Eddie and the Hot Rods Newcastle City Hall 1979

Eddie and the Hot Rods Newcastle City Hall 1979
Support from The Members and ?Magazine?
This is my last blog post on Eddie and the Hot Rods, and covers the last time (I think) I saw the band. As well as the three City Hall shows I have blogged on, I am pretty sure that I saw them at Newcastle Poly once. I also saw them low down on the bill at the Reading Festival in 1976, and much higher on the bill in 1977. For their 1979 they visited the City Hall with support from the Members. The ticket also lists Magazine. I saw Magazine several times, and was a fan of the band, but have no recollection at all of them playing at this gig; something tells me that they weren’t on the bill on the night (does anyone remember whether they played this gig?). The Members were a great live act, featuring the charismatic (and funny) Nicky Tesco on vocals, and the song Sound of the Suburbs, which was a favourite of mine at the time. The Members were another band who I saw play a great set at the Reading Festival. They blended punk and reggae very successfully and were good fun. The Hot Rods were peaking, at this point and were coming close to the end of their initial career. Bassist Paul Gray gives his version of the beginning of the end for the band: “In the spring of 1979 we set off on yet another long UK tour supported by The Members. They were actually getting more airplay than us for their single “Offshore Banking Business”. Where we were starting to sound tired and, dare I say it, jaded, they were fresh and enthusiastic. Looking back on it now we were knackered, we’d been worked to the bone, and there was no fooling the punters. We were drinking loads..” “Not long after, at The Lyceum, scene of so many Hotrods triumphs in the past, Graeme finally lost the plot. Well, someone had to. Halfway thru’ the show he handed his guitar to the puzzled photographers in the pit at the front and started crawling about the stage on all fours, up on the drum riser and tried to bite Steve’s ankles. We limped on for a few more gigs without him but I had lost heart. The fun had gone, we had no dosh and I had no faith in the manager or the direction EMI wanted us to go.”

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4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Dave Shaw on December 12, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    The opening band were The Magnets. Can’t remember much about them but they threw some stickers into the audience … one of which decorated my college file for a while. I remember the audience being a little sparse due to horrendous weather.

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  2. Posted by A Guitarist on May 25, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    I was a guitarist in the Magnets. Line up -Two lead guitars, bass and drums.
    We had been doing the rounds of the London clubs, Rock Garden, Vortex, Roxy, lots of colleges etc.
    Traditional rock format with a new wave energetic edge.
    That tour was fun… Members were peaking, Rods were waning somewhat, but put on a strong show.
    I turned to Tour management later on. Ironically one of my later clients was the very talented Howard Devoto from Magazine,
    who were listed as support in error on some of these dates.

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  3. Posted by A guitar on June 30, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    I was a guitarist in the Magnets. Line up -Two lead guitars, bass and drums.
    We had been doing the rounds of the London clubs, Rock Garden, Vortex, Roxy, lots of colleges etc.
    Traditional rock format with a new wave energetic edge.
    That tour was fun… Members were peaking, Rods were waning somewhat, but put on a strong show.
    I turned to Tour management later on. Ironically one of my later clients was the very talented Howard Devoto from Magazine,
    who were listed as support in error on some of the dates.
    Great site – Thx.

    Reply

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