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1978-12-03 Bristol - Locarno (England)
 

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Robert Smith
Michael Dempsey
Laurence Tolhurst
Day of the week: Sunday
Tour: Supporting Generation X

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from the book 'Never Enough - The Story of The Cure'
An innocent enough incident occurred after their October 3 gig at the Bristol Locarno which the band believe led to them being ejected from the Generation X tour. It began when Tolhurst wandered through the backstage area, in dire need of a toilet. Although warned not to enter, he pushed past a security guard and strolled into the gents, to discover that Billy Idol was "introducing himself" to a female fan. Undeterred, Tolhurst went about his business, calmly spraying Idol's foot with pee as a farewell gesture.
"I found Billy in, shall I say, a rather compromising position with a young lady in the bathroom," Tolhurst said. "I was desperate to relieve myself, he wouldn't budge, so I did the best job I could.
Unfortunately some of Billy was in my trajectory." (Years later, Tolhurst met Idol again in New York. "He gave me the strangest look as he was trying to piece together where he remembered me from. I didn't remind him.")
The Cure and Generation X would share one more bill, on December 5 at the California Ballroom in Dunstable, but even then, according to Smith, it was only because The Cure were the only act available at short notice. "The toilet incident obviously didn't go down too well," Smith explained, "but, as well as that, we were beginning to get too good a reaction and that made them nervous."
Tolhurst confirmed this when I spoke with him. "As I recall, it [the bathroom encounter] was the excuse they needed to eject us from the tour. We had been going down too well, I think."
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The Cure
Support     | The Cure
Headliner | Generation X
Venue address:
1-2 Frogmore St
Bristol BS1 5NA
Venue naming history:
1966-1997 | Locarno
1997-1999 | (closed)
1999-2001 | Rock
2001-2008 | Carling Academy
2009-____ | O2 Academy Bristol
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The Cure appearances at this venue:
  1. 1978-12-03 Locarno
  2. 1980-04-27 Locarno Ballroom
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