This is a site devoted to the history of Sheffield Rock & Pop music. We all know about the famous bands that come from the Steel City, but we want to devote some space to the bands that nearly made it as well.
Contributions of any kind welcomed – photos, reviews, memories, tickets, flyers, all welcomed. We know most readers will have some memorabilia tucked away in a dusty drawer 😉
Hard to credit, but Chesterfield used to be a stopping off point for many rock acts. Jimi Hendrix played two shows on April 8, 1967 at the ABC Cinema. Below is a photo of Buddy Holly strolling through the town ahead of his show in Sheffield that night, but my prize goes to King Crimson, who played the “Jazz Club” on September 7, 1969 – a month before their debut album was released. Amazingly there is a bootleg of this show and I would love to have seen the faces of the audience experiencing music from another planet 😉
Does anyone have any Chezzie music photos or memorabilia?
Buddy Holly visits Chesterfield
On the 22nd September 1976, Be-Bop Deluxe played a secret gig at the Black Swan, billed as “Funky Phaser and his Unearthly Merchandise” (taken from the B side of their single “Kiss Of Light”. There was a mention in the Star, (now attached to a cassette recording of the gig 😉
The set was
Life in the air age
Ships in the night
maid in heaven
Blues shuffle in A
Piece of Mine
Take Two was a music venue in Attercliffe, at the foot of Staniforth Road, run by a former professional trombonist(!) called Marcus Reynolds. It ran for several years before being forced to close due to financial pressures. Here’s the membership card
Spotted on ebay, test pressings of the Russians album on native Records, “And Other Groundless Accusations” from 1985. The album was recorded at the “Jive Bunny” studios in Rotherham.