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The Phoenix
This photo was taken backstage at the Phoenix just before went on. It was the summer of 1977
Artefact added : 1st August 2015
by SFW4
Martin Ryan Says –
Are you sure it wasn't Summer 1976? According to New Manchester Review the Phoenix stopped putting on bands around late April 1977. Also do you recall a gig at The Phoenix with Nirvana (the British band not Cobain, Grohl and co) that was a benefit for the RNIB in September 1976? I know Nirvana never appeared.
COMMENT ADDED 26th June 2016
SFW4 Says –
Could well have been 76 Martin and thanks for the comments. I'll edit it just to be sure. It's all a bit fuzzy these days. Yes I do remember that gig. At least I remember being out front watching a band with a blind front man and lead guitarist. Very talented as I recall. Did we play that night?
COMMENT ADDED 27th June 2016
Martin Ryan Says –
You were listed to play with Nirvana in New Manchester Review. It was on 23 Sep 1976 but the DJ announced that the blind guitarist had pulled out of the benefit gig and I don't recall any band actually playing that night. In fact I don't recall any Thursday at the Phoenix where 2 bands played. Nirvana did play 1 Jul 1976 and you played the following week. I think you were the first band I saw at the Phoenix. I remember a mate at the time raving about Nirvana's guitarist who played Hendrix's "House Burning Down".
COMMENT ADDED 27th June 2016
Martin Ryan Says –
Do you by any chance have a copy of the Paul Morley NME review?
COMMENT ADDED 2nd September 2016
jimw1 Says –
I think the Guitarist with with Nirvana was Tony Crabtree !
COMMENT ADDED 16th September 2016
SFW4 Says –
Martin, I don't have a copy but maybe Shaun Carter or Mark could have. Cheers
COMMENT ADDED 17th September 2016
Martin Ryan Says –
Thanks Jim. Yes Tony Crabtree was the guitarist with Nirvana I have since found out. He is mentioned on this site on a Tractor item, as he later played with them. Sadly no longer with us.
Is there any way I can get in touch with Shaun or Mark? I am currently working on a book mainly about the punk scene but I have included stuff about the Phoenix as I saw many gigs there in 1976 before punk happened and it would be great to read what Paul Morley had to say. I believe he was quite positive about SFW and Caterpillars Don't Believe in Butterflies. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Martin
COMMENT ADDED 19th September 2016
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