The first gig i ever went to was the Boomtown Rats as my elder sister had a spare ticket for their Glasgow Apollo gog 1979 during the Fine Art Of Surfacing tour and asked me to go, I thought nothing of it and I am so glad i did.
I was blown away by the whole experience. I have recently been listening to their albums again. I had A Tonic For the Troops and Fine Art Of Surfacing when i was 15 and recently bought re-masters of those two as well as the debut and 4th album. I was not so impressed by those but A Tonic For the Troops and Fine Art Of Surfacing are superb albums that bring back great memories for me.
I saw the rats at the Capitol theatre Sydney in May 1980 and they remain the biggest surprise for a live act that I've seen. Great sound mix, honky tonk wild piano and pure rock and roll. I remember someone saying they were the world's best live band at the time. They would get no argument from me.
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