The Pretty Things Retiring Electric Performances at the End of the Year

by VVN Music

Before Tommy, Jesus Christ Superstar and Quadrophenia there was S.F. Sorrow, recognized as the first rock opera.

Written and recorded by the Pretty Things and produced by Norman Smith (aka "Hurricane" Smith), the album initially only saw a British release in December 1968 with the American LP not out for six months as the first release on Motown's Rare Earth Records. Never a big seller (Tommy was out in the U.S. by the time Sorrow was released), it went on to be considered one of the most important albums of the era.

Of course, there are many other firsts attributed to the band including first ever rock and roll drugs bust, most arrests of any band, first ever "garage" single, first ever rock opera, first U.K. band to win Rolling Stone record of the year and first band to regain control of its entire recorded catalog.

Phil May and ex-Rolling Stone Dick Taylor have been the backbone for the majority of the band's history with Taylor being out for just under a decade throughout the 70's.  That's 55 years as a working band but that will come to an end, at least for their "electric performances", at the end of the year.

It does appear that they will continue to perform acoustically on occasion but true music fans know that it is their electric performances that so successfully recreates the sound of the Pretty Things.

The following is the current schedule for The Pretty Things' final year:
  • 03/09 - Skegness, UK - Skegness Festival of the 60's
  • 03/10 - Morecambe, UK - The Platform
  • 03/13 - Guildford, UK - G Live, Bellerby Studio (acoustic lineup)
  • 03/16 - Chelmsford, UK - City Football Club
  • 03/21 - Brighton, UK - Komedia
  • 03/24 - Frome, UK - Frome Rhythm and Blues Festival
  • 03/30 - London - Le Beat Bespoke
  • 04/03 - Dorfen, Germany - Jakobmayer-Saal
  • 04/05 - Vienna, Austria - Reigen
  • 04/06 - Obertraubling, Germany - Airport Club Regensburg
  • 04/07 - Lichtentanne, Germany - Kulturkirche
  • 04/09 - Berlin, Germany - Quasimodo
  • 04/11 - Hamburg, Germany - Downtown Blues Club
  • 04/13 - The Hague, Netherlands - Paard
  • 04/14 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso Kleine Zaal
  • 04/15 - Cologne, Germany - Yard Club / Die Kantine
  • 05/02 - Copenhagen, Denmark - BETA
  • 05/04 - Oslo, Norway - Rockefeller
  • 05/05 - Malmö, Sweden - Folk Å Rock
  • 05/06 - Stockholm, Sweden - Slaktkyrkan
  • 05/12 - Lincoln, UK - Drill Hall
  • 05/13 - Herts, UK - Harpenden Public Halls
  • 06/24 - Isle of Wight Festival
  • 07/13 - London (Putney), UK - Half Moon
  • 08/03 - Hawkhurst, UK - SOL Party Festival
  • 09/06 - Twickenham, UK - Eel Pie Club

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