The Pistols are back on stage tonight for the first of the hastilly scheduled 'Never Mind The Bans' Tour of the UK. Again, dates on this UK tour were cancelled, following pressure from local police or politicians: in Aberdeen, councillor Margaret Williams opposed the Pistols playing in the city - she had heard that they cut up animals onstage and covered themselves in blood. And now the bans seemed - in the then fashionable reggae terminology - outernational. For tonights gig they're at Brunel University in Uxbridge, on London's very western perimeter. The group were powerful - paradoxically, partially because of the wilful lack of effort being put into his performance by John Rotten - but the atmosphere was poisonous, created by the visible and arrogant air of violence emanating from (a) those members of the university rugby club hired as bouncers, and (b) the increasingly pathetic and transparent onstage psychosis of Sid Vicious. There was a sense of utter internal disarray, of deep unhealthiness. A long wait for the doors to open and disgruntled punters. So things were in an unstoppable downward spiral, which as we know was how the band functioned best! Full review HERE!
"Welcome to the most dis-organised gig I've ever been to, I'd like to apologise, I'll get the cunt responsible". - Johnny Rotten (Uxbridge)
have been the focus of recent rumors that they had split up, but it couldn't be farther from the truth. Chelsea have re-emerged from a break with a new second guitarist (Dave Martin) and a new single on Step Forward Records. The single is "High Rise livin" b/w "No Admission." They'll be undertaking a UK tour in the new year.
Heres' what the New Musical Express thought...
CHELSEA: High Rise Living (Step Forward)
As London new wave bands go, Chelsea perhaps lack the raunch of acts like Shepherds Bush, Willesden, Stoke Newington, Acton, Islington, Ilford, and Ruislip. Still, their analysis of the tower block way of life is potent enough, as witness the depth of their sociological insight:, "High rise living gets me down, down, down." There, in a single sentence, is the nutshell of the " contemporary impasse. Without the likes of Chelsea to guide us, we'd be forced to turn to the Neil Diamonds to show us the way.
(New Musical Express December 17th 1977)
Corn Exchange. Cambridge
New Regent, Brighton
Rochester Castle, London
THE RICH KIDS
Dixeland Showbar, Colwyn Bay
HOHNNY CURIOUS & THE STRANGERS
Arts Centre, Hemel Hempstead
Red Cow, London
The Basement, London
WOODY & THE SPLINTERS
Susan & Sugar Loaf, Croydon
Nags Head High Wycombe
Leees Cliffe Hotel, Folkstone
Hope & Anchor, London
St Johns College, Manchester
College Of Technology, Lincoln
DEAD FINGERS TALK
ALBERTOS Y LOST TRIOS PARANOIAS
Strathclyde University, Glasgow