The London Rock and Roll Show

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For the concert film of the same name, see The London Rock and Roll Show (film).

The London Rock and Roll Show was a concert held at Wembley Stadium in London, England, on 5 August, 1972. It was the first ever concert held at the stadium.

From the late 1960s to the early 1970s, many rock and roll performers from the 1950s experienced major career revivals due to a temporary upswing of interest in their form of music. The Revival was marked by a series of major concerts in the United States, and also spread to Europe where events such as the Wembley concert attracted thousands of fans who came out to see the performers behind the music.

The concert included performances by major performers including Bo Diddley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, and Bill Haley and His Comets. The concert ended with an extended performance by Chuck Berry, who at the time was enjoying major chart success in Britain and the US with his "My Ding-a-Ling".

Originally billed rock'n'roll era acts The Platters, The Drifters and The Coasters were unable to perform due to work permit issues. The show was opened instead with sets from British rock'n'rollers The Houseshakers, Joe Brown, Emile Ford & The Checkmates, Screaming Lord Sutch, Heinz, and Billy Fury; as well as songs from Jerry Lee Lewis's sister Linda Gail Lewis.

Roy Wood's new band Wizzard, only formed a few weeks previously, also made their live debut at the show.

Garage rockers MC5 were not over-popular with the crowd. Little Richard also got booed when he stopped singing rock and roll and jumped on top of his piano. As did a very new Gary Glitter, with The Glitter Band.Jerry Lee Lewis was also booed, turning up hours late and all the worse for alcohol.

Mick Jagger attended the concert, but did not perform.[citation needed]

The concert was filmed and released in 1973 as The London Rock and Roll Show, directed by Peter Clifton. Although no soundtrack release occurred at the time the film was made, one was finally issued in the early 2000s (decade), followed by several different releases with different combinations of performances.

Songs performed[edit]

Note: this list is not complete and accounts for only those performances included in the concert film.

The Houseshakers


Screaming Lord Sutch and the Savages

  • "Great Big Coffin"
  • "Looking for Mary"

Bo Diddley

Jerry Lee Lewis

  • "High School Confidential"
  • "You Can Have Her"
  • "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On"
  • "Medley: Hound Dog / Good Golly Miss Molly / Blue Suede / Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On"
  • "Sweet Little Sixteen"

Bill Haley & His Comets

Little Richard

Chuck Berry