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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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Totally blown away in 1984!!   Balcony was bouncin big style!!   That balcony just added to the vibe..you thought it was gonna give way any minute!!  Sprogg, Mezzy..do you remember that gig!!   Maiden were loud!!      Still goin strong after 22 years...off to see them at secc in december.  So miss the atmosphere of the apollo though..nothin to beat it!!!   The secc sucks!! [reply]
 
powerslave 1984 - best ever maiden tour in my opinion. saw support band waysted for the first time. i thought they were fecking ace but why only a 20 odd minute set? and christ - was singer Fin packing a pair of hiking socks in his spandex or what?! i was agog!!! (thought i'd use that word as well). jeez, spandex - what were they thinking of. [reply]
 
i'm still a fan of the 1st 2 albums with Paul Dianno on vocals (and yes, Number of the Beast is a Classicic album too!)Saw them supporting Judas Priest in 1980 and they were brilliant and gave Halford's boys a serious run for their money. They are the only support band I ever witnessed at the Apollo who got a double oncore (they had run out of stuff to play and had to play Running Free again!)
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The Number Of The Beast gig was amazing. My eyes never left the stage watchin those sexy devils in the red suits,,,with the long forks with red lights comin out of the end.By the way,,if it was guys in those suits,,PLEASE dont tell me.
And when the big Eddie came on to fight Bruce at the end wi was completely agog! Good word that innit? Dont think ive ever used it afore,,
but it fits perfectly!
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Hell, David that was some gig! I remember the band before the tour saying they were going to blow Priest off the stage - close but not quite! Like you I'm a fan of the Di'Anno stuff so those  were my favourite Maiden gigs. Amazing memories! [reply]
 
That gig along with the AC/DC-Leppard gig in October 1979 has to be one of the best ever. Maiden were raw, rough, really hungry for success and it showed. Phantom of the Opera is still a classic. I still have an autographed bikers jacket with all of Maiden's scribbles somewhere and an original promo of the original line up that they gave away at backstage. Any offers? Unfortunately, my mate later told me that Dave Murray picked up his girlfriend and gave her one. I think he boasted about it for years after that. [reply]
 
ACORDING TO ONE OFF IRON MAIDENS SINGLES CALLED RUN TO THE HILLS,WHICH MEANS THERES A FEW PEOPLE THAT I KNOW SHOULD REALLY RUN TO THE HILLS,IRON MAIDEN ARE BRILLIANT LIVE BAND [reply]
 
I MUST AGREE WITH YOU STEPHEN,IRON MAIDEN "ARE BRILLIANT" IN CONCERT. SAW THEM AT THE APOLLO IN 82 OR 83, THEN 3YRS. LATER IN THE STATES WITH TWISTED SISTER, WENT TO A MEET -N- GREET AFTER THE SHOW ASK BRUCE DICKERSON ABOUT MAIDENS APOLLO GIGS AND HE SAID THE GLASGOW FANS ARE F#$KING MAD. [reply]
 
This was my first ever gig.My ticket was bought by some mates around May that year (1984),the intervening months in between were like 10 years,i couldnt wait! Eventually the day of the gig arrived,we all got a lift in Steven cravens dads car.I remember the queue around the venue,thousands of folk with Maiden,Dio,ac/dc t- shirts, there must have been 20,000 thousand waiting to get in(Aye alright, a wee bit over the top).I remember the smell of Hot dogs, Petullie oil,(did i spell that right), and some other green earthy smell, that i later found out to be fungus or mould.folk didnt have asthma in those days,they do now!Waysted came on,went down well.Oh the stage..how high was that, easy 16 feet.Then bang, on came Maiden .They came across as ordinary guys,played a blistering set,the following morning my voice was gone and my neck was killing me with all the headbanging.Brilliant.! [reply]
 
Dougal mate. How's it going !!   What a gig that was eh !!!  Remember going to the Blue Lagoon for the rotten chips and Irn Bru after the gig. Even after all the gigs we went to and the others I went to that you were not at, THIS one, the World Slaver Tour was the best Maiden gig I have seen and STILL the best gig I have ever seen. When Bruce was gobsmacked after 2 minutes as we would not stop cheering !! ****ing ace I tell you. You need to drop by some time. I have moved from the flat and I am now living in Melly's old house next to my aunt, up near the Whitefield dam. You know where. Drop in if you are in seeing your mum.
Remember we got a hold of the bootleg and we could hear you shouting in it !!  WOW. Great times with all the gigs we saw there.
I had on my white baseball boots to try and copy Bruce...he he.
Adios Muchacho. Hopefully see you soon !!  Got a few tales to tell you about a band called WinterStrain !   Aint that right Fiona !!   LOL
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I had the most amazing years at the Apollo..aged 14-16 1983-1985.The first time at the Apollo: I remember sneaking into town with my best friend Jane Childs, in the hope of seeing Iron Maiden ...My friend and I listened outside (to the support band!) but we were so excited we thought it was Maiden..we walked around the fromt of the Apollo in awe of its amazing size, the massive crowd had gone in by this point and as we looked aroung two guys came up to us, who had just met Saxon and one of them gave me the ticket that Biff had just given him..I said I couldn't go unless my pal got one and his pal gave her his..thank you guys..we ran to phone my Mum who was shocked but let us go...to our first amazing concert in the front row of the Circle ...we could not speak from screaming for days at our heros!! It was amazing and still lives in my heart.
I met Iron maiden in there on a later tour and was back stage and saw Bruce Dickinson in his Navy dressing gown Wow!! , Just out of the shower, Steve Harris's little boy running about with a can of larger!! Sharing a bag of chips with them from the chipy just outside the Apollo while standing at the back of the stalls while people queued up to meet them and get autographs, while my Dad sat in his car waiting for me outside..then I got a snog from Bruce!! My world was made!! Wow!! I still have the jeans I wore that they signed that night...What an amazing night!!   The Apollo was one of thee most amazing places in the whole world...
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I went to see IRON MAIDEN three times; 82,83,84 at the Apollo.  The 1982 Beast On The Road gig was my first ever time seeing a live band.  I wanted to go the Apollo for ages but had to wait till I was 16.  Anyway on the night I turned up with a few guys from school and we stood in line as you did.  The crowd was brilliant and there was an incredible buzz and the banter with passers by was hilarious.  One new romantic type guy walk passed on the Pavillion side of the street.  He was met by shouts and insults to colourful to repeat.  When the door finally opened we headed in to be met by the bouncers who frisked everyone.  I remember that they removed all studded or potential lethal items at the door and there was a pile of bullet belts, wristbands and other assorted stuff.  Lucky for me I managed to get by with my belt and stuff.  The funny thing was that you could buy and Iron Maiden studded wristband inside so kind of defeated the purpose. 

I'll never forget my first view once in the circle.  Everything seemed huge to me.  The speakers stacks, light trusses everything got me very worked up.  Somehow I knew this was going to be brilliant.  The atmosphere was thick with expectation.  From time to time a technician would check a guitar or a bass for the support band (The Rods, I think).  These sounded amazing.  Finally show time arrived and the lights dimmed and the support band came on.  God it was loud it took my ears a while to adjust.  To a newbie like I was it was a shock to the system.  They played a good set but the crowd were really just waiting for Maiden.  

The interval between bands seemed to last for ages, the background music did seem to get louder as the time approached.  Then the lights went out.  The place erupted with a roar reminiscent of a blood thirsty Roman gladiatorial games crowd.  Then the music blasted its way through the speakers and the lights came up and there was IRON MAIDEN on stage!  The crowd went bananas.  I dont know how anyone could kept their heads on their shoulders with  ferocity of the head banging going on.  It was brilliant.  I was enthralled watching Bruce, Steve, Dave and Adrian (Clive Burr was buried behind a huge drum kit).  The stage layout was great array of steps and walkways on which Bruce ran around like a demented cat.  The first two songs went by and then came Run to the Hills.  Having not long been a no 7 hit it was probably the most well know song they had.   They joy of hearing it at 110 + db was intoxicating.  I felt myself lifted into another reality.  I lost it at that point and banged my head as hard as the rest.  One of the highlights was lighting and effects during Number of the Beast.  The Album wasnt out at that point so a lot of the songs were being heard for the first time.   Bruce Dickinson did a brilliant job as front man and was obviously enjoying the mad Apollo crowd.  Im not sure if they played Iron Maiden as they normally did in later years, but the crowd reaction when Eddie came on was amazing.  I was gob smacked.  I tried to work out how they made him walk.  It was music, theatre and circus all rolled into one and the time went by too quickly. 

This was my baptism into Rock and it left a huge impression.  The Apollo experience was to be a benchmark by which all other gigs were measured against.  For me the key was the crowd, they were mad for metal and it showed.   I count it an honour to have been part of it.

Jon  
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