So it’s confession time. As this site spends a lot of time reviewing gigs I thought I’d start a conversation about that rite of passage that is your first gig.
So here goes, it was 1980, and I was 15 and it was at The Mayfair in Newcastle and the band was Motorhead.
The band were playing the second night of 2 sell out nights at the Mayfair and maybe at the peak of their career (Ace of Spades was riding high in the charts) and I was terrified that I wouldn’t get in as the venue had an over 18’s policy and some school mates had been turned away the night before.
I managed to get in without much bother, and bought my tour t-shirt (seemed like a badge of honour in those days)
I remember very little other than it was VERY VERY loud but I guess it must have had an effect on me as 35 years later I still go to about 30 gigs a year. So although my musical tastes have eased a bit I must thank Lemmy, Fast Eddie Clarke and Philthy Animal Taylor for my introduction to live music I’ve never looked back.