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Frustrated by 76 Club ‘revival’ attempts

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 28, 2012

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I HAVE no connection with the promoters that are using the reputation and history of the 76 Club that was built up over 20 years (Burton Mail, Friday, February 10).

Putting a picture of me when I opened the Town Hall event in the paper and on the website could give the impression that I am involved in the so-called ‘revival’ of the 76 Club.

How can they say that the 76 Club is back unless they can recreate the atmosphere and groups that played at the club? The 76 Club name is used at the Town Hall events celebrating the club. Also, the profits from the event go to charity.

I think it is a good idea to bring rock music back to Burton, but not to use the name and reputation of the 76 Club to promote the events.

The promoters will never recreate the atmosphere or get the names that played there.

Gordon Band, Founder of the 76 Club

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  • Burton Mail  |  March 30 2012, 12:45AM

    I was in my early thirties when I moved to Burton in the late 1970s, so I never had the privilege of going to the 76, but I know what an important part it plays in the memories of those who did. In my town of Middlesbrough clubs like the 76 also make my heart ache when I ponder my youth, and another of my clubs, The Twisted Wheel in Manchester, still pulls us oldies to this day (check out the web site). The tragedy is that time passes and we can never again pull back the days when a warehouse, cellar, railway arch or room behind a chippy painted black and called a club and called a club can exist, let alone attract national and international bands. (Don't get me going on the bands I have seen in rooms the size of a pub lounge). In my opinion we should congratulate all of those who wish to maintain live music in the town, and value the memories of good times when club life did not depend upon massive expenditure on building interiors and shots of alcohol to make people enjoy themselves. But then perhaps I'm just rehearsing for a part in "Last Of The Summer Wine". Jim Muir

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  • Burton Mail  |  March 08 2012, 11:25AM

    Time was when Mr Band had a whole lot of love for us clubbers, I think there's been a communication breakdown and it's time to throw down the sword. How long has the 76 Club been just a sweet dream? Come on, there's changes coming, let's not be paranoid, we have high hopes, no more of us and them, it's not about the money, it's about rocking this town. Gordon, what a crazy world we're living in, we need your love so bad! Alright now?

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  • Burton Mail  |  March 05 2012, 9:45PM

    i totally agree with gordon. back in the 60s there was always some clubs to go to i was a singer who started in burton then i was on the london and germany circuits all thanks to people like gordon and and talent contest so lets get some entertainment back in burton for the young ones of today.i was lucky to play at the pallidium and meet idols like jerry lee lewis and more so keep the good work going gordon.all the best

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  • Burton Mail  |  March 02 2012, 10:58AM

    Mr Band brought immense happiness to thousands of people through the 76 Club. He also helped to put Burton on the music map of the UK - especially through the famous Sex Pistols Live at the 76 recording. This attempt to revive the club surely should be seen as recognition of this, rather than an attempt to exploit his name and the name of his club as his letter seems to suggest. Your legacy deserves to be remembered and passed on to younger generations Mr Band. Instead of criticising a group of people for trying to do this, by bringing the happiness and memories you helped to give them to a new generation, why not just be proud of what you started and give them your blessing?

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  • Burton Mail  |  February 29 2012, 4:50AM

    Dear Gordon, Don't be a grouch, and share in the love and respect that the people of Burton have afforded you and your past endeavors. Had it not been for the passion shown by these people today, the 76 would be a dimmer foot note in British rock and roll history. And please don't get puffed up about it, after all Joe Brown did call it "The biggest bloody fish and chip shop." he'd ever played in. Love and respect Kevin Spiers, { former clubster, and Burton Daily Mail office boy} Melbourne Australia.

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  • Burton Mail  |  February 28 2012, 5:20PM

    Mr Band should start buying his fruit from somewhere else and stop eating 'sour grapes' ...... the '76 club' was not a trade name it was an address so surely anyone can use it !

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  • Burton Mail  |  February 28 2012, 10:03AM

    Sour grapes indeed Gordy. Why ??? Maybe because someone is doing something that needed doing and they beat u too it. Dont be a pooper Gordy, you had your day and we thank u dearly for the memories but please let the good people of the Burton Rock scene get on with a great idea and wind your neck in . Ok Gordy . Nuff said.

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  • Burton Mail  |  February 28 2012, 9:12AM

    Gordon, I find it a great shame that when the reunion was bring organised they went to a great deal of trouble to find you and involve you... In a way to thank you for what you did for Burtons music scene... It has to be called the 76 club because that's the only way founder members will find it or see it! I am grateful these lads are trying to get music back to Burton and as the club no longer exists they are not copying a name! Stop being so negative and give them a chance instead of moaning about something do petty!

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