Glue­pot’s hey­days re­vis­ited

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By JOE DAW­SON

It was the birth­place of a leg­endary mu­sic scene in a time when jeans were worn tight, beer came in jugs and rock was the or­der of the day.

Cel­e­brated Auck­land mu­sic venue the Glue­pot will be re­mem­bered in rau­cous style this week­end in con­junc­tion with the 40th an­niver­sary of Kiwi band Dragon.

Dragon will head­line the sold-out re­union at the Pow­er­sta­tion on Satur­day night, sup­ported by Street Talk, Ci­ti­zen Band, The Glue­pot Su­per­group and Hello Sailor.

Concert pro­moter Brent Ec­cles played the drums in Street Talk and Ci­ti­zen Band and says he is not sur­prised to­mor­row night’s concert sold out.

A sec­ond show planned for Sun­day af­ter­noon will also fea­ture Herbs.

‘‘It came about in con­ver­sa­tion about the old days; it’s a very fondly re­mem­bered venue,’’ he says.

‘‘We came up with the idea of hav­ing a re­union re­lated specif­i­cally to Ham­mond Gam­ble and Hello Sailor, and if we added some ex­tra luminaries to the bill it would be quite some­thing.’’

He is rapt with the way it has all come to­gether.

‘‘A lot of pun­ters have con­tacted me. I think it has struck a chord.’’

The venue closed in the 1990s and Mr Ec­cles says it played an im­por­tant part in the for­ma­tive stages of many im­por­tant bands.

‘‘The Glue­pot was held in such high re­gard by both the pun­ters and mu­si­cians alike.

‘‘It was a big venue right in the guts of Pon­sonby and it was one of the venues that a whole scene grew out of, where bands cut their teeth and could play for 1000 peo­ple.’’

En­try to gigs at the Glue­pot cost be­tween $2 and $8, and beer was served in jugs only.

‘‘It was a real scene,’’ Ec­cles says. ‘‘. . . dif­fer­ent to to­day.’’

It was a place of quirks too, some of which might be brought back for the Satur­day show.

‘‘At 11pm clos­ing back then they would ring bells to drive you out.

‘‘If you were a mu­si­cian and you had to stay back to pack up, you’d have to go and wait out­side while they did it.

‘‘It was an in­ter­est­ing way of deal­ing with peo­ple but all part of it.

‘‘Pow­er­sta­tion owner Peter Camp­bell has threat­ened to do it on Satur­day night.’’

Big re­union: Pun­ters and mu­si­cians who were part of the mu­sic scene that em­anated from the Pon­sonby venue the Glue­pot in the late-1970s and early-80s. The Glue­pot Re­union will be held at the Pow­er­sta­tion this week­end.

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