Places (Help with places, streets and buildings in Wigan.)
I wasn’t a big fan of Grateful Dead and left just before they took stage. I’d have watched them anyway but was finding it difficult to stay awake.
Never seen Van Morrison, Jarvo – but what a great entertainer. Saw Joe Cocker in London back in 72. He was drunk and terrible unfortunately. But Patto and Jerry Lochran the supports were worth the expense.
Some good names there Axcroft – Rory Gallagher was my blues hero and I watched him 14 times. Got all his stuff including bootleg tapes. Watched him at the Liverpool Stadium and such was the reputation of that place that on entering the toilets I was subjected to a Hells Angel ritual where they pushed me to the floor, pinned me down, pissed on me then dunked my head in a bowl of water just until I inhaled water and then coughed it out for a minute or two. Nice chaps though – they all shook my hand for being a good sport!
In my older days (almost 67 now) I have gone backwards in time to old blues, such as Robert Johnson, Blind Boy Fuller, Reverend Gary Davies, etc. But my great desire is for the late sixties/early seventies underground – good stuff coming out of Germany back then, but the Liverpool Scene were brilliant and included the brilliant poet, Adrian Henry.
There were good local bands in Wigan; saw a couple at the former Carlton Cinema at Pem – I think it was called the Sportsman Club before it became a bingo hall – and then a cinema again (Unit 4, which actually only had 3 units!).
A good local band, Currency, did a great version of The Nice’s ‘America’ at the casino (mabe 1970?). I believe they were banned for performing that rendition after being warned beforehand.
Some good fairly local bands included Stoned Rose, Rhino, Gravy Train and Greasy Bear.
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