TULSE HILL, LONDON
|Chris Gent - Vocals||Eddie Cox (aka Riff) - Guitar|
|Martin Glover - Bass||John Towe - Drums|
Formed in August, 1977 by original Generation X drummer John Towe, auditions pulled in 17 year old bassist Martin Glover, who along with ex-Chelsea guitarist Eddie Cox (aka; Riff) and original American singer, Skip Zero set about rehearsing at their base in Tulse Hill, South London.
After an initial batch of live dates Skip Zero jumped ship and headed back to the States. He was replaced by Chris Gent, (ex-Pressure/The Mad Hatters/Houdini) as a major UK tour supporting The Adverts was about to start.
A single was due out on Edgar Records in December 1977, but so far no copies have surfaced.
The Rage had a brief six months on the punk circuit before splitting up in February, 1978 and exploding off into a variety of other bands.
John Towe joined The Adverts after original drummer Laurie Driver quit the band.
Eddie Cox joined Rat Scabies new group, the White Cats.
Martin Glover joined The Stilletos, before changing his name to Youth and hitching up with the 4B2's and then joining Killing Joke.
Chris Gent joined The Stukas, then fronted The Autographs who released the classic powerpop single "While I'm Still Young" (check out the Youtube footage of them playing it live on the "Revolver" TV show), after which he played with the Radio Stars, The Speedometers, The Records and Secret Affair.
11.09.77; VILLAGE INN, WEMBLEY. (first gig)
15.09.77; REBECCA'S, BIRMINGHAM (supporting SLAUGHTER & THE DOGS)
17.09.77; ERIC'S, LIVERPOOL (supporting 999)
19.09.77; VORTEX, SOHO, LONDON (supporting ADAM & THE ANTS)
03.10.77; MARQUEE CLUB, SOHO, LONDON (supporting CHERRY VANILLA)
+++UK TOUR; THE ADVERTS + THE RAGE + THE SAINTS+++
26.10.77; THE OUTLOOK, DONCASTER
27.10.77; THE MANIQUE, FALKIRK, SCOTLAND
28.10.77; CLOUDS, EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND
29.10.77; STRATHCLYDE UNIVERSITY, GLASGOW, SCOTLAND
02.11.77; TOP RANK, BRIGHTON
03.11.77; CHEQUERS, BARNSTAPLE
04.11.77; TOP RANK, READING
05.11.77; SLOUGH COLLEGE, SLOUGH
06.11.77; TIFFANYS, SHREWSBURY
08.11.77; TOP RANK, CARDIFF, WALES
11.11.77; TOWN HALL, MIDDLESBROUGH
12.11.77; UNIVERSITY OF HULL, HULL
14.11.77; KENT UNIVERSITY, CANTERBURY (supporting PENETRATION)
18.11.77; BARBARELLAS, BIRMINGHAM (supporting THE ADVERTS)?
19.11.77; BARBARELLAS, BIRMINGHAM (supporting THE ADVERTS)?
23.11.77; TOP RANK, BRIGHTON (supporting THE ADVERTS)
06.12.77; VORTEX, SOHO, LONDON (supporting MERGER)
12.12.77; ROCHESTER CASTLE, STOKE NEWINGTON
02.01.78; VORTEX, SOHO, LONDON (supporting GLORIA MUNDI)
13.01.78; NEW REGENT, BRIGHTON (supporting ADVERTISING)
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