PRIMAL SCREAM played the first ever show in LONDON's new-look MARQUEE CLUB last Thursday night (September 5), in front of a crowd that included ATOMIC KITTEN, rock's new royal couple GAVIN ROSSDALE and GWEN STEFANI, BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB and Brit-art enfant terrible DAMIEN HIRST.
The show raised the curtain on the club, opening in its new Islington home after the West End venue closed in 1996. The £4 million venue is owned by Eurythmics guitarist Dave Stewart and Mark Fuller, the entrepreneur behind London's Sugar Reef and Embassy club. It is a distance away from the cramped, sweaty Soho dive that helped launch the careers of everyone from the Rolling Stones and The Who to U2. The new 1,200 capacity club boasts a restaurant run by Michelin-starred chef and a special celebs-only gallery to keep the great and the good from the paying plebs. There is also a lift installed for roadies.
Primal Scream seemed reluctant to leave the stage, aware of the Marquee Club's rich heritage. They played at least three encores.
Those on the huge guest-list who popped along to see the Primals and the club also included Death In Vegas, BBC Radio 1 DJ Sara Cox, her husband, superstar DJ Jon Carter, Live Aid hero turned successful entrepreneur Bob Geldof, celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, former champion jockey Richard Dunwoody and Amen's Casey Chaos.