What a great piece of memorabilia; this is an advert singing the praises of Sheffield’s Esquire Club (now The Leadmill), printed in 1964 in a Manchester blues magazine of all places. The owners of the legendary Twisted Wheel Club there had a managerial tie in with The Esquire for a time, and figured enthusiasts might want to visit their rivals East of the Pennines. But the way the advert is written is just great, taking the rise out of itself and traditional clubs. At the time r’n’b was really big, and so was soul music, and The Leadmill catered for fans of both big time. The advert also mentions their resident bands, Vince Arnold & The Avengers, and The Scott William Combo. Vince Arnold was of course none other than Joe Cocker, and they had cut a live album at the Esquire just the year before (though it wasn’t issued for 30 years!). The Scott William Combo sadly we know nothing about, fill us in if you can.
Our thanks to Easy On The Eye Books for the advert anyway; they are preparing a book of rare 60s blues photos taken mostly in Manchester, and this was discovered while going through memorabilia supplied for the book. Simon R.
Thanks to Sharon Lee, we’ve now got 304 gigs from the George iV (aka Blitz) but more entries for any original music Sheffield gigs always wanted…
A nice blog entry with some bootleg audio here.
But not personally as this is a ticket from our archives, and I didn’t go to the show (I found it in a scrapbook I got hold of some years later). From 1981, 39 years ago tonight!
The Fall were supported by The Past Seven Days (them again) and Disease. Amazingly it was a free gig funded by South Yorkshire County Council. In those days the council tried to help by supporting low priced or free musics events in the city, at a time of serious unemployment. As you can see this was one of the free ones, I do not know how you got tickets! The show was held at the Polytechnics Union venue, the Phoenix Building, on Pond Street
If you can add anything about the show do get in touch. Simon R.
Although Viv Stanshall remains one of my favourite artists, this was the only time I got to see him on stage. The Bonzos had just finished touring before I got into going to concerts, and his career after that was erratic to say the least and he didn’t really tour that much. But in 1991 somehow he was able to get it together enough to embark on what I think was his last tour, which was a rambling collection of spoken word material and musical numbers billed as Rawlinson Dog Ends. Now I know why I have remained a huge fan, but it was quite a strange experience to see how the packed Leadmill crowd not only hung on Viv’s every word, but KNEW them all as well. Viv seemed taken aback by the response but coped fairly well, sat for most of the evening in an old leather armchair in the centre of the stage. He wasn’t particularly well by this time but that didn’t stop him putting in an excellent performance which was both funny and sad. The songs (he had a few musicians helping him out but I’m not sure who) mostly ended up as massive sing alongs and a brilliant time was had by everyone. He remains one of those real English eccentrics whose artistic efforts made the world a more enjoyable place.
What does surprise me is the computer ticket; I sort of have memories of The Leadmill as a rambling hippy venue held together by Council grants but clearly that had changed by this time. I certainly have seen some great shows here, and must dig out the poster for the first week of gigs put on when it reopened in the late 70s. Simon R.
From our archives; not an actual concert ticket but we think this was a book of vouchers given out by the Polytechnic to new students, which could be redeemed against admission to gigs, and other events. Maybe even 10% off Never Mind The Bollocks at Virgin Records! Sheffield Polytechnic? Yep, it was retitled Sheffield Hallam University in 1992. They had a few music areas, one inside the main building for smaller shows then the newer Union building near the station, called the Phoenix Building when it opened in 1978, later renamed the Nelson Mandela Building in 1982, for bigger concerts. In a brilliant move to squander earth’s resources, they then pulled the building down and left the site empty. Anyway if the voucher rings a bell let us know what you used yours for. Simon R.