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Quote from Martin McAloon, Prefab Sprout:
"My first gig was Wings in 1975 at Newcastle City Hall. I had a broken neck and McCartney dedicated My Love to Super Mac - priceless! Blondie supporting Television and Bowie playing keyboards for Iggy Pop – these memories were also aspirations.
The audience at the City Hall were always the "fifth member" of any band performing and as a member of a four piece band, Prefab Sprout loved playing the City Hall.
Over the years we met a ton of musicians and bands, in recording studios, hotel bars, TV and radio stations around the world – their reference point for Newcastle and the North East of England, was always Newcastle City Hall – it’s on a par with the Angel of the North as a cultural ambassador and regional icon. Bands come and go and that’s the nature of the music industry, but the City Hall is the glue that binds generations and creates tradition. If you remove the benchmark of success, you remove the focus of aspiration."