Mud Sunderland Locarno 1974

Mud Sunderland Locarno 1974
mudprog My entry today is a very guilty pleasure, so please accept my apologies up front. My excuse is that, at the time, I was in the habit of going to the local Mecca every Friday night, and one Friday Mud were playing. To be honest, I am not even sure it was a pleasure :), but I have to admit it was a bit of fun. Mud were on the crest of a wave of success at the time having just hit No 1 in the UK charts with “Tiger Feet”.  Their new release was “The Cat Crept In”. They were to hit the top spot again later that year with “Lonely This Christmas”. To be honest my only memory of the evening was them playing “Tiger Feet”, and everyone doing the crazy dance that they used to do. The line-up of Mud was Les Gray on vocals, Rob Davis on guitar and big crazy earrings, Ray Stiles on bass, and Dave Mount on drums. Les Gray and Dave Mount are both sadly no longer with us. I have seen Ray Stiles several times since, as he has for many years now been the bass player in the Hollies. Rob Davis has gone on to be a very successful song writer, writing dance tunes for Kylie and others. The tour was entitled “Mud on the Road”! and, according to the programme, support came from Sweet Sensation and Ferret. Sweet Sensation went on to have their own Uk No 1 “Sad Sweet Dreamer”, which also topped the charts in 1974.

6 responses to this post.

  1. A guilty pleasure we share! The first band I ever went to see – about a year or so after you saw them – at the Theatre Royal in Newcastle, I was a few days short of my 14th birthday. The one thing it did do was open my eyes to the fact that you could go and see the bands that you liked and a year later I saw Thin Lizzy at the City Hall and that, as they say, was that!


    • Posted by Terry Hackett on March 21, 2014 at 11:03 pm

      No need to feel guilty. The original line-up was great live. I took my kid brother to see them at the Theatre Royal, having previously seen them at The Mayfair and at The Wallaw Cinema, Ashington, where they had to be sure to end their set in time for a screening of 633 Squadron! This was part of a brief but excellent series of concerts called Rock at the Regal organised by owners The Noble Organisation. Other acts featured included Slade, David Coverdale and Whitesnake, and the Steve Gibbons Band. The Regal Cinema has since been demolished, but acoustically it was a great venue. Slade had one of the biggest sound systems I have ever seen and almost lifted the cinema roof.


      • Posted by vintagerock on March 22, 2014 at 7:23 am

        Hi Terry I remember the Rock at the Regal series. I went to see Wreckless Eric and Squeeze there Peter

  2. Posted by Greg Newton on February 29, 2016 at 4:29 am

    Myself and four of my friends were there on the same night. I remember the drummer asking if we wanted some Rock and Roll and then singing Paper Roses, was really funny at the time


  3. Posted by Greg Newton on February 29, 2016 at 4:30 am

    I was there that night too


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