SHAM 69 (1977 Lineup - Pursey, Parsons, Treganna & Guy)
Friday 17 December 2021, 6:30pm - 10pm
14+ (under 16s to be accompanied by an adult over 18)
+ guitar gangsters
In July 1977 Jimmy met with Miles Copeland (manager of The Police) who was running Step Forward & Illegal records.
Jimmy scored a slot headlining the Acklam Hall on 21st July 1977. The support bands; Chelsea, The Lurkers & The Cortinas were all on Step Forward records, it was inevitable that Sham 69 would put out the first single on Step Forward and released 'I Dont Wanna' in August 1977.
Sham 69 were soon packing venues and due to the success of the 'I Dont Wanna' single, Polydor Records signed Sham 69 for a 4 album contract. Albie Slider was replaced by Dave Treganna (Kermit) after a fight broke out in the recording studio when Dave Parsons replaced Albert's bass.
January 1978 Polydor released the 'Borstal Breakout' single which didn't chart but a month later the 'Tell Us The Truth' album was released and reached No 25. April 30th 1978 Jimmy joined The Clash on stage at Victoria Park for Rock Against Racism. Later that week Polydor released their 2nd Sham 69 single 'Angels With Dirty Faces' which got the band on Top Of The Pops.
In July 1978 the release of the single 'If The Kids Are United' catapulted Sham 69 into the media spot-light. That summer Sham played the Reading Festival along with The Jam. October 1978 saw the release of the 2nd Sham 69 album 'That's Life' and a new single 'Hurry Up Harry' which charted making the top 10.
Questions & Answers was released in March 79 which was another hit and in July 79 the 'Hersham Boys' single was released which became Sham 69's biggest hit.
After 30 years making a big noise as a three piece, Guitar Gangsters just got a whole lot bigger, louder, punchier and generally more magnificent. The terrific trio are now the awesome foursome with Ed on guitar! Guitar Gangsters still take their inspiration from the likes of The Clash, The Boys, Generation X, and The Jam from the first UK wave of punk. They combine it with the power and attitude found in stateside bands like My Chemical Romance and Social Distortion – the result? The band you always wanted to be in!
At a Gangsters show you will not get a working class political rant – what you will get are slices of urban life; short stories of bad attitude, bad sex, ambition, success and failure packed into two and half minute power punk gems. Guitar Gangsters are not going to change your world (let’s leave that to political bands) but get to see them live and you’ll leave feeling you can change it yourself!
Guitar Gangsters today; still the same power, melody and attitude that was born with the band over 3 decades ago
To enter the venue customers will need to provide ONE of the following:
• Show proof of a full vaccination – remember second dose must be at least 14 days prior to the event
• Natural immunity – based upon a positive PCR test within 180 days of the event and the result on NHS App
• A negative lateral flow test, same day as event – results registered www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result
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