The Sex Pistols are to release a box-set of live albums, which will include their influential show at Manchester Free Trade Hall.
The Manchester show on June 4 1976 was attended by the future members of Joy Division, who were inspired to become a band after seeing the concert. It was also witnessed by Morrissey, The Fall singer Mark E Smith, Simply Red singer Mick Hucknall and future Factory Records owner Tony Wilson. The concert was organised by Buzzcocks members Howard Devoto and Pete Shelley.
The other shows in the ‘Live 76’ box-set, released on August 19, are from London, Burton-on-Trent and a concert at Chelmsford Prison. The show at the maximum-security prison was the idea of Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren, who wanted the band to play shows aside from regular music venues.
The London concert is from the Screen On The Green cinema in Islington, which has since been shown in cinemas, but hasn’t been released as an album before. The September 1976 gig at 76 Club in Burton-on-Trent has been widely bootlegged, but not given an official release.
The box-set, available on CD and vinyl, will feature photographs and a reproduction of The Sex Pistols’ official press kit. The songs would go on to form the basis of The Sex Pistols’ sole album ‘Never Mind The Bollocks’ in 1977.