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I would do almost anything to go back in time and see Joy Division live. I'm sure this kind of thread has been done many times, but I could only find one when I did a search.

So who here went to a Joy Division show? And if you could, tell about your experience.

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No matter what i do in music - and I've done a fair bit - I will always be envious of people who saw Joy Division live. My girlfriend saw them twice in Bristol - once at the Colston Hall supporting the Buzzcocks, and the 1980 headliner at the Trinity Hall - she says that Ian was led off stage at the end after suffering a fit at that one.
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Yes, saw them supporting the Buzzcocks at the Manchester Apollo in 79. They were around a lot so I didn't have the urgency to watch them live (we all knew that the live performances didn't match up to the recorded stuff) and naturally assumed they'd be playing locally again next week, month or the month after.

Isn't hindsight the most bloody useless gift ever given to man?

Still, Steve Morris came to watch our drummer's brother's concert (Dead Mans Radio); I feel proud that JD made the effort to watch 'us'
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Unknown...this was covered in the very excellent "lest we forget" thread a few months back but...anyways...as Brett posted on the "who taped what" thread...here is my Bury story :

Tuesday 8th April 1980 :

My mate and I made the short trip to from his house in Rochdale to Bury in his beaten up Volkswagen Scirocco. We didn't have tickets for the Derby Hall gig but made the trip anyway in the hope that we could find someone with spare ones outside the venue.

Once we got there, we asked around for tickets...but there were none forthcoming. After a couple of pints in the pub around the corner, undeterred, we decided to hang around on the off chance that some tickets would turn up. After about half an hour, the side door of the Derby Hall opened and one Mr Peter Hook came out...ostensibly for a bit of fresh air. Obviously, when me and my mate saw him, we approached our hero and starting talking to him!!!! We told him our predicament and he seemed sympathetic. We then got on to the subject of records and we asked him about the new album etc etc. We also discussed the Sordide Sentimental release which was a sore subject for me...My mate had two copies which one of his relatives had bought for him whilst on holiday in France and he absolutely refused to sell me one despite my frequent pleas. I told Hooky this and he came up with a proposal!!! He told my mate that if he agreed to sell me one of the Sordide Sentimentals then he would get us both in free to the gig!!! Reluctantly...my mate agreed and Hooky got us in!!! (I still have the copy today!!!).

The gig itself was total chaos. It was hard to tell who was playing what song with who...Some sources say that Ian only sang on two songs...BUT..my recollection is that Ian sang Decades, The Eternal and Passover. Obviously, this was before Closer was released...and... I'd had a drink, but that is my personal recollection and what I have always remembered. The rest of the evening was just a blur with a huge scrap at the end of the night.

I actually taped the "gig" that night on my trusty Lloytron Cassette recorder strapped to my back, hidden behind my huge trench coat. As, I have posted before...the tape was long since lost and I can only assume that it suffered the fate of many of the gigs I recorded and got taped over by the Top 40 on sunday evenings. At the time...I can almost recall thinking..."Well that was a crap gig anyway, why would I bother keeping it?" However, I think I may have traded a copy with a guy from Beverley who I met at a record fair some months later...so it may still exist...there is hope.
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thanks for sharing your experience. And I am going to check out that other thread right now.
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I saw them at Edinburgh Odeon supporting Buzzcocks.
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I'm sure I've mentioned this elsewhere but I'll say it again    I saw them at the 1st sci-fi  festival at Leeds and also the 1st night of their Moonlight Club stint. 
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I saw what i now know to be Warsaw in late 1977 at what i presume must have been Rafters.I was up in Manchester from Birmingham for the week staying with a mate who was at Uni at the time.On the reccomendation of a barman in the students union we went into town to a club that was hosting a punk/new wave night.I distinctly remember one particular band that night mainly because they reminded me of the much maligned Birmingham band The Prefects,the eerie lighting show and the general presence of the lead singer.It was not until some time later through watching a tv appperance that that night in Manchester i had seen Warsaw/Joy Division play live.These days i work at Birmingham University and every day pass the hall of residence where Joy Division played their last gig.

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Recently, I sent my mate a CD of the ULU gig we went to and he reminded me that he also went to one of the Moonlight gigs as well.
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Saw them July 1979 by accident with OMD (before they hit the charts!), Glass Torpedo's, Final Solution & Section 25 at Blackpool's Imperial Hotel. Was 17 at the time. Three months later they supported my fave band Buzzcocks but my friend & I stayed in the bar so missed JD (underage again).

 

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Pepper - (OMD) were they a two piece then with their drum machine "Winston"?

 

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Hi there. Yep, they were a  two peice. It was around that time that John Peel played them  a lot i.e.) Red Frame White Light & Electricity.

Not sure about winston though.

To be honest, at the time I liked them more than JD (aargh)

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Thanks for your recollections, pepper.


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No problem, wish I could remember more. Can recall being gobsmacked & a bit scared by Ian's movements onstage & not really liking the band much at the time (sorry). Am sure there weren't that many people there.

I've written this on another thread but in the new book by Mick Middles & Lindsay Reade it says the gig was for the year of the child which was true. Also says that there was no bar & that kids were allowed in but I don't remember any young children. Am sure there was a bar as my friend & I were, er.... taking asprins with alcohol to try & get more drunk (stupid, I know).

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I was chatting to a guy at my uncles birthday party the other week and he told me he had seen them live in London on (what he believed to be) their first London gig. He said Ian had on a 'Sgt. Pepper' style suit. I don't know about that but does anyone else?

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             I saw Joy Division live on November 4 1979,at the nearby Colston Hall in Bristol .My mate Colin and me new nothing about them,I thought they were mods !!  Maybe it was Ian's two-tone shirt !! And with an audience of punks waiting for the Buzz cocks,there were comments  of 

         XXXX this...lets go to the bar...I didn't come to see this XXXX.

           So we went to the halls bar after two,maybe three numbers.                               AAAAARRRRRGGGHHHHH !!!

               Can someone design a time-machine please,i want to go back!! 

   PS       Cannot remember the songs i heard,and the buzz cocks were crap

             that evening.The Ticket Stubs were lost long ago.


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My girlfriend was at that Colston gig, and the Trinity hall one the following March. We both think it's a crying shame that there are no apparent boots of those performances.

 

Which reminds me.....

 

Obtained a tape recently of the entire Buzzcocks performance on the last Electric Circus night. There is undoubtedly - somewhere - a recording of the Warsaw performance - it is really strange that despite the one track featuring on the "Short Circuit" EP - the performance has never surfaced.

 

 


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Obtained a tape recently of the entire Buzzcocks performance on the last Electric Circus night.

 

 

I'm so jealous

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           Yeah. That Electric Circus recording must be as some else once suggested {but i cannot remember who } lying in the dusty vaults of virgin records.A important live recording just sitting there,Virgin need better CD sales,so my Daughter says who works for them.Hey maybe she can raid the Virgin warehouse for those master tapes,I would share them around !!!

       

             And as there is a buzzcocks tape, could there...just might be a

             Warsaw/ Joy Division recording.It would be interesting to see what their early sets were.Any educated guess`s welcome.


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pepper - re the buzzcocks performance - it's a tape of a bootleg LP called "Best In Good Food" - it might be readily available


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hold that last post - just cjecked on ebay - it appears that the Good Food LP is a bootleg compilation - my tape is labelled wrongly, as the tape is DEFINITELY the Electric circus performance.

 

Pepper - email me your address and I'll send you a copy

 

ANYONE ELSE - THIS IS ONLY LIMITED TO PEPPER!!


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Thanks so much Lee....maybe I can swap for something. Have sent you a message via pm.

 

Was inspired to order Short Circuit Live at the Electric Circus earlier today from Amazon....dunno why I didn't buy it ages ago.

 

 

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I saw them at Liverpool Mountford Hall in October 1979 when they supported The Buzzcocks. I'd heard the 'Transmission' single on Peel then saw JD on TV. When I saw the ad for the gig I had to get there...nearly never went because none of my mates liked that kind of music...so went on my own. Gig had just started when I arrived and Hooky's throbbing bass guided me through the crowd. Couldn't have been full because I worked my way down the side to get near to the front. Can't remember order of tracks but I know they played 'Shadowplay','She's Lost Control','Transmission' and I'm convinced they played 'New Dawn Fades' but I might have just convinced myself because it was my fave. I thought at the time the sound was excellent and the mood and atmosphere compared to the records.

The only gigs that had a similar intensity I've been to are Cabaret Voltaire 1980 at Mr.Pickwick's (Nero's Ballroom), The Fall November 1981 at the Warehouse Liverpool, The Birthday Party Warehouse Liverpool 1981, and Radiohead in Manchester 1995.

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I saw them at the Apollo supporting Buzzcocks on the first night (Saturday).

I worked in Macclesfield from '77 to '81 in a Silk Mill and the lad in the local record shop was a big Joy Division fan. He got me interested enough to place an advance order for Unknown Pleasures. I was actually a mod at the time, although I didn't pigeonhole myself musically. (I saw OMD when they supported Gary Numan and I do vaguely remember them introducing their tape machine as 'Winston'). When I heard Joy Division were supporting Buzzcocks I was 'chuffed'. My second favourite punk band with my new favourite band. My seat was right of centre in the stalls, about 15 rows back. I thought Joy Division were great, although the consensus now seems to be they were having an off day. That may have had something to do with the bouncers who were wielding big rubber torches as if they were truncheons, stopping anyone from standing up. This carried on into Buzzcocks' set until Shelley told us all we could stand up and come to the front. Diggle added something like "If you're all sat down we think we're sh**". I know time has a way of embellishing memories but when anyone asks me what my favourite concert was, I have to say this one.

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