Welcome to Derby Rocks!
These pages were originally part of my online fanzine ‘Can’t Be Still’ which was online up until 2008.
It was the idea of Johnny Vincent to have this section on my website called ‘Derby Rocks’, as Derby was often overlooked when people talked about past gigs and venues. The purpose of these pages was to try to catalogue as much information about Derby gigs and venues as possible.
The BBC showed an interest and contacted us when they wanted to include parts of the information on their website. This is still there in revised form: http://tinyurl.com/onbbcsite but no longer credits me or Johnny.
I was then invited to BBC Radio’s The Beat (broadcast from BBC Radio Nottingham) to speak with Dean Jackson about the website in 2003 with Johnny, who was there to discuss his band’s new album, that being The Stance with ‘Energise’. The interview can be heard here: http://tinyurl.com/beat2003. I remember we were both stressed out after driving round Nottingham for ages beforehand trying to find the place, although Johnny still manages to sound cool despite this. I was introduced as being part of The Stance too, but I wasn't.
Johnny later published
called ‘An Alternative Derby’, which includes loads of info on the Derby gig
scene, described as 'a
journey through the Derby UK music scene from 1976 to about 2000'.
Johnny's book is available here: http://tinyurl.com/jvbook, and he also has a blog by the same name that can be found here: http://analternativederby.blogspot.co.uk/
Completely out of the blue I got an en email from Andy Potter’s production team at BBC Radio Derby in 2010, saying they'd seen the site and asked if I could be interviewed for Andy’s afternoon programme, ‘My First, My Last, My Everything’, where I could also select a few tracks to go with the interview. I went down to the studio and was interviewed by Andy on the 12th November 2010. Weeks and months passed though and it still hadn't gone to air. Realising it was never going to be broadcast I phoned Andy's team and asked for a copy, but found it had been accidentally deleted during a clear out, so that was the end of that little episode. I suppose it was still good to go down to the BBC Radio Derby studios and be interviewed even if it did never make the light of day.
Now to the present day, I bumped into someone recently who said he couldn’t believe the site was no longer online as it was great for looking up old information. I said I still had it all and would get it back up, and so here it is...
The gig list is well out of date (10 years!) but it still serves as a record for some of the gigs in Derby over the years.
If you decide to use any of this on your own sites, pages, blogs etc, then feel free, but please credit me and Johnny and mention his book so he sells loads of copies.
Thanks for reading and I hope you find something of interest.
Allan Morton, October 2013
Click above for the main Derby Rocks! pages, or below for a list of
gigs you may have been to in Derby!
(c) Allan Morton 2013