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Blackburn Citizen: 10 memorable gigs at King George’s Hall, Blackburn 10 memorable gigs at King George’s Hall, Blackburn

The Beatles, June 9, 1963

The Fab Four were at the top of both the album and singles charts when they played two shows in one night. Over 4,500 screaming fans paid up to 10/6 for a ticket. Among the support acts was a certain Roy Orbison.

 

David Bowie, May 31, 1973

Blackburn Citizen:

The Brits man of the hour was touring the world as Ziggy Stardust, one of the most iconic images in rock. With trusty collaborator Mick Ronson on lead guitar this is the show above nearly all others which music fans claim to have been at. But were they really?

 

Robbie Williams, May 28, 1998

Blackburn Citizen:

Having gone solo from Take That, the master showman was at the peak of his popularity with the Ego Has Landed tour and, literally, brought the house down. A sold out crowd got so excited that the balcony in the venue began to bounce alarmingly. Later inspections showed structural damage and the concert hall being closed down for repair.

 

The Clash, July 13, 1978

Blackburn Citizen:

Joe Strummer and Co were promoting their White Man In Hammersmith Palais single and arguably the hottest band in the country at the time. Tickets were £4. Equally notable was that support band, US duo Suicide, then on their first tour of Europe, were arrested on suspicion of possession after the gig. The ‘drugs’ turned out to be seasoning and the charges dropped!

 

The Jam, December 12, 1979

Blackburn Citizen:

Paul Weller, Bruce Foxton and Rick Buckler visited Blackburn several times as they achieved chart dominance. For this show tickets were £3. Last month a ticket stub for the same concert sold on eBay for £67.99 to a collector. If you went, get rooting through those drawers.

 

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Blondie, February 23, 1978

Blackburn Citizen:

Debbie Harry, the ultimate pop pin-up, and her band were on their first tour of Europe. On the Thursday night they played Blackburn they also appeared on Top of the Pops when they performed Denis for the first time. It became their first UK top 10 hit.

 

Joy Division, October 23, 1979

Blackburn Citizen:

Concertgoers paying £2 to see New Wave pioneers The Buzzcocks little realised that they really should have got there in time for the support band. Joy Division’s lead singer, Ian Curtis, tragically took his own life just over six months later.

 

Slade, May 8, 1974

Blackburn Citizen:

At the time of their Crazee Nites tour, the Wolverhampton rockers who had trouble spelling throughout their career had been voted the best - and loudest - live band in the world. But what happened to their support band, Beckett?

 

Pete Doherty, August 25, 2011

Blackburn Citizen:

With The Libertines and Babyshambles behind him, many wondered if the trouble genius would even show up. He did, fashionably late, and produced a set which included three performing ballet dancers and an Amy Winehouse cover.

 

Steven Seagal, March 3, 2007

Blackburn Citizen:

Probably the only Hollywood action hero to play live at King George’s. The martial arts master was a surprisingly shy figure as he played guitar with his blues band Thunderbox. Most notable was a man sat on the front row dressed in full martial arts garb who cradled a Steve Seagal action figure throughout the show.

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9:45am Fri 21 Feb 14

burner says...

Nope !
Nope ! burner
  • Score: 0

10:26am Fri 21 Feb 14

abetterblackburn says...

The good old days!

What’s happened to fool Pete Doherty anyway? Whenever I see Kate Moss advertising some perfume or other saying ‘The London Look‘ can’t help but mistake what she’s saying for ‘The Druggie Look’ every time I see it. What a sad world it is?

10 memorable gigs at King George’s Hall, Blackburn!

10 interesting facts about Blackburn!

What’s next?
The good old days! What’s happened to fool Pete Doherty anyway? Whenever I see Kate Moss advertising some perfume or other saying ‘The London Look‘ can’t help but mistake what she’s saying for ‘The Druggie Look’ every time I see it. What a sad world it is? 10 memorable gigs at King George’s Hall, Blackburn! 10 interesting facts about Blackburn! What’s next? abetterblackburn
  • Score: 5

11:30am Fri 21 Feb 14

SteppBladder says...

I saw the Clash, Jam and Blondie at KGH. I also saw the Buzzcocks but don't remember Joy Division supporting them...
I saw the Clash, Jam and Blondie at KGH. I also saw the Buzzcocks but don't remember Joy Division supporting them... SteppBladder
  • Score: 3

11:36am Fri 21 Feb 14

hugofakenham says...

To the Lancashire Telegraph Editor :
If you think KGH Blackburn had memorable gigs why don't you compare it to Nelson's Imperial Ballroom.
Your article would be 4-5 times longer than this one.
To the Lancashire Telegraph Editor : If you think KGH Blackburn had memorable gigs why don't you compare it to Nelson's Imperial Ballroom. Your article would be 4-5 times longer than this one. hugofakenham
  • Score: 0

12:25pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Duffmeister says...

What about The Police, AC/DC, Iron Maiden, Def Leppard, Motorhead etc?
What about The Police, AC/DC, Iron Maiden, Def Leppard, Motorhead etc? Duffmeister
  • Score: 13

1:51pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Jarisleif5 says...

The Macc Lads played a pretty good gig back in the early 90s. Don't suppose that is on your list, though?
The Macc Lads played a pretty good gig back in the early 90s. Don't suppose that is on your list, though? Jarisleif5
  • Score: 6

1:53pm Fri 21 Feb 14

ShakyLee says...

…and don't forget Chuck Berry
…and don't forget Chuck Berry ShakyLee
  • Score: 0

2:13pm Fri 21 Feb 14

mmickk says...

Didn't Blondie get banned for using the mic as a s ex toy!!
Didn't Blondie get banned for using the mic as a s ex toy!! mmickk
  • Score: 2

3:25pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Keith Myath says...

Duffmeister wrote:
What about The Police, AC/DC, Iron Maiden, Def Leppard, Motorhead etc?
Queen (supporting Mott the Hoople)!
[quote][p][bold]Duffmeister[/bold] wrote: What about The Police, AC/DC, Iron Maiden, Def Leppard, Motorhead etc?[/p][/quote]Queen (supporting Mott the Hoople)! Keith Myath
  • Score: 3

8:45pm Fri 21 Feb 14

peely says...

Saw The Beatles , Hollies , Merseybeats , and Manfred Man all at KGH , plus The Rolling Stones at The Odeon on penny street in ' 64 ! Happy days !
Wonderful memories !
Saw The Beatles , Hollies , Merseybeats , and Manfred Man all at KGH , plus The Rolling Stones at The Odeon on penny street in ' 64 ! Happy days ! Wonderful memories ! peely
  • Score: 1

9:03pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Ukpokerguy says...

I was working on the lighting for the Buzzcocks gig at KGH back in 79! Happy days!
I was working on the lighting for the Buzzcocks gig at KGH back in 79! Happy days! Ukpokerguy
  • Score: 0

9:07pm Fri 21 Feb 14

ghost of sceptic says...

Saw The Clash on the 1984 out of control tour awesome band. Seen so many good bands at KGH , Macc lads , Pouges, Killing joke. The Alarm , New Model Army, The buissines, Motorhead, Sham 69, SLF and the mighty Peter and the test tube babies to name a few. Oh the memmories.
Saw The Clash on the 1984 out of control tour awesome band. Seen so many good bands at KGH , Macc lads , Pouges, Killing joke. The Alarm , New Model Army, The buissines, Motorhead, Sham 69, SLF and the mighty Peter and the test tube babies to name a few. Oh the memmories. ghost of sceptic
  • Score: 1

9:13pm Fri 21 Feb 14

noddy57 says...

peely wrote:
Saw The Beatles , Hollies , Merseybeats , and Manfred Man all at KGH , plus The Rolling Stones at The Odeon on penny street in ' 64 ! Happy days !
Wonderful memories !
proper bands back then,,but l must mention the mighty Slade in the 70s,
[quote][p][bold]peely[/bold] wrote: Saw The Beatles , Hollies , Merseybeats , and Manfred Man all at KGH , plus The Rolling Stones at The Odeon on penny street in ' 64 ! Happy days ! Wonderful memories ![/p][/quote]proper bands back then,,but l must mention the mighty Slade in the 70s, noddy57
  • Score: 1

10:44pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Steven Seagull says...

I was there to see my hero Seagal. He went up Shadsworth afterwards and cracked a few skulls.
I was there to see my hero Seagal. He went up Shadsworth afterwards and cracked a few skulls. Steven Seagull
  • Score: -2

11:26pm Fri 21 Feb 14

macattack63 says...

ozzie osbourne blizzarad of oz with band including randy rhodes( who dies a few months later) and signing autographs in ames record shop day after
ozzie osbourne blizzarad of oz with band including randy rhodes( who dies a few months later) and signing autographs in ames record shop day after macattack63
  • Score: 2

9:30am Sun 23 Feb 14

Copperhead says...

My wife-to-be and I saw Bowie as Ziggy Stardust in 1973 and it was the most amazing show. The entire audience stood on their seats as soon as Bowie et al came on stage. We raved about this show for years afterwards and I never saw anything to compare with it until I went with my youngest son to see Green Day at the Nymex arena in Manchester . I was over 50 then - I'm 62 now - and still a fan of rock, punk and R&B. I never acquired a taste for classical music like my late father said I would.
My wife and I - 40yrs wed now - still talk about Bowie's concert on that day, we still think it was ace and we are still Bowie fans.
My wife-to-be and I saw Bowie as Ziggy Stardust in 1973 and it was the most amazing show. The entire audience stood on their seats as soon as Bowie et al came on stage. We raved about this show for years afterwards and I never saw anything to compare with it until I went with my youngest son to see Green Day at the Nymex arena in Manchester . I was over 50 then - I'm 62 now - and still a fan of rock, punk and R&B. I never acquired a taste for classical music like my late father said I would. My wife and I - 40yrs wed now - still talk about Bowie's concert on that day, we still think it was ace and we are still Bowie fans. Copperhead
  • Score: 2

9:33am Sun 23 Feb 14

Copperhead says...

abetterblackburn wrote:
The good old days!

What’s happened to fool Pete Doherty anyway? Whenever I see Kate Moss advertising some perfume or other saying ‘The London Look‘ can’t help but mistake what she’s saying for ‘The Druggie Look’ every time I see it. What a sad world it is?

10 memorable gigs at King George’s Hall, Blackburn!

10 interesting facts about Blackburn!

What’s next?
Pete Doherty needs a career re-boot.
I was thinking how some fading stars " alter " their names by just using the first letter of their first name and the first two letters of their surname.
It worked a treat for Jennifer Lopez ( aka J. Lo ) - I wonder if it work for Pete Doherty ?
[quote][p][bold]abetterblackburn[/bold] wrote: The good old days! What’s happened to fool Pete Doherty anyway? Whenever I see Kate Moss advertising some perfume or other saying ‘The London Look‘ can’t help but mistake what she’s saying for ‘The Druggie Look’ every time I see it. What a sad world it is? 10 memorable gigs at King George’s Hall, Blackburn! 10 interesting facts about Blackburn! What’s next?[/p][/quote]Pete Doherty needs a career re-boot. I was thinking how some fading stars " alter " their names by just using the first letter of their first name and the first two letters of their surname. It worked a treat for Jennifer Lopez ( aka J. Lo ) - I wonder if it work for Pete Doherty ? Copperhead
  • Score: 2

4:47pm Sun 23 Feb 14

ste.g says...

big daddy v giant haysacks
big daddy v giant haysacks ste.g
  • Score: 1

8:45pm Sun 23 Feb 14

david b says...

here is some 70s kgh gigs hawkwind ufo the skids alvin lee siuoxsie and the banshes al stewart status quo all girl band fanny sparks i went to all these gigs and a lots more well done kgh for all them top bands in the 70s
here is some 70s kgh gigs hawkwind ufo the skids alvin lee siuoxsie and the banshes al stewart status quo all girl band fanny sparks i went to all these gigs and a lots more well done kgh for all them top bands in the 70s david b
  • Score: 0

8:59pm Sun 23 Feb 14

david b says...

noddy57 wrote:
peely wrote:
Saw The Beatles , Hollies , Merseybeats , and Manfred Man all at KGH , plus The Rolling Stones at The Odeon on penny street in ' 64 ! Happy days !
Wonderful memories !
proper bands back then,,but l must mention the mighty Slade in the 70s,
slade were great at kgh i was at the front of the stage rocking my head off
[quote][p][bold]noddy57[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]peely[/bold] wrote: Saw The Beatles , Hollies , Merseybeats , and Manfred Man all at KGH , plus The Rolling Stones at The Odeon on penny street in ' 64 ! Happy days ! Wonderful memories ![/p][/quote]proper bands back then,,but l must mention the mighty Slade in the 70s,[/p][/quote]slade were great at kgh i was at the front of the stage rocking my head off david b
  • Score: 0

9:02pm Sun 23 Feb 14

david b says...

still got my kgh bowie 73 status quo 73 tickets
still got my kgh bowie 73 status quo 73 tickets david b
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