Comedic Canadian funsters still on great form. Plus ex-member Steve Page as a solo artist.
Ten gigs overall. See below.
Long-lasting rockers. Technically retired after 50 years but strangely still gigging. RIP Paul Raymond.
HUE AND CRY
Talented, soulful, and still going. Particularly good acoustically.
Full throttle rock experience. Worth every penny. 9 times if you include Joe Elliott’s Down n Outz and Phil Collen’s ManRaze.
Hilarious observational jazz/blues pianist. Brilliant. Sadly died in 2016.
Obviously the 1976 twin guitar line-up was the classic. You had to be there.
Guaranteed good time and masters of big venues.
DEL AMITRI/JUSTIN CURRIE
Bittersweet Scottish crooner, sometimes with his mates.
FRANCIS DUNNERY/IT BITES
It Bites man still noodling after 30 years.
Glam rock – long since gone.
Still Californian. Still shouty. Rising from the Borderline to Brixton…
Rediscovered in 2010 and still gigging after 50 years. First saw them support Rush at the Hammersmith Apollo for £2.00 in 1977.
Clapham/Brentford pub band I followed insanely in the 80s.
Classic UK rock powered by the Flying V touting Luke Morley.
BAND OF FRIENDS
Rory Gallagher tribute band run by the ever-cheerful bassist Gerry McAvoy. RIP Ted McKenna.
Still pumping out the hits.
CHAS N DAVE
Twice supporting Clapton, another supporting the Quo, and two office parties, courtesy of working on Courage Best.
From Wilko to the current line-up, classic pub rock.
The Squeeze man is humorous and highly talented. It’s like he’s playing in your kitchen. Add in Squeeze performances and I’ve seen him 9 times.
Still going. Female rock – a down and dirty experience.
HALL & OATES
A bit soft soap, but with good soulful moments.
NINE BELOW ZERO
Good time London blues band. Always a laugh. Dennis Greaves used my mate Dave’s crutch as a bottleneck at the 100 Club.
Alone with a keyboard, with his own band, or fronting Mike + The Mechanics.
All the way back to 1978 – a 40-year run.
Lived-in blues supremo complete with gravelly voice.
King rockers from Boston.
Highly variable. They could rock out one gig and noodle incessantly the next.
Charismatic blues veteran. Still belting them out, usually dressed in polka dots.
EDDIE AND THE HOT RODS
You can’t not have fun at their gigs. Barry Masters was held together by chewing gum and ale, and sadly died October 2 2019.
A bit of a corporate gig these days, but he’s a hell of a talent, especially when jamming with others.
Big bloke in a kilt playing brilliant blues rock.
Little-known and now defunct rock band we followed in the late seventies.
First seen nearly 40 years ago. Still going.
THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT
Hairy, shouty rock.
Voice still cranking out. Classic AOR.
American rockers now sadly gone disco.
Historic early pioneers of the twin guitar approach, and inspiration for my purchase of a Flying V in the first place.