Category Archives: Live Shows

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

67820875_10157558660337072_5365901413979258880_oJohnston Montgomery Photography

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.

GMM - Photo by Karen Lamond

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.
https://www.seetickets.com/promoter/fast-forward/14939/…

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!

The Cyanide Pills on SPOTIFY

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

TGL SizeTGL SizeFallen Leaves TGL sizeACR TGL

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.
https://www.paypal.me/DGriffiths416

Next Shows

Two shows coming up early next month – just in time for pay day and the bank holiday weekend. You can get tickets at the venue behind the bar or on line from SEE etc but the best way is to buy direct from me using the Paypal link and then there’s absolutely no fees or booking charges and free postage. Advance tickets are £15 (SOD) and £8.50 (FT) It’s more on the door so get in touch!
https://www.paypal.me/DGriffiths416

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Kitty Daisy & Lewis

Kitty Daisy & Lewis play The Georgian Theatre in Stockton on Saturday 8th June with doors at 8pm. Tickets are available from the venue and on line at SEE Tickets here

It’s hard to believe that Kitty Daisy and Lewis have been around so long and yet are still so young. They initially broke through in 2006 when their second single “Mean Son Of A Gun” was released.

The trio of siblings, from a musical family – dad, Graeme Durham, an engineer at London’s Exchange studio, mum, Ingrid Weiss, the former drummer in post punk band  “The Raincoats” – have have now released 4 albums, the most latest being 2018’s “Superscope” a sparkling analogue production, recorded in their vintage studio in Camden Town.

Described as “a gift to those of us who still believe in magic,” London sisters & brother Kitty, Daisy & Lewis Durham are an extraordinary trio of songwriters who can play any instrument they lay their hands on.

kdl

Photo By Jackson Lavell-Lee

They are often pigeon holed with the retro tag, but Superscope is no genre exercise. Yes, they are proud of their influences – R&B, blues, funk, jazz and soul – but their music is cast in their own image. “There’s no nostalgia, no recreation of past eras,” says Daisy. “It’s a mixture of all of our minds, a real melting pot.”

Superscope continues to harness their ability to create pop infused soul, blues, rock ‘n’ roll and more, mixing up genres to perfection emerging with their musical armoury. The first fruits from the band’s studio session arrived in the shape of the single “Down On My Knees”, a high octane burst of infectious glam tinged rock ‘n’ roll, an impressive introduction to the album.

Starting out young, they have inspired audiences and gathered an impressive fan base from Amy Winehouse to David Lynch. Each rotating on different instruments with a live set that includes punk-infused pop, R&B, jazz, soul, blues, ska, country, rock ‘n’ roll and more, Kitty, Daisy & Lewis mix up genres to perfection!

Kitty Daisy & Lewis tickets available from SEE Tickets and other on line outlets.

Home Page

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

Spotify

You Tube