Gig History

"Hi...

                  ...thanks"

...and that's about the extent of audience acknowledgement at a Messiahs gig. I guess the overriding factor was Bill getting totally into the zone when performing, seldom looking at the crowd much less chatting to them.

My abiding memories of the Messiahs on stage are many and still immediate after all these years. Such loud and dynamic sonic onslaughts; and doubly impressive coming from a three-piece, considering the likes of Ministry had to employ two drummers and several guitarists to create the same wall of sound. Imagery; the films of fighter aircraft, exploding buildings and muscle cars (and occasionally Fred n Barney) that adorned the back screen as they played. Bill's suits... snakeskin shockers, shiny green or grey wonders; he cut a disturbing and singular character onstage. Kenny bashing those skins. Kenny's drumming was a powerhouse of pummelling that would have made John Bonham put his pint down and sit up and listen. So loud and heavy, and so tight, interlinked with Chris's rock solid fluid bass playing. Time and time again people then and now comment on the best back line in the business, and it's easy to marvel at Bill's histrionics and virtuoso guitar and forget that it couldn't exist without their bedrock base to launch off. And finally the otherworldliness of the experience. Most songs were interpreted slightly differently every time they played them. Bill's total commitment to the moment, zoned out and seemingly unaware of where he was and not caring what he was doing. His stream-of-consciousness ramblings during songs, like he was singing in tongues. Flailing the guitar about with reckless abandon, and wrecking many a telecaster in the process. His roadie spent the entire gig at the side of the stage with a spare in hand and a box full of strings. Twenty-five years after they disbanded people still marvel at what a great, great live act they were. Long live the Messiahs.

Much of this gig history compiled by Kenny and 'Chalkie' Dawson for the original Messiahs website.

Selected gigs have links to live reviews and bootleg recordings.

Soundcheck, Utrecht, Holland

UK

7 February 1984 Downstairs at The Clarendon, Hammersmith, London
Playing as Motor Boys Motor

10 May 1984 The Hope and Anchor, Islington, London
Playing as Motor Boys Motor
(after the guvnor of the pub refused to put 'Baby Crocket' on the poster!)

11 June 1984 The Clarendon, Hammersmith, London Review
The first ever show as The Screaming Blue Messiahs

15 June 1984 Dingwalls, Camden, London

16 June 1984 The Tunnel Club, Greewich, London

26 June 1984 The Tropical Palace, Kensal Green, London

27 June 1984 The Hope and Anchor, Islington, London

6 July 1984 The Pindar of Wakefield, Kings Cross, London

23 July 1984 The Pindar of Wakefield, Kings Cross, London

19 September 1984 The Rock Garden, Covent Garden, London

26 September 1984 The George Robey, Finsbury Park, London

5 October 1984 The Half Moon, Herne Hill, London

3 November 1984 The Hope and Anchor, Islington, London

17 November 1984 The Tunnel Club, Greenwich

18 November 1984 The Riverside Club, Fetcham

Holland

5 December 1984 The Vridje Vloer, Utrecht, Holland with The Lyres

6 December 1984 (unkown venue), Nijmegen, Holland

7 December 1984 (unkown venue), Eindhoven, Holland

9 December 1984 (unkown venue), Maastricht, Holland

(unknown date) (unkown venue), Groningen, Holland

UK

22 December 1984 (unkown venue), London
BBC Radio 1, Saturday Live broadcast

Ruisrock Festival, Finland

Backstage pass and ticket, Leeds University Union

UK

16 January 1985 The Rezz Club, Romford

28 January 1985 The Marquee Club, Soho, London Review
with Turkey Bones & The Wild Dogs

4 February 1985 Dingwalls, Camden, London Review
with Turkey Bones & The Wild Dogs

15 February 1985 The Garage, Nottingham Bootleg

17 February 1985 Spring Street Theatre, Hull

27 February 1985 The Saxon Tavern, Catford

1 March 1985 Warwick University

3 March 1985 The Leadmill, Sheffield

19 March 1985 The Marquee, London Bootleg

30 March 1985 Paris Theatre, London Bootleg  Live at the BBC album
Broadcast live on BBC Radio 1

Sweden

17 April 1985 The Living Room, Stockholm

18 April 1985 Errolls, Gothenburg

19 April 1985 Renegate, Oslo

20 April 1985 Hulen, Bergen

Ruisrock Festival, Finland

UK

Portsmouth Polytechnic24 April 1985 Hammersmith Odeon, London
supporting Ian Dury and Wilko Johnson

27 April 1985 Portsmouth Polytechnic
with The Folk Devils

? July 1985 Leatherhead Review
with Ipso Facto

Finland

3 August 1985 Ruisrock Festival, Turku
with Zero Nine, Lloyd Cole & The Commotions, The Explorers, The Cure

Belgium

15 August 1985 Festival at Ostend Airport
with ZZ Top, The Kinks, The Blasters

UK

29 September 1985 Birmingham Powerhouse

8 October 1985 Leeds University Union

Holland

Date unknown 1985 Leiden, Holland Bootleg

11 October 1985 Pandora's MusicBox '85 Festival, Rotterdam
With Jeffrey Lee Pierce, Crime & The City Solution, The Shockheaded Peters, The Lighthouse Keepers

UK

30 October 1985 The Marquee Club, Soho, London Review

31 October 1985 The Marquee Club, Soho, London

Germany

26 November 1985 Onkel Po, Hamburg Bootleg

UK

19 December 1985 Dingwalls, Camden, London

Backstage pass, Town & Country Club, 5th June

Backstage pass, Ritz, NYC.
Debut US show.

Tour programme New Zealand

UK

11 April 1986 The George Robey, Islington, London
with Wilko Johnson

12 April 1986 The Marquee Club, Soho, London

Germany

22 May 1986 Zeche, Bochum

24 May 1986 Markthalle, Hamburg Bootleg

UK

5 June 1986 The Town & Country Club, Kentish Town, London Review

Finland

18 June 1986 Tavastia Club, Helsinki, Finland

UK

10 July 1986 Camden Palace, London

USA

15 June 1986 The New Music Seminar at The Ritz, New York City
with Cactus World News and the Woodentops

16 July 1986 Cignel, Baltimore

18 July 1986 930 Club, Washington DC
with The Jazz Butcher

21 July 1986 Spit, Boston

22 July 1986 First Avenue, Minneapolis
supporting The Cramps

23 July 1986 Metro, Chicago
supporting The Cramps

24 July 1986 The Phantasy Theatre, Cleveland
supporting The Cramps

25 July 1986 Royal Oak Theatre
supporting The Cramps

Canada

26 July 1986 The Concert Hall, Toronto, Canada
supporting The Cramps

29 July 1986 Le Spectrum, Montreal, Canada
supporting The Cramps

USA

30 July 1986 The Main Event, Rochester
supporting The Cramps

31 July 1986 The Metro, Boston
supporting The Cramps

1 August 1986 The Ritz, New York
supporting The Cramps

2 August 1986 The I-Beam, San Francisco
with The Celibate Rifles

4 August 1986 One Step Beyond, Santa Clara

5 August 1986 The Roxy, Los Angeles

UK

7 August 1986 The Mean Fiddler, Harlesdon, London

USA

31 August 1986 St Andrews Hall, Detroit

12 September 1986 The Metro, Chicago

13 September 1986 Bogarts, Cincinatti
with Savage Republic

14 September 1986 Phantasy Niteclub
with H-Bomb Ferguson

15 September 1986 Graffitis, Pittsburgh

Canada

17 September 1986 R.P.M., Toronto
with The Cynics

18 September 1986 Carlton University, Ottowa

19 September 1986 Le Spectrum, Montreal

USA

20 September 1986 Toad's Palace, New Haven

23 September 1986 Heartbeat, Oyster Bay, Long Island

24 September 1986 The Paradise, Boston

25 September 1986 The Living Room, Providence, RI

26 September 1986 The Ritz, New York City

27 September 1986 The Revival, Philadelphia

28 September 1986 College Park, Maryland

29 September 1986 930 Club, Washington DC

30 September 1986 Rockitz, Richmond, Virginia
with She-Male Encounters

1 October 1986 The Brewery, Raleigh
with The Beat Farmers

3 October 1986 688 Club, Atlanta, Georgia
with One Last Wish

4 October 1986 Jimmys, New Orleans

6 October 1986 Rockefellers, Houston, Texas

8 October 1986 LIberty Lunch, Austin, Texas

9 October 1986 Theater Gallery, Dallas, Texas

10 October 1986 Mason Jar, Phoenix, Arizona

13 October 1986 Bogarts, Long Beach, California

14 October 1986 Belly-Up, Solana Beach, California

15 October 1986 The Roxy, Los Angeles, California

17 October 1986 The Barn, Riverside, California
with League of None

18 October 1986 Morris Daily Auditorium, San Jose, California

19 October 1986 Berkeley Square, Berkeley, California
with One Plus One

20 October 1986 One Step Beyond, Santa Clara
with Rotundi

21 October 1986 The Stone, San Francisco
with One Plus One

22 October 1986 E.M.U. Dining Hall, Eugene, Oregon
with Figure Four

24 October 1986 Starry Night, Portland, Oregon

]25 October 1986 Backstage Club, Seattle, Washington

Canada

26 October 1986 The Town Pump, Vancouver BC
with Sea Hags

27 October 1986 The Town Pump, Vancouver BC
with Hunters and Collectors

New Zealand

1 November 1986 Galaxy, Auckland
with Battling Strings

2 November 1986 Galaxy, Auckland
with Battling Strings

3 November 1986 Union Hall, Wellington

Australia

5 November 1986 Lady Bay Hotel, Warnambool
with Psycho Sloths

6 November 1986 Club Go-Fast, Melbourne
with Jacks World

7 November 1986 Prince of Wales, Melbourne
with Jacks World

8 November 1986 The Music Station, Melbourne
with Trilobytes

10 November 1986 Canberra Workers Club, Canberra
with Steve Grieve

11 November 1986 Kardomah Cafe, Sydney
with Mustard Club

12 November 1986 Rock Arena, Mansfield Tavern, Brisbane
supporting The Angels

13 November 1986 Rock Arena, Mansfield Tavern, Brisbane
supporting The Angels

14 November 1986 Playroom, Tallebuedgera
supporting The Angels

15 November 1986 Playroom, Tallebuedgera
supporting The Angels

16 November 1986 Cook Park, Sydney, Bottom of the Mountain Festival '86
with Sandii and the Sunsetz, Mental As Anything, and Icehouse

18 November 1986 Newcastle Workers Club, Sydney
with The Patterns

19 November 1986 The Venue, Dee Why Hotel, Sydney
with Mustard Club

20 November 1986 Sydney Cove Tavern, Sydney
with The Sun Dogs

21 November 1986 The Venue, Melbourne
supporting The Angels

22 November 1986 The Venue, Melbourme
supporting The Angels

23 November 1986 Club Eureka, Melbourne
with Olympic Sideburns

25 November 1986 Le Rox, Adelaide
with Exploding White Mice

26 November 1986 Le Rox, Adelaide
with Exploding White Mice

27 November 1986 Red Parrot, Perth
with The Bamboos

28 November 1986 Red Parrot, Perth
with King Pig

29 November 1986 Shenton Park Hotel, Perth
with The Bamboos

UK

19 December 1986 Dingwalls, Camden, London

UK

21 June 1987 Cardiff Arms Park
Support on David Bowie's Glass Spider tour.
Also featuring Big Country

23 June 1987 Roker Park,

Sunderland Football Stadium
Support on David Bowie's Glass Spider tour.
Also featuring Big Country

22 December 1987 The Marquee, London Review

23 December 1987 The Marquee, London Review

Back stage pass and ticket, Town & Country 12th February

Flyposter for Graffiti,
Pittsburgh, 19 April

Flyer for Peabody's, Cleveland

UK

11 January 1988 LWT TV Studios, London
Live on 'Night Network' show, Channel Four TV.
See video

France

23 January 1988 Rex Club, Paris
all French dates with Dennis Twist

24 January 1988 Lille

25 January 1988 Le Mans

26 January 1988 Toulouse

27 January 1988 La Salle Victoire 2, Montpellier

28 January 1988 Marseille

29 January 1988 Maison du Peuple, Clermont-Ferrand

UK

7 February 1988 Leicester University Bootleg

12 February 1988 The Town & Country Club, Kentish Town, London Review

Belgium

15 February 1988 Vooruit, Gent

Germany

21 February 1988 Zeche, Bochum
all German dates with Trigger Trigger

22 February 1988 Batschkapp, Frankfurt

23 February 1988 Loft, Berlin

24 February 1988 Luzor, Cologne

25 February 1988 Jovel, Munster

26 February 1988 Gr. Freiheit, Hamburg

28 February 1988 Theaterfabrik, Munich

USA

6 March 1988 McGraw Hall, Evanston, Illinois
this whole US tour supporting Echo & The Bunnymen

7 March 1988 Hancher Auditorium, Iowa City

8 March 1988 Madison Civic Center, Wisconsin

10 March 1988 Memorial Hall, Kansas City

11 March 1988 Fox Theater, St Louis, Missouri

13 March 1988 Fox Theater, Atlanta, Georgia

14 March 1988 Municipal Auditorium, Pensacola, Florida

15 March 1988 McAllister Auditorium, New Orleans

17 March 1988 The Backroom, Austin, Texas

19 March 1988 Bronco Bowl, Dallas, Texas

21 March 1988 Convention Center, Tuscon, Arizona

22 March 1988 Artemus W Ham Concert Hall, Las Vegas, Nevada

24 March 1988 Mesa Ampitheater, Mesa, Arizona

25 March 1988 Open Air Theater, San Diego, California

26 March 1988 Open Air Theater, San Diego, California

28 March 1988 Civic Auditorium, Portland, Oregon

29 March 1988 Paramount Theater, Seattle, Washington

Canada

30 March 1988 Queen Elizabeth Center, Vancouver BC
supporting Echo & The Bunnymen

USA

1 April 1988 San Fransisco Civic Center, California
supporting Echo & The Bunnymen

2 April 1988 Universal Ampitheater, Los Angeles, California
supporting Echo & The Bunnymen

3 April 1988 Universal Ampitheater, Los Angeles, California
supporting Echo & The Bunnymen

6 April 1988 The Paradise Club, Boston, Mass.
Two shows on same night. FM radio broadcast of second set. Bootleg

7 April 1988 The Living Room, Providence, RI

8 April 1988 The Ritz, New York City Review

9 April 1988 Lisner Auditorium, Washington DC

11 April 1988 Barrymores, Ottowa, Ontario, Canada
with The Bodeans

12 April 1988 RPM, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

13 April 1988 The Lost Horizon, Syracuse, NY

14 April 1988 Buffalo Uni Social Hall, New York

15 April 1988 Grolto, New Haven, CT

16 April 1988 Cabaret, Ardmore, PA

17 April 1988 City Gardens, Tretnon, NJ Bootleg

19 April 1988 Graffiti, Pittsburgh, PA
with Dramarama

20 April 1988 Bogart's, Cincinnati, Ohio
with Driv'n and Cry'n

21 April 1988 Peabody's Down Under, Cleveland, Ohio
with Scott Morgan

22 April 1988 The Metro, Chicago, IL
with Driv'n and Cry'n

23 April 1988 St Andrews Hall, Detroit, MI

UK

4 June 1988 The Astoria, Charing Cross Road, London Review
with The Jack Rubys and King Blank

Ad for Astoria gig19 June 1988 Milton Keynes Bowl Festival '88
with Joe Strummer, The Damned and Joey Ramone

Finland

15 August 1988 The Tavastia Club, Helsinki, Finland

17 August 1988 The Tampere, Kabaree, Finland

UK

1 September 1988 The Mean Fiddler, Harlesdon

2 September 1988 The Mean Fiddler, Harlesdon Bootleg Review

UK

25 November 1989 Portsmouth Polytechnic
all UK dates with Holy Shit

27 November 1989 The Irish Centre, Birmingham

28 November 1989 The Zap Club, Brighton

29 November 1989 Manchester Polytechnic

30 November 1989 Leeds Polytechnic

2 December 1989 The Roadmenders, Northampton

3 December 1989 The Bierkeller, Bristol

4 December 1989 The Town & Country Club, Kentish Town, London Bootleg

Germany

7 December 1989 The Des Z Club, Zelt
all German dates with The King Candy

8 December 1989 Nachtwerk, Munich

9 December 1989 Batschkarp, Frankfurt

10 December 1989 Tor 3, Dusseldorf

12 December 1989 Markthalle, Hamburg

13 December 1989 The Loft, Berlin

UK

4 June 1990 Subterania, Notting Hill, London
with US:UK

5 June 1990 Subterania, Notting Hill, London Bootleg Review
with Well Loaded
The Screaming Blue Messiahs' last ever show

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