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It’s a bit like being Telegram Sam

From Nigel Baker for Phil Freeman in particular but the rest of you lot too – although I think the ‘dream job’ is no more (?):

“I’ve always loved 10cc but have been a bit sceptical as Graham Gouldman was the only original member. Anyway I swallowed my prejudice and went to see them in Crawley last night. They were absolutely fantastic. All I can say if Phil actually gets paid to work around those vocals he must have just about my dream job. [And I say that, having seen McCartney at the O2 on Saturday who was still pretty damn good]”

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Author: pompeypop

University lecturer, longtime local musician and recently historian of popular music - especially in and around Portsmouth. My blog is entirely about that topic

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  1. John and I saw 10cc courtesy of Phil a year or two ago, and thought the band was great. Thankyou for that Phil.

    My Son and grandaughter were at the 02 seeing McCartney too, Nigel. My granddaughter thought.
    ” live and let die” was the most amazing thing she’s ever experienced.

    A good friend of my daughters got us the seats, (he’s involved with cameras and video wall) but I’m unable to walk properly (again) so we passed them down the family line

    . And I was so glad we did – the seats were aisle end, centre row, 3 rows back, so they had to stand for the whole 3 hours to see anything ! Or be crushed in the dancing throng at the front. Me – I’d have been crushed!

  2. I saw 10 CC at Cropredy Festival a couple of years ago, and very good they were too.

    HOWEVER… I remember them at Knebworth Festival back in 1976. It was the same year as The Rolling Stones headlined. However, Hot Tuna were great, as were Lynyrd Skynyrd (in what I think was there last ever concert by the “real” line up after the fatal air crash). Todd Rundgren was great too, but my abiding memory will always be 10 cc’s “I’m Not In Love”, which permeated around the natural amphitheater in a magical manner. Could’ve been something to do with a strange little pyramid shaped sweetie a man sold me for 50p, I suppose (I was “working” at the time and had to maintain my cover…it says here in the script. ) However, I thought that The Stones’ set was disappointing – I didn’t make it to the end of the set….

    Freddy Bannister, the promoter of the Knebworth , Lincoln & Bath Festival of The Blues 1969, Bath Festival 1970 and Lincoln Festival has released a MASSIVE limited edition (250 copies only) box set entitled “The Ultimate Bath, Lincoln and Knebworth Commemorative Set 1969 – 79” at an absolute bargain price of £149.95 -with free courier delivery in the U.K.

    Well, I’ve ordered mine -and there are just 47 copies left ……….

    Here’s a cut ‘n paste from http://www.rockmusicmemorabilia.com/ – there’s a lot more info/details on the site which is well worth checking out.

    “As we have been asked on many occasions if we have a set that covers all the festivals Freddy Bannister promoted we have produced the ultimate set that covers every festival he ran between 1969-1979 and includes many previously unseen items.

    The 1969 Bath Blues Festival was unique among European festivals as it was the very first outdoor event Led Zeppelin played. The programme included Fleetwood Mac, Led Zeppelin, John Mayall, Ten Years After, Nice, Chicken Shack, John Hiseman’s Colosseum, Taste featuring Rory Gallagher,Blodwyn Pig, Keef Hartley, Savoy Brown etc.

    The 1970 Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music had probably the best line up ever seen in the UK and included Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Jefferson Airplane, Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, John Mayall’s Blues Breakers, The Byrds, Canned Heat, Dr John, Steppenwolf, Santana, Johnny Winter, Country Joe, It’s A Beautiful Day, Flock, Hot Tuna, Fairport Convention and Maynard Ferguson’s Big Band

    The 1971 Lincoln Folk Festival featured James Taylor, The Byrds, Tom Paxton, Buffy St Marie, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, Tim Hardin, Dion, Pentangle, The Incredible String Band, Sandy Denny, Steeleye Span, Ralph McTell, Dave Swarbrick and Martin Carthy

    The 1974 Knebworth set commemorates the very first Knebworth festival with The Allman brothers, Doobie Bros, Van Morrison, Tim Buckley, The Mahavishnu Orchestra and the Alex Harvey Band. It was the festival that helped make Knebworth the legend it became.

    1975 was the year Pink Floyd headlined at Knebworth, complete with World War 11 Spitfires low flying behind the stage as they started their set.

    The 1976 Knebworth Fair featured the Rolling Stones (playing their longest set ever) 10cc, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Todd Rungren, Hot Tuna and the Don Harrison Band

    In 1978 Genesis and Jefferson Starship headlined the first Knebworth festival and because the press were putting us down for using the ‘safe big old dinasaurs’ the second Knebworth 78 festival, which we called ‘Not Another Boring Old Knebworth’, featured The Tubes, Frank Zappa, Boomtown Rats, Peter Gabriel, Rockpile and WilKo Johnson’s Solid Senders.

    The 1979 Knebworth, which has now become one of the most legendary events, featured Led Zeppelin, New Barbarians, Todd Rundgren, Southside Johnny and, at the special request of Peter Grant, Chas and Dave.

    INCLUDED ARE:

    32 CDs AND 5 DVDs FROM THESE SEMINAL EVENTS (Please Note: the CDs and DVDs are not sold separately)

    TWO METAL BADGES FROM THE ORIGINAL ARTWORK, WHICH WERE SOLD AT THE ROLLING STONES AND GENESIS FESTIVALS – EACH BADGE IS 2.5cm IN DIAMETER

    6 ARTIST PASSES FROM THE 1976 FESTIVAL

    TWO 1974 FESTIVAL PASSES FROM THE VERY FIRST KNEBWORTH FESTIVAL

    4 PASSES FROM THE TWO 1978 FESTIVALS

    A CHOICE OF 3 FESTIVAL T-SHIRTS (INCLUDING THE TWO BATH FESTIVALS) AVAILABLE IN M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL -GILDAN 100% PRESHRUNK COTTON.

    THE FLYERS PROGRAMMES AND TICKETS FROM THE EIGHT FESTIVALS

    A STAGGERING 75 GREAT 6″X8″ PHOTOGRAPHS – MOST IN COLOUR

    A 330 PAGE BOOK DESCRIBING THE BACK STAGE HASSLES AND THE PROBLEMS ENCOUNTERED RUNNING LARGE FESTIVALS. THE BOOK ALSO CONTAINS A FURTHER 80 ILLUSTRATIONS,

    10 FULL SIZE POSTERS FROM THE ORIGINAL ARTWORK. THE MAJORITY OF THE POSTERS MEASURE 30″ X 20″, THE 1976 POSTER IS 24″ IN DIAMETER AND THE FRANK ZAPPA POSTER IS 25″ X 36″ (IF PURCHASED SEPARATELY THE POSTERS ALONE WOULD COST OVER £108)

    MISCELLANEOUS REPORTS, PLANS AND MAPS FROM THE VARIOUS FESTIVALS

    3 HANDBILLS FROM THE PAVILION BATH THE VENUE WHICH SPAWNED THESE LEGENDARY FESTIVALS

    ALL CONTAINED IN A SUPERB HIGH QUALITY HANDMADE BOX – JUST £149.95.

    To help spread the cost you may if you wish pay by 3 instalments; after the 1st payment the set is sent to you with the balance payable in two further instalments. This offer applies to credit card payments only.
    Please email, or phone for further details re the deferred payment scheme 01954 268088 (0044 1954 268088 from Europe or 01144 1954 268088 from USA).
    The courier delivery charge for this set is free to the UK and reduced to Europe, USA, Canada, Mexico and rest of world.

    DELIVERY – WE NORMALLY TRY TO SEND OUT ALL ORDERS IN 3 DAYS BUT AS THIS AMAZING SET IS SO COMPREHENSIVE IT TAKES AN ENORMOUS AMOUNT OF TIME TO ASSEMBLE SO IT CAN TAKE ANYTHING UP TO 10 OR 12 DAYS TO DISPATCH.”

    • JR the Skynyrd plane crash was October 20th 1977. I was driving along A1A past Ron Jons surf shop when it came on the radio. The previous year I had about worn out a 8 track tape of the “One From The Road” album. The footage from Knebworth is on just about every Skynyrd movie. It is even used as part of their current show when Ronnie is shown on screen footage alternating verses of Travellin Man with little brother Johnny. I wish I could have seen them live at Knebworth consider your self a lucky man JR

  3. I remember Bath 1970 pretty clearly – lots of Pompey people including Mr Tench and Mr Mook. The line up was great (despite Led Zep) and I have an earlier box set just of that festival. It ended in rain with the Byrds playing a beautiful acoustic set (fear of being electrocuted) . The weather was a drag and there was a log jam that meant Donovan doing an unscheduled gig for about 20 hours – otherwise, pretty fine.

    • Yes, I was working at the above 1976 Knebworth festival too, altho’ on the opposing side. I went to tent/sleeping bag when the Stones appeared. I believe that festival put paid, for me, to any future such as this.

      • That was meant to be a reply to the long post above! Forgive me.
        I should also have said that we shared a tent with, and were separated only by a canvas partition from, those fine upstanding ‘servants’ of HM Constabulary. We didn’t go for those silly, rather outdated, hallucinogens, of course. The powders de rigueur were in abundance tho’.

  4. I have the Bath 70, box set from Freddie which included a cd of the 1969 as well. Still have my original programme, albeit a bit tatty now. Have to agree about Donovan, cannot listen to Mellow Yellow without thinking back to Bath. Pink Floyd playing late at night was pretty good what with the West Countries rumours of UFOs around that time. In those days everyone sat on the grass & watched not stood waving big flags with women sat on their shoulders blocking others views, we must’ve been more laid back then.

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