DATES   1981 - 1982  
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7th -      
9th January   Billy Connolly - Rehearsals  
18th January   The Boomtown Rats, Atrix Boomtown Rats programme Boomtown Rats ticket
Boomtown Rats Poster
19th -      
22nd January   The Who - Rehearsals  
1st February   Hazel O’Connors Megahype, Hazel O'Connor programme
  The Modettes, Prime Suspect, Tea Set
Hazel O'Connor Pass
3rd/      
4th February   The Who, The Q Tips Who programme
5th February   Eric Clapton, Chas & Dave Eric Clapton Ticket
  Eric uses The Who's PA from the night before, by all accounts it was too loud! Chas & Dave come back on for the encores. This concert was a benefit for Eric's Shelter Charity.
8th February   Burning Spear   Burning Spear press advert Burning Spear ticket
11th February   Sheila Easton - Filming  
14th February   Ultravox, Shock, Depeche Mode, Wonder Stories, Barbie Wilde, Metro. New Romantics at The People's PalaceNew Romantics at The People's Palace
    Ex-Blitz kids Steve Strange and Rusty Egan celebrate St. Valentine's Day in true romantic fashion by holding the People's Palace St. Valentine's Ball with Also six fashion shows. This was the moment when the New Romantic scene exploded and went from being an obscure cult to a global trend. The “People of Romance”, as the tickets described them, paid £3.50 for a long evening starting at 5pm. They were expected to hold their own as stars alongside the cult’s budding bands at a venue renamed for a day The People’s Palace.

Steve Strange and friends, sitting on the foyer fountain, 14th Feb 1981 Peoples Palace ticket
20th February The Fleshtones, The Bush Tetras, The Raybeats, The Bongos, The dB’s, Polyrock, The dBs advert
    New York Band Celebration, Billed as The Taking Liberties Show, the whole show was recorded an issued as a compilation album “Start Swimming” on Stiff Records  
21st February  

Toyah,

Wasted Youth, Huang Chung

    Toyah stuff
    Video link to Toyah performing "It's a mystery"  at this concert
27th February   Get in for Bow Wow Wow  
28th February   Bow Wow Wow, South 17  
   

Brian Boniface recalls “I particularly remember this concert. The Rainbow had ripped out the entire seating from the theatre and replaced them with fairground attractions like "Coconut shy" etc. I vaguely remember "Football" style terracing barriers in place as well.
The support band was a 40-piece swing band, in the style of Glenn Miller. They went down very well to start with but unknown to the audience Annabella Lwin had gone “walkabout and was nowhere to be seen. Hence the swing band manfully carried on playing for ages before she turned up to perform her set. A very surreal concert indeed!!”

Also Lieutenant Lush arrived on the scene. A camp follower of the group. Lush began co-fronting the group with Lwin and was booed off the stage at this gig and was dropped from the line-up. Lieutenant Lush changed his name to Boy George, and created Culture Club.


Bow Wow Wow show invite
5th March   Gillan, Deadringer Gillan programme Gillan Ticket
Gillan Guest Pass
7th March   The Stranglers, Headline, The Tea Set, Modern Eon     Stranglers Ticket
9th March   Ian Anderson - Filming  
13th March   Graham Bonnet - Filming  
15th March   Prince Far-I, Arabs, The Congos
17th March   The 4 B 2s,The Bollock Brothers, Pope Paul & The Romans, Damage Material with Keith Levine
19th March   The Greatful Dead - Get in Grateful Dead Press Advert
20th-     Grateful Dead ticket Grateful Dead ticket
24th March The Grateful Dead
25th March   Whitesnake - Rehearsals  
     
1st April The Modettes These four concerts were staged in the foyer of the theatre. Those who went descibed them as great little "intimate" concerts, especially the Ronnie Lane show which went on very late  
2nd April John Cooper Clarke  
3rd April Ronnie Laine  
5th April Black Slate  
9th April Culture, Far Image Culture press advert
10th April Osibisa, Weapons of Peace Osibisa Poster Osibisa ticket
11th April Classix Nouveaux, Theatre of Hate, Biddie & Eve, Kan Kan, Naked Lunch Classix Nouveaux ticket
Video link to Classix Nouveaux performing "623" at this concert Classix Nouveaux Poster
22nd/    
23rd April The Undertones - Rehearsals  
26th April Johnny Osbourne Johnny Osmond ticket
29th March George Thorogood and The Destroyers     Georgar Thorogood advert   George Thorogood ticket
1st May

The Specials, The Peoplez, Dambala, Pigbag

The Specials poster The Specials ticket
  This is a benefit concert promoted by The Morning Star for the unemployment march  
     
3rd May Roots Reggae Concert  
10th May Stiff Little Fingers Stiff Little Fingers press advert   Stiff Little Fingers Pass Stiff Little Fingers ticket
16th May Jazz Funk Festival - Get in  
17th May Jazz Funk Festival with Level 42, Hi Tension  
21st May The Undertones, TV21, Arpeck, Positive Touch   Press Advert Undertones ticket
25th May 50's Rock 'n' Roll Show  
29th May Squeeze, John Otway & "Wild" Willy Barrett Squeeze ticket
30th May The Stray Cats The Stray Cats ticket
31st May The Beat, Belle Stars, The Mood Elevators, Linton Kwesi Johnson The Beat ticket
   
3rd June Wishbone Ash, Claire Hamill Wishbone Ash Programme
17th June The Jam, Apocalypse The Jam Pass The Jam ticket
26th June The Kinks The Kinks press advert The Kinks ticket
29th/    
30th June Peter Tosh Peter Tosh on stage Press Advert
     
4th July Aswad  
8th /   Rainbow programme Rainbow ticket
9th July Rainbow, Rose Tattoo Rainbow ticket
   
11th July Iggy Pop, Telephone Iggy Pop Front of house pass Iggy Pop press advert Iggy Pop Ticket
12th July Sounds Atomic Roadshow  

13th/

  Press Advert
14th July Black Uhuru, Sly & Robbie Black Uhuru press advert
Video link to Black Uhuru performing "Shine EyE girl" at this concert
24th July Bad Manners Bad Manners Poster
29th July Hunble Pie, Montage Humble Pie poster
30th July Mike Oldfield, The Battlefield Band Mike Oldfield press advert Mike Oldfield ticket
  A fan recalls: On Thursday 30th July 1981 I travelled to London where I saw Mike Oldfiels in Concert at The Rainbow Theatre. This concert was incredible for three main reasons, firstly the music, secondly the precision of his band, and thirdly the support band who were called The Battlefield Band. For this concert Mike Oldfield had five other musicians with him to perform parts of Tubeler Bells, Incantations, Platinum and other Oldfield classics. At the end of the show, for the encore, he brought the support band back on stage to perform The Sailor's Hornpipe together (this is the only time I have seen this done). Mike Oldfield programme
1st August 'Mods' All Dayer with Lambrettas, Hidden Charms, Question, Poster for "Mods" All Dayer
  Dolly Mixtures, Long Tall Shorty, Reaction, The Retreads, Mods
17th August Altered Images - Filming  
19th August Top Secret - Filming  
24th/    
25th August Asia - Rehearsals  
7th/    
8th September Hazel O'Connor  
11th September Hazel O'Connor  
13th -    
16th September Icehouse - Rehearsals  
17th September The Twinkle Brothers The Twinkle Brothers ticket
19th September Mr. Universe  
30th September Bow Wow Wow  
2nd /     Grateful Dead 1981 Tour Poster
4th October The Grateful Dead
    Greatful Dead poster Grateful Dead Press Advert
6th October The Grateful Dead
10th October Q Tips  
18th October Gregory Isaac Press Advert
23rd October The Gang of Four, Wasted Youth, The Lemon Kittens, The Jam Gang of Four press Advert
  This was a benefit concert for CND. The Jam appeared as a special guest and only announced on the night! Adam Broadway recalls "they played 4 or 6 tracks and the place went mental" CND benefit press advert
27th -    
29th October Barclay James Harvest - Rehearsals  
1st -    
5th November Judas Priest - Rehearsals  
14th November Woodstock Revisited with Antipasti, Vice Squad, Erazerhead,Case, Angelic Upstarts, Chron Gen, Chelsea, The Wall, Charge, The Fools, Splodgenessabounds, Honey Bane, Auntie Pus, The Insane, The Kids next Door Woodstock Revisited ticket
      Woodstock Revisited Poster
15th November Iron Maiden Iron Maiden programme Iron Maiden ticket
22nd/    
23rd November The Pretenders  
25th November Animal Magnet  
4th December The Stranglers, Taxi Girl, Mr Sprattt's 20th Century Popular Motels Stranglers poster
5th/   Human League ticket
6th December Human League Human League Poster
8th -    
11th December Dire Straits - Rehearsals  
12th December The Exploited, Black Flag, Honey Bane, The Insane The Exploited poster
15th December Iron Maiden   Iron Maiden after show party invite
16th December Saxon   Saxon programme Saxon ticket
17th December Squeeze, John Otway & 'Wild' Willy Barret Squeeze ticket
18th December Hawkwind, Miles Over Matter Hawkwind press advert Hawkwind ticket
23rd /   Elvis Costello ticket
24th December Elvis Costello and The Attractions, Jerry Slattery
This concert ended up being the last concert ever performed at the theatre!
     
1982    
January UFO - Rehearsals  
  It was during these rehearsals that the theatre closed for the last time as a music venue  
      The lease was put up for sale by Strutworth for £150,000, it was due to expire in October  
 

The seven permanent staff were informed by a phone call and no redundancy money was offered! I stayed on so UFO could continue their rehearsals. (They kindly paid the rehearsal money in cash which I divided with the stage crew).

Strutworth blamed the G.L.C. for insisting on unreasonable works on the building and the increase in annual music licence from £500 to £6,000. The company claimed to have spent £100,000, with the help of Rank, in renovating the venue. The G.L.C. stated that they only ordered Strutworth to replace missing light bulbs, install self-closers on the fire doors, sucure loose seating and install extra handrails at a total cost of approximately £2,000.

I guess we will never know the real story!!

 

 
December Building squatted by the group “Crass” and a concert was planned for 18th December. But they were evicted the night before it could take place (They moved to the empty Zig Zag Club in Harrow Road, where they held the event!) Crass sqatting press clipping
   
         
         
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