"ROCK memorabilia collected by a former Sunderland club promoter is set to go under the hammer.
Music man Geoff Docherty has decided to hand over four decades of memories to Bonham’s auctioneers in London.
Docherty cut his showbiz teeth handling rock royalty such as Pink Floyd, The Who, Led Zeppelin and Tyrannosaurus Rex in the 1960s and 70s.
The promoter put Sunderland on the musical map with packed-out gigs at The Bay Hotel and the Locarno, which this week was demolished to make way for a Tesco superstore.
Now Geoff, who still lives in Sunderland city centre, has decided it’s time for a clear out of the vast collection of musical history he picked up while booking the biggest names in the business.
Among the treasured hoard are tickets for the premiere of Led Zeppelin’s film The Song Remains the Same, autographs from The Who when they played Sunderland in 1969 and personal mementos including an invitation to the wedding of Radio One legend John Peel.
The stash also includes contracts from his time as a promoter - including one when he paid £1,500 for the Small Faces to play the Locarno in 1973, a large amount of money at the time, but which earned the accolade of being John Peel’s favourite-ever gig.
But Geoff says he has never put a price on his collection.
“I honestly don’t know how much it will all be worth. I think the most valuable thing will be the Led Zeppelin tickets.
“Anybody who anybody from the rock businesses was there that night,” he said.
A music memorabilia specialist from Bonham’s is due to visit Geoff in the next few weeks.
•With demolition work well underway on the former Locarno, the Echo is hoping to hear from people who have special memories of the venue.
The popular night spot was renamed the Mayfair and then the Palace, before closing down for good in April 2003."
Biggles: Sooo jealous! enjoy.
Dec 15, 2015 17:22:44 GMT -5
StanDup: hmm, I could still make the 2nd show on saturday. just kidding dammit.
Dec 19, 2015 0:33:17 GMT -5
TM: Oh man, what an incredible show! I have picks and videos to post.
Dec 21, 2015 15:57:10 GMT -5
StanDup: Right on, can't wait.
Dec 22, 2015 19:42:04 GMT -5
marco58: Just saw Martin and his hot band in Plymouth, MA last Friday night. My second live Tull experience, after Ian in November at Foxwoods in CT. Completely blown away, the man is legendary, can't wait for his 2016 dates!
Dec 22, 2015 20:21:12 GMT -5
TM: Know what you mean Marco - welcome to the board. Everyone in NY was blown away by him as well. It was best show I've seen in many years.
Dec 22, 2015 21:51:02 GMT -5
Biggles: I just read the Bill Kopp Asheville, NC review a few days ago and could tell you guys were in for something special. I love that marco58 referred to it as "My second live Tull experience" welcome to the board marco58!
Dec 22, 2015 23:49:09 GMT -5
StanDup: Martin dates added since the Arizona date was announced. For you lucky fans back east.
Jan 30, 2016 18:42:12 GMT -5
Biggles: Martin please book some dates in California!!!
Jan 30, 2016 21:06:24 GMT -5
bristoltull: Hi....may be of interest to UK-based fans. On the BBC quiz show "Mastermind", I'm on this Friday, in one of the semi-finals, and my specialised subject is.....Jethro Tull. BBC2, 19th February 2016, 8pm. I gave it my best shot. See how many you can answer!
Feb 14, 2016 16:07:46 GMT -5
TM: Very cool. Good luck!
Feb 16, 2016 15:54:45 GMT -5
stormwatchuk: Damn missed it as ive only just joined the forum
Mar 27, 2016 5:52:51 GMT -5
stormwatchuk: anywhere to see it again ? or maybe a list of the questions we can have a go at ?
Mar 27, 2016 5:53:15 GMT -5
teddy: Seems like everyone trying to figure out " Eat Hermione for lunch" just don't get it. A Popular vegetarian line of food is advertised by a woman named Hermione. You can see the advertisement on line. Thus it is not oral sex with a office girl. Munch.
Dec 16, 2016 20:39:34 GMT -5
lclark354: Hello everyone. I recently finished a room addition, and can finally set up surround sound. I've purchased all the Tull sets, except, of course,TAAB. Is there a site where one can purchase & download the 5.1 files? Or, any word on a re-issue?
Jan 17, 2017 1:15:01 GMT -5
Mystery To Me: Going to Red Rocks show with 2 friends. Anyone from the board going to this concert? Would like to meet anyone or everyone. Later
May 18, 2017 16:55:45 GMT -5
Nonfatman: My days of traveling long distances to see "Tull" are over. I just don't have the time anymore. Hope you enjoy it!
May 23, 2017 14:16:12 GMT -5
madjack1959: Hello to everyone from Lexington, Kentucky. Part of what led me here, was mention of Gentle Giant. I've listened to Tull for ages, and then was introduced to GG via Octopus I saw in the record store, and that was my start. I've never seen either "live" :
Jul 19, 2017 19:19:55 GMT -5
maugioia: is there anyone there
Feb 28, 2020 17:49:37 GMT -5
yellowcab643: I made my way to Hollywood and thought it was very refreshing. The Kaiser Permanente Optometrist there cured my High Blood Pressure. Do I like an unsung westerner - I drove an England truck and had a Texas CDL Styx & Van Halen might have music about me
Mar 3, 2020 21:07:03 GMT -5