Frankly, no pun intended, I happen to think that early manhood is supposed to be misspent.Hammersmith Odeon February (I think) 1978 and again June 1982. The weekend of the 1982 gig was eventful, I took a Uher tape recorder to bootleg that one and was nearly caught out by a stage hand looking over the audience from the stage, we were two rows from the front. I was not the only one with a recorder though.
We traveled down from Manchester on motorcycles loaded with camping gear as we were going to the Stonehenge free festival after the gig.
We left the bikes at a friends dads flat in the Barbican Centre and crammed into his car and went to the gig, we saw the traffic at Earls Court was a nightmare on the way to his so we crossed the river at Blackfriars to go through Lambeth and cross again to get to the Odeon, my friend pointed down as we crossed Blackfriars and said that the police had removed a hanging body that morning, it was Roberto Calvi.
Left the gig, arrived in Wiltshire about 1am and immediately binged on various narcotics, this continued for three days. English Heritage did not then exist with battalions of police to assist them in protecting the stones so on the Monday morning I found myself taking photos of the revelers from the top of one of the sarsen stones, different times.
There was some trouble and members of one of the few remaining Hells Angels chapters set a van on fire over some minor altercation, there was a fair bit of brawling on the Saturday and again on Sunday. I don't even remember most of the bands who attended, I recorded the Hawkwind set and got the levels wrong, it was a terrible set anyway.
I went to one other gig at the Birmingham NEC in 1988 I think, his son was on drums, it was pretty sterile, its just a big shed and music in big sheds is not good for setting levels.
My memories of a misspent early manhood by Randy aged 60.
Edit, wrong date