Live Arena 2016.21

Only a day or so late with this weeks delve into the diary. I spent Sunday in a damp Munich watching Iron Maiden, Slayer and Anthrax then up ridiculously early for my flight home on Monday morning. So this week…

Tuesday – Leeds, Temple of Boom

I really want to see Power Trip, but I may or may not have transport in the evening as my car should be going into the garage. 

Thursday – Wolverhampton, The Giffard Arms

I’m not overly familiar with any of the bands playing, but I have a week off work and it finishes early enough to get the train home. 


Originally I was going to see AC/DC in London, but as soon as I was offered a refund on my tickets in the wake of the controversial vocalist issue I took it. If only the photo below was still the same I’d be there.  

Heading to Leicester for the Uprising event is a possibility, but the main draw for me was Acid Reign, then I found out they’ve only got 30 minutes on stage! 

There’s a all day punk do in Manchester happening which could be worth looking into. 

One Last Run who I missed last week have a home town Warrington show which could be interesting.  


Or the most local gig is in Leek watching Senser who I saw live for the first time 22 years ago. 



A drive to Bristol to catch some of Sunday’s festivities at the Temple Festival was on the back burner. Carcass, Grave, Arkangel, Vision of Disorder would have made drive worth it, but yesterday (under a huge black cloud) the whole thing was cancelled. Some bands are trying to organise make up shows to cut their losses, so something late might drop into place.   

Sick Boy

Sitting at home watching the football scores come through via the TV, a phone app, and friends who support the opposing team, tonight isn’t going well for my team, so here’s another post.

The second wave of UK punk bands started to form after being influenced by the original bands such as the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Dammed in the last few years of the 70’s. Often referred to as street punk or UK82, they took the sound of those before them but added heavy drum beats, distorted guitars and lyrically had a much more bleak outlook than their predecessors. Their image was often more akin to what you’d think punks looked like, studded leather jackets, colourful soaped mohawks, tartan bondage trousers…

To give them their original full name, Charged GBH emerged from the streets of the UK’s second city Birmingham in 1978. They released their debut album City Baby Attacked by Rats in 1982 on Clay Records located 48 miles up the M6, here in Stoke on Trent. The label was home for local band Discharge.

The core trio of Colin, Jock and Ross have all been together since day one. Even though they’ve not released any new music since 2010 they still ply their trade worldwide 38 years into their career.

I’ve seen the band quite a few times live, often with members of the band in various states of intoxication! One show, might have been the Que Club in Birmingham, Jock actually fell off the stage. It’s been a long time since I last saw them, so something else that needs to be rectified.

Sick Boy was featured on their debut album. Slayer also covered the track for their Undisputed Attitude release. If you want to hear it follow this link.