Suicide

(New York City November 1970 - today)

Chronology

Suicide
Marty Rev and Alan Vega in front of the Neue Welt, Berlin on 30-Jun-78. Photo credit: © Bob Gruen.


Chronology: a chronological overview of known concert dates (some with setlists and/or ads), 
dates of studio recordings, all line-ups and other trivia related to the American band Suicide.

-Information in grey italics is uncertain-


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1970
The year in which the band is founded and perform their first shows.

Boruch Bermowitz (Alan Vega) was born in the Bronx on the 23rd of June 1938 as the son of a working-class diamond setter. He spent his childhood in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn (NYC) and studied art and physics at Brooklyn College in Manhatten. By 1969 Vega is working, creating and living at the "Project of Living Artists", a large workshop/performance warehouse art space on Waverly and Broadway funded by the New York State Council of the Arts. It's here where in the summer of 1969 he meets Martin Rev, who performs there with his avant-garde jazz band Reverend B. Martin Reverby (Rev) was born in the Bronx (NYC) as the son of a working-class union organizer. In 1969 Martin's future wife Mari is part of Julian Beck's "The Living Theatre". Alan, Martin along with Mari started experimenting with music at the "Project of Living Artists". When by mid 1970 Martin's band Reverend B ceased to exist Vega and Rev decided to form their own.

Link to a superb discography of Suicide (and more). Recommended reading: "Suicide - No Compromise", a book by David Nobakht (SAF Publishing 2005).


Line-up #1 (New York City: 1970):
Nasty Cut [Alan Vega] (vocals/guitar/trumpet)/ Cool P. [Paul Liebgott] (guitar) and Marty Maniac [Martin Rev] (drums/keyboard)

New York November 1970

xx-Nov-70
US NY,New York City,Museum,A Project of Living Artists

Flyer: Taken from "Fucked Up and Photocopied", a book by Bryan R. Turcotte and Chris Miller.

Note: Their first concerts took place at the Project of Living Artists, then located at 729 Broadway.
Labeled as "Punk Music by Suicide".


New York November 1970

xx-Nov-70
US NY,New York City,Museum,A Project of Living Artists

Photo: Scan of photo from magazine.


New York 20-Nov-70

20-Nov-70
US NY,New York City,OK Harris Gallery,465 West Broadway

Flyer: Scan of invitation.

Note: Labeled as "Punk Music by Suicide". Early shows included songs as "Methedrine Mary", Speed Queen" and "Junkie Jesus".


25-Nov-70
US NY,New York City,Museum,A Project of Living Artists

Note: After the show on the 25th they hear that, jazz legend, Albert Ayler's body had been found floating in the East River with his hands tied.






1971
About a dozen of shows the first half of the year, several times at Ungano's and at the Museum where Alan is an artist.

Line-up #2 (New York City: 1971-1975):
Alan Vega (vocals) and Martin Rev (keyboards), with Martin's wife Mari (drums).

New York 07-Jan-71

07-Jan-71
US NY,New York City,Ungano's (2 sets)
[with The Sun & The Moon]

08-Jan-71
US NY,New York City,Ungano's (2 sets)
[with The Sun & The Moon]

09-Jan-71
US NY,New York City,Ungano's (2 sets)
[with The Sun & The Moon]

Ad: Scan taken from the Village Voice 07-Jan-71.


New York 29-Jan-71

29-Jan-71
US NY,New York City,Ungano's

Flyer: Taken from "Fucked Up and Photocopied", a book by Bryan R. Turcotte and Chris Miller.


New York 30-Jan-71

30-Jan-71
US NY,New York City,Ungano's

Ad: Scan taken from the Village Voice 21-Jan-71.


New York 13-Mar-71

13-Mar-71
US NY,New York City,(Project of Living Artists) Museum (at midnight)

Ad: Scan taken from the Village Voice 11-Mar-71.

Note: Labeled as "Punk Mass (at midnight)".


New York 14-Mar-71

14-Mar-71
US NY,New York City,Village Gate
[with Milwood Tapestry, Fat Alice]

Ad: Scan taken from the Village Voice 11-Mar-71.


New York 09-Apr-71

09-Apr-71
US NY,New York City,Supernova

10-Apr-71
US NY,New York City,Supernova

Ad: Scan taken from the Village Voice 08-Apr-71.

Note: Labeled as "Punk Music".


xx-xxx-71
US NY,NY,New York City,Gaslight Au Go Go

Note: The Gaslight club moved to the former Cafe Au Go Go (which had closed down late 1969) on 152 Bleeker in April 1971 and was renamed the "Gaslight Au Go Go". The band's performance was cut short when the plug was pulled after only one song.


New York 04-May-71

New York 04-May-71

04-May-71
US US NY,New York City,Crawdaddy's (former Birdland)

Flyer: Labeled as "Punk Music by Suicide". Taken from "No Compromise", a book on Suicide by David Nobakht.








Ad: Scan taken from the Village Voice 08-Apr-71


New York 11-Jun-71

11-Jun-71
US NY,New York City,(Project of Living Artists) Museum (at midnight)

12-Jun-71
US NY,New York City,(Project of Living Artists) Museum (at midnight)

Ad: Scan taken from the Village Voice 10-Jun-71.

Note: Labeled as "A Punk Music Mass".






1972
Very few shows during this year as well, but luckily a sort of 'residency' at the Mercer Arts Center gives them some exposure.

New York 07-Apr-72

07-Apr-72
US NY,New York City,OK Harris Gallery,465 West Broadway

Flyer: Taken from "No Compromise", a book on Suicide by David Nobakht.

Note: Labeled as "Punk Music by Suicide".


xx-xxx-72
US NY,New York City,So So So Gallery


New York City 28-Jun-72

28-Jun-72
US NY,New York City,Mercer Arts Center,Oscar Wilde Room

Flyer: Taken from "Fucked Up and Photocopied", a book by Bryan R. Turcotte and Chris Miller. Labeled as "Punk Music Mass".


New York City 04/25-Oct-72

New York City 04/25-Oct-72

New York City 18/25-Oct-72

04-Oct-72
US NY,New York City,Mercer Arts Center,Blue Room Cabaret

11-Oct-72
US NY,New York City,Mercer Arts Center,Oscar Wilde Room

18-Oct-72
US NY,New York City,Mercer Arts Center,Oscar Wilde Room

25-Oct-72
US NY,New York City,Mercer Arts Center,Oscar Wilde Room

Flyer: Labeled as "Suicide performs a Punk Music Mass". Taken from "No Compromise", a book on Suicide by David Nobakht.

Ad 1: Labeled as "A Punk Music Mass". Scan taken from the Village Voice 28-Sep-72.

Ad 2: Labeled as "Punk, Junk, Sewer Music". Scan taken from the Village Voice 19-Oct-72.

Note: Start of a residency on Wednesdays, starting from 04-Oct-72.


01-Nov-72
US NY,New York City,Mercer Arts Center,Oscar Wilde Room

Note: Part of the residency on Wednesdays.


New York City 04/25-Oct-72

08-Nov-72
US NY,New York City,Mercer Arts Center,Oscar Wilde Room

Ad: Scan taken from the Village Voice 09-Nov-72.

Note: Part of the residency on Wednesdays.






1973
Another year with only limited live activity (half a dozen of shows).

New York City 11-Feb-73

11-Feb-73
US NY,New York City,Mercer Arts Center
Endless Valentine's Day
[with The New York Dolls, Wayne County, Magic Tramps, Ruby and the Rednecks]
(all-night party from 10PM till dawn)

Ad: Scan of ad taken from the Village Voice 08-Feb-73.


New York City 25/26-May-73

25-May-73
US NY,New York City,Project (of Living Artists),133 Greene Street (10PM)

26-May-73
US NY,New York City,Project (of Living Artists),133 Greene Street (10PM)

Ad: Scan taken from the Village Voice 24-May-73.

Note: Labeled as "A Punk Mass".


New York City 29-Sep-73

29-Sep-73
US NY,New York City,Talent Recon Inc. Theatre
[with Sniper]

06-Oct-73
US NY,New York City,Talent Recon Inc. Theatre
[with Sniper]

Ad: Scan taken from the Village Voice 27-Sep-73.

Note: Labeled as "Rock in the land of limbo". Sniper is an early Joey Ramone (then named Jeff Starship) band.


New York City 26-Oct-73

26-Oct-73
US NY,New York City,The Circus
(former Electric Circus @ the Ukranian National Hall, 23 St.Marks Place)
[with The Dogs and Distance]

Poster: Scan of orignal poster courtesy of Sonny Vincent . Thanks Sonny!

Note: Distance were Sonny Vincent's [The Testors] first band.






1974
A year with about a dozen of live shows, a first at Max's and CBGB's.

New York City 15/16-Feb-74

15-Feb-74
US NY,New York City,Project (of Living Artists),133 Greene Street (10PM)

16-Feb-74
US NY,New York City,Project (of Living Artists),133 Greene Street (10PM)

25-Feb-74
US NY,New York City,Brandy II (11PM)

Ad: Scan taken from the Village Voice 14-Feb-74.

Note: Labeled as "Dream Rock".


New York City 16/17-Mar-74

16-Mar-74
US NY,New York City,Townhouse Theater
[support for The Fast]

17-Mar-74
US NY,New York City,Townhouse Theater
[support for The Fast]

Ad: Scan taken from the Village Voice 14-Mar-74.


New York City 30-Mar-74

30-Mar-74
US NY,New York City,Townhouse Theater
[support for The Fast]

31-Mar-74
US NY,New York City,Townhouse Theater
[support for The Fast]

Ad: Scan taken from the Village Voice 28-Mar-74.


New York City 07/08-Jun-74

07-Jun-74
US NY,New York City,CBGB Club
[with The Fast]

08-Jun-74
US NY,New York City,CBGB Club
[with The Fast]

Ad: Scan taken from the Village Voice 06-Jun-74.

Note: Labeled as "Dream Rock". CBGB used to be called (since 1969) "Hilly's On The Bowery" and was renamed and re-opened (after Kristal's other club "Hilly's In The Village" was closed down) in March 1974.


New York City 28/29-Jun-74

28-Jun-74
US NY,New York City,Blow Your Nose/Project (of Living Artists),133 Greene Street (10PM)

29-Jun-74
US NY,New York City,Blow Your Nose/Project (of Living Artists),133 Greene Street (10PM)

Ad: Scan taken from the Village Voice 27-Jun-74.

Note: Labeled as "Rocket Rock".


New York City 06-Aug-74

06-Aug-74
US NY,New York City,Max's Kansas City

Ad: Scan taken from the Village Voice 01-Aug-74.

Note: Labeled as "Rocket Rock". Their first engagement at Max's. The next will be 1.5 years later.






1975
The year in which Martin can afford to buy a rhythm machine, upon which they write and record a batch of new songs, but hardly perform live.

Line-up #2 (New York City: 1975- to date):
Alan Vega (vocals) and Martin Rev (keyboards/electronics) and a secondhand Seagrams rhythm machine.

1975
US NY,New York City,Alan's basement studio at "Project of Living Artists" (then located on 133 Greene street),recording amongst others: "Speed Queen", "Creature Feature", "Tough Guy", "A-Man", "Sneakin' Around", "Too Fine For You", "See You Around", "Be My Dream", "Space Blue Mambo", "Spaceship", "Into My Eyes", "C'mon Babe", "New City" and "Do It Nice", all of which appeared on "The First Rehearsal Tapes" CD (Blast First 1999). Also recorded "Long Talk" which appeared on the "Half Alive" tape/CD (Roir).


1975
US NY,New York City,Sun Dragon studio, recording amongst others: "Dreams", which appeared on the "Half Alive" tape/CD (Roir).


Oct/Nov/Dec-75
US NY,New York City,Mother's
(several shows on Thursday nights during a 3 months period)

Oct/Nov/Dec-75
US NY,New York City,Club 82
(a drag and transvestite bar)

Oct/Nov/Dec-75
US NY,New York City,Project of Living Arts, 133 Greene street (several shows)






1976
The year in which they record their first single. Live performances are mainly at Max's and CBGB's.

1976
US NY,New York City,Suicide's home studio @ the "Project of Living Artists" (then located on 133 Greene street),recording "Rocket USA" and "Keep Your Dreams" (a.k.a. "Dream Baby Dream"), which were pressed on two 7" copies by a guy on 48th street. One copy ended up on the jukebox at Max's. Later in the year "Rocket USA" was released on the "V/A: Max's Kansas City 1976" LP (RAM 1976), which was first re-released as "V/A: Max's Kansas City - New York New Wave" LP (CBS 1978) and later on CD (Roir 1996). Also recorded were "Frankie Teardrop, The Detective Meets The Space Alien" and "Ghost Rider", both of which ended up on the Vega 70th anniversary 10" series (Blast First 2008/2009).


New York City 09-Mar-76

09-Mar-76
US NY,New York City,Max's Kansas City
[with Matthew Mouzon & Somebody Good]

Ad: Scan taken from the Village Voice 08-Mar-76.

Note: Return to Max's since '74.


New York City 13-Apr-76

13-Apr-76
US NY,New York City,Max's Kansas City,Easter Rock Festival
[with Talking Heads, Harry Toledo, Pere Ubu]

Setlist: Rocket USA/ and more..

Ad: Scan taken from the Village Voice 12-Apr-76.

Note: "Rocket USA" is available on the V/A: "Punk Legends: The American Roots" CD (Jungle Records 1997). Recorded by Peter Crowley (Jayne County's manager and booker at Max's) and initially included on the promo LP "Max's Kansas City Presents" New Wave Hits For The 80's" (MKC 1981).


New York City 30-May-76

30-May-76
US NY,New York City,Manhattan Center
(Benefit for Wayne County)

Ad: Scan of ad.

Note: During a show at CBGB's (March 1976) Wayne County had smashed a microphone stand over Dick Manitoba's [of The Dictators] collarbone when Dick was heckling him. Dick Manitoba had to be hopitalized and sued Wayne for it. Other bands artists performing at this benefit are: Walter Lure/ Blondie/ Jerry Nolan/ Wayne County & Back Street Boys/ The Planets/ Jackie Curtis/ Dee Dee Ramone/Mick Ronson/ Mink DeVille/ Divine/ Johnny Thunders/ The Dolls/ Tuff Darts/ Richard Hell/ Cherry Vanilla & her Station Island Band/ Ian Hunter/ The April Lawton Band and Holly Woodlawn.


New York City 09-Mar-76

05-Jun-76
US NY,New York City,Max's Kansas City
[with The Brats]

06-Jun-76
US NY,New York City,Max's Kansas City
[with The Brats]

Ad: Scan taken from the Village Voice.

Note: It was actually on a Saturday and a Sunday see other add from the Village Voice.


30-Jul-76
US NY,New York City,Max's Kansas City
[with Pezband + Kongress]


New York City 05-Sep-76

05-Sep-76
US NY,New York City,Max's Kansas City
[with Congress + DMZ]

Ad: Scan taken from the Village Voice 05-Sep-76.


01-Nov-76
US NY,New York City,CBGB
[with The Cramps and The Dead Boys]

Note: First ever show by The Cramps.


New York City 06-Nov-76

06-Nov-76
US NY,New York City,Max's Kansas City
[with The Infliktors + Riot]

Ad: Scan taken from the Village Voice 08-Nov-76.


New York City 27-Nov-76

27-Nov-76
US NY,New York City,Max's Kansas City
[with The Cramps and Fuse]

Ad: Scan taken from the Village Voice 22-Nov-76.


New York City 17-Dec-76

17-Dec-76
US NY,New York City,Max's Kansas City
[with The Cramps and Jango Edwards]

Ad: Scan taken from the Village Voice 13-Dec-76.


New York City 23-Dec-76

23-Dec-76
US NY,New York City,CBGB
[with The Ramones]

24-Dec-76
US NY,New York City,CBGB
[with The Ramones]

25-Dec-76
US NY,New York City,CBGB
[with The Ramones]

Ad: Scan taken from the Village Voice 20-Dec-76.






1977
They year in which Marty Thau (former New York Dolls manager) resurrects Suicide from obscurity. They sign to his Red Star records label, record and release their first album. Breakthrough year in which they do several supports acts for The Ramones and Blondie at Max's and CBGB's.

New York City 14-Jan-77

14-Jan-77
US NY,New York City,Max's Kansas City
[with The Cramps and Mink DeVille]

Ad: Scan of ad.


New York City 03/05-Feb-77

03-Feb-77
US NY,New York City,CBGB
[support for The Ramones]

04-Feb-77
US NY,New York City,CBGB (2 sets)
[support for The Ramones]

Setlist: (1st set) Rock 'N' Roll (Is Killing My Life)/ 96 Tears/ ?/ Rocket USA/ (Junkie) Jesus.. and more?.

Note: The Ramones played first at the Nassau Coliseum,Uniondale (as support for Blue Oyster Cult) and were scheduled to perform at CBGB's the same night, but could not make it on time to the club. Suicide where then asked to play a 2nd set in front of an audience expecting to see The Ramones. Eventually The Ramones turned up and did their set.

05-Feb-77
US NY,New York City,CBGB
[support for The Ramones]

Ad: Scan taken from the Village Voice 07-Feb-77.


12-Feb-77
US MA,Boston,The Rat Club
[with Willie Loco Alexander]

13-Feb-77
US MA,Boston,The Rat Club
[with Willie Loco Alexander]

Note: At one of these shows they meet their future producer and supporter Ric Ocasek (of The Cars).


New York City 24-Mar-77

24-Mar-77
US NY,New York City,Max's Kansas City
[with The Cramps]

Ad: Scan taken from the Village Voice 21-Mar-77.


New York City 25-Mar-77

25-Mar-77
US NY,New York City,Max's Kansas City
[with The Cramps]

Ad: Scan taken from the Village Voice xx-Mar-77.


New York City 26-Apr-77

26-Apr-77
US NY,New York City,CBGB
[with Hot Lunch and China]

Note: China later became Mars.

Ad: Scan of ad from Village Voice 25-Apr-77.


04-May-77
US NY,New York City,CBGB
Punk magazine benefit
[with Blondie, Alex Chilton Dead Boys, Patti Smith Group, Richard Hell,etc..]

Setlist: Ghost Rider/ 96 Tears/ Che/ Che (reprise)/ instrumental/ Rocket USA/ Jesus.

Note: The benefit continued on 05-May-77.


June 1977
US NY,New York City,Vega and Rev sign a recording deal with Marty Thau's Red Star label.


New York City 22-Jun-77

22-Jun-77
US NY,New York City,CBGB
[with Fuse and Mars]

Note: Mars had just changed their name from "China" (the CBGB show on the 14th was still as "China").

Ad: Microfilm image from the Village Voice November 22-Jun-77, courtesy of Jonathan Luftig.


New York City 07-Jul-77

07-Jul-77
US NY,New York City,Max's Kansas City
[with The Cramps, Devo]

08-Jul-77
US NY,New York City,Max's Kansas City
[with The Cramps, Devo]

09-Jul-77
US NY,New York City,Max's Kansas City
[with The Cramps, Devo]

Setlist: (09-Jul-77 1st set) Ghost Rider/Frankie Teardrop/Che/Rocket USA.
Setlist: 09-Jul-77 2nd set) Night Time/ "Keep Your Dreams" (a.k.a. "Dream Baby Dream")/ Rocket USA/ 96 Tears.

Ad: Scan taken from the Village Voice 11-Jul-77.


1977
US NY,Blauvelt,Ultima Sound studio,recording their first self titled album ("Ghost Rider", "Rocket USA", "Johnny", "Girl", "Frankie Teardrop", "Che") and the "Cheree/I Remember" single in only 4 days. Engineered by Larry Alexander. Produced by Craig Leon and Marty Thau. An outtake of "Ghost Rider" was later released on the Primal Scream/Suicide 10" (Blast First Petite 2008). The Ultima Sound studio (located 45 mins upstate NYC) used to be called 914 Studios in which Bruce Springsteen recorded for his first 3 albums ("Greetings..", "The Wild.." and "Born To Run").


New York City 08/11-Sep-77

08-Sep-77
US NY,New York City,CBGB
[support for Blondie, with Walter Steding]

09-Sep-77
US NY,New York City,CBGB
[support for Blondie, with Walter Steding]

10-Sep-77
US NY,New York City,CBGB
[support for Blondie, with Walter Steding]

11-Sep-77
US NY,New York City,CBGB
[support for Blondie, with Walter Steding]

Ad: Scan taken from the Village Voice 05-Sep-77.


New York 29-Sep-77

29-Sep-77
US NY,New York City,CBGB
[with Teenage Jesus & The Jerks]

Setlist: 96 Tears/ Ghost Rider/ Rocket USA/ Cheree/ Johnny/ Frankie Teardrop

Ad: Microfilm image from the Village Voice O3-Oct-77, courtesy of Jonathan Luftig.

Note: Available on the "Live 1977-1978" CD box (Blast First 2008). Recorded by Eric Maché with a Sony Cassette-Corder TC-150.


New York City 27/28-Oct-77

27-Oct-77
US NY,New York City,CBGB
[support for The Ramones]

28-Oct-77
US NY,New York City,CBGB's
[support for The Ramones]

Ad: Scan taken from the Village Voice 31-Oct-77.


New York City 01-Dec-77

01-Dec-77
US NY,New York City,CBGB
[with DMZ and The Real Kids]

02-Dec-77
US NY,New York City,CBGB
[with DMZ and The Real Kids]

03-Dec-77
US NY,New York City,CBGB
[with DMZ and The Real Kids]
(2 sets)

Setlist: 2nd set: Ghost Rider/ Jesus Vega/ Frankie Teardrop/ Put A Little Love In Your Heart.

Note: Available on the "Live 1977-1978" CD box (Blast First 2008). Recorded by Eric Maché with a Sony Cassette-Corder TC-150.

Ad: Scan of ad taken from the Village Voice 05-Dec-77.


28-Dec-77
US Release of their first self titled album (Red Star).

Note: Review of the album ("Suicide Is Meaningless") by Tom Carson taken from the Village Voice 30-Jan-78.






1978
Breakthrough year #2, in which they tour Europe as support for Elvis Costello and the UK as support for The Clash.

San Francisco 06/07-Jan-78

06/07-Jan-78
US CA,San Francisco,The Masque
[with The Avengers, The Dills, Liars and F-Word]

Poster: Scan taken from "Punk: An Aesthetic", a book edited by Johan Kugelberg and Jon Savage.

Note: Suicide does not play.


New York City 07-Jan-78

07-Jan-78
US NY,New York City,The Palladium
[support for The Ramones, with The Runaways]

Setlist: Rocket USA/ Cheree/ Dance/ Frankie Teardrop.

Note: Available on the "Live 1977-1978" CD box (Blast First 2008). Recorded by Eric Maché with a Sony Cassette-Corder TC-150.

Ad: Scan of ad taken from the Village Voice 08-Jan-78.


New York City 13-Jan-78

13-Jan-78
US NY,New York City,Max's Kansas City
[with The Works]

Setlist: Ghost Rider/ Rocket USA/ Cheree/ Dance/ 96 Tears/ Frankie Teardrop.

Note: Available on the "Live 1977-1978" CD box (Blast First 2008). Recorded by Eric Maché with a Sony Cassette-Corder TC-150.

Ad: Scan of ad taken from the Village Voice 16-Jan-78.


New York City 02/04-Feb-78

02-Feb-78
US NY,New York City,CBGB (2 sets)
[with The Fleshtones & The Contortions]

03-Feb-78
US NY,New York City,CBGB (2 sets)
[with The Fleshtones & The Contortions]

Setlist: Harlem/ Ghost Rider/ Keep Your Dreams (a.k.a. "Dream Baby Dream")/ Dance/ Frankie Teardrop.

Note: Available on the "Live 1977-1978" CD box (Blast First 2008). Recorded by Howard Thompson (of Bronze records) with a Sony Cassette-Corder TC-205.

04-Feb-78
US NY,New York City,CBGB (2 sets)
[with The Fleshtones & The Contortions]

Setlist: (1st or 2nd) Dance/ Ghost Rider/ 96 Tears/ Rocket USA/ Frankie Teardrop.

Ad: Scan of ad taken from the Village Voice 06-Feb-78.


1978
US PA,Philadelphia,University of Pennsylvania
[with Pure Hell]

01-Mar-78
US CA,San Francisco,Mabuhay Gardens
[with Negative Trend]


New York City 30-Mar-78/01-Apr-78

30-Mar-78
US NY,New York City,CBGB (2 sets)
[with The Real Kids]

31-Mar-78
US NY,New York City,CBGB (2 sets)
[with The Real Kids]

Setlist:(1st set) Ghost Rider/ Rocket USA/ Speed Queen/ Harlem.
Setlist:(2nd set) Dance/ Ghost Rider/ 96 Tears/ Frankie Teardrop.

01-Apr-78
US NY,New York City,CBGB(2 sets)
[with The Real Kids]

Setlist: Rocket USA/ Ghost Rider/ Cheree/ Frankie Teardrop.

Ad: Scan of ad taken from the Village Voice 03-Apr-78.


New York City 07-May-78

07-May-78
US NY,New York City,CBGB
Johnny Blitz benefit
[with The Dead Boys, The Senders,..]

Note: On 20-Apr-78 Johnny Blitz (a.k.a. John Madansky, drummer of The Dead Boys) was nearly stabbed to death by 5 Puerto Rican thugs. To pay for his hospital costs this 4 day benefit (May 4-7) was organized.

Ad: Scan of ad taken from the Village Voice.


May 1978
UK Release of the "Cheree (remix)/I Remember" 7"/12" single (Bronze).


Toronto 01-Jun-78

01/03-Jun-78
CAN ON,Toronto,The Horseshoe Tavern
[with Destroy All Monsters and Teenage Head]

Setlist: All Night Long/ ..and more.

Poster: Scan of poster.

Note: Above track available on the "Half Alive" tape/CD (Roir). Three nights in a row. Bands headline on one night each.


09-Jun-78
FR Metz,Third International Science Fiction festival


16-Jun-78
BE Brussel,Ancienne Belgique
[support for Elvis Costello]

Setlist: Ghost Rider/ Rocket USA/ Cheree/ Dance/ Frankie Teardrop.

Note: First date of the Elvis Costello tour support. Available on the "Live 1977-1978" CD box (Blast First 2008) and on the 2nd CD of the first album CD re-release (Blast First 1998). Recorded by Howard Thompson (of Bronze records) with a Sony Cassette-Corder TC-205.

Infamous concert that ends in a 'riot'. Half of the audience applauds, but the other half is impatient to see Elvis Costello. They start booing, throw chairs and during "Frankie Teardrop" someone grabs Vega's microphone. It was only after Costello had finished his set and did not want to do any encore that the place turned into a full scale riot and the police needed to intervene and clear the place.

Initially released on an official 12" bootleg (free with the December 1978 issue of the NME) called "21½ Minutes In Berlin/23 Minutes In Brussels" and later on a 9" double-sided live flexidisc called "23 Minutes in Bruxelles" (free with the 1980 first album reissue on Red Star).


18-Jun-78
FR Paris,Olympia
[support for Elvis Costello]

Setlist: Ghost Rider/ Rocket USA/ Cheree/ Dance/ Frankie Teardrop.

Note: Available on the "Live 1977-1978" CD box (Blast First 2008). Recorded by Howard Thompson (of Bronze records) with a Sony Cassette-Corder TC-205.


19-Jun-78
CH Zürich,Volkshaus
[support for Elvis Costello]

20-Jun-78
DE München,Schwabingerbrau
[support for Elvis Costello]

22-Jun-78
NL Amsterdam,Carré Theater
[support for Elvis Costello]

Note: Support on the Elvis Costello tour.


23-Jun-78
NL Den Haag,Congresgebouw
[support for Elvis Costello]

Note: Also this Suicide concert ended in booing and light rioting. Again the Elvis Costello concert ended in complete rioting after about 45 minutes (with throwing of chairs, fights with police, etc...)


25-Jun-78
NL Apeldoorn,Orpheus Theater
[support for Elvis Costello]

26-Jun-78
NL Nijmegen,De Vereeniging
[support for Elvis Costello]

27-Jun-78
NL Groningen,Evenenmentenhal
[support for Elvis Costello]

Note: Support on the Elvis Costello tour.


28-Jun-78
DE Hamburg,Audimax
[support for Elvis Costello]

Setlist: Rocket USA/ Cheree/ Harlem/ 96 Tears/ Harlem.

Note: Available on the "Live 1977-1978" CD box (Blast First 2008). Recorded by Frank Martin Strauss (a.k.a. FM Einheit, then of Abwärts, later of Einstürzende Neubauten).


30-Jun-78
DE Berlin,Neue Welt/Kant Kino
[support for Elvis Costello]

Setlist: 1st set: Ghost Rider/ Rocket USA/ Cheree/ Harlem/ 96 Tears.

Setlist: 2nd set: Ghost Rider/ Rocket USA/ 96 Tears/ Dance/ Harlem.

Note: Available on the "Live 1977-1978" CD box (Blast First 2008) and 1st set also on the "Zero Hour" CD (Red Star 1997). Recorded by Charles Ball (Lust/Unlust record label). Initially released on an official 12" bootleg (free with the December 1978 issue of the NME) called "21½ Minutes In Berlin/23 Minutes In Brussels". On the "Live 1977-1978" CD box recording in the intro to the song "96 Tears" the word 'spicks' [a.k.a. Latino] (in the sentence: "written by a bunch of spicks from Detroit, Michigan") is beeped out on both sets.


xx-Jul-78
UK Release of their first self titled album (Bronze Records).


UK Clash tour July 1978

UK Clash tour July 1978

01-Jul-78
UK Leicester,Granby Hall
[support for The Clash, with The Specials/Coventry Automatics]

02-Jul-78
UK Manchester,Apollo
[support for The Clash, with The Specials/Coventry Automatics]

04-Jul-78
UK Glasgow,Apollo
[support for The Clash, with The Specials/Coventry Automatics]

05-Jul-78
UK Aberdeen,Music Hall
[support for The Clash, with The Specials/Coventry Automatics]

06-Jul-78
UK Dunfermline,Kinema Ballroom
[support for The Clash, with The Specials/Coventry Automatics and The Skids]

08-Jul-78
UK Crawley,Sports Centre
[support for The Clash, with The Specials]

09-Jul-78
UK Bristol,Locarno
[support for The Clash, with The Specials/Coventry Automatics]

10-Jul-78
UK Torquay,Town Hall
[support for The Clash, with The Specials/Coventry Automatics]

11-Jul-78
UK Cardiff,Top Rank
[support for The Clash, with The Specials/Coventry Automatics and Spizz 77]

12-Jul-78
UK Birmingham,Top Rank
[support for The Clash, with The Specials/Coventry Automatics]

13-Jul-78
UK Liverpool,Empire
[support for The Clash, with The Specials/Coventry Automatics]
(re-scheduled)

14-Jul-78
UK Bury St. Edmunds,Corn Exchange
[support for The Clash, with The Specials/Coventry Automatics]

Note: Support on the Clash's "Out On Parole" tour.

Flyer: Top flyer taken from the "Live 1977-1978" CD Box (Blast First 2008).


17-Jul-78
UK Birmingham,Barbarellas


London 18-Jul-78

18-Jul-78
UK London,The Marquee (on Wardour Street)

Setlist: Sister Ray Says/ Dance/ and more...

Ad: Scan from UK mag.

Note: Above tracks available on the "Half Alive" tape/CD (Roir). Recorded by Charles Ball (Lust/Unlust record label).


21-Jul-78
UK Plymouth,The Metro


22-Jul-78
UK Liverpool,Eric's
[support for The Clash, with The Specials/Coventry Automatics]
(re-scheduled from the 13th)


London 24/27-Jul-78

24-Jul-78
UK London,Music Machine
[support for The Clash, with The Specials]

Setlist: Rocket USA/ Dance/ Harlem/ Cheree/ Mr Ray.

Ad: Scan of ad from UK mag.

Note: Available on the "Live 1977-1978" CD box (Blast First 2008). Recorded by Howard Thompson (of Bronze records) with a Sony Cassette-Corder TC-205.


London 25-Jul-78

25-Jul-78
UK London,Music Machine
[support for The Clash, with The Specials]

Ad: Scan of ad from UK mag.


London 24/27-Jul-78

26-Jul-78
UK London,Music Machine
[support for The Clash, with The Specials]

27-Jul-78
UK London,Music Machine
[support for The Clash, with The Specials]

Ad: Taken from the "Live 1977-1978" CD Box (Blast First 2008).


Manchester 28-Jul-78

28-Jul-78
UK Manchester,Russel Club
[with Joy Division]

Flyer: Taken from the "Live 1977-1978" CD Box (Blast First 2008).


29-Jul-78
UK Liverpool,Eric's

Setlist: Mr. Ray/ Rocket USA/ Cheree/ Ghost Rider/ 96 Tears/ Frankie Teardrop.

Note: Available on the "Live 1977-1978" CD box (Blast First 2008). Recorded by Howard Thompson (of Bronze records) with a Sony Cassette-Corder TC-205.


Edinburgh 31-Jul-78

31-Jul-78
UK Edinburgh,Tiffany's

Flyer: Photo of flyer.


01-Aug-78
UK Leeds,The "F" Club


New York City 25-Aug-78

25-Aug-78
US NY,New York City,Max's Kansas City
[with The Fleshtones]

Setlist: Ghost Rider/ Rocket USA/ Cheree/ Mr Ray/ Johnny/ Harlem.

Note: Available on the "Live 1977-1978" CD box (Blast First 2008). Recorded by Eric Maché with a Sony Cassette-Corder TC-150.

26-Aug-78
US NY,New York City,Max's Kansas City
[with The Fleshtones]

Ad: Scan of ad taken from The Village Voice 28-Aug-78.


New York City 22/23-Sep-78

22-Sep-78
US NY,New York City,Hurrah
[with The Terrorists]

23-Sep-78
US NY,New York City,Hurrah
[with The Terrorists]

Setlist: (one of these dates) Ghost Rider/ Mr Ray-Jesus/ Keep Your Dreams (a.k.a. "Dream Baby Dream")/ Las Vegas Man/ Night Time/ 96 Tears/ Harlem.

Ad: Scan of ad taken from the Village Voice 25-Sep-78.


New York City 02-Nov-78

02-Nov-78
US NY,New York City,CBGB
[with The Fleshtones]

Setlist: (1st set) Mr. Ray/ Ghost Rider/ "Keep Your Dreams" (a.k.a. "Dream Baby Dream")/ Harlem.
Setlist: (2nd set) Night Time/ Touch Me/ Las Vegas Man/ Radiation/ Ghost Rider.

03-Nov-78
US NY,New York City,CBGB (2 sets)
[with The Model Citizens]

Setlist: (1st set) Ghost Rider/ Junkie Jesus/ Four Horsemen/ Rocket USA.
Setlist: (2nd set) Dance/ Las Vegas Man/ 96 Tears/ Harlem/ Ghost Rider.

04-Nov-78
US NY,New York City,CBGB
[with Teenage Jesus and The Jerks, DNA and Walter Steding]

Setlist: (1st set) Johnny/ I Remember(*)/ Keep Your Dreams(a.k.a. "Dream Baby Dream")(*)/ Ghost Rider.
Setlist: (2nd set) Mr.Ray(*)/ Four Horsemen(*)/ 96 Tears/ Harlem(*).

Ad: Microfilm image from the Village Voice 06-Nov-78, courtesy of Jonathan Luftig.

Note: Some tracks (*) have been released on 2nd CD ("Live at CBGB's 1978") that came with the first album re-release on Blast First/Mute (UK 1998) and partly on the "Zero Hour" CD (Red Star 1997). Recorded by Marty Thau on a cassette recorder. The booklet included with the Blast First release lists 25-May-78 as the recording date, but on that day The Senders and The Contortions were performing at CBGB's according to this ad from the Village Voice 29-May-78.


New York City 01/02-Dec-78

01-Dec-78
US NY,New York City,Club 57 @ Irving Plaza
[with The B52's, Walter Steding,..]

02-Dec-78
US NY,New York City,Club 57 @ Irving Plaza
[with The B52's, Walter Steding,..]

Ad: Scan taken from the Village Voice 04-Dec-78.


New York City 02-Dec-78

02-Dec-78
US NY,New York City,Entermedia Theater
Nova Convention
[with Robert Fripp, Blondie, B52's]

Note: The Nova Convention had three days and nights of readings, panel discussions, film showings and various sorts of performances to celebrate the return of William S. Burroughs to the US. The Entermedia Theater, was located on Second Avenue and 12th Street and had in the fifties been the fabled Phoenix Theater. Other performers on the bill at the Nova Convention included Frank Zappa (reading “The Talking Asshole” routine from William S Burroughs’ "Naked Lunch"), Patti Smith, Robert Anton Wilson, Bryon Gysin, Laurie Anderson, John Giorno, Timothy Leary, Philip Glass, John Cage, Anne Waldeman, Alan Ginsberg, Terry Southern, Ed Sanders, and Burroughs himself. It could be that the rock concert part took place at the Ukrainian Theater.

Ad: Scan of program booklet.


New York City 03-Dec-78

03-Dec-78
US NY,New York City,Max's Kansas City
[with The Misfits]

Ad: Scan taken from the Village Voice 04-Dec-78.

Note: Show by the mysterious 'The Nothing' (Trixz Sly, Billy Rath [The Heartbreakers], Lousy Louie and Roy Travolta) with Alan Suicide/Vega.


12-Dec-78
US MA,Boston,The Rat Club
[with DMZ]


New York City 28-Dec-78

28-Dec-78
US NY,New York City,Max's Kansas City
[with The Fleshtones + Walter Steding]

Setlist: (1st set) Dance/ Radiation/ Keep Your Dreams (a.k.a. "Dream Baby Dream")/ Harlem.

Setlist: (2nd set) Las Vegas Man/ Mr.Ray-Sister Ray/ Sweetheart/ Ghost Rider/ Frankie Teardrop/ Johnny.

Ad: Scan taken from the Village Voice 25-Dec-78.






1979
The year in which they record their second album with the help of Ric Ocasek, but have only limited live shows.

1979
US NY,New York City,Right Track studio,recording "Dream Baby Dream"/"Radiation" single with Ric Ocasek (of The Cars).


1979
US NY,New York City,home studio,recording "Sweetheart" (a.k.a. "Love You"), "Touch Me" (a.k.a. "Cool As Ice") and "Shadazz" (a.k.a." Chezazze"). All available on the "Half Alive" tape/CD (Roir).


06-Feb-79
US NY,New York City,The Mudd Club

Setlist: Mr Ray/ Ghost Rider/ Sweetheart (a.k.a. "Love You")/ Scream and Shout/ Harlem.


New York City 08-Mar-79

08-Mar-79
US NY,New York City,Max's Kansas City
[with Internationals]

Setlist: (1st set) Touch Me/ Las Vegas Man/ Dream Baby Dream/ Ghost Rider/ Harlem.

Setlist: (2nd set) Spirit In The Sky/ Mr Ray/ Sweetheart/ Radiation.

Ad: Scan from the Village Voice.


New York City 07-Apr-79

07-Apr-79
US NY,New York City,CBGB
[with Bloodless Pharoahs]

Setlist: (1st set) Shadazz/ Mr Ray/ Life Is Short/ Harlem/ Touch Me/ Ghost Rider.

Setlist: (2nd set) Dream Baby Dream/ Radiation/Las Vegas Man.

Ad: Microfilm image from the Village Voice April 1979, courtesy of Jonathan Luftig.


New York City 13-Apr-79

13-Apr-79
US NY,New York City,Max's Kansas City
[with Walter Steding and Bloodless Pharoahs]
Max's Easter Rock Festival

Photo: Screen capture from Paul Tschinkel's "Inner Tube" TV show.

Ad: Microfilm image from the Village Voice April 1979, courtesy of Jonathan Luftig.


17-May-79
US NY,New York City,Hurrah
[with The Misfits]


New York City 26-May-79

26-May-79
US NY,New York City,Max's Kansas City
[with Terrorists]

Ad: Scan from the Village Voice.


New York City 01-Jun-79

01-Jun-79
US NY,New York City,CBGB
[with Tragic Flaw and Bloodless Pharoahs]

Ad: Microfilm image from the Village Voice June 1979, courtesy of Jonathan Luftig.


New York City 01-Jun-79

02-Jun-79
US NY,New York City,CBGB
[with Tragic Flaw and Bloodless Pharoahs]

Setlist: Frankie Teardrop/ Dance/ Johnny/ 96 Tears/ Che.

Ad: Microfilm image from the Village Voice June 1979, courtesy of Jonathan Luftig.


1979
US NY,New York City,Power Station studio,recording their second album "Alan Vega-Martin Rev" ("Diamonds, Fur Coat, Champagne", "Harlem", "Mr. Ray", "Be Bop Kid", "Sweetheart", "Vegas Man", "Fast Money Music", "Shadazz", "Touch Me", "Dance" and "Super Subway Comedian"). Engineered by Larry Alexander. Produced by Ric Ocasek (of The Cars). The band is visited by Bruce Springsteen who's at the time recording "The River" album at the same studio. Years later (2005) he would cover Suicide's "Dream Baby Dream".


New York City 21-Jul-79

21-Jul-79
US NY,New York City,Club 57 @ Irving Plaza
[with Bloodless Pharoahs]

Setlist: Rocket USA/ Ghost Rider/ Dream Baby Dream (a.k.a. Keep Your Dreams)/ Night Time/ Radiation/ Harlem.

Ad: Taken from the Village Voice 23-Jul-79.


New York City 02-Aug-79

02-Aug-79
US NY,New York City,Club 57 @ Irving Plaza
Rock/City '79 Festival
[with The Marbles]

Ad: Taken from the Village Voice Aug-79.

Note: Broadcast live on WBAI-FM 99.5


04-Sep-79
US CA,Los Angeles,Universal/Greek Amphitheater
[support for The Cars]

05-Sep-79
US CA,Los Angeles,Universal/Greek Amphitheater
[support for The Cars]

06-Sep-79
US CA,Los Angeles,Universal/Greek Amphitheater
[support for The Cars]

Review: Taken from the St.Petersburg Times 29-Sep-79 .


The Midnight Special xx-Sep-79

0x-Sep-79
US CA,Los Angeles,The Midnight Special
NBC TV show

Setlist: Dream Baby Dream (a.k.a. Keep Your Dreams)/ Ghost Rider.

Photo: Screen capture from video.

Note: Program hosted by The Cars. Broadcast on 28-Sep-79. "Dream, Baby Dream" available on the Bruce Springsteen/Suicide 10" (Blast First Petite 2008).


Hollywood 08-Sep-79

08-Sep-79
US CA,Hollywood,Kings Palace
[with Nervous Gender, Bpeople and Monitor]

Flyer: Photo of flyer credit of Steven Rascoe .


xx-xxx-79
US DC,Washington,-


Frankie Teardrop 08-Oct-79

08-Oct-79
US NY,Soho Television cable TV,broadcast of "Frankie Teardrop" video.

Photo: Screen capture of video.

Note: Video produced by Walter Robinson,Edit DeAk and Paul Dougherty.


November 1979
UK Release of the "Dream Baby Dream"/"Radiation" 7"/12" single (ZE/Island).


Late 1979
US NY,New York City,Sorcerer Sound studio,Martin Rev records his first (self titled) solo album. Produced by Charles Ball who releases it in February 1980 on Infidelity (a sublabel of his Lust/Unlust label).






1980
The year in which their 2nd album is finally released, but both also record/release solo albums and Suicide's live shows are kept to a minimum. The momentum they had between 1977-1979 is now lost.

18-Jan-80
US NY,New York City,Max's Kansas City

Setlist: Harlem/ Radiation/ Dream Baby Dream/ Ghost Rider/ Cadillac/ Dance/ 96 Tears/ Rocket USA/ Touch Me-Be Bop A Lula/ Night Time.

Note: Available on the "Attempted - Live at Max's Kansas City 1980" CD (Sympathy For The Record Industry 2004). Their last show at Max's. The club closes down for good on 05-Dec-81.


New York 08-Feb-80

08-Feb-80
US NY,New York City,Hurrah
[with Tuxedomoon]

Flyer: Photo of flyer.

Ad: Scan taken from the Village Voice Feb-80 , courtesy of Scott D.


New York 29-Feb-80

29-Feb-80
US NY,New York City,Heat
[with Manhattan Project]

Ad: Scan taken from the Village Voice Feb-80, courtesy of Scott D.


New York 11-Mar-80

11-Mar-80
US NY,New York City,Hurrah
ZE Revue Night/Ze Records Night
[with Kid Creole, Cristina Monet, Lydia Lunch with Lizzy Mercier Descloux & Jodi Harris,..]

Ad: Scan taken from the Village Voice Mar-80, courtesy of Scott D.


15-Mar-80
US/UK Release of their second album "Alan Vega-Martin Rev" (ZE-Antilles/Island).


New York City 21-Mar-80

21-Mar-80
US NY,New York City,Squat Theatre
(Alan Vega solo show)
[with Manhattan Project]

Ad: Scan taken from the Village Voice Mar-80, courtesy of Scott D.


11-Apr-80
US NY,New York City,Tier 3

11-Apr-80
US NY,New York City,Hurrah
[with The Plastics]

Note: Two shows on the same day (an early and late show?) according to the East Village Eye Club listing from 13-Apr-80.


New York City 19-Apr-80

19-Apr-80
US NY,New York City,The Kitchen
(Martin Rev solo show)

Ad: Scan taken from the Village Voice Apr-80, courtesy of Scott D.


New York City 03-May-80

03-May-80
US NY,New York City,Max's Kansas City
(Alan Vega solo show)
[with The Ants]

Ad: Scan taken from the Village Voice Apr-80, courtesy of Scott D.


1980
US NY,New York City,Skyline Studios studio,Alan Vega records his first solo album "Alan Vega". Engineered by David Lichtenstein. Released in November 1980 on ZE/Celluloid, at the same time as the "Jukebox Baby" single.


New York City 13-Jun-80

13-Jun-80
US NY,New York City,The 80's Club

Setlist: Night Time/ Avenue A/ Dream Baby Dream/ Sweet White Lady/ Ghost Rider.

Ad: Scan taken from the Village Voice Apr-80, courtesy of Scott D.

Note: The same night Alan Vega also performs solo at the Rock Lounge.


01-Aug-80
US NY,New York City,Dancetaria

Setlist: Dance/ Ghost Rider/ Sweetheart (a.k.a. "Love You")/ Touch Me/ Harlem/ Be Bop Kid/ Staying Alive/ Fast Money Music.

Note: Filmed by Pat Ivers and Emily Armstrong (then both working @ Manhattan Cable TV) as part of their weekly Nightclubbing program.


21-Aug-80
US NY,New York City,CBGB
(Alan Vega solo)


New York 01-Oct-80

01-Oct-80
US NY,New York City,Hurrah
[with Dark Day]

Ad: Scan taken from the Village Voice.


10-Oct-80
US NY,New York City,Rock Lounge

Setlist: Rocket USA/ ?/ Cheree/ Harlem/ Ghost Rider/ Rock 'N' Roll (Is Killing My Life)/ Sweet White Lady.


30-Oct-80
UK London,Camden,The Palace


13-Nov-80
US CT,Hartford,Civic Center
[support for The Cars]

1x-Nov-80
US CT,Hartford,Civic Center
[support for The Cars]

1x-Nov-80
US RI,Providence,Civic Center
[support for The Cars]


New York 22-Nov-80

22-Nov-80
US NY,New York City,Max's Kansas City

Flyer: Taken from "Fucked Up and Photocopied", a book by Bryan R. Turcotte and Chris Miller.


19-Dec-80
US CA,Berkeley,Keystone


New York 20-Dec-80

20-Dec-80
US NY,New York City,Rock Lounge

Ad: Scan taken from the Village Voice 24-Dec-80, courtesy of Scott D.


2x-Dec-80
US NY,New York City,Peppermint Lounge


New York 24-Dec-80

24-Dec-80
US NY,New York City,Mudd Club

Ad: Scan taken from the Village Voice 24-Dec-80, courtesy of Scott D.


New York 26-Dec-80

26-Dec-80
US NY,New York City,The 80's Club
[with Marilyn and the Movie Stars]

Ad: Scan taken from the Village Voice 24-Dec-80, courtesy of Scott D.


New York 31-Dec-80

31-Dec-80
US NY,New York City,Trude Heller

Ad: Scan taken from the Village Voice 24-Dec-80, courtesy of Scott D.






1981
They year in which Alan Vega records/releases his 2nd solo album and Suicide performs only a few times.

1981
US NY,New York City,Skyline Studios studio,Alan Vega records his second solo album "Collision Drive". Engineered by David Lichtenstein. Released in December 1981 on ZE/Celluloid.


New York City xx-Mar-81

xx-Mar-81
US NY,New York City,Club 57 @ Irving Plaza
[with Johnny Thunders]

Review: Taken from New York Rocker April 1981.


09-Sep-81
US Release of the "Half Alive" album tape (Roir).


New York City 17-Sep-81

17-Sep-81
US New York City,Chase Park
[with Ike Yard and 13:13]

Poster: Scan of poster.


19-Sep-81
US MN,Minneapolis,Walker Arts Center

Setlist: Rocket USA/ Rock 'N' Roll (Is Killing My Life)/ Ghost Rider/ Dream Baby Dream/ Sweet White Lady/ Harlem/ 96 Tears.

Note: Available on the "Ghost Riders" tape/CD (Roir 1986/1998). Labeled as their 10th anniversary show.


11-Nov-81
US NY,New York City,Peppermint Lounge
[with Johnny Thunders]

Setlist: Fireball/ Jukebox Babe/ Touch Me/ Ghost Rider/ Don't Cry.


xx-Nov-81
US Release of Alan Vega's second solo album "Collision Drive" (ZE/Celluloid).


New York City 28-Dec-81

28-Dec-81
US NY,New York City,Rock City
(Alan Vega solo show)

Ad: Scan taken from the Village Voice Dec-80, courtesy of Scott D.






1980's and 1990's
Both Vega and Rev record and release several solo albums and, especially Alan, tour in support. Suicide records a 3rd album in 1987 and a 4th in 1992. Live dates are either one off dates or part of very small tours.

New York City 18-Aug-84

18-Aug-84
US NY,New York City,Irving Plaza

Setlist: Radiation/ Ghost Rider/ Dream Baby Dream/ Bye Bye Baby/ 96 Tears/ Harlem

Review: Taken from Dangerous Rhythms #5 spring 1985.

Note: Recorded live on cassette by Eric Maché. "Radiation" available on the "The Horrors/Suicide" 10" (Blast First Petite 2008).


New York City 01-Feb-86

01-Feb-86
US NY,New York City,The World

Photo: Credit © Greg Fasolino. Used with kind permission.


27-Sep-86
US NY,New York City,CBGB

Setlist: Dance/ Devastation/ Cheree/ Dream Baby Dream/ ?/ Rocket USA.


2x-Oct-86
UK London,-

Note: Start of a 4 date European tour.


Amsterdam 27-Oct-86

27-Oct-86
NL Amsterdam,Paradiso

Setlist: Rocket USA/ Dance/ Whisper/ Fast Money Music/..and more...

Photo: Credit © Michael Leach (from www.bestrockphotos.com). Used with kind permission.

Note: Above tracks broadcast by Dutch FM radio.


28-Oct-86
DE Berlin,Metropol

Setlist: Rocket USA/ Dance/ Surrender/ Fast Money Music/ Devastation/ Jukebox Baby/ Sister Ray.

Note: Available on the bootleg LP "We Never Said.." (Germany 1987).


Paris 29-Oct-86

29-Oct-86
FR Paris,Elysée Montmartre

Setlist: Dance/ Rocket USA/ Cheree/ C'est Difficile/ Fast Money Music/ Jukebox Baby - 96 Tears/ Surrender/ Harlem.

Ticket: Scan of ticket courtesy of Philippe Doro of the wonderful Polyphonic Size website.

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New York City 25-Nov-86

25-Nov-86
US NY,New York City,The Cat Club
[with The Invaders]

Ad: Scan of ad.

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21-Jan-87
DE Wiesbaden,Wartburg

xx-xxx-87
FR Paris,La Locomotive


Gent 25-Jan-87

25-Jan-87
BE Gent,Vooruit

Poster: Photo of poster.

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29-Jan-87
NO Oslo,Sardines


28-Mar-87
JP Tokyo,-

Setlist: Be Bop A Lula/ Johnny/ Cheree/ Devastation/ Love So Lovely/ Jukebox Babe/ Surrender/ Ghost Rider.


Oct-87/Sep-88
US NY,New York City,Electric Lady Studios,recording their 3rd album "Way Of Life" ("Wild In Blue", "Surrender", "Jukebox Baby", "Rain Of Ruin", "Sufferin' In Vain", "Dominic Christ", "Love So Lovely", "Devastation", "Heat Beat"). Engineered by Joe Barbaria. Produced by Ric Ocasek.


London 29-Oct-87

29-Oct-87
UK London,Camden,Palace

Ad: Scan from UK mag.

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Leeds 29-Dec-87

12-Dec-87
UK Leeds,Queen's Hall
Acid Daze festival
[with Hawkwind, Spaceman 3, Doctor And The Medics,..]

Pass: Scan of guest pass courtesy of George Rab.

Ad: Scan from UK mag .

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London 13-Dec-87

13-Dec-87
UK London,Town & Country Club
[with Spacemen 3 and Into A Circle]

Setlist: Dominic Christ/ Johnny/ Cheree/ Devastation/ Jukebox Baby -96 Tears/ Girl/ Surrender/ Harlem.

Ad: Taken from NME 28-Nov-87.

Ticket: Scan of ticket courtesy of John Eden (uncarved.org).

Note: Available as bonus CD with the re-release of the "Way Of Life" album (Blast First 2004).


14-Dec-87
IT Bassano del Grappa,Cinema Grotta


1x-Dec-87
ES Barcelona,Zeleste


Vitoria-Gasteiz 19-Dec-87

19-Dec-87
ES Vitoria-Gasteiz,Sala The End

Ticket: Scan of ticket.


Amsterdam 05-Sep-88

05-Sep-88
NL Amsterdam,Paradiso
[with Crime & City Solution]

Poster: Photo of poster.


london 07-Sep-88

07-Sep-88
UK London,Camden,Dingwalls
[with Nikki Sudden and Sonic Boom]

Poster: Scan from UK mag.


Lisboa 08-Sep-88

08-Sep-88
PT Lisboa,Ruínas do Convento do Carmo

Setlist: Intro/ Everybody's Lying/ Johnny/ Cheree/ Night Time Is The Right Time/ Jukebox Baby-96 Tears/ Be Bop A Lula/ Day By Day/ Ghost Rider-Blue Suede Shoes/ Dream Baby Dream/ Born In The USA medley.

Poster: Photo of poster.

Note: Performance at the ruins of the 14th century Carmo church, partly destroyed by an earth quake in 1755.


Late 1988
UK/US Release of the "Way Of Life" album (Chapter 22/Wax Trax).


11-Dec-88
UK Birmingham,Burberries
[with Godflesh]


Liverpool 12-Sep-88

12-Dec-88
UK Liverpool,Royal Court Theatre
[support for Siouxsie & the Banshees]

13-Dec-88
UK Edinburgh,Playhouse
[support for Siouxsie & the Banshees]

15-Dec-88
UK London,Brixton,The Academy
[support for Siouxsie & the Banshees]

Ad: Taken from the NME dated 19-Nov-88.


1x-Dec-88
UK Sheffield,The Leadmill


18-Dec-88
GR Athina,Rodon

Setlist: ?/ Johnny/ Cheree/ Born In The USA medley/ Jukebox Baby-96 Tears/ On Fire/ Night Time Is The Right Time.


London 06-Feb-89

06-Feb-89
UK London,Camden,Dingwalls,The Panic Station
[with The Chairs]

Ad: Scan from UK mag.


Paris 17-Apr-89

17-Apr-89
FR Paris,Le Palace

Setlist: C'est La Vie/ Johnny/ Mambo Mambo/ Rock Train/ Jukebox Baby - 96 Tears/ Dream Baby Dream/ Night Time Is The Right Time/ On Fire.

Ticket: Scan of ticket courtesy of Philippe Doro of the wonderful Polyphonic Size website.

Ad: Scan of ad.

Note: Recorded live by Catherine Ceresole and Nicholas Ceresole. Available as bonus CD with the re-release of the "Why Be Blue" album (Blast First 2005).


Paris 22-Apr-89

22-Apr-89
FR Paris,Antenne 2 TV,Lunettes noires pour nuits blanches

Setlist: Surrender (playback)/ Alan Vega interviewed by Thierry Ardisson.

Photo: Screen capture from TV broadcast.

Note: Date is broadcast date.


21-Oct-89
US NY,New York City,The Ritz
[with Meat Beat Manifesto, Controlled Bleeding, Ajax, Front Line Assembly]

Note: Wax Trax band showcase @ the CMJ New Music Seminar. All cancelled except for Meat Beat Manifesto.


1992
US NY,New York City,One Take Studios,recording their 4th album "Why Be Blue" ("Why Be Blue ?", "Cheat Cheat", "Mujo", "Pump It", "Last Time", "Play The Dream", "Chewy Chewy", "Hot Ticket", "Flashy Love", "Universe"). Engineered by David Heglmeier. Produced by Ric Ocasek.


1992
DE Release of the "Why Be Blue" album (Brake Out Records).


Cambridge 17-Jul-92

17-Jul-92
US MA,Cambridge,ManRay Nightclub

Photo: Credit © Greg Fasolino. Used with kind permission.






1998
The year of resurrection for Suicide when Paul Smith, of Blast First Records (UK), starts a re-release program of their first 2 classic albums. They finally receive the recognition they deserve.

21-Jan-98
UK London,Astoria Theatre,NME Brat Night
(with Spiritualized)

Setlist: Rocket USA.

Note: Available on the "V/A: NME Clean Sweep" CD (free with NME Feb-98).


London 22-Jan-98

22-Jan-98
UK London,The Barbican Centre

Setlist: Mr.Ray/ Girl.

Photo: Taken from private video.

Note:Performing @ the "Reinventing America" art installation. Available on the "22/1/98 - Reinventing America" CDS (Blast First 1998).


04-Mar-98
UK London,Maida Vale Studios,BBC Radio 1 FM,Mary Ann Hobbs,session

Setlist: Crucifix Man/ Surrender/ Show Me Tha' Money/ Harlem.


London 05-Mar-98

05-Mar-98
UK London,Highbury,The Garage

06-Mar-98
UK London,Highbury,The Garage
[with Pan Sonic]

Ad: Scan from UK mag.


07-Mar-98
UK London,Highbury,The Garage

08-Mar-98
UK London,Highbury,The Garage

Setlist: (one or several of the above dates @ the Garage) White Man/ Harlem/ Surrender/ Show Me Tha' Money/ Girl/ Rocket USA/ Jukebox Baby.

Note: Available as bonus CD with the limited edition of the "American Supreme" album (Blast First 2002).


09-Mar-98
UK Re-release of their first self titled album with bonus live CD (Blast First/Mute).


xx-xxx-98
UK Glasgow,Centre For Contemporary Art


London 04-Jul-98

04-Jul-98
UK London,Queen Elisabeth Hall,Meltdown festival
[with The Jesus And Mary Chain]
(Curated by John Peel)

Setlist: White Man/ Girl.

Note: Part of the Meltdown concert was broadcast on the John Peel radio show 08-Jul-98.


03-Aug-98
UK London,Highbury,The Garage
(with Pan Sonic)


17-Jun-99
ES Barcelona,Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona,Sonar Festival
[with Pan Sonic]

Setlist: A.o. 96 Tears/ Frankie Teardrop/ White Man/ Harlem Baby.

Note: Above tracks broadcast on Spanish TV.


28-Jun-99
UK Re-release of their second album "Alan Vega-Martin Rev" with bonus live CD (Blast First/Mute).






21st century
The band continues to perform about 10 shows a year, except for the past 5 years when performances are becoming rarer and rarer.

21-Jan-00
US NY,New York City,Knitting Factory
New York Festival of Electronic Composers and Improvisers
[with Pan Sonic]

23-Jan-00
US NY,New York City,Knitting Factory
New York Festival of Electronic Composers and Improvisers
[with Pan Sonic]


26-Oct-00
US CA,Hollywood,The Knitting Factory

27-Oct-00
US CA,Hollywood,The Knitting Factory


London 25-Nov-00

25-Nov-00
UK London,Highbury,The Garage

26-Nov-00
UK London,Highbury,The Garage

Ad: Scan from UK mag.


31-Dec-00
US NY,New York City,The Knitting Factory
[with Pan Sonic and DJ Otefsu]


12-May-01
US IL,Chicago,The Double Door
[with 90 Day Men]

01-Jun-01
US NY,New York City,The Cooler
[with The Contortions and DJ Otefsu]


04-Aug-01
FR Brest,Manoir de Keroual,Astropolis Festival

Setlist: Sister Ray Says/ Why Be Blue/ Ghost Rider/ Surrender/ ?/ ?/ ?/ Cheree.


21-Sep-01
IR Dublin,Ambassador Theatre

23-Sep-01
NIR Belfast,The Limelight

25-Sep-01
UK London,93 East

Note: Tour cancelled due to "9/11".


Sep/Oct-01
US NY,New York City,6/8 Studios,recording "American Supreme" album ("Televised Executions", "Misery Train", "Swearin' To The Flag", "Beggin' For Miracles", "American Mean", "Wrong Decisions", "Death Machine", "Power Au Go-Go", "Dachau, Disney, Disco", "Child", "It's A New World", "I Don't Know"). Engineered by Perkin Barnes.


26-Oct-01
UK Glasgow,Centre For Contemporary Art
Sonic Mook Experiment

28-Oct-01
UK London,ICA
Sonic Mook Experiment
[with The Parkinsons]


14-Feb-02
FR Paris,Fondation Cartier
Nomadic nights

15-Feb-02
FR Paris,Fondation Cartier
Nomadic nights

22-Feb-02
US NY,New York City,Art Fair

19-Apr-02
US NY,New York City,Roseland Ballroom
[support for Siouxsie and the Banshees]

xx-xxx-02
US TX,Austin,Emo's


28-Oct-02
UK Release of their "American Supreme" with bonus live CD (Blast First/Mute).


30-Oct-02
UK London,The End and The AKA Bar


02-Nov-02
UK London,The Mean Fiddler
[with The Liars]

Setlist: White Man/ Ghost Rider/ Power Au Go Go/ Death Machine/ Rocket USA/ Wrong Decisions/ Misery Train/ Staying Alive.


03-Nov-02
UK London,The Mean Fiddler
[with The Liars]

0x-Nov-02
DE Berlin,Volksbuehne
[with Pan Sonic and The Liars]


08-Nov-02
FR Paris,Beaubourg,Centre Georges Pompidou

Setlist: ?/ Cheree/ Ghost Rider/ Wrong Decisions/ Misery Train/ Death Machine/ Stayin' Alive/ White Man.


18-Jan-03
US GA,Atlanta,The Earl

Setlist: Ghost Rider/ Dream Baby Dream/ Power au Go Go.


07-Feb-03
US MA,Cambridge,The Middle East

22-Feb-03
US DC,Washington,The Black Cat


26-Apr-03
NL Haarlem,Toon Festival


Antwerpen 27-Apr-03

27-Apr-03
BE Antwerpen,Hof ter Lo
[with Pan Sonic and Sonar]

Ad: Scan of ad.


17-May-03
US NY,New York City,87 Lafayette street
benefit for Tribeca firehouse

Setlist: White Man/ Looking For Love/ Wrong Decision/ ?/ Ghost Rider/ ?/ Dream Baby Dream/ Staying Alive/?.


Roskilde 27-Jun-03

27-Jun-03
DK Roskilde Festival

Flyer: Scan of flyer.


28-Jun-03
FR Evreux,Le Rock dans tous ses états festival

01-Jul-03
AT Wien,Flex

03-Jul-03
DE Bielefeld,Forum

04-Jul-03
FR Belfort,Eurockéennes Festival

02-Aug-03
PT Oporto,CBT Festival

20-Aug-03
ES Valencia,Benicassim,FIB Festival


xx-Jan-04
DE Berlin,-

xx-Jan-04
EU -,-

xx-Jan-04
EU -,-

xx-Jan-04
IT Venezia,-

23-Jul-04
UK NY,New York City,The Knitting Factory

31-Jul-04
PT Lisboa,Paradiso Garage


New York City 03-Sep-04

03-Sep-04
US NY,New York City,Rothko
[with Two Gallants, Dead Combo and Free Blood]

Setlist: A.o. White Man/ Wrong Decisions/ Dream Baby.

Photo: Screenshot of a video filmed by Joly MacFie and broadcast by PunkCast. Available from Internet Archive.


15-Jan-05
US NY,New York City,The Knitting Factory

22-Jan-05
IT Roma,Villagio Globale
(with Pan Sonic)


London 24-Jan-05

24-Jan-05
UK London,Camden,The Electric Ballroom

Ad: Scan of ad.


25-Jan-05
FR Paris,La Locomotive
[with Morthem Vlad Art]

Setlist: White Man/ Uptown Line/ Wrong Decisions/ First Come First Serve/ Cheree/ Ghost Rider/ Death Machine/ Dream Baby Dream/ Stay Alive.

Note: Available on the "One Day/Live At La Loco" DVD (2006).


31-Jan-05
UK re-release of their "A Way Of Life" and "Why Be Blue?" albums with bonus live CD (Blast First/Mute).


Camber Sands 22-Apr-05

22/24-Apr-05
UK Camber Sands,All Tomorrow's Parties Festival
Curated by Vincent Gallo.
[with Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, I am Kloot, Lydia Lunch..]

Flyer: e-Flyer.


08-Jul-05
RU Mockba,B2


04-Oct-06
FR Paris,l'Olympia
[with Sonic Youth, Patti Smith and Placebo]


19-Jun-07
UK London,-
(secret short warm-up show for next day's concert)


20-Jun-07
UK London,The Forum
[support for Grinderman and Seasick Steve]

Setlist: ?/ Ghost Rider/ Dream Baby Dream/ Stayin' Alive/ ? + with Grinderman: Harlem/ Mr.Ray.


New York City 27-Jul-07

27-Jul-07
US NY,New York City,Pier 17, South Street Seaport
[with Death Set]

Setlist: a.o. White Man/ Ghost Rider/ Cheree/ Frankie Teardrop.

Photo: Taken from private video.


15-May-08
US NY,Brooklyn,Greenpoint,Club Europa
[with Child Abuse]


October 2008
UK To celebrate Alan Vega's 70th birthday (born 23rd of June 1938) Blast First Petite starts a 10" series which has several artists covering Suicide songs (Bruce Springsteen being the first) with additional tracks from the Suicide vaults.


30-Oct-08
US NY,New York City,Webster Hall
[with Justice]

11-Dec-08
US NY,Brooklyn,Greenpoint,Club Europa
[with A.R.E. Weapons]


17-Apr-09

17-Apr-09
TR Istanbul,Maslak,Istanbul Rock festival

Flyer: e-Flyer.


Prestenice 11-Jul-09

11-Jul-09
CZ Prestenice,OpenAir MusicFest 2009

Flyer: e-Flyer.


Monticello 11-Sep-09

11-Sep-09
US NY,Monticello,Kutshers Country Club,ATP festival
(performance of the complete first album)

Setlist: Ghost Rider/ Rocket U.S.A./ Cheree/ Johnny/ Girl/ Frankie Teardrop/ Che/ Dream Baby Dream.

Flyer: e-Flyer.


London 02/03-May-10

02-May-10
UK London,Hammersmith Apollo,ATP festival
[with The Stooges]
(performance of the complete first album)

Setlist: Ghost Rider/ Rocket U.S.A./ Cheree/ Johnny/ Girl/ Frankie Teardrop/ Che.

Flyer: e-Flyer.


London 02/03-May-10

03-May-10
UK London,Hammersmith Apollo,ATP festival
[with The Stooges]
(performance of the complete first album)

Setlist: Ghost Rider/ Rocket U.S.A./ Cheree/ Johnny/ Girl/ Frankie Teardrop/ Che.

Flyer: e-Flyer.


København 27-Aug-10

27-Aug-10
DK København,Statens Museum For Kunst
(performance of the complete first album)

Setlist: Ghost Rider/ Rocket U.S.A./ Cheree/ Johnny/ Girl/ Frankie Teardrop/ Che/ Dream Baby Dream.

Flyer: e-Flyer courtesy of Lars @ Artfreq.org .


01-Sep-10
IT Bologna,Locomotiv Club
[with Heavy Trash Live]


04-Sep-10
CH Lausanne,Les Docks
[with Agent Side Grinder]

Setlist: Intro/ Ghost Rider/ Rocket U.S.A./ Girl/ ..and more.

Note: Released on a limited cassette (Klangarkivet label 2011) with Agent Side Grinder.


Barcelona 26-May-11

26-May-11
ES Barcelona,Parc del Fòrum,Ray Ban Stage
Primavera Sound Festival
[with PIL, Grinderman, etc..]

Setlist: Ghost Rider/ Rocket U.S.A./ Cheree/ Johnny/ Girl/ Frankie Teardrop/ Che/ Dream Baby Dream.

Photo: Copyright © Christoph . Used with kind permission.

Note: Broadcast by WFMU-FM (East Orange, NJ - USA).


Asheville 29-Oct-11

29-Oct-11
US NC,Asheville,Civic Center,Moogfest
[with Tangerine Dream,…]

Setlist: Ghost Rider/ Rocket U.S.A./ Cheree/ Johnny/ Girl/ Frankie Teardrop/ Che.

Note: Performing their legendary first album “Suicide”


02/05-Aug-12
PL Katowice,Off festival
[with The Stooges, Swans, Thurston Moore, etc..]

Note: Due to illness, Suicide is not able to perform.


New York City 29-Nov-12

29-Nov-12
US NY,New York City, (Le) Poisson Rouge
[with Bush Tetras and Sediment Club]

Poster: e-Poster.

Note: Bush Tetras "Happy" records release show. Due to illness, Suicide is not able to perform.


Marseilles 05-Jul-14

05-Jul-14
FR Marseilles,Iles du Frioul,Hôpital Caroline
MIMI Festival

Poster: e-Poster.


Paris 08-Jul-14

08-Jul-14
FR Paris,La Gaîté Lyrique
[with DDDxie + Christeene]

Photo: Screen capture from private video.



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