I was tweeting with a bunch of old punks last night during BBC4's Punk Britannia one of whom was singer and guitarist with Outdoor Miners, Norm Fasey. Footage of XTC playing on Crackerjack reminded Norm that he had once supported them at the Rock Garden in London in a band he was playing in at the time.
His mentioning the Rock Garden reminded me that I too had supported a band there that went on to greater things, namely Suede, who at the time included Justine Frischmann in their line-up. All I really remember is one of the band members wearing a big fur coat - probably Brett - and that after the gig we were invited by Andy Ross of Food Records to see him in his office. A few days later we rolled up there only to be told we sounded great but looked awful, and we should go away and come up with a more cohesive visual image.
Have you ever supported or shared a bill with a band that went on to greater things? If so, we'd love to hear your story.
The band was called The Violators and we also supported a band called Dire Straights at their debut gig which was an open air festival in Deptford. They went on to do rather well (more's the pity). Also on the bill were Alternative TV who didn't go on to do big things - which is probably just as well.
I am afraid that The Outdoor Miners imploded after one gig due to lack of interest from the young members of the band. But not before we went into the studio to record a few tracks.
A bandmate of mine was on the bill with Nirvana once... not bad going... I don't think I've heard the full story, though.
I've not been on the same bill as a band that got big... but I did once help with sound engineering for the Smiths.