Arranged as a private party for subscribers to ‘Strangled’ magazine this was my one and only gig at one of the most famous rock venues in the world. Shortly after this gig, The Marquee Club (which in it’s present location had played host to The Who, Hendrix and Bowie etc etc) upped sticks and moved to a larger premises in nearby Charing Cross Road.
Supporting The Helmets on this occasion were JJ’s Belgian mates Polyphonic Size.
JJ on stage with Polyphonic Size.
At some point prior to their set, I met the girl who would in time become my wife.
The gig was energetic and as I said in the Astoria post this was a unique opportunity for me to get up front and personal with musical heroes. In fact the band were far more accessible at The Marquee as the photograph below shows. Taken by Melody Maker lensman (but never published) I can be seen attempting to poke Burnel's eye out!
Such was the effect of the heat that one was minded to take a sojourn on the front of the stage.
From where the view was perhaps unorthodox!
'Stick my fingers right up your nose!'