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Heavy Metal Goes To The Dogs
Hackney Wick Stadium
July 25th 1982.
Motorhead, Saxon, Angelwitch, , Spider, T34, Lightning Raiders, Sleek.
Motorhead and Saxon were pretty big at the time and were in the midst of their ' Iron Fist ' tour , the rest of the bill, was comprised of a number of bands who had supported the band at Wrexham , as well as a few other additions . Gone were Welsh rockers Budgie , who had been replaced by Angelwitch. Sleek were apparently an all Girl rock band.
why Motorhead chose to play at Greryhound Stadiums is unknown, as they
are hardly known for their great acoustic qualities. Perhaps the fact
that they were large and perhaps were to be had on the cheap had something
to do with the choice of venue. For those of you who are confused as
you know of Hackney as a speedway track, the venue also doubled as a
speedway as well .
Photos of Saxon at Hackney © Graham Horne
25.Jul.1982 Hackney, U.K.
Speedway Stadium 1 CD
It was poorly attended; possibly only a few thousand. The event had Hells Angels as security which made for an intimidating atmosphere; all the bands struggled to raise the enthusiasm of the crowd that day.
came on stage with the lead singer announcing: "we want to f*ck you all!".
Class. We went mainly to see Anglewitch but they pulled out of the show.
Spider played a good set of Quo like material, but I think Saxon were the best band of the day. I remember my friends and I tore our tickets up into small pieces so that we could throw it in the air when the band came on. I remember Biff cracking a ironic remark about the crowd's seemingly lacking disappointment at the announcement of their last song of the set.
Motorhead came on stage with Brian Robertson, the rather 'surprising' replacement for guitarist 'Fast' Eddie Clarke, seemingly out of sorts dressed in white 'jogging' shorts - hardly a fitting image for the band. The other problem was the sound; it was way too quiet. Not the best open air festival I have been to.
The Hells Angels provided security and they actually organised the whole event (Lemmy talks about this in his bio)
Angelwitch dropped out and were replaced by More...
Saxon were the best band of the day for me, followed by Spider, who surprised me by being really good...
Motorhead weren’t firing on all cylinders unfortunately, I’d left their set early so I cou8ld get back home to the other side of London
Not the best festival but oh to be 16 again J
All the best
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