June 6th, 2012

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GIG 043: The Mission / Something Happens - Wembley Arena 23/03/90

GIG 043: The Mission / Something Happens - Wembley Arena 23/03/90
I was so, so hyped about this gig. I'd been a massive fan of The Mission since about 1986/87 and was finally getting to see them live. Carved in Sand (their fourth studio album) had just recently been released and they were touring in support of the album. They were pretty damn big at the time, thus playing to a packed Wembley Arena, and I went with Nick, Donna and Neil (although we bumped in to a bunch of others at the gig too).

The support was an Irish band called Something Happens. Although I thought they were alright on the night I ended up buying their album (on cassette!) and saw them headlining in their own right a few times (both at The Marquee and at The Town & Country Club) later the same year. Something Happens were a fun band and I'm glad I discovered them.

The Mission rocked. I have since seen The Mission countless times over the years at a variety of venues and they remain one of my favourite bands today. Indeed I'm off to see them this coming Sunday at a secret gig (they're playing under the name 'Blood Brothers' - which is the name of one of their earliest songs) in Bath at a venue with a max capacity of 192 people!!!!) and again later in the year when they are once again playing Wembley Arena with The Cult and Killing Joke.

This gig blew me away - and they were trly brilliant live. But I was to later see even better gigs (largely due to the fact that Wembley Arena was all-seated and pretty much every other gig of theirs I went to was standing so you could actually dance, etc). It was a fantastic night (although it was slightly ruined on the way home when Nick, Donna and I were waiting at bus stop in Barnet and they'd been a massive pub brawl up the road on the High Sreet (at The Bat & Flickknife - I can't remember the pubs actual name!) and a drunken thug who was heading home from it decided to give Nick a fatlip in passing.)

Price: £10.00



900323 The Mission
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GIG 044: Red Dogs / Feline Groove - Marquee 28/03/90

GIG 044: Red Dogs / Feline Groove - Marquee 28/03/90
I can't actually remember what the Red Dogs were like at all, can't visual what they looked like or what they sounded like. All I have is a brief note that let's me know they 'were ok' but nothing spectacular. They were supported by Feline Groove whose video I've included here as they went on to slightly bigger things than Red Dogs who I'm not sure I ever heard of again.

Price: Unknown


900328 Red Dogs
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GIG 045: Fish / Stage Dolls - Hammersmith Odeon 01/04/90

GIG 045: Fish / Stage Dolls - Hammersmith Odeon 01/04/90
I enjoyed Marillion (whom I would also see later in the year) and Fish (who had left Marillion in 1988 to go solo) and Simon was also a fan so we both got tickets and headed down to Hammersmith to see him live.

I seem to remember his stage set was made out to be a series of rooftops, complete with chimney stacks.

Fish played a bunch of his solo material but also entertained us by playing a few of the Marillion hits (such as Kayleigh) which were the highlights for me. I actually remember (sadly) being a bit underwhelmed by Fish and preferring the support, The Stage Dolls, on the night.

A couple of years later I actually met Fish and spent the night drinking with him. He's an incredibly nice and amiable chap (although I think every third or fourth word was f**k or f**king) and I'm very pleased to have managed to have seen him live.

Price: £10.00



900401 Fish
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GIG 046: Stage Dolls / Protocol - Marquee 06/04/09

GIG 046: Stage Dolls / Protocol - Marquee 06/04/09
After seeing Norways 'The Stage Dolls' supporting Fish the previous weekend at Hammersmith Odeon I decided to see them at their own headlining show at The Marquee. I acn't actually remember much about this gig, although the Stage Dolls were apparently very good (I actually preferred them to Fish when I saw them previously too) and they were supported y a band called Protocol who were pretty average. In a weird coincidence years later (14+) I saw another band called Protocol live who one of my flatmates ex's was in (completely different band) who were getting some TV and radio play but then dissolved in to nothing.

Price: Unknown



900406 Stage Dolls
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GIG 047: All About Eve / Lilac Time - Royal Albert Hall 09/04/90

GIG 047: All About Eve / Lilac Time - Royal Albert Hall 09/04/90
This was the first of a two night double header that All About Eve were playing at The Royal Albert Hall. It was also the first night (of two) that Will, Simon and I were going (Nick joined us for the second gig).

All About Eve was a band that I was listening a lot to. They, along with bands such as Ghost Dance, The Mission, Sisters of Mercy and Fields of the Nephilim, were definitely my favourites at the time and - to a large extent - continued to be all the way up to today.

This was the first time I saw the Eves (the first of many) and they were great. Julianne Regans vocals were stunning as were the whole band (which was still the classic lineup which Tim Bricheno was to leave shortly afterwards to join The Sisters of Mercy).

This tour, supporting the previous years "Scarlet and Other Stories" got the full 10/10 from me.

The Lilac Time, however, were sadly medicore.

Price: £8.50



900409 All About Eve