5 prison gigs that get us excited for Elsewhere

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With the Elsewhere event at Maitland Gaol fast approaching we thought we’d take a look a 5 prison gigs that get us pumped for the October gig featuring Josh Pyke, The Basics, Thelma Plum and supports.

The Divinyls live at Boggo Road prison

In 1993 The Divinyls took to the stage at Queensland’s notorious Boggo Road prison as part of a triple bill with Rose Tattoo and Billy Thorpe and his Aztecs.

The set performed by The Divinyls sees lead singer Chrissie Amphlett deliver blistering renditions of all the band’s major hits.

Metallica at San Quentin prison

The concert was free, the audience was not. With a captive audience, the heavy metal giants took to the stage to churn through their biggest hits and cuts from their album St Anger.

Lead singer, James Hatfield famously said, “there are lots of souls here. And I’m not afraid to say that I love you guys.”

Johnny Cash at Falsom prison

After his 1955 song “Folsom Prison Blues”, Cash had been interested in recording a performance at a prison.

On January 13 1968 that interest became a reality when Cash plays two shows at Folsom Prison in California. The recording of that day went on to define ‘The Man In Black’ for the rest of his career.

BB King at Cook County Jail

In 1970, as part of the bluesmen’s career renaissance, BB King headed to Chicago to perform and record a show at Cook County jail.

While footage of the event is hard to come by, those in attendence noted that by the end of the show, King had the hostile prisoners in the palm of his hand.

Bob Dylan at Clinton Correctional Institute

As part of the campaign to free Rubin Carter, who was accused of killing two men and a women, Bob Dylan took his Rolling Thunder Revue to the Correctional Institution For Women in Clinton New Jersey.

Rolling Stone Magazine reported “Dylan was treated respectfully, but an apparent lack of familiarity with his songs and the lack of a danceable beat kept the prison audience seated and a bit inattentive”.

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