A list of Vivian's Live performances

Below is a list of various live performances of Vivian that are post-Bonzo.

There are also a number of known demo's and other works in progress listed, at the end of each item is a reference number to pages from the book 'Ginger Geezer' by Lucian Randall & Chris Welch.

The below Photo's were taken by John Blaney in 1991.

 

  • BIG GRUNT, ASTON UNIVERSITY 25 MARCH 1970 (page 120/121)

  • GRIMMS at Manchester Uni - must have been 1970/71 - with Vivian. (submitte by Geoff Dibb)

  • THE EDINBURGH FESTIVAL late 1971 (possibly Oct?), THE HUMAN BEANS (pg 138, also mentioned briefly pg 141)
  • TOURED WITH NEIL INNES AS VIVIAN STANSHALL AND FRIENDS MOST OF 1972, 10 NIGHTS SPENT AT EDINBURGH FESIVAL (pg 146)
  • TEMPERANCE SEVEN, 6 NIGHTS A WEEK VIV PLAYED “WHISPERING” PAUL McDOWELL, THEATER AT END OF PIER SHANKLIN, ISLE OF WIGHT 1972 (pg 147)
  • On TV early 1970’s ‘late night line up’ Joan Bakewells arts programme, where he met Steve Roberts (pg 209)
  • VIVIAN STANSHALL - 'SUICIDAL' COMEBACK J.B.'S DUDLEY 13/9/1975 (Vivian Stanshall, triumphantly overcoming a fear that his comeback would interest followers of blood sports)-written on sleeve of tape (not mentioned in the ginger geezer book)
    VIVIAN STANSHALL LIVE AT MANCHESTER FREE TRADE HALL 1975 (same as the above recording)
  • SUPPORTED PROTOCOL HARUM ON THEIR FAREWELL TOUR OF GB JAN-FEB 1976, the band he used was called Vivarium (billed as Viviaria), more than 3 shows, one in Birmingham 28th Feb 76, the last night was a Oxford (pg 176)
    Traverse theatre, Edinburgh, one week in 1976 (pg 181)
    Golden Lion Pub, Fulham Palace Rd, one night, August 1976 (a disaster, pg 180)
  • Album recorded in 1976, five days of recording at the Manor, hoped to be put together for Phonogram, the material was shelved (pg 182)
  • One off Rawlinson End show ‘An Evening at Rawlinson End’ 18th Oct, at the collingate theatre, London (pg 201)
  • Gary Lucas employed Viv to voiceover the advert for CBS ‘masterworks’ series of classical music albums, the ad he did was for Mussorginsky’s ‘Songs & dances of death’ 1978 (pg 202)
  • Nationwide UK tour late Feb 1978 of Rawlinson album material, final performance at the theatre royal Drury lane on 18th April 1978 (pg 203)
  • Solo evening of ‘poetry and recitals’ at Brighton polytechnic in Feb 1978 (pg 203)
  • VIVIAN STANSHALL LIVE in LEICESTER 1978
  • 1980(?) Radio programme in which Vivian talks about ‘fathers neck’ (pg 205)
  • ‘Kids Stuff’ a working title for a shelved Charisma album, a demo tape was made for the album for children, with roger wilkes (pg 208)
  • Grananda Television chat show on anxiety in the TV industry with other guests John Ogden & Spike Milligan, summer 1984 (?) (pg 244)
  • Painting posters, one of which was used for the reissue cover of ‘Keynsham’ 1984 (pg 254)
  • Omnibus (Bristol showboat saga) shown on 30th Sept 1984
  • Stinkfoot premiere Christmas 1985, on the old profanity showboat, Bristol (pg 256)
  • Writing with steve winwood, about 100 songs written, but not released, including verses about ‘crazy horse’ chief of the Oglala Sioux (pg 255)
  • Stinkfoot 7-21 December1985 (pg 262)
  • Recorded demo’s of Stinkfoot songs at Winwood’s studio, presumably Nikki B singing 1986? (pg 263)
    Tape of Nikki B sent to Richard Gilbert, late April 1986, inlcluding a lengthened ‘I’d Rather Cut My Hands’ (pg 264)
  • Stinkfoot, Bloomsbury theatre, near Euston, 12-31 Dec 1988 (pg 268)
  • Sang at launch party for ‘the Last temptation of Elvis’, wrote 15000 words for sleeve notes, they only wanted 500. 1990 (pg 280)
  • Book of poetry to be released by a publisher friend, was not completed, 1990’s (pg 280)
  • Putting a script together with the who’s Roger Daltry, for a film about the life of Keith Moon, the project was abandoned after a falling out. 1980’s/90’s (pg 280)
  • Dogends 1 week April 1991, Bloomsbury theatre, London, organised by Glen Colson & Andrew Sheehan, Leslie Welch, ‘the memory man’ was booked as support. ‘Ex-Istanshallistes’ - R Slater & R Ruskin Spear (sax), Jack Bruce (bassist), Pete Moss (guitar), John Megginson (piano), Pete Brown (percussion), John Halsey (drums), Ollie Halsall, Dave Swarbrick & Suzie Honeyman (violins). One Song Vivian wanted to play was old bonzo number ‘we’ll all go to Mary’s house’ (284)
  • Dogends then toured the country featuring Rodney Slater, & 2 musicians from Bristol, they went from Norwich in the east to Exeter in the south – finishing on the boarders of Scotland, 1 week in Glasgow after end of the tour. Way before November 1991 (pg 285)
  • VIVIAN STANSHALL LIVE AT SHEFFIELD LEADMILLS 1991
  • VIVIAN STANSHALL LIVE AT BURNLEY MECHANICS 1991
  • VIVIAN STANSHALL RAWLINSON DOG ENDS LIVE AT THE KINGS THEATRE 1991 (the only recording indicating 'Dog Ends' I have from below) 11th – 30th June
  • RAWLINSON DOG ENDS - RAN FOR 1 WEEK, APRIL 1991,
    AT THE BLOOMSBURY THEATRE, LONDON
    THEN TOURED THE COUNTRY FROM NORWICH IN THE EAST TO EXETER IN THE SOUTH, FINISHING ON THE BOARDERS OF SCOTLAND (pg 281)
  • Crank/Late show special, November 1991 screening, after Dogends tour (pg 286-7)
  • Nikki B performed “I’d rather cut my hands’ on the Thekla, in the mid 1980’s (pg 288)
  • Proposed song writing partenership with Jack Bruce (bassist), Viv got drunk and collapsed when they were to start writing, he was admitted to Colchester hospital (pg 288)
  • Tom Newman tried to get Viv into the studio for Tubular Bells 2, it didn’t happen, but Viv made a memorable appearance on the Video 1992 (pg 289)
  • Bonzo’s new single, was promoted BBC TV’s ‘Pebble Mill’, trying to get a major record company interested, this may have been between 1987 and 1992 (pg 291)
  • Voiceovers for radio ad’s, Amplex and Burtons, before the 1990’s, (pg 292)
  • Stanshall built up a portfolio of work (advertising material), and was armed with an agent and showreel in the late 1980’s (pg 293)
  • Tennents Pilsner lager TV advert, was written as a spoof of big shot, & cadbury’s cream eggs ‘mr cadbury’s parrot) ad1987, (pg 293)
  • Volkswagen voiceover, 1980’s, done very straight (pg 293)
  • John Wesley Harding ‘cosy promotional chat’, recorded at the muswell hill flat, the original recording was much longer than the structured 10 minute version released, it was recorded as a favour for Harding and his manager Glen Colson.
  • Advert for ‘Hill Samuel Investment Services international’ – routine stuff (pg 294)
  • Presented new material to Rob Dickens, a friend and also chairman of Warner Bros.
    A New Sir Henry album, half songs, half spoken word, was talked about until his death (296)
  • Roy Carr’s Idea to issue Viv’s material on his own label was forgotten, when Viv announced that he’d ‘Ripped off Warner Bros’ 1992 (pg 297)
  • Warner Brothers, 1992, Viv recorded a staggering 88 tracks, over 30 hours of material – enough for several decent albums, ‘A lot of stuff had no lead vocals’ – Pete Brown, who played on a track that reunited Vivian with Dave Swarbrick & Danny Thompson. Editing proceeded at a crawl, the production dragged on from months into years.
  • Ruddles Ale 1993 TV advert. Viv did a lot of the writing pg299
    Quote one of Viv’s idea’s.
  • Toshiba Ad 1993, with a version of Terry Keeps his Clips On. Pg301
  • Last stage appearance at the ‘Malt Room’, Kendal on 20 Dec 1993, Viv then concentrated on the Warner’s album. Pg302
  • Writing more bits and pieces for a new Sir Henry album, working title ‘Plastered in Paris’, featuring Sir Henry & Hitler. He was also thinking about the possibilities of a second film. Pg302
    Viv used the Ruddles money to record Demo’s for the Warner’s album.
  • Some shots were filmed of Viv for ‘Middleton’s Changeling’, shot in Madrid, Spain in June 1994, he was supposed to go down the promenade on a Harley Davison, but it was impossible in the state he got himself into during the filming, on a film which had already been in production for 5 years, and would take another three for completeion. Viv does appear sadly silent, in a handful of shots. Pg303
  • From Essex Teenager to Renaissance Man, broadcast November 1994
  • In late 1994 Viv agreed with Steve Buckley that he should do a proper live gig, without amplification (which affected his tinnitus), he even went to nearby theatre to do a few sound checks, but soon after was plagued by panic attacks and Agoraphobia – nothing materialised. Pg313. This was after Viv sang 6 songs off the top of his head at one of his regular Jam’s with Steve.
  • Barrie Wentzell travelled from Toronto to photograph Viv at his Muswell Hill flat, the photo’s were for a record sleeve, taken in the basement in the building with Viv wearing a funny hat – he felt he ought to take himself more seriously than what he presented to the camera that day.
  • On 5th March 1995, a fire broke out in Vivian’s bedroom, caused by the faulty wiring of a bedside lamp, this in turn set fire to his video tapes, the blaze destroyed all of his personal possessions and works in progress.