Bolton Nevada


I played in the Phil Foster Orchestra for a couple of years in 67/68, we had loads of bands on stage on Sat nights including headliners from that time.

Names that I remember were: The Warriors (Jon Anderson of 'Yes' singing with his brother), The Wheels, The Factotums, The Cymerones, Love Affair, Dave Dee Dozy etc etc, The Tremoloes, The Equals, Amen Corner, Newton's Theory, and a lot more.

Johnny Kidd & The Pirates should have appeared but unfortunately he died in a car accident on the journey from Bury to the ballroom.

I think Pete Bocking was playing guitar over at Bolton Palais at the time for the Les Moss Orchestra as well - very good player I remember - Fender Jag through a piggy back cream Fender Showman.

I'll probably add a lot more in a while as I've got a fair selection of memories......Jimmy Savile at the Three Coins, later Beat City, was good...old Jag car with a RR radiator screwed on the front for show !!!!   

Paul Shaw

This takes me back to the mid sixties when I was in a band called A New Generation. We played there on Saturday nights and were always fascinated to watch the dancers make their way around the floor, anti-clockwise, like they were still in their day time roller skates. Fell in love with a lass called Norma. I wonder what happened to her?

My brother and I later moved to London and got a deal with Island Records as The Sutherland Brothers. Great days and warm memories of the place.

Gavin Sutherland

Oh The Nevada, what a fantastic place to play, I remember playing there several times in the sixties and early seventies.

I first played there with a band from Little Hulton called The Answers and then later with the Wigan band Rainbow Cottage.

I remember Gavin Sutherland's band A New Generation (Smokey Blues Away) and played with them several times when I was with The Answers at places like The Pink Elephant, Aspul and Hindley Manaco. They were a great band and I just loved Iain's red Vox 12 string pear drop guitar.

Other bands I remember playing with at the Nevada are The Detours and Mike Hurst and The Trekkers.

Great Days.

Brian Gibbs

Just read the comment that Gavin Sutherland posted together with the one Brian Gibbs wrote. I was the drummer and formed "The Answers" who also had Dennis Shuttlworth (Bass Guitar) and John Davies (Rythm Guitar & Keyboards).

John died following a car accident on the way home from Rivington Barn. Does Gavin and his brother Ian remember us taking them to the Kohinor Indian Restaurant at Farnworth following their performance at the Pink Elephant Club at Aspull - Wigan.

The Answers were one of L.E. Agency's top groups at the time and then along came The New Generation.

I thought Ian was brilliant on his 12 string Vox Pear Shaped guitar and was not surprised to find out much later of the success he and brother Gavin had (Sutherland Brothers & Quiver)and the single "I am Sailing" (Rod Stewart) which Ian wrote good luck to you all!!!! and spend it wisely.

Tom Casey

Went to the Nevada regularly in the late 60's and early 70'a. Great atmosphere. Saw Hot Chocolate there in 1971 just after they recorded 'Love is life'. The Fantastics were brilliant especially their version of 'Exodus'.  Remember also seeing Gene Pitney and Pickettywich. 

David Brown

Crowd scene looks like the late 50's or very early 60's


Band is the Phil Foster Orchestra which was quite a bit bigger in the late 60's

I was the lead singer with the Phil Foster Band and the resident group the Falcons during the sixties.

The Falcons  played cover versions of  all the hits of the period  plus many other songs.

The line up of the Falcons was ;  Mike Taylor (lead Vocals), Clive Mitchell (lead guitar), Paul Shaw  (rhythm guitar/vocals) Ian  Mc Ewan (Base Guitar/Vocals), John Howarth (keyboard) and Neil Mitchell (Drums/Vocals).

Some great top groups visited the Navada, some mentioned by Paul. There were also many lesser known, but very popular groups, such as The Summers who would now be refered to as a Beach Boys tribute act. There were also some very entertaining cabaret bands like the Black Abbotts with their front man Russ Abbott.

Those were very exciting and happy times.

Mike Taylor

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Topic: Bolton Nevada
Brian Hayes says...
The photo of the organist is Ron Stuart. He was playing there when I worked there until from 1972-1974 before I went to University, when it was a skating rink. Ron, a quiet and unassuming man did a couple of stints for skating dances such as the ... Read More
12th March 2014 8:01pm
Tim Holden says...
I went to the Nevada at least twice a week from 1968-71. It was skating most nights with fixed memories such as the first occasion you managed to turn around and go backwards, never being sure if the girls were more impressed by the excellent ... Read More
28th March 2014 9:25pm
jules m says...
Was a regular at the Navada during the mid 70's. Enjoyed the skate nights and weekend disco - also the half and half they had on special occasions! Remember Bob fact I think he still has my copy of Wilson Picketts "Mr Magic ... Read More
9th October 2014 6:03am
Melvin Booth says...
I came across this page by accident whilst searching for John Davies. I was totally surprised to see posts from Brian Gibbs and Tom Cassey from the answers. It was John who encouraged myself and Rodger Bridge to take up the saxophone. We never got ... Read More
14th November 2014 11:20pm
Brian Gibbs says...
Hi Melvin, I just read your nice comments about The Answers and in particular John Davies. The Answers were my Beatles and John was and still is one of my musical heroes. When I first joined The Answers he was playing an Eco Florentine electric ... Read More
26th December 2015 10:37am
John Howarth says...
I played keyboard at the Navada every Saturday night from the age of 15 in 1965 till 1968 in the Phil Foster Orchestra and The Falcons.We all got the sack in 1968.Jack Howarth my father got me the gig originally and ironically did a dep on Baritone ... Read More
30th November 2014 9:33am
Melvin Booth says...
How are you doing John? They were happy days (6 years) I spent at Harker and Howarths and what a fabulous keyboard player you were. Happy days indeed.
30th November 2014 12:55pm
Joycelyn Bainbridge says...
Hi Melvin, remember me , maybe not, I worked in the record department at the same time , I had worked there for some time when you started, now correct me if I am wrong but you had lovely red hair Grin xxx
13th October 2015 5:05am
Melvin Booth says...
Hello Joycelyn, I certainly do remember you very well. Spent many a lunchtime break listening to records ( in the booths) them were the days, no headphones. The "lovely red hair" left me for a mousey colour 25 years ago, now the hair ... Read More
13th October 2015 6:16am
Paul Shaw says...
hi John.....good to hear from you on Manchesterbeat........please drop me a direct email if you want to get I touch.....Regards, Paul Shaw
30th November 2014 6:52pm
june burrows says...
Mike Taylor....are you the same Mike Taylor who sang with the Terry Reaney Band at the Manchester Ritz?
8th January 2016 7:13am
Ian McEwen says...
Great to read all the comments about the Navada and the groups who played there on Saturday nights. I'm not sure if any of you still ever look at this site but it would be great to hear from Mike, Paul and John after all these years. Drop me a ... Read More
2nd March 2016 3:44am
Dave bromiley says...
UnsureHey all you Factotum fans who could forget em one of the reasons at the time i wanted to get better on guitar and i did ended up here in germany as a musician and stil am spankthatplank and thanks love Dave
17th September 2016 8:52pm
Dave bromiley says...
Funny thing was my mate phil was playing with Nidge years later as drummer-for some reasons Nidge needed a 2nd guitae so Phil said etc He met usin a small cottage just outside quick audition didnt get the job funny old life s-t-p
17th September 2016 9:24pm
maris gee says...
loved the nav saw hot chocolate loads went rollerskating onsaturdays but have to admit to the ppalais &nocturne
18th February 2018 8:09am

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