This is the infamous latter day JD gig at Bury's Derby Hall: basically Ian C wasn't well enough to perform and a 'riot' ensued!
Handbags at Dawn, more like, but for a couple of minutes it was very Rock 'n' Roll - I had a review published the following month in the semi-pro City Fun magazine (can't find it at the moment) and remember putting the blame for the squabble squarely on the local Perry Boys who'd sneaked in through the fire escape - I was there, so it must be true!
Incidentally, Tony Wilson's portrayed with his ex-hippy haircut throughout the 'Closer' film, but I remember him coming up the stairs carrying a bongo and with distinctly spiky New Wave hair on this night!
I miss him.
My old mate Pete Barlow played records in between the bands - he lives in America now, I believe.
I'm prepared to claim that I played records (please note, we were too cool to DJ!) more often at the Gigs nights at the Derby Hall, but Pete managed to get the credit for this particular night.
Anyone know who the short-haired roadie/henchman was that I confronted on the dancefloor, persuading him to stop waving a drum or mike stand around in a threatening manner?
I think I've read that Rob Gretton reacted in this way, but the guy wasn't wearing glasses - obviously I realise that glasses-wearers will take them off if they're ready for a fight!
What fun we had.
Artefact added : 23rd October 2008