Cheers for the information it certainly helps fill any gaps in my recollection but that's the great thing about this site what you don't know or can't recall there is likely to be someone around who can
I did , and we got paid £75.00 if I recall plus there was a crate of ( warm) Special Brew laid on , I was disappointed the revolving stage didn't actually revolve on the night .
The Event group were a bunch of performance artists who were running around the place annoying everybody .
I have a pretty apalling memory but i can assure you New Order were a disgrace
Beach Red were really tight and got a support slot with The Bunnymen at Gaetanis Cafe?..Nick Lomas a mate of mine also played with Beach Red
I have always told people I was at New Orders first ever gig it the New Osborne in Miles Platting (or that neck of the woods) I am sure that is what I was led to believe at the time does anyone know how I was miss-informed or what number gig it actually was?
I was in a band with the guitarists brother ...We used to support beach red regularly ... I liked em they had some good tunes ..also went to the Ritz new order gig ..But coz it was so long ago i cant really remember it
I am also a mate of the drummer Vinny Dugdale, when he told us the gig was supporting New order we expected great things havin been fans of Joy Division... man alive what a shambles, straight from the off it was wierd, as i recall there was a fella in a cage screeching like a proper loon, everyone just walked past & sneered as i recall.Beach Red came on & performed a good set & then....wait.wait.wait, must have waited at least 1 or 1/2 hours for the headliners & jeez were they rubbish on that night. put me off them for quite a while
This gig was New Order's return to England after honing up their act in Europe along with Stockholm Monsters as support. Everything's Gone Green debuted at this gig which was the highlight of the show as everyone was asleep by the time they came on. The late show was partly to do with Beach Red as the band couldn't be found after releiving New Order of their crates of beer.Their set was cut short as Hooky was mixing it but was required elsewhere. The set was warmly received in the following week's NME (they tore into New Order) but the band never really eclipsed this gig As for Nick,I had a drink with him recently and he's okay.
Beach Red I remember as a bunch of blokes in long coats with flat tops playing at the Cypress Tavern.
The Ritz gig, so far as my faulty memory recalls, had them coming on at some ridiculously late hour - long after my last train had gone, that's for sure - and playing only for 45 minutes, no encore. People were not happy bunnies, and I had to share a taxi to Stretford and walk from there to Urmston, as I didn't have the taxi fare, getting home about 2.30am. I do remember the fella in the cage, though. And the Ritz's springy dancefloor.
New Order's first gig after Ian Curtis died as a trio was at the Beach Club. Barney came on stage and said something like "We are the living remains of Crawling Chaos*"
* who were also a popular beat combo of the time in Manchester.
The thing I remember about this gig was there was an awful buzz on the PA system caused by the lights and Hooky getting more and more annoyed about as they night went on eventually telling them to leave the fucking lights alone!
I also seem to recall reading somewhere that he thought it was the worst gig they'd ever done!