Advantages The atmosphere at a live gig is unique
Disadvantages Can get stuffy and claustrophobic at times
I have been to many, many gigs in my time ranging from Queen to Alvin Stardust and Bowie to Glen Campbell, I even saw the Carpenters, so it was quite a struggle to keep this opinion short enough to actually submit. I have chosen these particular ones for all sorts of reasons and I have tried to explain those reasons to you. I hope you enjoy reading about them – I’ll try not to go on TOO much!My next problem was how to present the list and after deliberation I decided to go for chronological order, as my feelings and reactions changed as I got older. I must just say that my memory for dates isn’t brilliant so please forgive me if I’m a year out on any of them.
Roxy Music – Birmingham Odeon – 1974
This was in the days before the NEC was built and the Odeon in Birmingham was THE primary music venue for the city. Bryan Ferry in black trousers, white shirt and gaucho hat, music as good as the recordings and the place was rocking. We were on row D in the front stalls and still had to stand on the seats to see. That’s what you did at gigs in those days. I went to a lot of concerts in the 70’s, but this one stands out both because the band is one of my favourites and because the atmosphere was electric. I saw Roxy Music again at the NEC a couple of months ago and they were still brilliant!
10CC – Cardiff Castle – 1975
Now we’re really talking. 10CC were my favourite band of the seventies, when all four of them were still together and I saw them live many times. We went to Cardiff to see them at an open-air gig with Thin Lizzy and Steeleye Span and it rained and rained. 10CC were top of the bill and, before they came on, we were warned ad nauseum about keeping away from anything electric for safety’s sake. When they finally came on stage, they played the opening note on the guitars and flares went off all along the front of the stage. We thought the whole thing had blown up! That was 10CC for you, a great band with a great sense of humour. We were up to our ankles in mud singing Rubber Bullets at the tops of our voices and it was great. As the Melody Maker put it at the end of their review at the time ‘and the rain? What rain?’
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