IT'S been a week of Mathew Street memories for many of you, sparked a little by the festival, which is never far from the news, but mostly by the untimely death of Ken Campbell, which gave rise to all sorts of anecdotes of the place when it were no more than a car park, The Grapes pub and the Armadillo tea rooms.
But wait! Aren't we forgetting something? Ah yes, Eric's! Legendary club that gave birth to Big in Japan, OMD, Wah! Heat, Echo and the Bunnymen and many more.
Eric's also provided the first opportunity for Liverpool people to see the likes of The Stranglers, Ian Dury and the Blockheads, The Sex Pistols and, once probably the best band in the world, The Clash.
Now, for the first time in 28 years, Eric's is back. Next Friday sees Eric's present a stunning double bill: Julian Cope and Pete Burns on the same stage, we think, for the first time.
The former Teardrop Explodes frontman, who is all about pagan stuff these days, and the one-time Probe Records sales assistant, who people will know better as the singer in Dead or Alive and dancing partner of George Galloway MP, will be strutting their stuff next Friday (September 12) at the Carling Academy.
In between several pints of Cain's Culture Beer, Ken Testi, one of Eric's' original owners, revealed that a fair few more blasts from the past have also indicated they will be turning up, so who knows what else might happen?
And there's more: A special aftershow party will feature members from once probably the second best band in the world, Deaf School, including Eric Shark, Clive Langer and Mr Enrico Cadillac Steve Allen. What a Way To End It All indeed!
After a few more pints of Cain's, we managed to extract two pairs of tickets (worth £80) from Ken, just for you, dear reader, to be won in a competition. The lengths we go to.
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