Smokie Newcastle City Hall 22nd July 1977

Smokie Newcastle City Hall 22nd July 1977
smokietixI guess this has to rate as a guilty pleasure but I have to admit that it was a pretty good concert. This was the classic Smokie line-up of Chris Norman (vocals), Alan Silson (guitar, vocals), Terry Uttley (bass, vocals) and Pete Spencer (drums). By 1977 Smokie had the UK singles charts 8 times with “If You Think You Know How To Love Me” (No 3), “Don’t Play Your Rock ‘N’ Roll To Me” (No 8), “Something’s Been Making Me Blue” (No 17), “I’ll Meet You At Midnight” (No 11), “Lay Back In The Arms Of Someone” (No 12), “It’s Your Life” (No 5; I don’t remember that one), their cover of “Needles And Pins” (No 10), and of course, the classic šŸ™‚ “Living Next Door To Alice” (No 5, and surprisingly not actually their biggest hit). The concert featured all the hits, Chris Norman was great, and Marie and I just lapped it up. I think support band Wilder went on to become Gilbert O’Sullivan’s backing band.

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