Average White Band in concert 1976 and 1980

Average White Band 1976 and 1980
PIck Up The Pieces! The Average White Band were great favourites of some of my mates in the 70s. Their blend of funk and rock would fill the dance floor in discos. I saw them in concert a couple of times, at Newcastle City Hall in 1976 and again in 1980. I remember that as a tight rock/jazz outfit, great at what they did, but to be honest they were never really by cup of tea. I went to see them along with friends who were more into them than me. The Average White Band split up in 1982 but regrouped after some years and are still playing today. They played recently at the Royal Glasgow Concert Hall as part of the Celtic Connections festival. Looking back through the programmes, which are pictured here, from those gigs did bring back some memories. The support act on one of those tours, I owuld think 1976, was Kokomo. Now there was a band, who are all but forgotten now, and much under-rated. Their blend of soul and funk was much more to my liking. Kokomo drew its musicians from a number of UK bands including The Grease Band, Arrival, and King Crimson. I recall seeing Kokomo quite a few times: a great gig in Newcastle Poly and at the Reading Festival, but can’t recall any of their songs. I must try and find one of their lps.Bands like Average White Band and Kokomo represent a particular time and period to me; in fact I’d almost forgotten them. I’m finding the exercise of working through my programme and ticket collection very interesting. Its bringing back old memories, and reminding me of bands and times that I had forgotten. Its taking longer than I thought, however; I’m working through them, at least in part, alphabetically, and I haven’t yet completed the letter A…..

4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Duncan Kilburn on April 30, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    I saw The Average White Band in Central Park New York in 1976. Went out and bought an alto sax the next day and formed The Psychedelic Furs with Richard Butler 6 months later. I can trace it all back to that gig! Trouble is I can’t remember it …


  2. Posted by geoffn on November 4, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    As you may know, Kokomo have reformed for occasional gigs. Check out Richard Williams’ One Blue Moment blog for enthusiastic commentary http://thebluemoment.com/2014/08/28/sweet-home-kokomo/comment-page-1/


  3. More Kokomo gigs in March 2017. See http://www.kokomo.band


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