1977 - Punk Meets Rock
Jethro Tull play a sell out show at the venue in February and can't resist taking their ongoing battle against the New Musical Express onto the Apollo stage. "I seem to have acquired a reputation for hating the music press, as it likes to call itself". Tull fans of a gentler nature should avoid Ian Cranna's review of the show!
The Melody Maker focused on Tull's support act on the tour, guitar virtuoso Leo Kottke. "He's apprehensive about the Jethro gigs because he's got a chubby face and a deep trawling voice and his sets tend to be quiet affairs relying heavily on the solo acoustic guitar.
Perhaps he should learn to stand up when he plays, or stand on a speaker, he muses. They're never gonna see him at Glasgow Apollo (the opening date) if the stage is as high as everyone says."
Frank Zappa returns to the Apollo in February and thanks the Glasgow crowed "for coming along on such a cold night to this rickety old theatre!".
The Clash play the Apollo in October. Pictures of the show capture the energy of a band destined to become Apollo legends.
Status Quo's fondness for the Apollo continues into 1977. One articles comments: "The pre-punk period was, according to most neutral observers, when Quo reached their peak, culminating in the release of their live album from the Glasgow Apollo.
In 1977, at the height of punk rock, Glasgow was still rocking out to Status Quo. Parfitt has, on numerous occasions, wheeled out his "oxygen at the side of the stage" anecdote but, as testimony to the madness of the Quo machine around that time, it stands another hearing. In short, these hard-living, hard-loving rockers were hitting the party scene so hard, they needed to dart to the side of the stage for a quick gasp of air mid-concert.
"I remember at the time thinking this is rock'n'roll," Parfitt says, "just standing on that stage at the Apollo in front of so many people, and having to get roadies to wring out the sweat from our T-shirts because we were so hot."
He adds: "We were lucky in Glasgow because the Apollo was a terrifying venue because the stage was so high. You felt very, very exposed up there and, added to that, you had a hard, industrial audience. I think if you got off on the wrong foot it would be a disaster, I just think people in Glasgow related to us."
Former Starsky and Hutch star David Soul sings live at the Apollo. At the concert the bouncers get more than they expected.
"Soul assassins (Herald 29 January 2004)
Website www.glasgowapollo.com includes reminiscences from the old venue's biggest drawback – its bullying bouncers. One revealed that they received their comeuppance from an unexpectedly violent source: 13-year-old female David Soul fans. Their screaming, hysterical crying, punching, kicking and spitting led to police eventually being deployed to keep them off the stage. As the bouncer cravenly confesses, he and his burly workmates hid from the girls behind the thin blue line." Check out the Bouncers section in Apollomemories forum for the full story.
Queen celebrate the 25th anniversary of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II (UK) by printing silver tickers for their shows in May 1977.
Former Deep Purple guitarist Richie Blackmore brings Rainbow to the theatre. The band are welcomed onto the stage by Judy Garland saying, " toto got a feeling.." Rainbow's set includes Kill the King, Mistreated and Greensleeves. However, Richie who is notoriously temperamental, does not impress the Glasgow crowd. The band makes a hasty exit having played no encores.