The Shadows 20 Golden Dates tour Newcastle City Hall 10th May 1977

The Shadows 20 Golden Dates tour Newcastle City Hall 10th May 1977
shadowsprogThe Shadows reformed in 1977 and went out on the road to promote their 20 Golden Great album. The album was a massive success, staying in the UK charts for 43 weeks, and holding the number 1 position for 6 weeks. The tour fared similarly, with all date sold-out. The Shadows line-up for the tour was originals Hank Marvin (lead guitar), Bruce Welch (rhythm guitar), Brian Bennett (drums), accompanied by Alan Jones (bass), and Francis Monkman (of Curved Ait, and later of Kay, keyboards). Hank Marvin was one of my guitar heroes when I was a kid. I spent hours trying to learn to play “Apache”, “Dance On” and “Foot Tapper”. There really isn’t another player like him. The concert was a celebration of an amazing body of music, and stuck pretty faithfully to the tracks on the 20 Golden Greats album. The Shadows were just as you would expect, clean-cut and 100% professional with the same choreographed moves and guitar swings that we all saw and loved on TV in the ’60s. shadowstix
Hank’s playing was excellent, note perfect, with every twang and vibrato of the tremelo arm of his Strat exactly as it was on those old singles. Simple perfection, amazing to see and just great fun. Happy days.
Setlist: Shazam, Kon-Tiki, Marmaduke, Atlantis, Don’t Throw It All Away, Please Don’t Tease, Summer Holiday, The Day I Met Marie, Bachelor Boy, I Could Easily Fall In Love With You, In The Country, Apache, Foot Tapper.
INTERVAL
The Rise And Fall Of Flingel Bunt, Dance On, Nivram, Walk Don’t Run, Don’t Make My Baby Blue, Theme For Young Lovers, The Frightened City, Peace Pipe, The Savage, Little B, Sleepwalk, Let Me Be The One, Wonderful Land.
Encore: FBI.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Mitch on April 27, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    Fantastic. I was at this concert as well as the 1978, 81 and 82 shows. I am sure that the corny jokes and the in between song banter was the same at each concert.
    Great fun though…..and marvellous music.

    There was no support act. The band would tend to play two one hour spots with a twenty minute interval inbetween.

    The 1977 show also included a few Cliff songs during the first half.

    The set list at this concert was:

    Shazam, Kon-Tiki, Marmaduke, Atlantis, Don’t Throw It All Away, Please Don’t Tease, Summer Holiday, The Day I Met Marie, Bachelor Boy, I Could Easily Fall In Love With You, In The Country, Apache, Foot Tapper.
    INTERVAL
    The Rise And Fall Of Flingel Bunt, Dance On, Nivram, Walk Don’t Run, Don’t Make My Baby Blue, Theme For Young Lovers, The Frightened City, Peace Pipe, The Savage, Little B, Sleepwalk, Let Me Be The One, Wonderful Land.
    Encore: FBI.

    Reply

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