The Groundhogs, Stray & Gentle Giant Newcastle City Hall 1972

The Groundhogs Stray & Gentle Giant Newcastle City Hall 1972
groundhigcityhall1972 A group of us went to this gig, and we had seats right down the front. The line-up was very strong, with support from the amazing Stray and prog-rock heroes Gentle Giant. Gentle Giant were first up. This group grew out of Simon Dupree and the Big Sound, and are now looked upon as a legendary band. At the time, however, it all seemed just a little too weird for our simple rock tastes. Stray were favourites of mine at the time and were just great, with Del wearing his mirror suit, lots of strobe lights during All In Your Mind, and the exploding dustbins to close the show. My favourite Stray song at the time was Jericho, from the Suicide album. groundhigprog This was the Groundhogs first tour with new drummer Clive Brooks, and took place between the release of Who Will Save The World and the Hogwash albums. The set would have consisted of classics from Thank Christ For the Bomb, Split, and Mistreated from Blues Obituary. I suspetc that they may also have played some songs from Hogwash. I Love Miss Ogyny and 3744 James Road were to become great live favourites of the next couple of years. The programme tells me: “The playing of the Groundhogs as a group, and of Tony McPhee as a soloist goes from strength to strength. On Who Will Save The World Mac adds mellotron and harmonium to his electrifying guitar, and because of what seems to be essentially a guitarist’s approach to these instruments he adds a new dimension to their usage. The Mighty Groundhogs, now with super-Mac on sythesiser and mellotron as well as his whining, wheeling guitar are very heavy, very heavy indeed”.

5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Mitch on January 10, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    I was there. I remember Stray started theie set with After The Storm – great stuff. Groundhogs featured only songs from Split and Hogwash – Set list was Split P1, I love Miss Ogyny, You had a lesson, Split P3, Earth Shanty, 3744 James Road, Sad is the hunter, Split P2. Encore Cherry Red.


  2. Just checked my ticket stub, I was in J21 and still have the programme. Loved the Hogs new stuff but a bit disappointed they didn’t do any of the older favourites (such as TCFTB, Mistreated, Strange Town and Soldier)


  3. Posted by Gaga on August 1, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    Do you have any idea if the Gentle Giant’s set was ever taped? Or another show of the Jimi Plays at the Berkeley Tour than the Cheltenham gig (the famous Cheltenham 1972 live bootleg)? Thanks in advance πŸ™‚ Happy days dear prog lover :)!


  4. Stray and The Groundhogs are setting off on a UK Tour together today ! 2020 !!! Newcastle 20th March – bring your original ticket stub and get a free CD ! full dates at MonstrousChild Face Book or


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