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Motspur Hotspur

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So there's this great little thread doing the rounds on Facebook where you list five bands you've seen live but one of them is a fake. Just got me thinking about bands you've seen live. So in no order of preference:

Iron Maiden
Metallica
Motorhead
Slayer
Chas and Dave
Chic!
Black Sabbath
The Wildhearts
3 Colours Red
Therapy
Pantera

**** Reading 97 *****
Descendents
Marylin Manson
Terrorvision

Sonisphere 2014?
Baby metal - that was bizarre but enjoyable

I've just realised I saw Foo Fighters at Ozfest 98 and I didn't even realise! There was a lot of drink taken that day I think!
 
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The Cryptkeeper

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I'll list the international/well know acts and rate them out of 10:

The Killers - the O2 and in Australia (10/10)
Def Leppard - favourite band, seen them in Australia several times, Belfast and Las Vegas (10/10 every time, 11/10 in Belfast the second best gig I have ever seen))
Scorpions (9/10)
Whitesnake (5/10)
Blur (7/10)
The Cure (8/10)
Bryan Adams (9/10)
Green Day (8/10)
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers - Isle of Wight Festival 2012 (10/10)
Madness - IOW 2012 and O2 (9/10)
Bruce Springsteen (9/10)
Elton John (10/10)
Al Green (7/10)
Alison Moyet (8/10)
The Cranberries (9/10)
INXS (I remember Michael Hutchence fell from the scaffolding at the side of the stage and broke his leg but soldiered on like a tough bastard 9/10)
Midnight Oil (12/10 - best live act I have ever seen)
Big Country (8/10)
Deacon Blue (4/10)
Roxette (9/10 the first time, 5/10 the second time but Marie Fredriksen was not at all well)
B52's (9/10, great fun)
David Byrne (8/10)
Simple Minds (10/10)
AC/DC (10/10 the first time, 7/10 on the last tour)
Eminem (2/10, absolute rubbish)
The Darkness (10/10, saw them in a 3000 set venue in Melbourne three weeks ago, just before lockdown...incredible)
Noel Gallagher & the High Flying Birds (9/10)
U2 (10/10)
Mark Knopfler (9/10)
Moby (6/10)
Foo Fighters (8/10)
Elbow (8/10)
Kaiser Chiefs (6/10)
Cheap Trick (7/10)
Gary Numan (8/10)
...probably a few others too.

Plus plenty of Aussie acts like Hoodoo Gurus, James Reyne, the Divinyls, Angels, and dozens of others.

Going to gigs and live comedy are my two favourite things after watching Spurs (not the Mourinho Spurs, the proper Spurs).
 
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Oasis
Florence and the Machine
Vampire Weekend
Pigeon Detectives
Slaves (best live music I have ever seen)
Wombats

I've not got any huge names...
Slaves is a band I've been looking out for and I lost track of. Must have another nose.
 
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Dorset

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So there's this great little thread doing the rounds on Facebook where you list five bands you've seen live but one of them is a fake. Just got me thinking about bands you've seen live. So in no order of preference:

Iron Maiden
Metallica
Motorhead
Slayer
Chas and Dave
Chic!
Black Sabbath
The Wildhearts
3 Colours Red
Therapy
Pantera

**** Reading 97 *****
Descendents
Marylin Manson
Terrorvision

Sonisphere 2014?
Baby metal - that was bizarre but enjoyable

I've just realised I saw Foo Fighters at Ozfest 98 and I didn't even realise! There was a lot of drink taken that day I think!
Like that idea! Here's my alfabettikal list with one herring that is not blue - it is a red fish. It's a long list because I am very old..

AC/DC
B B King
Beach Boys
Black Sabbath
Blue Man Group
Bo Didley
Bob Marley and the Wailers
Chickenshack
Deep Purple
Dire Straits
Dr Feelgood
Eric Clapton
Groundhogs
Hawkwind
Ian Dury and the Blockheads
Joe Bonamassa
John Lee Hooker
Led Zeppelin
Linnerd Skinerd ( or however the fuck you spell it)
Motorhead
Mott The Hoople
Pink Fairies
Pink Floyd
Rainbow
Rammstein
Rolf Harris
Rolling Stones
Rory Gallagher
Santana
Sex Pistols
Slade
Status Quo
Sting
Stray
Ted Nugent
Thin Lizzy
Whitesnake
ZZ Top

The first person to tell me which one is the Red Herring wins a prize - too late, I won the prize.
 
Motspur Hotspur

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Like that idea! Here's my alfabettikal list with one herring that is not blue - it is a red fish. It's a long list because I am very old..

AC/DC
B B King
Beach Boys
Black Sabbath
Blue Man Group
Bo Didley
Bob Marley and the Wailers
Chickenshack
Deep Purple
Dire Straits
Dr Feelgood
Eric Clapton
Groundhogs
Hawkwind
Ian Dury and the Blockheads
Joe Bonamassa
John Lee Hooker
Led Zeppelin
Linnerd Skinerd ( or however the fuck you spell it)
Motorhead
Mott The Hoople
Pink Fairies
Pink Floyd
Rainbow
Rammstein
Rolf Harris
Rolling Stones
Rory Gallagher
Santana
Sex Pistols
Slade
Status Quo
Sting
Stray
Ted Nugent
Thin Lizzy
Whitesnake
ZZ Top

The first person to tell me which one is the Red Herring wins a prize - too late, I won the prize.
That is a very impressive list! Some cracking bands I would have loved to go to see and then there's Rolf Harris.
 
Yid

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Slaves is a band I've been looking out for and I lost track of. Must have another nose.
Its phenomenal how 2 blokes can create so much noise.

Pick a small venue mate. I saw them at Norwich Uni about a year ago. Probably bet gig I've been too.
 
Dorset

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That is a very impressive list! Some cracking bands I would have loved to go to see and then there's Rolf Harris.
I was just lucky to be alive in the olden days and I've always loved live music.. Rolf was great, of course we didn't know about his 'hobbies' back then, but when he did his cover set with a great rock band it was funny as fuck and the music was good. I wish I could have added the Spice Girls to my list, I tried to persuade my grandson to go see them with no luck - if I had gone on my own I might have been labelled as a bit of a Rolf myself.

So, Rolf was NOT the red herring.
 
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Its phenomenal how 2 blokes can create so much noise.

Pick a small venue mate. I saw them at Norwich Uni about a year ago. Probably bet gig I've been too.
Small venues definitely make more of an impact. First band I saw was Motorhead at the Astoria (sadly no more) and they blew my brains out, to this day still the best gig I've ever been to.
 
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I'll list the international/well know acts and rate them out of 10:

The Killers - the O2 and in Australia (10/10)
Def Leppard - favourite band, seen them in Australia several times, Belfast and Las Vegas (10/10 every time, 11/10 in Belfast the second best gig I have ever seen))
Scorpions (9/10)
Whitesnake (5/10)
Blur (7/10)
The Cure (8/10)
Bryan Adams (9/10)
Green Day (8/10)
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers - Isle of Wight Festival 2012 (10/10)
Madness - IOW 2012 and O2 (9/10)
Bruce Springsteen (9/10)
Elton John (10/10)
Al Green (7/10)
Alison Moyet (8/10)
The Cranberries (9/10)
INXS (I remember Michael Hutchence fell from the scaffolding at the side of the stage and broke his leg but soldiered on like a tough bastard 9/10)
Midnight Oil (12/10 - best live act I have ever seen)
Big Country (8/10)
Deacon Blue (4/10)
Roxette (9/10 the first time, 5/10 the second time but Marie Fredriksen was not at all well)
B52's (9/10, great fun)
David Byrne (8/10)
Simple Minds (10/10)
AC/DC (10/10 the first time, 7/10 on the last tour)
Eminem (2/10, absolute rubbish)
The Darkness (10/10, saw them in a 3000 set venue in Melbourne three weeks ago, just before lockdown...incredible)
Noel Gallagher & the High Flying Birds (9/10)
U2 (10/10)
Mark Knopfler (9/10)
Moby (6/10)
Foo Fighters (8/10)
Elbow (8/10)
Kaiser Chiefs (6/10)
Cheap Trick (7/10)
Gary Numan (8/10)
...probably a few others too.

Plus plenty of Aussie acts like Hoodoo Gurus, James Reyne, the Divinyls, Angels, and dozens of others.

Going to gigs and live comedy are my two favourite things after watching Spurs (not the Mourinho Spurs, the proper Spurs).
Saw def leppard as a support band to UFO when it was just the wasted EP released,also saw phil collen in Girl before he left to join them.Saw Rose Tattoo support ac/dc,another decent aussie band.I could be the only one to see iron maiden original line up here?when they supported judas priest (who were suprisingly good not my usual cup of tea).
Did no one else see Queen?my aunt worked for their accountants and from 79 I always had access to freebie VIP tickets,such lauded venues as croydon fairfield halls,and the rainbow finsbury park.I would get a call "got 7 tickets for queen tonight do you and any friends want to go?" fucking right I did,probably the best frontman live i have seen,singer,musician and energetic nutter,axl rose probably comes 2nd,bon scott 3rd.

My favourite live band was probably Big Country,just for atmosphere and the cult following of every one knowing every word,they did some really special gigs.Worst I saw probably simple minds,jim kerr turning a gig into one long huge political rally,however worthy the cause i dont go for that shit.
 
Yid

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Fuck I've seen the Hives at Norwich UEA too.... they were fucking brilliant....!!!

Ah man theres a few coming back to me now have to try and remember the band names... I'm shit with remembering details... like names and stuff.
 
Yid

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Oh and the enemy..... fuck their front man was great...!
 
Dorset

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Small venues definitely make more of an impact. First band I saw was Motorhead at the Astoria (sadly no more) and they blew my brains out, to this day still the best gig I've ever been to.
I went to the very first Motorhead gig, they were truly shite. I was 'backstage' with Lemmy - there wasn't a backstage area as it was a boozer, it was the pre-roundhouse official gig in the mid 70's. I didn't go to the Roundhouse because honestly they were really bad, It took a couple of years before they were worth listening to. I'm name-dropping and pretending Lemmy was a mate, he was an acquaintance who me and my mates and 100 other people used to drink with back in the olden days. Lemmy came up and sung at a gig we were doing at the Marquee, in the 70's, we didn't ask him to and I don't think he knew he had done it. Larry Wallis was a bloke we all knew well from the Pink fairies who were big on the circuit back then, I was going to audition for the Fairies but was too wasted to get there! Probably lucky because I definitely wouldn't have survived full-time touring. I liked the dope too much and having a proper job kept me a bit grounded.

Lemmy was one of the scariest blokes I ever met, not physically, but you knew if you ended up with the crowd he was out with there was a good chance you were going to end up in hospital from alcohol poisoning or dodgy chemicals. How the fuck that bloke lived to 70 years old is a medical mystery. Happy days!
 
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I went to the very first Motorhead gig, they were truly shite. I was 'backstage' with Lemmy - there wasn't a backstage area as it was a boozer, it was the pre-roundhouse official gig in the mid 70's. I didn't go to the Roundhouse because honestly they were really bad, It took a couple of years before they were worth listening to. I'm name-dropping and pretending Lemmy was a mate, he was an acquaintance who me and my mates and 100 other people used to drink with back in the olden days. Lemmy came up and sung at a gig we were doing at the Marquee, in the 70's, we didn't ask him to and I don't think he knew he had done it. Larry Wallis was a bloke we all knew well from the Pink fairies who were big on the circuit back then, I was going to audition for the Fairies but was too wasted to get there! Probably lucky because I definitely wouldn't have survived full-time touring. I liked the dope too much and having a proper job kept me a bit grounded.

Lemmy was one of the scariest blokes I ever met, not physically, but you knew if you ended up with the crowd he was out with there was a good chance you were going to end up in hospital from alcohol poisoning or dodgy chemicals. How the fuck that bloke lived to 70 years old is a medical mystery. Happy days!
I watched his documentary on Netflix a week or so ago and he was of the opinion he survived because he never did heroin! Can't say if that's true of course.

Right, posting missus lineup as it's got a lot of cool points which was a surprise 😂

INXS
Depeche Mode
The Cure
Paul McCartney
U2
Lloyd Cole and the Commotions
Nick Kershaw
Duran Duran
Prince
Belinda Carlisle 😂
Plus she saw MY band 🤔
Cliff Richard
Debbie Harry
 
Motspur Hotspur

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I went to the very first Motorhead gig, they were truly shite. I was 'backstage' with Lemmy - there wasn't a backstage area as it was a boozer, it was the pre-roundhouse official gig in the mid 70's. I didn't go to the Roundhouse because honestly they were really bad, It took a couple of years before they were worth listening to. I'm name-dropping and pretending Lemmy was a mate, he was an acquaintance who me and my mates and 100 other people used to drink with back in the olden days. Lemmy came up and sung at a gig we were doing at the Marquee, in the 70's, we didn't ask him to and I don't think he knew he had done it. Larry Wallis was a bloke we all knew well from the Pink fairies who were big on the circuit back then, I was going to audition for the Fairies but was too wasted to get there! Probably lucky because I definitely wouldn't have survived full-time touring. I liked the dope too much and having a proper job kept me a bit grounded.

Lemmy was one of the scariest blokes I ever met, not physically, but you knew if you ended up with the crowd he was out with there was a good chance you were going to end up in hospital from alcohol poisoning or dodgy chemicals. How the fuck that bloke lived to 70 years old is a medical mystery. Happy days!
I met Dave Murray from Iron Maiden in a pub before a UFO reunion gig at Astoria and then Janick a few years later in a pub in Ealing but made a right cunt of myself and he went to the other side of the bar 😂 my mate who I was in a band with was right pissed off with me but I was too pissed to care!

I generally don't fare well when meeting 'famous' people although I met Sanjeev Baskar and Mira Siall in Casa Battlo in Barca last year and didn't completely disgrace myself, maybe I am maturing. MWAHAHAHA
 
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So , I’ve only done about 20-30 odd gigs , a mate does that every year , he’s currently got 4.5k out on tickets of gigs he can no longer go to .
so in each column there is one fake gig I’ve not been too

Thomas Dolby Take That. Drum Theatre
Dire Straights . little Mix. Queen
Pink Floyd. The Eagles. Roger Waters
Elton John. Prince. The Cure
david Bowie. Pete frampton. 1 Direction
Bruce Springsteen The Vamps. Will I am
 
skiathospurs

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I like to drip feed the answers to give me something to do every few days....
thin lizzy,scorpions,blackfoot

and one for Dorset
Budgie
 
Dorset

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I like to drip feed the answers to give me something to do every few days....
thin lizzy,scorpions,blackfoot

and one for Dorset
Budgie
Oooh I remembers them Budgie blokes, they were rocky with the occasional bit of a funky groove man! I might have seen them in the 70's I might not have, many days, weeks, months and years are a bit of a haze.

I just had a look at that Google thing and I probably definitely did see them live cos they played at the Greyhound in Croydon a few times, so I would have almost definitely have been there, I started going there when I was not quite 18, probably 14 actually, I lost many brain cells there it was a brilliant place - I think.

Looking at the site I have remembered a few more bands I saw live, Curved Air, I liked them, Groundhogs, but I probably listed them in my original list - saw them loads of times, they were pukka, Tony McPhee was one of my heroes. Manfred Mann's Earthband - Steve Waller was a mate who sadly died in 2000, he was only 48. I used to go the Father Red Cap in Camberwell and see his band on a Sunday lunchtime or join in the jam sessions at the Half Moon in Herne Hill - the gin done for him, he liked a bottle or three. An amazing musician and a great bloke, Sadly missed.

There's some memories for geezers who grew up in South London (or even the correct side of London) here:

 
Dorset

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I can't believe I forgot The Sensational Alex Harvey Band!
 
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I'm going to list my top 5 live bands now, this thread has inspired me to actually pick up my guitar and play, just like yesterday, though I am not going to get down on my knees and pray.... I've been listening to some old school music as well - Bob Dylan stuff done by other folks, everybody did Bob better than Bob, he wrote some great tunes that were all begging to be covered,

Drum roll..........

5 - Bo Didley. Terrible guitarist, not a great singer, but the passion and almost violent playing blew my mind man.
4 - Hawkwind - I almost remember seeing them at the Finsbury Park Astoria, so much acid, so much naked Stacia, I've got a silver machine
3 - Rolling Stones - If my mum had let me go to the Hyde park gig I would have seen them live in 5 different decades
2 - Joe Bonamassa - The best guitarist I have ever seen.
1 - Pink Floyd - Yep, has to be numero uno, I saw them many times and every time I got all trembly as fuck, great show, NOT the Floyd without Waters.

I almost added Ted Nugent, he was funny as fuck, a total nutcase, but it was loud and great fun.
 
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I went to the very first Motorhead gig, they were truly shite. I was 'backstage' with Lemmy - there wasn't a backstage area as it was a boozer, it was the pre-roundhouse official gig in the mid 70's. I didn't go to the Roundhouse because honestly they were really bad, It took a couple of years before they were worth listening to. I'm name-dropping and pretending Lemmy was a mate, he was an acquaintance who me and my mates and 100 other people used to drink with back in the olden days. Lemmy came up and sung at a gig we were doing at the Marquee, in the 70's, we didn't ask him to and I don't think he knew he had done it. Larry Wallis was a bloke we all knew well from the Pink fairies who were big on the circuit back then, I was going to audition for the Fairies but was too wasted to get there! Probably lucky because I definitely wouldn't have survived full-time touring. I liked the dope too much and having a proper job kept me a bit grounded.

Lemmy was one of the scariest blokes I ever met, not physically, but you knew if you ended up with the crowd he was out with there was a good chance you were going to end up in hospital from alcohol poisoning or dodgy chemicals. How the fuck that bloke lived to 70 years old is a medical mystery. Happy days!
Drinking with Lemmy (and living to tell about it) is about as hardcore as you can get, tbf.
 
The Cryptkeeper

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The Aussie Yid
I forgot:

Billy Idol (10/10 - phenomenal. Steve Stevens is a jet)
Howard Jones (8/10)
The Police (3/10, outdoors at the MCG, crap seats in the stands with accoustic issues)
Split Enz (9/10)
Powderfinger (8/10)

Will probably add more as I think of them.
 
The Cryptkeeper

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The Aussie Yid
I watched his documentary on Netflix a week or so ago and he was of the opinion he survived because he never did heroin! Can't say if that's true of course.

Right, posting missus lineup as it's got a lot of cool points which was a surprise 😂

INXS
Depeche Mode
The Cure
Paul McCartney
U2
Lloyd Cole and the Commotions
Nick Kershaw
Duran Duran
Prince
Belinda Carlisle 😂
Plus she saw MY band 🤔
Cliff Richard
Debbie Harry
Lloyd Cole any good? He tours Australia a lot and I like his stuff but have never seen him.
 
The Cryptkeeper

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The Aussie Yid
Saw def leppard as a support band to UFO when it was just the wasted EP released,also saw phil collen in Girl before he left to join them.Saw Rose Tattoo support ac/dc,another decent aussie band.I could be the only one to see iron maiden original line up here?when they supported judas priest (who were suprisingly good not my usual cup of tea).
Did no one else see Queen?my aunt worked for their accountants and from 79 I always had access to freebie VIP tickets,such lauded venues as croydon fairfield halls,and the rainbow finsbury park.I would get a call "got 7 tickets for queen tonight do you and any friends want to go?" fucking right I did,probably the best frontman live i have seen,singer,musician and energetic nutter,axl rose probably comes 2nd,bon scott 3rd.

My favourite live band was probably Big Country,just for atmosphere and the cult following of every one knowing every word,they did some really special gigs.Worst I saw probably simple minds,jim kerr turning a gig into one long huge political rally,however worthy the cause i dont go for that shit.
Yeah, I caught Big Country at the Corner Hotel in Melbourne late last year. Packed to the fucking rafters and everyone knew every word. Magical night, crowd of about 800 in a proper old-school pub venue.
 
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U2 (early days, Sunday bloody Sunday etc.)
Big Country
Paul Young
Tina Turner
Stones
Fleetwood mac (recently - utter shit)
Elton John
M People
 
skiathospurs

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U2 (early days, Sunday bloody Sunday etc.)
Big Country
Paul Young
Tina Turner
Stones
Fleetwood mac (recently - utter shit)
Elton John
M People
where did you see big country?I saw them wembley stadium,wembley arena,hammersmith,town&country and dingwalls in camden,maybe we saw em together??
 
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where did you see big country?I saw them wembley stadium,wembley arena,hammersmith,town&country and dingwalls in camden,maybe we saw em together??
Oxford Apollo 1983 and following week ish Paul Young or the otherway around........memory isn't what it used to be!!
 
skiathospurs

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Oxford Apollo 1983 and following week ish Paul Young or the otherway around........memory isn't what it used to be!!
Was it the steeltown tour?I saw them on most,dingwalls was the best,seeing them in a pubiit is that "eclectic" live album,if i was a media whore I would be on the inside sleeve !!
 
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Was it the steeltown tour?I saw them on most,dingwalls was the best,seeing them in a pubiit is that "eclectic" live album,if i was a media whore I would be on the inside sleeve !!
I will buy it and look for someone Inna dodgy hat 😁
 
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