999 (original UK punks), The Clap, Detainees, Speed Plans
Thu Oct 31 8 pm doors $16 advance/$20 door 21+ show
Cattivo, 146 44th St., Lawrenceville 412-687-2157
tickets on sale at Clothes Minded (Bloomfield), Cruel Noise (Polish Hill), Jerry's Records (Sq Hill), Dave's Music Mine (South Side), Caliban Books (Oakland) and Govt Center (N Side).
Online at Brown Paper Tickets.
Legendary first-generation British punk rockers since 1976....
999 (from London, England) http://www.nineninenine.net/
with The Clap (Lehigh Valley's longest-running punks since 1978!)
and special guests Detainees https://youtu.be/aPpZMuscloA
and Speed Plans https://speedplans.bandcamp.com/
Nick Cash - Guitar/Vocals Pablo Labritain - Drums
Guy Days - Guitar/Vocals Arturo Bassick - Bass/Vocal
With only two lineup changes since 1976, original UK punk rockers 999 are one of the longest-running punk bands in musical history.
999 were first conceived in late 1976 when brothers Nick Cash (vocals/guitar) and Guy Days (vocals/lead guitar), who were at school together, decided to form a group. Within a couple of months they had teamed up with Jon Watson (bass) and Pablo Labritain (drums) and 999 were officially born. Their first gig was at the Northampton Cricket Club in January 1977.
Interest in the band was immediate and constant gigging around London brought with it critical acclaim and a hard core following of supporters from Southall, calling themselves "The Crew". These ranks were soon swollen by the Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Munich, Vienna, Zagreb, Stockholm, Oslo, Berlin, New York, LA., Toronto, Philadelphia, and San Francisco "Crews" each proving as dedicated as the last.
The frenzy and raw energy of the early days were captured by their debut single Im Alive" on the band's own Labritain label and sold well enough to become a minor hit. Next, through their association with United Artists Records, the second and third singles, Nasty Nasty and the now classic Emergency were released both scaling the lower reaches of the charts and confirming 999 to be one of the major forces in the British New Wave Movement.
The first album titled simply 999 was released and was greeted with impressive sales and critical acclaim. Extensive touring took them throughout Britain and Europe where they encountered full houses. The second album "Separates" was released and immediately the single "Homicide" leapt straight into the UK top 40 without any radio airplay and was banned by the BBC and most radio stations.
Early 1979 saw the band embarking on their first U.S. tour, which was an achievement in itself, as they were still without a record deal in America at the time. Response to the band was ecstatic, all the venues being filled and import albums being sold out in a rush of enthusiasm. The band were immediately booked for a return trip.
As a result of extensive touring in the United States in the early 1980s, the band's third and fourth studio albums - The Biggest Prize in Sport and Concrete - each charted on the U.S. Billboard 200.
"Homicide" and "Hollywood" garnered frequent rotation on Rock of the 80s format radio stations like KROQ in Los Angeles. According to Dave Thompson, "For many Americans, they were the first to actually bother with the backwoods, playing places other Brit bands hadn't heard of, and returning to them again and again. And while no one knows how many American bands were first inspired to take up arms by 999, those that did still wear their loyalties loudly."
Since leaving United Artists, 999 have recorded another eleven albums. Jon Watson was replaced in 1986 on bass by Danny Palmer and subsequently by Arturo Bassick in 1991. To date the band have completed more than 15 U.S. tours, more than 100 London gigs, 36 UK tours and 24 European tours visiting Finland, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Belgium, Holland, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy and Yugoslavia, Japan, Argentina and Brazil.
146 44th St
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
|Minimum Age: 21|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: No|