June 21st 1971 – Sheffield City (Oval) Hall
The Groundhogs were promoting their astonishing album Split. This may well have been my first rock concert. A friend at school sorted our tickets out and we were in the front row. It was without doubt the loudest thing I had ever heard (The Groundhogs were always a very loud band live). Brilliant experience.
Emerson Lake & Palmer
Dec 9th 1971 – Sheffield City (Oval) Hall
ELP were a huge deal in 1971. Formed from the ashes of The Nice, this tour largely promoted their debut album as well as a live recording released a few months before the tour. Although we had tickets we sneaked down to the City Hall early and were able to sit behind the gear and watch them setting it all up. Emerson has a massive Moog set up which looked like Nasa control. It was a stunning show, with plenty of Hammond mangling to enjoy as well.
December 5th 1972 – Sheffield City (Oval) Hall
Hawkwind’s lengthy Space Ritual tour lasted two months and arrived in Sheffield in the run up to Christmas. I’d got into the band via the Silver Machine tour and the still great In Search Of Space album (I even won an extra copy of that in a competition in Cann’s record shop). The band were in a league of their own really, a very trippy punky atmosphere which worked really well in the City Hall. The tour was later issued as a live double LP but sadly not from this show.