May 3rd, 2012

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GIG 001: Whitesnake / MSG - Wembley Arena 29/12/87

GIG 001: Whitesnake / MSG - Wembley Arena 29/12/87
My very first ever concert was Whitesnake, on their 1987 tour (supporting the album of the same name) just before New Years Eve at Wembley Arena in London. I was a late addition as a friend couldn't make it so I joined Simon and Ben and seem to remember singing most of the way through the show and pretty much most of the way home afterwards.

1987 was a classic 80's album for Whitesnake and had a string of hits such as 'Still of the Nihgt'. "Here I Go Again", and "Is This Love". MSG (Michael Schenker Group) were supporting and legendary gutarist Steve Vai was playing with Whitesnake at the time.


Price: £10.00





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GIG 002: Def Leppard / Loverboy - Wembley Areana 12/04/88

GIG 002: Def Leppard / Loverboy - Wembley Areana 12/04/88
It took me just under four months to notch up my second gig, again at Wembley Arena and again with a soft rock band. This time Def Leppard on another classic tour - The Hysteria Tour - supporting their biggest ever album which included hits such as Pour Some Sugar on Me, Armageddon It, Rocket, Animal, Hysteria and my favourite Love Bites.

Support on this occasion came via Loverboy.


Price £8.00



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GIG 003: Fleetwood Mac / The Adventures - Wembley Arena 25/05/88

GIG 003: Fleetwood Mac / The Adventures - Wembley Arena 25/05/88
I was actually quite lucky to see Fleetwood Mac as it fell right in the middle of my GCSE's at school but my friend Stephen and I went anyway. The gig was my third at Wembley Arena (after this one I would discover the joy of much smaller venues - something that I still much prefer whenever possible) and was Fleetwood Mac's "Tango in the Night Tour" which was another classic album and tour.

Supporting came in the form of The Adventures who had just had a Top 20 hit with a track called "Broken Land".

Price: £13.00

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GIG 004: Transvision Vamp / Fuse - Town & Country Club 18/10/88

GIG 004: Transvision Vamp / Fuse - Town & Country Club 18/10/88
This was a fantastic gig, Transvision Vamp had just released their debut album and had their first hit single so it was packed - plus it was my first non-Arena gig and blew me away.

I remember buying the vinyl of 'Pop Art' a few days beforehand and listening to it loads before the gig. I went with Jason and Adam 'Wicksy'. Fuse were appalling bad and TV delayed coming on stage which almost caused a riot inside the venue but when they came on they completely blew the place away. Wendy James was fantastic, the set was fantastic and I think many a teenage boy came away and had some very pleasent dreams that night :p

Price: £5.50


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GIG 005: Ghost Dance / Rose of Avalanche / Ides of March - Town & Country Club 06/11/88

GIG 005: Ghost Dance / Rose of Avalanche / Ides of March - Town & Country Club 06/11/88
Strangely even though I'd been in to goth music since @ 1985/86 it took me until my fifth gig to actually see some goth bands. In this case it was the brilliant Ghost Dance headlining the Town & Country club in Kentish Town with Manchester's "Rose of Avalanche" in support along with Ides of March.

When Rose of Avalanche came on you'd have thought they were headlining - the crowd was manic and I ended up in the thick of it along with Jason and Wicksy. Rose of Avalanche blew me away and I wasn't sure how Ghjost Dance would compare to such a stunning set. Well, Ghost Dance matched them and threw something extra on top - even though I ended up having to watch the latter part of the set from the side as I was way too knackered to continue :p

Ghost Dance cemented themselves as an early leader in my 'favourite live bands of all time' chart and subsequent performances over the next year or so just strengthened their claim.

Price: £5.00