what of the ones I caught? The Rolling Stones at Knebworth,
Pink Floyd on the Dark Side of the Moon tour, The Who at Charlton,
Yes and Donovan at Stafford, Hawkwind at Manchester, Lynyrd
Skynyrd etc. etc.
They were all great but I guess I have to say that my favourite
live shows were the free festivals at Stonehenge and Deeply
Vale (Northern England).
Shame about the police presence and the overflowing chemical
Around that time I was editing a Freak Magazine that was issued
free to interested parties. I had to decorate
my tent with mystic runes so that readers could find me at these
gigs. I think that a flag would have been better but I couldn't
carry the equipment on my 100cc Yamaha. I used to get a very
sore ass travelling the 200+ miles from Yorkshire to Salisbury
Plain on that two-stroke. It was much easier to hitch but I
had experienced some bad luck whilst trying to get a lift (see
below). The original Deeply Vale ( For more click
here) was enchanting!
itself did not have a healthy music scene although such bands
as Thin Lizzy and the Sex Pistols (last ever UK gigs) did pay
us a visit. The nearest places were Leeds, Bradford, Sheffield
and Manchester. I caught Santana at Manchester, Belle Vue, Hawkwind
at The Palace and numerous groups at the Free Trade Hall, Apollo
and Hacienda including Ultravox, Black Sabbath, Wishbone Ash,
Robin Trower, Barclay James
Harvest, Tangerine Dream, Uriah Heep, Manfred Manns Earth Band
and loads more.
At Leeds there was the all-nighter at the Queens Hall with Roxy
Music, Leo Sayer, Vinegar Joe, Ducks Deluxe and Principal Edwards
Magic Theatre. At the University I saw Alex Harvey and Pat Travers.
Bradford provided Hawkwind, Thin Lizzy, Ian Dury etc. and Sheffield
City Hall gave me Lynyrd Skynyrd, Ultravox and others.