May 4th, 2012

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GIG 006: Iron Maiden / Killer Dwarves - Wembley Arena 11/12/88

GIG 006: Iron Maiden / Killer Dwarves - Wembley Arena 11/12/88
I think every metal fan goes through an Iron Maiden period. It was certainly true for me, but by 1988 I wasn't so keen on their new album (Seventh Son of a Seventh Son) but when Justin and I saw they were playing we had to go, and were joined by two other friends (Paul and Liz) for the trip to Wembley Arena and Maidens' "Seventh Tour of a Seventh Tour".

Maiden were excellent and had a great stage as well as a great setlist (but with the amount of classic tracks they already had behind them that was no surprise).

Price: £10.00

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GIG 007: Rose of Avalanche / Dawn After Dark / Claytown Troupe - ULU 27/01/89

GIG 007: Rose of Avalanche / Dawn After Dark / Claytown Troupe - ULU 27/01/89
Rose of Avalanche was the first gig I went to in 1989 - which was the year which really saw me explode on to the gig scene (I;d seen 1 gig in '87, 5 in '88 and 1989 would go on to see me go to 27 gigs - which wasn't the most in a year by anymeans - I think that was 1995 when I went to a massive 65 concerts!) it was also the first time that I had a band for a second time as I'd seen Rose of Avalanche the previous year supporting Ghost Dance.

Rose of Avalanche had become one of my favourite bands at the time and so a trip down to ULU (University of London Union) was hardly surprising. Rose of Avalanche were, unsurprisingly, brilliant and whilst their main support act - Dawn After Dark - were also very good the surprise package of the night was a new band at the time called Claytown Troupe whom I would go on to see live a number of times and also got to meet the lead singer quite a bit.

Price: £4.50



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GIG 008: Gypsy Queen / Wrathchild / Larrikin - Town & Country Club 18/02/89

GIG 008: Gypsy Queen / Wrathchild / Larrikin - Town & Country Club 18/02/89
I wasn't really a fan of Gypsy Queen, didn't have any of their stuff and hadn't really heard them much apart from maybe round a friends house or on MTVs metal show which a friend brother used to record and send down to him (we used to regular go round his house for the weekly two hour show to see the metal videos and live clips) but two of my friends were going and so I tagged along. It was probably the first gig I went to which I wasn't really impressed with (but that didn't stop me). I can't really recall much of the gig apart from I think it was on this occasion that the lead singer of Wrathchild stage dived right into me. I didn't know it at the time, all I remember was being in the mosh pit one moment and on the floor the next.

Without my glasses.

I remember trying to search for them amongst the feet of people leaping around before a friend pulled me up and said "aren't those your glasses?" pointing to the stage. Of course I couldn't see what he was on about (I'm blind without my glasses) but apparently the lead singer had ended up with my specs and I had to go backstage after the gig to go and reclaim them.

Wrathchild were the highlight of the night - and really caught one of my friends imagination as we would end up going to see them a few times after that (they sadly appear twie in the next set of three gigs) and I was even to end up in one of their videos.

Price: £6.00


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GIG 009: King Swamp / Glory - Marquee 13/03/89

GIG 009: King Swamp / Glory - Marquee 13/03/89
King Swamp were a vastly underrated band. They had a bloody fantastic record (I had the cassette at the time, brought the vinyl about 8 years ago and managed to find the CD about 2 years back), one which we played to death in the Sixth Form Common Room. They should have been massive.

It was with great excitement that a whole bunch of us (Penny, Nick, Simon, and a bunch of others) descended upon the Marquee Club (one of my favourite venues and now sadly the site of a chain pub - boo hiss) to catch them live.

They didn't disappoint. Really great gig and a really good night out.

Price: No idea as I don't have the ticket for this gig.




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GIG 010: Wrathchild - The Hippodome 05/04/89

GIG 010: Wrathchild - The Hippodome 05/04/89
Kerrang magazine had a weekly Wednesday club night at The Hippodome in Leicester Square where they also featured a live act. I'm not sure if The Hippodome was the first time I'd been out clubbing (I may have been alreday going to The Catacombs in Manor House by this time) but it was half-term and a few of us fancied both a night out and to catch Wrathchild again (we'd seen them a couple of months earlier supporting Gypsy Queen (GIG 008) and whilst I wasn't keen on them certain people in our group were very much so.

I was amazed that we actually managed to get in to the club in the first place (being a bunch fo 16 year olds) but it was a great evening and even though I wasn't keen on Wrathchild I still ended up at the front of the stage headbanging away with everyone else - a fact that was pointed out to me a few weeks later when someone caught a live video of the gig on The Chart Show and saw me centre stage (I to this day have not seen the video, don't know what song it was for and have no desire to see it).

I also remember walking back from Frien Barnet (were the night bus dropped us off) at 5am in the morning not knowing which way we should be walking to get back to actual Barnet (we'd jumped on the bus because it had Barnet on not realising it was the 'wrong' Barnet), buying milk off a passing milkfloat because we were parched and also discovering several piles of magazines outside a newsagents waiting to be collected as unsold returns - which happened to include a bunch of Mayfair or Playboys in the mix - which as 16 year olds was considered to be a treasure find of massive proportions!).

Price: No idea as the club didn't have tickets.