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And then he walked along the edge of the Circle

This is the place where we will post your stories about the Green's Playhouse, The Glasgow Apollo and Satelitte City (The Wee Apollo). As it develops we will break the stories up into sections such as Myths, Gigs I missed, Meeting the Bands, Where are they now etc. No story too trivial and we will only edit out bad language!

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They are the Best [reply]
 
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first time i saw ac/dc was at the apollo in 82 both nights. ive seen them many times since and im still a big fan. im looking for any info or recordings i can get on the glasgow gigs. i got a great dvd of the april 30th 78 gig with the band wearing the scotland shirts. any fand interested in helping me e mail me at david_celtic@yahoo*xx*
    cheers
btw   great site
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I saw AC/DC a couple of times at the Apollo, great nights!
I was the 'School girl' sitting up in the VIP boxes on the 2nd.night (Sat) of the FTATR tour on 9th Oct '82.I'm looking for either the review for that gig which was in SOUNDS or the name of the journalist,who happened to be sitting beside me that night and who had to look after me as I was so 'out of my head' with meeting the band. The poor guy had a lunatic on his hands that night!!  I hope someone can help me out here.
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Just found this web site tonight, so apologies if you already have the Sounds Review - but I have the original paper. The journalist was Dave Lewis. It was a brilliant concert and I remember a 'schoolgirl' being escorted through the stalls by the bouncers before the gig started - what a wonderful sight !!!!!!!!!!!!

If you want a copy let me know.

Cheers,
Paul
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Hiya m8

We'd love a copy of the article - we can use it in a newsletter.  Cheers Scott
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Magic. Saw them once on Highway tour 1979, twice on Back In Black and twice on For Those About To Rock. The atmosphere was indescribable. It doesn't exist ANYWHERE these days. I even managed to catch Angus's cap during Hells Bells when he launched it into the crowd. It is still produced regularly to disbelieving friends at parties, etc. I have every ticket stub and programme from gigs I attended between 1979 and the closure of the old place. Will be digging them out of the loft tonight for some nostalgia. [reply]
 
Hi Graeme,
I was also at the Highway to Hell tour 1979 and both nights of the Back in Black tour 1980.  I have seen many many concerts over the years but the Highway gig is still my best concert, insurpassable.  You are right the atmosphere watching AC/DC at their peak in the Glasgow Apollo cannot be equalled.  I was in the low box near the stage on the left hand side of the Apollo, truly a night which cannot be repeated.  Today's kids have really no idea how great a concert that was - the crowd were 100 percent  witht the band and the band 100 percent  with the crowd, fantastic.

Paul Christian Owens
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Hello.  I may be writing a book about Highway To Hell and I'd love to talk with anyone who was at the Glasgow 1979 show.  Any chance that anyone in Robert Ellis' famous photo from the show is on this forum?

Joe Bonomo
DeKalb IL USA
joe.bonomo@yahoo*xx*
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So many good memories of the band in the early days. Saw the early tours (City Halls and Glasgow Uni) before they moved onto the Apollo. Best memories. Either one afternoon travelling round Glasgow in the front of a transit van with Bon Scott between the soundcheck and the concert (honest), or the Tour when they had the 'new kids'(Def Leppard) as support. One of the Classicic Apollo double bills; probably the only support band I ever say who got a standing ovation as they came onto the stage. [reply]
 
I was there too. Def Leppard were so young, but they could play. Even so, who's have thought they'd get so big. Anyway, it's a pity that only saw Bon Scott this one time. By the next tour he was gone. I'll never forget Angus on his shoulders, going round the boxes, circles, and so on. I was in the circle so that was special. The Back in Black Tour was good, but never the same without Bon. [reply]
 
I agree, although AC/DC are huge it was never really the same without Bon. I was also at the Highway to hell gig in 79, as a young Hev this gig totally blew me away. This was also my first time at the Appollo, I still have the treasured programme. I was in the Circle when Angus did the 'on shoulders stunt' I had a laugh after the crowd had rushed to get closer to Angus as lying 'unhurt' on the floor was a big guy who sold me my first AC/DC album. Cheers Tony from the record stall up Wishaw market. [reply]
 
Does anyone know if any other venue would shout Brian Johnson's name for the encore the way the Apollo did?.It seemed like he really appreciated the gesture. I would assume Newcastle would, but I think that kind of atmosphere and fan appreciation made the Apollo such a special place for bands to play. [reply]
 
My best gig at the Apollo was AC/DC on the For Those About To Rock tour.  I will never forget the plaster on the roof falling into the stalls during For Those About TO Rock. Great gig by a band who still rock! [reply]
 
Yeah, I remember the plaster falling down and a piece almost hitting Brian Johnson during "one night in a club called the Shaking Hand" -brilliant and unfortunatly their last Apollo gig!
Cheeers
Noddy
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this was "the best" show i ever saw at the apollo.
i was lucky enough to see ac/dc back in 77 with bon scott, but brian johnson steped in an did a dam good job as lead singer. i allso recall plaster falling from the roof along with the balcony shakeing, ac/dc really shook the place all night long. an the way the apollo crowd was chanting brian's name that was a 1st for me.
i find my self very lucky to have been there that night truly rock-n-roll history. long live the apollo you are for every in my heart & soul!!!!!!!!!!  cheers, jimmy
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hello dee bomber,

i was glad you confirmed to my pals that we did indeed chant brian johnston`s name on that night.
they could not remember.
this was the first time i had seen ac/dc as i had to give up my ticket for the highway to hell tour the year previously & missed bon`s last stand.
the back in black concert was fantastic & i remember the build up where they played the who`s , won`t get fooled again, over the pa with the whole place  up on the seats going mental anticipating angus & the boys arrival.
the band still put on a good show however the apollo nights were unique.
rock on..... hec
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any ideas on the setlists for the early tours? [reply]
 
id love to hear any stories u got about ac/dc especially any info you got on any the gigs with bon
   cheers david
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they were the best...............
when Bon Scott died so did ac/dc.
I'm sorry, but Brian Johnson just does not cut it.
A new generation of fans have grown up with the cloth capped one but nothing comes close to Bon in full flight strutting across the stage at the Apollo with Angus on his shoulders.
I saw ac/dc do their 1st  gig at the Apollo in'77 I think it was. I was hooked. I didn't miss a gig when they were in town. Then Bon took the highway to hell. Saw the next gig with the geordie and that was me finished the band. No Bon no point.
I do remember Def leppard being quite good,but the support band that stuck with me was Stiff Little Fingers.
The Apollo was THE place to be at the time,you could see the bands really enjoyed playing there.

ps. I was unable to open a new thread,is it the website?
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I can't believe that they played the Apollo 9 times. Early gigs with Bon were the best-no contest.
I remember waiting for the doors to open and noticing a camouflaged portacabin in the lane next to the Apollo. Who'd have believed that this mobile studio would record us at our best...Angus!!..Angus!!....magic.
Got "removed" after only 4 AC/DC songs during the tour with Leppard. B*****d Apollo bouncers. Took 3 of them mind....
Was at the City Hall gig. House lights on after ten o'clock....Bon on top of the PA belting out "Long Way To The Top"...Angus spanking the SG on a statue plinth...the stage curtains being hauled down....the first three rows of seats destroyed.....Nostalgia? Ain't it great? Wish I was 17 again.

What a band!
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Les, long shot, but the name and your fondness for Ac/Dc suggest it could be you. Let me know if it is, Ton up Tony fae Tilly. [reply]
 
Hi Ian,
the Apollo rocked BIG TIME!!!!!!
I totally agree with you mate!
NO BON  equals  NO AC/DC!!!!!!!
FOR ALL OF YOU WHO ARE TRUE BON SCOTT FANS I CAN HIGHLY RECOMMEND MY BON SCOTT COLLECTORS SITE

www.jack-d*xx*

Happy new year to all!!
slainte!
Jack Dawson
BON SCOTT FOREVER!!!
BON SCOTT LIVES!!!!
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Sadly i never managed to see the band at the apollo but caught them at the secc in 1991 and at wembley arena on the stiff upper lip tour a couple of years ago. Both times in big sheds which don't really cut it for a band of this intensity. I was one of the fortunate ones to get tickets in the now seatless stalls for their recent gig at the Carling Apollo (the renamed Hammersmith Odeon)last month. The fact that all 4,000 tickets sold out in 4 minutes says it all. [reply]
 
This must be the biggest mistake of my life! Didn't go to the 79 AC/DC show because I didn't like the singer at the time..... Aarrrghhhh. Needless to say I never missed them afterwards, but missing out on Bon's last Apollo gig, well, what a bummer! [reply]
 
Hi Andy,
AC/DC WERE THE BEST 'TILL FEBRUARY 19th 1980
FOR ALL WHO TRUELY LIKE BON SCOTT AND WHO COLLECT THE BON-ERA RECORDS, one place and one place only:
WWW.JACK-D*xx*

BON SCOTT FOREVER!!
BON LIVES!!!!!
SLAINTE!
JACK
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jack, i must agree with you m8, BON SCOTT was the man. i mean no disrespect to mr. johnson, but bon scott was & will aiiway's be AC/DC!!!!!!!!!!!!!
i recall the for those about to rock tour, the gig was finished & i just sat in my seat looking at the stage thinking to my self what it would have been like to see BON SCOTT singing & boogieing across that stage of the great apollo!!
for those of you that did you are very,very lucky.
            cheers,jimmy smith
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Maybe it's my failing memory and too much whisky, but I think the setlist for the Friday night in October 82 is wrong. 

I remember feeling disappointed because they didn't do "Highway to Hell".  Couldn't go Saturday - maybe they did it then. 

I remember a really serious discussion with my mates on the way home (as you do when you're 16!!) about how they didn't do it out of respect for the dearly departed Bon as only he could do it justice.

Also, was there not another support act before Y&T? An American outfit called The Rods - total and utter keech so they were.  Big on attitude, short on originality.
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yep the setlist is wrong tho they did play highway to hell! y&t were the only support band. i do remember the rods on the scene rodabout then  might have supported iron maiden and i think they might have done a 3 band tour with 2 other american bands,might have been sponsered by sounds if i remember correctly. any way ac/dc set list for the friday night was -
  AC/DC----LIVE---GLASGOW,SCOTLAND, U.K.  08 OCT 1982
                    Recorded live at the Apollo

Disc One

01. Hells Bells 6:47
02. C.O.D. 3:58
03. Shot Down In Flames 3:16
04. Sin City 5:38
05. Shoot To Thrill 5:43
06. Back In Black 4:02
07. Bad Boy Boogie 14:39
08. Rock N Roll Aint Noise Pollution
Disc Two

01. Highway To Hell 4:20
02. Let's Get It Up 4:12
03. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap 4:01
04. Whole Lotta Rosie 4:56
05. Let There Be Rock 11:29
06. Fling Thing 3:16
07. You Shook Me All Night Long 3:23
08. For Those About To Rock 6:09

the second night way -

AC/DC----LIVE----GLASGOW,SCOTLAND  U.K.  09 OCTOBER 82
                 RECORDED AT THE APOLLO,RENFIELD STREET. 
DISC 1
01 HELLS BELLS
02 HAVE A DRINK ON ME
03 SHOT DOWN IN FLAMES
04 SIN CITY
05 SHOOT TO THRILL
06 BACK IN BLACK
07 BAD BOY BOOGIE
08 ROCK N ROLL AINT NOISE POLLUTION
09 HIGHWAY TO HELL

DISC 2
01 THE JACK
02 DIRTY DEEDS DONE DIRT CHEAP
03 WHOLE LOTTA ROSIE
04 LET THERE BE ROCK
05 LIVE WIRE
06 FOR THOSE ABOUT TO ROCK
07 TNT

quite a difference from the first night and brian messed up singing live wire   he only ever sang the song twice here and in birmingham on the same tour   never done it since!
i have recordings of both nights for anyone thats interested  im looking for info,recordings,ticket stubs,progs etc of any ac/dc shows especially glasgow in the early days at the city hall and uni gigs.

  cheers david
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boyzoboyz, David: my memory is truly shot and I'm totally confused. 
Genuinely surprised about inclusion of highway to hell both nights.
Also, your setlists mean I went Saturday night, coz I remember The Jack and the set closer being TNT, but I was sure I skipped the BB to go and my Dad being totally unimpressed.  He was coming in as I went out in my combat jacket and trainers and tried to make me put my school shoes on because they were leather and it was raining!!!! 
I tried to point out that I would die of ridicule and probably get my head kicked in for being a "poof", which cut no ice. 
Then I realised my trainers were leather too and so just as water-resistant. 
"Shot Down in Flames", my Dad skulked off with the usual "don't blame me if you catch p - neumonia!"   

I'll have to go rummage through my ticket stubs.
Maybe I'm getting mixed up with Lizzy the following year on the Thunder and Lightning tour.  Did The Rods support Lizzy I wonder?
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Off topic but this is bugging me.  Definitely saw "The Rods" at the Apollo.  Granted the place was pretty empty at the time so probably not many saw them.
I remember they plugged their "In the Raw" album which was released in 1981, so the timing would be right.  Are you certain they weren't on the undercard before Y&T? 
I wasn't at Maiden so couldn't have been then.
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bruce mate im 100 percent  sure the rods didnt play with ac/dc on that tour

   cheers dave
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The Rods supported Iron Maiden in 1982, 100 percent . Only Y&T supported AC/DC on both nights. I got in via Tom Russell, front row of the circle no less. Wish i had seen Bon though. Long live THE APOLLO!!!! [reply]
 
100 percent  the rods supported iron maidn. me and my mate boots duncan were doon the front at the rods with iron maiden posters as guitars..  went out and bought the rods album days later..  amazinfg how in the cold light of day they were pure ******e [reply]
 
hi,i was at both the gigs and would loe copies of the discs,what do you want for the discs?

cheers  

paul
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