May 12th, 2012

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GIG 021: 100 Men / Protocol / Trash- Marquee 26/07/89

GIG 021: 100 Men / Protocol / Trash- Marquee 26/07/89
Going to see 100 Men was a bit of an accident. Not an 'accident' in a bad way, just not planned. I had popped down to The Marquee to pick up a ticket for the band playing the following ngiht (Dare - GIG 022) and once I got there decided to hang around and see whatever was on that night too. That would turn out to be 100 Men.

100 Men are a London SKA band. Now I was never really into SKA but have to admit that this was quite an enjoyable gig. Neither of the supports set the world on fire but 100 Men was ceratinly a nice change from the usual fare of rock and goth bands I was used to seeing at the time.

Price: Unknown

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GIG 022: Dare / First Strike - Marquee 27/07/89

GIG 022: Dare / First Strike - Marquee 27/07/89
I was actually a pretty big Dare fan so the chance to see thm play live, and at a small venue like The Marquee, was great. I ended up seeing them a couple of times, took quite a few photos of the gigs, and got to meet the band too - so overall I was happy.

They were definetly a product and sound of the time - soft rock was king and metal bands of all stripes were doing well and seemed to be over abundant with touring, charting and releasing new material. Fun fact for Dare is that the keyboard player is Brian Cox, who has since become much better known for his TV and science work.

Price: £5.00


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GIG 023: Midnight Blue / First Strike - Marquee 04/08/89

GIG 023: Midnight Blue / First Strike - Marquee 04/08/89
I can't remember this gig at all. Apparently I thought Midnight Blue were pretty good live and First Strike (who were also the support band for Dare - GIG022) were ok (which was the same as they were with Dare).

I do remember the name Midnight Blue but (before listening to Youtube trying to find a track) I certainly wouldn't have been able to tell you anything about them. Don't know why I went to this one, but several of my friends went too so I can only imagine I probably tagged along because it "was a gig".

Price: Unknown




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GIG 024 - Bon Jovi / Europe / Vixen / Skid Row - Milton Keynes Bowl 19/08/89

GIG 024 - Bon Jovi / Europe / Vixen / Skid Row - Milton Keynes Bowl 19/08/89
I will say this now. Bon Jovi are one of the best live bands I have ever seen.

If you even mildly like Bon Jovi but get the opportunity to go and see them, then do so. You won't regret it.

This was the first time I saw Bon Jovi and also the frist time I'd been to an outdoor gig. Maybe both of these combined to make it such a memorable event. Whatever it was, Bon Jovi rocked.

I consider 1989 an absolute clasic time for the band, Slippery When Wet was only a few years old and New Jersey had only recently been released so their set was full of tracks which were already classics - and combining some of their earlier material (such as the brilliant 'Runaway') and also having a couple of special guests appear for a track or two (Steven Tyler and Joe Perry from Aerosmith) didn't hurt them any either.

Support came in the form of Europe (Final Countdown), Vixen and Skid Row (Youth Gone Wild/ 18 and Life) - all of whom were really good.

The most expensive gig I'd been too (£16.50 for a ticket and £5.15 for a return ticket between London and Milton Keynes) it was definetly money well spent.

Price: £16.50



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GIG 025 - The James Boys - Queens Arms 28/08/89

GIG 025 - The James Boys - Queens Arms 28/08/89
From the mighty outdoor arena seeing Bon Jovi to one of the local pubs to see The James Boys. I was happy to see live music regardless of the band being massive international superstars or some local homegrown talent.

I don't think The James Boys were necessary homegrown talent, and they were certainly not a new band (the members were all pretty old) but Mat invited me to the pub to see them play and it was really just round the corner from my parents place so I went along. Can't remember all that much of about the band but I know they were pretty good fun.

They were small enough that there are no videos on Youtube of them, thus just a text update for this gig.

Price: Free!