Posted: 04/28 @ 05:04 pmLed Zeppelin and The Who memorabilia from Sunderland nightclubs goes under the …
Published on Saturday 28 April 2012 09:26
ROCK memorabilia collected by a former Sunderland club promoter is set to go under the hammer.
Music man Geoff Docherty has decided to hand over four decades of memories to Bonhamâ€™s auctioneers in London.
Docherty cut his showbiz teeth handling rock royalty such as Pink Floyd, The Who, Led Zeppelin and Tyrannosaurus Rex in the 1960s and 70s.
The promoter put Sunderland on the musical map with packed-out gigs at The Bay Hotel and the Locarno, which this week was demolished to make way for a Tesco superstore.
Now Geoff, who still lives in Sunderland city centre, has decided itâ€™s time for a clear out of the vast collection of musical history he picked up while booking the biggest names in the business.
Among the treasured hoard are tickets for the premiere of Led Zeppelinâ€™s film The Song Remains the Same, autographs from The Who when they played Sunderland in 1969 and personal mementos including an invitation to the wedding of Radio One legend John Peel.
The stash also includes contracts from his time as a promoter – including one when he paid Â£1,500 for the Small Faces to play the Locarno in 1973, a large amount of money at the time, but which earned the accolade of being John Peelâ€™s favourite-ever gig.
But Geoff says he has never put a price on his collection.
â€œI honestly donâ€™t know how much it will all be worth. I think the most valuable thing will be the Led Zeppelin tickets.
â€œAnybody who anybody from the rock businesses was there that night,â€ he said.
A music memorabilia specialist from Bonhamâ€™s is due to visit Geoff in the next few weeks.
â€¢With demolition work well underway on the former Locarno, the Echo is hoping to hear from people who have special memories of the venue.
The popular night spot was renamed the Mayfair and then the Palace, before closing down for good in April 2003.
Contact email@example.com or phone 565 8557 and tell us your memories of the club.
There are 6 comments to this article
What a great shame but I suppose it is time for the old girl to go I remember many a Friday night dance fighting to the likes of Sabbathcrimson and Zeppelin. My mate was a resident DJ.
I think its part of Sunderlands cultural heritage and that we should petition the museum to bid for the collection.
Good shout bob; the bands that played at the bowling alley aren’t “my generation” by a long chalk but I do own quite a bit of their music. The thing with music is that it always goes in cycles anyway so a bar similar to the hard rock cafe would be great for older and younger ‘general’ music fans; themed up with all of this genuine local memorbelia. Perhaps the old fire station? (close to the “old 29″)I have been told this was also a great place to see live music back in the day.
It’s a great pity that we haven’t a cafe|pub in Sunderland that could have used the poster, etc in the same way as the Hard Rock Cafe’s displays such things. I’m sure there would be many of my generation that would like a “Classic Rock Cafe” with a more relaxed atmosphere during the day and a livelier one at night. I remember years ago, about 2004, there was a special “Bay” night on at Sinatra’s. Talking to people back then there was a call for such a bar, with good beers, wines and music, both live and recorded. Ten years on, have we missed a golden opportunity or have actually we come full circle.
I’m sad as I mispent part of my youth in that Mecca ballroom watching the likes of Pink Floyd for a ticket price often as much as 50p
The article is wrong in one respect it was the Faces ( with Rod Stewart on vocals ) and not the Small faces who had by that time broken up .Steve Marriot going off to form Humble pie and Ronnie Lane, Kenney Jones and Ian McLagan went on as the Faces .
That gig was a high as it came after Sunderlands victory overArsenal to qualify for the 1973 FA Cup final .
I wasnt there that night . . . . I cant stand Rod Stewart
Shame the collection couldn’t have been displayed locally before being sold. I bet there is some cracking stuff in there!