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  • Russell Brown,

    Brilliant, Jon. Thank you.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22834 posts Report Reply

  • Grant McDougall,

    Wow, cool pics. So that's what the Frontiersmen building looks like. What a dinky little building !

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 760 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP,

    Another post of historical significance.

    Excellent J.

    How's that book coming along? ;-)

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2450 posts Report Reply

  • Jonathan Ganley, in reply to Russell Brown,

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    Thanks for letting us run free with ideas! ... Now, I think I linked to this elsewhere on Public Address a few months ago ... I wonder what John Lennon was saying to Robbie?

    Photo courtesy Auckland Libraries / Heritage Images. Showing the civic reception for the Beatles in front of the Auckland Town Hall. 'Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 580-10701'

    Since Dec 2006 • 234 posts Report Reply

  • Jonathan Ganley, in reply to Grant McDougall,

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    I went inside ...

    Since Dec 2006 • 234 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Capewell,

    Beautiful post - loved it, every single one. A nice mix of familiarity and 'huh, I didn't know that' moments.

    Manchester • Since Nov 2006 • 62 posts Report Reply

  • DexterX,

    Making a sweeping generalisation Auckland before the reforms of the mid 1980s had fewer people, more bands and more energy - if memory serves me correctly - which it probably doesn’t.

    The work ethic ruled. - 10.00 PM closing time on Thursday and you got to stay out in pubs till 11.00 PM on Friday & Saturday - very little weekend trading - you had to get what you needed by 5.00 PM Friday or eat fish n chips all weekend.

    The team policing unit - the public bar at Windsor Castle and what was that other public bar across the road and down a bit the Exchange - The Team Policing unit coming in sitting on the exits and going through the crowd checking for persons of interest, underage drinkers and/or dope - they also used to go th rough the tiolets at the gluepot..

    Good on all the venues and the bands for the blast, all very workman like and almost but not quite pre history.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1224 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP,

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    The Venue of the future?

    <not trolling, honest>

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2450 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to JacksonP,

    The Venue of the future?

    <not trolling, honest>

    It's a hard venue to use -- it has toilets but not many of the other things you need at a gig or event venue (tills, eft-pos, etc) and people ain't using it. And when someone tries, they have their special liquor license refused by the cops. Murray McCully sold us a good one there.

    Super photo, btw.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22834 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Murray McCully sold us a good one there.

    Thanks. Maybe I was trolling. It has all but passed into folklore already, less than a year on. What about Shed 10? The one time I did go there it had... issues too.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2450 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

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    Well, this is old and only the stage but from '86 Mount Smart Stadium.

    Oh yeah, Bob and Tom.

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

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    Now this is where we will be on Oct 12. Billy Bragg!!

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    Now this is where we will be on Oct 12. Billy Bragg!!

    I made my partner's year when I bought us tickets for his Dunedin gig before she even knew he was coming.

    She saw him many years ago and got herself into the after party and he kissed her on the cheek. I don't think she's washed her face since </fangirl>

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP,

    May have posted this earlier, but a friend got New England from the 1992 gig at the Town Hall. That guy singing over it may or may not be me. He also signed my Greetings To The New Brunette 12" in Sounds on Queen Street back in 1987, on his tour where he played University O week and then at the Galaxy (Powerstation) a week or so later. We was there too... and will be at the Town Hall in Oct.

    </fanboy>

    ETA: 1987 was one hell of a busy year for him. Talking to the taxman about poetry, eh?

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2450 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP,

    Also, since we're here thanks to Jonathan, I'll link to his post from BB 1987.

    Wow! He was so young.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2450 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg, in reply to JacksonP,

    I remember that gig well - the first part of it of it. I was sitting up in the same box with Lange etc, next to Phil Warren, who owned the venue. Our beers ran out so Phil suggested I nip into Billy's dressing room just behind us and grab a couple from the rider.

    He won't notice two gone, he said.

    So I did and two turned into four into eight and so on until poor Billy was left with a single Steinlager can.

    The second half of the show was a haze so the photographic evidence is welcome.

    I think I was slightly more together by the time we all ended up at the after party, at Festival Record's Simon Baeyertz's place in Augustus Terrace, where - and the memory is still blurry - Billy played with the Topp Twins.

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3283 posts Report Reply

  • Christopher Dempsey,

    Wearing Elected Rep hat, and as Heritage Leader for the WLB It would be wonderful to see if we could put up plaques with the information supplied above on each of the sites/buildings...
    What do you think?
    Doffing said hat.

    Parnell / Tamaki-Auckland… • Since Sep 2008 • 659 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Simon Grigg,

    So I did and two turned into four into eight and so on until poor Billy was left with a single Steinlager can.

    I believe that the craft brewers of New Zealand should make good on this unfortunate incident, for the sake of the country's good name. I'll get onto it.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22834 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg, in reply to Simon Grigg,

    next to Phil Warren

    Another Phil Warren connection on this thread. The Hampton Court basement as above, was Phil's last office in the city (he'd been at Ace of Clubs / Six Month Club until it was knocked down for Mayoral Drive) and I spent a lot of time there in the late 80s, 90s surrounded by, and humbled by, vast amounts of NZ rock'n'roll history.

    So, yes, plaques on these sorts of places are a great idea (although hopefully we'll shortly have digital versions of these to refer to).

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3283 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Simon Grigg,

    left with a single Steinlager can

    act o mercy

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19719 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Christopher Dempsey,

    and geolocated digital please

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19719 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg, in reply to Sacha,

    It was a long time ago - back then we were sold the blue bottled version (75c at Alfies) or the green bottled ($1) - same beer but the story was the green filtered the light to produce a better flavour.

    And that was the sophisticated/trendy end of the market....

    Of course then Macs arrived and changed everything.

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3283 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP, in reply to Simon Grigg,

    (75c at Alfies)

    I thought they only served G & Ts. If only I’d known…

    Just been thinking of venues around Auckland which weren’t so prominent, but have strange resonance.

    In 1992 we ventured to Howick By The Sea, to see The Chills, with Biplane, during the Soft Bomb tour. I have this memory of it feeling like a sports clubrooms.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2450 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Simon Grigg,

    then Macs arrived

    verily

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19719 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg, in reply to JacksonP,

    I've got a list of some at the bottom of this page on my site.

    Howick By The Sea was a horrible place. The best of the suburban gigs were often to be found in Church or RSA halls.

    Once again (and no I'm not trying to get traffic) some terrific shots down page here courtesy of Mo Cammick's lens and unfailing eye.

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3283 posts Report Reply

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