On this night, 42 years ago, Joy Division played at King Kong, Antwerp (B)!
In their short existence of barely four years, Joy Division played only 12 shows in total outside the UK.
One of those shows was in an Antwerp movie theatre called King Kong on January 14th, 1979. Some sources talk of only 80 tickets sold while other witnesses say there where 'only' about 200 people. And in fact most of them didn't even come to see Joy Division, they came to see and support the at that time popular and local post-punk band 'De Kommeniste'.
The low turnout is said to have been due to the fact that the organizer was arrested by the police while hanging out posters promoting this show. They forced him to remove all posters already hung, while the rest of his posters, and even his car, were confiscated with a prohibition to hang out any more posters.
Joy Division - European tour dates (*Outside the UK)
16 Oct Plan , Brussels
18 Dec Les Bains Douches, Paris
11 Jan Paradiso, Amsterdam
12 Jan Paard Van Troje, The Hague
13 Jan Doornroosje, Nijmegen,
14 Jan King Kong, Antwerpen,
15 Jan The Basement, Cologne
16 Jan Lantaren, Rotterdam
17 Jan Plan K, Brussels
18 Jan Effenaar, Eindhoven
19 Jan Club Vera, Groningen
21 Jan Kant Kino, Berlin
Today, 42 years ago, the Sex Pistols played their historic 'last' show! Watch it here!!
In October 1977 the Sex Pistols release their first and only studio album Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols. Only a couple months later the band became a victim of their own succes and started to fall apart. After their, what was going to be, last performance on UK soil in December the same year, the Sex Pistols went on their first and last American tour (January 1979).
Meanwhile Sid Vicious' drug abuse continued to swirl, while Johnny Rotten was becoming tired of the scene altogether. He started to realize he was now fully involved in the same entertainment industry that he so detested.
Rotten would later state: “ I felt cheated and I wasn’t going on with it any longer. It was a ridiculous farce. The whole thing was a joke at that point.”
At the end of this last show he made clear to everyone how fed up he was. Before the last song from their set, Rotten asked his fans “Tell us, how does it feel to have bad taste?” After they played that song, “Anarchy in the UK/USA”, they were called back by the audience for an encore to which he replied “You get one number and one number only, because I’m a lazy bastard”.
During that final song, ’No Fun’ (originally by the Stooges), he can be heard singing “This is no fun, no fun / This is no fun at all, no fun”.
Rotten left the stage after sneering his very last words as Sex Pistols singer to the audience “ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated? hahaha..”
And so he decided to leave the band after this final tour date on 1/14/1978 - Winterland (San Francisco, CA).
The band was now decapitated and was left with a gimmick ….
Sid Vicious tried to take over Rottens duties by posing on pictures with runaway train robber Ronnie Biggs and covering Frank Sinatra's "My Way" ….
But when he overdosed and died on February 2, 1979, just little more than one year after the ‘final’ show, the Sex Pistols came to a de facto end.
Sex Pistols reunions, with original bass player Glen Matlock back on bass, followed in1996 and 2007.
God Save The Queen
I Wanna Be Me
I'm A Lazy Sod
Belsen Was A Gas
Holidays In The Sun
Anarchy In The UK
Johnny Rotten - lead vocals
Sid Vicious - bass, vocals
Steve Jones - guitar, vocals
Paul Cook - drums
American singer, writer and film director Rob Zombie, born as Robert Bartleh Cummings, Haverhill (Massachusetts), January 12, 1965) and founder of the now disbanded metal band White Zombie in 1986, started a solo career in 1996 under the name Rob Zombie. Zombie's career as a director began with the horror film House of 1000 Corpses, which has now gained cult status.
With White Zombie he released 4 studio albums and the remix album ‘’Supersexy Swingin’ Sounds.
As Rob Zombie he released 8 studio albums and the remix album ‘American Made Music To strip By’.
Musician, guitarist, singer, performance artist, composer, writer and actor Blixa Bargeld, born Christian Emmerich (Berlin, 12 January, 1959) and best know to most of us as the head and voice of Einstürzende Neubauten turns 62 today!
On this day 36 years ago, Nina Hagen performed in front of 1,5 million people on the first edition of world’s biggest festivals Rock in Rio (Brazil).
36 years ago, on 11 January 1985, Nina Hagen performed in front of 1,5 million people on the first edition of the world’s biggest festival Rock in Rio (Brazil). The festival lasted 9 days while most of the headliners performed on two different nights. Nina Hagen’s second performance was on the last day of the festival, 20 January 1985.
A special 250,000 m2 site was built especially for this event with a stage of a stunning 5,000 m2, two shopping centers with 50 stores, two medical first aid centers and became know as Cidade do Rock or City of Rock.
Rock in Rio 1985 Line-up (Alphabetically)
• Al Jarreau
• The B-52's
• George Benson
• The Go-Go's
• Iron Maiden
• James Taylor
• Nina Hagen
• Ozzy Osbourne
• Rod Stewart