Let's kick off with the Undertones - a Derry band that used to play at our local venue a lot.
|Feargal Sharkey of the Undertones|
|John O'Neill - another Undertone|
The Undertones always played a great set - tremendous energy. A bit like a local version of The Ramones, I used to think. I think I might have had 2 cameras with me that day, as I found some B&W pics as well.
|Feargal Sharkey and Mickey Bradley|
Aw just look at the lads there, so young...Mickey Bradley, on the old Rickenbacker bass, now works for a local BBC radio station and there isn't much he doesn't know about music. Feargal Sharkey had a solo career for a while after he split from the band and then did much to promote the UK live music industry - he was head of UK Music until 2011.
And don't panic - there's more of The Undertones to come in the future (Ed: Oh I wasn't panicking, rest assured).
Moving up the order of play, Rockpile was much more classic rock-and-roll and Dave Edmunds was an accomplished guitarist. Here he is with a beautiful-looking instrument (hair blowin' in the wind and all).
|Dave Edmunds in 1979|
By now, the light was beginning to fade, so a lot of the snaps from now on are quite blurry - me shutter speeds must have been too low, or maybe I was shaking with excitement. Here's Judas Priest - a snap worthy of inclusion just for the 'Flying-V' Gibson and the all-leather gear as worn by Rob Halford. Grammy award-winners, they are, in case you didn't know...
The Quo were great live, but I think I was a little jaded by the time they came on. Being 16, I had no idea you had to pace yourself at these sorts of gigs. I think it's safe to assume that I slept well that night, wherever I was - can't remember the details now of course.
Hope you enjoyed this little departure from the norm on the Friday 'retro' slot, or Bandfriday, as Mr Roy Karlsvik puts it. You might like to check out his blog, which is rather good.