan

    Habbinalan Registered User

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    [QUOTE="King_Kenny, post: 9158602, member: 12739"]Was that the concert were they ended with Skinhead Moonstomp, crowd invaded the stage and Hall got all pissed and started pushing them off? :laugh:



    Loved The Specials and wish I'd gone to see them live. Also early Madness before they became too mainstream, One Step Beyond (my very first album) era.[/QUOTE]

    Not quite. My wife was a Probation Officer in those days and we were watching with a regular Defence Solicitor in the Magistrates Court. He noticed some of his former clients gathering and we moved to the side of the marquee just as it all kicked off. Someone was jumped 10 yards in front of the stage and a rumble started. Hall and Dammers tried to break it up by saying "If you want a fight, Get up here and we'll have some otherwise piss off." Then the bouncers got involved and it ended in the Magistrates Court.

    I also had One Step Beyond as soon as it came out. I remember seeing Madness on their first big tour. Wierdest concert ever. It was in the Wirrina Stadium at Peterborough - which was a big sports stadium for basketball, badminton, gymnastics, etc and had roof lights. It started very early evening and was still light outside and thus also inside. We were surrounded by kids and teenyboppers and their mums/dads (Madness had just been on Top of the Pops for the first time). The band were clearly pissed out of their heads by half way through the set but it was still memorable.
     
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    Jezza Well-Known Member

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    First - 2000 - A dance festival when I was 17

    Last - 2019 - Metallica at Slane. 80,000 people. Outdoor gigs never have the same feeling as an indoor

    Best - 2010 - Metallica, Belfast. Lost my mates almost as soon as we entered the arena but it was something else. Electric.
     
  4. Sandsy

    Sandsy Formerly known as manojob

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    First gig was Paul Weller at Manchester Apollo. Maybe 2007.

    Last gig was The Gaslight Anthem at Manchester Academy, maybe 2013 or 2014.

    Best gig is a tough one as half the time I have had a great time but was very drunk so can't recall it very well. Stereophonics at MEN arena being one of them, plus a load of shows in Ibiza (not sure if the music purists would count them as a gig though.)
     
  5. NotsoPosh

    NotsoPosh League 1 Fair Play Winners 23/24

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    First ,

    Theatre Of Hate supported by 13th Chime at the Corn Exchange in 1981 .
    Punk was on the wane & New Wave was the rage , I'd heard T.O H. on John Peel & 4 of us on our school holidays went to Cambridge , watched the gig & slept in a bus before hitch hiking back to South Lincolnshire.

    Last Gig ,

    Been over a year since I've watched any Live Music & that would have been at Scarecrow Corner at The Strawberry Fair a band called Back To The Planet , a Crusty band from the 90"s , I've seen them I think 8 times & always a cool vibe !

    Best Gig :

    A celebration of Albert Hoffman at Brixton Academy on my little brothers 21st.

    It was supposed to be a 24 hour extravaganza , Spiral Tribe were playing in the foyer , there's was a Hologram show on the top floor & the bands that featured that night were

    DF 118
    Senser
    Chumbawamba
    Radical Dance Faction
    Back To The Planet
    And loads more I can't remember

    The headline act were Hawkwind whom I've seen multiple times but were superb in atmosphere & energy.

    Unfortunately the gig only lasted 18 hours , we sat on some steps outside of a McDonald's later on , lots of hippies , crusties & ravers & across the road a door was flung open , someone come out on all fours on a leash , being whipped & then loads of freaky people emerged into the daylight after The Secret Rubber Ball had finished , bizarre thing to witness on the end of your trip .

    Big thanks to Albert Hoffman for making that night possible :clap:
     
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    First gig was Birmingham Odeon Bryan Ferry , Last Gig ELO Biimingham NEC or what ever it's called now . 2018.
    Best Barbarellas Birmingham The Clash 1977
     
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  7. WarsawPact

    WarsawPact The Pride of the Quidlands!

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    First - Toyah at the Birmingham Odeon in about 1982

    Last - Muse at Arena Birmingham last night

    Best - Rise Against at the O2 Academy in Brum about 6 years ago. Whole place was mental from the first bar to the last
     
  8. Panja

    Panja In a land down under

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    Si Robin Cheltenham Spa - Ra ra ra

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    I come on and view now and then - I always expect this to be about more modern stuff though and, but for a couple of artists, I really don't listen to newer music. I also don't do much live music - as much as I would love to. For example:

    First Gig - Arctic Monkeys at Brixton Academy in April 2006
    Last Gig - Arctic Monkeys at Birmingham NIA in November 2009
    Best Gig - Damien Rice at Wolverhampton Civic Hall in March 2007
     
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    I used to go to loads of gigs when I was at uni in Sheffield. Some of today's bigger bands were breaking through at the time so I was lucky enough to see e.g. The Killers and Elbow playing 500 capacity venues in the student union for about £10-15, I suspect it costs a good deal more to go to their gigs these days.

    Unfortunately I don't manage to get out and see bands as often as I would like any more, I've probably been to a handful in the last 10 years whereas it used to be one a week.

    First gig - Idlewild, Octagon in Sheffield 2002
    Last gig - The Big Moon, Brudenell in Leeds May 2023
    Best gig - too many to chose from, maybe Radiohead at Old Trafford cricket ground in 2007ish
     
  11. Panja

    Panja In a land down under

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    Wow! Arctic Monkeys in 2005 as your first gig is an hard act to follow. I saw them a couple of times last year and while one if those was at a festival so they played a greatest hits set, the other was promoting The Car album which didn't go down too well with the older fans who just want to hear Dance floor all night.
     
  12. Si Robin

    Si Robin Cheltenham Spa - Ra ra ra

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    Interestingly I went to an Arctic Monkeys gig at Old Trafford in July 2007:

    Most peculiar

    Supergrass were outstanding, as were The Coral. I arrived too late for The Parrots, missed Amy Winehouse because I was waiting in the beer queue (I regret this now, but didn't at the time).
     
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    Si Robin Cheltenham Spa - Ra ra ra

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    Shit - it was 2006 :slap:

    I'd never really had the chance to go to one before, then in December 2005 I got with a girl who loved going to gigs. I went to quite a few between that first and last one. In 2008 we split up and I've been to that Arctics one in November 2009 with my, now, wife.

    We don't have the same taste in music, so I've just never been to another gig since. I'd love to see The Dead South, Streetlight Manifesto and other bands and groups, but I'm not one for going on my own to things.
     
  14. Panja

    Panja In a land down under

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    Going to gigs on your lonesome isn't the best night out but I've got used to it since living in Melbourne where I haven't made too many like-minded friends. It's great going to see bands like Interpol, The National and Nick Cave on your jack but not so great when your wife says "that's nice dear" when your barking on about it when you get home after.
     

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