Budgie's Burke Shelley recalls 1980s Eastern bloc gigs

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"When we found out we'd been booked [to play in Poland] to go we were like: 'Are you mad'?" he said.

"There'd been a lot of unrest, folks rising up against the oppressive communist regime and martial law was on the streets.

"The government set up goon squads called ZOMOs, thugs with licences basically, to go out and bash anyone who dissented.

"I remember looking out the hotel window over Victory Square in Warsaw and asking someone what the thousands of lit candles strewn around the place were for," added Burke.

"They told me they were to commemorate all the people killed - it really brought home the reality of the situation."

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