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|21 Aug|4 mins

5 Gigs You Wish You'd Gatecrashed

Greatest hits, from The Beatles' last gig to some of Nirvana's first.
Elle Glass
21 Aug
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There are some nights you never want to forget. The ones that feel like they went forever, they cracked open a whole new world and nothing – ever – would be the same again. They showed you how it really was, who you really are.

Each moment of those nights stays with you. The way the lights moved, the smell of the crowd, right down to the One Stars you wore. They're the 70s classic that are still front row and centre stage. They’ve seen more than their fair share of late nights and dive bars and have been worn by everyone, from Green Day to Guns And Roses, from The Beastie Boys to Ice Cube to Kurt Cobain. Since day one, everyone was in on them, and everyone has a story in them. So, we've done the round up – here’s the top 5 gigs you wished you’d gatecrashed.

Advice
|21 Aug|4 mins

5 Gigs You Wish You'd Gatecrashed

Greatest hits, from The Beatles' last gig to some of Nirvana's first.
Elle Glass
21 Aug
Share:

There are some nights you never want to forget. The ones that feel like they went forever, they cracked open a whole new world and nothing – ever – would be the same again. They showed you how it really was, who you really are.

Each moment of those nights stays with you. The way the lights moved, the smell of the crowd, right down to the One Stars you wore. They're the 70s classic that are still front row and centre stage. They’ve seen more than their fair share of late nights and dive bars and have been worn by everyone, from Green Day to Guns And Roses, from The Beastie Boys to Ice Cube to Kurt Cobain. Since day one, everyone was in on them, and everyone has a story in them. So, we've done the round up – here’s the top 5 gigs you wished you’d gatecrashed.

The Beatles’ last ever gig

The very last time The Beatles played together: a rooftop against the London skyline in 1969, on top of Apple Studios. A last-minute affair, they belted out Don’t Let Me Down before the police pulled the plug and called it a day for what would be forever. “I hope we passed the audition," joked Lennon later on.

Jimi Hendrix plays Woodstock

In the same year, Hendrix played Woodstock, closing the iconic festival with two hours that were largely unwatched. It was a Monday morning and most had decided to call it a day, but the lucky ones who stayed saw his longest – and one of his last – sets ever. On his Experience tour – a fast three years before, with The Beatles in the crowd – Eric Clapton (circa Cream, not Tears In Heaven) hit it perfectly: “I thought, ‘My God, this is like Buddy Guy on acid.”  

Ike and Tina Turner support The Stones

Stay with us on this one. Tina isn’t just the football final opener you know her as. She was a mover and a shaker and a highly-skilled heartbreaker. Picture this: the Stones has been away from the States for three years. They’d lost Brian Jones, and were coming back without him. Cue: the support band. It’s such a rare moment when you one, turn up on time to see the support and two, discover something you didn’t know you needed all along. Jagger’s old friends Ike and Tina Turner were just this. They were wild and sweat-drenched and FUN, bringing R&B to the Beatles’ Come To­gether and Janis Joplin’s Piece of My Heart.

Nirvana backs Sonic Youth

This wouldn’t be a list without Nirvana. It was the summer before Nevermind and few knew Cobain and Co but still, indie legends Sonic Youth took them for the ride on their European Tour. They tore through riders and smashed their gear after every show and learned what it was like to convert a crowd of people at two in the afternoon.

Elle Glass
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