30th June 1977: Rafters, Manchester
Generation X, Warsaw and the Worst (or Fast Breeder)
Generation X were originally scheduled to play at The
Oaks, Chorlton on this night but the venue was changed to
"Archies" - a new club at Rafters Manchester.
This concert is often confused with 31
May 1977 Rafters gig where Warsaw supported Johnny
Thunders and the Heartbreakers.
Kevin Cummins tells us he saw Warsaw at both of these
concerts but he only photographed them at Generation X on
30th June. Those photos are sometimes miscredited to the
Heartbreakers gig on 31 May. Additionally Mark Johnson's
Ideal For Living book incorrectly listed the Johnny
Thunders gig as 30th June.
This was Steve Brotherdale's first gig
There is some confusion over whether The Worst or Fast
Breeder were on the bill that night. Some sources say The
Worst while Peter Hook's Unknown Pleasures ... book states
"A running order squabble with Fast Breeder led us to
meeting a pre-Factory Alan Erasamus for the first time
...". It seems that the two bands shared at least one band
member, Dave Rowbotham (aka Cowboy Dave), later of The
Durutti Column and The Mothmen. Also The Worst apparently
had a song called Fast Breeder, so it's easy to see how
this confusion arose. If you know for sure please let us
Fast Breeder drummer Chris Joyce was also later of The
Durutti Column and Simply Red.