Been shuffling (not that kind of shuffling) through my music collection & thinking about some of the great gigs I’ve been lucky to get to.
Public Enemy performing a 20th anniversary of ‘It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back’; Elbow performing with the Halle Orchestra at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester; The Who performing ‘Quadrophenia’ (complete with Adrian Edmonson as the Bell-boy & Trevor McDonald as the newsreader) to a 150,000 people in Hyde Park.
Kratfwerk at the Manchester Velodrome for the Manchester International Festival, complete with Great Britain’s Olympic gold medallist cyclists doing laps during ‘Tour de France’ was a recent highlight.
But there’s plenty I’ve missed: The Sex Pistols playing Manchester Free Trade Hall (1976); The Stone Roses playing Spike Island (1990); The Verve playing a homecoming gig in Wigan (1998).
A band & venue I’d really have loved to have seen live were The Jam playing in the 100 Club – would’ve been incredible.
Any fantasy gigs you wished you’d been to – real or an amazing band in an amazing setting? Dead or alive (not the 1-hit wonders of ‘you spin me right round’ fame), real or imaginary venues?
I’d be keen on seeing the following super-group: Rick Parfitt on rhythm guitar, Chesney Hawkes on drums, Adolf Hitler on bass & Wee Jimmy Krankie on lead vocals. All performing on the moon. Without any oxygen tanks.