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.
Date format is DD-MMM-YY.

-Information in grey italics is uncertain-


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

Boruch Alan Bermowitz (a.k.a. Alan Vega) was born in the Bronx, New York (US) on the 23rd of June 1938 as the son of a working-class diamond setter. He spent his childhood in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn (NYC) and in the late 50s studied fine art and physics at Brooklyn College in Manhattan, graduating in 1960. By 1969 Vega is working, creating (light sculptures) 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), on the 18th of December, 1947, as the son of a working-class union organizer. In 1969 Martin's future wife Mari Montgomery is part of Julian Beck's "The Living Theatre". Alan, Martin along with Mari started experimenting with improvized music at the "Project of Living Artists". When by mid 1970 Martin's jazz 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) as well as "Dream Baby Dream: Suicide: A New York City Story", a book by Kris Needs (Omnibus Press 2015).


Line-up #1 (New York City: 1970-1971):
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: First Suicide shows. Series of Friday nights @ the Project of Living Artists, an experimental arts lab, then situated at 729 Broadway. Labeled as "Punk Music by Suicide". Paul Liebgott at the time was a sculptor working at the Project.


New York November 1970

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

Photo: Scan of photo reproduced in "Suicide - No Compromise", a book by David Nobakh.

Note: Another of the Friday night shows @ the Project.


New York 20-Nov-70

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

Flyer: Scan of postcard 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: Another of the Friday night shows @ the Project. After the show on the 25th they hear that, jazz legend, Albert Ayler's body had been found floating in the East River, at the foot of the Congress Street Pier. He had taken the ferry at Liberty Island and jumped overboard. He was only 34 years old.






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 #2A (New York City: 1971):
Alan Vega (vocals) and Marty Rev (keyboards), with Marty'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.

Note: A basement club (capacity 250), run by two Italian brothers, Arnie and Nicky Ungano.


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.


xx-xxx-71
US NY,New York City,Village Vanguard

Note: Sunday matinee performance. The club, located at 178 Second Avenue, opened in 1934. Owner Max Gordon, switched to an all-jazz repertoire in 1957 and had many performances by Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Bill Evans, Charles Mingus, Pharoah Sanders and all the other jazz greats.


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 Milkwood Tapestry, Fat Alice from Dallas]

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

Note: Sunday afternoon show. Art D'Lugoff opened the The Village Gate in 1958, on the ground floor and basement of 160 Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village.


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,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 09-May-71

09-May-71
US US NY,New York City,Crawdaddy's
(former Birdland)
[with Zoot Sims and his big band]

Poster: Reproduction taken from "Dream Baby Dream: Suicide: A New York City Story" a book by Kris Needs.

Note: Labeled as "Punk Music by Suicide".


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".


New York 025-Sep-71

25-Sep-71
US US NY,New York City,Damrosch Park,Guggenheim Bandshell
[support for Steven Inkwhite Tintweiss (from the Albert Ayler band) with James DuBoise]

Poster: Reproduction taken from "Dream Baby Dream: Suicide: A New York City Story" a book by Kris Needs.

Note: Labeled as "Punk Music".






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

Line-up #2B (New York City: 1972-1974):
Alan Vega (vocals) and Marty Rev (keyboards/drums).

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,Oscar Wilde Room

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. Roy Hollingworth [of UK music mag Melody Maker] covered the band's show on the 11th in an article published on October 21, 1972.


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

Note: Part of the residency on Wednesdays. Reviewed in the "Riffs" section of Village Voice on November 9, 1972.


New York City 08-Nov-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.


New York City 15-Nov-72

15-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 (just 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.

Note: Event promoted by Marty Thau (then manager of The New York Dolls), Suicide billed as "Alan Suicide". Suicide perform at the "Kitchen" room.


New York City 01-Apr-73

01-Apr-73
US NY,New York City,Mercer Arts Center,Blue Room Cabaret

Ad: Scan taken from the Village Voice 29-Mar-73.


New York City 25-May-73

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

Photo: Credit Paul Zone. Taken from his photobook "Playground" (Glitterati 2014).

Note: Labeled as "A Punk Mass". By 1973 the Project of Living Artists had moved to 133 Greene Street.


New York City 25/26-May-73

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 03-Aug-73

03-Aug-73
US NY,New York City,Broadway Central Hotel/Mercer Arts Center collapses.

Note: On the 3rd of August the Broadway Central Hotel collapses as well as part of the Mercer Arts Center where the band had a residency starting as per October 1972. Photo taken from the Daily News on 07-Aug-73.


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 original 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)

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

Note: Labeled as "Dream Rock".


New York City 25-Feb-74

25-Feb-74
US NY,New York City,Brandy's II
[with Flight]

Ad: Scan taken from the Village Voice 21-Feb-74.

Note: Brandy's II then located @ 84 York Avenue (btwn 83rd & 84th St).


New York City 16-Mar-74

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

Photo: Credit Paul Zone. Taken from his photobook "Playground" (Glitterati 2014). The Fast are Paul, Miki and Mandy Zone.

Note: Small 88-seater theater on West 48th street.


New York City 17-Mar-74

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

Flyer: Reproduction taken from his photobook "Playground" (Glitterati 2014).

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
[support for The Fast]

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

Flyer: Reproduction taken from Paul Zone's photobook "Playground" (Glitterati 2014).

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 would be only 1.5 years later. In December Mickey Ruskin's Max's would close down due to 3 fires, thefts, unpaid tabs and too many drugs. It would re-open on July 14, 1975 under the ownership of Tommy Dean Mills, who enlisted Peter Crowley, former booker @ Mothers. Craig Leon attends, he would, in the summer of '77, produce together with Marty Thau the band's first self-titled album. Craig Leon also would produce the debut albums of The Ramones, Blondie and Richard Hell.






1975
The year in which Marty can afford to buy a secondhand Seeburg rhythm machine ( The Rhythm Prince). Marty's set-up now includes a Farfisa keyboard with Electro-Harmonix distortion devices, other electronics and the rhythm machine. With this equipment they write and record a batch of new songs, but hardly perform live.

Line-up #2C (New York City: 1975- to date):
Alan Vega (vocals) and Marty Rev (keyboards/electronics/drum machines).

1974/1975
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" (*) (mislabeled "Space Blue" on the "Half Alive" tape), "C'mon Babe" (an early "Cheree"), "New City" and "Do It Nice", all of which appeared on "The First rehearsal Tapes" CD (Blast First 1999).
(*) Available on the "Half Alive" tape/CD (Roir), together with "Long Talk".


1975
US NY,New York City,Sundragon studio (at 9 West 20th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenue), recording amongst others: "Dreams" (early "Dream Baby Dream").Available on the "Half Alive" tape/CD (Roir).
In this studio, in 1976, the Ramones recorded their "Leave Home" album and Talking Heads their "77" album.


Oct/Nov/Dec-75
US NY,New York City,Mothers,West 23rd Street

Note: Thursday nights residency which started in October and lasted 3 months. Headlining for the first time thanks to Peter Crowley, then the booker @ Mothers, and manager of Wayne County for whom he started the punk rock shows @ Mothers. Later Peter would be enlisted @ the re-opened Max's.


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

Note: Club 82 was a famous old drag place (on 82 East 4th Street, between 2nd Avenue & the Bowery). The club was opened in 1951 as a lesbian hangout by the Maffia boss Vito Genovese's bisexual wife, Anne. Is was also, one of the many, centers of Genovese's heroin trafficking on East Fourth street. By the 70's the club was run by two bull dykes, Tommy and Butch, who as of late 1972 turned Wednesday nights over to the live bands on the glitter rock scene. When Max's Kansas City closed for the first time (end 1974 ), Club 82 became the place to be. It finally faded in '75/'76 (by then Max's had re-opened), when it was invaded by the disco crowd. In 1978 it became Film Forum, followed by an all-male stripper club.


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 cut with a lathe onto two 7" acetate copies by a guy on 48th street. One copy was put on the jukebox at Max's by Peter Crowley, where it was heard by (former New York Dolls manager) Marty Thau. 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. Lydia Lunch: "Frankie Teardrop" and Primal Scream: "Diamonds" (Blast First 2008/2009). "Ghost Rider" also released on the V/A: "Punk Legends: The American Roots" CD (Jungle Records 1997).


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: First return to Max's since '74. Peter Crowley, former booker @ Mothers, books them.


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 and initially included on the promo LP "Max's Kansas City Presents" New Wave Hits For The 80's" (MKC 1981). Talking Heads cancelled at the last minute. "During 'Rocket USA' you can hear a glass break at one point, that's Alan taking a sideways swing with the microphone into someone's beer bottle that was sitting on the table". (Peter Crowley quoted in "Dream Baby Dream: Suicide: A New York City Story" a book by Kris Needs).


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: Organised by Peter Crowley, Barbara Rothwell and Leee Black Childers.
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. All proceeds go to the Wayne County legal defence fund.


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: Ad shows Friday and Saturday, but it was actually on a Saturday and a Sunday see other add from the Village Voice. Two sets a night, one at midnight, the next at 3AM. The '76 shows @ Max's ,and Peter Crowley's support, started to build Suicide's legend.


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.


New York City 01-Nov-76

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

Ad: Scan taken from the Village Voice 01-Nov-76.

Note: First ever show by The Cramps (on a Monday night audition showcase).


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.

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


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]

Photo: Credit Ebet Roberts. Sourced from Gettyimages/Redferns music photo libraries.

Ad: Scan of ad from the Village Voice January, 1977.


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/ Creature Feature/ 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 28-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.


New York City 04-May-77

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

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

Ad: Scan of ad from Village Voice May-77.

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.


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 Is The Right Time/ Ghost Rider/ Keep Your Dreams (a.k.a. Dream Baby Dream)/ Rocket USA/ 96 Tears.

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


Summer 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. Mixed during the summer by Marty Rev, Marty Thau and Craig Leon. Mastered by George Piros @ Frankford/Wayne Mastering Labs, NY. 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 had 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 1: Taken from No Magazine.

Ad 2: Microfilm image from the Village Voice 03-Oct-77 , courtesy of Jonathan Luftig.

Note: Available on the "Live 1977-1978" CD box (Blast First 2008). Recorded, from the audience, by Eric Maché with a Sony Cassette recorder 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, from the audience, with a Sony Cassette recorder 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. Lester Bangs championed the release in his piece, "The Joy Of Suicide", published in Soho Weekly News, May 28, 1978.






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

San Francisco 03/04-Jan-78

03-Jan-78
US CA,San Francisco,Mabuhay Gardens
[with Nick Gilder, Negative Trend]

04-Jan-78
US CA,San Francisco,Mabuhay Gardens
[with U.X.A, Sleeper]

Flyer: Photo of flyer.

Photo: Photo by Bruce Conner taken from Search & Destroy #5, 1978.


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, most likely due to the double booking @ The Palladium.


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, from the audience, with a Sony Cassette recorder 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, from the audience, with a Sony Cassette recorder 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.

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

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


New York City 02/04-Feb-78

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]


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,3e Festival International de la Science-Fiction et de l’Imaginaire
(Third International Science Fiction festival)

Setlist: Rocket USA/ Ghost Rider/ Frankie Teardrop..and more.

Review: Taken from ATEM #15 February 1979, (a French fanzine founded in 1975 by Gérard Nguyen).

Note: First time in Europe. Main guest speaker is SF writer Frank Herbert ("Dune"). Also first European screening of David Lynch's "Eraserhead" film.


Brussel 16-Jun-78

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

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

Poster: Photo of poster.

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 truncated 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). Tour manager/sound mixer on the European/UK tour is Charles Ball (Lust/Unlust company).


Paris 18-Jun-78

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

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

Review: Scan taken from Feeling magazine 1978,courtesy of Dominique.

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


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

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

Note: Support on the Elvis Costello tour.


München 20-Jun-78

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

Poster: Photo of poster.

Note: Support on the Elvis Costello tour.


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

Review: Geert Kistemaker writes in newspaper the Leidse Courant, June 24, 1978: "The support act, the avant-garde duo Suicide, let out sounds from a rhythm machine operated by Martin Rev and animalistic cries by singer Alan Vega. The pretentious duo was therefore within minutes booed by the entire hall, under protest from the singer who called the audience rich people. Then he mumbled something about starving children in Harlem, after which an angry spectator wrestled his microphone."

Note: Support on the Elvis Costello tour.


23-Jun-78
NL Den Haag,Congresgebouw,Prins Willem-Alexander zaal
[support for Elvis Costello]

Note: Also this Suicide concert ended in booing and light rioting after about 45 minutes, when Costello refused to do an encore. From the newspaper the Leidsch Dagblad, June 24, 1978: "Because pop singer Elvis Costello just after ten o'clock last night did not do an encore after his main performance at the Hague, a portion of the 1500 people caused damages amounting to an estimated 25000 (Dutch) guilders. Destroyed were about seventy seats in the hall, doors were damaged, windows smashed and one person threw a large quantity of beer cans in the direction of the stage. The organization then had to lower the fire curtains. The police conducted eight arrests outside of the Congress building. The persons arrested, who had used violence, were taken to the police station."


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

Note: Support on the Elvis Costello tour. The show was intended as an evening concert, but was moved to the late afternoon, because the Dutch soccer team played the final for the World Cup against Argentina!


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.


Hamburg 28-Jun-78

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

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

Poster: Photo of poster.

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).


29-Jun-78
DE Berlin,Kant Kino,Kantstrasse 54

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

Note: Elvis Costello's show was cancelled. Most likely Suicide did the show on their own. Available on the "Live 1977-1978" CD box (Blast First 2008),listed as "Kant Kino/Neue Welt June 30 1978" and also released on the "Zero Hour" CD (Red Star 1997). Recorded by sound mixer Charles Ball (Lust/Unlust company). 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, the intro to the song "96 Tears" has the word 'spicks' [a.k.a. Latino] (as in the sentence: "written by a bunch of spicks from Detroit, Michigan") beeped out.


Berlin 30-Jun-78

30-Jun-78
DE Berlin,Neue Welt,Hasenheide 107
[support for Elvis Costello]

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

Ticket: Scan of ticket.

Note: Available on the "Live 1977-1978" CD box (Blast First 2008) listed as "Kant Kino/Neue Welt June 30 1978 - Set2", but it's unlikely they did 2 sets as support for Costello. Recorded by sound mixer Charles Ball (Lust/Unlust company). On the "Live 1977-1978" CD box recording, the intro to the song "96 Tears" has the word 'spicks' [a.k.a. Latino] (as in the sentence: "written by a bunch of spicks from Detroit, Michigan") beeped out .


07-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]

Note: Support on the Clash's "Out On Parole" tour, which had started on the 28th of June in Aylesbury, then the 29th in Leeds and the 30th in Sheffield. All 3 dates without Suicide who were still touring Germany with Costello. The Glasgow Apollo is the scene of the infamous axe incident .

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


Dunfermline 06-Jul-78

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

Ad: Scan from UK mag.


UK Clash tour July 1978

UK Clash tour July 1978

07-Jul-78
UK Chester,Deeside,Leisure Centre
[support for The Clash, with The Specials]

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 to the 22nd)

13-Jul-78
UK Blackburn,King George's Hall
[support for The Clash, with The Specials/Coventry Automatics]

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. At Crawley Alan is smashed on the nose by a skinhead. At Blackburn they were arrested by police officer Mr.Ray for possession of hash. The event is later recollected in the song "Mr.Ray".

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


14-Jul-78
UK Release of the "Cheree/I Remember" single (Bronze Records).


17-Jul-78
UK Birmingham,Barbarellas

Note: On their own, not part of The Clash tour.


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: Note: On their own, not part of The Clash tour. Above tracks available on the "Half Alive" tape/CD (Roir). Recorded by sound mixer Charles Ball (Lust/Unlust company).


21-Jul-78
UK Plymouth,The Metro

Note: On their own, not part of The Clash tour.


22-Jul-78
UK Liverpool,Eric's
[support for The Clash, with The Specials/Coventry Automatics]

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

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

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]

Note: Last 2 dates as support on the Clash's "Out On Parole" tour.

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
[with The Actors]

Flyer: Photo of flyer.

Interview: Alan Vega: "Marty and I were on stage in some big club playing disco music and they had some big ball. [A] disco ball! And Marty and I said, ‘Uh oh - watch out. Watch out...' And it turned out that the guys were all black and they were dancing to our music. And this was Edinburgh. And I remember thinking, ‘Holy shit! What do I do now?! People are dancing to Suicide’ And they were really beautiful and exquisite and I thought, ‘I’m finished! My life is over with’ [LAUGHS]. But then I said, ‘Marty, Marty, it’s alright, it’s alright, it’s four o'clock in the morning, it’s ok.’" (by Harry Sword, The Quietus, August 5th, 2015).


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 recorder 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.

Note: Hurrah was opened in November 1976 by Arthur Weinstein. It pioneered the use of videos with monitors around the club. The club became notorious for an incident on December 4, 1978, when Sid Vicious got into a fight with Todd Smith (brother of Patti Smith) resulting in the incarceration of Vicious for two months in Rikers Island. Hurrah closed on May 27, 1981.


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 wrongly 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

01/02-Dec-78
US NY,New York City,Club 57 @ the Irving Plaza
Nova Convention
[with Walter Steding, 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. Some of the rock concert parts took place @ the Irving Plaza, the rest @ the Enter Media Theater.

Flyer: Scan of flyer.

Program: Scan of program booklet.

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


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 the "Dream Baby Dream"/"Radiation" single with the help of Ric Ocasek [The Cars], but have only limited live shows. Change to ZE records.

1979
US NY,New York City,Right Track studios (on West 48th street),recording in one day the "Dream Baby Dream"/"Radiation" single. Engineered by Jay Burnett and produced by Ric Ocasek [of The Cars]. At the time Marty used a brand new Roland CR-78 Rhythm Machine ordered in by Ric. The Roland CR-78 was also used by Blondie on their "Heart of Glass" smash hit.


1979
US NY,New York City,Suicide 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.

Note: The Mudd club was co-founded by Diego Cortez with Steve Mass and Anya Phillips, and opened on the 31st of October 1978, located at 77 White Street in downtown Manhattan.


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

Setlist: Ghostrider/ and more...

Photo: Screen capture from "Inner Tube" TV show.

Note: Filmed by Paul Tschinkel for his "Innertube - New York Music New York" public access video show, that ran from 1979-1984 in Manhattan.

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 01-Jun-79

19-May-79
DE Berlin SO36

22-May-79
DE Berlin SO36

Poster: Reproduction taken from "Sympathy For The Devil - Art and Rock and Roll since 1967", exhibition catalogue published by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.


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.


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.


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


Los Angeles 04-Sep-79

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]

Poster: Reproduction of poster.

Review: Taken from the St.Petersburg Times 28-Sep-79 .

Note: Dates as support on The Cars' "Candy-O" tour.


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 .


The Midnight Special xx-Sep-79

1x-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: Burt Sugarman's music TV show. Program hosted by The Cars. Recording date could be 17-Sep-79. Broadcast on 29-Sep-79. "Dream, Baby Dream" available on the Bruce Springsteen/Suicide 10" (Blast First Petite 2008).


xx-xxx-79
US MA,Boston,The Paradise club
[support for the Cars]

xx-xxx-79
US DC,Washington,-

Note: Boston show could be 19-Sep-79.


Hollywood 24-Sep-79

24-Sep-79
US CA,San Francisco,Deaf Club
[with Noh Mercy]

Note: Show cancelled.

Flyer: Photo of flyer.


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 directed by Paul Dougherty and Walter Robinson. Produced by Edit deAk. Red Star Records. 1978


October 1979
US Suicide signs to ZE records, a New York Disco, Electro and No Wave label launched by Michael Zilkha and Michel Esteban in 1978. ZE had a long-running partnership with Island Records, leading to their records being marketed and distributed via Island, Ariola (Island's European home at the time). The band thus leaves Marty Thau's Red Star label, which had started crumbling after Thau lost some licencing deals.


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


December 1979
US NY,New York City,Sorcerer Sound studio (at 19 Mercer Street),Marty Rev records his first (self titled) solo album. Produced by Charles Ball who releases it in February 1980 on Infidelity (a sublabel of Lust/Unlust company).






1980
The year in which they record/release their 2nd album, 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.

December 1979/January 1980
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", "Las Vegas Man", "Fast Money Music", "Shadazz", "Touch Me", "Dance" and "Super Subway Comedian"). Engineered by Larry Alexander, assited by Gary Rindfuss and James Farber. Produced by Ric Ocasek [of The Cars].

At the time the Power Station was New York's most revered high-tech studio. The band is visited by Bruce Springsteen who's at the time wrapping up the recording of his "The River" album at the same studio. Years later (2005) he would cover Suicide's "Dream Baby Dream". Also recording while Suicide where there are: Carly Simon ("Come Upstairs" album) and Nile Rodgers [Chic] producing Diana Ross ("Diana" album). Michael Zilkha gave Suicide a $10,000 equipment money, the most they had ever seen. Marty buys, amongst others, a Prophet-5 synthesizer.


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]

Setlist: a.o. Ghost Rider/ Radiation/ Cheree...

Photo: Screen capture taken from "The Seven Deadly Synths" DVD.

Flyer: Photo of flyer.

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

Note: Filmed by Merrill Aldighieri. Two tracks released on her "The Seven Deadly Synths" DVD.


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,..]

Setlist: a.o. Sweetheart/ Touch Me...

Photo: Screen capture from a video by Charles Libin & Paul Cameron.

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


Second album 15-Mar-80

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
(an 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
(a 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
(an 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", with Texan Phil Hawk on guitar. Engineered by David Lichtenstein. Released in November 1980 on ZE/Celluloid, at the same time as the "Jukebox Baby" single.


Manchester 05-Jun-80

05-Jun-80
UK Manchester,DeVilles

Flyer: Scan of flyer.


Edinburgh 06-Jun-80

06-Jun-80
UK Edinburgh,Nite Club
(upstairs at the Playhouse)

Ad: Scan of ad from UK mag. Alternative ad.


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.


New York City 01-Aug-80

01-Aug-80
US NY,New York City,Dancetaria
(2 sets)

Setlist: 1st set: Dance/ Ghost Rider/ Sweetheart (a.k.a. "Love You")/ Touch Me/ Harlem/ Be Bop Kid/ Staying Alive/ Fast Money Music.

Photo: Screen capture from the fantastic Nightclubbing video.

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
(an Alan Vega solo show)


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.


12-Nov-80
US MD,Largo,Capital Centre
[support for The Cars]

Note: Supporting The Cars on some of their "Panorama Tour" dates.


Hartford 13-Nov-80

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

Setlist: Fireball/ Ghost Rider/ Dream Baby Dream/ Rocket USA/ Rock 'N' Roll (Is Killing My Life)/ Sweet White Lady (don't do heroin).

Review: Scan from The Day newspaper November 15, 1980. "I'm suprised they don't get shot", someone behind me yelled above the din....

Ticket: Scan of ticket .

Note: Supporting The Cars on some of their "Panorama Tour" dates. According to Billboard magazine dated November 29, 1980 over 12,000 people attended. The band is met with a tornado of verbal abuse: "Boo!... Go home!.... You suuuck!... Queers! ... I hate you!...Oh nooo!.. Get outta here asshole..." etc...


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

Note: Support for The Cars on some of their "Panorama Tour" dates. According to Billboard magazine dated November 29, 1980 over 11,300 people attended.


1x-Nov-80
US NJ,-
[support for The Cars]

Note: Support for The Cars on some of their "Panorama Tour" dates.


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.


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, Marty records his second as well, and Suicide performs only a few times.

1981
US NY,New York City,Skyline Studios,Alan Vega records his second solo album "Collision Drive", with Mark Kuch (on guitar), Larry Chaplan [Magic Tramps] (on bass) and Sesu Coleman [Magic Tramps] (on drums). Engineered by David Lichtenstein. Released in December 1981 on ZE/Celluloid.


10-Jan-81
US NY,New York City,Peppermint Lounge
[with Minny Pops]


New York City 24-Jan-81

24-Jan-81
US NY,New York City,Club 57 @ Irving Plaza
[with Johnny Thunders, The B-Girls]

Review: Taken from New York Rocker April 1981.


February 1981
US NY,New York City,Blank Tapes studio,Martin Rev starts the recording of his "Clouds Of Glory" album. Engineered by Butch Jones, produced by Marty Thau. Released in 1985 on New Rose.


24-Apr-81
US NY,New York City,The Ritz


01-May-81
US PA,Philadelphia,Omni
(2 sets)

Setlist: 1st set: ending with Ghost Rider
2nd set (at 01:00AM) Mr.Ray/ 03. ?/ 96 Tears/ Be Bop A Lula/ Ghost Rider.


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
(an 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 ("Way Of Life") in 1987 and a 4th ("Why Be Blue") in 1992. Live dates are either one off dates or part of very short tours.

New York City 28-Jul-84

28-Jul-84
US NY,New York City,Club 57 @ Irving Plaza
[with Angel Corpus Christi and Raw Youth]

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

Flyer: Photo of flyer.

Review: Taken from Dangerous Rhythms #5, spring 1985 (show date is erroneously listed as 18-Aug-84 in review).

Photo: Photo (depicting Andrea Ross [Angel Corpus Christi], Marty and Alan) credit Howard Thompson.

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 @ 254 East Second Street

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

Poster: Photo of poster.

Note: Club opened by Arthur Weinstein (of Hurrah fame).


New York City 27-Sep-86

27-Sep-86
US NY,New York City,CBGB
[with Die Kreuzen, Ritual Tension]

Setlist: Dance/ Devastation/ Cheree/ Dream Baby Dream/ Rock 'N' Roll (Is Killing My Life)/ Rocket USA.

Photo: Screen capture from a private video, shot by Greg Fasolino.


Amsterdam 27-Oct-86

27-Oct-86
NL Amsterdam,Paradiso

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

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

Note: Start of a 4 date European tour. 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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London 30-Oct-86

30-Oct-86
UK London,The Camden Palace
[with Das Psych-Oh! Rangers]

Setlist: Dance/ Rocket USA/ Surrender/ Devastation/ Fast Money Music/ Jukebox Baby-96 Tears/ Cheree.

Ad: Scan from UK mag. Initial version of ad with wrong date (29th).

.

New York City 25-Nov-86

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

Ad: Scan of ad.

.

17-Jan-87
IT Gabicce Mare,Aleph Club

Setlist: Dance/ Rocket USA/ Cheree/ Devastation/ Johnny/ Love So Lovely/ Jukebox Babe/ Surrender.


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.

.

29-Jan-87
NO Oslo,Sardines


Japan March 1987

26-Mar-87
JP Tokyo,Shibuya Live Inn
[with Boredoms and Off Mask 00]

27-Mar-87
JP Yokohama,Shimizu
[with Boredoms and Off Mask 00]

Ad: Ad taken from Listening But Hearing magazine. Short 4 date tour, organised by Selfish Records.

.

Tokyo 28-Mar-87

28-Mar-87
JP Tokyo,Shibuya Live Inn
[with Boredoms and Off Mask 00]

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

Ad: Ad taken from Listening But Hearing magazine. Short 4 date tour, organised by Selfish Records.


29-Mar-87
JP Kyoto,Big Fire Escape
[with Boredoms and Off Mask 00]


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.


Leeds 29-Dec-87

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

Setlist: Dominic Christ/ Johnny/ Cheree/ Jukebox Baby.

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.


xx-Feb-88
CAN ON,Toronto,Silver Dollar


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]

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


London 15-Sep-88

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

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

Ad: Scan from UK mag.


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.


New York City 21-Oct-89

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

Ad: Scan from Village Voice 10-Oct-89.

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


Summer '91 + Summer '92
US NY,New York City,One Take Studios (Ric Ocasek's basement studio),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 (Enemy/Brake Out Records).


Cambridge 17-Jul-92

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

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


1992/1993
US NY,New York City,The Limelight






1998
The year of -another- 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", an art installation celebrating US culture. 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.


London 07-Mar-98

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.

Ad: Scan from UK mag.

Note: Recorded by Steve Wright, and released 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)


Barcelona 17-Jun-99

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.

Photo: Screen capture from TV.

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).






Suicide circa 2007
Marty Rev and Alan Vega - London circa 2007. Photo credit: © Sarah Lee (The Guardian).


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. Reviews of the live shows generally state the disappointing performances. Recording of their 5th and final album ("American Supreme") in 2001.
In 2012, Alan Vega suffered a heart attack and a massive stroke.

New York City 21-Jan-00

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]

Ad: Scan from Village Voice 04-Jan-00.


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]


New York City 01-Jun-01

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

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

Note: Celebrating their 30th birthday.

Ad: Scan from Village Voice 05-Jun-01.


Brest 04-Aug-01

04-Aug-01
FR Brest,Manoir de Keroual
Astropolis Festival
[with Jeff Mills, Luke Slater, Schneider TM,..]

Setlist: Sister Ray Says/ Why Be Blue/ Ghost Rider/ Surrender/ Worst Nightmare/ Che.

Poster: e-Poster.


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.


Glasgow 26-Oct-01

26-Oct-01
UK Glasgow,Centre For Contemporary Art
Sonic Mook Experiment
[with Jarvis Cocker DJ set]

Setlist: Las Vegas Man/ Harlem Baby/ Ghost Rider/ Surrender/ White Man/? /?

Review: Review @ Limbos.org.

Photo: Credit Gary Barrett.


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


January 2002
US NY,New York City,6/8 Studios, continuing 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.


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,Deitch Projects,Art Fair

Note: Alan Vega exhibition "Collision Drive", followed by a Suicide live show.


New York City 19-Apr-02

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

Ad: Scan from Village Voice 23-Apr-02.


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]


Berlin 06-Nov-02

06-Nov-02
DE Berlin,Volksbühne
[with Pan Sonic and The Liars]

Photo: Credit Ullstein Bild. Sourced from Gettyimages music photo libraries.


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

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


06-Dec-02
IT Roma,Villagio Globale

07-Dec-02
IT Bologna,Link


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


Antwerpen 26-Apr-03

26-Apr-03
NL Haarlem,Toon Festival #4
[with Pan Sonic]

Note: As part of the festival Alan has an exhibition of his installations and a solo show (with his wife Liz Lamere and their son) on the 20th @ the Vishal.

Photo: Credit Caroline Grijsen .


Antwerpen 27-Apr-03

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

Ad: Scan of ad.


New York City 17-May-03

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

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

Photo: Credit Skeleton Boy .


Roskilde 27-Jun-03

27-Jun-03
DK Roskilde,Open Air festival

Flyer: e-Flyer.


Evreux 28-Jun-03

28-Jun-03
FR Evreux,Hippodrome
Le Rock dans tous ses états festival,Scène B
[with Tricky, Beth Gibbons,...]

Note: Suicide headlines day two of the festival.

Poster: Photo of poster.


01-Jul-03
AT Wien,Flex

03-Jul-03
DE Bielefeld,Forum


Belfort 05-Jul-03

05-Jul-03
FR Belfort-Presqu'ïle de Malsaucy,La Loggia stage
Eurockéennes festival
[with Tricky, Goldfrapp,..]

Photo: Photo credit Jean-Pascal Blache.


02-Aug-03
PT Oporto,CBT Heineken Dance Festival


Benicassim 10-Aug-03

10-Aug-03
ES Benicassim,Festival Internacional de Benicàssim/FIB
[with Moby, Suede, Calexico, Goldfrapp,...]

Poster: e-Poster.


13-Jan-04
DE Berlin,Club Polar TV

15-Jan-04
IT Milano,Plastic club

16-Jan-04
IT Venezia,Mythos Club

17-Jan-04
IT Rimini,Velvet

Note: Short 4-date European tour.


New York City 23-Jul-04

23-Jul-04
US NY,New York City,The Knitting Factory
[with The Homosexuals (in exile)]

Ad: Scan from Village Voice 14-Jul-04.


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 Dream.

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.


Paris 25-Jan-05

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

Setlist: White Man/ Uptown Line (a.k.a Whipeout Beat)/ Wrong Decisions/ First Come First Serve/ Cheree/ Ghost Rider/ Death Machine/ Dream Baby Dream/ Stay Alive.

Photo: Screen capture from DVD.

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
Festival d'Automne
[with Sonic Youth, Patti Smith and Placebo]


London 18-Jun-07

18-Jun-07
UK London,The Brewery,Mojo 2007 Awards

Note: Suicide receives the "Innovation in Sound" award. Other awards are "Album of the Year": Grinderman, "Lifetime Achievement Award": The Stooges, and many more..

Photo: Credit unknown.


19-Jun-07
UK London,Buffalo Bar
(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: Saturn Drive/ White Man/ Dachau, Disney, Disco/ Ghost Rider/ Cheree/ Death Machine/ Wrong Decisions/ Frankie Teardrop/ Psychopatha.

Photo: Credit Olgu Aytac .


Brooklyn 15-May-08

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

Photo: Credit Zach Dilgard .

Note: Child Abuse is Tim Dahl's band. Tim will in 2013 join Lydia Lunch's Retrovirus project.


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/Alan Vega 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]

Setlist: Rocket USA/ new song/ Wrong Decisions/ Surrender/ Ghost Rider/ Shimmer/ Girl.


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 NY 2009 festival
(performance of the complete first album)

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

Photo: Credit Roger Kisby. Sourced from Gettyimages music photo libraries.

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 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.

Photo: Credit Marc Broussely. Sourced from Gettyimages/Redferns music photo libraries.

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]


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”


16-Mar-12
US NY,New York City,at the age of 74 Alan Vega suffers a heart attack and a massive stroke, eventually undergoing surgery, which wasn’t initially thought to be viable, but in the meantime Alan recovered fairly OK.
"He's basically kept alive through the medication he takes. It was very challenging because he still has difficulty speaking and finding words... He still gets confused at times. His knees are almost totally riddled with arthritis, making it very difficult for him to walk." Liz Lamere, as quoted in "Dream Baby Dream: Suicide: A New York City Story", a book by Kris Needs.


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

Note: Suicide's show is cancelled.


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. Suicide's show is cancelled.


Marseilles 05-Jul-14

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

Poster: e-Poster.

Note: First live show after Alan's heart attack/stroke 2 years earlier.


Paris 08-Jul-14

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

Setlist: Ghost Rider/ Rocket U.S.A./ Cheree/ Girl/ Johnny/ ?/ Harlem/ Rain Of Ruin/ Frankie Teardrop/ ?

Photo: Screen capture from private video.


New York City 07-Mar-15

07-Mar-15
US NY,New York City,Webster Hall,Grande Ballroom
[with The Vacant Lots, Pharmakon]

Promo: "The Vacant Lots have been invited to support Suicide in New York, at what will be the legendary synth duo’s first hometown show in over six years. Suicide frontman Alan Vega recently finished work on a remix of "6 AM" from The Vacant Lots’ debut album, 'Departure'"

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

Flyer: e-Flyer .


London 09-Jul-15

09-Jul-15
UK London,Barbican Centre

Setlist: Feral choir (5mins); Henry Rollins: "Liturgy of the word" (20mins); Marty Rev performing "Stigmata" (20mins) (with Finlay Shakespeare and 3 backing singers from Sense of Sound): Whispering Bells (Del Vikings)/ Laudaumas/ Jubilate/ Domine/ Sanctus; Alan Vega performing "IT" (25mins) (with Liz Lamere and Dante Vega): Prayer/ Vision/ Screaming Jesus/ Stars; intermission (20mins); Feral choir (5mins); Suicide performing "Punk Mass" (30mins); Cheree, Frankie Teardrop, Surrender, (with Henry Rollins): Ghostrider; (with Bobby Gillespie and Jehnny Beth): Dream Baby Dream.

Photo: Credit Telegraph.co.uk.

Review: Mojo magazine #263, October 2015.

Note: Part of "Station to Station: A 30 Day Happening", a project by Doug Aitken. Most likely their last ever show.



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