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Band Memories

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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Dave Cairns "..Probably the biggest gig in Glasgow those days - I recall it had a sloping stage with a white line at the edge to prevent performers falling into the auditorium.

One of our road crew, Glen Saggers, 'caught' one of my Fender Twin Amplifiers that fell off the stage for some reason and I thought he'd been seriously injured but thankfully the amp was fine..."
 
"..Nice idea... it was indeed one hell of a venue. I remember a fan leaping / falling from the balcony during one of our concerts there. Talk about The Tartan Horde!!.."Andy Powell
 
Martha Johnson "..I have very fond and frustrated memories of the Glasgow Apollo. It was the first show on the tour we did as the opening act for Roxy Music. The tour had been cut short because Bryan Ferry became ill with, I believe, kidney stones.

The bands and crews waited daily on the edge of our tour bus seats hoping he would pass the stones so we could get on with it. Finally, Bryan recovered and we headed up to Glasgow. Roxy's concert was amazing both visually and musically.

Our band rose to the occasion, playing well even with all of our nerves and the personality clashes that were culminating within our band at that time. After the show I hoped to meet the members of Roxy Music.

I was very excited as they had been one of my all time favourite bands for years.."
 
"..I played support to The Hollies in 1973 with a bunch of session guys backing James Griffin (of Bread). The first date of the tour was the Apollo. Griffin - both jet-lagged and American - enthused: "It's great to be here in England". Guess the response.."Mo Foster
 
Tom Paxton "..Oh, yes, I have a vivid memory. I played the Apollo at 11:30 on a Saturday night. That I lived to tell the tale is still a wonder to me. We arrived for a sound check at about 10 PM to find the sound man a bit worse for wear. A glimpse at his gear was not reassuring; it looked like it had been pried from the instrument panel of a Lancaster bomber.

The sound check went from bad to incomprehensible. Somehow we got things sounding halfway reasonable and went to what was laughably called 'the dressing room.' Or 'artistes' suite,' or something like that. At 11:30 my bassist, Dave Willis, my pianist, David Horowitz and I took the stage to, amazingly, a full house -- a full house all of whom, it became instantly apparent, had dropped off somewhere else on their way to the Apollo.

What I remember of the show itself was that against all sanity, it went very well. The Glasgow audience is well known for being the keenest bunch of all so long (I'm told) as they like what you're doing. Thank God, that has always been the case for me. I do remember one voice coming out of the dark between songs shouting 'Give us one without the piano, Tom!' You supply the accent.)

There were two or three encores at the end. It was a wild, wild and deeply satisfying experience.."
 
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