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In this month’s UNCUT, our writers, friends and favourite musicians reminisce about their favourite gigs.

The October issue, onsale now, features our best 50 – including Jimi, U2, The Band and Oasis – with rare photos from the shows too.

Now here’s some more – we’ll publish one everyday this month – including online exclusives on gigs by Stone Roses, Pixies and the Beach Boys, and Stereophonics’ Kelly Jones and Babyshambles’ Adam Ficek‘s favourite live memories too.



Not even UNCUT’s war-weary gig-hounds have been to every great show in history – but you lot probably have.

Email Allan_Jones@ipcmedia.com, or leave your memories in the comments box below, of the ones we might have missed, and we’ll publish the best in a future issue!



Cardiff Arms Park

July 16, 1990


I was 15 or 16, and the Rolling Stones were doing the Urban Jungle tour. The Cardiff gig had been rescheduled because Keith Richards cut his finger. My brothers are eight and nine years older than me, and they’d booked a minibus to go to the gig.

A spare ticket came up on the day, and I went to Cardiff in the bus with a bunch of older guys getting pissed. Back then, everyone was drinking Strongbow cider. In the streets of Cardiff, people were getting really drunk and selling bootleg T-shirts and stuff like that. I remember buying one for a fiver. I didn’t take it off for a long time.

I was excited, really. I was in covers bands from 12, doing “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” and “Honky Tonk Women”. I had Rolled Gold on cassette tape. I’d never been into Cardiff Arms Park before to see a band play rock’n’roll songs. I thought it was great, feeling how powerful it was. They made me realise what a great party band it was, getting people into the spirit of the day, dancing and being pissed out of your brains.

They’re still the ultimate party band. They opened up the show with “Start Me Up”. I remember “Brown Sugar”, everybody singing that line, “Just around midnight!” I remember Jagger shouting out lots of Welsh town names and being quite impressed he knew all these places.

Thirteen years later I was headlining the same stadium. And we opened on the Stones’ Bridges To Babylon tour in 2003, and Jagger’s coming into our dressing room saying he likes our band. Ronnie Wood came onstage with us in Earl’s Court. When you’re 15, on a bus with a bunch of pissed guys, you never think you can touch people like that. You only dream of these things.


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