On this page we will feature contributions from Sabre Dance members and fans who have visited the site relating to BUDGIE. Stories, reviews and comments that don't fit onto any other page will be presented here for your enjoyment. To start things off I have featured some comments from Budgie fan Rich Revill regarding his memories of seeing Budgie perform in Nottingham, England. Any other fans out there, please send in any information for inclusion on this page. Anything to do with Budgie and or Related Bands will be featured. Simon Wilson 15th November 1998
From Rich Revill 13/11/98 So, here's what I mean about Budgie ... I can't remember the date exactly, I'd have to go and check, but it was at Nottingham's Rock City where Budgie were second on the bill after a warmup band but before Gillan. The first band were OK but as soon as they cleared the stage, the crowd surged forward and I luckily managed to get my arms above my head which resulted in me being lifted off my feet and spending the next hour and fifteen minutes 'hanging'! Budgie came on and just burnt the place down! Big John's style is very different to Tony Bourge's and there is little point in making comparisons between these two superb musicians ... and then "Heavy Revolution", "Forearm Smash", "Gunslinger" and "Wildfire" just showed those upstart young bands how the fuck heavy metal SHOULD be played!!!! After they played a couple of encores to rapturous applause and cheering, I was "carried' to the back of the floor where enventually my feet hit the desck again. Retired to the toilets and I was soaked to the skin in sweat and must have lost at least 8lbs in weight. That's when you know you've had a great time! The photos I have (but may be unusable) were from Nottingham Royal Concert Hall where Budgie were supporting Diamond Head. Not the best venue (all seater) to see a band with the raw-energy Budgie generate but they were great! The mic failed and Burke and the boys just kept on playing ... and you could see Burke's vocal chords straining to make himself heard and you COULD fucking hear him!! Diamond Head came on (pretenders to the throne). The mic failed. The entire band walk off amidst loud boos from the crowd. The local paper partly covered the gig the following day focusing on the headliners but ending with "I wish I hadn't missed the Budgie set. It must have been incredible because even as Diamond Head were coming back for their encore, the crowd were shouting for Budgie to come back for more." Sweet memories! So, I was lucky enough to see Budgie about a dozen times and Tredegar a couple of times before moving to France and now the US. Just incredible. My first wife and I had matching worn denim jackets with only the Budgie logo embroidered in red on the back. Probably looked like dorks but who gives a fuck! In fact, I was in the bar at Leicester De Montford Hall one time to see Budgie play and this crowd of people mistook me for Burke! (Sentimental flashback to when I had long curly hair!).