War & Peace Nightclub Parramatta was an iconic live music venue of the seventies and eighties and was probably the first real nightclub that I ever went to as a fresh faced 17 year old in 1979. I’d been to a pub or two & seen some bands but this was like, at least in my 17 year old head, the big time! It was a place where all the big bands played. A guy I worked with had a car & offered to pick us up so off we went to Parramatta.
The first hurdle was getting in the door. First up because I was under-age and secondly there was a strange ritual question asked at the door, “Do you intend to partake of a meal tonight Sir?”, and I gave the wrong answer. Back in those days there was some pretty whacky liquor licensing laws and somehow you could get around it by claiming to be a “Restaurant that sold a few drinks” so the meal was compulsory whether you ate it or not. Anyway my mate who had been there before stepped in and explained that I would love a meal and we were in.
The first memories I have of the place is that it was dark & dingy and you could get spirits for about $1.20. I walked up to the bar and I didn’t have a clue what to ask for. This was all a bit sophisticated for me. Luckily they had a drink menu and I spotted something that looked familiar, Bacardi & Coke for $1.20. The other one that sticks in my mind is the “Mexican Missile” which had Tequila and Vodka in it. Tops!
I wish I could tell you some great story about how I saw Cold Chisel there that night but alas, the main attraction that night was a soapy star. Due to the fact that the drinks were $1.20 and I’d had about $25 worth by the time the band came on I don’t remember the guy’s name but he was in Young Doctors.
Eventually I did see some great bands at War & Peace. Names like Dee Minor & The Dischords, Birds Of Prey, The Lonely Hearts and if memory serves me correct, Midnight Oil. What are your memories of War & Peace? I’d love to hear your stories of the place and what bands you saw in the comments section below.
Here’s few selected Gigs at War & Peace
|02/10/76||Skyhooks||Parramatta||War and Peace|
|26/04/78||Jeff St John||Parramatta||War and Peace|
|05/11/80||Mad Gorilla||Parramatta||War and Peace|
|28/01/82||Heaven||Parramatta||War and Peace|
|+ Peculiar Clerk, The Lonely Hearts|
|27/01/83||Dee Minor and The Dischords||Parramatta||War and Peace|
|+ The Lonely Hearts & Two Bob Watch|
|08/07/83||Radio On||Parramatta||War and Peace|
|10/07/83||Mario Milo Band||Parramatta||War and Peace|
|12/07/83||Birds Of Prey||Parramatta||War and Peace|
|13/07/83||La Bouche||Parramatta||War and Peace|
|14/07/83||Drop Bears||Parramatta||War and Peace|
|+ Machinations + Hoodoo Gurus|
|14/07/83||Hoodoo Gurus||Parramatta||War and Peace|
|Admission: 99c. + Dropbears + Machinations|
|16/07/83||Pat Drummond||Parramatta||War and Peace|
|19/07/83||Birds Of Prey||Parramatta||War and Peace|
|20/07/83||La Bouche||Parramatta||War and Peace|
|21/07/83||Total Fire Band||Parramatta||War and Peace|
|Admission: 99c. + Cyril B. Bunter + Prophecy|
|19/08/83||Black Haven||Parramatta||War and Peace|
|20/08/83||Peculiar Clerk||Parramatta||War and Peace|
|21/08/83||Mario Milo Band||Parramatta||War and Peace|
|23/08/83||Birds Of Prey||Parramatta||War and Peace|
|24/08/83||La Bouche||Parramatta||War and Peace|
|Admission: $1. + Mustard Club|
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