7/1/78 - The Red Cow, Hammersmith
21/1/78 - Loughborough College
11/2/78 - College of Further Education, Oxford
with The Damned (headlining) and The Tourists (Annie Lennox & Dave Stewart)
- According to http://www.whiterabbitskgs.co.uk/ The Damned played
a series of dates in January and February 1978, but several later dates
were cancelled, and it is not confirmed that Japan supported The Damned
for all shows.
to Mick Karn in "Japan & Self Existence" the group's dates with The
Damned were cut short due to a violent incident at one concert. Read
Mick's book for the gory details.
- Camden Music Machine, London
Supported by The Stickers
- June 1978 - UK/European tour
supporting Blue Oyster Cult
More information needed. During this tour Japan
played mostly Odeon sized venues. Many thanks to Ralph from the Blue
Oyster Cult "Hot Rails To Hull" website. Click the links
below to read reviews of the shows, which include mentions of Japan.
According to Ralph, who attended some of the concerts, Japan did get
quite a following amongst BOC fans and he went out and bought
"Adolescent Sex" and subsequent Japan records as a result of this
tour. This tour took place in two legs, with the BOC playing
dates in Europe while Japan remained in the UK working on the "Obscure
Huckle: "Re Dave winding up the audience during the Blue Oyster Cult
tour. It wasn't just at Hammersmith that he did this. He caught on to
it during the first 2 or 3 dates and tested the audience for longer and
longer periods as the tour progressed. At most dates he just stood at
the center mike grinning at them as they became wilder and wilder. It
was a bit of light relief for the band from the largely sole destroying
efforts of playing a psuedo funky set to a mainly hard rock/heavy metal
Fan Club interview
Thanks to Gary for the ticket stub image.
1978 - Residency - Camden
Music Machine, London
residency was supposed to last longer but the last couple of dates in the second week had to be cancelled due to Steve's
appendicitis. Press adverts exist for the two later dates which may
have been rescheduled to fulfil the contract with the venue. These
dates were sponsored by Radio Luxembourg.
- 31/07/78 - Bootleg tape exists. Support band were
- 12/9/78 - see poster further down this page
5/8/78 - St Albans City Hall
Supported by Moonstone
This date was advertised in the music press but I believe may have been cancelled due to Steve's appendicitis.
- Bilzen Festival, Belgium
August 1978 Batschkapp Club, Frankfurt, Germany
anecdote from Simon Napier-Bell about an incident following the gig
involving an out-of-control refrigerator on a roller skate can be read here
21/08/78 - Edinburgh Rock Festival, Tiffany's
Thanks Gary for adding the date!
12/9/78 - Camden Music Machine, London
November 1978 - Dingwalls, Camden
This gig was just a few days prior to the US tour and featured Pink
Floyd's sound man Nick Griffths on the desk. Nick also did the band's
sound on the US and later Japanese tour.
1978 - US Tour
- 6/11/78 The Starwood Los Angeles
- 7/11/78 Old Waldorf San Francisco
- 9/11/78 Chicago
- 10/11/78 Hurrahs New York
- 11/11/78 Hurrahs New York
- 12/11/78 Boston Paradise Rock
Club. Members of Queen attended.
According to David they had planned to play
Max's but this never happened. Thanks to Henk Kamps for the additional
information. Thanks to Carl Mello for the Boston information. Thanks to Craig for the Geoff Barton article.
"Hip Hip Hurrahs" by Geoff Barton
42nd Street" by Kelly Pike
1978 - "Obscure
- 17/11/78 - Crumpets, Batley
- 18/11/78 - Mayflower, Manchester
- 19/11/78 - Leeds Fforde Green Hotel (cancelled)
- 24/11/78 - Sheffield Polytechnic. The band played
for about 15 minutes then left the stage unhappy with the sound.
Refunds were issued to the audience.
- Birmingham Barbarella's Club - this gig appears on the Obscure
Alternatives flyer - this must be an error - the actual concert
date was 30th Nov. On the 24th Sham 69 played Barbarellas)
- 25/11/78 - Southampton University
- 26/11/78 - London Lyceum. Bootleg exists, including
a backstage interview.
- 29/11/78 - Sheffield Polytechnic (rescheduled date,
- 30/11/78 - Birmingham Barbarella's Club - members of Duran Duran attended this gig according to John Taylor.
- 1/12/78 - Nottingham University
- 2/12/78 - Northampton Cricket Club
- 7/12/78 - Leeds Polytechnic
- 9/12/78 - Manchester Mayflower
I am not certain, but I believe that the dates
prior to Sheffield Poly on 24th November may have been
cancelled and rescheduled due to illness in the band following the US
Typical set: see the list for the Japanese 1979 tour, but minus European Son and the (as yet) unreleased Ballad
number. The tour was supposed to continue to continental
Europe and Australia, before going on to Japan, but the dates were
cancelled due to Rob Dean sustaining a leg injury at the rehearsal
Thanks to Gary for the clipping.