Gary U S Bonds Newcastle City Hall 1981

Gary U S Bonds Newcastle City Hall 1981
Some gigs I remember very well, some I hardly recall at all. This is one that makes me strain my memory. Gary U S Bonds had hit the charts in the early 60s with New Orleans and Quarter To Three which was a No 1 in the USA. In the early 1980s, he had a career resurgence through a collaboration with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, with some of the songs on his new album being written by Steve Van Zandt. Apparently Bruce and Steve had happened to be in a bar where Gary was playing, and were impressed enough to work with him, thus giving him, in effect, a new career. This UK tour came off the back of this renewed interest and a comeback single This Little Girl. I was obviously interested enough to go along to the City Hall gig to how Mr Bonds shaped up. I recall the place being pretty empty. I can remember him playing New Orleans, Quarter To Three, and I Want You To Be My Baby, and putting on a good showing. Gary is now over 70 years old and still performing. Good on him.

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