20 May 1981, 42 years ago we were really spoiled for choice in Stafford.

I was fortunate enough to be the DJ at North Staffs Polytechnic at Beaconside the night Robert Plant played live. However, it was the same night Bruce Springsteen played at Bingley Hall as part of his 'The River' world tour, something like just a mile away. The 'Boss' at Bingley played 2 sets plus an encore and by all accounts tickets (which would have cost you £6.50) were hard to come by. I've no regrets not being at Bingley Hall, as Robert Plant & The Honeydrippers (his first post Led Zeppelin band), played a fabulous set of rock with heavy rhythm and blues in the refectory at the poly, not surprisingly the place was packed with a sell out audience.  The band released only one recording, an EP titled 'The Honeydrippers: Volume 1', on 12 November 1984.  The Honeydrippers were relatively short lived as Robert Plant pursued other projects later in the 1980's.  But this night back in 1981 was another example of how lucky we were back then, with so many world famous acts playing in Stafford - this week 42 years ago! 


(pic:Robert Plant on stage at North Staffs Polytechnic Beaconside, 20 May 1981).