Gluepot’s heydays revisited
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.