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Friday, 29 September 2017

The Meteors - Gigs 1984


So as I swing into 1984 I have just turned sixteen years old and just finishing my last year at school at Broom Road, Teddington, and looking forward to getting out and making my way in the big bad world .
My final year for me at school was all about Psychobilly/Rockabilly/Trash bands, records and gigs......nothing else (maybe the odd girl or two) !!! my image was a shaved head on the sides and back and a quiff, donkey jacket (with The Meteors) on the top panel written in green paint, bleached jeans and boots or robot shoes.

1984 - Me, Dave and Ribs - Photo © Dave Prince 

1984 was also my first time seeing The Meteors ! the gig was at Feltham FC (March 23rd) and was a what I can only describe as a 'full on scary but at the same time exhilarating experience' ! Went with my long time mate Dave Prince and before we had heard the support band (16 Guns) we had been relieved of the few cigarettes we had by one of the Wrecking Crew, we then pretty quickly went and climbed on the tables near the windows by stage left and there we stood for the entire night and just watched one helluva gig, it had a few fights, full on Meteors set and let me tell you the place was heaving and sweating.

All gigs with the # symbol were the ones I attended :)

1984 saw The Meteors release two records .

Stampede LP - Recorded Sept/Oct 1984

I'm Just A Dog / Electro

The line up at the start of 84 was :

Paul Fenech - Guitar/Vocals.
Steve 'Ginger' Meadham - Drums (for 1st four shows)
Ian 'Spider' Cubbitt - Drums
Rick Ross - Bass Guitar

Right enough about me here are the 1984 gigs (what I could find anyway)

1 - Sat 21st Jan - Civic Centre, Aylesbury + Living In Texas.

2 - Fri 20th Jan - The Pavilion, Brighton + Bone Orchard.
Ticket courtesy © Sam Dixon

3 - Fri 17th Feb - Granny's, Tricorn, Portsmouth .
NO steel toe cap boots !

4 - Wed 22nd Feb - Planet X Club, Liverpool + Outer Limits

5 - Fri 2nd March - The Porterhouse, Retford (Ian 'Spider' Cubbitts 1st Gig)


Photo © John Phillips 2/3/84

Photo 2/3/84  © John phillips


6 - Mon 5th March - Rock Rendez-Vous , Lisbon, Portugal.

Wearing their Rock Rendez-Vous Tees

7 - Fri 9th March - North East London Poly
8 - Fri 16th March - Southend Tech College, Main Hall, Southend, Essex + Outer Limits

9 - Fri 23rd March - Feltham FC, Feltham, Middx + 16 Guns #.




Melody Maker 31st March 1984 (not sure why it says new LP 'Wreckin Crew' as it was released in 1983 !!)

10 - Fri - 6th April - Cantebury College, Kent.
11 - Thurs - 12th April - Club Foot, Tay Hotel, Dundee.
12 - Fri - 13th April - Wishaw Alernative Club, Motherwell.
13 - Sat - 14th April - Station Hotel, Aberdeen.
14 - Sun- 15th April - Janey's , Gourock Bay Hotel, Glasgow
Jeney's Bar, Bay Hotel, Gourock 1984 © Jim Barr.

15 - Mon - 16th April - Paisley College of Technology, Glasgow.
16 - Tues - 17th April - Nightmoves, Glasgow.
17 - Wed - 18th April - Tiffany's, Newcastle + Support .

18 - Thurs - 19th April - Heroes Club, Manchester.
19 - Sat - 21st April - City Hall, St Albans, Hertfordshire + New Kick

20 - Sun - 22nd April - Caister Holiday Camp, Norfolk.
21 - Mon - 23rd April - Tin Can Club, Birmingham + Johnny 7.



22 - Tues 24th April - The Venue, Victoria, London + Jason & The Schorchers #


Venue - 24th April 1984

23 - Wed - 25th April - Vogue Club, Chester.
24 - Fri 27th April - Park Plantane Fest, Schiedam, Holland
25 - Sat 28th April - Eland, Delft, Holland

26 - Sun 29th April - Bauwplatz, Venlo, Holland.
Paul - Venlo Gig - Photo © Nietje Konings

Rick Ross - Venlo - Photo © Nietje Konings

27 - Mon 30th April - Arena, Rotterdam, Holland.
28 - Wed 2nd May - Zeche, Bochum, Germany
29 - Thurs 3rd May - Zero Club, Arnsberg, Germany.
30 - Fri 4th May - Wartessal Hauptbahnhof, Koln, Germany
31 - Sat 5th May - Halle 3, Bielefeld, Germany.
32 - Sun 6th May - Rockpalast, Hamburg, Germany + Jason & The Schorchers

Meteors Set in Hamburg - Ex-Man Boogie, Rawhide, Maniac, Shout So Loud, Stampede, Maniac Rockers From Hell, Ain't Gonna Bring Me Down, Surf City, The Hills Have Eyes, Bertha Lou, I Don't Worry About It, Little Red Riding Hood, Long Blonde Hair, Deep Dark Jungle, Insane, Wrecking Crew, Graveyard Stomp.





33 - Tues 8th May - Rote Fabrik, Zurich, Switzerland
34 - Wed 9th May - Totentanz, Basel, Switzerland
35 - Thurs 10th May - Exo 7, Rouen, France.
36 - Fri 11th May - La Clef Des Champs, Concarneau, France
37 - Sat 12th May - Amphi, Tours, France + Flics

38- Mon 14th May - Forum Des Halles, Paris, France.
39 - Tues 15th May - Drac West, Grenoble , France.
40 - Wed 16th May - Le Bandit, Strasbourg, France.
41 - Thurs 17th May - Cinema La Pax, Mulhouse, France + Les Vandeles
42 - Fri 18th May - Sally Jean Villar, Chamberry, France.
43 - Sat 19th May - Heartbreak Hotel, Sete, France

Heartbreak Hotel, Sete, France - 19/05/85

Heartbreak Hotel - Sat 19th May 1984


Heartbreak Hotel - Sat 19/5/84

44 - Sun 20th May - Kensington Pub, Aix En Provence, France.
45 - Mon 21st May - Odissea, Milan, Italy
46 - Tues 22nd May - Students Cultural Centre, Belgrade, Yugoslavia.
Photo © Carl Buzz

47 - Wed 23rd May - Kulushich, Zagreb, Yugoslavia.
48 - Fri 1st June - Metro New Wave, Barcelona, Spain
49 - Sat 2nd June - Metro New Wave, Barcelona, Spain.
50 - Sun 3rd June - Sala Rock-Ola, Madrid, Spain
51 - Tues 12th June - Metro-O, Llacuna, Spain.

52 - Fri 15th June -  Bierkeller, Liverpool, UK
Ticket courtesy Baz Barry Shailes

53 - Sat 16th June - The Headstone, Harrow, Middx + Restless
Flyer courtesy Jim Milne 

Poster courtesy Jim Milne

John Peel session - 27/06/1984 - Stampede, Deep Dark Jungle,  Surf City, I'm Just A Dog, 

54 - Sun 8th July - Hammersmith Palais, London + Gary Glitter & Sid Presley Experience.

55 - Tues 17th July - Dingwalls, Camden, London .

56 - Sat 21st July - Perkins Palace, Los Angeles, USA + Toy Dolls.



57 - Fri 27th July - Perkins Palace, Los Angeles, USA + The Cult.



Around the dates of Sept/Oct 1984 the band recorded the LP 'Stampede' 


Photo © Ian 'Spider' Cubbitt 1984 recording 'Stampede'

Sometime around or after recording the Album 'Stampede' Rick Ross left the band and was replaced by Nev 'Spectre' Hunt.

Back cover of Stampede LP with 'The Spectre' credited on Bass Guitar.


Ian 'Spider' Cubbitt, The Spectre and Paul Fenech

58 - Sat 20th Oct - Klub Foot, Hammersmith + Restless & Living In Texas #

Klub Foot photo's below © Jo Ray Hare
Paul Fenech - Klub Foot - 20/10/84

Nev Hunt - Klub Foot 20/10/84

59 - Sat 3rd Nov - Arena, Rotterdam, Rockhouse, + Frenzy, Guana Batz, Rrestless & Voodoo Dolls.

60 - Sun 11th Nov - Effanaar, Eindhoven, Holland + The Cavemen

"Forget The Restabilly Tour" Nov/Dec UK 1984.

61 - Thurs 15th Nov - Aberdeen (Venue Unknown)
62 - Fri 16th Nov - The Heathery Bar, Wishaw, Scotland.
Heathery Bar, Wishaw

63 - Sat 17th Nov - Glasgow (Venue Unknown)
64- Mon 19th Nov - Preston, Clouds
65 - Wed 21st Nov - Manchester - Cloud 9 Club, Manchester .
Photo © Howard Stgeorge

66 - Thurs 22nd Nov - Chesham. (Venue Unknown)
67 - Fri 23rd Nov - Paradise Club, Reading + Emptifish


68 - Sat 24th Nov - Plymouth. (Venue Unknown)
69 - Sun 25th Nov - The Pavilion, Brighton.
Brighton 25/11/84 - Photo © Jo Ray Hare

70 - Mon 26th Nov - Bournemouth. (Venue Unknown)
71 - Wed 28th Nov - Adam & Eve, Leeds.
72 - Thurs 29th Nov - Nottingham. (Venue Unknown)
73- Fri 30th Nov - Tin Can Club, Birmingham

74 - Sat 1st Dec - Porterhouse, Retford, Notts.

75 - Sun 2nd Dec - Bowes Lyon, Stevenage, Herts + Actifed, Assassins .
Flyer courtesy Mickle John
Photo © Jo Ray Hare 

76 - Sat 8th Dec - Klub Foot, Hammersmith + Sunglasses After Dark, The Triffids #

Photo © Peter Kirk 8/12/84

Photo © Peter Kirk 8/12/84
Photo © Peter Kirk 8/12/84

Photo © Peter Kirk 8/12/84

Ticket Courtesy Tony West

Sat 8th Dec 1984 - Photo © Barry Cates




77 - Mon 31st Dec - Chislehurst Caves, Bromley, London
Poster courtesy Gary Hillman



3 comments:

  1. The Preston 19 Nov 1984 gig was at 'Clouds'.

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  2. Gig 66 Chesham. Would that happen to be Cheltenham instead? They played at the Shaftesbury Hall Cheltenham (don't know date) but no mention of it in your Meteors gig list.

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