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Nostalgia Overload!

Wow. What a week it's been. We've not stopped here at Rock City, our 35th Birthday celebrations went with a bang and we've got much more to come! Head on over to the Gig Guide and let us entertain you!

Seeing as though we are feeling nostalgic, here's a little piece of history for you.

Nirvana. 1991. 

Fun fact: Tickets were just £6!

The Ghost Inside: Statement

As you may well be aware, The Ghost Inside were involved in a horrific accident recently involving a truck and their bus. The drivers of both vehicles didn't pull through, and all of the band suffered serious injuries. From everyone here at Rock City, we wish them a speedy recovery.

Their show scheduled for Saturday 20th February 2016 at Rock City has been cancelled.

Here is a statement from the band:

 

Hi friends.

 

I hope you enjoyed your holiday weekend. Through the grace of our incredible host hotels and the community here in El Paso we were able to enjoy a great meal and have a couple hours of much needed relief away from the hospital. Our families that are here aren't used to being 'on the road' and although the circumstances couldn't be less ideal, this holiday will always be a special one for us, a genuine day of giving thanks for the gift of life we have been given. And while we are grateful for this gift, our hearts are heavy for the families of Greg Hoke and Steven Cunningham who are mourning the loss of a husband, brother, son, and father. I can't begin to imagine the loss they felt with an empty chair at their dinner table. 

I want to share a little bit more with you about how things are going here. The truth is, there are a lot of very serious injuries. We are dealing with badly broken legs and ankles, cracked pelvises, and fractured vertebrae that require screws, plates, rods, and careful surgery to repair. Over the last week most of these procedures have been completed very successfully, but there are still a couple more to go, and most of the guys are still in the hospital. It is yet another blessing that we are in a place with so many remarkable doctors and surgeons to make this possible.

It is going to be a long road for us to quite literally be back on our feet. We have many months of recovery, rehabilitation, and physical therapy ahead. For some of us, simply learning to walk again will be a monumental undertaking. For now, we must put all shows on hold and focus only on our health. 

As a band, we've always taken pride in our ability to make friends in the music industry. Across genres and stereotypes we have forged the most amazing bonds with other musicians, and with those that simply appreciate music. Never in a million years would we have imagined ourselves in this position where all those friends across the years and across the miles would have come to our side before we even had the chance to ask for help. I'm a man of many words and I frankly cannot find them to describe how your collective generosity has kept our spirits afloat for the last ten days. There are far too many people to thank right now, and no contribution, whether thoughts, prayers, socks, shirts, $5 or $5000 has gone unnoticed. I hope that in due time we can truly show you our gratitude. In the meantime there have been a few heroes here that need to be named. Ryan Bingham, Stacey Cornett, Andrew Barquero, and Tim Irons have been our hands and feet. They have done everything that we cannot, including looking after our families. Our team behind the scenes, John Youngman, Mark Mercado, Dave Shapiro, and everyone at Epitaph records, has made sure that everyone that needs to be here, is here, and that their essential needs are taken care of. Chelsea Coffey at Hilton and the staff of the Hampton Inn and Courtyard Marriott, as well as the city of El Paso, have accommodated our families and made them feel as close to home as possible during this impossibly difficult time. Delta Airlines has graciously helped with our travel to and from all corners and coasts of the country. And also a man that rarely gets the credit he deserves, Kevin Lyman, has put his countless resources into play to ease the burdens upon us and our loved ones. 

Now, more than ever, The Ghost Inside is not just 5 guys on stage, but everyone across the planet that has shared a moment with us, however large or small. Thank you for standing with us when we cannot stand on our own. 

Limitless and Unbreakable,

TGI.

35th Birthday Celebrations: The Definitive Gig List!

 

Our friends over at the Nottingham Post have put together a definitive list of every single gig to have ever taken place at Rock City. What a reaction it is getting! Check it out here, and head on over to our Facebook to share your memories!

http://www.nottinghampost.com/Rock-City-definitive-list-band-played-Nottingham/story-28232551-detail/story.html

Discounted Tram Travel To Gigs Across Nottingham

 

Live music fans will be raising a glass to celebrate a new partnership offering discounted tram travel to live music venues across Nottingham.

DHP Family, the music promoter which stages hundreds of gigs at its award winning city centre venues Rock City, Rescue Rooms, Stealth and The Bodega every year, has joined forces with tram operator NET to offer special discounts to its customers.

As the busy autumn gig season gets underway, the new partnership could benefit thousands of people each month who can now travel to and from city centre gigs for just £2 return under the NET Event Ticket offer.

Jamie Swift, NET Marketing Manager, explained: “The Event Ticket has proved extremely popular with sports fans, and we are delighted to be able to extend the offer to these music venues across Nottingham too.

“They can now enjoy even better value for money when taking the tram, as well as taking advantage of our free park and ride facilities. Of course, many people who go to gigs will not want to drive at all, and our late night services offer a reliable way to get home after viewing some of the world class bands that grace the stages at these fabulous venues.”

Gig Review: The Libertines

Well. The dust has finally settled on Rock City after what was one of the greatest shows we have EVER had the privilege to host.

Check out this review from James Blogs, we couldn't have put it better ourselves.

A decade ago - among a mess of drugs, arrests and one of music's greatest fallings out - one of the finest British bands in a generation, The Libertines went their separate ways. What a difference time can make, as following on from their triumphant Reading and Leeds headline sets, the likely lads are well and truly back and better than ever.

Kicking off their intimate pre-album show with a rollicking rendition of Horrorshow, Pete, Carl, Gary and John look like they've never been apart, marching on stage before the lights even go out, as the crowd go mental.

Given that the tour was only announced a week ago today, it is a testament to the band that they have completely sold out every venue they're visiting this week, but I don't think it would be possible to match the energy that was felt running through the veins of everyone in attendance at Rock City.

By the time they reach Can't Stand Me Now four tracks in you've barely taken a breath, bouncing so hard your feet feel like they might fall off, and your voice already becoming hoarse.

Every last minute is worth it though, as the sheer ground swell of support brings forth the feeling that this moment is something special. This band, which has been through so much to come out the other side, have found a peace that they can now share with everyone in the building.

"Everyone I spoke to outside told me the last time they saw me I was totally fucked up." muses Pete Doherty, "I don't remember what happened Rock City, but this time lets have fun and play beautiful music together" he continues, before running into one of the nights biggest sing alongs Music When the Lights Go Out. After the hardcore moshing going on, this is a welcome change of pace, as the crowd sway their arms back and forth, continuing into the bewitching and beautiful What Katie Did.

Never a band to exactly stick to the rules, both Pete and Carl light up cigarettes during the set to ovation from the crowd who at this point I'm pretty sure would explode if they just sat and read the phone book.

The sold out crowd didn't just know every word of every song, but they knew every song by its first chord. It would not be unfair to say that this was a party - nay a celebration even - of everything that made the band great to begin with all those years ago. Their sound is raw, and not completely polished, but its all the better for it.

You can hear the meaning in every word Pete and Carl sing, and as the band explode into their grand finale - Don't Look Back Into The Sun - the crowd become totally unglued. This was a crowd who have waited years for this tour, unsure if it was ever coming, or if the rare festival appearances would be their only chance to see the boys in all their glory.

Thankfully with new album Anthems for Doomed Youth out later this week, and this intimate tour selling out in seconds we can only hope that there will be more to come from the Boys in the Band.

Until then we will have the memories of one of the most raucous, exhilarating gigs to grace the Rock City stage in many years. And what memories they are. What Became of the Likely Lads you might ask? Well they're back! Thats what!


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