Michael: Growing up in the sleepy, northern seaside town of Southport, musical adventures had to be sought a little further afield. Thankfully Liverpool was only 40 minutes away and Manchester an hour, so all my teenage years were spent in either of those great cities (and in late 1970’s they had the most vital music scenes anywhere in the world bar London and New York). Gigs at Eric’s in Liverpool and a little later The International (both run by the great Roger Eagle – without him the north west music scene would NOT have been the same), as well as both Uni’s, Liverpool’s Royal Court and Empire, and Manchester ‘s Apollo, and the famed Hacienda still hold some of the most exciting musical moments of my life.
Dr.Feelgood, The Clash, numerous Costello gigs, The Jam, Squeeze, Joe Jackson, early Bunnymen and Teardrop gigs, The Pop Group, The Motels, New Order, Aztec Camera, Orange Juice, Cocteau Twins, Wham (yes, I was one of about 6 lads at Whams gig in Liverpool on their debut tour – shuttlecocks and all!) , and then the Paisley Underground wave of Green on Red, The Rain Parade, Long Ryders and REM (I was at their first ever UK gig at The Gallery in Manchester, Peter Hook trod on my foot in his motor bike boots I recall)… and so many more.