In my “tour guide” series, I’ll be setting up guides to certain tours by certain bands. This is an aspect of a project I have been undertaking in some form or other since the summer of 2017, with some collaboration. I hope it’s useful to fellow music historians and aficionados!
Tangerine Dream had a particularly busy year in 1975, both within the studio and outside. The year began with their release of Rubycon, another popular entry in their canon which became their highest-charting ever album in the United Kingdom. Edgar Froese would also release a solo album, Epsilon in Malaysia Pale, in September. Between these things, they undertook a tour outside of their native Europe, the first time they had so. They even released their first-ever live album, which took material from their 1975 UK Tour.
After their famous Reims Cathedral concert of the previous December, Tangerine Dream were forbidden by the papacy from ever playing in a Catholic church again. However, the concert received a great deal of positive reaction otherwise, resulting in invitations from English cathedrals to perform there as well. As a result, the group came over to England, where they performed in venues ranging from cathedrals to clubs.
Overall, it seems that Tangerine Dream’s UK Tour of 1975 was a success. Concerts seem to have received very positive response; one was even named among “the concert highlights of the year” by Melody Maker Magazine!
Tangerine Dream played a total of twelve confirmed concert. A thirteenth “exhibition concert” took place during which the group demonstrated some of their equipment and played a short piece. Three dates at the end of the tour were cancelled. While Voices in the Net, a fairly reliable source for Tangerine Dream information, references these three concerts without indicating . However, I’ve been unable to independently verify them, as I a) have no access to the 1975 tourbook which would likely confirm the dates, and b) at least one website I routinely use to double-check on dates for one venue, the Sheffield Music Archive, has no record of a second date.
In total, tapers recorded at least portions of ten of these concerts, with seven being recorded in full. This includes the performance at Fairfield Hall in Croydon which served as the basis for Ricochet. Their concert at Coventry Cathedral was also recorded at least in part on video.
Below is a complete list of the known dates on this concert, as well as whether or not they were recorded. This also includes the exhibition gig.
|1975-10-04||Coventry Cathedral, Coventry, UK||Yes, with video also Extant||Here|
|1975-10-05||Colston Hall, Bristol, UK||Partial||Here|
|1975-10-07||Saint Andrews Hall, Norwich, UK||No||Here|
|1975-10-09||City Hall, Sheffield, UK||No||Here|
|1975-10-12||Town Hall, Birmingham, UK||Partial||Here|
|1975-10-13||Oxford Polytechnic, Oxford, UK||No||Here|
|1975-10-14||Friars Vale Hall, Aylesbury, UK||Partial||Here|
|1975-10-16||Liverpool Cathedral, Liverpool, UK||Yes||Here|
|1975-10-17||City Hall, Glasgow, UK||Yes||Here|
|1975-10-19||Hardrock Club, Manchester, UK||Yes||Here|
|1975-10-20||York Minster, York, UK||Yes||Here|
|1975-10-22||Olympia Exhibition Centre, London, UK||Yes||Here|
|1975-10-23||Fairfield Hall, Croydon, UK||Yes|
|1975-10-26||Town Hall, Birmingham, UK||N/A||Cancelled|
|1975-10-27||City Hall, Sheffield, UK||N/A||Cancelled|
|1975-10-29||Saint George’s Hall, Bradford, UK||N/A||Cancelled|
- Edit on 2020-10-23: Added information on cancellations courtesy of Andy King (thank you)! Spelling corrections.