The Sisters of Mercy: out of the darkness

London Roundhouse 20.9.19 Fighting Cocks 1983 One night in January 1983 (I looked it up – it was 21 January), I wandered into the Fighting Cocks pub in Moseley, Birmingham to see the Sisters of Mercy, the princes of 80s darkness. They played from within clouds of dry ice in the pub’s upstairs gig room. …

My Kirk Brandon Years

My Kirk Brandon years? I suppose that would be 1982 until now. Maybe I had a lull; Kirk himself had a lull, but from Westworld onwards, with or without bassist Stan Stammers, Theatre of Hate or Spear of Destiny, I have never let it go. Kirk is back on tour and up the road in …

Live and Unheard – Poole

Capulus. Poole Lighthouse 4.9.19 Wednesday night in Poole. My 51st gig of 2019. 133 performances by 123 different bands this year. Still there are surprises; exciting surprises. After a four hour round trip to Bristol on Tuesday it was a relief to be able to walk to tonight’s gig in the studio at Poole Lighthouse …

The Skids back on track

This week I’m heading to Bristol on Tuesday night to catch THE SKIDS acoustic tour, or ‘An Evening with Richard Jobson of The Skids’ as it’s billed. My first SKIDS gig was 1980 at Hammersmith Palais. Circus Games was high in the charts. Jobbers was sporting cricket whites. Great venue the Palais. Don’t recall any …

How many gigs have you been to then?

I never used to count but when I cranked up the gig going a few years back it was a question I was getting asked. I thought I’d better have an answer, for myself at least. But what counts as a gig? Yup, it doesn’t matter but as a gigaholic I think you need to …

Killing Joke back on home turf

KILLING JOKE + Radical Dance Faction at Subterania, Ladbroke Grove 10.8.19 A more intimate gig for Killing Joke, if Killing Joke can be intimate, in the club under The Westway which holds less than 500 I’d say. No wonder this one sold out so quickly. Apparently they used to come down here when they were …