We had a brilliant time on tour again in 2022 and are looking forward to what comes next!
2022 Slow to Fade UK Tour
Tuesday 19th April. Old Woollen, Leeds. Pics & Comments.
Thursday 21st April. Night & Day Café, Manchester. Pics &Comments.
Friday 22nd April. The Attic at the Garage, Glasgow. Pics & Comments.
Saturday 23rd April. New Adelphi Club, Hull. Pics & Comments.
Thursday 28th April. Green Door Store, Brighton. Pics & Comments.
Friday 29th April. 100 Club, London. Pics & Comments.
Saturday 19th April. O2 Institute 3, Birmingham. Pics & Comments.
Saturday 5th March. Welly Club, Hull.
Monday 28th March. Dingwalls, Hull.
The Red Guitars were in magnificent form when they appeared at Dingwalls last Monday. It seems that the number of fans is ever increasing and it is hardly surprising judging by this latest performance. The large crowd who turned up were treated to a non‐stop flow of good music. Right from the beginning when they made a spectacular entrance to the sound of a pulsing drum beat, the band held the enthusiastic crowd spellbound. The Red Guitars roared their way through a selection of their songs with a professionalism that is rarely seen in local bands. The audience quickly warmed to their particular brand of melodious rock and many were soon on their feet showing their appreciation. It all amounted to one hour of sheer enjoyment and it is obvious that with the right breaks this band is destined for the big time.
Hull Times, 01/04/83.
April, Bay Horse, Gillygate, York ‐ first gig out of Hull.
Friday 24th June, Dingwalls, Hull ‐ Good Technology launch gig.
Saturday 6th August, John Peel Session, Maida Vale, London.
Friday 12th August, Spiders, Hull.
Wednesday 17th August, The Greyhound, Fulham Road, London (£15 minus £5 for PA).
Wednesday 9th September, Ossies Bar, Middlesborough.
Saturday 17th September, Futurama 5, Queens Hall, Leeds ‐ On a bill with the Bay City Rollers, Howard Devoto, Comsat Angels, John Cooper Clarke, Clock DVA…
Wednesday 22nd September, The Tube, Tyne Tees Television.
Saturday 8th October, Leadmill, Sheffield.
Saturday 15th October, University College London Union.
Friday 18th November, Edge Hill College, Ormskirk ‐ supporting the Smiths.
Sometime in December, Tower nightclub, Hull.
Saturday 3rd December, Cambridge College of Art, Cambridge.
Friday 9th December, Dudley JB’s, Dudley.
Monday 19th December, Electric Ballroom, London ‐ supporting the Smiths.
Saturday 7th January, the ICA, London, as part of ‘Big Brother, New Year Rock Week’.
The ICA’s 1984 New Year Rock week concluded when Genesis P Orridge, Frank ‘Fad Gadget’ Tovey and some members of Einsturzende Neubauten used road drills, angle grinders and chain saws to destroy the stage, a performance so infamous that it was re‐enacted in February 2007.
Wednesday 11th January, Hacienda, Manchester.
Thursday 12th January, Baths Hall, Scunthorpe.
Thursday 19th January, Camden Palace, London.
…taking the ICA stage in an aura of anticipation built up by word of mouth, two singles and tremendous record company interest Red Guitars are ‐ intermittently ‐ refreshingly different. If, like I did, you believe that their capabilities lie quintessentially in the tremendous power of lead singer Lawrence (sic) Kidd it’s probably because at times his power is so all‐absorbing that it acts to the detriment of the other four members of the band.
But then Red Guitars seem aware of this, and beginning their set with their second single ‘Fact’, the set seemed to be consciously divided into two halves, a half built on plinths of Kidd’s power, culminating in the grossly underrated single ‘Good Technology’, and a half launched amid the calypso rhythms of the excellent instrumental ‘Heartbeat Go’, leading to the subtler vocal arrangements of songs like ‘Paris France’.
Scarcely this month’s flavour for longer than a week, Kidd has already developed the ability to use the stage and audience to promote the alternating whims and whiplashes of Red Guitars’ songs. The gently tumbling ‘Marimba Jive’ is as far apart from the harsh ‘Steeltown’ as Hawaii is from Hull, and yet the nonchalant shift in style between the songs seemed less a change than an obvious progression.
Neil Taylor, New Musical Express, 21st January 1984.
Friday 20th January ‐ the Whistle Test.
Sunday 22nd January, Spring Street Theatre, Hull.
Wednesday 25th January, Hellfire Club, Wakefield.
Thursday 26th January, Rock Garden, London.
…Seeing the group on stage for the first time at Manchester’s Hacienda, my thoughts were confirmed. More danceable than the singles suggest, it was a hot‐shot foot‐tapping performance of singability and grooving mobility.
From the cold but warm, hard but mellow, slow but fast version of ‘Technology’ to the African‐influenced beat‐ fantastic of ‘Marimba Jive’ the audience shook its hip and swung its leg in time to the sub‐pop monster rhythm of Matt Higgins’ drums and Lou Barlow’s bass guitar.
Jangling, crashing and smoothly sweeping over this varied backdrop were the reason for the band’s existence ‐ the guitars. Red Guitars, in fact. With songs calling for six‐string virtuosity, Hallam Lewis and John Rowley provide the perfect blend of tricks and treats to ease the songs around a warm‐hearted theme.
Binding these elements into a cohesive unit is the voice of Jerry Kidd, a passionate but relaxed singer, who seems to almost talk when most vocalists would warble at full stretch or shout in incoherent form.
Even with the club’s notoriously bad acoustics the Red Guitars suceeded in winning over a crowd that’s normally too cool to clap, let alone jump up and down snorting like a herd of wild buffalo.
Dave Roberts, Sounds, 11/02/84.
Saturday 28th January, Leadmill, Sheffield.
Monday 6th February, Keynes College JCR, Kent University.
Tuesday 7th February, Hull University.
Wednesday 8th February, Mountford Hall, Liverpool.
Thursday 9th February, Tower Ballroom, Birmingham. Friday 10th February, London School of Economics
Saturday 14th February, Adelphi Club, Hull
February Winterlude Festival Hull New Adelphi Club