Free ‘N’ Easy

Hopefully tonight I’m hoping to go and see Scottish rockers The Almighty in Manchester (failing that next Saturday in Nottingham!)

If / when I get to see them it will be the first time that I have seen them since November 27th 1993 ( a Saturday to be exact!). They headlined at the Victoria Hall, Hanley. Supported by Irish band Kerbdog and The Wildhearts. From what I remember of it, it was a good night! So why can I remember it so exact? November 28th is my birthday and I spent most of it in A&E having my leg put into plaster!

Like I said, what I can remember seemed a good night! A half bottle of rum and too many beers later we all thought it would be “fun” to kick a garage door. We did, I fell over! When the alcohol wore off the pain kicked in and my ankle was the some what bigger than it should have been!! And as I said I spent the morning of my 20th birthday getting plastered!!! And people wonder why I stopped drinking for so long!

This track was taken from the band excellent “Soul Destruction” album. Classic tracks such as “Crucify”, “Praying To The Red Light”, “Devil’s Toy” and “Love Religion”.

 Originally posted on Jukebox _20

January 19th 2008


Looking back through the archives I came across this post regarding The Almighty.

I was going to post this last November as, for a long time, I’ve assumed that the show did take place around November 27th 1993. After further investigation it wasn’t! The gig actually took place on October 20th. I know I was in A&E around my birthday as I distinctly remember a nurse commenting about the significance of the date. The only thing I can think of is that may have been when I went to have the cast taken off.  The more I sit here though the more I’m starting to doubt myself.  The ticket states a Wednesday evening.  I have it in my mind that it was a Saturday as I was 100% not working the day afterwards and I made arrangements to stay at a friends house and we caught the bus to the venue.  So I’m wondering now if it was rescheduled for November? I had a ticket to see Sepultura and Paradise Lost in Liverpool that I know I didn’t attend as I was in plaster, but that was early December.  Not to worry though. The Almighty were a fantastic band and it gives me an excuse to post a track by the Celtic rockers.

I never did get to either of the two shows mentioned, and they’ve not played any shows since 2008.

This video was recorded from their set for a television broadcast when they opened up the 1992 Monsters of Rock Festival, headlined that year by  Iron Maiden when they recoded their  Live at Donington album.