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EARLY COCKNEY REBEL GIGS 7 years 1 month ago #4153

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Hi all,
Been having a chat recently on the Humam Menagerie/Psychomodo thread with Graham Edmondson,
regarding our earliest Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel memories.
So this weekend I decided to have a rummage in the loft to see what I had there (if anything!).
Found loads of old ticket stubs from gigs ,a few tour programmes,posters,lots of flyers for concerts,fan mags,
and some old notebooks I used to keep listings of Cockney Rebel gigs.
A few other people have asked/wondered about the earliest gigs they saw so here is a list of gigs that I kept
for THE ORIGINAL COCKNEY REBEL CONCERTS IN 1973 and 1974 ,up to when Steve announced the split of
the band at a gig in Manchester.
This might help a few of you that are trying to remember your very first Rebel concert......
The following is not a comprehensive list,many dates are missing,but these are the ones I wrote down from
music press gig listings at the time.( nme,sounds,melody maker,street life etc,etc.)
the ones marked with an asterisk * are gigs I attended.

NOVEMBER 1973. (RELEASE OF THE HUMAN MENAGERIE)
2ND. LEICESTER UNIVERSITY. *
3RD. SHEFFIELD UNIVERSITY. *
24TH. CARDIFF UNIVERSITY. *
25TH. LONDON CHALK FARM ROUNDHOUSE, SAME BILL AS NEKTAR AND ELEPHANTS MEMORY.

DECEMBER 1973.
1ST. HALIFAX CLARENCES
2ND. MANCHESTER DIDSBURY COLLEGE.
8TH. LEICESTER UNIVERSITY (AGAIN) *
21ST. STAFFORD TECH.COLLEGE.
24TH. MAIDSTONE TECH.COLLEGE.
29TH. DAGENHAM ROUNDHOUSE.

JANUARY 1974.
6TH. CROYDON GREYHOUND.
10TH. PLYMOUTH GUILDHALL.
11TH. SOUTHAMPTON COLLEGE.
12TH. BRISTOL UNIVERSITY.
16TH. MANCHESTER UNIVERSITY. *
18TH. GLASGOW UNIVERSITY.
19TH. BRADFORD UNIVERSITY. *
24TH. STAFFORD TOP OF THE WORLD.
26TH. NOTTINGHAM UNIVERSITY. *
29TH. LONDON KENSINGTON BIBAS.
30TH. KEELE UNIVERSITY.

FEBRUARY 1974.
2ND. CAMBRIDGE CORN EXCHANGE.
3RD. SOUTHEND QUEENS HALL.
5TH. COVENTRY LANCHESTER (SUPPORTING SUZI QUATRO).
7TH. NEWPORT KENSINGTON COURT.
28TH. DUNSTABLE CIVIC HALLS.

MARCH 1974.
1ST. SALFORD UNIVERSITY.
8TH. HEREFORD FLAMINGO.
15TH. DAGENHAM ROUNDHOUSE.
19TH. PLYMOUTH GUILDHALL.
20TH. SWINDON BRUNEL ROOMS.
21ST. LIVERPOOL UNIVERSITY.
24TH. CROYDON GREYHOUND.
27TH. SHEFFIELD POLYTECHNIC. *
31ST. COLCHESTER WOODS CENTRE.

APRIL 1974.
7TH. SOUTHEND QUEENS HALL.
9TH. BIRMINGHAM BARBARELLAS. *
13TH. CAMBRIDGE CORN EXCHANGE.

MAY 1974..........ALL FOLLOWING GIGS WITH BE BOP DELUXE.
25TH. AYLESBURY FRIARS. *
31ST. ST.ALBANS CITY HALL.

JUNE 1974. (RELEASE OF PSYCHOMODO)
1ST. CROMER LINKS PAVILLION
7TH. LEEDS TOWN HALL *
8TH. LLANELI GLEN BALLROOM
9TH. TWICKENHAM WINNING POST.
12TH. SCARBOROUGH PENTHOUSE
13TH. CLEETHORPES
14TH. NEWCASTLE MAYFAIR
15TH. YORK UNIVERSITY *
16TH. CHELMSFORD CHANCELLOR HALL
20TH. DUNSTABLE CIVIC HALL.
21ST. MANCHESTER STONEGROUND.
22ND. LIVERPOOL STADIUM *
23RD. LONDON VICTORIA PALACE.
24TH. DAGENHAM ROUNDHOUSE
25TH. BATH PAVILLION
26TH. BRISTOL LOCARNO
27TH. PLYMOUTH GUILDHALL *
28TH. PENZANCE WINTER GARDENS.
29TH. SWANSEA BRANGWYN HALL
30TH. COLCHESTER WOODS CENTRE

JULY 1974.
2ND. COVENTRY LOCARNO. *
3RD. TORQUAY TOWN HALL
4TH. BARNSTAPLE QUEENS
5TH . MALVERN FESTIVAL
6TH. BRACKNELL SPORTS CENTRE
7TH. CROYDON GREYHOUND
8TH . SOUTHAMPTON TOP RANK
9TH. BIRMINGHAM BARBARELLAS *
11TH .STAFFORD TOP OF THE WORLD
12TH .CAMBRIDGE CORN EXCHANGE
13TH. SOUTHEND KURSAAL
15TH. HULL TIFFANYS *
16TH. BRISTOL LOCARNO
17TH. CARDIFF TOP RANK
18TH. DUBLIN STADIUM
22ND. MANCHESTER HARD ROCK. *
WHERE STEVE ANNOUNCED THE BAND WERE NO MORE.

I CANNOT CONFIRM ALL THESE DATES WERE FULFILLED BUT THEY WERE SCHEDULED IN THE PRESS.

HOPE THIS HELPS ANYONE TO RECALL THEIR FIRST COCKNEY REBEL GIG.

REGARDS,
JIMBO,REBELFREAK1.
'i fought a tiger just for the glory,the bloody battle was fierce and was gory,was like a scene from a kipling story,she sucked my blood like shes eating tandoori....'
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Re:EARLY COCKNEY REBEL GIGS 7 years 1 month ago #4154

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Nice post. I think they played Aylesbury 4 times in 74
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Re:EARLY COCKNEY REBEL GIGS 7 years 1 month ago #4156

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Inspired posting, Jimbo.
Thank you for this info - great reminder of many good nights.
Re 1974 Aylesbury, Ray is spot on:
Sat JAN 5
Sat MAY 25
Thu JUNE 6
Sst AUG 24

That appears to be the Poster in the SH My HAVEN piece in yesterday's Mail.

SH has always spoken highly of the local promoter, Dave Stopps, who ran a record shop I believe in the town. Many huge acts got their first break at Friars. Great posting. Where do you and Stewart G get all this?? Astonishing information at times. Cheers!
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Re:EARLY COCKNEY REBEL GIGS 7 years 1 month ago #4157

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well I know he was in St Albans twice in 74 :-) because I was at both :-) the may date was my 14th birthday prezzie . I saw him twice that year at the civic center he was at the Callie ( that's the californian ballroom in. dunstable ) in march 75. as well. that's where he gave me one of them roses .
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Re:EARLY COCKNEY REBEL GIGS 7 years 1 month ago #4158

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The earliest recorded Cockney Rebel gig was at the Roundhouse,London(supporting Jeff Beck) on 23rd July 1972.The other pre-Human Menagerie concerts were November 17th 1972 at the Greyhound,Fulham. December 16th and 23rd 1972 at the Kings Cross Cinema,London. Also on March 16th 1973 they played at the Marquee Club in London. Ewell College on March 31st 1973.During June 1973 they played around 5 gigs at the Speakeasy Club,London.For all of these concerts the band members came on stage wearing white faces and dressed as clowns.It wasn't until October 6th 1973 at Reading College that the band wore the familiar clothing as seen on the cover of the Human Menagerie album.These outfits were eventually discarded altogether(not literally!!)somewhere around March 1974 when the band chose to wear more casual attire.If anyone else has memories of early Cockney Rebel gigs from 1972 or 1973 please share them with us.
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Re:EARLY COCKNEY REBEL GIGS 7 years 1 month ago #4159

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jollyroger wrote:
Inspired posting, Jimbo.
Where do you and Stewart G get all this?? Astonishing information at times.

Anyone can write what is already shown on paperwork Jollyroger :-) it's just down to us the fans to remember what gigs may have been cancelled or added etc.
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