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The Gun Club
-Chronology (I)-

(Los Angeles April 1980 - December 1995)
The Gun Club Line-up #2C.
Gun Club 1981-1982: (l-r) Terry Graham, Jeffrey Lee Pierce, Ward Dotson and Rob Ritter. Photo credit by Ed Colver. 


Chronology: a chronological overview of known concert dates (some with setlists and/or ads), 
dates of studio recordings, all line-ups and other trivia related to the American band The Gun Club.
Date format is DD-MMM-YY. 

-Information in grey italics is uncertain-


Listen to Kid Congo's great oral history of the Gun Club @ Newyorknighttrain whilst reading this chronology.

1976
(Pre Gun Club)
Jeffrey lee Pierce attends Granada Hills High School and is part of several 'living room'-bands.

Los Angeles 1976. Jeff attends Granada Hills High School. At the time he really loves (Peter Gabriel-era) Genesis, Sparks, Roxy Music and David Bowie, until in summer '77 he discovers and becomes obsessed with reggae artist Bob Marley. While at Granada Hills, Jeff has several party bands with Steven Wolfe. Those 'bands' were mostly abortive, messing-around-in-the-living-room things, planning and practicing. Most were prog rock/Beatles like.


Los Angeles 1976

1976
US CA,Los Angeles,Steven Wolfe's home

Photo: Courtesy of Steven Wolfe.

Note: The Melted Orange Crayons line up: Bill Heatley (vocals)/ Steven Wolfe (guitar) and Jeff Pierce (drums). MOC never played out and only had four songs. In this photo they're (likely) playing "Fever" [Elvis Presley].






1977
(Pre Gun Club).

Los Angeles 1977

14-Feb-77
US CA,Los Angeles,The Wilton Hilton,Valentine's Day party

Photo: Credit Jenny Lens.

Note: The 'Wilton Hilton' is Tomata Du Plenty and Tommy Gear's [The Screamers] house on North Wilton between Hollywood and Franklin. The G.T.O.s, the Girls Together Outrageously, the music group of groupies that Frank Zappa put together, were the tenants before the Screamers.


Los Angeles 23-Apr-77

23-Apr-77
US CA,Los Angeles,Bomp! record store

Photo: Credit Jenny Lens, published in UK Mojo music mag.

Note: (3 members of) The Weirdos, Debbie Harry [Blondie] and Jeffrey Lee Pierce.






1978
(Pre Gun Club)
Jeff founds The Red Lights/The E-Types, and is member of The Individuals (in New Jersey).

Los Angeles mid 1978. Jeffrey forms his first band The Red Lights (later renamed to The E-Types), a power pop group with Anna Statman (later A&R for Slash records and Interscope) on bass. They play live at the Whisky a Go Go only once (photographer Theresa Kereakes took pictures, which are now lost). An unreleased demo tape of the group survives. "Debby By The Christmas Tree" is one of their songs, "Jungle Book" another. "Jungle Book" is later recorded by The Amber Lights (Mick Harvey & JP Shilo) for the "Journey Is Long" Jeffrey Lee Pierce Sessions Project album (2012).

Jeffrey meets Brian Tristan (later a.k.a. Kid Congo Powers) from being in the early LA punk scene and going to lots of concerts (a.o. Television at the Roxy in June 1978 and Pere Ubu at the Whisky in August 1979).


Los Angeles 1978

1978
US CA,Los Angeles,Granada Hills,High School

Photo: Courtesy of Steven Wolfe.

Note: Photo taken after a performance of some play. After he graduated, Jeff came to see his friend Steven Wolfe (left) and their high school drama teacher James Rawley (mid). Jeff is seen wearing his (24-7) favorite coat for many years.


New York City late 1978/mid 1979. Jeffrey is in New York City, checking out the CBGB scene and early Blondie concerts. He is also living in Hoboken (NJ) where he's joining Glenn Morrow's band The Individuals (with Richard Barrone, Rob Norris and Peter Holsapple). They rehearse a lot @ the newly opened (in August, 1978) Maxwell's club.

By August 1979, Jeff returns to Los Angeles and starts writing for Slash magazine, something he will be doing until July 1980.






1979
(Pre Gun Club)
The year in which Jeffrey founds his second band, Thee Precisions, a R&B band, with Fred Patterson.
As well as The Cyclones, followed by Creeping Ritual, a precursor to The Gun Club.

Phast Phreddie & Thee Precisions line-up #1 (Los Angeles: 1979):
Fred -Phast Phreddie- Patterson (vocals)/ Joe Nolte (guitar) [from The Last]/ Rod Burns (bass) and Jeffrey Lee Pierce (drums).

Los Angeles-North Valley: the band are rehearsing at some guy's house. They cover songs like "Treat Her Right" [Roy Head] and "Ooby Dooby" [Roy Orbison].


Phast Phreddie & Thee Precisions line-up #2 (Los Angeles: 1979):
Fred -Phast Phreddie- Patterson (vocals)/ Jeffrey Lee Pierce (guitar)/ Don Snowdon (bass)/ Marty Jourard [The Motels] (sax) and Keith K.K. Barrett [The Screamers] (drums).

Los Angeles-East Hollywood,rehearsal space: the band are trying to record a single with own songs: "Faster Than You", "What A Friend I Have In Whiskey" and "When I Get My Caddilac". The single never materialised, but "When I Get My Caddilac" is later covered by Lydia Lunch/ Kid Congo Powers and Cypress Grove for "We Are Only Riders" The Jeffrey Lee Pierce Sessions Project (2009) and again by Cypress Grove for "Axels & Sockets" The Jeffrey Lee Pierce Sessions Project (2014).


Phast Phreddie & Thee Precisions line-up #3 (Los Angeles: 1979):
Fred -Phast Phreddie- Patterson (vocals)/ Jeffrey Lee Pierce (guitar)/ Don Snowdon (bass)/ Steve Berlin (sax) and Brad Dunnning (drums).

Los Angeles-East Hollywood,rehearsal space: doing covers of "Midnight Hour" [Wilson Pickett], "The End" [The Doors] and "Sloppy Drunk" [Jimmy Rogers], etc..


Los Angeles 1979

1979
US CA,Los Angeles

Photo: From Fred -Phast Phreddie- Patterson's archives.
(l-r) Jeffrey Lee Pierce, Don Waller [founder of Back Door Man fanzine, together with Phast Phreddie], unknown, Muddy Waters and Phast Phreddie.


In 1979 Jeffrey Lee Pierce together with Johnny Nation [from The Bags, later in Lydia Lunch's 13.13] , Jon Oliphant (who owned an upright bass) and Brad Dunning form the rockabilly band The Cyclones. They rehearse a few times at Jeffrey's mom's house in Pacoima and perform live only once.


The Cyclones line-up (Los Angeles: August 1979 - late 1979):
Jeffrey Lee Pierce (guitar/vocals)/ Johnny Nation (guitar)/ Jon Oliphant (upright bass) and Brad Dunning (drums).

Hollywood 18-Sep-79

18-Sep-79
US CA,Hollywood,Gazzarri's
[with The Go-Go's, The Last and The Urinals]

Poster: Scan taken from "Punk: An Aesthetic", a book edited by Johan Kugelberg and Jon Savage.

Note: Jeffrey asks Pleasant Gehman [Screamin' Sirens] to sing live at The Cyclones first and only show, as support for The Go-Go's. This concert ends with Jeffrey and Johnny having a fist-fight on stage, with Brad joining in. All were really drunk.


Los Angeles Oct-79

xx-Oct-79
US CA,Hollywood,Club 88 (on Pico Boulevard)

Photo: Credit Philomena Winstansley, taken from Slash magazine December 1979.

Note: Jeffrey guests at a Top Jimmy show, who is backed by X (a.k.a. The Drunk All Stars). On May 17, 2001 James Koncek (a.k.a. Top Jimmy) died in Las Vegas from liver failure at the age of 46.


By late 1979 The Cyclones are renamed Creeping Ritual replacing Johnny Nation with Brian Tristan (later a.k.a. Kid Congo Powers) and Jon Oliphant with Don Snowden [Thee Precisions], then a music critic from The L.A. Times. They will only play a few (possibly only 2) live shows, their music having a reggae influence.


Creeping Ritual line-up (Los Angeles: Late 1979 - April 1980):
Jeffrey Lee Pierce (vocals)/ Brian Tristan (guitar)/ Don Snowden (bass) and Brad Dunning (drums).

1979
US CA,San Fernando Valley,Reseda, practicing @ Jeffrey Lee Pierce mother's home on Hatton Street and @ a cheap studio on Selma Avenue (near Sunset Boulevard) in Hollywood.


Early 1980
US CA,Los Angeles,Hong Kong cafe
[with The Bags and/or The Blasters]

Note 1: First concert. Main band, The Bags include future Gun Club members Rob Ritter, Terry Graham and Patricia Morrison (born Patricia Rainone). This concert is followed by the another show at a Chinese restaurant.

Note 2: From an interview with Dave Alvin [The Blasters]: "I gave them their first gig", Dave Alvin laughs. Back then he played guitar and handled bookings for The Blasters. "I got us a Saturday night residency at [Chinatown punk club] the Hong Kong Café for a month or two, then I got this phone call from Jeffrey. He was trying to scam me -'that was Creeping Ritual's gig, there was a fuck-up'- even though they'd never played a gig. I enjoyed that he was so brazen, so I said, "You can open." So he got what he wanted, but had a very dramatic way of getting it - which was very Jeffrey."


Los Angeles 06-Apr-80

06-Apr-80
US CA,Los Angeles,Hong Kong cafe
[with The Bags and The Circle Jerks]

Flyer: Taken from "Fucked Up and Photocopied", a book by Bryan R. Turcotte and Chris Miller.

Note: Last Creeping Ritual concert. By this time, Patricia had been kicked out of The Bags after a disasterous show in San Diego.


In April 1980, Creeping Ritual change their name to The Gun Club, upon suggestion of Keith Morris (from The Circle Jerks).






1980
The year in which Rob Ritter and Terry Graham (both in The Bags) join.
The Gun Club start performing live with a tour of the Chinese restaurants of Los Angeles.

Line-up #1 (Los Angeles: April 1980 - May 1980):
Jeffrey Lee Pierce (vocals)/ Brian Tristan (guitar)/ Don Snowden (bass) and Brad Dunning (drums).

Hollywood 30-Apr-80

30-Apr-80
US CA,Hollywood,Blackies
[with Rik L. Rik, The Circle Jerks, and the Disposals]

Flyer: Photo of flyer credit of Steven Rascoe .
Alternative flyer ,taken from the booklet of the Jeffrey Lee Pierce "Six String Sermon" LP (Bang! Records 2010). Another flyer for the same show.


Redondo Beach 09-May-80

09-May-80
US CA,Redondo Beach,The Fleetwood
[with The Circle Jerks,The Urinals,The Alleycats and X]

Flyer: Photo of flyer credit of Steven Rascoe .


Los Angeles 09-May-80

09-May-80
US CA,Los Angeles,Hong Kong café
[with The Bags and The Offs]

Flyer: Taken from "The Life And Times Of Jeffrey Lee Pierce" 4CD Box Set booklet (Retro Deluxe 2008).

Schedule: Photo of schedule for May.

Note: Second show on the same day.


Los Angeles 10-May-80

10-May-80
US CA,Redondo Beach,The Fleetwood
[with The Circle Jerks,The Bags,The Urinals,Fear,The Gears]

Flyer: Scan of flyer courtesy of Brad Dunning, from his private collection.

Photo: Taken from Flipside magazine.

Note: At this show some filming took place for Penelope Spheeris' "The Decline Of Western Civilization" film. The Gun Club are not in the film. One of the last shows of The Bags."Jeffrey persuaded the Urinals, who he knew, to give up half of their 20 or 30 minute set, so we wound up doing a guerrilla-style, hit-and-run set of two or three songs. It was all a blur, set up, we probably did "Sex Beat" and "Heroin" for sure, maybe "Black Train", break down and get the fuck offstage. I don't remember the reaction, certainly nothing heavily negative."(from an interview with Don Snowden Bored Out.)


Los Angeles 17-May-80

17-May-80
US CA,Los Angeles,Hong Kong café
[with The Blasters and Sofa Music]

Schedule: Photo of schedule for May.


Hollywood 30-May-80

30-May-80
US CA,Hollywood,Club 88 (on Pico Boulevard)
[with X and The Blasters]

Flyer: Photo of flyer credit of Steven Rascoe .
Alternative flyer ,taken from the booklet of the Jeffrey Lee Pierce "Six String Sermon" LP (Bang! Records 2010).


June 1980, Brad and Don decide to leave the band (they both had proper jobs and needed to make money to survive) and the rhythm section (Rob Ritter and Terry Graham) of the now defunct Bags offers to take their places. According to Terry (in an email reply to me) this happened after a show @ the "Hong Kong cafe when Gun Club opened for the Blasters", according to other sources this happened at Hong Kong Cafe when Gun Club opened for the Bags. According to Don Snowden one of his last shows was a third-on-the-bill at Club 88, with X and the Blasters.


The Gun Club Line-up #2A.
Gun Club 1980: (l-r) Brian Tristan, Terry Graham, Jeffrey Lee Pierce and Rob Ritter. Credit Anna Statman.

Line-up #2A (Los Angeles: June 1980 - September 1980):
Jeffrey Lee Pierce (vocals)/ Brian Tristan (guitar)/ Rob Ritter (bass) and Terry Graham (drums).

Early June 1980
US CA,Santa Monica,Madame Wong's West café

Setlist: Willie Brown/ Field Holler/ Sex Beat/ ..and more..

Note: Recorded live by Lois Graham. Above tracks available on the "The Birth, The Death, The Ghost" album. "Sex Beat" also available on the "The Life And Times Of Jeffrey Lee Pierce" 4CD Box Set (Retro Deluxe 2008). Only time that they played at Madame Wong's.


Los Angeles 12-Jul-80

12-Jul-80
US CA,Los Angeles,Jett's Café
[with Suburban Lawns]

Setlist: Black Train/ Walkin' With The Beast/..and more..

Note: Recorded live by Lois Graham. Above tracks available on the "The Birth, The Death, The Ghost" album.

Flyer: Photo of flyer.


xx-Jul-80
US CA,Los Angeles,The Golden Gate Chinese restaurant


xx-Jul-80
US CA,Los Angeles,Hong Kong café

Setlist: Bad Mood/ Not That Much/ Going Down The Red River / ..and more..

Note: Recorded live by Lois Graham. Above tracks available on the "The Birth, The Death, The Ghost" album. "Not That Much" also available on the "The Life And Times Of Jeffrey Lee Pierce" 4CD Box Set (Retro Deluxe 2008).


xx-Jul-80
US CA,Hollywood,The Whisky a Go Go

Setlist: Bo Diddley's A Gunslinger/ Railroad Bill/ Seven Miles With The Devil/ Preachin' The Blues/ Goodbye Johnny / .. and more..

Note: Recorded live by Lois Graham. Above tracks available on the "The Birth, The Death, The Ghost" album.


Long Beach 02-Aug-80

02-Aug-80
US CA,Long Beach,Nugget
[with The Last, The Blasters]

Flyer: Photo of flyer.


Los Angeles 30-Aug-80

30-Aug-80
US CA,Los Angeles,UCLA/University of California, Los Angeles
Bruins Zeta Phi Fraternity @ 611 Gayley Ave

Flyer: Photo of flyer.

Note: Part of a support campaign ("Bruins for Anderson") for John B. Anderson, an independent Presidential candidate in California in 1980.


xx-Sep-80
US CA,Los Angeles,benefit for Bill Bateman (The Blasters)
[with X, The Blasters and The Go-Go's]


19-Sep-80
US CA,Los Angeles,Hong Kong Café
[with The Last, The Vidiots or The Suburban Lawns]


September 1980. Rob Ritter temporarily leaves the band and is replaced by Anna Statman (The Red Lights) on bass.


October - December 1980. The Gun Club is not having many shows for several months.


Line-up #2B (Los Angeles: September - November 1980):
Jeffrey Lee Pierce (vocals)/ Brian Tristan (guitar)/ Anna Statman (bass) and Terry Graham (drums).

18-Oct-80
US CA,Los Angeles-Culver City,Culver Arena bar
[with the Blasters + Textones]

Note: Rob Ritter, who had been attending the show, takes over on bass mid set when Anna spots him in the audience and hands him the bass guitar.


xx-Oct-80
US CA,San Fernando Valley,Reseda,Chuck Landis' Country Club
[support for X]


06-Nov-80
US CA,Los Angeles,Burbank,Joey Kill's
[with Spittin' Teeth + Stepmothers]


November 1980. The Cramps had moved from New York City to Los Angeles in October, after losing their apartment for not extending the lease while on tour. They are looking for a final replacement for Bryan Gregory (who left and was replaced for a few months by Julian Griensnatch, aka Julien Hechtlinger, from July till September 1980). After attending a Gun Club show [according to Fred "Phast Phreddie" Patterson the Cramps approached Brian after a show at Madam Wong's, according to others it was after a show at the Culver Arena bar], Ivy from the Cramps calls Brian to offer him the job as their guitar player. Brian had met Lux and Ivy in New York when he was living there late '78/early '79, with Pleasant Gehman and staying with Kristian Hoffman and Bradly Field @ 240 Grand street. Brian discusses the offer with Jeffrey who supports him in joining The Cramps. Brian Tristan leaves the Gun Club mid November and changes his name to Kid Congo Powers. His first show with The Cramps would be on the 10th of December in New York City, followed by a London show @ the Lyceum on 14-Dec-80. He would leave The Cramps in September 1983. Ward Dotson [Der Stab and Sexually Frustrated] from Orange County replaces him on guitar in The Gun Club.


Line-up #2C (Los Angeles: December 1980 - August 1982):
Jeffrey Lee Pierce (vocals)/ Ward Dotson (guitar)/ Rob Ritter (bass) and Terry Graham (drums).

Hollywood 12-Dec-80

12-Dec-80
US CA,Hollywood,Club 88 (on Pico Boulevard)
[with Geza X and Dred Scott]

Flyer: Photo of flyer.

Note: First show with line-up #2C.






1981
The year in which the Gun Club is revived, the "Fire Of Love" album is recorded and released.

Hollywood 20-Jan-81

20-Jan-81
US CA,Hollywood,Starwood club
[with Alley Cats and Gears]

Setlist: Devil In The Woods/ Fire Of Love/ Bad Indian/ Black Train(*)/ Jack On Fire/ Promise Me(*)/ Preaching the Blues/ Sex Beat/ Ghost On The Highway/ Goodbye Johnny/ Sleeping In Blood City.

Flyer: Taken from the "Go Tell The Mountain" book. A photo of another flyer credit of Steven Rascoe . Third version of flyer.

Ticket: Scan of ticket .

Ad: Scan of ad from the LA Times Jan-81.

Review: Taken from Flipside magazine issue #23 (March 1981).

Note: Recorded by their sound guy Vitus Mataré (from The Last). (*) available on the "Sex Beat 81" semi legit LP album (Lolita Records, France) and the "Death Party" semi legit CD (Revenge, France).


Hollywood 04-Feb-81

04-Feb-81
US CA,Hollywood,The Whisky a Go Go
[with Fear and Legal Weapon]

Ad: Scan of ad from LA Times Feb-81.

Flyer: Photo of flyer.


Hollywood 05-Feb-81

05-Feb-81
US CA,Hollywood,The Whisky a Go Go
[with Fear and Legal Weapon]

Ad: Scan of ad from LA Times Feb-81.

Flyer: Photo of flyer.


Los Angeles 06-Feb-81

06-Feb-81
US CA,Hollywood,Club 88
[with James Harmon + The Blasters]

Calendar: Photo of calendar.


Hollywood 01-Mar-81

01-Mar-81
US CA,Hollywood,Cathay De Grande
[with Flesh Eaters]

Flyer: Photo of flyer credit of Steven Rascoe .
Alternative flyer ,taken from the booklet of the Jeffrey Lee Pierce "Six String Sermon" LP (Bang! Records 2010).


03-Mar-81
US CA,Hollywood,Blackies
[with Phast Phreddie + Sheiks of Shake]


Hollywood 06-Mar-81

06-Mar-81
US CA,Hollywood,Club 88
[with Dred Scott and The Urinals]

Setlist: Bad Indian/ She's Like Heroin To Me/ Keys To The Kingdom/ Jack On Fire/ Railroad Bill/ Sex Beat/.. and more..

Flyer: Taken from "Punk Is Dead: Punk Is Everything!" a book by Bryan R. Turcotte and Douglas Woods. A photo of another flyer credit of Steven Rascoe .

Note: All above tracks available on the "Sex Beat 81" semi legit LP album (Lolita Records, France), the "Death Party" semi legit CD (Revenge, France) and one track ("She's Like Heroin To Me") on the "The Life And Times Of Jeffrey Lee Pierce" 4CD Box Set (Retro Deluxe 2008). The recording date on these releases is listed as 07-Mar-81.


Los Angeles 11-Mar-81

11-Mar-81
US CA,East Los Angeles,Vex's
[with The Gears]

Flyer: Photo of flyer. A photo of another flyer credit of Steven Rascoe.


Hollywood 24-Mar-81

24-Mar-81
US CA,Hollywood,Starwood club
[with 45 Grave, Adolescents]

Ad: Scan taken from the Los Angeles Times 22-Mar-81, credit of Steven Rascoe .

Flyer: Photo of flyer.


Hollywood 24-Mar-81

25-Mar-81
US CA,Hollywood,The Whisky a Go Go
[with The Plugz]

Ad: Scan of ad from LA times 22-Mar-81, credit of Steven Rascoe .


Hollywood 13-Apr-81

13-Apr-81
US CA,Hollywood,The Whisky a Go Go
[with Alley Cats, Unclaimed]

Ad: Scan of ad from LA times 05-Apr-81, credit of Steven Rascoe .


Hollywood 14-Apr-81

14-Apr-81
US CA,Hollywood,Starwood club
[with Suburban Lawns + The Brat]

Ad: Scan taken from the Los Angeles Times Apr-81, credit of Steven Rascoe .


Los Angeles 18-Apr-81

18-Apr-81
US CA,Los Angeles,The Brave Dog
[with Nervous Gender]

Flyer: Photo of flyer.


Spring 81
US CA,Hollywood,The Whisky a Go Go
[with X]


April/May 1981
US CA,Los Angeles,Program Studio,recording 5 songs. Goodbye Johnny/ Preaching The Blues/ Watermelon Man/ Devil In The Woods/ Fire Of Love. Recorded by Vitus Mataré [from The Last]. "Devil In The Woods" ended up on the "Keits Rides A Harley" compilation LP album (1981). All tracks later released on the "Early Warning" 2CD compilation (SFTRI 1997) and "Da Blood Done Signed My Name" 2CD compilation (Castle 2007). All but "Fire Of Love" also available on the "Sex Beat 81" semi legit LP album (Lolita Records, France) and the "Death Party" semi legit CD (Revenge, France).


1981
US CA,Los Angeles,Studio America,recording sessions (2 days) for the "Fire Of Love" album. 6 songs recorded: Promise Me/ She's Like Heroin to Me/ For the Love of Ivy/ Black Train/ Cool Drink of Water/ Goodbye Johnny. Also recorded "Bad Indian", but not released. Engineered by Noah Shark [later Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers]. Produced by Tito Larrova [from the Plugz]. Initially these tracks were intended as an EP to be released on the Plugz' Fatima label. Because of money problems at Fatima the album is released on Ruby, a subsidiary of Slash records established by Chris D(esjardins) [from The Flesh Eaters]. Slash records is headed by the publisher of Slash magazine Bob Biggs.


1981
US CA,Los Angeles,Hank Waring's Quad Teck studio on Western Ave.,further recording (a Sunday afternoon/evening) and mixing sessions for the "Fire Of Love" album. 5 songs recorded: Sex Beat/ Preaching the Blues/ Fire Spirit/ Ghost on the Highway/ Jack on Fire. Engineered by Pat Burnette. Produced by Chris D(esjardins) [from The Flesh Eaters].


Hollywood 10-Jun-81

10-Jun-81
US CA,Hollywood,Starwood club
[with Rik L Rik + Top Jimmy and the Rhythm Pigs]

Ad: Scan taken from the Los Angeles Times 07-Jun-81.


Hollywood 20-Jun-81

20-Jun-81
US CA,Hollywood,Al's Bar, 305 South Hewitt Street at Traction Avenue
(2 sets)
[with Dred Scott and/or The Crowd]

Setlist: Walking The Beast(+)(++)/ Goodbye Johnny-Preaching The Blues(+)/ Bol Weevil Man (aka Ghost On The Highway)(+)(++)/.. and more..

Article: Scan of letter to Uncut mag June 2012, courtesy of Richard W.

Note: This bar was owned by Marc Kreisel since 1979 and closed down in August 2001 for good. (+)Tracks 5,7-8 on the "Love Supreme" semi-legit LP album (Offense, France). (++)Track 19 on the "Death Party" semi-legit CD album (Revenge, France).


Hollywood 24-Jul-81

24-Jul-81
US US CA,Hollywood,Cathay De Grande
[with Top Jimmy & the Rhythm Pigs]

Photo: Scan of photo by Gary Leonard.

Flyer: Photo of flyer.


Los Angeles 25-Jul-81

25-Jul-81
US CA,Los Angeles,The Roxy
[with The Cramps]

Photo: Kid with the Cramps, credit Larry Hardy [In The Red Records].

Note: First LA show of the new The Cramps line-up. The Cramps put candles on stage and Kid Congo's [then in The Cramps] hair inadvertadly catches fire, going up like a torch because he put on so much hair spray. [New York Rocker Sep.81]


xx-xxx-81
US CA,Hollywood,The Whisky a Go Go
[with Fear]


01-Aug-81
US CA,Hollywood,The Whisky a Go Go
[with Wall Of Voodoo]


Hollywood 08-Aug-81

08-Aug-81
US US CA,Hollywood,
The Whisky a Go Go

Flyer: Photo of flyer.


Hollywood 19-Aug-81

19-Aug-81
US CA,Hollywood,The Whisky a Go Go
[with The Flesh Eaters]

Flyer: Taken from "Make the Music Go Bang: the Early L.A. Punk Scene" a book by (ex- Creeping Ritual/Gun Club) Don Snowden, with Gary Leonard.


Hollywood 25-Aug-81

25-Aug-81
US CA,Hollywood,Cathay De Grande
[with Rik L Rik]

Flyer: Photo of flyer credit of Steven Rascoe .


31-Aug-81
US Release of the "Fire Of Love" album (Ruby).


San Diego 23-Sep-81

23-Sep-81
US CA,San Diego,The Backdoor
[with The Blasters]

Flyer: Scan of flyer credit of Steven Rascoe .


03-Oct-81
US CA,Los Angeles,Club Lingerie
[with Big Mama Thornton]


Hollywood 20-Oct-81

20-Oct-81
US CA,Hollywood,Grandia Room
[with The Lipstick Killers]

Flyer: Photo of flyer.

Note: Billy Persons [Weirdos] replaces Rob Ritter on bass.


21-Oct-81
US CA,Hollywood,Cathay De Grande
[with Vox Pop]

Note: Billy Persons [Weirdos] replaces Rob Ritter on bass.


San Francisco 24-Oct-81

24-Oct-81
US CA,San Francisco,Russian Center
[with X and Subhumans]

Flyer: Photo of flyer. Another photo.

Note: The first show outside of the Los Angeles/Hollywood area. Billy Persons [Weirdos] replaces Rob Ritter on bass.


San Francisco 05-Nov-81

05-Nov-81
US CA,San Francisco,Berkeley Square
[with Half Church and Tanks]

Flyer: Photo of flyer credit of Steven Rascoe .

Note: Billy Persons [Weirdos] replaces Rob Ritter on bass.


San Francisco 06-Nov-81

06-Nov-81
US CA,San Francisco,On Broadway
[with The Cramps and Panther Burns]

Setlist: Watermelon Man/ Run Through The Jungle/ She Is Like Heroin To Me/ John Hardy/ Fire Spirit/ Black Train/ Jack On Fire/ Sex Beat/ For The Love Of Ivy/ Goodbye Johnny(*).

Flyer: Photo of flyer.

Flyer: Alternative flyer and setlist courtesy of Cindy. Alternative flyer bis.

Note 1: Broadcast by KUSF FM radio, except (*). Filmed by Joe Rees for Target Video. "Sex Beat" from this show was released on "V/A:Target Presents Hardcore Vol.3" VHS (Target 1985) and also on "V/A:Underground Forces Volume III" VHS (Target). They were supposed to do a more elaborate live set in the Target Video studios, in between shows, like some bands did then. But couldn't because Terry had injured his hand because Jeff had thrown a beer bottle that broke on the drums and cut Terry's hand.

At the time Kid Congo Powers was in The Cramps, having left The Gun Club in November 1980. Panther Burns has Jim Duckworth on guitar, he would join The Gun Club in January 1983.

Note 2: Billy Persons [Weirdos] replaces Rob Ritter on bass. Billy:"I replaced [Rob Ritter] in the fall of '81 for a bunch of shows in Los Angeles and three in the Bay Area including the On Broadway show with The Cramps and Panther Burns. The band wasn't doing much in the fall and winter of '81. I would have joined permanently but Ward [Dotson] and Terry [Graham] told me they were going to quit once the "Miami" album was done as they were on salary at the time so Rob was brought back for that album. I also worked with Jeffrey Lee Pierce around this time on what would later become Tex and The Horseheads. Also, I don't know if you are aware but Target Video taped our set and it may finally be released soon. I played with the Weirdos on their [March 1979 recorded] "Who, What, When, Where Why" EP. I also replaced Rob Ritter in Thelonious Monster in the early '90s for a while and was in The Joykiller in the mid-'90s (we did three albums for Epitaph). That [On Broadway show] was a really fun show although my memory of it is pretty foggy. Jeffrey and I spent the whole day drinking in a German restaurant in San Francisco so we were plastered at this show."


San Francisco xx-Nov-81

xx-Nov-81
US CA,San Francisco,Severely Muted (a.k.a. Sound Of Music)
[with Panther Burns and Really Red]

Flyer: Photo of flyer.

Note: Club opened by Celso Ruperto in 1980 and closing in about 1987. Celso died in 1990, at the age of 64. Billy Persons [Weirdos] replaces Rob Ritter on bass.


Hollywood 18-Nov-81

18-Nov-81
US CA,Hollywood,The Whisky a Go Go
[with Minutemen, Middle Class and Adore O'Hare]

Flyer: Photo of flyer. Photo of another flyer .


Hollywood 18-Nov-81

18-Nov-81
US CA,Hollywood,Cathay De Grande
[with 100 Flowers and The Leaving Trains]

Flyer: Photo of flyer credit of Steven Rascoe .


Los Angeles 24-Nov-81

24-Nov-81
US CA,Los Angeles,Club Lingerie
[with Phast Phreddie and Thee Precisions]

Flyer: Photo of flyer.


Boston 04-Dec-81

04-Dec-81
US MA,Boston,Streets
[with The Neats]
(2 sets)

Ad: Scan taken from The Heights 23-Nov-81.

Note: First tour of the East Coast.


05-Dec-81
US NJ,Hoboken,Maxwell's
[with The Phosphenes]

Note: Bob Bert (later of Sonic Youth) attends the show.


06-Dec-81
US NY,New York City,Peppermint Lounge

Note: Dee Pop [Bush Tetras] confirmed that the Peppermint Lounge show was the first NYC show ever. This is where Dee and Jeffrey meet for the first time.


xx-Dec-81
US NC,Chapel Hill,-

11-Dec-81
US MA,Boston,The Channel Club
[with The Cramps, The Dark, Tymon Dogg]


Philadelphia 12-Dec-81

12-Dec-81
US PA,Philadelphia,East Side Club
[with Cramps]

Flyer: Scan of flyer.



Georgetown 13-Dec-81

13-Dec-81
US MD,Georgetown,The Bayou
[with The Cramps]

Ticket: Scan of ticket.


New York City 19-Dec-81

19-Dec-81
US NY,New York City,Mudd Club
[with Del Byzanteens]

Ad: Scan of ad.






1982
The year in which the "Miami" album is recorded and released and in which they tour the US and Europe for the first time.
In August Rob Ritter leaves the band and Patricia Morrison replaces him on bass. At year end Ward Dotson and Terry Graham leave.
The Gun Club break up.

20-Jan-82
US CA,Hollywood,Cathay De Grande
[with Vox Pop]


Los Angeles 29-Jan-82

29-Jan-82
US CA,Los Angeles,Ukranian Hall on 4315 Melrove Ave.
[with The Plugz, Flesh Eaters, Phast Phreddie & Thee Precicions]

Poster: Photo of poster.

Review: Taken from Flipside magazine issue #30 (March 1982).


Hollywood 05-Feb-82

05-Feb-82
US CA,Hollywood,Club 88
[with Blasters]

Flyer: Photo of flyer.


Hollywood 12-Feb-82

12-Feb-82
US CA,Hollywood,Cathay De Grande
[with Christian Death and/or 100 Flowers]

Setlist: Goodbye Johnny/ Brother and Sister/ Like Calling Up Thunder/ Ghost On The Highway/ Bad Indian/ She's Like Heroin To Me/ Black Train/ Jack On Fire/ Sex Beat/ Devil In The Woods/ For The Love Of Ivy.

Flyer: Taken from "Fucked Up and Photocopied", a book by Bryan R. Turcotte and Chris Miller.


13-Feb-82
US CA,San Diego,Bacchanal
[with X and Red Wedding]


California 15-Feb-82

15-Feb-82
US CA,-,-

Flyer: Photo of flyer.


Tempe 16-Feb-82

16-Feb-82
US AZ,Tempe,Merlin's
[with Grant and the Geezers + Sun City Girls]

Flyer: Photo of flyer.

Note: Start of the first tour of the US.


Houston 19-Feb-82

19-Feb-82
US TX,Houston,The Island
[with Free Money]

Flyer: Photo of flyer.


Dallas 20-Feb-82

20-Feb-82
US TX,Dallas,Hot Klub
[with The Skunks]

Flyer: Photo of flyer. Photo of another flyer.


2x-Feb-82
US LA,New Orleans,-
[with Our Favorite Band]

2x-Feb-82
US GA,Atlanta,688 Club

2x-Feb-82
US NC,Winston-Salem,Chapel Hill,-


Columbus 03-Mar-82

03-Mar-82
US OH,Columbus,Crazy Mama's

Flyer: Photo of flyer.


Ann Arbor 05-Mar-82

05-Mar-82
US MI,Ann Arbor,State House
[with The Meatmen and Bored Youth]

Flyer: Photo of flyer. Alternative flyer.

Note: Show stopped by city officials. Article from The Michigan Daily 09-Mar-82.


Chicago 06-Mar-82

06-Mar-82
US IL,Chicago,Club C.O.D.

Flyer: Photo of flyer.


Madison 08-Mar-82

08-Mar-82
US WI,Madison,Merlyn's
[with The Stimuli, The Comicosmics]

Photo: Credit © Hank Grebe. Used with kind permission.

Flyer: Photo of flyer .


Minneapolis 09-Mar-82

09-Mar-82
US MN,Minneapolis,7th Street Entry

Setlist: Strange Fruit/ Fire Spirit/ Brother And Sister/ Like Calling Up Thunder/ Goodbye Johnny/ John Hardy/ Bad Indian/ Preaching The Blues/ Jack On Fire/ Devil In The Woods/ For The Love Of Ivy/ She's Like Heroin To Me/ Keep On Knockin'.

Note: Sold out show, and according to the band their best of the February/March tour.

Ad: Scan of calendar courtesy of Mike Ziegler.


Milwaukee 11-Mar-82

11-Mar-82
US WI,Milwaukee,The Starship
[with Die Kreuzen]

Flyer: Photo of flyer.


Denver 13-Mar-82

13-Mar-82
US CO,Denver,Mercury Cafe
[with Crank Call Love Affair]

Flyer: Photo of flyer.


1x-Mar-82
US CO,Denver,-


Boulder 15-Mar-82

15-Mar-82
US CO,Boulder,Blue Note

Poster: Photo of poster courtesy of Roger Morgan.

Note: Boulder was the last date of a month long tour. After the show the band are interviewed for a local TV station.


San Francisco 19-Mar-82

19-Mar-82
US CA,San Francisco,On Broadway
[with Red Rockers]

Flyer: Photo of flyer.

Note: The New Wave Rotten Record Chart was an overview created and distributed in San Francisco during 1978-1982 by Dirk Dirksen. It announced shows at his venues, the On Broadway and the Mabuhay Gardens.


Los Angeles xx-Mar-82

xx-Mar-82
US CA,Los Angeles,Burbank,Paradise studio
"New Wave Theatre" TV program

Setlist: Brother and Sister/ Fire Spirit.

Photo: Screen capture from video.

Note: Filmed for "New Wave Theatre", a public access television program, hosted by Peter Ivers, broadcast locally in the Los Angeles area by KSCI on UHF channel 18. Broadcast on the east coast by USA Network on the "Night Flight" show. Re-broadcast in 1982 (during the French tour?) on French TF1 TV (Mégahertz program) with an additional interview with Jeffrey.

Peter Ivers wrote the song "In Heaven, Everything Is Fine" for David Lynch's 1976 film "Eraserhead". This track was used by Lydia Lunch as intro to her 13.13 live performances in 1981. On March 3, 1983, Peter Ivers was found bludgeoned to death in his apartment in a rundown neighborhood of Los Angeles at the age of 37. It was speculated that he may have been murdered by his NWT business partner. A superb biography and insight in the murder case has been written by Josh Frank.


Hollywood 25-Mar-82

25-Mar-82
US CA,Hollywood,The Whisky a Go Go
[with The Plugz]

Flyer: Photo of flyer.


In April 1982 the band leaves Los Angeles and moves to New York City. They sign with booking agent Bob Singerman and Animal/Chrysalis records.


Buffalo 23-Apr-82

23-Apr-82
US PA,Philadelphia,East Side Club
[with SKP's]

Calendar: Photo of club calendar.


Buffalo 27-Apr-82

27-Apr-82
US NY,Buffalo,The Continental

Setlist: Ghost On The Highway/ Walkin' With The Beast/ I Hear Your Heart Singing/ Devil In The Woods/ Goodbye Johnny/ For The Love Of Ivy/ Bad Indian/ Strange Fruit/ Fire Spirit/ Carry Home/ Preaching The Blues/ Sex Beat/ Jack On Fire.

Flyer: Photo of flyer.

Note: All above tracks released on the "Early Warning" 2CD compilation (SFTRI 1997), the "Da Blood Done Signed My Name" 2CD compilation (Castle 2007) and on the "Miami" 2CD (Cooking Vinyl 2009).


28-Apr-82
US NY,Rochester,Scorgies
[with New Math]

Setlist: Strange Fruit/ Fire Of Love/ Texas Serenade/ Brother And Sister/ Like Calling Up Thunder/ John Hardy/ Cool Drink Of Water/ Fire Spirit/ Preaching the Blues/ Sex Beat/ Goodbye Johnny/ Ghost On The Highway/ Keep On Knockin'/ For The Love Of Ivy.


Boston 30-Apr-82

30-Apr-82
US MA,Boston,University
[with The Del Fuegos and The Embarrassment]

Review: Gossip from New York Rocker #52.

Note: According to New York Rocker #52 Jeffrey drops his pants during this performance.


05-May-82
US NY,New York City,Acoustilog Studios

Setlist: Cool Drink Of Water/ Fire Of Love/ John Hardy/ Sex Beat/ Preaching The Blues.

Note: Recording session for France Inter FM radio. Broadcast interspersed with an interview with Jeffrey Lee Pierce. Available on the "The Life And Times Of Jeffrey Lee Pierce" 4CD Box Set (Retro Deluxe 2008).


11-May-82
US DC,Washington,9:30 Club


New York 14-May-82

14-May-82
US NY,New York City,CBGB's
[with The Cosmopolitans]

Setlist: Devil In The Woods/ Walkin' With The Beast/ Bo Diddley Is A Gunslinger/ Louie Louie/ She's The Girl I Love-Ghost On The Highway/..and more...

Ad: Scan of ad.

Note: Above tracks available on the "The Life And Times Of Jeffrey Lee Pierce" 4CD Box Set (Retro Deluxe 2008).


New York City 18-May-82

18-May-82
US NY,New York City,The Palladium
[with The Jam]

Review: Taken from Flipside magazine issue # 32. Another one from Trouser Press September 1982.


Hoboken 29-May-82

29-May-82
US NJ,Hoboken,Maxwell's
[with The Phosphenes]

Setlist: Goodbye Johnny/ Fire Of Love/ Texas Serenade/ Carry Home/ She's Like Heroin To Me/ Fire Spirit/ Black Train/ Sex Beat/ Promise Me/ Preaching The Blues/ Devil In The Woods(*)/ Jack On Fire/ Sleeping In Blood City/ Keep A Knockin'(*).

Note: (*) tracks available on the Bang Zoom no.3 cassette zine (US 1983) together with an interview with Jeffrey conducted in February 1983.

Flyer: Scan of flyer.


May/June 1982
US NY,New York City,Blank Tapes studios on 21st street and Chris Stein's basement,recording sessions for the "Miami" album. Engineered by Joe Arlotta. Mixed by Butch Jones. Produced by Chris Stein [Blondie]. Recorded songs: Carry Home/ Like Calling Up Thunder/ Brother And Sister/ Run Through The Jungle/ Devil In The Woods/ Texas Serenade/ Watermelon Man/ Bad Indian/ John Hardy/ Fire Of Love/ Sleeping In Blood City/ Mother Of Earth. Also the "Walking with the Beast" version which appeared on the "Fire of Love" single. Guests: Debby Harry, Walter Steding and Mark Tomeo.


Long Island 05-Jun-82

05-Jun-82
US NY,Long Island,Roslyn,My Father's Place
[with The Bush Tetras].

Ad: Scan of ad.

Note: Dee Pop is drummer in The Bush Tetras and will join The Gun Club in January 1983.


09-Jun-82
UK Release of the "Sex Beat/Ghosts On The Highway" 7" single (Beggars Banquet).


11-Jun-82
US NY,New York City,Peppermint Lounge
[with The Cramps]

Note: Peter Holsapple [of dB's] subs on bass for this show only. Rob Ritter is in Detroit and 'unavailable'.


New York City 13-Jun-82

13-Jun-82
US NY,New York City,Etc Studios
Glenn O'Brien's "TV Party" show.

Photo: Still taken from the TV Party "Everything For Sale" show DVD.

Note: Broadcast on Channel J TV, public access TV. Jeffrey Lee Pierce is guest on the "TV Party" show and plays a Robert Johnson blues-type song. Glenn O'Brien died on April 7, 2017, at the age of 70.


June 1982 Rob Ritter leaves the band (goes to 45 Grave) and is replaced by (another ex-Bags and ex-Legal Weapon) Patricia Morrison on bass, upon recommendation of Terry Graham.


The Gun Club Line-up #2D.
(l-r) Patricia Morisson, Ward Dotson, Jeffrey Lee Pierce and Terry Graham. Credit Ed Colver.


Line-up #2D (New York: June 1982 - December 1982):
Jeffrey Lee Pierce (vocals)/ Ward Dotson (guitar)/ Patricia Morrison (bass) and Terry Graham (drums).

San Francisco 18-Jun-82

18-Jun-82
US CA,San Francisco,Old Waldorf
[with Rank and File]

Flyer: Photo of flyer.


Denver 25-Jun-82

25-Jun-82
US CO,Denver,Mercury Café
[with The Young Weasels]

Note: Show got cancelled.

Flyer: Scan of flyer courtesy of Matti.


Santa Monica 26-Jun-82

26-Jun-82
US CA,Santa Monica,Civic Center
[support for Sparks]

Pass: Photo of backstage pass courtesy of Håkan Beckman. .

Ad: Photo of ad .


San Diego 10-Jul-82

10-Jul-82
US CA,San Diego,The Spirit
[with The Brat and 502]

Flyer: Photo of flyer credit of Steven Rascoe .


xx-Jul-82
US NY,New York City,Peppermint Lounge
[with Panther Burns]


Berkeley 23-Jul-82

23-Jul-82
US CA,Berkeley,Keystone

Flyer: Photo of flyer.


Detroit 06-Aug-82

06-Aug-82
US MI,Detroit,Clutch Cargo's

Setlist: Lost Highway/ Fire Spirit/ Like Calling Up Thunder/ John Hardy/ She's Like Heroin To Me/ Cool Drink Of Water/ Preaching The Blues/ Fire Of Love/ Sex Beat/ Sleeping In Blood City/ For The Love Of Ivy.

Flyer: Scan of flyer.


xx-xxx-82
US WI,Milwaukee,-
[with L-Seven]

xx-xxx-82
US WI,Madison,-
[with L-Seven]


Minneapolis 09-Aug-82

09-Aug-82
US MN,Minneapolis,First Ave
[with Rifle Sport]

Setlist: Lost Highway/ Like Calling Up Thunder/ Brother and Sister/ John Hardy/ She's Like Heroin To Me/ Cool Drink Of Water/ Sleeping In Blood City/ Fire Of Love/ Sex Beat/ Preaching The Blues/ Goodbye Johnny/ For The Love Of Ivy.

Calendar: Scan courtesy of Jim F.

Ticket: Scan of ticket courtesy of Jim F.


Concord 13-Aug-82

13-Aug-82
US CA,Concord,Concord Pavilion
[with X, The Unknowns, Norman Salant]

Poster: Photo of poster.

Backstage pass: Scan courtesy of Steven Wolfe, from his collection.

Note: Outdoor venue. For the live shows on the West coast they add extra guitarist Annie Unger (at the end of 1982 Annie joined, Bay Area band, The Toiling Midgets as a third guitarist)


Seattle 16-Aug-82

16-Aug-82
US OR,Eugene,B.J. Kelly's
[with Kingsnake and Punishment Farm]

Note: With extra guitarist Annie Unger.

Flyer: Photo of flyer.


17-Aug-82
US OR,Portland,The Met
[with The Toiling Midgets]

Note: With extra guitarist Annie Unger.


Seattle 18-Aug-82

18-Aug-82
US WA,Seattle,Baby O's
[with Little Bears]

Photo: Credit © Michael Leach (from www.bestrockphotos.com). Used with kind permission.

Flyer: Scan of flyer courtesy of Håkan Beckman.

Note: With extra guitarist Annie Unger.


Vancouver 19-Aug-82

19-Aug-82
CA BC,Vancouver,Commodore Ballroom
[with Bang Bang]

Ad: Scan of ad.


San Francisco 21-Aug-82

21-Aug-82
US CA,San Francisco,On Broadway

Flyer: Scan of flyer courtesy of Matti A.


31-Aug-82
UK Release of the "Fire Of Love/Walking With the Beast (#1)" 7" single (Animal/Chrysalis).


20-Sep-82
US/UK Release of the "Miami" album (Animal/Chrysalis).


Boston 01-Oct-82

01-Oct-82
US MA,Boston,The Spit
[with Tex and The Horseheads]

Review: Taken from Take-It fanzine.

Note: Chrysalis flew the band to Boston and New York City to promote the "Miami" album. The Gun Club also backs Texacala Jones, then Jeffrey girlfriend.


Boston 02-Oct-82

02-Oct-82
US NY,New York City,CBGB
[with Tex and The Horseheads]

Ad: Scan of ad.

Note: The Gun Club also backs Texacala Jones' band The Horseheads.


London 05-Oct-82

05-Oct-82
UK London,The Venue
[with Zerra One]

Setlist: Lost Highway/ Texas Serenade/ Run Through The Jungle/ John Hardy/ She's Like Heroin To Me/ Fire Of Love/ Like Calling Up Thunder/ Goodbye Johnny/ Cool Drink Of Water/ Preaching the Blues/ Devil In the Woods/ Sex Beat/ For The Love Of Ivy/ Fire Spirit/ Sleeping In Blood City/ Keep On Knockin'.

Review: Taken from Melody Maker 16-Oct-82.

Photo 1: Credit David Corio. Sourced from Gettyimages/Referns music archives.

Photo 2: Credit David Corio, taken from New Musical Express 16-Oct-82 .

Ticket: Scan of ticket courtesy of Ger P.

Ad: Scan of ad from UK mag.

Note: Start of first -5 date- tour of Europe.


Paris 07-Oct-82

07-Oct-82
FR Paris,Le Palace
[with La Souris Déglinguée]

Setlist: Like Calling Up Thunder/ Sleeping In Blood Red City/ Fire Of Love/ Goodbye Johnny/ Preaching the Blues/ Cool Drink Of Water/ Devil In the Woods/ Sex Beat(*)/ For the Love of Ivy/ Black Train/ Keep On Knockin'.

Photo: Backstage shot, credit unknown. Another shot , credit unknown. Screen capture from TV broadcast.

Ticket: Scan of ticket.

Note: Above tracks broadcast by French Radio. Also broadcast in the US via the King Biscuit Flower Hour, syndicated radio show. (*)Broadcast by French TF1 TV on a program (hosted by Antoine de Caunes) named 'Houba Houba', together with 2 more live tracks from the same show "Run Through The Jungle" and "Carry Home".


08-Oct-82
NL Eindhoven,Effenaar

Setlist: Run Through The Jungle/ John Hardy/ Devil In the Woods/ Fire Of Love/ Like Calling Up Thunder/ Preaching The Blues/.. and more...

Note: Above tracks recorded and broadcast by Dutch VARA FM radio.


Rotterdam 09-Oct-82

09-Oct-82
NL Rotterdam,Café Parkzicht

Poster: Photo of poster.


10-Oct-82
NL Amsterdam,Melkweg

Note: Last date of first European tour.


12-Oct-82
US CA,San Francisco,I-Beam


San Francisco 13-Oct-82

13-Oct-82
US CA,San Francisco,The Waldorf
[with Impatient Youth and Ifthenwhy]

Flyer: Photo of flyer.


1x-Oct-82
US CA,Los Angeles,-


Tucson 18-Oct-82

18-Oct-82
US AZ,Tucson,Backstage
[with Conflict]

Flyer: Photo of flyer.

Note: Gun Club does not play, as half the band's van broke down on their way from L.A. Jeffrey is in the audience.


Dallas 22-Oct-82

22-Oct-82
US TX,Dallas,Hot Klub
[with The Big Boys]

Flyer: Taken from "Fucked Up and Photocopied", a book by Bryan R. Turcotte and Chris Miller.
Alternative flyer.


Oklahoma City 23-Oct-82

23-Oct-82
US OK,Oklahoma City,The Bowery
[with The Individuals]

Flyer: Photo of flyer.


Austin 24-Oct-82

24-Oct-82
US TX,Austin,Club Foot

Flyer: Photo of flyer.


Houston 26-Oct-82

26-Oct-82
US TX,Houston,Fitzgerald's
[with Richard Hell]

Flyer: Photo of flyer.


New Orleans 27-Oct-82

27-Oct-82
US LA,New Orleans,Tupelo's Tavern

Flyer: Photo of flyer.


San Francisco 01-Nov-82

01-Nov-82
US TN,Nashville,Spanky's

Flyer: Scan of flyer.


Hoboken 04-Nov-82

04-Nov-82
US NJ,Hoboken,Maxwell's

Flyer: Photo of flyer.


05-Nov-82
US DC,Washington,9:30 Club

Setlist: Bo Diddley's A Gunslinger/ She's Like Heroin To Me/ Fire Of Love/ John Hardy/ Brother And Sister/ Albert Finch/ Fire Spirit/ Cool Drink Of Water/ Black Train/ Sex Beat/ For The Love Of Ivy/ Stairway To Heaven/ Carry Home/ Texas Serenade.


Hoboken 06-Nov-82

06-Nov-82
US CT,Bridgeport,Pogo's

Flyer: Photo of flyer.

Ticket: Scan of ticket.


Boston 10-Nov-82

10-Nov-82
US MA,Boston,The Channel Club

Ad: Scan taken from The Heights 08-Nov-82.


New York City 11-Nov-82

11-Nov-82
US NY,New York City,Peppermint Lounge
[with Tex and The Horseheads]

Setlist: Run Through The Jungle/.. and more..

Photo: Credit Ebet Roberts. Sourced from Gettyimages/Referns music archives.

Review: Taken from the New York Times 14-Nov-82, courtesy of Joslyn W.

Note: Filmed by Paul Tschinkel (for his "Inner-Tube", Punk and New Wave documentary/cable TV series). Above track broadcast on Manhattan Cable access TV. The Gun Club backed Jeffrey's then girlfriend Texacala Jones.


US 12-Nov-82

12-Nov-82
US PA,Philadelphia,Love Club

Flyer: Photo of flyer.


Buffalo 16-Nov-82

16-Nov-82
US NY,Buffalo,The Continental

Flyer: Photo of flyer.


Montréal 18-Nov-82

18-Nov-82
CA PQ,Montréal,Le Cargo

Flyer: Photo of flyer.

Ticket: Photo of ticket courtesy of Matti A.


Montréal 19-Nov-82

19-Nov-82
CA ON,Toronto,Larry's Hideaway

Ticket: Scan of ticket courtesy of Frank M.


Detroit 21-Nov-82

21-Nov-82
US MI,Detroit,Hamtramck,Paycheck's Lounge
[with L-Seven]

Setlist: Lost Highway/ Goodbye Johnny/ John Hardy/ She's Like Heroin To Me/ Jack On Fire/ Strange Fruit/ Fire Spirit/ Like Calling Up Thunder/ Cool Drink Of Water/ Preaching The Blues/ Devil In The Woods/ Sex Beat/ For The Love Of Ivy/ Stormy Weather/ Bo Diddley's a Gunslinger/ Sleeping in Blood City.

Flyer: Photo of flyer. Another one here .


East Lansing 22-Nov-82

22-Nov-82
US MI,East Lansing,Player's Club (moved from Dooley's)
[with Monkey Pilot]

Flyer: Photo of flyer.


2x-Nov-82
US OH,Cleveland,Pop Shop (below the Agora)
[with Easter Monkeys]

Note: "It was November of '82. Jeffrey Lee Pierce and his Gun Club were scheduled to play their first Cleveland gig at the Pop Shop, a small bar located under its much larger sister venue, the Agora. Every punk and wayward rocker in the area looked forward to it. But the Gun Club were a disappointment. They were drugged, tour-spent and in poor form, and they struggled to keep the formidable crowd that descended upon the Shop that fateful eve." (uncredited review).


Columbus 24-Nov-82

24-Nov-82
US OH,Columbus,Mr.Browns
[with The Great Plains]

Flyer: Photo of flyer.


xx-Nov-82
US During the last week of the tour Jeffrey intends to leave the tour. Ward Dotson forces him to stay (from "Ghost on the Highway" film).


Minneapolis 26-Nov-82

26-Nov-82
US IL,Chicago,The Metro
[with The Bush Tetras]

Flyer: Photo of flyer.


Columbus 27-Nov-82

27-Nov-82
US WI,Milwaukee,The Palms Theatre
[with Bush Tetras and The Prosecuters]

Flyer: Photo of flyer, courtesy of Matti.

Note: The Milwaukee Journal dated 21-Jan-83 writes: "Anyone who witnessed the fiasco concert at the Palms last month won't be suprised to hear that the headlining group, The Gun Club, broke up. The lead singer, Jeffrey Lee Pierce, appeared so drunk that he stumbled, instead of stood on stage, and slobbered instead of sang. The crowd booed, the band walked off. Apparently, the remainder of the Gun Club's tour didn't fare much better. However, before and after the Milwaukee show, stranger behind the scenes incidents troubled the event......"


Minneapolis 28-Nov-82

28-Nov-82
US IL,Chicago,Club 950 Lucky Number
[with Mortal Micronotz]

Flyer: Photo of flyer. Photo of another flyer courtesy of Håkan Beckman. .


Minneapolis 30-Nov-82

30-Nov-82
US WI,Madison,Merlyn
[with Hollywood Autopsy]

Flyer: Photo of flyer.


St.Louis 01-Dec-82

01-Dec-82
US MO,St.Louis,Mississippi Nights
[with The Clones]

Flyer: Photo of flyer.


02-Dec-82
US MO,Columbia,The Blue Note


Lawrence 03-Dec-82

03-Dec-82
US KS,Lawrence,Opera House
[with Mortal Micronotz]

Flyer: Photo of flyer.


07-Dec-82
US NY,New York City,Mudd Club

Note: A Sonic Youth show at which Jeffrey Lee Pierce joins the band on vocals for their last song "I Wanna Be Your Dog".


Alternative America Dec 82

December 1982
The Gun Club break up

Terry Graham and Ward Dotson leave the band, he replaces Nick Knox in the Cramps for 3 US dates late December 1982. Terry would return to the Gun Club in September 1983. Ward goes on to form first The Phillips Blues Band (1983), then The Pontiac Brothers (1984-1991), later The Liquor Giants (1991-2000) and recently Golden Sombrero (2013).

Dee Pop had been kicked out of the Bush Tetras and joins the temporary band The Mysterious Trees with the line-up: Texacala -Linda- Jones (vocals)/Jeffrey Lee Pierce (vocals/guitar)/Jimmy Joe Uliana [a friend of Dee Pop] (bass) and Dee Pop (drums). They play several shows in New York City (CBGB's and Peppermint Lounge) during December 1982.

Jim Duckworth [Panther Burns/Alex Chilton band] from Memphis and Dee Pop [Bush Tetras] from New York join a new line-up of the Gun Club in New York in January 1983. Patricia Morrison does not participate to the "Death Party" EP recording sessions due to logistical reasons (i.e. she was in Los Angeles).

Interview: Excerpt from an interview with Jeffrey, from "Alternative America" fanzine, courtesy of Matti.






1983
The year in which Jim Duckworth and Dee Pop join in January the 3rd incarnation of the Gun Club. Recording and release of the "Death Party" EP. Second tour of Europe and first and only Australian tour. In August Dee Pop leaves and Terry Graham returns on drums, he skips the Australian tour and returns in November. Jim Duckworth leaves at the start of the Australian tour.

Line-up #3A (New York: January 1983 - February 1983):
Jeffrey Lee Pierce (vocals)/Jim Duckworth (guitar)/Jimmy Joe Uliana (bass) and Dee Pop (drums).

January/February 1983
US NY,New York City,Blank Tapes studios on 21st street,recording sessions (5 days) for the "Death Party" 7"/12" EP. Engineered by Joe Arlotta. 'Produced' by Chris Stein. Initially intended as a Tex & The Horseheads session. Songs written and recorded: The House On Highland Ave/ The Lie (initially titled "So Why")(*)/ The Light Of The World(*)/ Death Party/ Come Back Jim. Guest: Texacala -Linda- Jones (of Tex & The Horseheads). (*) these songs are also part of the Mysterious Trees' repertoire.


Line-up #3B (New York: February 1983 - August 1983):
Jeffrey Lee Pierce (vocals)/Jim Duckworth (guitar)/Patricia Morrison (bass) and Dee Pop (drums).

According to Dee Pop the band rehearsed one day (for 3 hours), then did a 5 day tour of the East coast, had 2 days off, then went off to Europe for 2 months playing on rented equipment. Dee Pop played the East Coast tour with a broken hand and then left for the European tour, still with a broken hand!


February 1983
US NY,New York City,Stardust Motel,1 day filming for the "House On Highland Ave" promo video.


2x-Feb-83
US NY,New York City,Brooklyn,Sheepshead Bay,Brooklyn Zoo

Article: Interview with Jeffrey from FFanzeen #11 .

Note: Jim Duckworth's first show with The Gun Club.


26-Feb-83
US PA,Philadelphia,East Side Club
[with Dance Factory]


Boston 02-Mar-83

02-Mar-83
US MA,Boston,The Channel Club
[with Someone & the Somebodies]

Ad: Scan from the Boston Phoenix 01-Mar-83.

Review: Scan of review from The Heights 07-Mar-83.


xx-Mar-83
US CO,Denver,Mercury Cafe


05-Mar-83
US DC,Washington,9:30 Club (2 sets)

Setlist: (2nd set) Strange Fruit/ Sex Beat/ The House On Highland Ave/ The Lie/ Cool Drink Of Water/ Fire Spirit/ Death Party/ Heebies Jeebies.

Note: During "Sex Beat" Jeffery runs into a pole, temporarily knocking himself out. Mike Lavella (a Pittsburgh punk) picks up the mic and sings the final bit of "Sex Beat"."


Rouen 09-Mar-83

09-Mar-83
FR Rouen,Exo 7
[with Les Nus]

Setlist: Strange Fruit/ Fire Of Love/ Run Through The Jungle/ John Hardy/ The Lie/ The House On Highland Ave/ Cool Drink Of Water/ Fire Spirit/ Death Party/ Goodbye Johnny/ Sex Beat/ Heebies Jeebies/ Texas Serenade.

Ticket: Scan of ticket, courtesy of Dominique.

Note: Start of the second tour of Europe. Two months of heavy alcohol and drugs consumption.


Paris 10-Mar-83

10-Mar-83
FR Paris,Le Bataclan
[with Les Nus]

Setlist: Strange Fruit/ Fire Of Love/ Run Through The Jungle/ John Hardy/ The Lie/ The House On Highland Ave/ Cool Drink Of Water/ Fire Spirit/ Death Party/ Goodbye Johnny/ Sex Beat/ Heebies Jeebies.

Ticket: Scan of ticket.

Photo: Credit Jean-Pierre V.

Note: Just before they went on stage all (except Patricia) consumed what they believed was coke, which turned out to be heroin.


Orléans 11-Mar-83

11-Mar-83
FR Orléans-Olivet,Le Zig Zag
[with Les Nus]

Photo: Credit © Jean Zindel .

Ad: Reproduction of ad from the "The Life And Times Of Jeffrey Lee Pierce" 4CD Box Set booklet (Retro Deluxe 2008).


Rennes 12-Mar-83

12-Mar-83
FR Rennes,Salle de la Cité

Ticket: Scan courtesy of Laurent Ouvrard.


14-Mar-83
FR Toulouse,le Bikini

Setlist: Strange Fruit/ Fire Of Love/ Run Through The Jungle/ The Lie/ John Hardy/ Black Train/ Cool Drink Of Water/ Fire Spirit/ Death Party/ Sex Beat/ Heebies Jeebies/ Disco Inferno.


15-Mar-83
FR Bordeaux,-


16-Mar-83
FR Clermont-Ferrand,Chris Club

Setlist: Strange Fruit/ Fire Of Love/ Run Through The Jungle/ John Hardy/ The Lie/ Black Train/ ?/ Disco Inferno/ Brother And Sister/ Death Party/ Sex Beat/ Goodbye Johnny/ Heebies Jeebies.


Lyon 17-Mar-83

17-Mar-83
FR Lyon,Palais d'hiver,West Side Club
[with Les Nus]

Ticket: Scan of ticket.


18-Mar-83
CH Genève,Studio 4 of a jazz radio station,Rockline

Setlist: Strange Fruit/ Fire Of Love/ The House On Highland Ave/ Death Party/ Heebies Jeebies/ The Lie/ Run Through The Jungle.

Note: Jeffrey 'plays' piano on some tracks. Available on the "Death Party" CD (SFTRI 2004).


18-Mar-83
CH Genève,Le Kab de l'Usine


20-Mar-83
CH Zürich,Rote Fabrik
[with Motor Boys Motor]

Setlist: Strange Fruit/ Fire Of Love/ Run Through The Jungle/ John Hardy/ The Lie/ Black Train/ Cool Drink Of Water/ The House On Highland Ave/ Fire Spirit/ Death Party/ Sex Beat/ Goodbye Johnny/ Texas Serenade.

Note: All but the first 2 tracks were broadcast by Swiss radio. All but last 3 tracks available on the "Death Party" 2CD (Cooking Vinyl 2009).


Lancey 22-Mar-83

22-Mar-83
FR Grenoble-Lancey,Salle des fêtes

Ticket: Scan of ticket courtesy of Pierre Mugnier.


Montpellier 23-Mar-83

23-Mar-83
FR Montpellier,Grand Odéon

Ticket: Scan of ticket.


24-Mar-83
FR Marseille,Flipper


Germany Mar-83

25-Mar-83
DE Münster,Odeon

Ad: Taken from German music mag.


Germany Mar-83

26-Mar-83
DE Hamburg,Markthalle
[with Treibsand]

Setlist: Strange Fruit/ Fire Of Love/ Run Through The Jungle(+)/ John Hardy/ The Lie(+)/ Black Train(+)/ The House On Highland Ave(+)/ Cool Drink Of Water(+)/ Fire Spirit(+)/ Death Party(+)/ Sex Beat(+)/ Goodbye Johnny(+)/ Texas Serenade/ Heebie-Jeebies/ Disco Inferno.

Poster: Scan of generic tour poster courtesy of Matti.

Note: (+) broadcast by German FM radio and also available on the "Amarillo Beach" bootleg LP.


27-Mar-83
DE Berlin,Quartier Latin


Stockholm 29-Mar-83

29-Mar-83
SE Stockholm,Kolingsborg
[with Urban Släke]

Setlist: Fire Of Love/ and many more...

Photo: Credit Mats Bäcker as published in Schlager # 65, dated 19th of April 1983. Scan courtsey of Matti A.

Note: Kolingsborg used to be called Bobbadilla.


xx-Mar-83
NO Oslo,-

31-Mar-83
SE Malmö,KB-Kulturbolaget

0x-Apr-83
DK København,-


Bourges 03-Apr-83

03-Apr-83
FR Bourges,Le Printemps de Bourges festival
[with U2, Virgin Prunes,...]

Flyer: Photo of flyer.

Note: The band first let the promotor's kids do a 10mins version of "Sex Beat", then went on themselves leaving the stage in a mess for U2.


München 05-Apr-83

05-Apr-83
DE München,Alabamahalle

Ticket: Scan of ticket courtesy of Ingrid.


06-Apr-83
DE Frankfurt,Batschkapp

Setlist: Strange Fruit/ Fire Spirit/ Fire Of Love/ Run Through The Jungle/ John Hardy/ The Lie/ Black Train/ Cool Drink Of Water/ The House On Highland Ave/ Death Party/ Sex Beat/ Goodbye Johnny/ Texas Serenade/ Heebie-Jeebies/ Disco Inferno.


07-Apr-83
DE Bochum,Zeche

Setlist: Strange Fruit/ Fire Spirit/ Fire Of Love/ Run Through The Jungle/ John Hardy/ The Lie/ Black Train/ Cool Drink Of Water/ Death Party/ Sex Beat/ The House On Highland Ave/ Heebie-Jeebies.


Bonn 08-Apr-83

08-Apr-83
DE Bonn,Rheinterrassen

Setlist: Strange Fruit /Fire Of Love/ Run Through The Jungle/ John Hardy/ The Lie/ Black Train/ Cool Drink Of Water/ Fire Spirit/ Death Party/ Sex Beat/ Goodbye Johnny/ The House On Highland Ave/ Texas Serenade.

Ticket: Scan of ticket.


Netherlands Apr-83

09-Apr-83
NL Leiden,LVC

Ad: Taken from Oor magazine 09-Apr-83.


Dijon 11-Apr-83

11-Apr-83
FR Dijon-Marsannay,Salle des Fêtes
[with Les Nus]

Setlist: Strange Fruit/ Fire Of Love/ Run Through The Jungle/ John Hardy/ The Lie/ Black Train/ Cool Drink Of Water/ Fire Spirit/ Death Party/ Sex Beat/ Goodbye Johnny/ Texas Serenade/ Heebies Jeebies/ Disco Inferno.

Ticket: Photo of ticket.


13-Apr-83
UK/DE Release of the "Death Party" EP (Animal).


13-Apr-83
NL Nijmegen,Doornroosje

Setlist: Strange Fruit(*)/ Fire Of Love(*)/ Run Through The Jungle/ John Hardy(*)/ The Lie(*)/ Black Train(*)/ Cool Drink Of Water(*)/ Fire Spirit/ Death Party/ Sex Beat(*)/ Goodbye Johnny/ Texas Serenade/ Heebies Jeebies/ Disco Inferno.

Note: (*) broadcast by Dutch VARA FM radio.


14-Apr-83
NL Groningen,Vera


Apeldoorn 16-Apr-83

16-Apr-83
NL Apeldoorn,Gigant

Setlist: Goodbye Johnny(*)/ Run Through The Jungle(*)/ John Hardy(*)/ The Lie/ Fire Of Love/ Black Train/ Cool Drink Of Water/ Death Party(*)/ Sex Beat(*)/ Fire Spirit(*)/ Heebies Jeebies(*)/ The House On Highland Ave(*)/ Disco Inferno(*).

Photo: Scan of xerox. Credit unknown.

Note: (*) broadcast by Dutch KRO FM radio on the 'Rocktempel' show.


Amsterdam 17-Apr-83

17-Apr-83
NL Amsterdam,Paradiso
[with Sturm und Drang]

Setlist: The Lie/ Fire Spirit/.. and more...

Photo 1: Credit Lex Van Rossen/MAI. Sourced from Gettyimages/Referns music archives.

Photo 2: Screen capture from TV broadcast.

Poster: Photo of poster.

Note: Above tracks broadcast on 20-Apr-83 by Dutch VPRO TV, on the "Hotel Suburbia" program presented by Jan Eilander. Also includes an interview with Jeffrey and Patricia, of which the audio part together with "The Lie" and "Fire Spirit" is available on the "The Life And Times Of Jeffrey Lee Pierce" 4CD Box Set (Retro Deluxe 2008). Available on the "Moonlight Motel" bootleg LP (1985), "Enigma Of Desire" bootleg LP (2000) and "Moonlight Motel" official CD/LP (Cleopatra Records 2014).


UK tour Apr-83

19-Apr-83
UK Leeds,Warehouse
[with The Sisters Of Mercy]

Ad: Taken from a UK mag April 1983, courtesy of Matti A.


Manchester 20-Apr-83

20-Apr-83
UK Manchester,Hacienda
[with The Sisters Of Mercy]

Setlist: Strange Fruit/ Fire Of Love/ Run Through The Jungle/ John Hardy/ The Lie/ Black Train/ Cool Drink Of Water/ Fire Spirit/ Death Party/ Sex Beat/ Goodbye Johnny/ Texas Serenade/ Heebies Jeebies/ Disco Inferno.

Photo: Screen capture from DVD.

Ad: Scan of ad taken from UK mag.

Note: Available on the "Live At The Hacienda 1983/1984" DVD (Cherry Red 2006).


Norwich 21-Apr-83

21-Apr-83
UK Norwich,Gala Ballroom
[with The Sisters Of Mercy]

Ticket: Scan of ticket.


22-Apr-83
UK Newcastle,Dingwalls
[with The Sisters Of Mercy]

Setlist: Strange Fruit/ Fire Of Love/ Run Through The Jungle/ John Hardy/ The Lie/ Black Train/ Cool Drink Of Water/ Fire Spirit/ Death Party/ Sex Beat/ Goodbye Johnny.


Sheffield 21-Apr-83

23-Apr-83
UK Sheffield,Dingwalls

Ad: Scan of ad.

Note: Without the Sisters of Mercy as support. "At Sheffield they were joined on stage for half the set by the legendary Dancing Tarantulas, a bunch of pinheads who dance to records, thus giving Jeffrey the opportunity for a sitdown" (from an article by Kris Needs for Flexipop magazine 1983).


London 24-Apr-83

24-Apr-83
UK London,The Lyceum
[with The Sisters Of Mercy, New Model Army, Joolz, Sex Beat]

Setlist: Strange Fruit/ Fire Of Love/ Run Through The Jungle/ John Hardy/ The Lie/ Black Train/ Cool Drink Of Water/ Fire Spirit/ Death Party/ Sex Beat/ Goodbye Johnny/ The House On Highland Ave/ Texas Serenade/ Heebie Jeebies/ Disco Inferno.

Ad: Scan taken from a UK mag April 1983. Scan of another ad .


25-Apr-83
UK Brighton,Xtreems Club

Setlist: Strange Fruit/ Fire Of Love/ Run Through The Jungle/ John Hardy/ The Lie/ Black Train/ Cool Drink Of Water/ Fire Spirit/ Death Party/ Sex Beat/ Goodbye Johnny/ ..and more.

Note: Last date of the 2 month European tour. Drummer Dee Pop switched to vocals and Jim Duckworth to drums for the encore. "Fire Of Love" available on the "The Life And Times Of Jeffrey Lee Pierce" 4CD Box Set (Retro Deluxe 2008).


May 1983. Jeffrey takes a holiday in Paris with his girlfriend Clayton Clark (who made the "Death Party" EP cover).


San Francisco 20-Jun-83

20-Jun-83
US CA,San Francisco,I-Beam
[with Los Black Athletes]

Flyer: Photo of flyer.


Phoenix 22-Jun-83

22-Jun-83
US AZ,Phoenix,DecaDance Nightclubette

Flyer: Scan of flyer courtesy of Matti.


xx-xxx-83
US AZ,Phoenix,The Mason Jar


Seattle 24-Jun-83

24-Jun-83
US WA,Seattle,Metropolis
[with U-Men]

Photo: Credit © Michael Leach (from www.bestrockphotos.com). Used with kind permission.

Flyer: Photo of flyer.


07-Jul-83
US LA,New Orleans,Tipitina's

Setlist: Strange Fruit/ Fire Of Love/ John Hardy/ The Lie/ Stranger In Your Town/ Black Train/ Cool Drink Of Water/ Eternally Is Here/ Moonlight Motel/ She's Like Heroin to Me/ Death Party/ Sex Beat/ Texas Serenade/ Goodbye Johnny/ A Love Supreme.


09-Jul-83
US GA,Atlanta,688 Club
[with Kilkenny Cats]


Ann Arbor 14-Jul-83

14-Jul-83
US MI,Ann Arbor,Big Beat

Ad/review: Scan from newspaper.

Note: Big Beat was located above the Heidelberg restaurant, a German restaurant on 215 North Main street.


xx-xxx-83
US FL,Miami,-

xx-xxx-83
US TN,Memphis,-

xx-xxx-83
US PA,Philadelphia,-

Note: At the Philadelphia show, because Jeff had missed his flight, vocal duties are taken by Dee Pop, Ben Vaughn [Ben Vaughn Combo] and the guy from support the support band.


New York City 22-Jul-83

22-Jul-83
US NY,New York City,Peppermint Lounge
[with Violent Femmes]

Setlist: (partial) Sex Beat/ Texas Serenade/ Goodbye Johnny/ Death Party/ Black Train/ Cool Drink Of Water/ A Love Supreme.

Review: Review taken from Dangerous Rhythms Issue #3, December 1983.


San Francisco 23-Jul-83

23-Jul-83
US CA,San Francisco,On Broadway

Flyer: Photo of flyer.


Toronto 02-Aug-83

02-Aug-83
CA ON,Toronto,The Upper Lip

03-Aug-83
CA ON,Toronto,The Upper Lip

Flyer: Reproduction of flyer taken from the booklet of the "Death Party" 2CD (Cooking Vinyl 2009).

Tickets: Xerox of ticket for August 2nd show. Scan of ticket for the August 3rd show, courtesy of Frank M.

Note: Opening bands at one of the above shows are The 10 Commandments and Living Proof.


Minneapolis 07-Aug-83

07-Aug-83
US MN,Minneapolis,First Ave
[support for Alan Vega]

Photo: Credit Gary Smith.

Calendar: Scan of calendar.

Ad: Scan of ad courtesy of Jim F.


11-Aug-83
US CA,Los Angeles,Club Lingerie
[with Tex & The Horseheads and The Joneses]


Boston 19-Aug-83

19-Aug-83
US MA,Boston,The Rat
[with The Plugz]

20-Aug-83
US MA,Boston,The Rat
[with The Del Fuegos]

Ad: Photo of ad.


xx-Aug-83
US MI,Detroit,Hamtramck,Paycheck's Lounge

Note: Dee Pop confirmed (in an email to me) that his last show with the Gun Club was @ Paycheck's Lounge.


August 1983. Dee Pop leaves the band.


02-Sep-83
NL Amsterdam,Paradiso
[with Violent Femmes]

Note: Cancelled at the last moment, due to (booking) agent issues.


Rotterdam 03-Sep-83

03-Sep-83
NL Rotterdam,De Doelen
Pandora's Music Box Festival

Flyer: Scan of front cover of the official festival booklet.

Note: Cancelled at the last moment, due to (booking) agent issues.


London 08-Sep-83

08-Sep-83
UK London,The Lyceum
[with Violent Femmes and Beast]

Ad: Taken from a UK mag Sep-83, courtesy of Matti A.

Note: Cancelled at the last moment, due to (booking) agent issues.


September 1983. Terry Graham returns, for a couple of shows only.
(After all, he had to return to be able to quit again.)


Line-up #3C (New York: September 1983):
Jeffrey Lee Pierce (vocals)/Jim Duckworth (guitar)/Patricia Morrison (bass) and Terry Graham (drums).

Music Machine 15-Sep-83

15-Sep-83
US CA,Los Angeles-Santa Monica,Music Machine

Review: Scan of article taken from the Los Angeles Times, 19-Sep-83.

Note: This show was either preceded and/or followed by a few more shows in the Los Angeles area.


23-Sep-83
US CA,Los Angeles-Hollywood,Cathay De Grande

Setlist: Strange Fruit/ Fire Of Love/ She's Like Heroin To Me/ The Lie/ Walking With The Beast/ Sleeping In Blood City/ Moonlight Motel/ Death Party/ Sex Beat/ Texas Serenade/ Goodbye Johnny.


Australia Sep/Oct-83

September 1983. The "Fire Of Love" album had been released in Australia on Big Time Records. On the verge of the Australian tour, at San Francisco airport, Jim Duckworth and Terry Graham leave the band. Jeffrey gets on his flight to Melbourne. Patricia Morrison takes hers as well, but arrives a day later. In the meantime Spencer P.Jones [later in Beasts of Bourbon] and Billy Pommer Jr., both of Australian band The Johnnys, are hired for the live band. Jeffrey calls Kid Congo, who by then had just left The Cramps, to re-join The Gun Club. Kid flies in from Los Angeles and arrives in Australia on 30-Sep-83. Back in the US, Terry Graham joins The Leaving Trains and records with them for their "Well Down Blue Highway" album.

Ad: Scan of ad from RAM magazine September 1983.


27-Sep-83
AU Adelaide,Norwood Town Hall

Note: Re-scheduled to 14-Oct-83.


Melbourne 28-Sep-83

28-Sep-83
AU Melbourne-Kew,Prospect Hill Hotel

Setlist: Mean Old Train/ I'm Lonesome (Lonely Old Sun)/ Not Supposed To Be That Way/ Secret Fires/ Run Through The Jungle/ Moonlight Motel(+)/ Mother Of Earth(+)/ The House On Highland Ave/ My Man's Gone Now/ Brother And Sister/ Carry Home/ Black Train/ Lost Highway/ John Hardy/ Hello Walls.

Poster: Photo of poster.

Note: Jeffrey Lee Pierce solo on acoustic guitar. "Hello Walls" available on the "Danse Kalinda Boom-9 Lives #4" 2CD (Flow Records 2006). (+) available on the "The Life And Times Of Jeffrey Lee Pierce" 4CD Box Set (Retro Deluxe 2008).


September 1983. Spencer P.Jones [later in Beasts of Bourbon] and Billy Pommer Jr. of Australian band The Johnnys, and big Gun Club fans, were drafted in the band.


Line-up #4A (Australia: 29-Sep-83):
Jeffrey Lee Pierce (vocals/guitar)/Patricia Morrison (bass)/Spencer P.Jones (guitar) and Billy Pommer Jr.(drums).

29-Sep-83
AU Melbourne-Geelong,Eureka Hotel
[with The Johnnys]

Setlist: Strange Fruit/ Moonlight Motel/ Run Through The Jungle/ Brother and Sister/ The House On Highland Avenue/ Cool Drink Of Water/ A Love Supreme/ .. and more..

Note: Above tracks available on the "Danse Kalinda Boom-9 Lives #4" 2CD (Flow Records 2006).


Line-up #4B (Australia: September 1983 - October 1983):
Jeffrey Lee Pierce (vocals)/Kid Congo Powers (guitar)/Patricia Morrison (bass)/Spencer P.Jones (guitar) and Billy Pommer Jr.(drums).

Melbourne 30-Sep-83

30-Sep-83
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,Seaview Ballroom
[with The Johnnys and Painters & Dockers]

Ad: Scan of xerox of Australian tour ad.

Interview: Scan of article taken from The Age 30-Sep-83.


01-Oct-83
AU Melbourne-St.Kilda,Seaview Ballroom
[with The Corpse Grinders & Tombstone Hands]

Setlist: Strange Fruit/ Moonlight Motel/ Run Through The Jungle/ Brother and Sister/ The Lie/ Fire Of Love/ Death Party/ Jack On Fire/ Sex Beat/ For The Love Of Ivy/ The House On Highland Ave/ Cool Drink Of Water/ A Love Supreme.


Melbourne 02-Oct-83

02-Oct-83
AU Melbourne,University
[with Plays With Marionettes]

Photo: Credit Wayne O'Farrell.

Note: Organised by 3RRR FM-radio.


04-Oct-83
AU Canberra,Australian National University (ANU)

Note: Organised by 2XX FM radio.


Sydney 05-Oct-83

05-Oct-83
AU Sydney-Surry Hills,Trade Union Club
[with The Celibate Rifles]

Photo: Credit David Laing.

Ad: Scan of ad from Sydney Morning Herald September,1983.

Article: Scan of article by Stuart Coupe from Sydney Morning Herald 02-Oct-83.

Article: Scan from a review by Rob Miller published in On The Street October,1983.


Sydney 06-Oct-83

06-Oct-83
AU Sydney-Surry Hills,Trade Union Club
[with the Scientists]

Photo: Credit David Laing.

Article: Article written by Stuart Coupe, taken from The Sydney Morning Herald 02-Oct-83.


07-Oct-83
AU Sydney,Manly Vale Hotel
[with The Hoodoo Gurus]


Sydney 08-Oct-83

08-Oct-83
AU Miranda,Miranda Hotel-Carmens
[with Hoi Polloi]

Setlist: Moonlight Motel/ Brother and Sister/.. and more..

Flyer: Photo of flyer.

Note: Above tracks available on the "The Life And Times Of Jeffrey Lee Pierce" 4CD Box Set (Retro Deluxe 2008).


09-Oct-83
AU Brisbane,Variety Club/Whispers


12-Oct-83
AU Sydney,Paddington Green Hotel
[with King Congo From The Cramps]


14-Oct-83
AU Adelaide,Norwood Town Hall
[with The Spikes]

Setlist: Strange Fruit/ Moonlight Motel/ Run Through The Jungle/ Brother and Sister/ Cool Drink Of Water/ The Lie/ Fire Of Love/ Death Party/ Jack On Fire/ Sex Beat/ For The Love Of Ivy/ The House On Highland Ave/ A Love Supreme.


15-Oct-83
AU Melbourne-South Yarra,Her Majesty's Nightspot (aka Macy's)


16-Oct-83
AU Melbourne-Collingwood,The Club

Setlist: The Lie/ Fire Of Love/ Death Party/ Jack On Fire/ Sex Beat/ For The Love Of Ivy/...and more..

Note: Above tracks available on the "Danse Kalinda Boom-9 Lives #4" 2CD (Flow Records 2006).


Sydney 23-Oct-83

23-Oct-83
AU Sydney-Surry Hills,Strawberry Hill Hotel (formerly The Southern Cross Hotel)

Ad: Reproduction taken from "Inner City Sound", a book by Clinton Walker (Verse Chorus Press 2005).

Photo: Photo credit Edwin Garland.

Note: Because the promotor had kept most of the money from the tour the band organised, without his knowledge, a mystery show. This was to be the last show of the tour. They did a crazy set and many of the audience ended up on stage.


November 1983. Terry Graham joins for the 3rd and final time. Around this time Jeffrey begins playing rhythm and lead guitar on stage to make up for the departure of Jim Duckworth.


The Gun Club Line-up #4C.
(clockwise from bottom left) Kid Congo Powers, Terry Graham, Patricia Morisson and Jeffrey Lee Pierce.


Line-up #4C (November 1983 - October 1984):
Jeffrey Lee Pierce (vocals/guitar)/Kid Congo Powers (guitar)/Patricia Morrison (bass) and Terry Graham (drums).

19-Nov-83
US CA,Santa Monica,The Music Machine
[with the Romans]

Setlist: Lost Highway/ Moonlight Motel/ Bad Indian/ Brother and Sister/ Bad America/ Walkin' With The Beast/ Preaching The Blues/ Jack On Fire/ Death Party/ Sleeping In Blood City/ For The Love Of Ivy/ A Love Supreme.


25-Nov-83
IT Roma,Teatro Palladium

Setlist: Lost Highway/ Moonlight Motel/ Bad Indian/ Bad America/ Walkin' With The Beast/ Preaching The Blues/ Sleeping In Blood City/ Fire Of Love/ Death Party/ Sex Beat/ For The Love Of Ivy/ A Love Supreme.


26-Nov-83
IT Firenze-Campi Bisenzio,Discoteca Manila

Setlist: Lost Highway(*)/ Moonlight Motel(*)/ Bad Indian(*)/ Bad America(*)/ Brother and Sister(*)/ Walkin' With The Beast(*)/ Preaching The Blues/ Sleeping in Blood City/ Fire of Love/ Death Party/ Sex Beat(*)/ For The Love Of Ivy(*)/ A Love Supreme.

Note: (*) Tracks available on the "Destroy The Country" bootleg LP (Not Just Jazz records 1984) and "Destroy The Country" official CD/LP (Cleopatra 2014).


27-Nov-83
IT Venezia,-


28-Nov-83
IT Imola,Vinavil Club

Setlist: Lost Highway/ Moonlight Motel/ Bad Indian/ Black Train/ Bad America/ Walkin' With The Beast/ Preachin' The Blues/ Sleeping In Blood City(+)/ Fire Of Love(+)/ Death Party(+)/ For The Love Of Ivy(+)/ A Love Supreme(+).

Note: "Lost Highway" is a Hank Williams song. (+)Tracks 1-4,6 on the "Love Supreme" semi-legit LP album (Offense, France). (+)Tracks 13-16,18 on the "Death Party" semi-legit CD album (Revenge, France). "Sleeping In Blood City" is titled "Lost Highway" on these releases.


29-Nov-83
IT Milano,Plastic club


Bergamo 30-Nov-83

30-Nov-83
IT Bergamo,Cinema Nuovo

Flyer: Photo of flyer.


01-Dec-83
IT Fiorenzuola d'Arda,Discoteca My Way

0x-Dec-83
IT Rimini,-

03-Dec-83
IT Nove,Palestra Comunale


London 04-Dec-83

04-Dec-83
UK London,The Lyceum
[with The Moodists, Alien Sex Fiend and Flesh For Lulu]

Setlist: Om/ Bo Diddley's A Gunslinger/ Walking With The Beast/ Bad Indian/ Moonlight Motel/ Bad America/ The House On Highland Ave/ Preaching The Blues/ Fire Of Love/ Death Party/ Sleeping In Blood City/ For The Love of Ivy/ A Love Supreme.

Poster: Photo of poster.

Review: Scan taken from Sounds mag 17-Dec-83 courtesy of the 'fearless Finnish fanatic'!

Note: "Om" and "A Love Supreme" are John Coltrane tracks.


06-Dec-83
UK Leeds,The Warehouse

Setlist: Lost Highway/ Moonlight Motel/ She's Like Heroin To Me/ Bad Indian/ The House On Highland Ave/ Bad America/ Preaching The Blues/ Fire Of Love/ Death Party/ Wipe Out/ Ghost On The Highway/ Sex Beat/ Sleeping In Blood City/ A Love Supreme.


Manchester 07-Dec-83

07-Dec-83
UK Manchester,Hacienda Club
[with Lavolta Lakta]

Setlist: Lost Highway/ Moonlight Motel/ Bad Indian/ The House On Highland Ave/ Bad America/ Preaching The Blues/ Sleeping In Blood City/ Fire Of Love/ Death Party/ For The Love of Ivy/ A Love Supreme/..and more...

Photo: Credit Martin O'Neill. Sourced from Gettyimages/Referns music archives. Screen capture from DVD.

Ad: Scan of ad taken from UK mag.

Note: Above tracks available on the "Fire Of Love" DVD (Cherry Red 2007).


New York City 09-Dec-83

09-Dec-83
US NY,New York City,Peppermint Lounge
[with Paleface]

Review: Scan taken from Trouser Press March 1984.


Boston 10-Dec-83

10-Dec-83
US MA,Boston,The Rat Club
[with The Del Fuegos]

Ad: Scan from the Boston Phoenix 06-Dec-83.


13-Dec-83
US FL,Miami,-


San Francisco 30-Dec-83

30-Dec-83
US CA,San Francisco,On Broadway

Setlist: Lost Highway(+)/ Moonlight Motel(+)/ Bad Indian/ Texas Serenade/ Bad America(+)/ Preaching The Blues(+)/ Fire Of Love/ Death Party/ Sleeping In Blood City/ For The Love Of Ivy.

Photo: Photo of flyer.

Note: (+)available on the "The Life And Times Of Jeffrey Lee Pierce" 4CD Box Set (Retro Deluxe 2008).






1984
The year in which the "The Las Vegas Story" album is recorded and released. Terry Graham leaves the band for good in October. The Gun Club make London their new home.

14-Jan-84
US CA,Santa Monica,Music Machine


Vancouver 19-Jan-84

19-Jan-84
CA BC,Vancouver,Commodore Ballroom

Photo: Credit Rob Gander . Used with kind permission.


Vancouver 19-Jan-84

20-Jan-84
US WA,Seattle,Norway Center,Auditorium

Poster: Photo of poster.


Portland 21-Jan-84

21-Jan-84
US OR,Portland,Starry Night Club
[with Napalm Beach]

Poster: Photo of poster.


xx-xxx-84
US MI,East Lansing,Rick's American Cafe


03-Mar-84
UK Release of "The Birth,The Death,The Ghost" live LP (ABC Records).


From March till September 1984 Jeffrey is living with Kid at his place on Sunset & Western, East Hollywood.


March/April 1984
US CA,Hollywood,Ocean Way Recording studios,recording and mixing sessions for the "The Las Vegas Story" album. Engineered by Mark Ettel. Assistant engineer is Judy Clapp. Produced by Jeff Eyrich. Tracks recorded are: The Las Vegas Story/ Walkin' With The Beast (version 2)/ Eternally Is Here/ The Stranger In Our Town/ My Dreams/ Secret Fires/ (The Creator Has A) Master Plan/ My Man's Gone Now/ Bad America/ Moonlight Motel/ Give Up The Sun. Dave Alvin (of The Blasters) plays guitar on "Eternally Is Here" and "Stranger In Our Town".

Expat UK punk Billy Idol [Generation X] visits often and invites the band to open for him at the 12,000-seater Long Beach,Arena.


San Francisco 16-Mar-84

16-Mar-84
US CA,San Francisco,On Broadway
[with Faith No More?]

Setlist: Bo Diddley's A Gunslinger/ Death Party/.. and more..

Flyer: Photo of flyer.

Note: Above tracks available on the "The Life And Times Of Jeffrey Lee Pierce" 4CD Box Set (Retro Deluxe 2008).


Fullerton 18-Mar-84

18-Mar-84
US CA,Fullerton,Ichabod's
[with Blood On The Saddle and Convicted]

Flyer: Photo of flyer.


19-Mar-84
US CA,Long Beach,Arena
[support for Billy Idol]

24-Mar-84
US CA,Los Angeles,Club Lingerie
[with Blood On The Saddle, Phast Phreddie & thee Precisions]

Note: At the Long Beach show, in support for Billy Idol, the band is booed and pelted with coins to which Jeffrey responds by sticking his arse out and getting himself thrown off stage.


San Francisco 09-Apr-84

09-Apr-84
US CA,San Francisco,I-Beam
[with Yo]

Flyer: Photo of flyer.


Santa Monica 13-Apr-84

13-Apr-84
US CA,Santa Monica,Music Machine
[with The Sex Donkeys, The Seaweed Sandcrabs, Feminists, Straight Edge]

Setlist: Eternally Is Here/ Brother and Sister/ Bad America/ Give Up The Sun/ Walking With The Beast/ Fire of Love/ Death Party/ She's Like Heroin To Me/ Jack On Fire/ A Love Supreme.

Ad: Scan of xerox of ad courtesy of Matti A.


08-May-84
US CA,Reseda,Be Bop Records
[with Exene Cervenka, Henry Rollins,..]

Note: Jeffrey Lee Pierce's first(?) reading. He's reading from his Italian '83 tour diary.


Santa Monica 30-May-84

30-May-84
US CA,Santa Monica,Texas Records

Flyer: Scan of flyer courtesy of Matti A.


07-Jun-84
US CA,Santa Monica,Music Machine
[with Violent Femmes, Legal Weapon, Six Gun Method]


Las Vegas 22-Jun-84

22-Jun-84
US NV,Las Vegas,Old Vegas
[with Blood On The Saddle]

Flyer: Taken from "Fucked Up and Photocopied", a book by Bryan R. Turcotte and Chris Miller.


Santa Monica 23-Jun-84

23-Jun-84
US CA,Santa Monica,Music Machine
[with Blood On The Saddle, Beat Farmers and Die Schlaflosen]

Setlist: (partial) Walking With The Beast/ A Love Supreme.

Ad: Scan of xerox of ad courtesy of Matti A.

Note: Kid's amp catches fire during this show. Henry Rollins, who had been babysitting The Bad Seeds all day ends up with (Bad Seeds members) Blixa Bargeld, Mick Harvey and Hugo Race at the Gun Club's concert. "They [The Gun Club] stank. Mostly because Jeffrey was so shit-faced he couldn't play. They did a good version of 'Walking With The Beast'. Blixa [Bargeld] is falling down at this point. I'm holding him up. He starts waltzing with me [Henry Rollins]. It's great." (from "Get In The Van", a book by Henry Rollins).

"Jeffrey is a little under the bottle on this evening and he missed the mic as often as not and insisted on doing a very painful horn solo. I think it was then that Blixa and I started waltzing around the room". (from "Fanatic!", a book by Henry Rollins).


25-Jun-84
US/UK Release of "The Las Vegas Story" LP album (Animal/Chrysalis Records).


04-Jul-84
US CA,San Francisco,Fox Warfield Theatre
[support for Siouxsie & The Banshees]


San Francisco 06-Jul-84

06-Jul-84
US CA,San Francisco,Mabuhay Gardens
[with Drunk Injuns, Our Lady of Pain, Napalm Beach]

Flyer: Photo of flyer. Alternative flyer .


Santa Monica 07-Jul-84

07-Jul-84
US CA,Santa Monica,Civic Auditorium
[support for Siouxsie & The Banshees]

Flyer: Photo of flyer.


Los Angeles 13-Jul-84

13-Jul-84
US CA,Los Angeles,Club Lingerie
[with Mau Mau's and Scoundrelz]

Flyer: Photo of flyer.


Santa Monica 28-Jul-84

28-Jul-84
US CA,Santa Monica,Music Machine
[with The Leaving Trains, Shadow Minstrels, Endless Banana]

Setlist: (partial) Walkin With The Beast/ Like Calling Up Thunder/ Stranger In Our Town/ A Love Supreme.

Flyer: Photo of flyer.

Note: Endless Banana has Johnny Nation [ex- Bags, ex- The Cyclones and Lydia Lunch's 13.13] on vocals and guitar.


Chicago 02-Aug-84

02-Aug-84
US IL,Chicago,The Metro
[with Bad Manners]

Flyer: Photo of flyer.


03-Aug-84
US MI,Detroit,Todd's


Ann Arbor 05-Aug-84

05-Aug-84
US MI,Ann Arbor,The Blind Pig Café
[with Grief Factory]

Flyer: Photo of flyer.


Milwaukee 06-Aug-84

06-Aug-84
US WI,Milwaukee,Teddy's
[with Dummy Club]

Flyer: Photo of flyer.


Rochester 08-Aug-84

08-Aug-84
US NY,Rochester,Scorgies

Setlist: Hey Juana/ Brother and Sister/ Walkin' With the Beast/ Eternally is Here/ Stranger In Our Town/ Moonlight Motel/ JLP trumpet solo/ Fire of Love/ JLP trumpet solo (dedicated to Fats Navarro)/ Preachin' The Blues(*)/ Like Calling Up Thunder(*)/ Sleeping In Blood City/ Goodbye Johnny/ House on Highland Ave/ Give Up The Sun.

Flyer: Photo of flyer.

Note: (*) Tracks can be downloaded from the Scorgies blog. Jeffrey 'plays' trumpet during this show.


Toronto 09-Aug-84

09-Aug-84
CA ON,Toronto,Larry's Hideaway
[with The 10 Commandments]

Note: Fan account: "Ugh, they were horrible. Jeffrey Lee Pierce was drunk and couldn't play the clarinet (or whatever it was). For about twenty minutes, they held it together, and lapsed back into chaos."

Poster: Scan of poster, courtesy of Frank M.

Ticket: Scan of ticket.


London 10-Aug-84

10-Aug-84
CA ON,London,Mingles
[with Forgotten Rebels]

Flyer: Photo of flyer.


xx-Aug-84
US NY,New York City,Pyramid Club


14-Aug-84
US NJ,Bloomfield,The Jetty

Setlist: Hey Juana/ Brother and Sister/ Walking With The Beast/ Eternally Is Here/ Stranger In Our Town/ Bad America/ Preaching The Blues/ Fire of Love/ Moonlight Motel/ Sleeping In Blood City/ Goodbye Johnny.


16-Aug-84
US OH,Cleveland,Pop Shop

Setlist: (partial) Brother and Sister/ Walkin' With the Beast/ Eternally is Here/ Stranger In Our Town/ .. and encore: Bo Diddley's A Gunslinger (*) .

Note: (*)with on guest guitar Bryan Gregory (formerly of The Cramps), at the time living in Cleveland and having a band named Beast.


Newport 17-Aug-84

17-Aug-84
US KY,Newport,Jockey Club

Flyer: Photo of flyer.


Columbus 18-Aug-84

18-Aug-84
US OH,Columbus,Crazy Mama's

Flyer: Photo of flyer.


Westport 21-Aug-84

21-Aug-84
US MO,Westport,The Lone Star
[with The Yard Apes]

Flyer: Photo of flyer.


Lawrence 23-Aug-84

23-Aug-84
US KS,Lawrence,The Opera House
[with The Pagan Idols and The Pedal Jets]

Flyer: Photo of flyer.

Note: Jeffrey meets up with William S. Burroughs at his Sears Kit House in Lawrence.


Dallas 25-Aug-84

25-Aug-84
US TX,Dallas,The Twilite Room
[with Western Alliance]

Flyer: Photo of flyer.


Dallas 2x-Aug-84

2x-Aug-84
US TX,Dallas,Ground Zero

Flyer: Photo of flyer.


xx-Aug-84
US TX,Dallas,Liberty Hall

xx-Aug-84
US TX,Austin,Continental Club


Atlanta 31-Aug-84

31-Aug-84
US GA,Atlanta,40 Watt Club
[with Kilkenny Cats]

Flyer: Photo of flyer.


Atlanta 01-Sep-84

01-Sep-84
US GA,Atlanta,688 Club
[with Kilkenny Cats]

Flyer: Photo of flyer.


Nashville 02-Sep-84

02-Sep-84
US TE,Nashville,Cantrells
[with Raging Fire]

Flyer: Photo of flyer.

Review: Review from unknown magazine.


06-Sep-84
US NY,Long Island,Roslyn,My Father's Place

Setlist: Hey Juana/ Brother and Sister/ Bad Indian/ Sex Beat/ Eternally Is Here/ Bad America/ Stranger In Your Town/ Preaching The Blues/ Fire of Love/ Sleeping In Blood City/ Goodbye Johnny/ Give Up The Sun.


07-Sep-84
US DC,Washington,9:30 Club
[with Crippled Pilgrims]

08-Sep-84
US NY,New York City,Ritz
[with The Dream Syndicate]


11-Sep-84
US RI,Providence,The Living Room

Setlist: Hey Juana/ Eternally Is Here/ Stranger In Our Town/ Bad Indian/ Sex Beat/ My Dreams/ Bad America/ Preaching The Blues/ Moonlight Motel/ Goodbye Johnny/ Give Up The Sun.


13-Sep-84
US NJ,New Haven,Café Grotto


Buffalo 14-Sep-84

14-Sep-84
US NY,Buffalo,State College,Uptown Auditorium
[with Lydia Lunch]

Poster: Courtesy of David M.

Note: Jeff plays alto sax for most of the set. This is the final date of the tour. During the show their touring van is broken into and all their equipment is stolen. Before the start of the European tour Kid buys a new guiter, a Fender Squier, in London.


September 1984. Jeffrey and Kid leave Los Angeles and move to Berlin and later to London.


21-Sep-84
NL Leiden,LVC

Setlist: Give Up The Sun/ She's Like Heroin To Me/ House On Highland Ave/ Moonlight Motel.

Note: Listed above are the last 4 tracks. Jeffrey also 'played' trumpet during this concert.


Rotterdam 22-Sep-84

22-Sep-84
NL Rotterdam,De Doelen,Grote Box
Pandora's Music Box festival
[with Tom Verlaine, John Cale, Johnny Thunders, The Fall, Pete Shelley,..]

Setlist: Brother and Sister/ Sex Beat/ Bad Indian(*)/ Eternally Is Here(+)(*)/ Bad America(+)(*)/ Stranger In Our Town(+)(*)(-)/ Gila Monster,New Mexico-Preaching The Blues(+)(*)(-)/ Fire Of Love(*)/ Sleeping In Blood City(+)/ Goodbye Johnny(+)/ Give Up The Sun(+)/ She's Like Heroin To Me(*).

Photo: Credit Ad de Wit.

Dressingroom index: Photo of index.

Note: (+) released on the "Danse Kalinda Boom" album. (*) Broadcast by Dutch VPRO/VARA FM radio and released on the "Moonlight Motel" bootleg LP (1985), "Enigma Of Desire" bootleg LP (2000) and "Moonlight Motel" official CD/LP (Cleopatra Records 2014).. (-) Also available on "The Life And Times Of Jeffrey Lee Pierce" 4CD Box Set (Retro Deluxe 2008). Murray Mitchell is their roadie on this tour. Murray used to be Siouxsie and the Banshees' roadie, he was also guitarist in Lydia Lunch's 13.13 live band and on her "Honeymoon in Red" album. He's enlisted in Kid's Fur Bible band in 1985 and in February/March 1985 he will join Jeffrey's "Wildweed" album recording sessions.


Deinze 23-Sep-84

23-Sep-84
BE Deinze,Brielpoort
Futurama festival
[with Shriekback, Tom Verlaine, The Sound, The Scientists,..]

Setlist: Brother and Sister/ Sex Beat/ Bad Indian/ Eternally Is Here/ Bad America/ Stranger In Our Town/ Preaching The Blues/ Fire Of Love/ Sleeping In Blood City/ Goodbye Johnny/ The House On Highland Ave/ She's Like Heroin To Me.

Poster: Photo of poster.

Note: Partial broadcast on Belgian BRT TV on the Villa Tempo program on 26-Oct-84.


Germany Sep-84

24-Sep-84
DE Frankfurt,Batschkapp

Setlist: Brother and Sister/ Sex Beat/ Moonlight Motel/ Eternally Is Here/ Bad America/ Stranger In Our Town/ Preaching The Blues/ Fire Of Love/ Sleeping In Blood City/ Goodbye Johnny/ My Dreams/ Give Up The Sun/ Bo Diddley's A Gunslinger.

Poster: Photo of generic tour poster courtesy of Matti A.


München 25-Sep-84

25-Sep-84
DE München,Alabamahalle

Setlist: Eternally Is Here/ Sex Beat/ Moonlight Motel/ My Dreams/ Bad America/ Stranger In Our Town/ Preaching The Blues/ Fire Of Love/ Like Calling Up Thunder/ Sleeping In Blood City/ Goodbye Johnny/ The House On Highland Ave/ Give Up The Sun/ Black Train/ A Love Supreme.

Ticket: Scan of ticket courtesy of Ingrid.


26-Sep-84
DE Stuttgart,Maxim

Setlist: Eternally Is Here/ Brother and Sister/ Sex Beat/ Moonlight Motel/ My Dreams/ Bad America/ Stranger In Our Town/ Preaching The Blues/ Fire Of Love/ Sleeping In Blood City/ Goodbye Johnny/ The House On Highland Ave/ Black Train/ A Love Supreme.


Bochum 28-Sep-84

28-Sep-84
DE Bochum,Zeche

Ticket: Scan of ticket courtesy of Ger P.


29-Sep-84
DE Bremen,Schlachthof

Setlist: Moonlight Motel/ Sex Beat/ Eternally Is Here/ Bad America/ Stranger In Our Town/ Preaching The Blues/ Fire Of Love/ Sleeping In Blood City/ Like Calling Up Thunder/ Goodbye Johnny/ A Love Supreme/ Louie Louie.


amburg 30-Sep-84

30-Sep-84
DE Hamburg,Markthalle

Setlist: Eternally Is Here/ Brother And Sister/ Sex Beat/ Moonlight Motel/ My Dreams/ Bad America/ Stranger In Our Town/ Preaching The Blues/ Fire Of Love/ Like Calling Up Thunder/ Sleeping In Blood City/ Goodbye Johnny/ A Love Supreme.

Ad: Scan of ad from Oxmox magazine courtesy of Martin L.


Münster 01-Oct-84

01-Oct-84
DE Paderborn,WDR/WWF TV, Music Convoy
[with The Dream Syndicate, Pete Shelley and Jethro Tull]
(afternoon)

Setlist: My Dreams.

Photo: Screen capture from TV broadcast.

Note: The band playbacks in the afternoon on the Westdeutschen WerbeFernsehen "Musik Convoy" program. The "Musik Convoy" existed only during 1984-1985. The progam's truck used to visit small towns in Nordrhein Westphalen on a Monday, set up on the marketplace and present local and international bands. Moderated by Alan Bangs and Karin Sarholz.


01-Oct-84
DE Detmold,Honky Dory
(evening)


02-Oct-84
DE Berlin,Metropol

Setlist: Strange Fruit/ Eternally Is Here/ Brother And Sister/ Sex Beat/ Moonlight Motel/ My Dreams/ Bad America/ Like Calling Up Thunder/ Stranger In Our Town/ Preaching The Blues/ Fire Of Love/ Sleeping In Blood City/ Goodbye Johnny/ The House On Highland Ave/ She's Like Heroin To Me/ For The Love Of Ivy.


04-Oct-84
SE Malmö,Stadt Hamburg


05-Oct-84
NO Oslo,Circus

Setlist: Moonlight Motel/ My Dreams/ Fire Of Love/ Like Calling Up Thunder/ Sleeping In Blood City/ Goodbye Johnny/ Black Train/..and more..

Note: Above tracks broadcast by Norwegian FM radio.


Stockholm 06-Oct-84

06-Oct-84
SE Stockholm,Ritz

Photo: Credit © Johan Ödmann (from www.stockholmrockaction.com). Used with kind permission.


København 08-Oct-84

08-Oct-84
DK København,Saltlageret

Setlist: Eternally Is Here/ Brother And Sister/ Sex Beat/ Moonlight Motel/ My Dreams/ Bad America/ Stranger In Our Town/ Preaching The Blues/ Fire Of Love/ Black Train/ Sleeping In Blood City/ Goodbye Johnny/ The House On Highland Ave/ Give Up The Sun/ She's Like Heroin To Me.

Ticket: Photo of ticket courtesy of Peter.


10-Oct-84
NL Den Haag,Paard Van Troje

Setlist: Eternally Is Here/ Brother And Sister/ Sex Beat/ Moonlight Motel/ My Dreams/ Bad America/ Stranger In Our Town/ Preaching The Blues/ Fire Of Love/ Black Train/ Sleeping In Blood City/ Goodbye Johnny/ A Love Supreme/ Give Up The Sun/ Death Party.


11-Oct-84
NL Groningen,Vera


Eindhoven 12-Oct-84

12-Oct-84
NL Eindhoven,Effenaar

Poster: Photo of poster.


Amsterdam 13-Oct-84

13-Oct-84
NL Amsterdam,Paradiso

Setlist: Eternally Is Here/ Brother And Sister/ Moonlight Motel/ Sex Beat/ My Dreams/ Bad America/ Stranger In Our Town/ Preaching The Blues/ Fire Of Love/ Sleeping In Blood City/ Goodbye Johnny/ House On Highland Ave/ Give Up The Sun/ A Love Supreme.

Photo: Credit George Bekker @ seizoensgebonden.blogspot.nl . Used with kind permission.


Newcastle 19-Oct-84

19-Oct-84
UK Newcastle,Channel 4 TV,The Tube TV show

Setlist: Eternally Is Here/ Moonlight Motel.

Photo: Screen capture from TV broadcast.

Note: Broadcast on 24-Oct-84. Available on the "Moonlight Motel" bootleg LP (1985), "Enigma Of Desire" bootleg LP (2000) and "Moonlight Motel" official CD/LP (Cleopatra Records 2014).


Glasgow 20-Oct-84

20-Oct-84
UK Glasgow,Strathclyde University
[with The Primevils]

Setlist: Eternally Is Here/ Brother And Sister/ Sex Beat/ Moonlight Motel/ My Dreams/ Bad America/ Stranger In Our Town/ Preaching The Blues/ Fire Of Love/ Black Train/ Sleeping In Blood City/ Goodbye Johnny/ The House On Highland Ave/ Give Up The Sun.

Poster: Photo of poster of UK tour dates.


Edinburgh 21-Oct-84

21-Oct-84
UK Edinburgh,The Hoochie Coochie Club

Article: Scan of review from Sounds 03-Nov-84 courtesy of Matti A.


Leeds 22-Oct-84

22-Oct-84
UK Leeds,Polytechnic
[with The Scientists]

Setlist: My Dreams/ Bad America/ .. and more...

Ad: Promosheet for The Scientists's "This Heart.." LP release.

Note: Above tracks available on the "The Life And Times Of Jeffrey Lee Pierce" 4CD Box Set (Retro Deluxe 2008).


Nottingham 23-Oct-84

23-Oct-84
UK Nottingham,Rock City
[with The Scientists]

Setlist: Walkin' With The Beast(+)/ Sex Beat/ Moonlight Motel(+)/ Eternally Is Here(+)/ Bad America/ Stranger In Our Town/ Preaching The Blues/ Fire Of Love/ Black Train/ Sleeping In Blood City/ Goodbye Johnny/ A Love Supreme.

Ad: Scan of ad.

Note: Jeffrey plays sax on "Walkin' With The Beast". (+)available on the "The Life And Times Of Jeffrey Lee Pierce" 4CD Box Set (Retro Deluxe 2008).


London 25-Oct-84

25-Oct-84
UK London,Camden,Electric Ballroom
[with The Scientists and Furyo]

Setlist: Eternally Is Here/ Stranger In Our Town/ Walkin' With The Beast/ Sex Beat/ Moonlight Motel/ My Dreams/ Bad America/ Preaching The Blues/ Fire Of Love/ Black Train/ Sleeping In Blood City/ Goodbye Johnny/ Give Up The Sun/ She's Like Heroin To Me.

Review: Taken from the NME 10-Nov-84.

Ticket: Scan of ticket.

Ad: Scan of ad.

Note: Future drummer for the Gun Club, Desi Desperate attends the gig with Chris Carr [PR fundamental in bringing The Saints to the UK and later, The Birthday Party] and Mick Griffiths [of Asgard, Gun Club's booking agency].


Manchester 26-Oct-84

26-Oct-84
UK Manchester,Hacienda Club
[with The Scientists]

Setlist: Hey Juana/ Eternally Is Here/ Stranger In Our Town/ Bad Indian/ Sex Beat/ Brother And Sister/ Bad America/ Preaching The Blues/ Fire Of Love/ Like Calling Up Thunder/ Moonlight Motel/ Goodbye Johnny/ Give Up The Sun/ Sleeping In Blood City.

Photo: Screen capture taken from DVD.

Note: Available on the "Live At The Hacienda 1983/1984" DVD (Cherry Red 2006). During the show the band's touring van was broken into. The band's personal belongings and Terry's Super-8 live video footage (filmed by his then girlfirend Amy) of the tour were stolen.


Loughborough 27-Oct-84

27-Oct-84
UK Loughborough,University
[with The Scientists]

Ad: Photo of ad.


UK tour Oct-84

28-Oct-84
UK Bristol,Bier Keller
[with The Scientists]

Ad: Scan of ad.


Paris 30-Oct-84

30-Oct-84
FR Paris,Palais de la Mutualité
[with La Souris Déglingée]

Setlist: Eternally Is Here/ Sex Beat/ Moonlight Motel/ Brother And Sister/ Stranger In Our Town/ Bad America/ Preaching The Blues/ Fire Of Love/ My Dreams/ Like Calling Up Thunder/ Sleeping In Blood City/ Goodbye Johnny/ The House On Highland Ave/ Give Up The Sun(?).

Ticket: Scan of ticket.

Note: After this show Terry Graham quits the band for good, after he heard from their tour manager that the tour had not made any money at all. With his girlfriend Amy he sneaks out of the hotel at 6 o'clock in the morning, takes the train to Calais (FR), the hovercraft to Dover (UK), the train to London (UK), the flight to New York City (US) from where they drive back to Los Angeles.


Rouen 31-Oct-84

31-Oct-84
FR Rouen,Exo 7

Ticket: Scan of ticket, courtesy of Dominique.

Flyer: Photo flyer , courtesy of Dominique.

Note: For this date Terry Graham is replaced by "some horrible French boy". Also for the next date in France, before Desi steps in, they do 'terrible sets' (all according to Kid).


Orléans 01-Nov-84

01-Nov-84
FR Orléans-Olivet,Le Zig Zag
[with City Kids]

Photo: Credit © Jean Zindel .


November 1984. Desi Desperate (a.k.a. Peter Kablean) takes over on drums, without any rehearsal. Peter used to drum for the Mystery Girls, a band from Slough, England. Later he would drum in Kid and Patricia's band Fur Bible in 1985/86. After Terry Graham left the band, Robert Burnett [Gun Club road manager] telephoned Desi Desperate and sent him a plane ticket to Charles de Gaulle airport. Desi arrived during the Gun Club's set at Le Zig Zag on 01-Nov-84. He meets the band for the first time as they came off stage. (Desi in an email to me).


Line-up #4D (November 1984 - December 1984):
Jeffrey Lee Pierce (vocals/guitar)/Kid Congo Powers (guitar)/Patricia Morrison (bass) and Desi Desperate (drums).

Bordeaux 03-Nov-84

03-Nov-84
FR Bordeaux,Salle des fêtes du Grand Parc
[with Noir Desir]

Ticket: Scan courtesy of Dominique.

Note: First gig with Desi Desparate on drums.


Toulouse 04-Nov-84

04-Nov-84
FR Toulouse,Le Riff

Ticket: Scan of ticket by Didier Belloc, courtesy of Marc Sastre.


Montpellier 05-Nov-84

05-Nov-84
FR Montpellier,Grand Odéon

Ticket: Scan of ticket.


Grenoble 07-Nov-84

07-Nov-84
FR Grenoble-Pont de Clay,Palais des sports,Salle Cazeneuve
[with Pharaons]

Ticket: Scan of ticket courtesy of Pierre Mugnier.


08-Nov-84
FR Lyon,Palais d'hiver,West Side Club

Setlist: Walkin' With The Beast/ Brother And Sister/ Run Through The Jungle/ Moonlight Motel/ The Lie/ John Hardy/ Bad America/ Stranger In Our Town/ Death Party/ Fire Of Love/ Sex Beat/ Jack On Fire/ Louie Louie/ The Twist.

Note: Recorded for Radio-Bellevue FM.


Madrid 13-Nov-84

13-Nov-84
ES Madrid,TVE3,La Edad De Oro TV show

Setlist: Walkin' With The Beast/ Run Through The Jungle/ Moonlight Motel/ The Lie/ interview with the band/ John Hardy/ Bad America/ Death Party/ Fire Of Love/ Sex Beat/ Jack On Fire/ The Twist.

Photo: Screen capture from DVD.

Note: Above tracks available on the "Fire Of Love" DVD (Cherry Red 2007).


xx-Nov-84
ES -,-

Note: A few more shows in Spain.


16-Nov-84
CH Genève,-
[with The Mystics]

Setlist: Walkin' With The Beast/ Brother And Sister/ Run Through The Jungle/ Stranger In Our Town/ Moonlight Motel/ The Lie/ John Hardy/ Bad America/ Death Party-A Love Supreme/ Fire Of Love/ Sex Beat/ Jack On Fire/ Louie Louie/ The Twist/ Bo Diddley's A Gunslinger.


Zürich 18-Nov-84

18-Nov-84
CH Zürich,Rote Fabrik
[with K.O.K. and Liverpool All Stars]

Photo: Credit Arnoldo Steiner, taken from Music Scene 01/1985.


20-Nov-84
FR Strasbourg,Le Loft

Setlist: Walkin' With The Beast/ Run Through The Jungle/ Moonlight Motel/ The Lie/ John Hardy/ Bad America/ Stranger In Our Town/ Death Party/ Fire Of Love/ Sex Beat/ Jack On Fire/ Louie Louie/ The Twist/ House On Highland Ave.

Note: All tracks available on the bonus CD with the "Las Vegas Story" 2CD (Cooking Vinyl 2009).


Netherlands Nov-84

22-Nov-84
NL Leewarden,Theater aan het water

23-Nov-84
NL Utrecht,Tivoli

Setlist: Walkin' With The Beast/ Run Through The Jungle/ Brother And Sister/ Sex Beat/ Jack On Fire/ 96 Tears/.. and more...

24-Nov-84
NL Nijmegen,Doornroosje

Setlist: Eternally Is Here/ Moonlight Motel/ Eternally Is Here (reprise)/ Run Through The Jungle/ Brother And Sister/ The Lie/ John Hardy/ Bad America/ The Stranger In Our Town/ Walkin' With The Beast/ Fire Of Love/ Sex Beat/ Jack On Fire/ The House On Highland Ave/ Hound Dog/ The Twist.

25-Nov-84
NL Haarlem,Patronaat

Setlist: Hey Juana/ Eternally Is Here/ Brother And Sister/ Run Through The Jungle/ Moonlight Motel/ The Lie/ Walkin' With The Beast/ John Hardy/ Bad America/ The Stranger In Our Town/ Fire Of Love/ Sex Beat/ Jack On Fire/ The House On Highland Ave/ Tutti Frutti.

Ad: Scan of ad taken from Vinyl magazine November 1984.


2x-Nov-84
IT Catanzaro,a basketball court

2x-Nov-84
IT Triggiano,Cineteatro Lombardi


28-Nov-84
IT Torino,Big Club

Setlist: instrumental/ Hey Juana/ Eternally Is Here/ Run Through The Jungle/ Brother And Sister/ Moonlight Motel/ The Lie/ Jack On Fire/ Louie Louie.

Note: Broadcast live-to-air by Italian radio. Short show due to PA problems. Patricia does vocals on "Hey Juana" and "Louie Louie". After this show the band takes some holidays in Italy (Amalfi).


London 10-Dec-84

10-Dec-84
UK London,Camden,Dingwalls
[with The Scientists]

Setlist: 96 Tears/ The Twist/... and more..

Ad: Taken from NME 08-Dec-84.

Note: After this show Jeffrey meets Romi Mori. Above tracks available on the "The Life And Times Of Jeffrey Lee Pierce" 4CD Box Set (Retro Deluxe 2008).


London 11-Dec-84

11-Dec-84
UK London,Camden,Dingwalls
[with The Scientists]

Setlist: Eternally Is Here/ Run Through The Jungle/ Moonlight Motel/ The Lie/ John Hardy/ Bad America/ The Stranger In Our Town/ Walkin' With The Beast/ Fire Of Love/ Sex Beat/ Jack On Fire/ Louie Louie.

Ad: Taken from a UK mag Dec-84, courtesy of Matti A.






1985
Scheduled Australian and American tours are cancelled. The band break up in London.

January 1985. The Gun Club was about to tour Australia, with Desi Desperate (drums) as a member, when they break up. Then it seemed like it was for good. Jeffrey Lee and Romi take some holidays in Egypt before returning to London.

Kid and Patricia remain in London. They briefly team up with The Legendary Stardust Cowboy for a handful of shows in the Netherlands in April 1985. They are billed as the "Legendary Stardust Cowboy and the Gun Glub". Then both start Fur Bible with Murray Mitchell on guitar and Desi Desperate (a.k.a. Peter Kablean) on drums. They record their only release "Plunder The Tombs" 12" in London with Jim G.Thirlwell. This is followed by a 2 month UK tour as support for Siouxsie & The Banshees during October/November 1985. They continue to perform live, mainly in the Netherlands and the UK, until Spring 1986.

In December 1985 the Gun Club's "Danse Kalinda Boom" live album is released in the Netherlands.

After Fur Bible folds Kid joins the Bad Seeds in Berlin and Patricia joins The Sisters of Mercy.

In the meantime Jeffrey founds the Jeffrey Lee Pierce Quartet with which he records and tours for the whole of 1985. By March 1986 Jeff and Romi move to Tokyo, Japan. They return to London in August. In September/October 1986 Jeffrey joins (ex- Barracudas) Jeremy Gluck for the recording of his "I Knew Buffalo Bill" album. See part III of the chronology for more details on the Jeffrey Lee Pierce Quartet.


xx-Jan-85
AU -,-

Note: A second Australian tour is cancelled.


Boston 13-Feb-85

13-Feb-85
US MA,Boston,The Channel Club

Ad: Taken from the Boston Phoenix, 08-Feb-85.

Note: Announced as "Jeffrey Lee Pierce & the Gun club". Tour cancelled.


Boston 14-Mar-85

14-Mar-85
US RI,Providence,The Living Room

Ad: Taken from the Day, 04-Feb-85.

Note: Tour cancelled.



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