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In London during the fall of 1976, Billy Idol (guitar), Tony James (bass & vocal) and John Towe (drums) perform a few gigs, under the name Chelsea with Gene October as frontman. Idol and James are also developing a song writing partnership, the results of which are not performed by Chelsea due to a lack of fit with the current group.

CHELSEA (pre GENERATION X)
18-Oct-76 Concert London, Institute for Contemporary Arts.  Chelsea (billed as L.S.D) / Throbbing Gristle
10-Nov-76 Concert Manchester, Electric Circus.  Chelsea / Buzzcocks
21-Nov-76 Concert London, The Nashville.   Chelsea / Stranglers
Prove It performed as an encore.

Idol and James eventually decide to leave Chelsea so that they can create a group based upon their own vision and songs. John Towe comes along as well. Gene October eventually recruits replacements and Chelsea continues on its own (but that's a different story). Meanwhile, Idol and James name their new group Generation X, from the title of a 1960s youth culture novel owned by Billy's mother. On December 4th Billy finds the missing key to their new line up at the Fulham Arts Centre, when he sees seventeen year old Bob "Derwood" Andrews playing guitar in the band Paradox. Derwood is quickly recruited, given a hair cut, and within as little as three weeks after leaving Chelsea, Generation X play their first gig.

GENERATION X (w/John Towe on drums)
10-Dec-76 Concert London, Central College of Art and Design.  Eater / Siouxsie & The Banshees / Generation X
Siouxsie & The Banshees were scheduled, but do not perform.
14-Dec-76 Concert London, Roxy.  Siouxsie & The Banshees / Generation X
15-Dec-76ConcertLondon, Roxy.  Slaughter & The Dogs / Generation X
17-Dec-76 Concert Manchester, Houldsworth Hall.  Martin Ellis / Generation X / The Drones
22-Dec-77ConcertLondon, Hope & Anchor.
11-Jan-77ConcertLondon, Hope & Anchor.
15-Jan-77 Concert London, Roxy.  The Adverts / Generation X
16-Jan-77 Concert London, Greenwich Theatre.  The Zips / Squeeze / Generation X
20-Jan-77ConcertHigh Wycombe, Nag's Head.  Bumpers / Generation X 
22-Jan-77 Concert Middlesbrough, Rock Garden.  Penetration / Generation X / Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers
28-Jan-77 Concert Liverpool, Eric's.
29-Jan-77 Concert London, Roxy.  Penetration / Generation X / Sham 69
05-Feb-77 Concert London, Kings Cross, unknown venue. A tape exists in John Ingham's collection.
11-Feb-77ConcertLondon, Hope & Anchor.
02-Mar-77ConcertLondon, Club Noriek.  The Adverts / Generation X
The band rent the club for a self promoted gig. In attendance are the staff of Sounds magazine, and members of The Clash.
10-Mar-77ConcertHigh Wycombe, Nags Head.  Death Wish / Generation X
11-Mar-77 Concert University of Leicester, Clare Hall Easter Ball.  The Boys / Generation X
Halfway through the set, Derwood is hit in the head with a full can of beer. The show is stopped so that Derwood can be taken to the hospital for stitches.
12-Mar-77 Concert London, Harlesden Coliseum.  The Slits / Generation X / The Clash (cancelled)
24-Mar-77ConcertBirmingham, Rebecca's.
28-Mar-77 Concert France, Paris, Palais des Glaces.  Stinky Toys / The Jam / The Police / Wayne County / Generation X
30-Mar-77 Concert Plymouth, Woods Leisure Centre (cancelled?).
Gwent, Newport, Roundabout.
31-Mar-77 Concert London, Marquee Club.  Gloria Mundi / Generation X
The band is filmed by Don Letts (using a Super 8mm camera) in their dressing room casually singing Listen, as well as on stage performing This Heat and Kleenex. This footage appears in The Punk Rock Movie.
01-Apr-77ConcertLiverpool, Eric's.
02-Apr-77ConcertLeeds, Forde Green Hotel.
06-Apr-77ConcertSwindon, an unknown tiny venue
09-Apr-77ConcertLondon, Roxy.  Penetration / Generation X
10-Apr-77 Concert London, Roundhouse.  The Boys / Subway Sect / Generation X / John Cale
Listen, Kleenex, Trying For Kicks, This Heat, Prove It, Above Love, Ready Steady Go, No No No, New Order, Too Personal, Day By Day, Your Generation, Youth Youth Youth, Ready Steady Go, Day By Day
11-Apr-77 Concert London, Roundhouse.  The Boys / Subway Sect / Generation X / John Cale
12-Apr-77 Recording Session London, BBC Maida Vale 4 Studio. Recorded for radio broadcast on the John Peel Show on 20-Apr-77.
Day By Day, Listen, Youth Youth Youth, Your Generation

In mid April, Generation X decide that the weak link in their line-up is drummer John Towe, and he is asked to leave. After auditioning over twenty different drummers, they decide upon eighteen year old Mark Laff (a.k.a. Mark Laffoley). He was drumming for Subway Sect, and upon completion of their lengthy tour with the Clash, leaves to join up with Generation X. With Mark Laff now on-board, the "classic" line-up of Generation X is complete.

1977: The classic line-up is off and running...
31-May-77RehearsalLondon, Wardour St., rehearsal room at Anchor Records.  Mark Laff's first day in the band.
01-Jun-77 to
03-Jun-77
RehearsalLondon, Wardour St., rehearsal room at Anchor Records (thanks to A&R man Dave Hill). 
06-Jun-77Photo SessionLondon.
08-Jun-77 to 10-Jun-77RehearsalLondon, Wardour St., rehearsal room at Anchor Records. 
11-Jun-77 to 12-Jun-77RehearsalLondon, Fulham Road, rehearsal room at Beggar's Banquet (in the basement below the record shop).
14-Jun-77ConcertCardiff, Top Rank.  350 in attendance. Steve Strange acts as the band's roadie.
15-Jun-77Photo SessionLondon, Chelsea.  Photographed by Jane Ashley (Laura's daughter).
16-Jun-77 Concert High Wycombe, Nags Head.
20-Jun-77 Concert Edmonton, Cook's Ferry Inn.
21-Jun-77 Concert London, Dingwalls.
23-Jun-77Photo SessionLondon. Photo shoot and interview for Record Mirror magazine.
27-Jun-77ConcertBristol, Chutes Club.  The Pigs / Generation X
Steve Strange again acts as the band's roadie, and afterwards comes to London (via the band's van) to live permenantly.
29-Jun-77 Concert Twickenham, The Winning Post.  Mark Laff passes out due to the extreme heat generated by the stage lights.
30-Jun-77 Concert Manchester, Rafters.  Warsaw / The Worst / Generation X
Originally announced to take place at The Oaks. Presumably moved to Rafters.
06-Jul-77ConcertLondon, Marquee.  Heavy Metal Kids / Generation X     John Peel is in attendance.
07-Jul-77Photo SessionLondon, AIR Studios, Oxford St.  Photographed by Ray Stevenson.
07-Jul-77 to 09-Jul-77RehearsalLondon, Fulham Road, rehearsal room at Beggar's Banquet (in the basement below the record shop).
10-Jul-77 Recording Session London, Highbury, Wessex Sound Studios.  Produced by Bill Price. 
Your Generation, From The Heart 
(the band are not pleased with the end results)
12-Jul-77Recording SessionLondon, BBC Maida Vale Studio 4. Recorded for radio broadcast on the John Peel Show on 21-Jul-77.
Rock On, No No No, Gimme Some Truth, From The Heart
13-Jul-77 News Generation X sign a long term, world-wide recording contract with Chrysalis Records. 
17-Jul-77 to 19-Jul-77RehearsalLondon, Fulham Road, rehearsal room at Beggar's Banquet. On the 18th, in addition to rehearsing, the band also grant numerious press interviews.
20-Jul-77ConcertLondon, Marquee Club.  The Lurkers / Generation X
Essentially a coming out party in celebration of being signed with Chrysalis Records. The sides of the stage are filled with heavy lighting so Chrysalis can videotape the event.
Rock On, From The Heart, This Heat, Above Love, New Order, Listen, Wild Youth, Ready Steady Go, Day By Day, and several others.
21-Jul-77Photo SessionLondon. Photo shoot and Chrysalis signing promotion.
22-Jul-77RehearsalLondon, Fulham Road, rehearsal room at Beggar's Banquet.
24-Jul-77Recording SessionLondon, Fulham Broadway, La Maison Rouge Studios. 
25-Jul-77 to 26-Jul-77RehearsalLondon, Chalk Farm, Utopia Studios.  Producer Phil Wainman attends.
27-Jul-77 to 28-Jul-77Recording SessionLondon, Willesden, Morgan Studios.  Produced by Phil Wainman.
Day by Day, No No No, Ready Steady Go, Your Generation (recorded on the 27th).
No No No, Ready Steady Go
(superior takes recorded on the 28th).
29-Jul-77ConcertHuddersfield Poly.  Due to three support bands on the bill, Generation X go on at 12:30 AM.
01-Aug-77NewsLondon, Chrysalis Records. The band and Phil Wainman meet to review recordings made at Morgan Studios (see 27-Jul-77 to 28-Jul-77).
01-Aug-77ConcertLondon, The Vortex. Steel Pulse / Art Attacks / Lurkers / Generation X
02-Aug-77 Concert London, The Vortex. Johnny Curious & Strangers / Skrewdriver / Penetration / Generation X
04-Aug-77ConcertCleethorpes, Winter Gardens. 
06-Aug-77ConcertWorcestershire, Redditch, Tracey's.
The evening consisted of a DJ playing disco music, then the Generation X set, followed by more DJ spun disco music.
09-Aug-77Photo SessionLondon W1.  Photographed by Ray Stevenson.
Locations include posing at the Eros statue in Piccadilly Circus, and in front of the K.West shop on Heddon Street (which is the location of David Bowie's iconic Ziggy Stardust album cover).
Inspired after seeing "Youth" spray painted on a wall, the band stop at a cafe, and compose Wild Youth on the spot (scribbling the lyrics on the back of a napkin).
10-Aug-77 Concert Essex, Southend, Westcliffe on Sea, Queens Hotel.  Diamond Jack Band / Generation X
First gig supporting the Rock Against Racism (RAR) campaign.
11-Aug-77 Concert High Wycombe, Nags Head.  Pink Parts / Generation X
12-Aug-77TV AppearanceLondon, Chrysalis Records office.  Filming an interview for US TV.
12-Aug-77 Concert London, The Marquee.  Victim / Ian Fleming / Generation X
This evening sets a new attendance record for the Marquee Club. The band are filmed during their performance of Your Generation, as well as a brief interview backstage. Additional footage (probably from the next day) is shot of them on stage performing Your Generation in front of a small crowed of journalists. This footage is featured in the documentary Raw Energy (a.k.a. Punk - The Early Years).
15-Aug-77 to
16-Aug-77
RehearsalLondon, Chalk Farm, Utopia Studios. Producer Phil Wainman attends.
Tracks rehearsed: From The Heart and Kleenex.
17-Aug-77 Concert Falkirk, Maniqui. 
18-Aug-77 Concert Glasgow, Dreamland Cinema (cancelled).
Glasgow, Zhivago's (cancelled).
Paisley, Silver Thread Hotel (where the gig finally did occur).
The venue changes were due to a punk rock ban by the Glasgow City Council.
19-Aug-77 Concert Edinburgh, The Clouds (cancelled due to a punk rock band by the Edinburgh City Council).
West Linton, Pantiles Hotel (gig did occur).  Generation X / Johnny & The Self Abusers
20-Aug-77ConcertLondon, Hackney Town Hall.  Generation X / Cimarrons  (a Rock Against Racism gig).
22-Aug-77 Rehearsal London, Chalk Farm, Utopia Studios
25-Aug-77RehearsalLondon, Hollywood Studios (cancelled; the band arrive to find construction of the studio is not yet complete).
26-Aug-77 Concert Swindon, Brunel Rooms.  Art Attacks / Generation X
27-Aug-77 Concert Liverpool, Eric's.  London (the band) / Generation X
28-Aug-77 Concert London, Sundown Club (cancelled).
29-Aug-77 Concert Plymouth, Castaway's (cancelled).
31-Aug-77RehearsalLondon, Fulham Road, rehearsal room at Beggar's Banquet.
01-Sep-77 Record Release Single: Your Generation b/w Day By Day (Chrysalis CHS-2165)
01-Sep-77Recording SessionLondon, Chalk Farm, Utopia Studios.  Produced by Phil Wainman.
Wild Youth, Too Personal, Kleenex
05-Sep-77 Concert Stafford, Top of the World. Prefects / Rich Kids / Killjoys / Generation X
06-Sep-77 Concert London, Marquee Club. The Jolt / Generation X
07-Sep-77TV AppearanceManchester, ITV Granada Studios. Video taping Your Generation for Marc Bolan's TV show Marc.
Derwood plays on Bolan's guitar. The rest of the band use borrowed Granada equipment. The drum kit is not returned, and Granada issues a 10 year ban against the group.  This 
episode is broadcast over the ITV network on Sept 28th.
08-Sept-77ConcertRotherham, Windmill.
09-Sep-77ConcertBirmingham, Barbarella's.
10-Sep-77ConcertBirmingham, Barbarella's.
11-Sep-77ConcertBarrow-In-Furness, Maxim's.
12-Sep-77Recording SessionLondon, Primrose Hill, Mayfair Studios. Recording a unique backing track of Your Generation for forthcoming use during a lip synch performance on Top of The Pops (see 14-Sep-77). Produced by Phil Wainman.
13-Sep-77ConcertLondon, Marquee Club.  Steel Pulse / Generation X
14-Sep-77TV AppearanceLondon, Lime Grove Studios.  Video taping a lip synch performance of Your Generation on Top of The Pops.  This episode is broadcast the following day (15-Sep-77) on BBC One.
15-Sep-77TV AppearanceLeeds, Yorkshire Television studios.  Lip synch performance of Day by Day and Your Generation on the Calendar Kids TV show. This is most likely broadcast on 17-Sep-77,
16-Sep-77 Concert Wolverhampton, Lafayette.
17-Sep-77ConcertChelmsford, Stadium (Generation X and The Jam pull out of the City Rock festival due to poor ticket sales).
18-Sep-77ConcertPlymouth, Fiesta Club.
20-Sep-77 Concert London, Marquee Club. Black Slate / Generation X
22-Sep-77 Concert Coventry, Mr. George's (cancelled).
23-Sep-77 Concert Manchester, Rafters.  The Crabs / Generation X
The show is temporarily interrupted due to a bomb threat.
26-Sep-77Recording SessionLondon, Chalk Farm, Utopia Studios.  Produced by Phil Wainman.

27-Sep-77ConcertLondon, Marquee Club.  Johnny Curious & The Strangers / Generation X.
Various members of The Heartbreakers, The Jam, and The Clash are in attendance.
28-Sep-77 Concert Isle of Wight, La Babalu.
01-Oct-77 Concert London, North-East Polytechnic.  Pirates / Generation X / Soft Boys
02-Oct-77 Concert Croydon, Greyhound. Art Attax / Generation X
04-Oct-77TV AppearanceBilly films a 22 minute interview with Ian "Molly" Meldrum for Australia's Countdown TV show. The interview is broadcast 30-Nov-77 over the Australian Broadcasting Corporation network.
04-Oct-77Recording SessionLondon, Chalk Farm, Utopia Studios.
05-Oct-77RehearsalLondon, Chalk Farm, Utopia Studios.
07-Oct-77 Concert Colchester, Institue of Higher Education.  Art Attax / Generation X
08-Oct-77ConcertHalifax, Good Mood Club.
09-Oct-77 Concert Chelmsford, Chancellor Hall.  The Crabs / Generation X
10-Oct-77 to 13-Oct-77Recording SessionLondon, Chalk Farm, Utopia Studios.  Produced by Phil Wainman.
From the Heart (recorded on the 10th), Promises Promises (on the 11th), Too Personal (on the 12th), Gimme Some Truth (on the 12th), Listen (on the 12th), Wild Youth (on the 13th).
16-Oct-77ConcertLondon, Charing Cross Road, Sundown Club.  Art Attax / Steel Pulse / Generation X
18-Oct-77 to 22-Oct-77ConcertFrance, Paris, Gibus Club.  A residency for five nights in a row.   Set list from 19-Oct-77:
From The Heart, Trying for Kicks, Rock On, This Heat, Your Generation, Promises Promises, Kleenex, Listen, Day by Day, Too Personal, Wild Youth, Ready Steady Go, Youth Youth Youth
28-Oct-77 Concert London, Kings College (re-scheduled to 04-Nov-77).
04-Nov-77 Concert London, Kings College. Adam and the Ants / Generation X
09-Nov-77 Rehearsal London, Chalk Farm Road, Atlanta Rehearsal Studios.
09-Nov-77ConcertLondon, Roxy.  Enemies of the World / Kassels / Generation X (as "Wild Youth")
A surprise performance during "audition night" at the Roxy. The following week, the Roxy advert in Sounds reads, "Thank you Generation X for your jam session last Wednesday, and by the way you did not pass the audition."
10-Nov-77RehearsalLondon, Chalk Farm Road, Atlanta Rehearsal Studios.
11-Nov-77TV AppearanceWest Yorkshire, Dewsbury.  Video taping a lip synch performance of Wild Youth, as well as live performances of Your Generation and Wild Youth. All of this is for a TV music special, hosted by Mike Mansfield, originally titled Best of British and later changed to Impact. The special also features The Adverts, The Rich Kids and The Damned (some of whom are video taped later on 21-Dec-77). Intended for broadcast in early 1978 but never did air. Fortunately, video of the complete show is still in existence.
14-Nov-77 to 17-Nov-77RehearsalLondon, Chalk Farm Road, Atlanta Rehearsal Studios.
On Nov 17th, Keith Moon and Graham Chapman stop by. Keith joins in on drums for performances of I Can't Explain, My Generation and I Can See For Miles. The jam session ends when Keith breaks the bass drum pedal.
18-Nov-77 Record Release Single: Wild Youth b/w Wild Dub (Chrysalis CHS-2189)
21-Nov-77NewsBilly and Tony are part of Keith Moon's entourage which escorts journalist Chris Welch around London for a Melody Maker article on punk rock. Among their stops are the Marquee Club and the Vortex Club.
28-Nov-77RehearsalLondon, Chalk Farm Road, Atlanta Rehearsal Studios.
29-Nov-77Recording SessionLondon, Fulham Road, TW Studios.
First session with producer Martin Rushent.
03-Dec-77ConcertLondon, The Nashville. Generation X (billed as "Wild Youth") / The Lurkers
Essentially a warm-up gig for their appearance the following night at The Roundhouse.
04-Dec-77 Concert London, The Roundhouse.  The Valves / The Lurkers / The Saints / Generation X
Derwood and Laff smash their instruments during the encore of Youth Youth Youth.
07-Dec-77 TV Appearance London, Lime Grove Studios.  Video taping a lip synch performance of Wild Youth on Top of The Pops.  This episode is broadcast the following day (08-Dec-77) on BBC One.
17-Dec-77TV AppearanceLondon. A video taped performance of Wild Youth (perhaps filmed on 11-Nov-77) is presented on Our Show hosted by Susan Tully. Broadcast on the London Weekend Television (LWT) network.
18-Dec-77 Concert Croydon, Greyhound Hotel.  Metal Urbain / Generation X
31-Dec-77 Concert London, Rainbow Theatre.  The Rezillos / Generation X / The Ramones

1978
01-Jan-78ConcertLondon, Rainbow Theatre.  The Rezillos / Generation X / The Ramones
04-Feb-78TV AppearanceLondon. Live performances of Ready Steady Go and Promises Promises on Our Show hosted by Susan Tully. Broadcast on the London Weekend Television (LWT) network.
07-Feb-78 Record Release Single: Ready Steady Go b/w No No No (Chrysalis CHS-2207).  The cover design by Jonh Ingham is based upon one of Billy Idol's handmade t-shirts.
08-Mar-78TV AppearanceLondon, Lime Grove Studios.  Video taping a lip synch performance of Ready Steady Go on Top of The Pops. This episode is broadcast the following day (09-Mar-78) on BBC One.
08-Mar-78 Concert Norwich, University of East Anglia (cancelled).
09-Mar-78 Concert Leeds, Polytechnic (cancelled). 
10-Mar-78 Concert Liverpool, Eric's.
11-Mar-78 Concert Prior to this evening's gig, the group make an in-store promotional appearance at Virgin Records, Newcastle upon Tyne.
Newcastle, Newcastle University.  Blitzkrieg Bop / Generation X
12-Mar-78 Concert Middlesbrough, Town Hall Crypt.  Blitzkrieg Bop / Generation X
13-Mar-78 Concert Doncaster, Outlook. 
14-Mar-78 Concert Keighley, Victoria Hall.  
16-Mar-78 Concert Manchester, Rafters.  Blitzkrieg Bop / Generation X
17-Mar-78 Record Release LP: Generation X (Chrysalis CHR-1169), U.K. version.
From The Heart, One Hundred Punks, Listen, Ready Steady Go, Kleenex, Promises Promises, Day By Day, The Invisible Man, Kiss Me Deadly, Too Personal, Youth Youth Youth
17-Mar-78 Concert Derby, King's Hall.   The Killjoys / Generation X
18-Mar-78 Concert Huddersfield, Polytechnic. 
19-Mar-78 Concert Coventry, Locarno (cancelled). 
20-Mar-78 Concert Birmingham, Mayfair Ballroom.  The Killjoys / Generation X 
21-Mar-78 Concert Oxford, Elm Court.  Last Resort / Generation X 
22-Mar-78ConcertBrighton, Top Rank (cancelled). 
23-Mar-78 Concert Yate (near Bristol), Stars & Stripes.   Joe Public / Generation X
25-Mar-78 Concert St. Albans, City Hall.   Back Alley Princes / Generation X
26-Mar-78 Concert Croydon, Greyhound Hotel.  The Jolt / Generation X
Your Generation, From The Heart, Trying for Kicks, Kiss Me Deadly, Invisible Man, Promises Promises, Wild Youth, 100 Punks, Kleenex, Listen, Too Personal, Day by Day, No No No, Ready Steady Go, Gimme Some Truth, Youth Youth Youth, Your Generation 
30-Mar-78ConcertReading, Bones Club. 
31-Mar-78 Concert Margate, Dreamland, Sunshine Rooms. The Jolt / Generation X 
Your Generation, From The Heart, Trying for Kicks, Invisible Man, Kiss Me Deadly, Promises Promises, Wild Youth, 100 Punks, Kleenex, Listen, Too Personal, Day by Day, No No No, Ready Steady Go, Gimme Some Truth, Youth Youth Youth, Your Generation 
01-Apr-78 Concert Dartford, YMCA Hall (cancelled). 
02-Apr-78 Concert Chelmsford, Chancellor Hall.   The Jolt / Generation X
03-Apr-78 Concert Bournemouth, Village Bowl. (re-scheduled to 07-Apr-78)
04-Apr-78 Concert Newport, Stowaway. 
05-Apr-78 Concert Plymouth, Woods Centre.   The Jolt / Generation X
06-Apr-78 Concert Penzance, Winter Gardens.  The Jolt / Generation X
07-Apr-78ConcertBournemouth, Village Bowl.   Strate Jacket / The Jolt / Generation X
08-Apr-78ConcertBishops Stotford, Triad Centre. 
09-Apr-78 Concert London, Roundhouse. The Jolt / Reggae Regular / Generation X
11-Apr-78ConcertCoventry, Locarno (nearly cancelled due to a ban by Mecca org, but did take place).
12-Apr-78ConcertBrighton, Top Rank (nearly cancelled due to a ban by Mecca org, but did take place).
The Jolt / Generation X
14-Apr-78 Concert High Wycombe, Town Hall. The Jolt / Generation X
15-Apr-78ConcertNorthampton, Northamptonshire County Cricket Ground.  The Jolt / Generation X
?-78 Film Appearance Filming appearance in DOA, lip synching to Kiss Me Deadly.
11-May-78 Concert London, Paris Theatre. Recorded live and later broadcast on BBC Radio on 27-May-78.
Your Generation, From The Heart, Shakin' All Over, Kiss Me Deadly, King Rocker, Kleenex, The Invisible Man, One Hundred Punks, Youth Youth Youth
19-May-78ConcertBirmingham, Barbarella's.
20-May-78TV AppearanceLondon, ATV Studios. Revolver hosted by Peter Cook (cancelled due to technical problems).
2?-May-78NewsBilly flies to the USA for a two week visit. He spends time in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco promoting the American release of Generation X's debut LP.
26-May-78ConcertCalifornia, San Francisco, Mabuhay Gardens.
Billy performs with The Offs (a local punk/ska band).
03-Jun-78 Concert France, Paris, Hippodrome.
12-Jun-78Recording
Session
London, BBC Studios. Intended for radio broadcast.
Shakin' All Over, King Rocker, One Hundred Punks
27-Jun-78Radio BroadcastBBC Radio, Kid Jensen Radio Show. Broadcast of songs recorded on 12-Jun-78.
08-Aug-78 Concert Stowaway, Newport.
09-Aug-78ConcertLeeds, Fan Club.
10-Aug-78 Concert Edinburgh, The Astoria.  Simple Minds / Generation X
11-Aug-78 Concert Retford, Nottinghamshire, The Porterhouse.
12-Aug-78 Concert Sheffield, The Limit Club.
??-Sep-78ConcertCentral London Polytechnic
Tony James makes a solo appearance joining Sham 69 on stage during their encore. Together they perform The Israelites along with Misty in Roots.
??-Oct-78 Recording Session With Ian Hunter as producer, the band record their second LP Valley Of The Dolls (released in the UK on 26-Jan-79). Wessex Sound Studio, 106 Highbury New Park, North London N5.
16-Nov-78ConcertLiverpool, Eric's. A matinee show at 5pm for ages 18 and under, and then a standard evening show at 8pm.
24-Nov-78 Concert High Wycombe, Town Hall.  The Cure / Generation X
25-Nov-78 Concert Northampton, County Cricket Club.  The Cure / Generation X
26-Nov-78 Concert Croydon, Greyhound Hotel.  The Cure / Generation X
28-Nov-78 Concert Cardiff, Top Rank.  The Cure / Generation X
29-Nov-78 Concert London, Wembley Arena. Slade / Bernie Torme / Pirates / Generation X / The Jam
30-Nov-78 Concert Cheltenham, Town Hall.  The Rotovators / Generation X
01-Dec-78 Concert Birmingham, Aston University.  The Cure / Generation X
02-Dec-78 Concert West Runton, West Runton Pavillion.  The Cure / Generation X (cancelled)
03-Dec-78 Concert Bristol, Locarno.  The Cure / Generation X
05-Dec-78 Concert Hertford, Castle Hall (cancelled).
Dunstable, California Ballroom.  The Cure / Generation X (occurred). Originally announced for 12-Dec-78.
06-Dec-78 Concert Newport, Stowaway Club.
07-Dec-78 Concert Birkenhead, Hamilton Club (cancelled)
Nottingham, Boat Club (occurred). 
08-Dec-78 Concert Sheffield, Polytechnic.
Ready Steady Go, From The Heart, The English Dream, Night Of The Cadillacs, Paradise West One, No No No, Love Like Fire, King Rocker, Kiss Me Deadly, Promises Promises, Day By Day, 100 Punks, Kleenex, 100 Punks, Your Generation, Shakin' All Over
10-Dec-78ConcertRedcar, Coatham Bowl.
11-Dec-78ConcertLeeds, Fan Club at Brannigans.
12-Dec-78ConcertDunstable, California Ballroom (re-scheduled to 05-Dec-78).
York, Grey Hall (cancelled when the stage is deemed unsafe by the band).
13-Dec-78ConcertColchester, Woods Centre.
15-Dec-78 Concert Manchester, Mayflower (re-scheduled to 22-Dec-78 at The Factory).
Brighton, Top Rank (cancelled due to a punk ban introduced after a recent Buzzcocks gig).
16-Dec-78 Concert Liverpool, Eric's.
20-Dec-78 Concert London, Electric Ballroom.  The Edge / Chelsea / Generation X
Ready Steady Go, From The Heart, English Dream, Night Of The Cadillacs, Paradise West, No No No, Love Like Fire, King Rocker, Kiss Me Deadly, Promises Promises, Day By Day, 100 Punks, Wild Youth, 100 Punks
22-Dec-78ConcertManchester, The Factory.

1979
03-Jan-79TV AppearanceLondon, Lime Grove Studios.  Video taping a lip synch performance of King Rocker on Top of The Pops. This episode is broadcast the following day (04-Jan-79) on BBC One.
05-Jan-79 Record Release Single: King Rocker b/w Gimme Some Truth (Chrysalis CHS-2261). Released with four different colors of vinyl and picture sleeves: red = Idol, pink = James, orange = Derwood, yellow = Laff. This single proves to be Generation X's greatest UK chart success topping out at #11.
15-Jan-79 Recording Session London, BBC Maida Vale Studio 4. Recording session for broadcast on the John Peel Show.
Love Like Fire, English Dream, Night Of The Cadillacs, Paradise West
17-Jan-79 Concert London, Paris Theatre. Live in-concert perfomance recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio.
Ready Steady Go, Night Of The Cadillacs, Paradise West, King Rocker, Kiss Me Deadly, English Dream, Your Generation
26-Jan-79 Record Release LP: Valley of the Dolls (Chrysalis CHR-1193)
Running With The Boss Sound, Night Of The Cadillacs, Paradise West, Friday's Angels, King Rocker, Valley Of The Dolls, English Dream, Love Like Fire, The Prime Of Kenny Silvers
31-Jan-79 TV Appearance London, Lime Grove Studios.  Video taping a lip synch performance of King Rocker on Top of The Pops. This song is making its second appearance with the band (see also 03-Jan-79). This episode is broadcast the following day (01-Feb-79) on BBC One.
09-Feb-79 Concert Manchester, Mayflower (cancelled).
Bath, Pavilion (cancelled).
Malvern, Winter Gardens (occurred).
10-Feb-79 Concert Leicester, University of Leicester.
11-Feb-79 Concert Middlesbrough, Town Hall Crypt.
12-Feb-79 Concert Wolverhampton, Civic Hall.  Neon Hearts / Bernie Torme / Generation X
13-Feb-79 Concert Blackburn, King George's Hall.
14-Feb-79 Radio Broadcast BBC Radio, John Peel Show, broadcast of songs recorded on 15-Jan-79
14-Feb-79 Concert Bradford University, Queens Hall.
15-Feb-79 Concert Falkirk, Maniqui.  The Cuban Heels / The Heat / Generation X 
16-Feb-79 Concert Edinburgh, Edinburgh University.
17-Feb-79 Concert Aberdeen, Aberdeen University.  Bernie Torme / Generation X
18-Feb-79 Concert Dundee, University (cancelled).
Fife, St. Andrews University.
19-Feb-79 Concert Ayr, Pavilion.
20-Feb-79 Concert Sheffield, Top Rank.
21-Feb-79 Concert Hanley, Victoria Hall.  Bernie Torme / Generation X
22-Feb-79 Concert Manchester, Mayflower Club (rescheduled to 23-Feb-79).
Coventry, Lanchester Polytechnic.
23-Feb-79 Concert Bath, Pavilion (cancelled).
Manchester, Mayflower Club.
24-Feb-79 Concert Birmingham, Barbarella's. Bernie Torme / Generation X
25-Feb-79 Concert London, Lyceum Ballroom.  UK Subs (filling in for The Mekons) / The Fall / Generation X
Generation X are forced off the stage by an onslaught of objects thrown by fans of the UK Subs.
26-Feb-79 Concert Warrington, Carlton Club.
27-Feb-79 Concert London, Lyceum. The Fall / Generation X
03-Mar-79TV AppearanceBroadcast of The Saturday Morning Show, hosted by Elvis Payne, over London Weekend Television (LWT). This episode features a live peformance of King Rocker, an interview with Billy, and then Valley of the Dolls.
23-Mar-79 Record Release Single: Valley of the Dolls b/w Shakin' All Over (Chrysalis CHS-2310). First editions are printed on brown-marble colored vinyl.
04-Apr-79 TV Appearance London, Lime Grove Studios.  Video taping a lip synch performance of Valley of the Dolls on Top of The Pops. This episode is broadcast the following day (05-Apr-79) on BBC One.
14-Apr-79ConcertLondon, Alexandra Palace
Tony James joins Tom Robinson (from The Tom Robinson Band) and Jake Burns (from Stiff Little Fingers) to perform live on stage at the finale of the Rock Against Racism Red Rhino tour.
25-Apr-79TV AppearanceLondon, Lime Grove Studios.  Video taping a lip synch performance of Valley of the Dolls on Top of The Pops. This song is making its second appearance with the band (see also 04-Apr-79). This episode is broadcast the following day (26-Apr-79) on BBC One.
26-Apr-79 News Members of Generation X attend a concert at the Cambridge, North London, to watch performances by Back To Zero / The Purple Hearts / The Chords.
17-Jun-79 Record Release Single: Friday's Angels b/w Trying for Kicks / This Heat (Chrysalis CHS-2330). The first pressing is on red vinyl.
20-Jun-79 Concert London, Marquee Club. Two shows at 6pm and 9pm.   Private Vices / Generation X
Ready Steady Go, Trying for Kicks, This Heat, English Dream, Triumph, Anna Smiles, Wild Youth, Revenge, Kiss Me Deadly, Valley of the Dolls, Fridays Angels, Day By Day, King Rocker,  Shakin' All Over
25-Jun-79 Concert Japan, Tokyo.
26-Jun-79 Concert Japan, Tokyo.
28-Jun-79 Concert Japan, Osaka Hall.
Ready Steady Go, Trying for Kicks, This Heat, English Dream, Triumph, Anna Smiles, Night Of The Cadillacs, No No No, Valley Of The Dolls, Revenge, Kiss Me Deadly, Fridays Angels, Wild Youth, Day By Day, King Rocker, Your Generation, Rock'n'Roll, Shakin' All Over, Youth Youth Youth, Outro Jam

All of this concert (except for Trying for Kicks) was later released as part
of Anthology on 08-Apr-2003. Note: Trying for Kicks is listed on the packaging but the song heard on the disc is actually This Heat.
?-Jul-79 Recording Sessions Recording sessions for the aborted third LP at Olympic Studios in south London. These tapes were eventually issued as Sweet Revenge on 14-Apr-1998, and then later as part of Anthology on 08-Apr-2003.
19-Aug-79 Concert Isle of Man, Palace Lido.
Ready Steady Go, Trying for Kicks, This Heat, English Dream, Triumph, Anna Smiles, From the Heart, No No No, Valley Of The Dolls, Revenge, Kiss Me Deadly, Fridays Angels, Wild Youth, Day By Day, King Rocker, Your Generation
25-Aug-79TV AppearanceLondon Weekend Television (unconfirmed).  Promises Promises, plus two other songs.
24-Nov-79ConcertLiverpool, Eric's   Algiers / Generation X
A matinee show at 5PM followed by an evening show at 8PM.
27-Nov-79ConcertExeter, Routes.
28-Nov-79ConcertTotnes, Civic Hall.
02-Dec-79ConcertLeeds, Fan Club (cancelled).

In May 1979, Bob "Derwood" Andrews tells the other band members, that he is quitting the band. However, his departure is short lived and he soon comes back to finish the remaining live dates (including a tour of Japan) as well as recording sessions for the 3rd LP Sweet Revenge. On December 19th 1979, Derwood again announces to the band that he is leaving and this time sticks to his decision. On January 23rd 1980, Billy and Tony ask drummer Mark Laff to leave the band as well.

Bob "Derwood" Andrews and Mark Laff go on to form the group Empire and release one LP Expensive Sound in 1981, before breaking up.

Billy Idol and Tony James recruit former Chelsea guitarist James Stevenson and ex-Clash drummer Terry Chimes, re-christen the group Gen X, and go on to release one LP Kiss Me Deadly in 1981, before breaking up.

1993
20-Sep-93 Concert London, Astoria.  Billy Idol / Generation X
Almost 14 years after last playing together, the classic line up of Generation X perform a one-off reunion concert. The event is filmed by Chrysalis Records.
Kleenex, Ready Steady Go, Day By Day, Kiss Me Deadly, King Rocker, 100 Punks, Your Generation

Is that all? Well, all four members are still alive so anything is possible.

 

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Chelsea in 1976
w/Gene October on vocals

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Generation X in 1977
w/John Towe on drums


A flyer for 15-Jan-77.


10-Mar-77
Live at Nags Head.


A flyer for 31-Mar-77.


29-June-77
Live at the Winning Post


Advert for 30-June-77.

...and live on 30-June-77.

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20-Jul-77
Live at the Marquee.

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Posing with Eros.

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Advert for 10-Aug-77


Advert for 26-Aug-77


01-Sept-77
Your Generation b/w Day By Day

Advert for 06-Sep-77


07-Sep-77
Marc Bolan TV show
 


23-Sep-77
Live in Manchester

Advert for 02-Oct-77.


Advert for 07-Oct-77


Oct-77
Gibus Club in Paris


18-Nov-77
Wild Youth b/w Wild Dub


10-Feb-78
Ready Steady Go b/w No No No


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17-Mar-1978
The self titled debut LP

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A promotional photo from '78


Advert for 02-Apr-78.


A ticket for 09-Apr-78.

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Advert for 03-Dec-78.


Ticket from 10-Dec-78.


Poster advert for 20-Dec-78.


Ticket from 09-Feb-79.


Advert for the cancelled Bath, Pavilion gig on 23-Feb-79.


Ticket for 21-Feb-79.


Advert for 25-Feb-79.


14-Apr-79; Tony (on right) makes a guest appearance.


Ticket from 26-Jun-79 in Japan.

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Sweet Revenge the 3rd album recorded in summer of 1979, but not  released until 1998.


27 & 28-Nov-79
The end of the road.

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20-Sep-93
The reunion concert.


Special thanks to Mark Gale for research and assistance in developing this timeline.
Special thanks to Mark Laff for allowing access to his 1977 diaries.


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