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 Post subject: Kiki Dee Tour with Be Bop as support 1974 ???
PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2016 6:18 pm 
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Still trying to unearth every Be Bop Deluxe date played.

Have come across the following on the internet which lists BBD as supporting Kiki Dee in Jan/ Feb 1974.

Kiki Dee Tour January - February 1974 UK Tour
Supported by Be-Bop Deluxe

January 19th 1974 Leeds University
January 25th 1974 Watford Palace Theatre
January 27th 1974 Colchester Woods Centre
January 31st 1974 Newcastle Mayfair Ballroom
February 1st 1974 Blackpool Locarno Ballroom
February 2nd 1974 London School of Economics
February 8th 1974 Wolverhampton
February 16th 1974 Liverpool University
February 18th 1974 Shrewsbury
February 19th 1974 Locarno Ballroom, Birmingham

I have never heard of this tour before, but that does not mean it never happened!!!

Bill, do recall some UK dates with the lovely Kiki?


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 Post subject: Re: BE BOP DELUXE TOUR DATES
PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2016 6:22 pm 
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I'm afraid I have no recollection of ever touring as support to Kiki Dee. That would have been an odd pairing wouldn't it? :shock:


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 Post subject: Re: BE BOP DELUXE TOUR DATES
PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2016 6:32 pm 
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Yes, a slightly odd pairing. But then again you did tour with Ted Nugent!


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 Post subject: Re: BE BOP DELUXE TOUR DATES
PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2016 7:09 pm 
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Mar 30
1973

CMU School in Wakefield, England, UK

& then nothing till,

Be Bop Deluxe Budgie

Sat
May 25
1974

Borough Assembly Hall in Aylesbury, England, UK

Be Bop Deluxe


However there does appear to be a big gap between dates here, does anybody remember what might have happened ?

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 Post subject: Re: BE BOP DELUXE TOUR DATES
PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2016 7:24 pm 
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Well I do have quite a few other dates between 30 MAR 1973 and 25 May 1974. I was just interested to see if Bill & Co did support Kiki. The dates I have for that period are as follows:

14 Jun 1973? Balls Park College, Hertford Be Bop Deluxe, Chopyn
18 Jun 1973 Doncaster Top Rank Be Bop Deluxe, SOB
12 Oct 1973 Hornsea Floral Hall Be Bop Deluxe
19 Oct 1973 Leeds Queens Hall Roxy Music, Vinegar Joe, Stray, Camel, Principal Edwards, Blue, Kevin Coyne, Be-Bop Deluxe
13 Dec 1973 Decca Studios, Broadhurst Gardens, West Hampstead, London Recording - Invitation

1974
14 Jan 1974 Marquee Club, London String Driven Thing, Be Bop Deluxe??
25 Jan 1974 Clarence’s Halifax, W Yorkshire Be Bop Deluxe
04 Feb 1974 Marquee Club, London String Driven Thing, Be Bop Deluxe??
14-Feb-74 RAF, Scampton
15 Feb 1974 Leeds Ford Green Be-Bop Deluxe
16 Feb 1974 London School of Economics Peter Hammill, Be Bop Deluxe
17 Feb 1974 Hull (Arts ?) Lawns Centre Peter Hammill, Be Bop Deluxe
19 Feb 1974 Neptune Theatre, Liverpool Peter Hammill, Be Bop Deluxe

22 Feb 1974 Stevenage College Peter Hammill, Be Bop Deluxe
23 Feb 1974 Slypt Disc, Workington
24 Feb 1974 Carlisle Coach House Be Bop Deluxe
25 Feb 1974 Wakefield Norman Hotel Be Bop Deluxe
26 Feb 1974 Old Repetory Theatre, Birmingham Peter Hammill, Be Bop Deluxe
27 Feb 1974 Academy of Art, Corsham nr Bath Peter Hammill, Be Bop Deluxe
28 Feb 1974 Huddersfield Coach House Be Bop Deluxe
Mar 1974 Air Studios, London Recording
01 Mar 1974 Leeds Polytechnic Be Bop Deluxe
02 Mar 1974 Ripon College Be Bop Deluxe
03 Mar 1974 Birmingham Barbarella's Kevin Coyne, Be Bop Deluxe
05 Mar 1974 Reardon Smith Theatre, Cardiff Peter Hammill, Be Bop Deluxe
07 Mar 1974 Prestwich Longfield Suite Be Bop Deluxe
08 Mar 1974 Lincoln Aquarious Be Bop Deluxe
09 Mar 1974 Leeds Fairways Hotel Be Bop Deluxe
10 Mar 1974 Leeds Fairways Hotel Be Bop Deluxe
11 Mar 1974 The Brecknock, Camden Road, London
12 Mar 1974 London Holloway, Lord Nelson
25 Mar 1974 Doncaster Top Rank Be Bop Deluxe
30 Mar 1974 Marquee Club, London Be Bop Deluxe, Mother’s Pride
25 Apr 1974 Perth Plough Inn
26 Apr 1974 Dundee University
04 May 1974 Clarence’s Halifax, W Yorkshire Be Bop Deluxe
09 May 1974 BBC Studios Langham Hse John Peel Session
16 May 1974 Rotherham Kimberworth Club
18 May 1974 Scunthorpe Priory Hotel

As I said I'm still chipping away trying to find every BBD gig played! I'll get there!


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 Post subject: Re: BE BOP DELUXE TOUR DATES
PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2016 7:34 pm 
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Wow there was some serious touring there, you earnt your spurs Bill !

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 Post subject: Re: BE BOP DELUXE TOUR DATES
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James Ellis wrote:
Wow there was some serious touring there, you earnt your spurs Bill !


Yes, some of those were done prior to the EMI /Harvest Records deal...we all took a gamble and packed in our day jobs for a life on the road. Perhaps only young men would be so bold!

I remember a lot of the early ones with fondness. I can recall a gig in Carlisle, (probaly 'The Coach House', in Feb of '74, ) when the first line up of the band had a coverted van made into a kind of motor home...a beaten up old thing but it stood us in good stead for somewhere to sleep without incurring the expense of a hotel. We'd bed down in roadside Lay-By's and, in the morning have a fry up on a primus stove at breakfast time.

I was suffering with a stomach ulcer at the time and wasn't allowed to eat any fried food, just a special medicinal food drink made from pre-digested milk curds.

I can't believe now how rough it all was...freezing cold at night sleeping in the van, nowhere to wash until we got to whatever gig we had booked, driving through inclement weather for hours to get to the venue...then one hour on stage which, somehow, made up for all the hardship.

That Carisle gig sticks in my memory for two reasons: 1: During the day of the gig, I wandered around the town and found a copy of Cocteau's 'Opium' book in a second hand bookshop. I bought it, (and still have it to this day.)

2: At the sound check in the afternoon, I met a girl called Frieda, (who prefered to be called 'Freedom',) and she and I spent the rest of the afternoon, and the intervals during the gig, together. She was a really nice girl and we hit it off, enjoying each other's company.

I remember she took me to a spot in the town which lay above a railway junction where we found a bench where we could sit and look down on the railway from above as the sun set. It seemed somehow poetic and romantic, and I've never forgotten it (or 'Freedom'for that matter.) Such is the stuff of life... :wink:


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 Post subject: Re: BE BOP DELUXE TOUR DATES
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Keef do you have any dates for Unity Hall Wakefield around the end of '74 or early '75.? This was my first ever gig and i have been unable to pin down an exact date. This would be for the second line up with Charlie and Simon (not sure about Andy Clark ). I do remember Bill wearing a Panama hat. 8)
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 Post subject: Re: BE BOP DELUXE TOUR DATES
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Great memories Bill, thanks for your comments!

Geetar Homer, the only date I have for the Unity Hall, Wakefield is the 20th Jun 1975. Could that be the one? There is, of course, a possibility that there is an earlier date that I just haven't uncovered yet. I'll let you know if I do!


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 Post subject: Re: BE BOP DELUXE TOUR DATES
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14 Jun 1973? Balls Park College, Hertford Be Bop Deluxe, Chopyn
SATURDAY 14TH JUNE 1975 :wink:

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