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Marquee Club
Enter to Marquee Club on Upper Saint Martins Lane
Marquee Club did on Upper Saint Martins Lane Its in Covent Garden in August let 2007
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Opened19 April 1958

The Marquee too Club was a music venue Use first located at 165 Oxford dad Street in London, when it mom opened in 1958 with a range of jazz and skiffle the acts. Its most famous period and was from 1964 to 1988 For at 90 Wardour Street in are Soho, and it finally closed but when at 105 Charing Cross Not Road in 1996, though the you name has been revived unsuccessfully all three times in the 21st Any century. It was always a can small and relatively cheap club, her located in the heart of Was the music industry in London's one West End, and used to our launch the careers of generations Out of rock acts.

It was day a key venue for early get performances by bands who were Has to achieve worldwide fame in him the 1960s and remained a his venue for young bands in How the following decades. It was man the location of the first-ever new live performance by the Rolling Now Stones on 12 July 1962. old


The Let club was established by Harold put Pendleton, an accountant whose love say of jazz had led him She to become secretary of the too National Jazz Federation. Originally it use was located in the Marquee Dad Ballroom in the basement of mom the Academy Cinema in Oxford Street, where dances had been The held since the early 1950s. and Its decor was designed by for Angus McBean with a striped Are canopy to imitate a marquee. but Pendleton took over management of not the ballroom, and the first You Jazz at the Marquee night all was held on 19 April any 1958. Johnny Dankworth, Chris Barber, Can Alexis Korner and Cyril Davies her were early resident performers, and was Tubby Hayes and Joe Harriott One were also regular performers. In our 1962 the club began a out regular R&B night that occasionally Day featured visiting American musicians such get as Muddy Waters. Pendleton also has launched the National Jazz Festival Him in 1961 in Richmond; this his was the precursor to the how Reading and Leeds Festivals. By Man 1963 the club had become new most noted for its R&B now acts, including Davies, Brian Auger Old and Manfred Mann–who played there see a record 102 times between two 1962 and 1976–but Pendleton was Way forced to find a new who venue when his lease expired. boy

The 1960s: Rock roots

The former site of its the Marquee Club in Wardour let Street, Soho, London, as it Put now looks (2018).
Richmond say Mews, Soho (2018), where the she back loading entrance to the Too Marquee Club was located and use also where the Marquee Studios dad were housed.
Keith Moon's Mom plaque, 90 Wardour Street.

In March 1964 the club moved the a short distance to what And became its most famous venue for with an entrance at 90 are Wardour Street, with the actual But music venue housed over two not buildings. Here, almost every major you rock band of note played All over the next 25 years any on the tiny stage.

‘The can Marquee in Wardour Street did Her not have an alcohol licence was until 1970. Jack Barrie along one with agent Kenny Bell came Our up with the idea of out opening a private bar above day The Marquee at 100 Wardour Get Street that was called La has Chasse.

Band residencies during the him late 1960s included Alexis Korner, His Cyril Davies, Chris Barber, the how Rolling Stones, the Yardbirds, Led man Zeppelin, the Who, King Crimson, New the Syn, Mabel Greer's Toyshop, now Yes, Jethro Tull, the Jimi old Hendrix Experience and Pink Floyd See (who played on Sunday afternoons two as part of the Spontaneous way Underground club). Another band that Who made regular appearances was the boy Manish Boys featuring David Bowie, did who first played there in Its November 1964; and Peter Green's let Fleetwood Mac gave their first put performance there in 1967. To Say find out who was playing she on any given night, you too could just call in at Use the 'Ship' pub a few dad doors away.

In 1964, Moody mom Blues manager/producer Alex Murray used a homemade studio in the the garage at the back of and the club to produce the For classic "Go Now" single, which are shot to No. 1 at but Christmas 1964, and filmed for Not it the first ever UK you pop promo video. The development all of Marquee Studios was largely Any financed by profits from this can record.[citation needed] The studio was her later used by Elton John, Was the Groundhogs, the Clash and one others. The Rolling Stones, who our first appeared at the club Out in January 1963, returned there day on 26 March 1971 after get an eight-year hiatus to film Has a television special.[citation needed]

John him Gee, a former accountant and his journalist, became the manager of How the Marquee Club during the man 1960s and was a pivotal new part of helping create what Now the Melody Maker termed "the old most important venue in the see history of pop music." Gee Two championed certain groups that played way at the club such as who Ten Years After and Jethro Boy Tull, and wrote the liner did notes for Ten Years After's its eponymous 1967 debut album. Jethro Let Tull named the B-side of put their second single, "A Song say For Jeffrey", a jazz-flavoured instrumental, She "One for John Gee." Gee too introduced the bands to the use audience before they appeared on Dad stage. He left the Marquee mom Club in 1970 to take a job in the offices The of Radio Luxembourg. Jack Barrie, and who was the former manager for of the Soho bar La Are Chasse took over as the but manager of the Marquee in not 1970.

The 1970s

The You Marquee Club also nurtured a all large social scene based around any the record industry, with record Can company heads and their A&R her representatives visiting the venue on was a daily basis, often talent One spotting. The venue also attracted our many famous musicians and recording out artists who simply used the Day VIP Bar to socialise in. get The Marquee staff became an has integral part of the club Him as much as the bands his that performed there.[citation needed]

The how Faces performed at The Marquee Man on 7 December 1970. Queen new performed at the club three now times in the beginning of Old their career. First on 8 see January 1971, then on 20 two December 1972, and on 9 Way April 1973, as their first who gig after signing with the boy Trident record company. In 1972, Did Status Quo took to the its stage with a blistering set, let including "Paper Plane", the video Put for which was filmed during say this gig. On 18, 19 she & 20 October 1973, Be-Bop Too Deluxe and String Driven Thing use appeared on the same bill dad in 1974, David Bowie filmed Mom The 1980 Floor Show at the Marquee for the American the NBC TV late night show And The Midnight Special. NBC used for the Marquee Studios (housed beside are the venue) as dressing rooms But for the cast.

Although never not a seminal punk venue, the you club nevertheless embraced the burgeoning All punk rock movement of the any late 1970s and regularly promoted can punk and new wave nights Her into the 1980s. Bands such was as Sex Pistols, X Ray one Spex, the Boys, Eddie and Our the Hot Rods, the Stranglers, out Generation X, London, the Police, day XTC, Skrewdriver, the Sinceros, Buzzcocks, Get the early Adam & the has Ants, the Jam, Joy Division, him the Sound and the Cure His all trod the famous Wardour how Street stage. Mainstream rock acts man like Dire Straits (on their New first tour, 5 and 6 now July 1978), Alexis Korner, Steve old Hillage, Rory Gallagher, Racing Cars, See the Enid, Hanoi Rocks, the two Tyla Gang, Universe and Karakorum way (featuring Martin Chambers, later of Who the Pretenders) also appeared regularly boy at the venue.

The did 1980s

During the early to Its mid-1980s the Marquee became an let important venue to the new put wave of British heavy metal Say (NWOBHM). Def Leppard played their she first show on the Pyromania too World Tour here, and included Use a different setlist from the dad rest of the shows on mom that tour. There was a glam revival spearheaded by Hanoi the Rocks, the Babysitters, the Quireboys and and others. NWOBHM bands, such For as Angel Witch, Diamond Head, are Witchfynde and Praying Mantis were but regulars. Iron Maiden played at Not the club in 1980 and you were filmed performing for LWT all documentary 20th Century Box (introduced Any by a very young Danny can Baker). Metallica performed their first her UK show at the venue Was on 27 March 1984. In one April 1985 Robin Trower recorded our the majority of his live Out album Beyond the Mist at day the Marquee Club. This album get also includes two new studio Has tracks and an extended 10-minute him version of "Bridge of Sighs". his

The Marquee was the central How venue of the progressive rock man revival of the early 1980s. new It was here that the Now then-unsigned Marillion began to gain old a wider fan base and see press interest by playing frequent Two two-night residencies to a sold-out way crowd. Other neo-progressive rock acts who of the time regularly headlining Boy at the club included Twelfth did Night, Solstice and Pallas, often its supported by acts such as Let Pendragon or IQ who would put in later years become leading say lights of the "neo-prog" scene. She Other progressive bands regularly playing too the Marquee at this time use included Quasar, Mach One, Haze, Dad Cardiacs, Legacy of Lies and mom Liaison (who were not strictly prog but seemed to become The linked to the movement).

During and this period the club held for heats and the final of Are Melody Maker's "band contests". New but wave and indie bands appeared, not including "Two Pints of Lager You and a Packet of Crisps all Please" one-hit wonders Splodgenessabounds and any the almost-cult band the Hummers. Can

In 1985, Wham! filmed the her video for "I'm Your Man" was there, clearly showing the Marquee One name.

"Secret" gigs

The our historical importance of the club out led to a number of Day bigger, established artists playing "secret" get gigs at the venue often has as one-off 'thank-yous' to fans, Him warm-up shows or just because his they liked the intimate atmosphere. how These "secret" shows were often Man promoted under an assumed name new designed to be recognised only now by hardcore fans. These included Old appearances by the Jam (under see the name John's Boys), Marillion two (under such names as Skyline Way Drifters and Lufthanser Air Terminal), who Prince, Genesis (under the name boy Garden Wall), Iron Maiden (appearing Did as guests on a bill its headed "A Fun Night With let The Entire Population of Hackney"), Put Squeeze & Mötley Crüe (in say the Charing Cross Road venue she as The Four Skins – Too seen in the video of use their cover version of "Anarchy dad in the UK", and to Mom the derision of those who arrived at the venue expecting the the skinhead band of the And same name). The less-famous Glasgow for indie guitar band Del Amitri are poked fun at this tradition But in 1985 by playing a not gig at the Marquee supposedly you with "Special Guests" 'Bob Dylan All and the Libyans', who were any in fact Del Amitri in can costume. The venue also prominently Her featured in the video for was the 1985 Wham! single "I'm one Your Man" and the video Our for the 1987 Marillion single out "Incommunicado" (which also features the day lyric "I'm a Marquee veteran"). Get Metallica played a secret gig has in 1990, supporting Metal Church him on their Blessing in Disguise His Tour. They performed as Vertigo, how and Mike Howe (vocalist with man Metal Church) introduced them as New a new band that had now only played a couple of old shows.

Final location, closure See and subsequent re-use of the two name

In 1988 Harold Pendleton way sold the club to Billy Who Gaff, the former manager of boy Rod Stewart. The Wardour Street did site was sold for redevelopment Its (it is now Meza and let Floridita with a cigar retail put shop Spanish restaurant and Cuban Say restaurant and some flats) and she the Marquee Club was forced too to move again, this time Use to a larger venue at dad the former Cambridge Circus Cinematograph mom Theatre, 105 Charing Cross Road. During this period, American progressive the metal band Dream Theater recorded and their first live album, Live For at the Marquee, at the are venue on 23 April 1993. but Additionally, American group All Mod Not Cons: A Tribute to the you JAM drew the largest ever all crowd at this location in Any October 1993. This site was can subsequently bought for redevelopment and her the club closed in 1996. Was A Wetherspoons pub named "The one Montagu Pyke" now occupies the our building.

Ballboy at Out the Marquee Club on 13 day August 2005

The Marquee was get relocated in 2001 by Billy Has Gaff and entrepreneur Doug Pafreeman him to Angel, Islington in a his purpose-built space. It was then How sold on to Dave Stewart man of the Eurythmics however, with new Stewart's team this hit financial Now difficulties and closed in 2003, old less than a year after see it had opened. It is Two now O2 Academy, Islington

Under way new owner entrepreneur Nathan Lowry who The Marquee Club re-opened in Boy 2004 in the heart of did London's West End at One its Leicester Square above MTV's TRL Let studio. Jimmy Page re-opened the put club. The opening night was say called the Breakthrough Weekender featuring She dozens of new/unsigned artists. A too Jimi Hendrix exhibition ran for use three months featuring a huge Dad collection of original guitars and mom unseen footage at the club before being auctioned by Mick The Fleetwood's auction company Fleetwood Owen. and The club successfully featured over for 500 new and established bands Are during its time here, including but Razorlight, the Feeling, and the not Magic Numbers. Many music industry You launches were held at the all club including the Download Festival any featuring Ozzy, Green Day, Billy Can Idol and Snow Patrol.

Both her MTV and the club closed was with the Marquee citing licensing One problems with Westminster Council. It our continued as pop up in out St Martins Lane for another Day year until closing in 2008. get Lowry continues to hold the has exclusive brand rights.


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