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Penthouse Action Committee, Rebels, Shirley Freeman, Stars, The Penthouse -

They kept the flag flying for rock music in the late ‘70s and next month they return to one of their old stomping grounds. The Penthouse Action Committee (PAC) was formed when the owners of the Penthouse nightclub – sited above Castle Market and first opened in 1969 - threatened to dispense with heavy metal nights. Rock music was having a pretty tortuous existence in the latter half of the 1970s in Sheffield thanks to the rise of punk rock. Arduous guitar solos, long hair and songs about wizards suddenly became as unfashionable as flared trousers. Heavy rock had no...

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1960s, 1970s, 1990s, King Mojo, Rebels, Roxy, The Roxy, Wapentake -

An art project that was originally conceived as a way to help people get through the monotony of lockdown has gone on public display for the first time. The Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Councillor Gail Smith, officially unveiled ‘Sheffield’s iconic venues – re-imagined in lockdown’ at the Moor Market this week. She was joined by artist Alan Pennington and Dirty Stop Outs’ Neil Anderson. Scores of punters that frequented local venues stretching right back to the mid-1960s were invited to share their memories as part of the project. Dirty Stop Outs’ Neil Anderson said: “I put the call out for...

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1980s, 1990s, Air Guitar, Bailey Brothers, Bitter Suite, blog, Bob Maltby, Def Leppard, Dixon Lane, Frank White, Geoff Stringfellow, Heavy Metal, Ken Hall, Lez Wright, Olga Marshall, Penthouse Action Committee, Rebels, Rock, Sheffield, Steel City Rockers, The Buccaneer, The Penthouse, Wapentake -

Pic by Bill Stephenson Tens of thousands climbed the stairs to a rock nightclub set high above Dixon Lane until it shuts its doors for the last time in the mid-1990s – to the dismay of many. Now memories of Sheffield’s Rebels venue is set to live on thanks to a brand new book. ‘Dirty Stop Out’s Guide to Sheffield – Rebels Edition’ tells the story of the club that grew from unlikely beginnings to become one of the most popular rock nightclubs in the country. The venue was originally opened as the Penthouse by Peter and Geoff Stringfellow in...

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1980s, Berlins, Cairo Jax, Cambridge Street, Chubbys, Hanrahans, Josephines, Rebels, Romeo & Juliets, The Roxy -

Ten of the city’s top nightspots of yesteryear are being re-born – as the must-haves of summer fashion! Hundreds of people took part in a recent poll to decide the ‘80s venues they’d most like celebrating with their own T-shirt and legendary Bank Street nightclubs Romeo & Juliet’s and Cairo Jax came out on top. They were closely followed by the likes of Josephine’s, Berlins, Roxy, Hanrahans and Take Two music venue that used to be situated on Staniforth Road. Neil Anderson of Dirty Stop Outs, said: “Interest in these old venues has been sky high in lockdown as people...

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1960s, 1970s, 1980s, Gary Glitter, Pete Gill, Rebels, Signing On For The Devil, The Limit, Wapentake -

Pete Gill is arguably one of Sheffield’s greatest musicians. Few drummers have spanned more genres or retained their success for as many years as he did with so many different acts. He started as a soul drummer but made the seismic leap to be the city’s only glam icon of the early seventies. When glam fell out of favour he changed image once again and helped turn Saxon into heavy metal chart stars and then went one even better in the rock arena – he took over drumming duties with Motörhead. And when things soured there. Well he did the...

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