Thank you to Alan for the photo.
The Odeon 20th April 2009. A project to breath new life into this much loved Edinburgh landmark has been launched. The press pack for said project can be found in pdf format here.
Interestingly, when the Odeon signage was removed there remained the faint outline of the "New Victoria" signwriting underneath dating to 1930.
The Odeon back doors. Just think who has exited here!!
1970 20th March Deep Purple
1970 23rd-25th July The Corries1970 26th-29th August, 2nd-5th September, 9th-12th September Corrie Folk (The Corries and guests).1970 28th November Julie Felix & The McCallums1970 27th December The Corries1971 13th August Syd Lawrence & His Orchestra1971 22nd August Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, & Peter, Paul, & Mary1971 4th December Humpherey Lyttelton & Alex Welsh-A Tribute To Louis Armstrong1971 17th December Yank Lawson, Bob Haggart & The Worlds Greatest Jazz Band1971 19th December The Corries1972 19th March David Hughes-A Viennese Evening1972 28th May The Corries1972 1st November Up Country1972 3rd November The Four Tops1972 8th November Cliff Richard & Olivia Newton John1972 9th November George Hamilton IVth1973 7th January The Corries1973 17th February Freezin' Heat1973 3rd March Slim Whitman1973 7th April Roxy Music, Sharks, & Lloyd Watson
1973 23rd May Paul McCartney & Wings
Thank you to Tom McClymont for the ticket and poster above.
1973 27th May The Corries
1973 31st August The Corries
1973 1st September The Corries
1973 7th September The Corries
1973 13th October Lindisfarne
1973 16th & 17th November Cliff Richard (4 shows in total)
1974 8th February Wizzard (2 shows)
1974 5th April The Incredible String Band
1974 12th April Mick Ronson1974 15th April The Spinners1974 19th April Deep Purple, support band Elf
1974 25th May Alvin Stardust (2 shows)
1974 29th May Black Sabbath & Black Oak Arkansas
Unofficial programme bought at this show.
1974 4th June Lou Reed (the show was very late to start as Lou was busy drinking in the bar of the Caledonian Hotel).
1974 12th October Mud
1974 19th October Uriah Heep
1974 31st October The Bay City Rollers1974 21st & 22nd October Roxy Music
Thank you to Charles Laing for this ticket.1974 15th November Golden Earing, support band Lynard Skynard
1974 19th November Sparks, support band Pilot
1974 10th December The Rubettes
1974 13th December Rod Stewart & The Faces
1975 29th April The Bay City Rollers
Rollermania at the odeon!! Thank you to Alan for the picture.
1975 16th & 17th October Sparks1975 21st October An Evening With Bette Davis1975 26th November Uriah Heep1975 6th December Mud, support band Bilbo Baggins
1975 14th December Jim Cruickshanks Gala Night, compere Stu Francis1976 22nd April Nazareth
1976 14th & 16th May The Average White Band
Thank you to Charles Laing for this ticket.1976 28th & 29th May The Sensational Alex Harvey Band
1976 23rd June Slik1976 8th August Country & Western Festival Ethna Campbell, Carl Gibson, & Wayne Nutt1976 10th September The Bay City Rollers
Thank you to Andy Mitchell for this ticket.
1976 25th September Be Bop Deluxe
1976 24th October Patti Smith, support band The Stranglers
1977 11th March Val Doonican
1977 30th September Dr Feelgood, support band Mink DeVille
1977 14th November Thin Lizzy, support band The Radiators From Space
1977 15th November Gary Glitter, support band Rosetta Stone
1977 25th November Peter Straker1977 6th December The Boomtown Rats
1978 4th February Judas Priest
1978 18th April The Commodores
1978 5th May UK
1978 23rd May The Maddy Prior Band
Thank you to Graham Ferguson for this ticket.1978 28th May AC/DC, support band British Lions
1978 29th May George Benson1978 31st May Blue Oyster Cult, support band Japan
1978 1st June Ian Dury & The Blockheads1978 5th June Gerry Rafferty & Rab Noakes (Dire Straits did not play)
1978 6th June The Buzzcocks1978 14th June Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers1978 22nd June The Boomtown Rats, support band Matt Vinyl & The Decorators
1978 14th July Jasper Carrott1978 30th August Patti Smith (aftershow party at The Antiquary St Stephen's Street, Stockbridge)
Thank you to Charles Laing for this ticket.
Ticket for Patti Smith's poetry reading at the Odeon. This took place in the afternoon on the day of the gig. Thank you to Andy Mitchell for this ticket.
Thank you to Graham Dumble for this signed flyer from the afternoon poetry reading.
1978 13th September Blondie, support band The Boyfriends
Debbie Harry at the Odeon 13th September 1978. Thank you to David Miller for the photograph.
1978 25th September Brand X, special guest Peter Hammill
1978 28th September The Tom Robinson Band
Thank you to Charles Laing for this ticket.1978 1st October Rose Royce1978 7th October DrFeelgood
1978 10th October Wishbone Ash
Thank you to David Evans for this ticket. 1978 11th October Steel Pulse, support band China Street
1978 18th October Kraftwerk
1978 23rd October Buzzcocks, support band Subway Sect
1978 27th October Whitesnake, support band Magnum
1978 31st October AC/DC, support band Blazer Blazer
The pictures above are AC/DC at the Edinburgh Odeon on 31st October 1978, featuring the late great Bon Scott, who sadly died just over a year later. Thank you to Hugh for these rare pictures. © Hugh C.W. 1978.
The pictures above are Blazer Blazer, support to AC/DC at the Edinburgh Odeon on 31st October 1978. At one point Blazer Blazer's line up contained Michael "Nicko" McBrain, later to join Iron Maiden. Thank you to Hugh for these rare pictures. © Hugh C.W. 1978.
Blazer Blazer programme excerpt, thank you to Hugh for this item.
1978 1st November Sham 69
1978 7th November Judas Priest
1978 16th November The Clash, support band The Slits
Thank you to Alan for this rare signed flyer.
1978 20th November Lindisfarne
1978 21st November The Cheiftains
1978 26th November Devo
1978 1st December John Martyn
1978 13th December Rory Gallagher
1978 22nd December The Rezillos, support band Chou Parrot (The Undertones did not play).
1979 15th & 16th January Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Thank you to Charles Laing for this ticket.
1979 23rd January The Kinks
1979 8th February UFO
1979 20th February Herbie Hancock
1979 21st February Steve Hillage
1979 1st March Average White Band
1979 5th March Bad Company
1979 6th March Graham Parker & The Rumour
Thank you to Graham Dumble for this scan.
The five photos above are Graham Parker at the Odeon 6th March 1979. Thank you to Allan McKay for these pictures. ©Allan McKay 1979. 1979 13th March Eddie & The Hot Rods & The Members
1979 15th March Van Morrison
1979 19th March Elton John
The three pictures above are Elton John at the Edinburgh Odeon 19th March 1979. Thank you to Steven Betts for these pictures. ©Steven Betts 1979.1979 24th March Bootsy's Rubber Band1979 26th March David Essex 1979 27th March Motorhead
1979 30th March Folksong '79 1979 1st April The Hollies
Thank you to Graham Ferguson for this ticket.1979 6th April Frankie Miller1979 16th April Thin Lizzy
1979 27th April JJ Burnel, Support bands Blood Doner & Rapid Eye Movement 1979 28th April Rush
1979 1st May Child
Mike from the band Child at the Odeon. Thank you to Chris for the photo.
1979 2nd May John Miles, support band Bandit
1979 7th May Dennis Brown & The Professionals, support Rudy Thomas
1979 12th May The Tubes
1979 19th May Renaissance
1979 23rd, 24th, 25th & 26th May Status Quo
1979 1st June The Police, support band The Cramps
The pictures above are Status Quo at the Edinburgh Odeon May 1979. Thank you to Hugh for these rare pictures. © Hugh C.W. 1979.
1979 3rd June Robert Halpern
1979 9th June The Who
Thank you to David for his memories below of The Who at the Odeon
"In the foyer they had a lot of stands advertising Quadrophenia and the Kids are Alright movie which had just been released. We managed to nick a couple of album covers and hung around outside the back of the theatre in the hope of getting them autographed. We saw John "Rabbit" Bundrick the keyboard player, and my mate swears we saw Kenney Jones as well. We did find out however that the band were staying at the Caledonian Hotel in Lothian Road".
"So we went down to the hotel and met Roger Daltrey, Bill Curbishley the band's manager and Harvey Goldsmith the promoter. Roger signed the album sleeves. They asked us whether we had been to the recent outdoor rock festival at Loch Lomond, which we had. They seemed very interested in what we thought of the event. We wondered whether they might have been contemplating playing a festival that summer. They didn't as a matter of fact. Interestingly though, their very next gig after the Odeon was Wembley Stadium". The gig was amazing!
1979 10th June Dire Straits
1979 19th June Third World1979 21st June Steve Hackett
1979 29th June Dave Edmunds Rockpile, support band Lew Lewis Reformer (rescheduled from 6th May)
1979 29th & 30th July Ian Dury & The Blockheads
Thank you to Ian Dunipace for this rare badge.
1979 29th August Rickie Lee Jones
Thank you to Gordon for the above NME review of the Rickie Lee Jones Odeon concert.
1979 1st September Alien film premier
Thank you to Oddfellow for this scan.
1979 7th September The Skids, support band The Berlin Blondes
1979 15th September Louden Wainright III
Thank you to Winnie Lisowski for this ticket.
1979 20th September XTC, support bands Yachts & Viva
1979 5th October The Boomtown Rats
Bob Geldof & Johnny Fingers autographs obtained outside the Mount Royal Hotel Princes Street. Thank you to steve for these. 1979 6th October Buzzcocks, support band Joy Division
Thank you to Steve for this Pete Shelley signed ticket
A third ticket for this gig, included for the seat number, stalls A29! Unbelievable!
Thank you to ken for his memories of The Buzzcocks gig
Pete Shelley and the guys were as loud, punchy and frantic as I'd expected but I remember being surprised at the high quality of the sound and the tight musicianship.I guess by that time they were honed by a few years on the touring circuit.
The gem above is a period review of The Buzzcocks/Joy Division Edinburgh Odeon gig my Morris. Thanks go to him for sending this.
1979 17th October Whitesnake
1979 20th October Alien (midnight charity screening of this iconic sci-fi film)
1979 1st November Steve Hillage
1979 17th November Hawkwind
1979 21st November Motorhead
1979 22nd November John Martyn
1979 28th November The Kinks
1979 29th November Talking Heads, support bands A Certain Ratio & Section 25
Thank you to Winnie Lisowski for this ticket.
The support band was due to be The Human League, but on the release of this press release from Bob Last the support slot was cancelled.
"The Human League, intrigued to experience their own performance themselves, have designed a remotely controlled touring entertainment. Therefore, 30 Human League minutes will be available on the upcoming Talking Heads tour. The League themselves may well join the audience on some evenings to savour the occasion. The arrangement will allow them on other evenings to continue working on their second album in their Sheffield workshop."
Human League advert for the cancelled support slot tour with Talking Heads.
Thank you to Ken for his memories of the Talking Heads gig
"Talking Heads put on a funky but spooky performance...David Byrne was in full-on sweating, awkward psycho/geek mode and hardly ever looked up at the audience!"
1979 7th December The Dickies, support bands Chelsea & The Cheetahs
1979 10th December The Jam, support band The Vapors
1979 11th December Leonard Cohen
Leonard Cohen at the Edinburgh Odeon. © Alan Wilson
1979 15th December Wings
1979 21st December The Specials, support band The Revillos. The Specials stayed at the Learmonth Hotel.
Thank you to Ian Dunipace for this rare badge.1980 1st & 2nd January Blondie, support band Whirlwind
1980 16th January UFO
1980 19th January The Clash, support Mikey Dread & Metropak (took place on the 19th, not the 21st as per the ticket).
1980 20th January The Clash, support band Mikey Dread & Josek K
You can view a YouTube clip of the Clash arriving at the Caledonian Hotel, and some Odeon footage here. Thank you to My Deathlock for the clip.
The four pictures above are The Clash at the Odeon January 1980. Thank you to Derek Bracks for these photos. ©Derek Bracks 1980.
1980 23rd January Wishbone Ash
Thank you to David Evans for the images above of the Wishbone Ash 1980 tour programme.
1980 27th January The Ramones, support band The Boys
1980 5th February Robin Trower
1980 6th February Iggy Pop, support band The Psychedelic Furs 1980 16th February Spyro Gyra
1980 22nd February The Tourists
The Tourists autographs obtained in Bruce's record shop Princess Street. Thank you to Steve.
1980 1st March Peter Gabriel
1980 5th March Gillan
1980 9th March Nazareth
1980 19th March Judas Priest
1980 28th March Stiff Little Fingers, support band Another Pretty Face
1980 4th April Jasper Carrott1980 11th April Gerry Rafferty 1980 23rd April Genesis
Thank you to David Evans for the programme above.1980 24th April Judie Tzuke
1980 4th May Thin Lizzy (note the spelling mistake on the ticket below)
1980 8th May Eric Clapton, support Chas & Dave
1980 16th May Black Sabbath
1980 21st May Suzi Quatro 1980 22nd & 23rd May The Average White Band
1980 30th May The Undertones, support band The Moondogs
The Undertones autographs obtained at the Edinburgh Odeon. Thank you to Shona for this ticket.
1980 1st June Saxon, support band Tygers Of Pan Tang
1980 3rd June Joan Armatrading
1980 6th June Whitesnake
1980 13th June Steve Hackett
Thank you to Oddfellow for this advert.
1980 30th June Magnum1980 6th August Ted Nugent, support band Wild Horses
1980 15th September Ozzy Osbourne's Blizzard Of Ozz
1980 16th September Secret Affair1980 20th September Rick Wakeman
1980 22nd September The Tourists1980 26th September Rory Gallagher And His Band
1980 3rd October The Skids1980 17th October UFO
1980 23rd October Ian Gillan
1980 24th October The Dooleys1980 31st October Simple Minds
1980 3rd November Motorhead
1980 4th November Tangerine Dream
1980 9th November John Martyn
1980 14th November Dexy's Midnight Runners1980 19th November Hot Chocolate1980 22nd November Sad Cafe
This is an award that was presented to bands when they sold out the Odeon Edinburgh. This particular one having been presented to Vic Emerson keyboard player with Sad Cafe.
1980 29th November Hazel O'Connor, support band Duran Duran1980 8th December Ultravox
1980 9th December Madness (2 shows, kids show & evening)
1980 5th December The Damned, support band The Straps
Thank you to Ian Dunipace for this rare badge set.1980 12th December Hawkwind (brought forward from 22nd December)
1980 13th December Saxon
1980 16th December Steeleye Span 1981 14th January The Boomtown Rats 1981 20th January April Wine
1981 22nd January Slade
1981 20th February Krokus
1981 9th March Iron Maiden
1981 21st March Mike Harding1981 10th April Showaddywaddy1981 21st April Girlschool
1981 29th April Echo & The Bunnymen
1981 1st May Tygers Of Pan Tang 1981 12th May Japan
1981 13th May Barcaly James Harvest 1981 16th May The Cure
1981 23rd May Stiff Little Fingers, support band The Wall
SLF autographs obtained after the Odeon gig. Thank you to Steve for these.
1981 28th May Wishbone Ash
1981 29th May Toyah, support band Positive Noise
1981 6th June The Teardrop Explodes
1981 7th June Trust
, support band Cadiz
Thank you to Keith More & Nick Grieve for this scan.1981 16th June The Tubes
1981 1st July Diamond Head
1981 6th July Duran Duran, & The Freeze
1981 23rd August Arthur Negas On Antiques1981 28th August Simple Minds
Thank you to John Innes for this ticket.1981 19th July Def Leppard
This is the actual set list from the mixing desk on the night, along with the ticket. Thank you to Phil for this rare item.
1981 5th September Michael Schenker Group
1981 16th September Hazel O'Connor 1981 19th September Nazareth
1981 26th September Ultravox1981 27th September Sad Cafe 1981 9th October Gary Glitter
1981 10th October Hawkwind
1981 25th October Andy Williams1981 7th November Gillan, support bands Budgie & Nightwing
1981 13th November The Damned, support band The Anti Nowhere League(release date of the Friday 13th EP).
1981 25th November Hot Gossip1981 26th November The Cure
1981 27th November Gary US Bonds
1981 29th November The Pretenders, & The Flying Padovanis
1981 7th December Squeeze
1981 9th December Slade
15th December Rose Tattoo1981
16th December Nils Lofgren, support band Grand Prix
17th December The Stray Cats, & Screaming Lord Such and The Savages
Thank you to Alan for the Photo.
Above the Odeon in what became the bar area was situated a dancing club. This was a popular place in the late sixties and into the early seventies. From the 1968 telephone directory.