Hardrock
Greatstone Road, Stretford



Saw Bob Marley, Traffic, Bowie and many others there.

Sally Coombes
11/2/10

Saw Elton John there - nodded off.

Paul Mlynarz (webmaster)
14/4/10

For it's short life it was always well attended and I saw some great shows there, particulary David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust and Melanie, the latter sitting on the edge of the stage and singing requests from the audience all night until she lost her voice.

Dan Williams
5/9/10

Saw the Faces when the drummer fainted and fell on his arse. The drummer from the Sutherland Brothers stood in for him. The low ceiling didn't help - too hot!!!! (anyone remember the date)?   

Charlie Fish
14/11/12

The Hardrock/Village was open from 1972 for about two years maybe 3. I lived on Gorse Drive and my Mum worked there as a cleaner. From what I remember the floor or walls moved so it could change from a disco to a rock venue. But the ceiling was so low it was a 100% in there when full,  bands I  saw ... Led Zep, Bowie as Ziggy Stardust, Don McLean, Wings ... just before it closed and worst of all Chuck Berry, scheduled on stage at 9.30 arrived at 11pm and did 30 mins followed by a hail of bottles!

Before it was the Hardrock it was TopRank Bowling Alley now its a B&Q.  I wonder whether the smell of weed has gone?

Brian Smith
5/10/10

I lived very close to Hardrock/The village Nightclub ,Warwick Rd and Gorse Crescent. Very happy times, went on the opening night ... David Bowie.  Saw Roxy Music, Santana, ELP to name a few.

Worked there for a while with pals Dave Morris, Dave Pendleton, Martin Denny glass collecting and bar work.

Emperor Rosko, Dave Lee Travis did Disco Roadshows.  Andy Peebles was the resident DJ. The Three Degrees played the Village Club.The venue was used I think for pop progs....Lift Off and 45...

David Grafton
26/2/11

The magical night that Bowie appeared was not even sold out as I recall. After the Bowie concert the building reverted to a disco and Edwin starr appeared live in the disco. amazing place for its time. Andy Peebles the DJ used to reside round the corner at The Greatstone Hotel.

Les Whyatt
5/4/11

In '74 I saw Bowie on his alleged final tour and also Slade.
It cost £1 to see Bowie but £1.50 to see Slade!
Remember many great 70's gigs there, far better place than the current B&Q on the site...

Salford Lad
6/6/11

My Mam was a cleaner and worked her tits off to present me with a £1.25 ticket for Christmas to see Bowie at the Hardrock. I was 15.

I was in awe and knew every song with its lyrics.  Particularly I remember Bowie announcing his "new single" Jean Genie.

It still must count as the best live gig I've seen.

Brian Springthorpe
15/6/11

Thank you, only realised by this thread where the Hardrock was, to my amazement around the corner from where I work.Saw a favourite 70's band of mine there, Ten Years After, Alvin Lee and all, everyone just sat on the floor during the gig I seem to remember!

David McLenachan
21/7/11

Saw Don McLean in 1972. Just him,no support, no backing. He palyed guitar, banjo and madolin and was amazing. I think the live track "Waters of Babylon" on his "Solo" album was recorded at this concert.

Tom
3/10/11

Saw Roxy Music there in Spring 1973. Will always remember just before they came on, in the darkness I could see the outline of Brian Eno's outfit - the one with the 'feathers' on the shoulder (pictured on the inner sleeve of For Your Pleasure). I was so excited I nearly burst. They were absolutely brilliant of course.

A few weeks ago I bought some paint from there - not quite as exciting, but I always think of that night whenever I go there.
I have only just discovered manchesterbeat, when looking for some information on Magic Village and Mole Express. It brings it all back.

Steve Powell
3/10/11

Hi all, I have been trying to contact people for a reunion.  I knew the Fay's and lots of names coming on the site.

I lived on Talbot Road, Stretford and my mum also worked at the Village in the cafe.  Aanyone who remembers me please email (contact webmaster who will pass it on) if you like. It would be great to have a get together.

I saw Colin Blunstone, Bowie, 10cc, Slade and lots more.

Janette Wolstoncroft
8/12/11

I saw Focus and J Geils band here in about 72 - I think Curved Air played there too. It seemed a massive venue in those days. Also in about 77 went to see Rock on with 45 being filmed with Aysha the presenter, the audience was very young ! Only a few us making use of the bar! 

Nigerl Booth
2/1/12

I saw the American all girl band Fanny, supported by Stealers Wheel and early Thin Lizzy. Also caught Bowie's first gig there as Ziggy. One of the best gigs I've seen. Also fell asleep during ELP gig!!! Was that boring.

John Jones
4/3/12

Great venue.  I was at the Hardrock regularly - luckily a mate of mine was manager for a short while.  I remember seeing Ten Years After and chatting with Alvin Lee after the gig in the bar, Wings, Bowie, James Brown, Sweet, Hot Chocolate, Fats Domino  - I think if I remember correctly Teddy Boys ripping up the carpet to dance that evening - some great gigs. 

Alan Fildes
26/5/12

I saw David Bowie at the Hardrock in December 1972 (still have the ticket stub) for the princely sum of £1.25. I was also at the last gig of Cockney Rebel, in 1974, they then changed to Steve Harlet and Cockney Rebel.

Kevin Coen
24/6/12

Bowie played in sep 72 and dec 72. First time half full in the week before his famous TOTP appearance - he had some electrical problems and played acoustic guitar for 20 minutes while repairs went on, sitting on the edge of the stage.

Also fell asleep to ELP, enjoyed 10 Years After and nobody else has mentioned Led Zeppelin playing on the Houses of the Holy tour.

Never much liked the place (low ceiling, converted 10 pin alley I think). So pleased when The Who played Belle Vue. And I got busted fair dodging at Warwick Rd Stn.

Patrick Ferriday
28/9/12

Went to see Don Mclean 25th May 1975 (still got the ticket). Cold and wet outside, the C and the K of the name neon were bust. Remember half the area was seated and half just a wooden floor. D.M was good yes but the knockout was the support act: Lesley Duncan. Found out that she suffered badly from stage fright so I guess this was probably a rare public performance.

Martin
7/10/12

Was at a Led Zepp gig at the Hardrock,been trying to remember the date,was it December 72. Remember sitting crosslegged on the floor,what seemed like a few yards from Robert Plant and Jimmy Page.Was it the Led Zepp 4 tour cause`they did Stairway To Heaven. 

Alan Crompton
11/10/12

Great place. I was at the Chuck Berry fiasco, seem to remember some guy coming to the mike and shouting 'the man has gone, the man has gone etc," also I went to the Slade gig and they were awesome (can't believe I just wrote that). Noddy with his mirrored hat all the lights were turned on as he growled 'lets ave a look at yo'll'.  I think Suzi Quatro was their support all in black leather ooh er....

Peter Miller
12/10/12


Ticket courtesy Alan Fildes


Uriah stuff courtesy Steve Whitworth

I saw Roxy Music also 1973. I remember there was no seating and after standing for a long time my friend and I sat on the dodgy carpet but we didn't care! Brian Eno had problems with his synth and ended up playing a tambourine all night. I remember I wore hot pants with black and red platform boots! Good memories

Hazel Sykes
27/10/12

Saw Bowie, Fanny supported by Thin Lizzy, Led Zep & the best concert of the lot was Stephen Stills & Manassas. One of the best venues in Manchester. 2nd only to the Free Trade Hall.

Dave Sharp
1/11/12

Does anyone recall the teen discos there?

Joyce Tyler
14/11/12

I saw Al Green, Oscar Toney Jnr and Margie Joseph on one bill. And Chi-lites another time but dates escape me.

Paul Morgan
14/11/12  

I saw Colin Blunstone here in about February of '73 - my first gig, aged 18. Then I saw Wings in May '73. Boths concerts were great, especially seeing Paul McCartney! I've been to many, many concerts since, but the Wings gig holds a special place in my heart! A shame the venue no longer exists...

Glenn B Fleming
21/11/12

I saw Slade at the Hardrock on 27/02/73, I took my sister and we were 5 rows from the front, it was our first ever gig and Slade were superb. Suzi Quatro supported [she had a pinkish trouser suit on this was before her hits and leather gear] she had a tough time with the Slade fans.

I remember it was so loud my ears were still ringing 3 days later.I saw Slade another 11 times but this was probably the best gig, it was the day Cum on Feel the Noize went in at No.1 and they played it @ 5th song in and Noddy said " we've had a bit of news today" the place went even wilder ! Great memories

A J Whitney
28/11/12

Saw Jeff Beck, Yes, and Hawkwind ( Stacia danced over me ....my only claim to fame ) 

Dave Smith
26/1/13

Worked there and it gave me some of the best memories of my life.  Still got my membership cards for Hardrock & Village signed by Bowie & Roxy Music.  Remember how tall Rick Wakeman was and his amazing hair, Cozy Powell setting up, Angie Bowie coming to venue before David to check out, Paul McCartney, one of the nicest men with Linda & Wings, Chuck Berry and his dramatics ...

Laurie
5/3/13

I saw Bowie on the Ziggy tour.  It was one of the best gigs I have ever seen. He jumped off the stage at the end and had a group hug with me and a Chorlton crew. Who's got the photo?  Would love to see it again if you have it ...

Shaun
25/4/13

Can anyone remember when the club was being used for a short while as an alternative to Top of the Pops - might have been called 601? I saw Fatback Band/ Chaka Kaan for free so long as you had a membership for the Village, Its great reading all these entries and remembering my Idols.

David Blades
14/10/13

Saw Ziggy, Steve Stills Manassas and Yes there!!!! Great days!!!

Phil Yates
15/12/13

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Topic: The Hardrock
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Jacqui O'Farrell says...
Gosh what memories I saw Bowie, Roxy, Led Zeppelin, Status Quo, Gary Glitter, Hawkwind and many others great days!!!
28th April 2014 9:56pm
Steve Whitworth says...
Hi everyone, I saw URIAH HEEP at the Hardrock back in the 70's and they were superb. The ceiling on the stage was very low and MICK BOX threw his guitar up into the air and it went through the ceiling. HEEP are still around and play the UK and ... Read More
17th July 2014 8:48pm
Steve Rooter says...
I was there - do you remember the support band?
28th March 2015 6:56am
Steve Rooter says...
It was 1973, support band was The Heavy Metal Kids.
28th March 2015 7:47am
Charlie Darlington says...
The lead singer of Heavy Metal Kids was Gary Holton, later to become famous in Al Veidersehen Pet as Wayne.
15th November 2015 1:09am
Baz says...
Hello Steve Belated reply to your comment about the Uriah Heep gig in 1974 if I'm right. I remember the gig well and Mick Box's legendary demolition of the ceiling with his Gibson Ripper. Well I couldn't personally think of a better way ... Read More
2nd November 2016 11:01am
Debs says...
God I remember that place, saw Showaddywaddy, Gary Glitter, Rubettes, and a few others. Shame it went
31st July 2014 5:00am
davethesound says...
Had forgotten the Hard Rock its so long ago. First saw YES as a guest of the road manager then David Bowie & Slade. Somewhere along Suzy Q ( as she was called then). Remember the in-house sound system and how well it delivered Carly Simons ... Read More
2nd October 2014 8:32am
Alan Salter says...
I have very happy memories of this venue. I saw favourite ever artist Lou Reed there. Nobody else seems to have mentioned this concert. He was supported by Philip Goodhand Tait and Fairport Convention. I also went to the David Bowie Ziggy concert. ... Read More
12th November 2014 10:35am
Sheila hulme says...
A bit too young to have attended the concerts but spent so many Saturday nights here. My first disco. I made so many friends, many of whom I'm still in contact with today.
19th April 2016 8:21pm
Liz says...
Saw Rod Stewart here about 1974, it was shortly after Ronnie Wood left to join the Stones I think. The gig was shortened because the drummer was ill, I recall Rod asking if there was a drummer in the house!
11th January 2015 11:26am
Michael gee says...
Hiya was also there,i recall Ronnie Wood still being in the Faces but Tetsu had replaced Ronnie lane. also recall it was hot and humid that night.
13th March 2016 7:33am
Martin says...
I remember seeing Bowie in 72, Mick Ronson blew everyone's ears with Moonage Daydream-even David Bowie had his hands over his ears, absolutely epic-never forget it!! Also Rod Stewart and the Faces with poor Kenny Jones passing out, had a few ... Read More
31st March 2016 10:59am
Brian O'Sullivan says...
I saw quite a few,allways remember cockney rebel's final gig
17th January 2015 2:57am
Sally Nuttall says...
Does anyone remember seeing Ace there ?
7th March 2015 5:32am
Charlie Darlington says...
Ace were there but only mimed on Rock On With '45 a pop show introduced by Kid Jensen, for Granada TV,
can't remember them doing an actual gig.
8th January 2016 12:14am
Charlie darlington says...
Don`t think they did an actual gig, but I`m pretty sure they mimed a number on the "Rock on with `45" programme with Kid Jensen.Wink
25th November 2016 3:23pm
Ro Davenport says...
Saw Chuck Berry 1972, he was hours late due to fog. Came on in a white silk shirt and blew us away.
7th March 2015 6:24am
Barry says...
I saw Junior Walker & the all stars, I think Andy Peebles was DJing, fantastic night! The place was originally the Granada Bowling Alley, I also went to an all-nighter there, maybe a Torch re-union night, I still regularly go to B & Q as I ... Read More
2nd April 2015 10:13am
m pickering says...
i remember after the Bowie concert and the place morphed into the Village Junior Walker played. What a night!
7th June 2015 7:26pm
GEOFF PARKINSON says...
Saw the Strawbs here supported by Linda Lewis who accompanied herself on grand piano and had hits with Rock a doodle do and Remember the days of the old school yard,I think .Both acts were excellent.
21st June 2015 1:04pm
Phil says...
Saw Bowie and Roxy music here way back when, 1971-2 I think, they blew me away, quite simply they changed my life, was a big fan them, still am ! I also remember Brian Eno breaking his synthesiser and announcing it to the audience- Roxy music ... Read More
13th September 2015 5:32pm
pete kay says...
Saw hawkwind, was playing pinball with a mate, lo and behold lemmy trots up spliff in hand and joined in, it was pre concert maybe 6.30 ish
30th December 2015 12:10am
Linda says...
I remember the place was there on the openin night as a bar staff; DAVID BOWIE did the opening night which was for all the top tradesmen and all who were concerned with the place, some party afterwards where mr Bowie made his presence felt !!! ... Read More
13th January 2016 7:54am
Alan says...
I remember seeing not only David Bowie but Led Zeppelin, Emerson lake and Palmer with their Tarkus album all amazing
15th January 2016 6:47am
David Jackson says...
Saw Bowie there 72 as Ziggy, went with a couple of girls i worked with. Always my biggest hero after that.
16th January 2016 5:33am
Phil Ward says...
Could go on for ages about this, so many memories. When it was being built, workers stayed at the Greatstone on Chester Rd, when it opened, the roadies stayed as well, not the stars. Me and Adrian Dowd worked the bar and got free tickets off them. ... Read More
16th January 2016 9:15am
Jayhugo says...
All those £1.25 ticket stubs for Bowie at stretford are worth 20 grand today ,,go get em cashed in folks
19th January 2016 3:38am
DAVID ROBERTS says...
Saw Bowie on both occasions in 72 and ELP. Remember Tarkus seem to remember it firing out polystyrene pellets. I thought it was a great venue for getting close to the stage.
13th March 2016 6:48am
David Gaynor says...
Saw Chuck Berry at the Hardrock, in 1972, I think. *****. Decent band supporting him called Trapeze. Berry came on at near midnight, blaming the heavy fog. He did half an hour and then legged it. David 'Kid' Jensen was the presenter on ... Read More
22nd March 2016 1:30pm
John Armour says...
I went a couple of times, just before it closed shortly after my 16th birthday . ITV used to broadcast a pop program from there too. I seem to remember it was famously built with a revolving stage. I wonder if that mechanism is still present. I ... Read More
14th June 2016 8:42am
Allan Orrick says...
Only made it once to Hardrock. Ferried down from Newcastle by the Anchor Records representative to see Rufus and Chaka Khan, and then, on to George Best's night club for the after gig party.
23rd September 2016 5:29am
Brian O'Sullivan says...
I was there at Chaka Khan too.can't remember year
23rd September 2016 5:49am
Mike Day says...
I worked there from day one. Paul Grenville-Smythe, former boss of the London Hardrock Cafe as catering/bar manager and an ex Greenjacket (Capt) Mike O'Shea CEO. So many memories- Playing football with Paul McCartney in the car park after the ... Read More
25th October 2016 5:06pm
Brad says...
Hi Mike,
Is there any chance you held onto any flyers from any of the gigs (namely Tangerine Dream in '75)?
Thanks,
Brad
23rd January 2017 7:28am
Tony Holmes (Milwauke WisconsinUSA) says...
It's cool reading comments from people I remember I worked there too from before it opened, a mate and I walked in on the way home from school and asked if there were any jobs and got one stacking the bars, lugging the house speakers around, ... Read More
8th July 2017 8:12pm
Phil Roberts says...
I too was at the Chaka Kahn/Rufus gig, 'Tell Me Something Good' was being promoted which dates to 1974
29th October 2016 11:23pm
Steve gell says...
Great venue, half seated half on steps...a semi circle. Saw Wings and Santana there...both good shows and the view was great even from the cheap seats.
30th October 2016 6:59pm
Brad says...
Did anyone here see Tangerine Dream at the Hardrock in '75 (or perhaps know of anyone that did)? I ask because for the past two years I've been working with a publisher on a coffee table book of their concert memorabilia (currently at 350 ... Read More
8th December 2016 4:07pm
Brad says...
Did anyone here see Tangerine Dream at the Hardrock in '75 (or perhaps know of anyone that did)? I ask because for the past two years I've been working with a publisher on a coffee table book of their concert memorabilia (currently at 350 ... Read More
8th December 2016 4:50pm
Stuart says...
13th January 2017 11:42pm
Brad says...
Thanks, Stuart.
I actually managed to get a hold of the ticket scan via other means.
Thanks again.
Brad
23rd January 2017 7:29am
Gary Holroyd says...
I've got a ticket stub from 1974 at Bradford St Georges Hall if that's any help. I also saw them in 1975 at York Minster and although I have no memorabilia from that night, John Peel and his wife sat directly in front of me.
3rd February 2017 4:52am
James Firth says...
I was at the Slade concert, at the Hardrock, in 1973 as mentioned by a previous blogger. When the band came on stage, the audience broke out into a huge roar, and the band looked taken aback. I was 15, I went mad, best show ever. Saw Chuck Berry ... Read More
18th March 2017 6:03am
mark o'keefe says...
Yep I saw Slade there..my first ever gig..was only 12! Went with my cousins wearing a pair of borrowed skinner jeans with "Noddy, Don Jim and Dave written down the legs...remember Noddy asking could he see some tits..Suzi Quatro pretty much got ... Read More
9th April 2017 11:13pm
Roger Pickering says...
I saw Roxy Music there on the 9th of November 1972. The New York Dolls should have been the support act, but the 16 year old drummer had died from an alcohol and drug mix just a day or two before, therefore a local group, Greasy Bear (who later ... Read More
8th April 2017 12:05am
Roger Pickering says...
Typo: Alberto y Lost Trios Paranoias. There are some other small errors in the text too. Sorry. It was late and I was sleepy!
8th April 2017 10:33am
James Firth says...
Regarding the Slade concert in 1973, the day when they hit number one with " Cum on Feel the Noize " (attempted spelling ). I remember a guy sat on the stage, to the right, legs dangling down, smiling at the reaction of the audience. He ... Read More
10th April 2017 1:21am
Doug W (San Rafael) says...
Hey!, FYI: I saw SANTANA at the Hardrock Stretford during, probably, 1973 but I do not see their name on your list. When I saw the show, Santana’s most recent album was ‘Caravanserai’ and its content and unexpected diversion from ... Read More
13th October 2017 10:03am
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