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« Thread started on: Jan 12th, 2014, 4:34pm »

whilst walking my dog this morning my mind drifted back to a frosty january night in 1980 queueing overnight outside birmingham odeon in queue that stretched back to new street station for tickets for the duke tour. Was i successfull ? yes. Were you there or in a similar queue at a venue for that tour or were you all good fan club members and applied by post for priority tickets.
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« Reply #1 on: Jan 12th, 2014, 5:10pm »

My Brother and I got First Bus from Dudley to Brum......6 o clockish......walked to Front of Brum Odeon,not a Person to be seen......then we saw a Sign.......Genesis Tickets,Please queue here.........Back of the Theatre.......our hearts sank......a sea of people...we would neve get a ticket!We decided we had no chance of getting a ticket,and both went our separate ways to our work places.......That Evening I went to drown my sorrows with a few Beers in the Pub.I came across a Grinning Chap who I knew was a G fan who had somehow got his hands on 8 tix(you were only allowed 4 per person)."Got Yer Tix Kev?"he asked."No"I replied and went on to explain our story."You can have one for both nights,10 quid each!The tickets were 4.50.So I bought them.my Brother missed out at Brum,but got a Ticket for Stoke Trentham Gardens somehow!!
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« Reply #2 on: Jan 12th, 2014, 5:15pm »

I spent a very chilly night queuing all night on a pavement in Southampton for my ticket, and very glad I did smiley

A long night, but great banter with a fantastic crowd of Genesis fans cool
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« Reply #3 on: Jan 12th, 2014, 5:17pm »

on Jan 12th, 2014, 5:15pm, Mal wrote:
I spent a very chilly night queuing all night on a pavement in Southampton for my ticket, and very glad I did smiley

A long night, but great banter with a fantastic crowd of Genesis fans cool
Happy Days,eh matey? wink
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« Reply #4 on: Jan 12th, 2014, 5:21pm »

I got a ticket for one of the Hammersmith Odeon gigs via Genesis Information.

Then I camped out with a friend for tickets for the 2nd Lyceum concert. We didn't have to stay there all night though because around Midnight, the theatre management issued everyone in the queue with a raffle ticket which entitled us to two tickets when the box office opened in the morning. So we went home for a few hours kip and returned in the morning clutching our precious raffle tickets, swanned past the extensive queue of lightweights who had turned up that morning and bought our precious tickets. It is still the best concert I have ever been to smiley


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« Reply #5 on: Jan 12th, 2014, 5:27pm »

if i remember did they only go for small venues because they didn't think they would sell out as it had been 18 months since knebworth(oh what a night).
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« Reply #6 on: Jan 12th, 2014, 5:33pm »

on Jan 12th, 2014, 5:27pm, garyt wrote:
if i remember did they only go for small venues because they didn't think they would sell out as it had been 18 months since knebworth(oh what a night).

This is absolutely not the case.

Genesis were a massive live attraction in the UK (and elsewhere of course) at that time and after the extensive world tour for ATTW3 which was played out in arenas, stadiums and festivals around the world, they just wanted to "ditch the mirrors and lasers" (to quote Phil) and get back to playing smaller venues "with a few lights". I've got radio interviews with Phil from 1979 where he states this. The massive demand for tickets for the duke tour (and all of them there-after) shows their popularity at this time wink

I have no doubt whatsoever that they could have played multiple arena dates instead in 1980 (as they did in the States) but they chose to do a tour for the die-hard fans in smaller places instead smiley

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« Reply #7 on: Jan 13th, 2014, 04:55am »

back to the original thread, me and a mate agreed i would queue all night in brum he would do the same at coventry so as to maximise our chances, i arrived at the odeon at about 5.30 and joined the small and enthusiastic queue spent the night discussing pretty much the same subjects as on this very forum (not sure if that is good bad or alittle bit sad but still). was rewarded with my two highly treasured tickets one each to find that my mate had got cold and bored by about 9.00pm and gone home to his warm bed returning in the morning to find the queue had grown somewhat and the hope of him getting his/our tickets gone completely. Was i happy,.. draw your own conclusions, did he get his birmingham ticket, let's just say i haven't seen much of him since january1980. Though i did know someone else who queued at coventry and he let me have his spare so a happy ending was had by me at least.
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« Reply #8 on: Sep 3rd, 2014, 12:13pm »

One of my biggest regrets is that I wasn't able to get tickets for the Duke Tour gig at Trentham Gardens (which is about a mile and a half from my parents' house). The bootlegs from that tour are stunning.
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« Reply #9 on: Sep 3rd, 2014, 12:29pm »

My best mate worked as an usher at Birmingham Odeon so she got mine! How lucky was I?!! I remember phoning her from the college public telephone to hear she'd got tickets. I had a massive, beaming grin on my face for the reast of the afternoon! grin

After the gig she'd got someone to get Steve Hackett to sign a ticket for me, which is now framed in the collage on my wall. grin
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« Reply #10 on: Sep 3rd, 2014, 1:28pm »

on Sep 3rd, 2014, 12:29pm, Gabble Ratchet wrote:
After the gig she'd got someone to get Steve Hackett to sign a ticket for me, which is now framed in the collage on my wall. grin

So Hackett was in the audience? shocked
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« Reply #11 on: Sep 3rd, 2014, 1:41pm »

Spent all night in a very good natured queue outside Portsmouth Guildhall and was one of the last to actually get a ticket before they sold out. grin

The gig was later postponed as Phil lost his voice!!

Brilliant night out eventually though and great seeing Genesis in a smaller venue.

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« Reply #12 on: Sep 3rd, 2014, 1:43pm »

on Sep 3rd, 2014, 1:28pm, Dougal wrote:
So Hackett was in the audience? shocked


Oh shit I'm getting mixed up with the Hackett gig in 1981!!! embarassed grin grin grin
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« Reply #13 on: Sep 3rd, 2014, 1:48pm »

on Sep 3rd, 2014, 1:43pm, Gabble Ratchet wrote:
Oh shit I'm getting mixed up with the Hackett gig in 1981!!! embarassed grin grin grin


Old age playing tricks with your memory?grin

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on Sep 3rd, 2014, 1:48pm, peteofpompey wrote:
Old age playing tricks with your memory?grin

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