Goodbye Mr MacKenzie

Goodbye Mr MacKenzie play The Westgarth Social Club in Middlesbrough on Saturday 2nd November. Tickets are available from the venue or on line via SEE tickets and other outlets.

Tickets From Fast Forward Promotions

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One of Scotland’s most iconic rock bands will be taking to the road to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the release of their first album “Good Deeds and Dirty Rags”, which they will play in its entirety, plus perhaps a few extra little treats.

Goodbye Mr. MacKenzie released their first album, Good Deeds and Dirty Rags, on Capitol Records, in 1989. Recorded in Munich by Queen’s producer Mack, it entered the UK charts at No.16 and the band quickly attracted a large and loyal support. Incredible live shows and singles like the UK top 40 hit ‘The Rattler’, in particular, further cemented their place on the UK music scene.

The second album HAMMER AND TONGS, was recorded in Berlin’s famous Hansa Ton Studios, and also made the UK album charts and with further UK singles chart positions and touring and playing with bands like Blondie, The Ramones, BAD, Afghan Whigs, Love Like Blood, Pink Turns Blue, The Silencers etc. the band were building a reputation as one of the best live bands across Europe.

The band then recorded a self titled album under the name Angelfish, fronted by Shirley Manson, the Mackenzies keyboard player and backing vocalist (who went on to fame as the lead singer of Garbage). This album went on to chart in the US College and alternative charts. The band played their last live show in 1995 before finally splitting.

As The List said in their 50 Greatest Scottish Bands review: “The MacKenzies left behind the most complex and fascinating footprint of any Scottish Band. Live they were stunning. Lead singer Martin Metcalfe looked like the MC of a particularly debauched cabaret rousing a troupe that included Shirley Manson who went on to front Garbage and Big John Duncan ex-the Exploited and a couple of Nirvana gigs. While their Scottish counterparts were looking at soul and Steeleye Dan for inspiration the MacKenzies were taking theirs from the Pixies and the Birthday Party.

The band reformed initially for a one off show in 2019 to play the “Good Deeds & Dirty Rags” album but the itch wasn’t scratched and due to ever increasing demand the band have a scheduled a number of shows through out the rest of 2019 culminating in a sold out pre Xmas show at the legendary Barrowlands in Glasgow.

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Goodbye Mr. MacKenzie said earlier: “The band is very happy to announce we are reforming to perform our Good Deeds and Dirty Rags UK chart album in its entirety. This album was a very important part of our lives and we’re looking forward to doing it justice on stage again’’.

Read a recent review from the Louder Than War magazine here

Thanks to Stephen Brown for sharing the video.

 

Cyanide Pills – Green Room Stockton 27th September 2019

6 or so weeks until the 1st show of the Autumn featuring Cyanide Pills with The Filth and The Continental Quilts at The Green Room, Stockton on September 27th . Tickets available on line from The Georgian Theatre, Stockton, on line and in store at Sound It Out Records, on line and from the Box Office at Middlesbrough Town Hall, on line from SEE tickets etc or get direct from Kev Henderson or message me to buy direct via Paypal. If any left it’s more on the door.
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Autumn/Winter Shows

No gigs planned for over the summer. We’re back in September with a show featuring The Cyanide Pills supported by The Filth and The Continental Quilts. This takes place at The Green Room (part of The Georgian Theatre complex) in Stockton on Friday 27th September.

The Cyanide Pills are the face of punk rock in 2019, a gang of ***** from a desolate land, also known as Leeds. Think of The Boys, Buzzcocks, The Briefs and you won’t be far wrong. In fact, think Johnny Thunders!

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Nov 2nd at The Westgarth sees a show from the legendary Goodbye Mr MacKenzie. The band originally split in the early nineties amid frustration at not duplicating the success achieved in the UK  across the rest of the world. Now on the 30th anniversary of the classic “Good Deeds And Dirty Rags” the band have reformed to play some low key shows in Scotland.  These were a tremendous success, rapidly selling out good sized venues and now they have been persuaded to carry on and play a select number of shows outside of Scotland. One of which we’re delighted to say is for us is in Middlesbrough. Tickets are already on sale and have been absolutely flying out. 

Also in November sees a very welcome return for The Fallen Leaves. It’s punk rock again but this time for gentlemen. The Westgarth in Middlesbrough has become a home from home for the band and they enjoy playing there as much as we enjoy watching them. This one is on Saturday Nov 16th and the band will be celebrating the release of the self financed “Live At The Hope And Anchor ” album and hopefully will have copies for sale at the gig.

The final gig currently confirmed for 2019 (there maybe more!) is a co-promotion with Tees Music Alliance and features Manchester legends A Certain Ratio and takes place at The Georgian Theatre on Saturday December 6th.

Hailed universally as pioneers of what became known as “punk funk” thanks to the success of ‘Shack Up’ on both sides of the Atlantic, their sound is not easily pigeon holed and their influence can never be understated. The band introduced the avant-garde elements of funk, jazz, electronics, tape loops and technology to the pop song, wrapping it in a post punk aesthetic, adding great clothes and the coolest haircuts.

A Certain Ratio are proud to be a partner of Action Against Hunger’s MealTickets campaign, with £1 from ticketing fees on each ticket supporting the charity’s amazing work saving the lives of malnourished children around the world. http://againsthunger.uk/mealtickets

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Kitty Daisy & Lewis

Kitty Daisy & Lewis play at Stockton’s Georgian Theatre on Saturday 8th June (Doors 8pm) Tickets £15 advance here 

The Durham siblings can play just about any instrument going and routinely change around during a set  likely to consist of punk-infused pop, R&B, jazz, soul, blues, ska, country, rock ‘n’ roll and more.

The band have also just released their new single, a cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed Delivered” as part of the project celebrating 60 years of Motown.

 

 

Spear Of Destiny 1st May at The Westgarth

Going to be a good night at The Westgarth on Wednesday. Doors are 7:30, The are on at 8:15 and Spear Of Destiny at 9:30.
Advance tickets are £15 and will be £18 on the door. I’ll accept paypal payments at the cheaper advance price right up until 7:30 or I’ll be at the venue from around 5 if anyone wants to pop in and get them before doors open. No booking fees when using paypal via this link.
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