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Added 7th October 2013 by mark shaw


Free Trade Hall
31st May 1974

Lou Reed at the Free Trade Hall 31/05/1974. This was a great gig, but Lou wouldn't do an encore, and it kicked off and a riot ensued with some pretty nasty violence, and the cops came sharpish.
Lou had played at The Palace the previous year, that too was problematic, he was bloated and out of his brains, couldn't remember lyrics etc. I overheard a security bloke saying they'd been trying to sober him up in the shower. The set was very short, and they had to bring the safety curtain down cos the audience were chuckin' allsorts at the stage, because of no encore.
So it made people even angrier the following year !

Latest Discussion

“Great photo's, set list was
sweet jane, vicious, ride sally ride, heroin, lady day, waiting for the man, oh jim, walk on ...., white light..., goodnight ladies”
07 Oct 2013
“I was there. Front stalls left back row.£1.65 I think. 2 weeks dinner money. Lou was grimly bad. No wonder he lost musicians to Alice Cooper. Lots of cries of Judas and plenty of bottles coming from the balcony. He was in super form at the Hammersmith Odeon in 79. Like his music, hit and miss. Got a drumstick on the night as desperate roadies hurled everything at a scally trying to nick a cowbell and dragging the whole kit across the stage. A lot of zoned out people there. 50th anniversary of RR animal. That was the gig I wanted to see. Well, still looking for a hairy minded pink bare bear. Best to all.”
02 Feb 2023
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