U.K. Subs play the Adam and Eve in Leicester, England
Charlie Harper - vocals
Nicky Garratt - guitar
Paul Slack - bass
Pete Davies - drums
THIRTEENTH DATE OF THE ‘STRANGLEHOLD' UK TOUR
Phil Quincey sent T&M his memores of this gig:
It was worth skiving off school for the afternoon and catching the train to Leicester as we met the Subs playing video games in the town centre!
This was 1979 so we weren't surprised that upon entering this 'gay nightclub', we were told to remove our leather jackets and leave them in the cloakroom, as well as our belts. Believe it or not the doc martins
had to come off too. Good job I wore my trainers, but my trousers kept slipping!
This put everyone in a bad mood from the off, which showed, as huge penguin look-a-like bouncers succeeded in picking fights with a couple of punters who then 'left the building' without their possessions. This as I say, was 1979 after all!
By the time the Subs came on, the tiny night club with a foot high stage already had a packed crowd chanting "Subs, Subs, Subs" for some time.
Gary Glittter's "come on, come on" then came from the p.a and the Subs walked on stage through the audience, from the bar, pushing past us all.
This was my first Subs gig and only my second after the Clash but I will never forget the opening sound of C.I.D and the crowd going crazy, I was hopelesly hooked.
The gig was a bit of a blur with the crowd surging onto the very low stage, but of course the band carried on regardless - it was in fact the bouncers who grew tired of this - and started to push people back from
the stage themselves even though Charlie protested that it was OK.
They managed to get Stranglehold out of the way, only the second number I knew, before the management stopped the gig because of the amount of the crowd on the stage. Cue more fighting with bouncers, this was 1979 after all!
Charlie announced that we should all use the back exit and fire exits to muck them about as the management wanted us go in the opposite direction toward the standard exits.
Total length of gig, maybe 40 minutes because of stoppages - but worth every penny.
It was not unusual for management or skinheads to spoil gigs back then, owners of clubs were not held responsible for their actions or for allowing trouble.
A bygone age before the Brand New Age!
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- Above: Music press advert from New Musical Express, unknown date
Above: Music press advert from Melody Maker, 23 June 1979