The Stranglers Newcastle City Hall 12th October 1977

The Stranglers Newcastle City Hall 12th October 1977
stranglers77tixI have already written about the first couple of times I saw the Stranglers in concert which was at gigs in early 1977 at Newcastle Poly and the City Hall. Well it wasn’t long before they were again, once more headlining at Newcastle City Hall. I think that support on this occasion came from local punk heroes Penetration (or maybe that was the City Hall gig earlier in the year); it is all, I am afraid, a bit of a blur…. I saw the Stranglers quite a few times over the next 7 or 8 years and I’ll blog a little about those gigs over the next few days. The Stranglers live was always guaranteed to be wild, with the crowd going absolutely mental, goaded on by Hugh Cornwell and Jean-Jacques Burnel. By late 1977 the Stranglers had just released their second album “No More Heroes” and were massively successful with punks and rock fans. These were one band which seemed to be able to bridge the two camps, and thus drew massive crowds to their concerts. They were in the UK singles charts 4 times in 1977, first with “Grip”/”London Lady”, which was a minor hit early in the year reaching No 44, then with “Peaches”/”Go Buddy Go”, which made No 8, “Something Better Change”/”Straighten Out” which reached No 9, and their final hit of 1977 “No More Heroes” which got to No 8.strangled1The October 1977 concert was a pretty wild gig with some trouble as I recall, Hugh and Jean-Jacques arguing with the bouncers (I think Jean-Jacques may have tried to kick one of them at one point), and Hugh encouraging the crowd to push their way past the bouncers and climb up on stage. By the end of the gig the stage was completely full of pogoing fans surrounding the band. All of this resulted in the Stranglers not being welcome in the City Hall for some time. Indeed the next few Stranglers tours missed out the North East completely, and it was 1980 before they returned to the region for a gig at Sunderland Mayfair, which I will write about tomorrow. I believe one of the band (either Jet Black or Jean-Jacques Burnel, depending upon which report you read) was arrested after the 1977 Newcastle gig. But then the band were used to controversy at the time, not least because of their very non-PC songs and lyrics and their attitude towards the press. I would always buy a copy of “Strangled” magazine at each gig, as these were often on sale in place of a programme. This was a regular fanzine type mag; one of my early copies is pictured here. Based on setlists at the time the Stranglers set will have been something like this: No More Heroes; Ugly; Bring on the Nubiles; Dead Ringer; Sometimes; Dagenham Dave; Goodbye Toulouse; Hanging Around; Five Minutes; Bitching; Burning Up Time; I Feel Like a Wog; Straighten Out; Something Better Change. Encore: London Lady; Peaches; (Get A) Grip (On Yourself); Go Buddy Go

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8 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Neil Thompson on June 9, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    Wire supported the Tubes a few weeks later at the City Hall (6th November 1977) so they wouldn’t have supported on this night – it’s news to me that Penetration played the City Hall before the Buzzcocks gig in May 78 also but I might be wrong on that one.

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    • Posted by vintagerock on June 9, 2014 at 6:44 pm

      Aha I knew I saw Wire at the City Hall sometime around that period. I think the support for the Stranglers was probably Penetration; I know I saw them supporting the Stranglers at one of their 1977 City Hall gigs. Many thanks. I’ll update the entry. Cheers Peter

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  2. Hi Peter

    The gig definitely had support from Penetration and sadly not Wire.

    Kieran

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  3. Posted by vince haley on August 24, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    I was there. went on stage got their drum sticks ( my mate still got them) penetration did support . saw the tubes they did a great set lasted nearly 2 hours, i missed last bus to blyth

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  4. Posted by John Downing on January 15, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    vaguely remember London supporting the Stranglers (77/78?) at the city hall, also saw Penetration there sometime, also strangely at Peterlee leisure centre!

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    • Posted by vintagerock on January 15, 2015 at 5:55 pm

      Hi John Many thanks Yes you are right. I was at all those gigs and have reviews on my site. If you search under Stranglers and Penetration you should find them. Happy days. Cheers Peter

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