Adios Al Futuro (goodbye to the future) is the second album by Das Rad – the Sheffield-based trio of Nick Robinson, Martin Archer & Steve Dinsdale. (RAD, geddit?)
Their self-titled debut album on Discus records attracted some rave reviews, neatly summarised by “they seem to encapsulate and deconstruct the entire history of British avant-rock in one fell swoop”. Their new offering “expands and refines their sound, featuring a combination of composed and improvised music, bringing together the personalities of the musicians”.
The album was released this weekend and if you’re lucky, you’ll get a free “Das Rad Magic Cube” – a chance to practice origami while enjoying the music. There’s a possible accusation of bias, but we recommend you invest in both!
We recently found out about the only gig the late, lamented Jeff Buckley played in Sheffield – 11/03/1994 at the Ratteners Rest (aka Ratners) in Globe works. The gig was organised by the Leadmill and was the first date of a European solo Tour. The gig was attended by Richard Hawley (the lucky man). Google seems to indicate there’s a bootleg from close to that date,we’d love to hear a copy!
Local boy made good Steve Byrd left us in 2016, but remains an unknown figure for any. He rose to fame with Zzebra and Neo, a new wave band who recorded an album in Ian Gillan’s studio, and after Gillan had heard them he hired Byrd and bassist John McCoy for his own band. In 1982, Byrd became a long-term member of Kim Wylde’s backing band. With Kim, he co-wrote “Another Step (Closer to You)” and other songs. In the 1990s, he was also a member of 4 Bills And A Ben, a band with flexible line-up formed by Johnny Warman which also included Jeff Rich and John Edwards from Status Quo. He was the MD of the Byrdsongs record label.
Nearly 9000 gigs on the database! But. almost nobody has yet sent us anything for the list of Sheffield (originals) bands – please help add to the list, but send info in a format / order to match what’s already there please.
My old mate Dids supplied these from a venue in Chesterfield, which I haven’t seen since the 80s 😉
So sad to see the passing of Florian Schneider, a true giant of modern music. Kraftwerk played Sheffield four times…
21/05/1981 City Hall
16/07/1991 City Hall
15/06/2017 City Hall
My brother and I went to buy tickets for Pink Floyd, but at 8.30am the queue stretched from Wilson Peck’s almost up to the City Hall, so instead, we joined the much shorter queue for Sabbath, who were due to play the City Hall on 08/02/72. However, it was then cancelled due to Ozzy Osbourne’s “illness” (can’t imagine what that could have been!) and rescheduled for February 21, 1972, according to the letter we had. The rescheduled date appears on several online Sabbath gig archives.
However, we’re certain that this gig did not take place, certainly we never saw them that year. I can’t find my ticket and can only assume it was exchanged for a refund at the time. Can anyone clear up this mystery?
Andrew Vaughan was Social Secretary for Sheffield University Entertainments from 1977 – 78 and he had the great good sense to have all bands sign tickets for him. These include Blondie, Talking Heads, Thin Lizzy and many more! He points out these are not for sale 😉
See them all here