Magazine Redcar 1978 and Newcastle 1979

Magazine Redcar 1978 and Newcastle 1979
magflyer I have fond memories of seeing Magazine in concert a few times during the late 70s and early 80s. In particular, I recall being impressed with Howard Devoto’s stage presence the very first time I saw the band, which was at a show at Redcar Coatham Bowl in 1978. This was their first major UK tour. Howard spent the entire night up high on a mike stand on a raised platform, looking menacingly down at the audience and snarling out the vocals at us all. It was pretty spooky, and quite different to the punk rock gigs that I was used to at the time. It was an amazing gig, and the crowd were mesmerised by Howard and the band.
Howard Devoto, of course, formed Magazine in 1977, having left the Buzzcocks during their early days. magredcar The line-up of Magazine in July 1978 at the time of the Redcar gig which I attended was Howard Devoto on vocals, the late great John McGeoch on atmospheric, discordant and truly inventive guitar, Barry Adamson on thundering, pumping bass, Martin Jackson on drums, and Dave Formula on swirling keyboards. This was the classic Magazine line-up. They had just released their first album “Real Life” and the single “Shot By Both Sides”, which reached the lower regions of the UK chart (No 41 to be exact) and is a true classic of the new wave era. magcityhall I saw Magazine at least twice more during that period of exhilarating punk gigs, including a concert at Newcastle City Hall, where they were supported by an up and coming band called Simple Minds :), and at a Saturday night gig at Newcastle University Students Union Canteen. “And The Light pours down on me”, and “Shot by both sides” are two of my favourite songs, and Magazine concert performances at the time were amazing.
Laura later became familiar with the band through Morrissey, who has covered a couple of their songs. So when Magazine reformed in 2009 we both decided we should go along and see them, and made the trip to London on a cold Friday night to see them perform at the London Forum, and to see if they would live up to their legend. They did indeed and it was another great gig, which I blogged on at the time.

2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Mitch on December 3, 2013 at 9:58 am

    I was at the Redcar gig which was on Sunday 2nd July 1978. This was an excellent concert. Support band The Zones were great too.

    Magazine’s Redcar set included their entire debut album.

    Setlist in order was –
    Definitive Gaze, The Great Beautician In The Sky, Touch And Go, Recoil, Burst, Goldfinger, My Tulpa, Motorcade, Parade, Boredom, Give Me Everything, My Mind Ain’t So Open, Shot By Both Sides.
    Encores: The Light Pours Out Of Me, Big Dummy.


    • Posted by vintagerock on December 3, 2013 at 10:11 am

      Thanks Mitch I thought they were great that night in Redcar. Best time I saw them. Thanks for the setlist; I’d no idea what they played that night Cheers Peter


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