With all the press this weekend about Bruce Springsteen playing past the curfew set by the powers that be in London. Then they pulled the plug on Sir Paul McCartney and ‘The Boss’ to appease the local residents. This made think about all the gigs I have attended and it came back to me my one and only time I had witnessed this happen. Well this occurred at the Futurama 3 festival held at Stafford’s Bingley Hall way back in September 1981.
This honour was bestowed upon Ireland’s Virgin Prunes, who had been on stage for about ten minutes, where they just made a whole lot of sexual noises and throwing around what looked like fake tree trunks and pigs heads. Well the powers that be had enough of this and first they turned off the lights on the set. The band then traded insults with the John Keenan, the promoter, over the sound system. They then switched off the sound on the band. Still the band refused to move off the stage. This then resulted in the security dragging them off one by one. If memory serves correctly they had a lot of people with them on stage that evening.
The outcome of this was that some bands later on were denied their time slots. This did include Doll By Doll who actually disbanded that evening, without even playing. For that reason alone I did hold a grudge against ever seeing the Virgin Prunes live again even though subsequent records they released were rather good. So my experience was double-edged but thankfully it was first and only time it happened whilst in attendance.