The Beatles, June 9, 1963

The Fab Four were at the top of both the album and singles charts when they played two shows in one night. Over 4,500 screaming fans paid up to 10/6 for a ticket. Among the support acts was a certain Roy Orbison.


David Bowie, May 31, 1973

Lancashire Telegraph:

The Brits man of the hour was touring the world as Ziggy Stardust, one of the most iconic images in rock. With trusty collaborator Mick Ronson on lead guitar this is the show above nearly all others which music fans claim to have been at. But were they really?


Robbie Williams, May 28, 1998

Lancashire Telegraph:

Having gone solo from Take That, the master showman was at the peak of his popularity with the Ego Has Landed tour and, literally, brought the house down. A sold out crowd got so excited that the balcony in the venue began to bounce alarmingly. Later inspections showed structural damage and the concert hall being closed down for repair.


The Clash, July 13, 1978

Lancashire Telegraph:

Joe Strummer and Co were promoting their White Man In Hammersmith Palais single and arguably the hottest band in the country at the time. Tickets were £4. Equally notable was that support band, US duo Suicide, then on their first tour of Europe, were arrested on suspicion of possession after the gig. The ‘drugs’ turned out to be seasoning and the charges dropped!


The Jam, December 12, 1979

Lancashire Telegraph:

Paul Weller, Bruce Foxton and Rick Buckler visited Blackburn several times as they achieved chart dominance. For this show tickets were £3. Last month a ticket stub for the same concert sold on eBay for £67.99 to a collector. If you went, get rooting through those drawers.



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Blondie, February 23, 1978

Lancashire Telegraph:

Debbie Harry, the ultimate pop pin-up, and her band were on their first tour of Europe. On the Thursday night they played Blackburn they also appeared on Top of the Pops when they performed Denis for the first time. It became their first UK top 10 hit.


Joy Division, October 23, 1979

Lancashire Telegraph:

Concertgoers paying £2 to see New Wave pioneers The Buzzcocks little realised that they really should have got there in time for the support band. Joy Division’s lead singer, Ian Curtis, tragically took his own life just over six months later.


Slade, May 8, 1974

Lancashire Telegraph:

At the time of their Crazee Nites tour, the Wolverhampton rockers who had trouble spelling throughout their career had been voted the best - and loudest - live band in the world. But what happened to their support band, Beckett?


Pete Doherty, August 25, 2011

Lancashire Telegraph:

With The Libertines and Babyshambles behind him, many wondered if the trouble genius would even show up. He did, fashionably late, and produced a set which included three performing ballet dancers and an Amy Winehouse cover.


Steven Seagal, March 3, 2007

Lancashire Telegraph:

Probably the only Hollywood action hero to play live at King George’s. The martial arts master was a surprisingly shy figure as he played guitar with his blues band Thunderbox. Most notable was a man sat on the front row dressed in full martial arts garb who cradled a Steve Seagal action figure throughout the show.