Legendary punk band 999 celebrate 40 years since they played the Rock Garden for the first time on August 27th, 1977 – the day after the Sex Pistols played. One of the last remaining punk bands with three original members plus Arturo from The Lurkers/Pinpoint/Lucky Saddles. It will be the fourth time we have hosted them in six years and two of those were complete sellouts.
Nick Cash & Guy Days sprang into life at Northampton Cricket Club in Dec 1976, Nick having previously played with Ian Dury’s Kilburn & The High Roads between 1971 & 1976 having originally met at Canterbury College of Art & Design. Nick’s wife originally comes from Skelton near Saltburn.
999 released a host of classic singles incuding ‘I’m Alive’, ‘Emergency’, ‘Nasty Nasty’, ‘Feeling Alright With The Crew’ and ‘Homocide’ before changing their sound dramatically towards an Ennio Morricone spaghetti western direction with ‘Obsessed’, ‘Indian Reservation’, ‘Wild Sun’ & ‘Blaze of Noon’.
On the 1980 album ‘The Biggest Prize in Sport’ they mention the Rock Garden in the song ‘English Wipeout’.
SUPPORT BANDS: The Filth from Thornaby reunited from the ashes of Funhouse but originally formed in 1978 and featured in one of Record Collectors Rarest Punk 7″ Singles of all time. They have been recording and performing new material and with the mercurial Endo the manic frontman who strikes a mean pose having spent many years touring the world watching the UK Subs – he even ended up on the cover of the live ‘Crash Course’ album.
No Way- another vintage Teesside punk band who lost their original singer Matey (Martyn Powell) a few years ago when he died suddenly of an asthma attack whilst at work are now back firing on all cylinders with John Bell on vocals. He was the original drummer in the Middlesbrough version of Discharge. They are back as a band again and its good to have them back at breaking point again !!
Two more support bands TBA
Tickets will be made available sometime over the next week or so – watch this space for further information.