Little Richard at Lewisham Odeon (1963 and 1975)

American rock'n'roll legend Little Richard played in Lewisham on at leas two occasions.The first time was on 31 October 1963 as part of an amazing line up that also included the Rolling Stones, the Everly Brothers, and Bo Diddley. But on that Halloween night there were some famous or soon to be famous names in the audience ...

Siouxsie and the Banshees +The Cure at Lewisham Odeon, 1979

Siouxsie and the Banshees played at Lewisham Odeon on 13th October 1979, supported by The Cure,It was the 'Join Hands' tour, and on it The Cure's Robert Smith temporarily stepped in as Banshees guitarist. Philippe Carly has a whole gallery of photos taken that night, including the one below with Siouxsie and Robert.Anyone lucky enough ...

The Anarchist Festival in Lewisham Odeon that never was – 1986

Lewisham Odeon opened as the Gaumont  Palace cinema in 1932, and was renamed the Odeon in 1962. As mentioned here before it was the scene of many iconic gigs before it closed in 1981, being finally demolished in 1991 to make way for a road widening scheme in the town centre.In 1986, the Odeon was ...

The Specials at Lewisham Odeon

Nice piece in the Guardian today by Jon Dennis on the Specials as 'the music that changed my life': 'The Specials' Gangsters symbolised the fight against the fascists at my front door'. The author grew up in Lewisham, and recals:'London was drab and frightening in the late 70s, nowhere more so than Lewisham, where I ...

Lewisham Odeon 1963: The Beatles (twice) and Ray Charles

Fifty years ago, on March 29 1963,The Beatles played at Lewisham Odeon. They were on tour with Chris Montez and Tommy Roe - in fact they weren't even mentioned on the ticket. Their setlist on this tour contained six songs: Love Me Do, Misery, A Taste Of Honey, Do You Want To Know A Secret, Please Please ...