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The Apollo, formerly known as the Green’s Playhouse, was opened by Unicorn Leisure in September 1973 after acquiring a lease from the owners George Green Ltd. The venue's debut live performance was by Johnny Cash on 5 September 1973.


The Apollo became the leading concert venue in Glasgowmarker and Scotlandmarker throughout the 1970s and 1980's, playing host to artists, bands, and groups that expressed a desire to perform to a Glasgowmarker audience. The cinema tradition was initially continued until it was seen as financially unviable and discontinued.

The lease to the Apollo was held by Unicorn Leisure, the management company for comedian Billy Connolly and singer Christian, as well as the operator of many of Glasgow's pubs, clubs, and discotheques during the 1970s.

Above the main concert auditorium operated the ballroom, originally known as Clouds through various name changes including Satellite City and The Penthouse. The ballroom became a music venue for up-coming and relatively lesser-known bands (such as Simple Minds, Elvis Costello and The Rich Kids), who were unable to attract a paying audience capable of filling the concert venue.

Despite the Apollo's success as a music venue, the building was in a poor condition continuing to deteriorate structurally, with maintenance repairs being done on a 'make do' basis. In mid-1977, the owner of Unicorn Leisure relocated to the warmer climes of Floridamarker, USA. The lease was acquired by Apollo Leisure Group. The new leaseholders experienced considerable problems with the buildings structural condition, to the extent they considered relinquishing the lease in 1978, with Mecca Bingo interested in the acquiring the building.

AC/DC's concert at The Apollo on 30 April 1978 later became the bulk of their first live album If You Want Blood You've Got It. After a first 'final gig' with singer Christian as the headline act on 5 July 1978, The Apollo resumed business as music venue less than a month later. The resumption was to herald a seven-year downward spiral until the venue finally closed for business on 16 June 1985, with the Style Council the final performers on the bill.

The building was demolished in September 1987 following a fire that rendered the building structurally unsafe and is now the site of a multiplex cinema complex, the world's tallest.

Enduring memories of the 12 years of the Apollo are remembered in the 2009 musical 'I Was There' written and produced by Tommy McGrory. A musical recollection follows the stories of two Glaswegian fans who spent their formative years frequenting the infamous venue. The 20+ piece Loud'n'Proud Rock Orchestra perform hits from bands synonymous with classic rock - AC/DC to Frank Zappa, Abba to Sabbath, Alice Cooper to Tangerine Dream - all of whom performed the Glasgow Apollo between 1973 and 1985.


The following artists performed at the The Apollo between 1973 and 1985.

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