Guano Apes, Lost Prophets, Miocene , Earthtone 9, @ Rios,Bradford 17-12-00

I used to like the old Rios venue. Saw a few bands there. When i arrived for this show, i couldn’t help notice the tour bus was nowhere to be seen. Got me a bit worried. Turns out it had broken down somewhere. For whatever reason, they couldn’t get it repaired for a day or so, so they cancelled their show in Brighton. This was probably the only time i wasn’t too bothered about the cancellation (Man, i had more than my fair share of those!) as it was a hell of a long drive & the weather was cold/freezing.

Big Electric Cat (Chris from Loud), @ Rios,Bradford ,4-11-94


I was a MASSIVE fan of the Bradford based band called Loud. Such a shame they broke up. Well, i got in contact with their manager, Andy @ Far north music, & went up & bought various memorabilia from him. This included one of Chris own personal demos. I also got in contact Gerard Rolfe, the bands old live sound engineer. Managed to get a couple of board tapes. Thanks Gerard. I also found out that Chris was doing a gig with his new band, “Big Electric Cat” at Rios. Gerard sent me a bunch of free tickets. I also got permission to film the show 🙂

Metallica, Danzig, @ St Georges Hall,Bradford 26-9-88


 (Cheers to Neil for letting me scan his ticket. 29 years later)

This was a hell of a gig ! Absolutely brilliant stuff. I also saw them in Sheffield on this tour. Stand out memories of the night : I hadn’t been to Bradford since seeing Maiden there in ’86. I kinda remembered the route into the city & to the hall. I couldn’t work out why so many people were looking at us as we drove past St Georges hall. Then i finally realised i was driving the wrong way down a one-way street ! They’d changed it since last time 😉 Also remember seeing Metallicas big silver tour bus. It wasn’t your typical UK style tour bus. There were a bunch of Americans in the crowd & they were literally throwing people in the crowd. It was like when you get a leg-up from a mate by putting your foot in their hands which are cupped together. I’ve never seen anything like it before or ever since. Dunno why, but i also seem to think around the time there was a documentary on UK tv & it featured these Americans. The Metallica show was just bloody great. Whilst the album had great songs, it just seemed to be a very “dry” mix. No power. In the live setting, it sounded so much better…yeah, you could hear Jasons bass 😉 Another funny thing was that both myself & Neil were down the front, next to the PA & both running the Sony Pros. A certain Mr Mensch was briefly stood near us 😉 Finally, shouldn’t laugh, but, a mate who went with us had recently had a small operation so was “tender” & couldn’t really get amongst the thick of things….” Keep away from my dick ! ” lol