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I've seen over 100 bands live. I used to keep a list but I've stopped now, so I know I've seen over 100.

Best Stadium Rock band: KISS, when they put the make up back on & reunited with original members Peter and Ace.

Best Pop Act: Justin Timberlake. I'm not a fan, but a friend asked me to go and he was way better than The Spice Girls and S Club 7, who I have also been dragged along to see.

Biggest disappointment: Bon Jovi. Played new songs. I have several albums, but I didn't know the songs. Jon loved himself and Richie Sambora only got 1 solo that last about 3 minutes.

Worst Stadium Rock band: Motley Crue. I know they are trendy with young people after the netflix film, but they were so bad, I left before the end of the gig.

First Gig ever: New Kids On the Block for my 13th birthday. I was actually into Guns N' Roses by then...

Best Gig Ever: The Eagles. About 20 years ago. Joe Walsh's guitar playing with awesome. Brilliant vocal harmonies.

Stroppiest Performer: Jackson Browne. Told everyone to sit down multiple times. No dancing aloud. Didn't want anyone taking photos. Miserable git.

I've seen many of the Indie bands of the noughties starting with The.... Pete Doherty, The Coral, the Music, the datsuns, The subways, The longcut, etc. Oldies like Steve Winwood, Robert Plant, Graham Gouldman of 10cc, Status Quo. Loads of bands, Oasis, Embrace, Massive Attack.

Which bands have you seen and who were your favourites?

ShellyAnn
2 months ago
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Username50108
Username501082 months ago

The worst I ever saw were The Shamen. The support act was an hour late and was on stage for 25 minutes. We then waited 3 hours for The Shamen, most people had left but we had got to the stage where we curious to see what time they did come out and as we had waited so long anyway, waiting longer wouldn't hurt. They came out, did Ebenezer Goode and left. Β£45 it cost and that was back in the 90s.

The best was Europe, I had just come out of hospital after an op and was in loads of pain but got lost in the music.

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ShellyAnn
ShellyAnn
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2 months ago

When I was at school, we could listen to music in art class only, so my friend made the 'worlds worst mixtape' and put The Shamen's Ebeneezer Goode on it. 'Any one got any Vera's? Lovely'. πŸ˜€ That was a lot of money to have them do one song. I paid Β£45 to see The Eagles and they were amazing. My best mate liked Europe. Never seen them live but I did witness a mosh pit to the final countdown at a rock wedding reception I went to πŸ˜† Funniest surprise gig: Right said Fred! so we were in the usual club we used to go to and all of a sudden Right Said Fred walk out on stage and start singing I'm too Sexy. 🀣 Erm, has my drink been spiked? How random is that?

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Username50108
Username501082 months ago

ShellyAnn think I read somewhere that they did that, half the time they weren't even booked just turned up on the off-chance. I was dragged to see all sorts when I was younger, Shawaddywaddy, Renee and Renato, others I have blocked from my memory. I prefer to see local bands in pubs these days

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Loislane
Loislane2 months ago

Dilligaf Europe cool the other not so cool lol x

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Username50108
Username501082 months ago

Loislane I had a huge crush on Joey from Europe

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ShellyAnn
ShellyAnn
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2 months ago

Dilligaf Showaddywaddy πŸ˜† Now we are talking. Funny. Used to work with a woman who was a big Garry Glitter fan until he got arrested. She told me she was nearly killed during a stampede when his support act The Village People came on. Can you imagine, death by Village People? 🀣

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ShellyAnn
ShellyAnn
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2 months ago

Dilligaf That's some good hair metal hair. I think I need to start the hair metal thread. I think there's some people here who know who Poison are. Image

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Username50108
Username501082 months ago

ShellyAnn πŸ’—β€οΈπŸ’—β€οΈπŸ’—

🎡 Love in an Elevator, living it up while we're going down 🎡

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Loislane
Loislane2 months ago

Dilligaf love the 80s lol missed ya today babe keeping myself to myself lol x

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Username50108
Username501082 months ago

Loislane bless ya, I've been busy clearing work before my week off

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Loislane
Loislane2 months ago

Dilligaf well I hope you have lovely week off xx

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garygemmell
garygemmell2 months ago

I saw 2unlimited at the Murrayfield ice rink rave it was pants they couldnt even mime properly either but Utah Saints saved the day - even worse because they hadnt turned the ice rink freezers off so the place was freeeeeezing but at least we got on the telly in the queue in that famous sample from STV News used in many a rave song!

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Pjran
Pjran2 months ago

Oh gosh I’m going back a long time but going to see Paul Young. The friend I went with knew someone so we went backstage and met him. I remember it well.

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ShellyAnn
ShellyAnn
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2 months ago

Paul young played Gloucester leisure centre back in the early 80s. I remember my mum went to see him as she had a crush on him. Mum scores maximum points for seeing Pink Floyd back in 1969!!

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gaelle0501
gaelle05012 months ago

Yay to your mum ShellyAnn!

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Loislane
Loislane2 months ago

Pjran I loved his music x

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dholly39
dholly392 months ago

The police in their last tour and spice girls when I was younger

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ShellyAnn
ShellyAnn
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2 months ago

I saw the Spice Girls when I was 19. I think Stuart Copeland of The Police is kinda cute. Not sure way. I like how he bounces up and down like a kangaroo in 80s police videos.

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lornaae
lornaae2 months ago

Possibly my favourite concerts I've been to were the smaller ones, intimate venues and not so famous bands. Some of the gigs I've paid the least for have been the best and some I've paid as much as Β£80+ for in stadiums I haven't enjoyed as much as the smaller ones

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ShellyAnn
ShellyAnn
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2 months ago

Yes, Smaller gigs are better for atmosphere and getting up close to the bands and trying to get band members attention. Not that I ever tried to do that... 😊 I will not pay £80 to see bands. Just no. I'd love to see Roger Waters but he wants you spend hundreds or even thousands for his VIP packages and to get a seat at the front. No way. I would queue outside hours in advance to be at the front, not spend hundreds of pounds for the privilege. That's how it used to be. If you wanted to be at the front, you queued.

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lornaae
lornaae2 months ago

ShellyAnn yeah agree with you it’s ridiculous how much some tickets cost, surely there should be some sort of limit on it, I wouldn’t pay hundreds to see a band/artist and I don’t think it’s fair to charge that

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Glitterandgold
Glitterandgold2 months ago

Best stadium was Take That reunion tour, I'd never got to see them first time around & was a huge fan in my youth. Was over the moon when my OH surprised me with tickets the night before.

Worst: Ed Sheeran. I went last minute as a favour to a friend. Sound wasnt great, We were miles away & group next to us were steaming drunk & trying to cause trouble with everyone. It ruined it & we left before the end.

I love live music & going to concerts but am not a big fan of stadium gigs.

I would loved to have been around in the 60s / 70s & seen Bob Seger in his prime.

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ShellyAnn
ShellyAnn
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2 months ago

I knew quite a few people who saw the reunion tour and they were big when I was in senior school. Many of my friends saw them then. Ed Sheeran, I just can't see the appeal of him. Hollywood Nights is tune!! 😎

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ShellyAnn
ShellyAnn
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2 months ago

Nicest people in a mosh pit: Slayer's fans back at the Ozzfest in 1998. Gentleman rockers, who made a space around me to let me stand at the front and moshed at a safe distance from me. Thanks Slayer fans!

Spinal Tap moment: Razorlight. They had giant fern plants on stage with them and the drummer couldn't get to his drums because of the massive plant. A roadie had to come and drag it out of the way.

Near miss, Nearly saw them live: The Prodigy. We found out they were playing a club in Bristol under a false name just prior to the Fat of The Land album release, ie, the one with Fire Starter on. I don't drive and neither did my friend and we wanted to go, but the drivers in the friend group wouldn't drive down to Bristol. Closest I got to seeing The Prodigy.

Near Miss two: Chris Cornell. Last time I went to Florida on the night we landed, Chris was playing with Audioslave 5 mins walk from the hotel we were staying at. I didn't go because I knew without any sleep from the flight, we would be wiped out. If it had been the next night, I would have gone. Then in 2016, the year before Chris died, he played Bristol on his own solo and I didn't go because I wanted to wait until he toured with Soundgarden. That wasn't to be and as he died the following year.

More rubbish: Badly drawn boy. Britist Sea Power. The Rifles. S club 7 jnrs (don't ask how that happened)

Best bands to dance around in a field to on a saturday night: The Levellers and Dreadzone.

Worst bands to be in a field with on a Saturday night: The Proclaimers. You just wait and wait for that one song... and they go on and on....🀣

Gig I was made to go to which was really good: Paul Weller!

Gig I was made to go to which was really bad: Nightwish

Saw him on his 1st album supporting Justin Timberlake and no one knew who he was: Dizzy Rascal! I knew him. MTV2 were playing him.

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MrsCraig
MrsCraig2 months ago

I've only ever been to one gig and it was a heavy metal band. They were my husbands favourite band so I bought him tickets for his birthday, expecting him to take a friend but no he took me. The warm up act weren't very good but the main band were brilliant, I think the atmosphere helped a lot. That is the one and only concert I've ever been to and I looked really out of place!

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ShellyAnn
ShellyAnn
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2 months ago

What was the band? As a rocker, I've felt a bit odd at Justin timberlake and the spice girls 🀣 Best metal band I've seen was Pantera. Lucky I got to see them as the Abbott brothers have both died, so that's half the band gone. This was the actual gig. I was in the front row with my then boyfriend. I couldn't believe when I found footage on youtube. Back in 1998.

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MrsCraig
MrsCraig2 months ago

ShellyAnn Amon Amarth. Their songs are based on Norse mythology. They were excellent live, I really enjoyed it. We went to see them at the Barrowlands in Glasgow.

Wow that's amazing!

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ShellyAnn
ShellyAnn
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2 months ago

MrsCraig I've heard of Amon Amarth. Headbangers Ball on MTV didn't play them, but I know the name. Used to see mentions of them in Kerrang and Metal Hammer.

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MrsCraig
MrsCraig2 months ago

ShellyAnn my husband loves them, always has them on in the car.

I will listen to any genre of music. As long as I like the song then I will listen to it.

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garygemmell
garygemmell2 months ago

Tribal Gathering 1995 i think it was 50,000 people raving hard to the DJ God Sven Vath, Tanith and Carl Cox it was magic - so many people it took me an hour to find our car in the car park (ie field)!

Ahh them were the days puggled out of yer box and dancing ard'core for 24 hours and losing 3lbs in weight in one day!

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ShellyAnn
ShellyAnn
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2 months ago

Even thought I like rock, I love to dance so I used to buy mixmag on occassion. Used to get ready to go out listening to Pete Tong 'having it large', whatever that meant 😜 I wouldn't of minded going to Tribal Gathering back in the day, but only one friend in our friend group liked dance music enough to want to go and we didn't drive. In terms of superstar DJs the only one I ever saw was Danny Rampling. He came and did a one hour set in a nightclub in Cheltenham and we got charged much more than normal to go in. I danced for 6 hours straight one, no drugs. we did not do drugs or really even drink anything but water. We were very straight.

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garygemmell
garygemmell2 months ago

ShellyAnn Yeah there was nothing like listening to Pete Tong on a Friday night before you hit the rave clubs - Hanger13, The Metro, Fubar in Stilring we went to em all - better days its all a bit poncy now and the music is pants well except for Tiesto, Armin Van Burren and of course the superlative Chicane - Who could forget Offshore (Disco Citizens Mix) - And yes I was an amateur DJ and trainspotter in the old days lol

Spinning the wheels of steel - I was an 'ardcore muffin!

Best tune of all time was on the Sven Vath Tanith tape from that tribal gathering it blew me away when Sven spun it up then slowed it down and took the crowd to a new level - amazing DJ set!

Took me years to find the name and just found it on youtube last year - amazing tune the most banging of banging toons we played it every day and all the lads loved it!

Hate to say it but you missed the most amazing dance music event of all time - Tribal Gathering '95 was acknoledged to be the greatest line up of Dj's and dance acts ever and the biggest of all time even Pete the Tong mentioned it on his show that very Friday and he turned up to do a mystery set so i heard afterwards!

Even the Switzerland earthquaker copuld not match up or the Dance Europe one at Eurodisny we rolled over to in a transit van lol

Since i found it and sampled it off youtube i have been playing it every day in the car and annoying the neighbours at full blast lol

The Rampling was a bit too soft for me and the boys we were hardcore muffins from Gabba to Technotrance To Appy Ardcore we luvved it - I still do but most of the boys are now old fairtes into Oasis and other stuff that bores me stupid - I get energy and life from dance music - enervating as they say nothing like groovin with ma hoover to the sound of a bit of Westbam or DJ Ratty!

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ZillaFrith
ZillaFrith2 months ago

Twenty One Pilots were amazing and surprisingly Rizzle Kicks! But my most memorable was Dire Straits on their last ever tour in β€˜92 at Gateshead Stadium...unreal seeing them live!

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ShellyAnn
ShellyAnn
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2 months ago

Really have Dire Straits not toured since then? I just thought they were on tour out there somewhere doing there thing. My dad was a fan of them, so I avoided them, but as I've gotten older I might be caught listening to the odd tune. I bet the guitar playing was awesome at that gig. I'm a failed guitar player, so I lurve guitar virtuosos.

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RnD194hd
RnD194hd2 months ago

Love live music,

Best- difficult but Proclaimers, ugly kid Joe, Mark Knopfler and Motorhead would be high on my list

Worst- Ronan Keating (what a boring man, I actually started falling asleep) Faster Pussycat (looked like they couldn't be bothered)

First gig- Irish rockers Therapy? at Leadmill in Sheffield.

Nicest person I've met in music, Tracy Guns for LA Guns, met him several times, always happy to chat and sign merch, last time he gave me some badges he got from Johnny Depp

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garygemmell
garygemmell2 months ago

Johnny Depp wow got em on ebay yet lol

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ShellyAnn
ShellyAnn
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2 months ago

OMG! L.A GUNS! My fave hair metal band! my best mate at school loved them and got me into them. The band is now divided into two with Steve Riley and Kelly Nickels on one side and Phil Lewis and Tracii Guns on the other. I haven't seen either live. I keep missing Phil and Tracii's version. I have interacted with Phil, Tracii and Kelly online. Phil was hitting on me at myspace over a decade ago writing things like 'come to me, my pretty', on my photos. I laughed. I didn't flirt back, which I probably should have for comedy, but no. Tracii retweeted a cutting from RAW magazine about L.A.Guns that my best friend at the time and I wrote and sent in as teenagers. We invited L.A Guns and several other bands to our end of school leaving party. RAW Magazine printed it. My mum had kept it as well as another cutting when we got Kelly Nickels in the 'Gagging for a Shagging' column that Kerrang used to run every week. Tracii retweeted our invite from I think 1994 and I sent Kelly at facebook the kerrang clipping and he was cool about it and said thanks for that. πŸ˜† It was great! All those years after we wrote those letters the band got to see them. It was the highlight of 2018 for me and my old senior school best mate.

I have no idea who is in Faster Pussycat anymore. Taime Downe, I'm guessing.

I think a hair metal appreciation thread is needed as there is some hair metal coming out here at latest deals. some of those bands sold millions of records.

I saw Therapy as a last minute replacement for Megadeth on the Ozzfest back in 1998. They were better than we were expecting and went down well with the crowd.

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RnD194hd
RnD194hd2 months ago

garygemmell still got them in top of my wardrobe. Give 1 away years ago

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garygemmell
garygemmell2 months ago

RnD194hd I like Johnny one of the few who is a bit like me nutty but nice haha

Who knows he may be a serial killer but he is the best actor around these days imho

😜

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RnD194hd
RnD194hd2 months ago

ShellyAnn Steve Riley can be a bit of an arse. Tracii is a top bloke. Sat back stage with him after 1 gig drinking the free beer they got and could have listened to his stories all night

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RnD194hd
RnD194hd2 months ago

garygemmell I was hoping to see his band play on their recent tour but couldn't make any of the dates due to work

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garygemmell
garygemmell2 months ago

RnD194hd My next door neighbour used to play Pool with Lee Marvin - said he was as hard in real life as in the movies - now thats what i would have liked to have met or Charles Bronson - not into the idolising autograph luvvy thing myself but to hang about and hear some stories with the old stars would have been very interesting - funny the truths that come out - when i heard that Yul Brynner was on a video riding Warren Beatty (and not like a horse joking way lol) at one of Roman Polanskis sex parties it kinda took the shine off him for me!

I did meet Sven Vath he came and danced with us at Eurodance rave in Paris in 1996 DURING HIS ACTUAL DJ SET and Westbam came back to our house party after his DJ set at The Fubar in Stirling once but thats about it!

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RnD194hd
RnD194hd2 months ago

garygemmell I once ended up on a night out with the rock band Zodiac Mindwarp, some of the stories I heard that night were unbelievable including what berlinda Carlisle got upto with their guitarist at mtv awards

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garygemmell
garygemmell2 months ago

RnD194hd Hmm what was that did she w@nk him off , give im a gobble or summat?

Or more likely advise him on the best 90 day extra high interest account to put his savings in!

lol

😜

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ShellyAnn
ShellyAnn
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1 month ago

RnD194hd I remember the reading stories online and i've seen some of the footage of The Go-Gos with Belinda Carlisle, a male fan and an 'electronic massager',, *wink* buzz buzz. I think they were a bit wild back in the day. She's probably a well behaved mum nowadays. 😜

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ShellyAnn
ShellyAnn
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1 month ago

RnD194hd I am very jealous. I've heard from other people Tracii is meant to be a cool dude. Must be quite something to know you quit Guns N' Roses and they went on to sell how many records?!?! Tracii never quite got the respect as guitar player. he is due After reading this I was watching some old live shows on youtube of L.A Guns from the late 80s last night. Did you ever meet Kelly Nickels? He's a cutie. Seems like a nice guy as well.

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ShellyAnn
ShellyAnn
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1 month ago

garygemmell I think Johnny got set up by Amber Heard. I don't think he is a wife beater. I used to love his films before he went into pirates of the carribean.

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RnD194hd
RnD194hd1 month ago

ShellyAnn no never met/saw Kelly nickels

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ShellyAnn
ShellyAnn
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2 months ago

Gig that caused lasting hearing damage: Jerry Cantrell solo. Alice in Chains were really done as Layne Staley had passed away when I saw him and he hadn't got the band back together. I saw him in Cardiff with so many amps. It was so loud the ringing in my left ear has never stopped. Thanks Jerry.

Gig that was so rough I feared for my safety: Jason Donovan! He turned up to do 3 songs at a nightclub we used to go to and the crowd was very drunk and went silly. It was like beatle mania done on purpose because he was a former pop star - ironic beatle mania. The crush was so bad with no security, no barriers. We got separated from one friend and my other said to me 'if you fall, I can't help' as the weight of hundreds of people pushed us against the stage. Jason was horrified. Kept asking the crowd to move back, to relax, etc. I had bruises all down my thights the next day after being pushed against that stage. Bear in mind I've also been front row for Pantera and Slayer two metal bands and nothing like that happened. It was hard to breathe in there and I think it could have ended badly if it wasn't all over in like 15 mins when he left the stage.

Best tribute bands: The Counterfeit Stones (Rolling Stone tribute act) and Limehouse Lizzy (Thin Lizzy tribute). I've seen the counterfeit stones 9 times but they have changed their 'keef' and 'Bill Hymen' now and its not the same. Limehouse lizzy had a great guitar player last night I saw them and the former drummer of Paradise Lost Lee Morris for you 90s rockheads reading this! I don't think he is with them now.

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garygemmell
garygemmell2 months ago

Jason Donovan wow!Β¬

Hamilton Palace Rythmic State - dangerous as f"""" - it was already planned and a bunch of neds turned up with knives and chibs and attacked all the ravers - terrible if yer puggled to be attacked like that - thank feck i never went - Hamilton Palais was a bad place but the Metro in Saltcoats was rough when the bevyheads mixed with the ravers - alcohol and drugs definitely dont mix!

Abba tribute band used to live next door to me in Kilmarnock - they built a decking setup so they could practice in the back garden - lovely bunch and very talented!

Hearing damage well that has to be Rezerection (Castles) at Prestwick Airport - I made the mistake of standing next to the front speaker cabinets when Ultrasonic and The Time Frequency came on lol

πŸ€ͺ

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