Posts tagged with: 1983

Gig 59. David Bowie, The Thompson Twins, Icehouse. Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh, 28th June 1983.

This is a winning fruit-machine set. Three cherries every time Puerto Rican band leader Carlos Alomar counts them in: ‘Golden Years’, ‘Fashion’, ‘Let’s Dance’, ‘Life On Mars’ and ‘Sorrow’. And that’s just the first half-an-hour.…

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Gig 58. Iron Maiden, The Apollo Theatre, Glasgow, 12th May 1983.

The stage here is very high indeed - anyone planning a fan invasion will need rope and crampons. It sits imperiously above the stalls like an Aztec temple. Appropriately enough, as three and a half thousand Scots scream their approbation, ready to sacrifice themselves to the metal gods.…

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Gig 57. JoBoxers, Benjamin Zephaniah, The Chevalier Brothers. The ICA, The Mall, London. Thursday 6th January 1983.

This line-up’s spiritual home is Club Left, an evening of “cool bop and swing” that runs at the Whisky-a-Go-Go in London’s Soho. I’ve read about Club Left in the NME. It appears to revolve around wearing dickie bows and listening to old Bobby Darin records.…

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