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.
What a nice piece of musical ephemera which I clipped out of an old newspaper at some time. Yellow Submarine was released just a couple of weeks before in London, and then opened here in Sheffield on August 4th 1968 (52 years ago today). It was playing at The Gaumont, which was Sheffield’s premier city centre cinema. Opened in 1927 it could seat 2,300 people – an astonishing figure today. Like many cinemas, it also doubled as a music venue in the 1950s and 60s, with bands including Cliff Richard, Eddie Cochran, Bobby Darin, Victor Borg, Nina & Frederick, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and the Count Basie Orchestra appearing here.
The Yellow Submarine was actually one of the very last films to be shown here before it was altered to make two smaller screens inside later in 1968. I did see the movie on the big screen, but cannot recall if it was here or a couple of years later at our local Abbeydale Picture House. In those days popular films would tour for a couple of years or more to get the maximum viewing.
In a move typical of the city they allowed this fabulous building to be demolished and replaced with was remains to this day the ugliest mirror faced piece of rubbish ever built in the city (and I like modern architecture!). Simon R.
Jason Alan Leaver shared these photos of the Wap during demolition – sad images ;(
Top Rank Sheffield – Comsat Angels / Clock DVA / Past Seven Days / Mark My Words. June 30 1981
Put back from the previous month, this was a great evening for local bands, and The Comsat Angels were riding a wave of critical acclaim and just weeks away from releasing their stunning second album Sleep No More. So they were a no-brainer to headline this home town show. They remain my favourite band from the city to this day. But on the night I was there to also catch The Past Seven Days, another brilliant local group who only ever issued one single (on 4AD!). I’d been helping them out with some design work (including the single) and doing promo photographs etc. so went along to take some live shots of them as well. Clock DVA are perhaps better known today, but I never really clicked with their material. Mark My Words was often referred to as Sheffield’s own John Cooper Clarke, those are massive shoes to try and fill! I cannot remember masses from the show, though I do still have my photos. I actually saw The Past Seven Days four times alone that year, it all starts to blur! This show was actually staged at The Top Rank by The Limit Club, as they were far too small to accommodate the amount of interest in the show. A lot of rosy tinted words have been put out about the Limit but to me it was a real tip, so any chance to see a band elsewhere was welcome.
Below is the advert for the show from the local newspaper, The Star. They include the band B Movie instead of Clock DVA. Now I do recall seeing B Movie, so this might have been the night. Let us know if you can confirm.
Thanks to Steve White
A nice flyer from Stefan Boberek