My first concert was back in the 60's at the Newcastle Odeon Cinema, headliners were Bo Diddley, Little Richard & the Everly Brothers. The Rolling Stones were bottom of the bill and only sang two songs - "Come On" and "Not Fade Away," very good cover versions of Chuck Berry and Buddy Holly songs. Everly Brothers in concert at the Newcastle City Hall in 1983 during their Reunion Tour and at the Newcastle City Hall on 15 November 2005, still great harmonies.
The Hollies, Searchers, Freddie & The Dreamers, Gerry & The Pacemakers, Billy J Kramer & The Dakotas at Lincoln when l was in the Royal Air Force between '61 and '65.
The Supremes, Little Stevie Wonder, Martha & The Vandellas, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles and The Temptations on the first Tamla Motown tour of Great Britain at the Newcastle City Hall in 1962. The venue was approx a quarter full, today any one of these groups/artistes would sell out any big venue within hours.
A concert in Lincoln in 1964 with Chuck Berry headlining, support acts included Long John Baldry & The Hoochie Coochie Men, this band featured Rod Stewart as a second vocalist. Zoot Money's Big Roll Band & The Graham Bond Organisation. Graham Bond's group included Ginger Baker on drums and Jack Bruce on bass guitar, they later left to form Cream with Eric Clapton. Chuck Berry in the late 90's at Sunderland Empire.
The Beach Boys in concert four times at the Newcastle City Hall, Nov 1966, Dec 1968, May 1972 and 1977. Early in 1972, the band hired drummer Ricky Fataar and guitarist Blondie Chaplin, two members of a South African rock band named The Flame. Captain & Tennille became touring backup musicians for the Beach Boys. In addition to touring with the Beach Boys, Captain & Tennille appeared on their albums of the period, including Sunflower and Holland.
Emerson, Lake & Palmer in concert at the Newcastle Odeon Cinema in 1971 and at the Newcastle City Hall in 1992.
Led Zeppelin (Best Rock Band Of All Time) at the Newcastle City Hall in 1972, deaf for three days but well worth it.
The Who in 1973 at the Newcastle Odeon Cinema when they released "Quadrophenia," and in November 2000 with Zak Starkey (Ringo's son) on drums at the Newcastle Arena.
The Osmonds on 14 April 1980 at the Newcastle City Hall, the whole family straight from Las Vegas, laser show, very professional.
Pat Benatar on 27 January 1983 at the Newcastle City Hall.
Whitesnake in 1997 and June 2006 at the Newcastle City Hall.
Cher at the Newcastle Arena in 1998, great voice, 9 costume changes made the concert longer than usual.
ZZ Top at the Newcastle Arena in 2003.
My favourite female singer Shania Twain in concert five times. The first time was in Glasgow, Scotland in 1999, she was incredible, so was her band. Saw her in Hyde Park London on 12 July 2003 and at the Newcastle Arena on 28 July 2003, 14 February 2004 and 11 March 2004.
G3 featuring Robert Fripp, Joe Satriani and Steve Vai on 25 June 2004 at the Newcastle City Hall. Robert Fripp and Joe Satriani weren't very good but Steve Vai was outstanding, he's a guitar virtuoso. Steve Vai in concert at the Newcastle City Hall on 22nd October 2005.
The Shadows, Britain's and the world's best instrumental group of all time at the Newcastle City Hall in May 1989 and on their Final Tour in 2004
Bonnie Riatt on 6 July 2004 at the Newcastle City Hall.
Deep Purple on 11 September 2004 at the Newcastle City Hall, and on 21 April 2007 at the Newcastle Arena with Styx & Thin Lizzy.
Robert Plant and his band Strange Sensation on 21 October 2004 at the Newcastle City Hall, l also saw him in concert at The Sage, Gateshead on 30 October 2005
Aerosmith at the Newcastle Arena
Brian Wilson, writer of the vast majority of Beach Boys songs. In January 2002 at the London Royal Festival Hall, his 10 piece band which included "The Wondermints" were the best l've ever heard, the voices and sounds were so good that the "Pet Sounds Live" CD/DVD was recorded over the 4 nights and released in the UK a week before it was released in the USA, which was a first.
Bon Jovi in August 2000 at the Gateshead International Stadium, an excellent rock 'n' roll band with Richie Sambora on lead guitar.
Thunder at the Newcastle City Hall in 2006
Journey at the Newcastle City Hall on 2 March 2007
Toto at the Newcastle City Hall on 13 March 2007
Billy Connolly on 19 September 2007 at the Newcastle City Hall
l'm going to see Foreigner at the Newcastle City Hall on 10 November 2007.