The Groundhogs Washington Arts Centre 1985 & 1990, Whitley Bay Dome 2000

The Groundhogs Washington Arts Centre 1985 & 1990, Whitley Bay Dome 2000
groundhigwashiington1985 I continued to follow Tony McPhee and the Groundhogs throughout the rest of the 1980s, and into the 90s, although I probably didn’t see them as many times in later years as I had done in the 70s and 80s. During this period I recall attending a couple of gigs at Washington Arts Centre, a gig at Sunderland Alexandra, and a couple at Newcastle Trillians Rock bar. The line up for the first time at Washington Arts Centre was Tony, Alan Fish and Mick Kirton, and it took place in the larger hall downstairs (and was pretty packed). I remember lots of idiot dancing to Cherry Red. I also seem to recall seeing a gig with Eric Chipulina in the band at Washington, in the smaller upstairs room. groundhigwashington1990 The line-up of the Groundhogs was forever changing during this period, with drummer Mick Jones sharing his duties as drummer with Stan Webb’s Chicken Shack, which confused me, as I often saw him in both bands at the time. Their recorded output was also quite confusing with a number of live album releases including: Extremely Live; Hogs on the Road; Groundhog Night… Groundhog Live; and a DVD Live at the Astoria. The latter DVD was recorded in 1998 and features the line-up of Tony, Eric Chipulina on bass, and Pete Correa on drums. groundhigsdome Their live set on the DVD, and in the late 90s would be something like: Shake For Me; Eccentric Man; 3744 James Road; I Want You To Love Me; Split Part 1; Split Part 2; Mistreated; Still A Fool; Cherry Red; Groundhog Blues; Down In The Bottom. The third ticket here comes from a gig at Whitley Bay Dome in 2000. The Dome was part of the old Spanish City funfair, and was home to quite a few gigs for a time, including a great show by Robert Plant and his Priory of Brion. I was soon to get another chance to see the classic line-up of Tony, Peter Cruikshank and Ken Pustelnik, when they reunited in 2003. I’ll blog on that part of my Groundhogs gig saga tomorrow.

3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Paul Freestone on January 3, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    This is fascinating stuff. Do you know about my biography and discography of Tony McPhee? Published in May 2012 it’s called ‘Eccentric Man: A Biography & Discography of Tony (TS) McPhee’. Includes extensive reference sections, with detailed gigs list and Groundhogs’ Family Tree.


    • Posted by vintagerock on January 4, 2013 at 8:04 am

      Hi Paul Yes I’ve been meaning to get a copy of your biography of Tony. I’ll be in touch to buy a copy. Best wishes Peter


      • Posted by Mitch on January 10, 2013 at 4:16 pm

        I also continued to follow Tony throughout this period and I recall a fantastic solo show at Newcastle Arts College (9/5/90) and further great solo gigs at Sunderland Winstons (2/11/95), Whitley Bay Hunting Lodge (12/1/96) and Sunderland Ropery (16/3/97). Groundhogs gigs I saw throughout the 90’s and early 00’s included Biddick Arts Centre (22/11/90), Sunderland BB’s (3/3/95), North Shields Magnesia Bank (5/3/95), Sunderland Ropery (3/6/96), Whitley Bay Dome (29/4/00), Newcastle Trillians (18/1/01 and 30/1/02). Great memories.

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