ROUGHLY ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY...
28th October 1978
- I went up to Wembley Arena (or was it still the Empire Pool then?) with a vanload of Brazilians to see an afternoon show by YES, "standing atop a giant revolving stage.". I was most taken by Alan White's plexiglass drum kit, every item of which was in a different colour. The BBC recorded the Wembley shows and beamed the whole thing on the wireless a week later. Those were the days!
29th October 1979
- SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY & THE ASBURY JUKES played at the Brighton Dome. We'd seen them earlier in the summer at Knebworth (supporting Led Zeppelin), and loved 'em so much that we had to go back for more of their special brassy brand of rock'n'soul! Asbury Park NJ comes to Sussex!
26th October 1980
- We saw THE POP GROUP and KILLING JOKE play a few songs each at a ANTI-NUKES RALLY in Trafalgar Square. The weather and the sound system were pretty dire, but the communal atmosphere was fabulous - "Atomkraft Nij Takt!", "Send Thatcher On A Cruise!" and all that. A day most memorable for MARK STEWART's gutwrenching rendition of "Jerusalem".
28th October 2003
- STEVE HACKETT and his jazzy new band played at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, probably my favourite venue anywhere. There's no such thing as a duff seat, the sound is fantastic and the band were on great form. I thought I MUST have "reviewed" this gig at the time (probably in the form of an open letter to Sniltweasel?), but I couldn't find it...
30th October 2008
- A bit of nostalgia for the old folks... FOCUS, MARTIN TURNER'S WISHBONE ASH and the GROUNDHOGS on a package tour, visiting the Portsmouth Guildhall. The "review"
for this one IS within these very pages.