Celebrating Birmingham's Popular Music History
Brum Beat, Number 149, May 1993.
Full copy of Brum Beat from May 1993 featuring Stephen Duffy, The Great Divide, Mack & The Boys, Tony Fenelle
Can somebody please confirm that in the 60’s the Beatles appeared at Smethwick Baths and also the Adelphi, at West Bromwich (the same night) it is an ongoing talking point, and I think I am right, Thank-you …. Anne
yep, a bit of diiging, i can confirm that the beatles played the smethwick baths on 19th november 1962
Does anyone remember a group in the 1960s called The Precincts of Bushbury Wolverhampton please..we played at the Kingfisher and Civic hall Wolverhampton and lots of clubs.
Has anyone any Brum Beat reviews or gig photos for early 80s (1982?) band, ‘Kabuki’ (before they changed the lineup and name to ‘Ausgang’)? Ta!
I can’t be sure if this is the right band, no photos and no review. This is from the September 1982 edition of the (Balsall) Heathan :-
“The concert, featuring “Echo Base”, also included two other local bands – “Pyramid” and “Kabuki”. And support for the evening came from Birmingham super group “U B 40” and the extremely popular “Fun Boy Three”. Special guest for the evening was the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, who lent his weight to the appeal fund, which, incidentally, needs to raise over £8,000 to secure the night shelter’s future into 1983.”
It refers to a gig at the Carlton Cinema in aid of The Boot aka St Basil’s Homeless Shelter.
Thanks. Yes. That’s the band. If any other readers have any pics or a copy of Brumbeat with any Kabuki reviews, please get in touch.
I was a founding member of Kabuki. I still have a copy of the single some place and a couple of pix. I went on to sing with Renegades, James Boys and Pavlov Dogs.I’ll try and dig some stuff up and post for you.
This is Mike (‘Frank Zappa’), original drummer, would love to get copies of anything relating the band during my time. Feel free email me at bdgrtraining (at) gmx (dot) com.
Birmingham library archives have a complete set of Midland Beat’s available.Just a case of booking a time to view them.
I’m new to the net so give me some time to sort it out.
can you please tell me how to write my comments onto the brumbeat website Tony Welby.
I am looking for anyone who remembers either the Dances at the Parish Hall in Water Orton – especially if you were there the night the Move appeared just prior to the release of there first hit single. Also did you go to the TOP DECK CLUB in Coleshill on a Friday night.
Used to go there in the late 60s to see Breakthru.
Are you Gary’s brother?
I saw Breakthru a few times and I remember your name.
Hi Phil. Played the Top Deck, Coleshill, with a band called The Adament in about 1967. Sticks in my memory because even before we kicked off, as we were testing the PA, a copper and his dog came in to tell us there had been complaints about the noise, and could we turn it down! Great sweaty venue though; a pool of condensation had formed in the centre of the dance floor at the end of the night.
Hey Sparks yes I am Gary’s brother now living in Bournemouth, Gary living in London.
Thanks for replying, Bournemouth is nice – I have relatives in the area. I live in London now too – does Gary still do any singing?
I seem to recall they used to sing Hey Jude for you sometimes!
I can’t now remember all the places I heard the band but The Factory in Gas Street was one of them – they were a great band.
We were in a band called era7. We were in Brum Beat after. Playing at Snobs and it was really booked. We were looking for a manager. Me and my brother had our pictures taken – I would like to find it.
Still does a bit. Did you know Breakthru have a album out of old demos and recordings.
No, I didn’t know about the album – I’ll have a look on the internet.
I remember buying the single Ice Cream Tree! The B side was Julius Caesar if I recall correctly.
hi.leaderand keyboards.con-chords midland beat winners on polydor. resident Solihull civic hall. became resident dj at opposite lock club bham. now after cornwall live3 in Kidderminster. please get in touch. firstname.lastname@example.org
Does anyone know what happened to Chris Reid who was involved in the printing of Brum Beat in the 80’s? I wrote a folk column in a couple of editions and my brother, Bob Burnett, played rhythm guitar in the Ugly’s.
My band in 1962 was THE ROCKING DEXTONES, based around SPARKHILL, me being
The lead singer at the time, what I would like to know is, does anybody out there
Remember the Rolling Stones playing at the Plaza Ballroom in Rookery Rd. Handsworth
One of Mrs, Regans Ballrooms, we were first on that night, warm up, and there was a
Name band after us before the Stones, I know it was summer but just can’t remember
The date, and to think no body in our band had a camera between us. I still kick myself
To this date,😱😖
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