My first ever gig
I have a hard time working out exactly when this was. The programme isn't clear, but from cross-referencing it must have been in March 1984. At this time, Howard was very popular. The first 2 singles released in 1983 had gone into the top 5, New Song
and What is Love?, with Howard moping around Paris
At the time, I was still hanging out with Si McMahon, Steve Bishop and Mike Howarth outside school friends. They'd got quite into the style, clothes from Fosters or Burton, which I was amazed to find is still going. I had my red grandfather shirt, blue/grey "pegs" and blue shoes.
I can't remember much about the gig itself. Support was from Endgames, a Scottish new wave band, pretty unremarkable apart from some pissed up guy throwing up in the crowd near us. Then quite a crush as Howard came on. Someone has posted most of a gig he did a few months earlier in his home town, High Wycombe, and I'm sure this gig was fairly similar, with Jed's "crazy" dancing to supplement Howard's musicianship.
There's also a review of the Newcastle gig from this tour, which helps place the date as late March.
In hindsight, not horrendous, a little bump in "status" in class and a good experience.