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
Our thanks to Steve Ward who sent us a few more Sheffield record shop sleeves. Do get in touch before you send us covers, because Simon has (literally) hundreds and we are working to add his collection to the site. Needless to say once we’ve done that if you find any more he doesn’t have, then he’ll bite your arm off!
Some of you may have seen the display Simon put up on The Moor a couple of years ago, we will let him fill you in: “While the council were jerking off trying to decide what to do with The Moor (!) many of the shops were left empty so they allowed people to suggest displays to brighten them up. I did a display of local record shop sleeves. There was no funding for this (or rather there was, but none of it filtered down to me!), but it was great fun to do, and to listen to comments from folk as they stopped to look at the window. To me this sort of local history should be given more opportunity in the city as it directly relates to people’s own lives.” Here’s a photo of the display while he was still working on it.
“The Sheffield show is perhaps the best of the tour. The quality is incredible, and the performance can move you to tears. The Gaumont adds a warmth and depth to the overall sound that is lacking at many venues, and Bob pours his heart into every syllable. This set represents some of the finest of the tour…”
Dylan’s decision to go electric didn’t sit well with a lot of fans, who felt that he had sold out folk music for a rock ‘n’ roll payday. It all came to a head on the following night in Manchester, where one of the audience shouted “Judas” at him.
The set consisted of:
She Belongs To Me
Fourth Time Around
Visions Of Johanna
It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue
Just Like A Woman
Mr. Tambourine Man
Tell Me, Momma
I Don’t Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met)
Baby Let Me Follow You Down (Eric von Schmidt)
Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues
Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat
One Too Many Mornings
Ballad Of A Thin Man
Like A Rolling Stone
And the line-up was Bob Dylan (vocal, acoustic & electric guitar) / Robbie Robertson (electric guitar) / Garth Hudson (organ) / Rick Danko (bass) / Richard Manuel (piano) / Mickey Jones (drums)
And here’s one of the songs from the set (more can be found on youtube)
Made in Sheffield is a documentary film on the history of the music scene in the city of Sheffield from 1975 until 1983. The film was directed and produced by Eve Wood in 2001. It features bands such as The Human League, Cabaret Voltaire, Clock DVA, Pulp, ABC, and Heaven 17. Well worth watching.