Anti-Pasti gig will give Derby punk fans taste of what they have missed for 18 years
A PUNK band who once played with legendary rockers The Clash are to perform in their home city for the first time in 18 years.
Anti-Pasti were founded in 1978 and, during a brief career, scored a top 40 album and number one hits in the UK Indie Chart.
They were reunited for a tour in 1995, when their records were re-released on CD, but have not played in Derby since.
Now after a handful of comeback shows last year, they have been booked to play Assembly Rooms in September, to coincide with the release of a new four-track EP.
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Lead singer Martin Roper, who also runs The Exeter Arms pub, in Exeter Street, Derby, said the band had played Assembly Rooms at their peak in the early 1980s.
He said: "When we did it before I had only a few days previously fallen through a window and got some very bad cuts, my arm was in a sling. We had to cancel the tour but the Derby date came up and we went ahead but without me on vocals.
"Come the gig, I was at the side of the stage, watching, but I had to run on within a few minutes to take the microphone, all bandaged up, because I just wanted to be out there. So to be coming back after all these years will be really exciting for us."
The current line-up, along with Martin, is lead guitarist Olli Hoon, drummer Kev Nixon, 48, and newcomer, bassist Ben Hanson.
After the band was founded in 1978, they started to build a substantial following, playing many gigs in and around Derby, most notably at the Cosmo Club.
They went on to perform with bands such as The Clash and The Damned. They signed to Rondelet Records in 1981 and their debut album, The Last Call, reached the top 40 in the UK album chart and they toured Britain and the US.
Their third single, Six Guns, also reached No 1 in the UK Indie Chart, as did a joint venture with The Exploited on Don't Let 'Em Grind You Down.
Anti-Pasti's next album, Caution In The Wind, was not so well received and led to conflict in the group. Martin left the band in 1982 and by 1984 it was all over.
Martin said that since the decision to reform, the comeback gigs had gone well.
He said: "We have a lot of support in countries all over the world. I've always been a bit of a showman and being out in front of thousands of people again was brilliant but playing Derby will be a real highlight.
"There are already plans to perhaps play in South America and we have gigs coming up in the Czech Republic and Slovakia."
The Assembly Rooms gig is on Saturday, September 14. For tickets, visit www.derbylive.co.uk or call the box office on Derby 255800