Gigs

1983

Saturday 5th March. Welly Club, Hull.

Monday 28th March. Dingwalls, Hull.

The Red Guitars were in magnificent form when they appeared at Dingwalls last Monday. It seems that the number of fans is ever increasing and it is hardly surprising judging by this latest performance. The large crowd who turned up were treated to a non‐stop flow of good music. Right from the beginning when they made a spectacular entrance to the sound of a pulsing drum beat, the band held the enthusiastic crowd spellbound. The Red Guitars roared their way through a selection of their songs with a professionalism that is rarely seen in local bands. The audience quickly warmed to their particular brand of melodious rock and many were soon on their feet showing their appreciation. It all amounted to one hour of sheer enjoyment and it is obvious that with the right breaks this band is destined for the big time.

Hull Times, 01/04/83.

April, Bay Horse, Gillygate, York ‐ first gig out of Hull.

Friday 24th June, Dingwalls, Hull ‐ Good Technology launch gig.

Saturday 6th August, John Peel Session, Maida Vale, London.

Friday 12th August, Spiders, Hull.

Wednesday 17th August, The Greyhound, Fulham Road, London (£15 minus £5 for PA).

Wednesday 9th September, Ossies Bar, Middlesborough.

Saturday 17th September, Futurama 5, Queens Hall, Leeds ‐ On a bill with the Bay City Rollers, Howard Devoto, Comsat Angels, John Cooper Clarke, Clock DVA…

Wednesday 22nd September, The Tube, Tyne Tees Television.

Saturday 8th October, Leadmill, Sheffield.

Saturday 15th October, University College London Union.

Friday 18th November, Edge Hill College, Ormskirk ‐ supporting the Smiths.

Sometime in December, Tower nightclub, Hull.

Saturday 3rd December, Cambridge College of Art, Cambridge.

Friday 9th December, Dudley JB's, Dudley.

Monday 19th December, Electric Ballroom, London ‐ supporting the Smiths.

1984

Saturday 7th January, the ICA, London, as part of ‘Big Brother, New Year Rock Week’.

The ICA's 1984 New Year Rock week concluded when Genesis P Orridge, Frank ‘Fad Gadget’ Tovey and some members of Einsturzende Neubauten used road drills, angle grinders and chain saws to destroy the stage, a performance so infamous that it was re‐enacted in February 2007.

Wednesday 11th January, Hacienda, Manchester.

Thursday 12th January, Baths Hall, Scunthorpe.

Thursday 19th January, Camden Palace, London.

…taking the ICA stage in an aura of anticipation built up by word of mouth, two singles and tremendous record company interest Red Guitars are ‐ intermittently ‐ refreshingly different. If, like I did, you believe that their capabilities lie quintessentially in the tremendous power of lead singer Lawrence (sic) Kidd it's probably because at times his power is so all‐absorbing that it acts to the detriment of the other four members of the band.

But then Red Guitars seem aware of this, and beginning their set with their second single ‘Fact’, the set seemed to be consciously divided into two halves, a half built on plinths of Kidd's power, culminating in the grossly underrated single ‘Good Technology’, and a half launched amid the calypso rhythms of the excellent instrumental ‘Heartbeat Go’, leading to the subtler vocal arrangements of songs like ‘Paris France’.

Scarcely this month's flavour for longer than a week, Kidd has already developed the ability to use the stage and audience to promote the alternating whims and whiplashes of Red Guitars' songs. The gently tumbling ‘Marimba Jive’ is as far apart from the harsh ‘Steeltown’ as Hawaii is from Hull, and yet the nonchalant shift in style between the songs seemed less a change than an obvious progression.

Neil Taylor, New Musical Express, 21st January 1984.

Friday 20th January ‐ the Whistle Test.

Sunday 22nd January, Spring Street Theatre, Hull.

Wednesday 25th January, Hellfire Club, Wakefield.

Thursday 26th January, Rock Garden, London.

...Seeing the group on stage for the first time at Manchester's Hacienda, my thoughts were confirmed. More danceable than the singles suggest, it was a hot‐shot foot‐tapping performance of singability and grooving mobility.

From the cold but warm, hard but mellow, slow but fast version of ‘Technology’ to the African‐influenced beat‐ fantastic of ‘Marimba Jive’ the audience shook its hip and swung its leg in time to the sub‐pop monster rhythm of Matt Higgins' drums and Lou Barlow's bass guitar.

Jangling, crashing and smoothly sweeping over this varied backdrop were the reason for the band's existence ‐ the guitars. Red Guitars, in fact. With songs calling for six‐string virtuosity, Hallam Lewis and John Rowley provide the perfect blend of tricks and treats to ease the songs around a warm‐hearted theme.

Binding these elements into a cohesive unit is the voice of Jerry Kidd, a passionate but relaxed singer, who seems to almost talk when most vocalists would warble at full stretch or shout in incoherent form.

Even with the club's notoriously bad acoustics the Red Guitars suceeded in winning over a crowd that's normally too cool to clap, let alone jump up and down snorting like a herd of wild buffalo.

Dave Roberts, Sounds, 11/02/84.

Saturday 28th January, Leadmill, Sheffield.

Monday 6th February, Keynes College JCR, Kent University.

Tuesday 7th February, Hull University.

Wednesday 8th February, Mountford Hall, Liverpool.

Thursday 9th February, Tower Ballroom, Birmingham.

Friday 10th February, London School of Economics.

Dundee University, 03/03/84.

Tuesday 14th February, U.E.A., Norwich ‐ supporting the Smiths.

Wednesday 15th February, Rock City, Nottingham ‐ supporting the Smiths.

Thursday 16th February, Leicester University ‐ supporting the Smiths.

Friday 18th February, Essex University, Colchester ‐ supporting the Smiths.

Wednesday 29th February, Leeds University ‐ supporting the Smiths.

Friday 2nd March, Queen Margaret Union (QMU), Glasgow ‐ supporting the Smiths.

Saturday 3rd March, Dundee University ‐ supporting the Smiths.

Sunday 4th March, Fusion Club, Aberdeen University ‐ supporting the Smiths.

Monday 5th March, Coasters, Edinburgh ‐ supporting the Smiths.

Wednesday 7th March, Mayfair, Newcastle ‐ supporting the Smiths.

Thursday 8th March, Town Hall, Middlesborough ‐ supporting the Smiths.

Friday 9th March, University of Lancaster ‐ supporting the Smiths.

Saturday 10th March, Coventry Polytechnic ‐ supporting the Smiths.

Monday 12th March, Hammersmith Palais, London ‐ supporting the Smiths & Sandie Shaw.

Tuesday 13th March, Manchester Free Trade Hall ‐ supporting the Smiths & Sandie Shaw.

Thursday 5th April, Easter Ball, Hull School of Architecture.

Alter Bahnhof, Hof, Germany.

Monday 23rd April, Alter Bahnhof, Hof.

Tuesday 24th April, Loft Im Metropol, Berlin.

Wednesday 25th April, Logo, Hamburg.

Thursday 26th April, Luxor, Cologne.

Friday 27th April, Odeon, Munster.

Saturday 28th April, Musik Theater Bad, Hanover.

Sunday 29th April, Batschkapp, Frankfurt ‐ cancelled due to the Smiths pulling out.

Monday 30th April, Cookys, Frankfurt.

Wednesday 16th May, Hacienda, Manchester.

Friday 18th May, U.E.A., Norwich.

Saturday 19th May, Loughborough University.

Thursday 7th June, Electic Ballroom, London.

Saturday 9th June, Retford.

Monday 11th June, Crypt, Middlesborough.

Wednesday 13th June, Hull University.

Thursday 14th June, Night Moves, Glasgow.

Monday 18th June, May Ball, Clare College, Cambridge.

Wednesday 20th June, Leeds.

Friday 22nd June, Rock City, Nottingham.

Saturday 23rd June, Manchester.

Sunday 24th June, Sheffield.

Friday 13th June, “Rock Against Closures” Hull Trades & Labour Club.

Saturday 14th July ‐ John Peel Session, Maida Vale, London.

Friday 30th November, Colchester Institute.

Saturday 1st December, Leicester Polytechnic.

Sunday 2nd December, U.E.A., Norwich.

Tuesday 4th December, Leadmill, Sheffied.

Wednesday 5th December, Coventry Polytechnic.

Thursday 6th December, Leeds Polytechnic.

Friday 7th December, Caley Palais, Edinburgh.

Saturday 8th December, Manchester University.

Manchester Uni tonight was not a place for poseurs…it's the music that counts and the Red Guitars are well aware of that. Tonight's set was a testimony to just how far they've progressed in the past year or so. All the tracks on ‘Slow To Fade‘ appeared plus a few b sides and ‘Fact’ which had been significantly modified. Best songs of the night were in my view ‘Shaken Not Stirred’, ‘Marimba Jive’, ‘Dive’, frantic, desperate and tension packed, and ‘Sting in the Tale’ where bass and guitars created a sinister atmosphere.

Noise Annoys fanzine, Issue 1, Winter 84/5.

 

Sunday 9th December, New Ocean Club, Cardiff

Tuesday 11th December, Pavilion Theatre, Brighton

Wednesday 12th December, Electric Ballroom, London

Sunday 16th December, Spring Street Theatre, Hull

1998

Saturday 14th February, Adelphi Club, Hull

Saturday 14th February 1998, Adelphi Club, Hull.