1971  15th January Black Sabbath, support bands Freedom & Curved Air

 
 
 
 
 
 
Thank you to David Evans for the images above of the 1971 Black Sabbath tour programme.
 
1971  6th March Deep Purple, & Ashton, Gardner, & Dyke
Thank you to David Evans for this rare ticket.

1971  16th March Stone The Crows, & special guests Beggars Opera & Arc
1971  19th March Jethro Tull, support band Steeleye Span, 23:30 show time
1971  25th September Deep Purple
1971  30th October T-Rex
Thank you to Geoff Collier for this ticket.
 

1972  15th January Family, & Help Yourself
1972  29th January Black Sabbath, support band Wild Turkey


Tour poster Showing the Empire date as 26th November 1971, this date was cancelled and rescheduled for 29th January 1972.  Nazareth did not play at the rescheduled date.  I ove the "Dark Princes Of Downer Rock" header.

1972  4th February Mountain, support band Jimmy McCulloch
1972  5th February Barclay James Harvest, support Bands Stud & Comus
1972  12th February Quintessence
1972  19th February Stackwaddy, Medicine Head & Bridget St John
1972  25th February Free, support band Amazing Blondel

 
Thank you to Geoff Collier for this ticket.

 
 
 
 
 

Thank you to John Gray for these rare pictures of Free at the Empire 25th February 1972.  © John Gray.

1972
  26th February Roy Harper 
1972  4th March Elton John
1972  24th March Jethro Tull
1972  15th April Curved Air
Thank you to Geoff Collier for this ticket.
1972  14th September Free, supported by Smith Perkins & Smith
 
1972  23rd September  Deep Purple
1972  7th October Lindisfarne, Genesis, & Rab Noakes
Thank you to David Evans for this rare ticket.
 
1972  24th November Slade, support bands Thin Lizzy & Suzi Quatro
 
Thank you to Geoff Collier for this ticket.
1972  25th November Hawkwind
1972  8th December Wishbone Ash
Thank you to Geoff Collier for this ticket.
1973  6th January David Bowie, support bands Fumble, & Stealers Wheel
 
Thank you to Geoff Collier for the two Circle tickets above.
 
Grand Circle ticket.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 The nine pictures above are David Bowie at The Empire Theatre on the 6th January 1973.  Thank you to Julie Tomlinson for these rare pictures. ©Julie Tomlinson 1973.
 
1973  20th January Uriah Heep
1973  14th April Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band
1973  19th May David Bowie  (Bowie's party keeping The Monty Python team awake back at the hotel, see under The Kings Theatre for the full story).
Grand Circle ticket.
Orchestra stalls ticket.
 
 
The above two scans are the front and rear of a flyer advertising the concert.  Thank you to Scottie Somerville for this item.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 The twelve pictures above are David Bowie at The Empire Theatre on 19th May 1973.  Thank you to Julie Tomlinson for these rare pictures.  ©Julie Tomlinson 1973.
 
A tour itinerary from the David Bowie May/June tour, showing Bowie staying at the Posthouse Hotel (now the Holiday Inn at the Zoo).  From Mick Rock's fantastic book Moonage Daydream.
 
1973  1st June Slade
1973 
27th September Status Quo

Thank you to Charles Laing for this ticket.

1973  3rd  November  Roxy Music

Thank you to Andy Mitchell for this ticket.

1973  1st December Rory Gallagher, support band Strider
1973  10th December Yes
1973   22nd December Hawkwind

Thank you to Charles Laing for this ticket.

1986  23rd February Steel Pulse (the opening party for Regular using The Empire as a venue)
1986  16th March Sigue Sigue Sputnik
 
Thank you to Marc Marnie for this pass.
 

Sigue Sigue Sputnik at the Empire 16th March 1986.  Thank you to Graham MacIndoe for the three pictures above.    ©Graham MacIndoe 1986.

1986  23rd March The Cramps

 
 
 
 
 
The Cramps at the Empire 23rd March 1986.  Thank you to Graham MacIndoe for the four pictures above.  ©Graham MacIndoe 1986. 
 
The late great Lux Interior of The Cramps at The Empire Theatre 23rd March 1986.  Thank you to Paul Archibald for this photo.  ©Paul Archibald 1986.
 
1986  26th April The Waterboys
1986  16th May The Ramones (moved to the Playhouse on the 14th May)
1996  14th July Margarita Pracatan
Thank you to Ian Dunipace for this scan.
 

The Brass Monkey bar in Drummond Street.  This bar was formerly Stewart's bar, and was where bands and artists playing the Empire were told to go if they wanted a light refreshment.
 
 
The Grave's in Piershill Cemetery of The Great Lafayette, and his dog Beauty.  Lafayette died in a fire at the Empire on 9th May 1911.  More can be read on this extraordinary story here.

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