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This was the first gig I went to at MWG. Went with my older bro, who was more used to folk clubs (him & his mate Len used to help run the club at the Lamb). He was a bit surprised at the volume! Re British Lions. Had been looking forward to seeing them, as they were what was left of Mott The Hoople. Who had become Mott, then BL.
I remember seeing the Small Faces. Unfortunately the sound wasn’t good and the organ couldn’t be heard during “Sha La La Lee”. If I remember correctly they played their first two singles, plus “You’ve Really Got a Hold On Me”. Great band!
While researching some 1970s Stackridge newsletters so as to find out who was in the line up for the Malvern dates, I learned that the April date on each of the tickets is incorrect. In a dialogue with the moderator and founder of the group which shares the newsletters I had confirmation that the Malvern date was rescheduled from 4th April to 4th May, which replaced a scheduled gig at Sheffield University which was cancelled.
While researching some 1970s Stackridge newsletters so as to find out who was in the line up for the Malvern dates, I learned that the 4 April date on each the tickets and flyer is incorrect. In a dialogue with the moderator and founder of the group which shares the newsletters I had confirmation that the Malvern April date replaced a scheduled gig at Sheffield University on the same day, which was cancelled. The Malvern date was then rescheduled for 4 May 1974.
Correct. We were informed on the door that Pink Floyd had cancelled and that the Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation were the replacement. They played two sets but had a visit to their dressing room by the local constabulary during the interval… Line up: Aynsley Dunbar – drums Victor Brox – Hammond B3 organ and vocals John Moorshead – guitar Alex Dmochowski – bass
I saw The Cherokees once or twice and know they appeared on TV wearing full Red Indian gear. They were impressive and Doug Webber [promoter] tried to get them a record deal. Micky Most had already registered the name so The Cherokees had to change their name. I also remember The Wanderers who had a female singer. They became Hell’s Angels. Other bands I remember from the beat contests are The Buddies, The Baskervilles and The Daleks. There was also an all-girl group called The Ravons. No connection with the Kinks. Wonderful days!
Very cool to see this set of Moody Blues pictures! Interesting thing is that this gig isn’t noted on the set list FM site under their concerts through the years. They were really busy and we know they played a lot of festivals and college shows. In August they were at the Isle of Wight festival. Great to see the photos!
Hi yes I had a ticket for this gig, was cancelled as lead singer reportedly had vocal chord problem…I was only 14 at the time. I had to wait until the following year to attend my first gig in Malvern – Diamondhead 🙂 Diamond Head, 03 June 1982
I was living in Worcester at the time. My landlord had bought ‘Script for a Jesters Tear’ & played it to death. He was delighted when he heard Marillion were playing MWG, & invited us tenants along. We weren’t over keen – they sounded like Genesis copyists to us – but then we found out Pete Hamill, ex Van Der Graff Generator was supporting. Hamill played a stormer of a set. ‘Don’t think anyone can follow that’ said one of us, & we spent most of the Marillion set in the bar.
Yes, I was there. Ozzy certainly was tired & emotional. There was a lad who used to go to most gigs, dressed as a schoolboy (as in AC/DC). He managed to get on stage & hug Ozzy, but was bundled off in short order.
Thanks Roger! Anyone else remember this gig, I wonder?
I remember going to this gig with my girlfriend at the time, Gaenor Smith, a student at Hereford Teacher Training College. Our friends Colin Morris and his girlfriend Marian also a Hereford student went with us. Colin and I were also teacher training students at Saltley College in Birmingham. We travelled to the venue in a tiny Fiat Autobianchi van. Great days. Richard Perkins, Cambridgeshire.
I was there too, with Jim Ward ( Bill’s brother) and got in free !! The sound in the Winter Gardens was awful, it was a huge echo chamber,but the band were awesome, Randy was incredible. Have still got the ticket, great memory. Saw so many great bands at The Winter Gardens, never any trouble !!
Support band Cold River Lady were a Herefordshire band discovered by Pete Brown, acclaimed poet, musician and lyricist for The Cream and Jack Bruce. They toured the UK extensively, and performed in Germany and Holland. The line-up for this gig included Helen Hardy (vocals), Paul Cheshire (lead guitar, electric piano and vocals), Phil Weaver (guitar and vocals), Will Wright (organ, piano and recorders), Pete Farndon (bass), Tic Taylor and Pedro Brown (on drums).
Cold River Lady released one album on Angel Air entitled “Better Late Than Never “.
The concert at Malvern Winter Gardens was enthusiastically received with a great atmosphere and both bands going down well with the audience.
I was the DJ on the night as well as one of the promoters. It would mean a lot to be tagged as being on the bill. Unfortunately, I am also responsible for the spelling errors on the tickets!
Thanks Tony Gibbon
I went to this gig with my friend, Martin Lee. We stood at the front of the stage and Stan Webb leaned out and some of his sweat dropped on us. We vowed to not wash for a week!!
Yes, it was cancelled. Me and some friends travelled from Swindon to Malvern only to find that out. In some ways fortunate cause the next train back to Swindon was the last train and we would have been stuck.
That was the set list I took from the monitor, I was one of the local roadies. Back of a packet of Piccadilly’s, I kept it for years and made a pretty penny on eBay in 2014
Not mentioned – Ralph Hales in Malvern Link, next to the Co-op (now a vets). I bought all my singles and LPs on release from there in the 1970s. Later used Counterpoint in Great Malvern.
This was my first concert. It was great, happy memories. Thanks for keeping the record of great times. – Katie Badger
Hi, not sure if 78 is correct. Holly & the Italians didn’t start gigging until late 78 and didn’t move to London until early 79
I remember this gig very well because at the time the Kursaals were being touted as the new big thing. If you watch the Rick Wakeman-narrated BBC4 documentary about life on the road in the 60s and 70s for British bands, they have a lot of footage of the Kursaals on this tour, even though they don’t bother interviewing Paul Shuttleworth. It was a miserable January night and not many people came. You could tell that because we arrived late and the space between the sound desk and the stage wasn’t filled up. The NME reported on the gig and said it didn’t have much of an impact, “but at least the locals got up and danced”. That was basically me and my friend Brian More – because there was so much space.
From Frank Hopkinson
Motorhead arrived late because they had been recording for TOTP, then had taken a private plane to Staverton Glos, and a car to Malvern – when they arrived, they walked straight in through the hall to the stage. The loudest band I’ve ever heard… I remember being half-way back from the stage and looking down – my trousers legs were flapping from the sound waves. Deaf for 3 days – fabulous !