THEY CAME!, THEY PLAYED!, THEY...RAN AWAY AGAIN! -Part Three
So - here, at last, is a rough list of all those wonderful performers who put up with cramped airplane seats, continual cigarette smoke to provide cancer for the smokers and non-smokers alike and then (just when you thought the torment was finally over) suspicious, intrusive customs officers to check you as thoroughly as the law would allow (and, then as now, beyond that if they thought they could get away with it!)
Cliff Richard And The Shadows, Helen Shapiro, Adam Faith, Del Shannon, Chubby Checker , Rolling Stones, The Newbeats (remember their hit ?I like bread and butter?? well, local legend Roi Colbert - who is a music fan/excellent writer and was a guiding influence to all us young musicians) once told me that all the Newbeats had pointy heads!), Roy Orbison, Gene Pitney, Gerry and The Pacemakers, Brian Poole and The Tremeloes, Dusty Springfield, Billy J. Kramer, The Searchers, P.J. Proby, The Yardbirds, Wayne Fontana, The Walker Brothers, Millie Small, Peter and Gordon, Manfred Mann, The Kinks, The Honeycombs, The Who, The Small Faces, Paul Jones, Eric Burdon and The Animals, - Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich, Paul and Barry Ryan, The Cambridge Circus Review (featuring future members of The Goodies and Monty Python), possibly the Dave Clark Five? Hermans Hermits, Tom Jones, maybe Dave Berry, maybe Eric Burdon and The Animals and, also maybe, The Yardbirds, the Everly Brothers, The Seekers, Ian Anderson (was that with or without Jethro Tull?), Fairport Convention, Kris Kristofferson, Charlie Pride, Johnny Cash, Freddy Fender, Roger Millar, Steptoe and Son, Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, The Hollies, The Hues Corporation. Lou Reed, Roger McGuin and Gene Clark and Chris Hillman, Graham Parker And The Rumour, The Cure, Talking Heads, John Mayall, B52?s, Nico, Joan Armatrading, Boomtown Rats, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Hoodoo Gurus, The Johnnys, Motorhead, George Throughgood, Cold Chisel, The Sweet, Gary Glitter (and he later returned in the Rocky Horror Show!), Michelle Shocked, The Jesus And Mary Chain, Faith No More, Pavement, Superchunk, Sebadoh, Shreikback, The Pogues, and The Go-Betweens.
In the early '90's (I think) I went to see Shut Up Frank who were one of those sad "Let's get together and make some money!" touring bands - this one featuring members of The Animals, the Dave Clark Five, The Tremeloes and Mick Avory from The Kinks along with Noel Redding from the Hendrix Experience.
I was lucky enough, though, to miss buying a ticket to see Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley in the mid-seventies because were actually on the plane out of New Zealand while the audience were still waiting around for them to come on stage!
Someone learnt the sad lesson: Don't pay the band in advance!
So - there we have a very basic list thrown together from memories, articles and dubious sources.
I hope you enjoyed it!
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