https://www.last.fm/music/Budgie/Greatest+Hits/Parents A great clip live.
This bootleg showcases Budgie during a period of transition in their musical career, moving away from their big power ballads and steering more towards heavier, riff orientated songs. In 1979, John Thomas took over the axeman role from Budgie's temporary guitarist Rob Kendrick. An ex-George Hatcher player, "JT" injected the band with a new lease of life. Signing to RCA, their momentum was accelerated by the birth of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal which lead many younger rock fans to discover their back catalogue. In the next 3 years, Budgie released an E.P 'If Swallowed Do Not Induce Vomitting', three albums (Power Supply / Nightflight / Deliver Us From Evil), headlined the 1982 Reading Festival and took Poland by storm. . Incredibly, 1983 saw the band without a record deal and without a live album to encapsulate their stage delivery. They soldiered on until our last gig in 1988 with Jim Simpson (ex-UFO), Williams having departed in late '86. In 1994, Shelley re-formed Budgie with Thomas and Robert 'Congo' Jones (ex-Love Sculpture) to headline the San Antonio music festival in front of 25,000 screaming Texans. Again, thanks to promoter Bill Lee, they returned to Texas in 1996 for another one-off show to celebrate 25 years since their first album. A lavish double CD anthology, 'An Ecstacy Of Fumbling' came out in 1996. Via New Millennium Communications, a double live CD 'We Came, We Saw' featuring the entire Reading Festival Performances from 1980 and 1982 was released. To be honest, this material should have come out as a live album at the time of their popularity in the early 80's. 1997 and 1998 was a period of inactivity touring wise, and many fans thought Burke had called it a day once more. However, 'Heavier Than Air' was released, a double CD of rare live recordings spanning their career from 1972 to 1978. It gave fans the first official release of live guitar work by the hugely popular Tony Bourge. . Thanks to promotion from Ray Cordell and Alan Howard and management from Paul Cox, Letchworth 1999 and featured their first UK live performance in 11 years and the return of Steve Williams on drums. This was a warm-up show for the annual rock festival held in Sweden, with Budgie headlining on 12th June 1999. The 80's classic reformed line-up then played San Antonio for the 3rd time in April 2000. Tragedy then struck with John Thomas suffering a cerebral aneurysm in June 2000. For a period, no one knew whether he would ever play guitar again. For those fans who were aware of John's illness, his return to the stage at the Legends of Welsh Rock was an emotional one. Budgie headlined this gig in Wales in September 2001. John Thomas, whilst not back to 100% top form, played a great show considering the treatment and recuperation he'd gone through. At the start of 2002, Burke Shelley was in the mood to get back on the road once more and to engage the band into some serious touring. Andy Hart, a Birmingham based guitarist well known to JT was enlisted to replace him. In 2002, Burke, Steve and Andy played over 30 dates, two of these being in the States. The show at San Antonio on 2nd August was recorded and released as a live CD entitled Life In San Antonio in November 2002. Due to commitments outside of Budgie, Andy Hart left the band in Feb 2003 to be replaced by Simon Lees who toured the US, Sweden, Holland, Poland and the UK with Budgie and also played on, and co wrote, much of the bands first studio album in over twenty years entitled 'You're All Living In Cuckoo Land'. .
An article I found from Simon Wilson regarding Bootleg recordings of Budgie. More to follow over the next few weeks when I have time. BUDGIE - THE BOOTLEGS http://budgiefanclub.tripod.com/index-BOOTLEG.html BY: Simon Wilson - 12th December 1998 This page features all the known BUDGIE Bootlegs that are in existance. If anyone knows of other Budgie Bootlegs then please contact me. Latest Bootlegs... - Global Village, London, England 09/03/74 UK Bootleg CDR released December 1998 - "Breadfunsy", London, England 08/02/75 Japanese Bootleg CD released December 1998 NOTE: Regarding the two new Bootlegs released I would like to say the following.. I actually obtained 1st gen copies of these tapes from the guy who originally recorded them. I have traded copies of these tapes to a select group of Budgie fans over the years. I know who I gave copies of these tapes too. I also know who has given these tapes to be made into Bootlegs. I don't think it's fair that the members of the band don't get any royalties for these. You once again will be ripping fans off with poor quality sound on the CD's and releasing rehashed material again (ie BBC 1972). I will never again be trading any previously uncirculated tapes (oh yes I have more!!) to you or anyone associated to you. Be careful what you do in future!! As a final note, most people know I collect everything on Budgie. In conjunction with Paul Cox I have managed to assist in the production of the recent Budgie CD's aka 'Heavier Than Air'. Paul has done alot of work convincing Burke that this is what the fans want. It certainly doesn't help when certain assholes put out some of the crap Bootlegs I have been seeing lately. On the other hand if a quality Bootleg CD is released, I think in many ways this is a bonus for the fans and in a roundabout way the promotion of Budgie. Simon Wilson - 12th December 1998 BOOTLEG COMPACT DISCS BUDGIE - More Bootlegs! (Global Village, London 09/03/74 & "Breadfunsy", London 08/02/75 plus BBC 73) BUDGIE - UK Bootleg CDR's (De Montfort Hall, Leicester 21/09/75 & Sounds Of The Seventies, BBC 03/11/72) BUDGIE - Electric Ballroom (Live at the Electric Ballroom, Milwaukee, WI, USA 4th May 1978) BUDGIE - Live In Concert (Live at Ricco's, Belleville, IL, USA December 1976) BUDGIE - Breaking The Kill (Live at Ricco's and De Montfort Hall, Leicester, England 21st September 1975) BUDGIE - Dodge City (Live at Electric Ballroom and The Whiskey, Los Angeles, CA 22nd April 1978) BOOTLEG CASSETTE TAPES