26 Sep 2007
It's the swear...there bunch! 
Over thirty years on from that famous Lesser Free Trade Hall gig - immortalised in David Nolan's first book "I Swear I Was There" - The Sex Pistols will return to Manchester to play the M.E.N. Arena on Saturday 17th November 2007.

Coincidences abound: The Lesser Free Trade Hall became the victim of property developers (it is now a Radisson Edwardian Hotel), Pistols singer Johnny Rotten became a property developer; entry to the original gig on June 4th 1976 was GBP 0.50 pence, entry to the Arena gig will be GBP 37.50 pence!

Tickets will sell out on Friday 28th September 2007 at 9:30 am, via Ticketmaster.

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A Certain Ratio

"Manchester, 1978. In the beginning there were four: Jez Kerr (bass), Martin Moscrop (guitar/trumpet), Peter Terrel (guitar/effects) and Simon Topping (vocals/trumpet). Four thin boys with a name borrowed from a Brian Eno record, the intense, drummerless quartet initially drew influence from Wire, Eno, the Velvets and Kraftwerk, and gained a manager in Anthony Wilson of Factory Records.

"May 1979 saw the release of their first ACR single, the dark All Night Party, although the sound and musicianship of the band would be transformed by the arrival of funky drummer Donald Johnson (DoJo) in August. Over the next few months the band gigged widely, often with Joy Division as part of Factory packages, and recorded demos with producer Martin Hannett as well as a Peel session. Their support slot with Talking Heads on their UK tour in December 1979 set David Byrne on a new course, and provided the compelling live half of their chic cassette package The Graveyard and the Ballroom. Post-punk, ACR now reflected the influence of Funkadelic, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, The Bar Kays and James Brown."

- intro to ACR Biography by James Nice (LTM)

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