GIGS JUST ROCK; Re Ecord Music Editor John Dingwall Re E Ecalls Some of His Best Concerts

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Byline: John Dingwall

SCOTTISH audiences are rated second to none by everyone I've spoken to over the years, from Beatles legend Paul McCartney to Sex Pistols anti-hero John Lydon.

Scots love to party, and that's also probably reason enough to get excited about our newest arena, The Hydro, with its 13,000 capacity.

I've literally been to thousands of gigs. Some I can remember vividly and some I can't remember, either because they were forgettable or, more likely, because I'd enjoyed them a little bit too much.

And there are plenty of gigs that stand out - from attending my first ever show, which was Billy Connolly's Banana Wellies tour at the Glasgow Apollo back in the 1970s, to one of the most spectacular, standing on stage with David and Victoria Beckham during Pink Floyd's Live 8 show at London's Hyde Park.

The unique gigs might include Annie Lennox singing and dancing along with villagers through a Malawi cornfield.

A great concert experience can be the combination of band and venue, or the buzz an act have around them at that particular moment.

Sometimes it's the electric atmosphere generated by the crowd that helps a band play a blinder.

The gig that got me into music journalism in the first place deserves a special mention. A double bill of The Cramps and The Fall at Glasgow College of Technology in March 1980.

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In the 80s, the now defunct Sauchiehall Street venue Night Moves put on regular gigs - The Smiths even played as a support act. …