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Gimmie support...

Bryan Burnett | 20:00 UK time, Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Anything by 'Peter, Pollen and Mary' was my favourite pun on tonight's 'flower power' theme. We had a glut of roses suggested and as Miss B pointed out maybe we should have done a roses only theme. Perhaps we will sometime later.

Tomorrow it's all about support as we feature two hours of the most memorable opening acts of all time. Who were the ones that really stood out for you? I suspect not many of you saw Jimi Hendrix support The Monkees but I am interested in hearing about the gigs that you got to.


  • Comment number 1.

    Squeeze supporting Eddie and the Hot Rods at the Apollo in 78
    My first "proper gig"

    Squeeze --- Is That Love?

  • Comment number 2.


    Van Morrison at the Armadillo. Van was cranky, so left early. The support act, however, was superb!

    Anything by Lonnie Donegan


  • Comment number 3.


    I remember that tour Frank. Saw it at the Caird Hall. Radio Stars were the other support band.

  • Comment number 4.

    #1 & # 3

    Which reminds me of my first gig proper - Rainbow at the Edinburgh Playhouse in 1976. They had what I thought at the time, an odd choice of support band. If you play this you'll see what I mean. This was their one hit, would be good to hear it again.

    "Why Did You Do It" - Stretch

  • Comment number 5.

    Glasgow Apollo, May '78

    ~ supporting The Stranglers .......

    The Skids ~~~ 'Charles' was a set number that night + would be a change from the norm

    Memories of Jobson in full 'Teddy Boy' gear getting pelters from 3000 Punks when he walked on .... yet shouts for "more" when they walked off

  • Comment number 6.

    Don't give the teeniest tiniest hoot what the snooty musos say...Coldplay at Hampden was one of the best gigs I've been to. The Daughter and I went together and had a fantastic time. Their first support act was White Lies, who reminded me a bit of Joy Division, but the main support was as much a reason to have bought the tickets as going to see Coldplay was. It was great when he came on stage to perform with the band very well spent:

    Coldplay feat Jay-Z - 'Lost'...truly there!

  • Comment number 7.

    Glasgow Apollo, December '80

    ~ supporting Madness ...........

    John Otway & Wild Willy Barratt ~~~ 'Beware of the Flowers (cos I'm sure they're gonna get you, yeh)'

    ..... a set number from that memorably eventful night

  • Comment number 8.

    Glasgow Apollo, May'77

    ~ supporting Nils Lofgren .........

    Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers ~~~ 'American Girl'

    ....... a set number that aft remembered evening ..........

  • Comment number 9.

    Strathclyde University, 1978

    The 'Be-Stiff' Tour featuring Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Ian Dury & The Blockheads, Wreckless Eric, Nick Lowe and Larry Wallis. Stiff Records chartered a train to tour the UK, stopping for gigs throughout.

    Memorable doesn't come close ...

    Who was supporting who? Happy to let the GIO jury chose band + song ...

  • Comment number 10.

    #9 Wish I'd seen a gig from that tour.

    This was good though...

    Edinburgh Odeon, 1979

    Supporting The Police...

    The Cramps - 'Human Fly'

  • Comment number 11.

    2 stand-out support acts:
    Allison Moorer supported Trisha Yearwood at GRCH - please play Pardon me
    Elvis Costello supported Thin Lizzy at the the City Halls - pl play Alison


  • Comment number 12.

    Two Thing-Fish requests and it’s only April. What have you done with the real Bryan and Babs?
    I saw THE PHLORESCENT LEECH AND EDDIE support ALICE COOPER and they got three encores, something that never happens now, even for headline bands, though that’s because they just want everyone out as soon as possible these days.


    For JESUS {:-{)}

  • Comment number 13.


    I saw them in 1977 at The Apollo. My wife fell asleep.

    Two memorable openers from The Barrowland:

    Tough It Out - Webb Wilder - Supporting The Georgia Satellites

    Over The Mountain - The V-roys - Supporting Steve Earle

  • Comment number 14.

    Journeybox supporting Hercules Mandarin at King Tuts. Still one of my favourite albums

    Friends we keep / Journeybox

    I dream in colour supporting Aerials up at King Tuts
    Wide Awake / I Dream in Colour

    No doubt someone will have seen Queen supporting Mott the Hoople

  • Comment number 15.


    I'm hoping one or more of our U.S. listeners saw Lynyrd Skynyrd supporting The Who on tour.


  • Comment number 16.

    #13 You shouldn't plied her with drink!

    Notable supports...

    Tiffany's, Sauchiehall St. circa '78
    T.Undertones supporting Joe Jackson

    Glasgow Apollo circa Dec. '79
    T. Vapours supporting T. Jam

    however the best find was

    Headline supporting T.Stranglers June '80
    Don't Knock The Bald Head ~ Headline... SKA on Speed!

  • Comment number 17.

    It was during Sex & Drugs & Rock 'n' Roll

  • Comment number 18.

    #13 (#9)

    I stand corrected ... it was 1977, it was the '5 Live Stiffs' tour, and it was the Apollo.

    Mixed it with the 1978 'Be-Stiff' tour ...... which was by train, which was at Strathclyde Uni, and which did feature Lena Lovitch, Rachel Sweet, Wrecless Eric, Jona Lewie and Mickey Jupp

    Sorted ..........

  • Comment number 19.

    Lots of good support acts but missed quite a few due to the old 'just stay for another beer it'll only be the support the noo' or 'they'll no be oan till at least half nine'
    I'm sure you've all heard it.

    But when I did wise up

    Jess Roden Band supported Roxy Music Glasgow Apollo '74 or thereabouts. The Country Life Album was just out I'm sure
    JRB were excellent, still unsung heroes in my book, never quite made the headlines, bit of a mystery to me why not. Think it was more difficult for supports as you couldn't just go home and download what you had just heard for example.

    You could consider
    If Ever You Should Change Your Mind
    You Can Leave Your Hat On / Jess Roden Band

    Fast forward to mid nineties GRCH
    Agent Double O Soul - Edwin Starr supported The Four Tops

    Enough said

    SOS (Stop Her On Sight) / Edwin Starr


  • Comment number 20.

    #17 Ah, I recall those days also... now it's flowers, dining out and an early night!

  • Comment number 21.

    can recommend this to all ...

    ...... worth checking the 'who played' link ......

  • Comment number 22.


    I remember that Nils Lofgren tour (saw it at the Caird Hall too). He used to do that leap using a trampet. But I have no recollection of Tom Petty being the support (maybe I was in the bar wi Al).
    Must try and look it up.

  • Comment number 23.

    ABERFELDY supported THE MAGIC BAND at The Arches and were very apprehensive about how they would be received. They need not have worried as MAGIC BAND audiences are music aficionados and highly receptive to anything new or unusual. They were warmly received by the audience despite their normal, single time signature, melodic, tonal tunes and understandable lyrics.


  • Comment number 24.

    It's an old story recounted for the umpteeth time but in greater detail this time.

    The first gig I went to was Ten Years After in the Usher Hall, sometime in the spring of 1970 (maybe it was 71).

    The support band were a folksy duo and the singer did much of the set sitting crossed legged on the stage in a kind of meditative pose, strumming away and singing while his colleague banged on the bongos. It was interesting enough, though we were all really up for some speed of light blues playing from Alvin Lee- and no one was paying that much attention.

    Finally,as the set came to an end,the singer stood up, picked up a white electric guitar and said "this is our new single" which lifted the tempo, and their career, about 1,000,000:00%.

    Ride A White Swan - Tyrannosaurus Rex

    regardez -youse


  • Comment number 25.

    #19 a few folk did that last week at Joe's concert. Too bad they missed the first hour of his show since there was no support. No of course I didn't snigger. Wish I'd been at the GRCH last night, think I had a school-borne virus last week spoiling my fun.

    Anyway, I suppose the most memorable support I saw was Robert Cray at the Tina Turner gig in SECC. First and last time I'd ever go there for a concert, but Robert was fantastic and I went several times to see him at the Playhouse after that.

    I Guess I Showed Her - Robert Cray

    and in the Playhouse, saw Chris Rea who was also terrific, supporting Eric Clapton

    Stainsby Girls - Chris Rea

    however, in the midst of all this nostalgia I'd like to put forward a starting-out band, The Imagineers (for the umpteenth time) whom I've seen twice supporting Kassidy. They're great live and this is a great song:

    Mariana - the Imagineers

  • Comment number 26.

    memorable for the wrong reasons? Skid Row featuring Gary Moore, total shambles, booed off the stage; and I'd love to suggest Kassidy's Barrowlands support, We Are The Physics, for my daughter's boyfriend, who loved them (as did most of the crowd) and no-one could fault their energy; they do what they do very well and very enthusiastically, but - well go listen to them yourselves.

  • Comment number 27.

    #25 Hi Gaie
    I'm sure Joe was the man, dead jealous, was working away from home when tickets came out and it passed me by, was ragin'
    Was he good?

    Similar thing, was lucky enough to get tickets for Kool & The Gang at the Playhouse, early 90s?, happy to be corrected though, they were on stage about half seven and proceeded to play every song in their catalogue, perhaps the best concert I have ever been to, well until someone asks me gain,,,, :-)


  • Comment number 28.


    Relax... I've still got my copy of "Live Stiffs" should you ever wish borrow and not the MFP copy either ;-)

    Wonder if Young Victor would be interested in the 33rpm collection as well?

  • Comment number 29.

    Scotch – TAAB2 is excellent as expected.

  • Comment number 30.

    #21 great link Rex

    Steve Gibbons Band, I definitely saw them and was hooked, canny remember if they were supporting Who or Skynyrd.
    Thought when I saw The Who Small Faces were the support, canny find any evidence of that though so memory might be playing tricks.

    GIO Team you need to play

    Tulane / Steve Gibbons Band

    The nation deserves it.....


  • Comment number 31.

    #27 Al, he was fantastic, gave us 2 and a half hours solid music, played his heart out, sang his heart out - and for some reason that I do now think was that I wasn't 100%, I came away quite flat. That's unheard of for me. I do have a wee niggly thought that maybe the heroics pass me by - I'm not a fan of the, admittedly unbelievably dexterous, Woke Up Dreaming, it's just all showing off. But I've been listening to him all week on the iPod and still can't work out why I wasn't buzzing. There was one wonderful track that I can't identify - I think it was maybe a cover of Who's Been Talking, but I can't find it anywhere recorded by him. Sloe Gin was great - and so on- ah well, next time GRCH. Ticket prices may vary, so do parking charges in inverse proportion so all works out the same and Glasgow's seat are more comfy!

  • Comment number 32.

    #31 Hope you're feeling better

    Joe Bonamassa supported Danny Gatton & BB King when he was 12!
    Come on let's Get It On for Joe B.

    Baby(or GIO Team) You Gotta Change Your Mind / Joe Bonamassa


  • Comment number 33.

    #31 gaie

    this is just nonsense


  • Comment number 34.


    I have not yet acquired a copy, but hope to hear it before the gig.

    I thought Ian's interview with Tom Morton was most enjoyable!

  • Comment number 35.

    #32 great shout


    #33 :0) certainly is, and all the mannerisms and facial expressions as well!

    photies of Usher Hall here - a bit noisy LOL



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