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And then he walked along the edge of the Circle

This is the place where we will post your stories about the Green's Playhouse, The Glasgow Apollo and Satelitte City (The Wee Apollo). As it develops we will break the stories up into sections such as Myths, Gigs I missed, Meeting the Bands, Where are they now etc. No story too trivial and we will only edit out bad language!

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Comments on Whitesnake [reply]
 
i only saw whitesnake once in 1984, with john sykes on guitar.. amazing!!!

there was plenty love in the heart of the city that night for one of the best rock bands britain ever produced.
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I was lucky to catch them from 80 through to those 84 gigs and they blew the place apart every night. That's when WHitesnake were a real blues rock band and not the crappy MTV thing they became after the 1987 album. [reply]
 
CAMPBELL, YOU ARE WRIGHT. I ALLSO SAW WHITESNAKE AT THE APOLLO IN THE EARLY 80'S,AND THOSE GUY'S WERE A GREAT HEAVY ROCKING BLUES BAND. THEN CAME MTV. THE LINE UP CHANGE LIKE THE WEATHER,BUT DAVID COVERDALE IS AND WILL ALLWAY'S BE A GREAT SINGER. [reply]
 
Whitesnake Slide It In tour, Glasgow Apollo, Thursday 01/03/84
(Rescheduled)

QUARTER OF A CENTURY AGO! MY GOD!

One of the gigs I remember best, and for which I have the fondest memories. It was meant to have been held in late 1983 but I think that DC had been suffering with laryngitis. I think it was only the second gig Id been at the first being Meat Loaf, again at the Apollo. I cant remember who the support band were It could have been Airrace (with Jason Bonham) or Great White (who DID support Whitesnake one time I saw them, but maybe that was the next time.) Anyway, whoever the support act was they werent particularly memorable. However, Snake definitely were memorable. This was the short-lived lineup with DCs legendary vocals, John Sykes and Mel Galley (RIP) on guitar, Neil Murray on bass, Jon Lord on keyboards and last, but most certainly not least, the late, great Cozy Powell on drums. After the more laid-back sound of the Moody / Marsden / Paice years, Sykes and Powell in particular were a revelation. WS simply never sounded better live.

I had a great seat, first row in the lower circle which, as youll remember, had a super view of the stage. The band were all in denim and leather, and not a hint of the peroxided 1987 posers anywhere! David, what on earth were you thinking of?

It was a cold evening but the heat from all those bodies stuffed into the Apollo was quite amazing. Combine that with the rising damp and the joints that were being smoked and there was a unique smell which I can still recall, even 23 years after it was closed down.

The set opened with two numbers from their then-latest album Slide It In - Gambler and Guilty Of Love, which I remember particularly well, simply because Cozys machine-gun drumming just after the singalong section. He hit those drums so hard you felt the beat just as much as you heard it! The rest of the evening simply did not disappoint, and for very many years this show was the yardstick by which I measured others, and in that year I reckon only Dios Apollo gig was anywhere near as good as this one. I was always kinda hoping that it would see an official release but sadly that was never to be. After the gig (which went by far too fast) I bought the obligatory black T-shirt, programme and badge and headed off out onto Renfield Street . Ah well, that was that.

Only it wasnt. About a year ago I discovered that someone in the audience had taped the whole gig and so, on and off, I tried to obtain a copy. Almost by chance, last week I managed to find a downloadable link on the Internet and to my surprise discovered that, not only was there an audience recording, but there was also a properly-recorded (albeit shortened) version of the same show. The sound quality of this is superb!

So now, virtually quarter of a century later, I have listened to the show for only the second time but with the dual benefits of a touch of nostalgia and also a great deal of distance. Sometimes, though, things dont age well. Would it be as good as I remembered? Oh yes. I put it on the car stereo on Tuesday night to while away a long journey and laughed - and cried - at the memories both good and bad which came flooding back from more than half a lifetimes living.

What a night! Thanks a million, DC!
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