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In this section you will find some of the comments kindly sent to us by the people who graced the Apollo stage.

Watch out for contributions from Chris de Burgh, The Groundhogs, Martha and the Muffins, Gary Numan, Sham 69 (Sham-Pistols), Krokus, OMD, Stiff Little Fingers, Wishbone Ash, Graham Parker, SAHB, ABC, Gordon Giltrap, Y&T, Secret Affair, Ralph McTell, Joan Armatrading, Howard Jones, Tom Paxton,The Jam, The Anti Nowhere League, Shakin' Stevens, DEVO, Ultravox, Howard Jones, Hazel O'Connor, Steeleye Span, Tom Robinson, Fagin, 10cc, Heavy Pettin', The Clancy Brothers, Big Country and Whitesnake.

More to come including.... Magnum, Spider, Rab Noakes and Shakin' Stevens.

If you played at the Green's Playhouse the Apollo or at Satellite City please email Band Memories.


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CDeB "..Oh yes, I remember the Apollo extremely well. It used to be on a British and Scottish tour, that wed all say Wait till we get to Liverpool, and wait till we get to Glasgow. Because those two places were certainly in the late 70s and early 80s the most inspiring venues to perform in. I used to absolutely love the Apollo and it had a huge high stage, you know, I think people have fallen off that stage, but its about 3 or 4 meters high. You need a parachute to get from the top to the bottom. And in fact, quite recently, a radio station in Scotland uncovered a tape of me live at the Apollo, which I believe has been re-released. Watch this space!

Yes, but it holds great memories for me and in particular I loved being in Glasgow, because, you know, the restaurants and the pubs and the hotels, I used to have a lot of laughs up there. I hope to continue to be there..."
 
"..my Apollo memories are of the Magnificent Apollo Choir...and that CRAZY stage!!!...Oh...and I still proudly display my little statuettes from our sold out shows there...Please send my best to your gang...and thanks for the memories.."david coverdale
 
Warren Cann © July 1997, courtesy of Warren Cann. "..We were proud to play the Apollo and its reputation as a premier venue was more than well deserved. The first time we played there I remember discovering the stage was phenomenally high and slanted down towards the audience. After that, I always had the roadies bolt, nail, glue, and weld my kit to the riser so it wouldn't rattle its way out to the edge and tip over.

Glasgow audiences were terrific and the Apollo itself had such character. I used to watch in stricken fascination as the balcony waved up and down under the assault of the fans' enthusiasm and always was horrified that it might collapse! Seeing a band from that vantage must've been a wild ride. I'm sad it's gone, but I'll never forget it.."
 
"..My experience at the Apollo was that there was a fantastic atmosphere, even before the audience came in.  There was a very unusual stage, which was really high and slopped down to the audience.  The stage was so high that it was decided we'd put white gaffer tape across the front edge, because when the lights went down, and with the slope, you could quite easily fall off.

It was a great venue, with atmosphere and very good acoustics.  The icing on the cake was the crowd.  They really went for it.  It was electric, every time.  It's a venue and an audience reaction that will always stay with me.  Great memories!.."
Shaky © HEC Limited
 
Hazel O'Connor "..The whole tour (1981) was a very special one for me but the Apollo sticks out not only because of the beautiful interior but also the very warm welcome I received - the vibe was great.

A year or so later when I went with my friend Paula Yates to see Ultravox - people greeted me like an old friend and it wasn't even my gig - I was just part of the audience.."
 
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