Joy Division’s Gigs in Liverpool.
Above Photo: Joy Division.
Towards the end of 1979, I’d been to see so many Punk and New Wave bands play at Eric’s Punk club in Mathew Street, Liverpool, that I was obviously suffering from gig fatigue.
A few other things were going on in my life by then, as I detail in my Punk and New Wave memoir, Bombed Out! However, one band that still galvanized me, and had done every time I’d seen them (and I saw them a lot in Liverpool in 1978-1979), was Manchester band Joy Division.
Joy Division had a massive following in Liverpool, where they had shared some important band milestones. They’d played their first ever gig under the original name of ‘Warsaw’ at Eric’s in August 1977 (supporting X-Ray Spex) and their final ever gig under that name on December 31st 1977 in another Liverpool Punk club called The Swinging Apple on Wood Street.
They also played their first ever gig under the name ‘Joy Division’ in Liverpool – at Eric’s – and played many other gigs in Liverpool between 1978 and 1979.
They were immense live. Mesmeric in fact, and I always felt galvanized – even envious – when I saw them play. For me, they were a band to be musically aspired to.
So when they played two gigs in Eric’s on August 11 1979, I went to both (a matinee and evening performance – I was getting in for free), and they were outstanding.
I was pleased to recently discover this You Tube link to one of their songs, New Dawn Fades, which was recorded in the club that night.
It’s a great song, a great version, and hearing Ian Curtis’s voice again, as I would have also heard it that night, gave me a moment of great regret for the loss of a brilliant singer and songwriter, still sadly missed.
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