The Adelphi Club in Hull was the first gig The La’s played outside of Liverpool. It was the first place Pulp played outside of their home town of Sheffield and so on. The La’s were embraced by the Adelphi regulars who immediately knew this was something very special. They played at The Adelphi 3 times in total building a following and signing to Go Discs in the process. One performance was recorded and 2 tracks are included on the “One Man & his Bog” Adelphi CDs.
Jon Power recalls:
“I’ve played the Adelphi about 15 times, lots of times with both The La’s and Cast. The Adelphi was the first gig that I ever did, that The La’s ever did, outside of Liverpool. Paul Jackson and the Adelphi came in with a gig for us. We didn’t have a drummer and the three of us drove over there with a hotchpotch selection of guitars. I borrowed one, a Mustang bass. I remember the gig well, like no drummer, but we seemed to have a good laugh. We drove home full of good ambitions and it was the beginning of something, the beginning of all our dreams coming into some kind of order”
For those who witnessed The La’s play live in the tiny Adelphi concert room the experience has yet to be equalled.
“The La’s: the best band I ever saw at the Adelphi.” Nick Clay – Pink Noise
“I missed The La’s first acoustic only set (think this was their first show outside of da’ pool), but got to see their next Adelphi gig. What a live band they were, these first few Adelphi shows were as good as they get. Paul used to play the demo version of ‘Liberty Ship’ over the Adelphi sound system, a psychedelic epic, which still sends shivers down my spine.” Jonny Dawe – Death by Milkfloat
“My band Coyote Trap supported The La’s at one of their first Adelphi gigs. They were breathtaking. Loads of people who’d never heard of them came through from the pool room to watch. Brilliant to hear the opening bars to ‘There She Goes’ for the very first time through the Adelphi PA.” Katy Noone – Coyote Trap