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The Marquee is a legendary music club first located at 165 Oxford Street, London, England when it opened in 1958 with a range of jazz and skiffle acts. It was also the location of the first ever live performance by The Rolling Stones on 12 July 1962. Oxford Street, with Centre Point in the background Oxford Street in 1875, looking west from the junction with Duke Street. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem No official anthem - the United Kingdom anthem God Save the Queen is commonly used England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto) Unified  -  by Athelstan 927 AD  Area  -  Total 130... Year 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Doghouse Skiffle Group Skiffle is a type of folk music with a jazz and blues influence, usually using homemade or improvised instruments such as the washboard, tea chest bass, kazoo, cigar-box fiddle, musical saw, comb and paper, and so forth, as well as more conventional instruments such as acoustic... “Rolling Stones” redirects here. ...


The 1960s: Rock roots

In 1964, the Marquee moved to its best known venue, 90 Wardour Street where all the great and good sweated on the tiny stage, and almost every major rock band played over the next 25 years. Residencies during the late 1960s alone included The Moody Blues, The Who, Yes, David Bowie, Jethro Tull, The Jimi Hendrix Experience and Pink Floyd who played on Sunday afternoons as part of the Spontaneous Underground. To find out who was playing on any given night, you could just call in next door at The Ship pub to see who was at the bar. In 1964 Moody Blues manager/producer Alex Murray used a home-made studio in the garage at the back of the club to produce the classic Go Now single, which shot to No.1 at Christmas 1964, and filmed the first ever purpose-made UK Pop Video Promo in the club itself to promote it. The development of Marquee Studios was largely financed from profits on this record. Wardour Street in Londons Soho was the centre of the old British film industry, and is still the home of much of the current film industry. ... The Moody Blues are a British rock band originally from Birmingham, England. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... David Bowie (IPA: []) (born David Robert Jones on 8 January 1947) is an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, arranger and audio engineer. ... Jethro Tull are a Grammy Award stealing English rock band that formed in 1967-1968[1]. Their music is marked by the distinctive vocal style and lead flute work of front man Ian Anderson. ... This article contains a trivia section. ... The Jimi Hendrix Experience was a highly influential, though short-lived, English/American rock band famous for the guitar work of Jimi Hendrix on songs such as Purple Haze, Foxy Lady, Fire, Hey Joe, Voodoo Child (Slight Return), All Along the Watchtower and Spanish Castle Magic. Although Hendrix was the... Pink Floyd are an English rock band that earned recognition for their psychedelic rock music, and, as they evolved, for their avant-garde progressive rock music. ... Wardour St hostelry used by musicians in 1960s 70s and 80s; now a gay pub. ... The Moody Blues were originally a British rhythm and blues-based band; they later became best known for psychedelic music and early progressive rock. ... Alex Wharton later also known as Alex Murray formed a singing duo with Micky Most when they both worked in the famous 2Is coffee bar in Londons Soho. ... The feature film Go Now was released in 1998 by Polygram Filmed Entertainment. ...

The Rolling Stones made a return to the club on 26 March 1971 after an eight year absence to film a television special. “Rolling Stones” redirects here. ... March 26 is the 85th day of the year (86th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar. ...

In 1961 the Marquee's owner, Harold Pendleton, launched the National Jazz Festival in Richmond, Surrey, the precursor to the Reading Festival. The National Jazz and Blues Festival was the precursor to the Reading Rock Festival and was the brainchild of Harold Pendleton, the manager of the prestigious Marquee Club in Soho. ... The Reading and Leeds Festivals, officially called the Carling Weekend, are a pair of annual music festivals that take place in Reading and Leeds in England. ...

The 1970s: The new Punk order

Although never a seminal punk venue, the Marquee embraced the burgeoning punk rock movement of the late 1970s regularly promoting punk and new wave nights into the 1980s. Bands such as The Sex Pistols, Eddie and the Hot Rods, The Stranglers, Generation X, London, The Police, Buzzcocks and The Jam all trod the famous Wardour Street stage. The Sex Pistols were an iconic and highly influential English punk rock band, formed in London in 1975. ... ... The Stranglers are an English rock music group, formed on September 11, 1974 in Guildford, Surrey. ... Generation X is a term used to describe generations in many countries around the world. ... This article is about the English band London. ... The Police are a three-piece rock band consisting of singer/bassist Sting, guitarist Andy Summers, and drummer Stewart Copeland. ... Buzzcocks are an English punk rock band formed in Leigh, Manchester in 1975[1], led by singer/songwriter/guitarist Pete Shelley for nearly their entire existence. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...

The 1980s: New wave of British heavy metal and prog revival

During the early to mid 1980s the Marquee became an important venue to the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM). NWOBHM bands such as Angelwitch, Diamond Head, Witchfynde and Praying Mantis were regulars and Iron Maiden were filmed playing there for LWT documentary "20th Century Box" (introduced by a very young Danny Baker). This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Iron Maiden are an English heavy metal band from east London. ... Danny Baker (Christened Danny and born June 22, 1957, Deptford, South London) is an English comedy writer, radio presenter and occasional television presenter. ...

The Marquee was also the central venue of the progressive rock revival of the early 1980s. It was here that the then unsigned Marillion began to gain a wider fan base and press interest playing frequent 2 night residencies to a sold out crowd. Other progressive rock acts of the time regularly playing the club included Pendragon, Solstice, Twelfth Night, IQ, Haze and Liaison (who were not strictly prog but seemed to become linked to the movement). Marillion are a British Rock group. ... Not of This World by Pendragon, cover art by Simon Williams. ... Twelfth Night is a British progressive rock (or neo-progressive) band of the 1980s. ...

Aus band Cold chisel played two sellout gigs there in December 1982

'Secret' gigs

The historical importance of the club led to a number of bigger, established artists playing 'secret' gigs at the venue often as one off 'fan thank you's', warm up shows or just because they liked the intimate atmosphere. These 'secret' shows were often promoted under an assumed name designed to be recognised only by hardcore fans. These included appearances by Marillion (under such names as Skyline Drifters and Lufthanser Air Terminal), Prince, Genesis, Iron Maiden (appearing as guests on a bill headed "A Fun Night With The Entire Population of Hackney"), Squeeze and Mötley Crüe (In the Charing Cross Road venue as The Four Skins- seen in the video of their cover version of "Anarchy in the UK", and to the derision of those who arrived at the venue expecting the skinhead band of the same name). The venue also prominently featured in the 1985 video for the Wham! single "I'm Your Man". Marillion are a British Rock group. ... Due to technical limitations, some web browsers may not display some special characters in this article. ... It has been suggested that Six of the Best be merged into this article or section. ... Iron Maiden are an English heavy metal band from east London. ... Squeeze was a British rock music band that came to prominence in the New Wave period of the late 1970s. ... Mötley Crüe (IPA pronunciation: ) is a popular American heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California. ... Anarchy in the U.K. (B-side I Wanna Be Me) was the first single by the punk band the Sex Pistols. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

Current developments

In 1988, the Wardour Street site was sold for redevelopment (it is now Meza and Floridita with a cigar retail shop Spanish restaurant and Cuban restaurant and some flats) and the Marquee Club moved again to a larger venue at 105 Charing Cross Road. During this period, American progressive metal band Dream Theater recorded their first live album, Live At The Marquee, at the venue. The move was unsuccessful, however, and the club closed in 1996. Charing Cross Road, London, looking North from its junction with Long Acre. ... Progressive metal is a subgenre of heavy metal music which blends the powerful, guitar-driven sound of metal with the complex compositional structures, odd time signatures, and intricate instrumental playing of progressive rock. ... Dream Theater is a progressive metal band formed by three students at the Berklee College of Music in 1985. ... // Many successful recording artists release at least one live album at some point during their career. ... Live at the Marquee is a live album recorded at Londons Marquee Club by progressive metal band Dream Theater. ...

In 2001, the Marquee name was bought by entrepreneurs (including Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics who owned the brand rights) and affixed to a new club, located in a purpose-built space in Islington, now the Islington Academy. It hit financial difficulties and closed in 2003, less than a year after it opened. David Allan Stewart, often known as Dave Stewart (born September 9, 1952 in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear), is an English musician and record producer best known for his work with Eurythmics. ... For the approach to music education, see Eurhythmics. ... Islington is an inner-city district in north London. ...

The name was then used for a new venue at 1 Leicester Square in the heart of London's tourist district, opening in 2004. But that venture also folded after less than 18 months. Leicester Square at night in 2005: a view towards the northeast corner. ...

External links

  • The Marquee Club - official site of Leicester Square venue
  • TheMarqueeClub.net — Historical Tribute Site of the Old Marquee Club
  • London Venue Marquee Hire

Major London nightclub venues

Astoria | Electric Ballroom | The End | Fabric | The Fridge | KOKO The London Astoria is a music venue at 157 Charing Cross Road in London. ... The Ballroom The Electric Ballroom has existed in Camden Town, North London for over seventy years. ... The End is a nightclub in the West End district of London, England. ... Fabric is a nightclub in Central London, United Kingdom. ... The Fridge is a nightclub in the Brixton area of South London, founded by Andy Czezowski, who had run the near-legendary Roxy during punk musics heyday in 1977. ... KOKO is a music venue on Camden High street in Camden Town, London. ...

Marquee Club | Mean Fiddler | Ministry of Sound | Scala | Turnmills Mean Fiddler is a United Kingdom music promoter and owner of venues. ... Ministry of Sound (MoS) is one of the most famous nightclubs in the world of electronic music, said to be to London what Studio 54 was to New York, and whose fame goes far across English borders. ... Scala is a nightclub in London, England, near Kings Cross train station. ... Turnmills is a London nightclub, on the site of Turnmills Street, Clerkenwell and Farringdon. ...



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