I’ll kick off with Download 2004 - First gig I took both my lads to, Slipknot, Metallica, Korn, Linkin Park, Machine Head, many others I can’t remember. Blisteringly hot, Joey Jordison replacing Lars Ulrich as Metallica’s drummer. Mad, mad, massively enjoyable festival.
Murder Dolls - Brixton Academy 2003 (?) - banned from coming to the UK, came, wish they hadn’t, utter utter shite.
Nomeansno, Bristol 2014
Amplifier, Bristol 2015
Mastodon, Bristol 2010
These are not in order, but without doubt they are my favourite gigs. Consummate performances and incredible atmosphere among the audiences.
Tubes - Wire Hammersmith 1977
Rezillos- undertones- joy Division Uxbridge 1978
Goldfrapp - ladytron Eden project 2006
Honourable mentions for
Slipknot Vs Slayer Unholy Alliance - Hammersmith 2004,
Marilyn Manson - Alexandra Palace 2003 - another one with one of the kids - fantastic venue, what a show / spectacle, amazing mosh pit.
Papa Roach - The Astoria 2005 (?), wasn’t a Papa Roach fan, thought they were boring, boy was I wrong ? One of the best played gigs I’ve been to.
Can I add African Head Charge, Glastonbury 1990?
Something to do with the potent hash fudge…
My old mate ran a boozer in Shotts near Glasgow. He was a real character / chancer and had got to know Spider from The Pogues really well.
They played three gigs in December 1987 (the first time they ever played Fairytale Of New York live and with Kirsty McColl )
After the Saturday gig he persuaded them all to head back to his boozer with us in tow as well and the band played Waltzing Matilda very very drunkenly.
A once in a lifetime experience - well what I can remember of it.
Saw them on St Patrick’s day 1986 at the Hammersmith Palais and ended up talking pure drunken shite to Elvis Costello on the balcony - I doubt he understood a word I said
Sitting about 4ft from Gil Scott-Heron in a tiny club in Glasgow and him offering a toke on his joint was very very special.
Ditto watching an 18yo Neneh Cherry in the Sub Club Glasgow
Nick Cave O2 2018
Led Zeppelin Knebworth 1979
Pink Floyd Earls Court 1980
Bruce Springsteen Wembley Arena 1981
Paul Simon Barcelona 1991
The Delines Union Chapel 2019
Simone Felice Brighton 2012
Lucinda Williams Barbican 2019
Eels Brighton 2013
Oh and every Cramps gig especially Brighton 1986 - pure Psychobilly madness.
Stranglers - Battersea Park 1978
Led Zeppelin - Knebworth 1979
St Germain - Paris 2001
Simon & Garfunkel - Paris 2004
Memorable for the wrong reasons, I was woken up by a bouncer who thought I was dead, collapsed in the back of a dingy basement known as the Underground in Croydon, the bouncer told me he didn’t think anyone could crash when Zodiac Mindwarp and the Love Reaction were playing.
Found this poster online, so they had a few decent bands there!
Morrissey - Wolverhampton Civic Hall 1988
House Of Love - Leeds Warehouse 1989
Throwing Muses - Leeds Poly 1991
My Bloody Valentine - Bradford Uni 1991
Summer of 74 festival Charlton Athletic ground. The Who, Humble Pie ,Lou Reed , Bad Company. Lindisfarne, Maggie Bell, Montrose. 1974
Genesis LLBOB tour Southampton 1975
Thin Lizzy (supporting Bachman Turner Overdrive) After the gig we shared a joint with the band. 1975
Zakir Hussain - Carnegie Hall New York 2009
The The at the Albert Hall in 1988…
The Orb, Glastonbury NME stage, 1992.
Imogen Heap, Glastonbury Other Stage, 2010.
Marillion/Jethro Tull, Milton Keynes Bowl, 1986.
Trentemoller, Glastonbury, 2006.
Jon Hopkins, Boom Festival, Portugal 2010.
Sigrid, Glastonbury Other Stage, 2019.
Cardiacs, Liverpool University, 1990-ish.
The Cure, Birmingham NEC, 1987.
Disraeli & The Small Gods, Exeter Phoenix… a few years back
Phantom Limb, Totnes Barrel House… a few years back
African Head Charge, Exeter Phoenix… a few years back
Ozric Tentacles, Exeter 1989… where “it” all started for me, arguably…
Nice having a reason to scan back through the memories actually… I feel there’s a few more key ones yet to surface…
You must have been about 3yo in 1986
Haha! 16. First gig I ever went to. On the train with a couple of mates…
Edit: actually I would’ve been 15.
Yep, that would have done it