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Live on stage there was next to no audience banter. More often than not shows were bookended by “Hi” as they came on and “Thanks” as they left, and barely four beats between songs throughout. A Messiahs gig was like a professional hit; get in there, do the business with no fucking about and get out again.

This gig history was compiled by Kenny and Dave (Chalkie) Dawson for their original site. Ben Mart later supplied revised dates and a load of tickets and passes for the 86 US tour.

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UK

07 February 1984 Downstairs at The Clarendon, Hammersmith, London


Playing as Motor Boys Motor.

10 May 1984 The Hope and Anchor, Islington, London


Still playing as Motor Boys Motor after the guvnor of the pub refused to put 'Baby Crocket' on the poster!

11 June 1984 The Clarendon, Hammersmith, London.

The first ever show as The Screaming Blue Messiahs.

15 June 1984 Dingwalls, Camden, London

16 June 1984 The Tunnel Club, Greewich, London

26 June 1984 The Tropical Palace, Kensal Green, London

27 June 1984 The Hope and Anchor, Islington, London

06 July 1984 The Pindar of Wakefield, Kings Cross, London

23 July 1984 The Pindar of Wakefield, Kings Cross, London

19 September 1984 The Rock Garden, Covent Garden, London

26 September 1984 The George Robey, Finsbury Park, London

05 October 1984 The Half Moon, Herne Hill, London

03 November 1984 The Hope and Anchor, Islington, London

17 November 1984 The Tunnel Club, Greenwich

18 November 1984 The Riverside Club, Fetcham

Holland

05 December 1984 The Vridje Vloer, Utrecht, Holland with The Lyres

06 December 1984 (unkown venue), Nijmegen, Holland

07 December 1984 (unkown venue), Eindhoven, Holland

09 December 1984 (unkown venue), Maastricht, Holland

?? (unkown venue), Groningen, Holland

UK

22 December 1984 (unkown venue), London
 BBC Radio 1, Saturday Live broadcast 

27 December 1984 Camden Electric Ballroom supporting Link Wray

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UK

16 January 1985 The Rezz Club, Romford

28 January 1985 The Marquee, London
 with Turkey Bones & The Wild Dogs

04 February 1985 Dingwalls, Camden, London
 with Turkey Bones & The Wild Dogs

09 February 1985 Sheffield University Refectory

15 February 1985 The Garage, Nottingham

17 February 1985 Spring Street Theatre, Hull

27 February 1985 The Saxon Tavern, Catford

01 March 1985 Warwick University

03 March 1985 The Leadmill, Sheffield

08 March 1985 The Marquee, London
 with Turkey Bones & The Wild Dogs

09 March 1985 The Marquee, London
 with Turkey Bones & The Wild Dogs

19 March 1985 The Marquee, London

30 March 1985 Paris Theatre, London

(On the Live at the BBC album.
 Broadcast live on BBC Radio 1)

Sweden

17 April 1985 The Living Room, Stockholm

18 April 1985 Errolls, Gothenburg

Norway

19 April 1985 Renegate, Oslo

20 April 1985 Hulen, Bergen

 

UK

﷯24 April 1985 Hammersmith Odeon, London
 supporting Ian Dury and Wilko Johnson

27 April 1985 Portsmouth Polytechnic
 with The Folk Devils

?? July 1985 Leatherhead
 with Ipso Facto

Finland

03 August 1985 Ruisrock Festival, Turku
 with Zero Nine, Lloyd Cole & The Commotions, The Explorers, The Cure

Belgium

15 August 1985 Festival at Ostend Airport 
with ZZ Top, The Kinks, The Blasters

UK

29 September 1985 Birmingham Powerhouse

04 October 1985 The Marquee, London

08 October 1985 Leeds University Union

Holland

?? 1985 Leiden, Holland

11 October 1985 Pandora's MusicBox '85 Festival, Rotterdam
 with Jeffrey Lee Pierce, Crime & The City Solution, The Shockheaded Peters, The Lighthouse Keepers

UK

30 October 1985 The Marquee Club, London

31 October 1985 The Marquee Club, London

Germany

26 November 1985 Onkel Po, Hamburg

UK

19 December 1985 Dingwalls, Camden, London

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Australia 86. Photos Robin Kaplan.

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UK

11 April 1986 The George Robey, Islington, London
 with Wilko Johnson

12 April 1986 The Marquee Club, Soho, London

Germany

22 May 1986 Zeche, Bochum

24 May 1986 Markthalle, Hamburg

UK

05 June 1986 The Town & Country Club, Kentish Town, London

Finland

18 June 1986 Tavastia Club, Helsinki, Finland

UK

10 July 1986 Camden Palace, London

USA

15 June 1986 The New Music Seminar at The Ritz, New York City


with Cactus World News and the Woodentops

16 July 1986 Cignel, Baltimore

18 July 1986 930 Club, Washington DC 
with The Jazz Butcher

21 July 1986 Spit, Boston

22 July 1986 First Avenue, Minneapolis
 supporting The Cramps

23 July 1986 Cabaret Metro, Chicago
 supporting The Cramps

24 July 1986 The Phantasy Theatre, Cleveland
 supporting The Cramps

25 July 1986 Royal Oak Theatre
 supporting The Cramps

Canada

26 July 1986 The Concert Hall, Toronto, Canada
 supporting The Cramps

27 July 1986 Le Spectrum, Montreal, Canada
 supporting The Cramps

USA

29 July 1986 The Main Event, Rochester
 supporting The Cramps

30 July 1986 The Metro, Boston 
supporting The Cramps

31 July 1986 The Ritz, New York
 supporting The Cramps

01 August 1986 The Ritz, New York
 supporting The Cramps

02 August 1986 Maxwell's, Hoboken NJ

04 August 1986 The I-Beam, San Francisco 
with The Celibate Rifles

05 August 1986 One Step Beyond, Santa Clara

07 August 1986 The Roxy, Hollywood CA

12 September 1986 St Andrews Hall, Detroit

13 September 1986 Cabaret Metro, Chicago

14 September 1986 Bogarts, Cincinatti
 with Savage Republic

15 September 1986 Phantasy Niteclub
 with H-Bomb Ferguson

17 September 1986 Graffitis, Pittsburgh

Canada

18 September 1986 R.P.M., Toronto 
with The Cynics

19 September 1986 Carlton University, Ottawa

20 September 1986 Le Spectrum, Montreal

USA

23 September 1986 Toad's Palace, New Haven

24 September 1986 Heartbeat, Oyster Bay, Long Island

25 September 1986 The Paradise, Boston

26 September 1986 The Living Room, Providence, RI

27 September 1986 The Ritz, New York City

28 September 1986 The Revival, Philadelphia

29 September 1986 College Park, Maryland

30 September 1986 930 Club, Washington DC

01 October 1986 Rockitz, Richmond, Virginia
 with She-Male Encounters

03 October 1986 The Brewery, Raleigh
 with The Beat Farmers

04 October 1986 688 Club, Atlanta, Georgia
 with One Last Wish

06 October 1986 Jimmys, New Orleans

08 October 1986 Rockefellers, Houston, Texas

09 October 1986 LIberty Lunch, Austin, Texas

10 October 1986 Theater Gallery, Dallas, Texas

13 October 1986 Mason Jar, Phoenix, Arizona

14 October 1986 Bogarts, Long Beach, California

15 October 1986 Belly-Up, Solana Beach, California

17 October 1986 The Roxy, Los Angeles, California

18 October 1986 The Barn, Riverside, California
 with League of None

19 October 1986 Morris Daily Auditorium, San Jose, California

20 October 1986 Berkeley Square, Berkeley, California
 with One Plus One

21 October 1986 One Step Beyond, Santa Clara
 with Rotundi

22 October 1986 The Stone, San Francisco
 with One Plus One

24 October 1986 E.M.U. Dining Hall, Eugene, Oregon
 with Figure Four

25 October 1986 Starry Night, Portland, Oregon supporting Hunters & Collectors

26 October 1986 Backstage Club, Seattle, Washington

Canada

27 October 1986 The Town Pump, Vancouver BC
with Sea Hags

New Zealand

01 November 1986 Galaxy, Auckland
 with Battling Strings

02 November 1986 Galaxy, Auckland
 with Battling Strings

03 November 1986 Union Hall, Wellington

Australia

05 November 1986 Lady Bay Hotel, Warnambool
 with Psycho Sloths

06 November 1986 Club Go-Fast, Melbourne
 with Jacks World

07 November 1986 Prince of Wales, Melbourne
 with Jacks World

08 November 1986 The Music Station, Melbourne
 with Trilobytes

10 November 1986 Canberra Workers Club, Canberra
 with Steve Grieve

11 November 1986 Kardomah Cafe, Sydney
 with Mustard Club

12 November 1986 Rock Arena, Mansfield Tavern, Brisbane
 supporting The Angels

13 November 1986 Rock Arena, Mansfield Tavern, Brisbane
 supporting The Angels

14 November 1986 Playroom, Tallebuedgera
 supporting The Angels

15 November 1986 Playroom, Tallebuedgera
 supporting The Angels

16 November 1986 Cook Park, Sydney, Bottom of the Mountain Festival '86


with Sandii and the Sunsetz, Mental As Anything, and Icehouse

18 November 1986 Newcastle Workers Club, Sydney 
with The Patterns

19 November 1986 The Venue, Dee Why Hotel, Sydney 
with Mustard Club

20 November 1986 Sydney Cove Tavern, Sydney
 with The Sun Dogs

21 November 1986 The Venue, Melbourne
 supporting The Angels

22 November 1986 The Venue, Melbourme
 supporting The Angels

23 November 1986 Club Eureka, Melbourne
 with Olympic Sideburns

25 November 1986 Le Rox, Adelaide
 with Exploding White Mice

26 November 1986 Le Rox, Adelaide
 with Exploding White Mice

27 November 1986 Red Parrot, Perth
 with The Bamboos

28 November 1986 Red Parrot, Perth
 with King Pig

29 November 1986 Shenton Park Hotel, Perth
 with The Bamboos

UK

19 December 1986 Dingwalls, Camden, London

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UK

21 June 1987 Cardiff Arms Park
. Support on David Bowie's Glass Spider tour. 
Also featuring Big Country.

23 June 1987 Roker Park, Sunderland Football Stadium
. Support on David Bowie's Glass Spider tour. Also featuring Big Country.

22 December 1987 The Marquee, London

23 December 1987 The Marquee, London

If you're only gonna do four gigs in a year, make sure two of them are supporting the biggest name in rock at the time!

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﷯UK

11 January 1988 LWT TV Studios, London


Live on 'Night Network' show, Channel Four TV. 
See TV & Video page.

France

All French dates with Dennis Twist

23 January 1988 Rex Club, Paris

24 January 1988 Lille

25 January 1988 Le Mans

26 January 1988 Toulouse

27 January 1988 La Salle Victoire 2, Montpellier

28 January 1988 Marseille

29 January 1988 Maison du Peuple, Clermont-Ferrand

UK

04 February 1988 Coventry Polytechnic

07 February 1988 Leicester University

12 February 1988 The Town & Country Club, London

?? February 1988 Leeds Warehouse with Wild Flowrs

Belgium

15 February 1988 Vooruit, Gent

Holland

18 February 1988 Paradiso, Amsterdam

Germany

All German dates with Trigger Trigger

21 February 1988 Zeche, Bochum


22 February 1988 Batschkapp, Frankfurt

23 February 1988 Loft, Berlin

24 February 1988 Luzor, Cologne

25 February 1988 Jovel, Munster

26 February 1988 Gr. Freiheit, Hamburg

28 February 1988 Theaterfabrik, Munich

USA

This whole US tour supporting Echo & The Bunnymen

06 March 1988 McGraw Hall, Evanston, Illinois

07 March 1988 Hancher Auditorium, Iowa City

08 March 1988 Madison Civic Center, Wisconsin

10 March 1988 Memorial Hall, Kansas City

11 March 1988 Fox Theater, St Louis, Missouri

13 March 1988 Fox Theater, Atlanta, Georgia

14 March 1988 Municipal Auditorium, Pensacola, Florida

15 March 1988 McAllister Auditorium, New Orleans

17 March 1988 The Backroom, Austin, Texas

18 March 1988 Houston Music Hall, Texas

19 March 1988 Bronco Bowl, Dallas, Texas 

21 March 1988 Convention Center, Tuscon, Arizona

22 March 1988 Artemus W Ham Concert Hall, Las Vegas, Nevada

24 March 1988 Mesa Ampitheater, Mesa, Arizona

25 March 1988 Open Air Theater, San Diego, California

26 March 1988 Open Air Theater, San Diego, California

28 March 1988 Civic Auditorium, Portland, Oregon

29 March 1988 Paramount Theater, Seattle, Washington

Canada

30 March 1988 Queen Elizabeth Center, Vancouver BC


supporting Echo & The Bunnymen

USA

01 April 1988 San Fransisco Civic Center, California


supporting Echo & The Bunnymen

02 April 1988 Universal Ampitheater, Los Angeles, California


supporting Echo & The Bunnymen

03 April 1988 Universal Ampitheater, Los Angeles, California


supporting Echo & The Bunnymen

06 April 1988 The Paradise Club, Boston, Mass.

Two shows on same night. Radio broadcast. See Bootlegs page.

07 April 1988 The Living Room, Providence, RI

08 April 1988 The Ritz, New York City

09 April 1988 Lisner Auditorium, Washington DC

Canada

11 April 1988 Barrymores, Ottowa, Ontario,
with The Bodeans

12 April 1988 RPM, Toronto, Ontario

USA

13 April 1988 The Lost Horizon, Syracuse, NY

14 April 1988 Buffalo Uni Social Hall, New York

15 April 1988 Grolto, New Haven, CT

16 April 1988 Cabaret, Ardmore, PA

17 April 1988 City Gardens, Trenton, NJ

19 April 1988 Graffiti, Pittsburgh, PA
 with Dramarama

20 April 1988 Bogart's, Cincinnati, Ohio
 with Driv'n and Cry'n

21 April 1988 Peabody's Down Under, Cleveland, Ohio
 with Scott Morgan

22 April 1988 The Metro, Chicago, IL
 with Driv'n and Cry'n

23 April 1988 St Andrews Hall, Detroit, MI

UK

04 June 1988 The Astoria, Charing Cross Road, London


with The Jack Rubys and King Blank

19 June 1988 Milton Keynes Bowl Festival '88


with Joe Strummer, The Damned and Joey Ramone

Finland

15 August 1988 The Tavastia Club, Helsinki, Finland

17 August 1988 The Tampere, Kabaree, Finland

UK

01 September 1988 The Mean Fiddler, Harlesdon

02 September 1988 The Mean Fiddler, Harlesdon

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UK

All UK dates with Holy Shit

25 November 1989 Portsmouth Polytechnic

﷯27 November 1989 The Irish Centre, Birmingham

28 November 1989 The Zap Club, Brighton

29 November 1989 Manchester Polytechnic

30 November 1989 Leeds Polytechnic

02 December 1989 The Roadmenders, Northampton

03 December 1989 The Bierkeller, Bristol

04 December 1989 The Town & Country Club, Kentish Town, London

 

Germany

All German dates with The King Candy

07 December 1989 The Des Z Club, Zelt 


08 December 1989 Nachtwerk, Munich

09 December 1989 Batschkarp, Frankfurt

10 December 1989 Tor 3, Dusseldorf

12 December 1989 Markthalle, Hamburg

13 December 1989 The Loft, Berlin

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UK

04 June 1990 Subterania, Notting Hill, London
 with US:UK

05 June 1990 Subterania, Notting Hill, London
 with Well Loaded

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SBMFM

A real treat in two tracks from a live set in Tampa, Florida 1989, that showcases songs from the extremes of their career. Starting with Coco The Town, a song written for their last album but never recorded, and segueing neatly into I Want Up, a song from their debut.

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