Anti-Nowhere League Chron-Gen Chelsea Newcastle Mayfair 1982

Anti Nowhere League Newcastle Mayfair
Newcastle Mayfair was an important part of my youth. Along with Sunderland Locarno and Middlesbrough Rock garden, they were all great venues, and featured some classic bands throughout the 70s. Every time I pass The Gate in Newcastle, which now stands where the Mayfair once did, I think fondly of great Friday nights spent there. This ticket is for the Anti Nowhere League, but my memories are of Alex Harvey, The Groundhogs, Chicken Shack, Stray, Ian Hunter, Steppenwolf, The Clash, David Bowie, Family, Curved Air, UFO, Cockney Rebel, and many many more. And of stories of legendary gigs that I sadly didn’t attend there: Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Eric Clapton. Time for my tardis again. I would love to go back in time and be standing on the balcony of the Mayfair, listening to Zeppelin’s Rock n Roll, waiting for the band to come on stage. Great memories, some of which are sadly fading as I get older. Turning to the band in question, the Anti-Nowhere League we (and still are) fronted by Animal and came along at the tail end of punk. They seemed quite outrageous in their day; their album at the time was We are the League if I remember correctly. Think I also saw them supporting the Damned. Support came from Chron-Gen and Gene October and Chelsea whose well know song was Right To Work, and always put on a good show. The Anti-Nowhere League still play to this day and were in the region recently playing at the Three Tuns in Gateshead.

2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by simon on March 29, 2012 at 8:52 am

    Originaly from Hartlepool I only ventured to the Mayfair once and that was to see Focus during Philip Katherines tenure as guitarist. A superb concert made even more memorable as he managed to break two strings during one solo but still continued with hardly a missed note.

    And I saw the Yes/Buggles show at Newcastle City Hall. Drama(one of my favourite Yes albums) just didn’t cut it live on that night. T.Horns voise was dreadfull and I had to wait almost 25 yearsto see the Yes gig i really wanted.(Wouldn’t have missed it for a pension though)(And I realise this should have been with thenext post but birds and stones)

    Ill be back again I should think.

    thanks for the memories.



    • Posted by vintagerock on March 29, 2012 at 9:09 am

      Hi I think I was at the Focus show you mentioned. Was it the first tour after Jan Ackerman had left? If so I was definitely there. I was also at the Yes Drama tour show at the City Hall, and found it quite strange. Will get to those as I work through my blog memories….best wishes Peter


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