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The first JBC dates are shrouded in confusion. Max Eider , Pat Fish and Louis played three very small shows under the umbrella of "Cabaret Cent-Neuf" during November and December 1981.

These shows, which were almost entirely acoustic also featured the shadowy figure of The Antichrist, who performed as Ramon Destine (with Max Eider on guitar; it was Ramon who first uttered the words "Take it, Max... "), the Rockin' Belgians and Terence Walpole, a deranged poet later to find recording fame with The Black Eg. The shows were at Merton College Oxford; Chez Louis, Wimbledon (!) ; and Drayton Court flats New Year's Eve party in Chelsea.

The first show to be advertised as "The Jazz Butcher" was at Merton College, Oxford on 20th February 1982. The band lined up as: Pat Fish : guitar and voice, The Antichrist: guitar and voice, Alice Thompson : organ and voice, Chris "Snogger" Rudd (later of the Lost T-Shirts Of Atlantis) on bass, and Owen Jones on drums.

It was perceived as a one-off laugh, not unlike something that happened last Wednesday in a ditch in central London.

Pat then went away to the country and started writing some tunes. The Glass deal was offered, and eventually a new romantic band called Where's Lisse?, who lived in Pat's area and who were also on Glass, suggested a "gig" together. This is where it really starts ...

Source: Pat Letter: 1994-06-24 1994-06-24 (Friday, 24th of June 1994 - 27 years 214 days ago)
1216 performances!
1982 9 (JBC)
1983 22 (JBC)
1984 36 (JBC)
1985 110 (JBC)
1986 99 (JBC)
1987 35
2 (Pat Solo)
33 (JBC)
1988 96
5 (Pat Solo)
91 (JBC)
1989 81
14 (Pat Solo)
67 (JBC)
1990 78 (JBC)
1991 27
2 (Pat Solo)
25 (JBC)
1992 57
2 (Pat Solo)
2 (Black Eg)
53 (JBC)
1993 47
7 (Pat Solo)
1 (Black Eg)
39 (JBC)
1994 36
2 (Black Eg)
34 (JBC)
1995 7 (JBC)
1996 2
1 (Sumosonic)
1 (JBC)
1997 11
1 (Pat Solo)
4 (Sumosonic)
6 (JBC)
1998 15
12 (Sumosonic)
3 (JBC)
1999 15
2 (Pat Solo)
1 (Black Eg)
12 (JBC)
2000 27
2 (Pat Solo)
25 (JBC)
2001 22
3 (Pat Solo)
8 (Wilson)
11 (JBC)
2002 23
12 (Wilson)
11 (JBC)
2003 17
3 (Pat Solo)
13 (Wilson)
1 (JBC)
2004 29
9 (Pat Solo)
13 (Wilson)
7 (Presents)
2005 44
13 (Pat Solo)
11 (Wilson)
12 (Presents)
8 (JBC)
2006 41
17 (Pat Solo)
10 (Wilson)
11 (Presents)
3 (JBC)
2007 28
13 (Pat Solo)
5 (Wilson)
10 (Presents)
2008 27
6 (Pat Solo)
13 (Wilson)
8 (Presents)
2009 19
12 (Pat Solo)
2 (Wilson)
1 (Presents)
4 (JBC)
2010 15
11 (Pat Solo)
3 (Presents)
1 (JBC)
2011 12 (Pat Solo)
2012 14
11 (Pat Solo)
1 (Wilson)
2 (JBC)
2013 18
13 (Pat Solo)
5 (JBC)
2014 22
7 (Pat Solo)
15 (JBC)
2015 23
1 (Pat Solo)
22 (JBC)
2016 5
3 (Pat Solo)
2 (JBC)
2017 11
1 (Pat Solo)
10 (JBC)
2018 9
5 (Pat Solo)
4 (JBC)
2019 14 (Pat Solo)
2020 6 (Pat Solo)
2021 7
5 (Pat Solo)
2 (JBC)

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All your gigs and music
I'm sorry, but I gotta stick up for my bros. All you want them to do is play a show in San Francisco, the opposite side of the world. You got a pad for them to crash, can you chauffeur them. They deserve nothing less but are much to polite to ever ask and impose.

Nicest guys in the world at least set up 2 weeks of shows, Berkley, san fran, santa cruz, lotsa spots. Pat, Max, Owen (even in Germany), and Steve I love you all and will always have your back
Baltimore 17Aug2021 10:57 PM
All your gigs and music
I am so glad, you, Tundraducks, & Owen are still performing and recording. The only problem I have is finding our photos you were so kind to post and credit to dear old mom. It's doubtful you remember, you did an East Cast trip, Max was really sick, & I wish you let me play the kazoo. You told me a friend flew you out for the wedding & we caught Phillie, DC, skepped NJ, but couldn't miss NYC. I think we honestly surprised you. Steve was great on bass, still trying to figure that one out. I'm sure I'll find the photos and my rambling review, unless you took it down for the good of humanity.

I've hooked up a British ex-pat. He's working in China, but he does sign off from Love Kittens.

Meow Meow Meow Meow . and a perfect note to end this one.I love you all, you made me & mom so happy that road trip, I'll never forget it.
John Spence/Diane White dcsd 17Aug2021 10:44 PM
Please Come to San Francisco
Play a show in San Francisco?
Julie in San Francisco 17Oct2018 8:39 PM
Los Angeles Let Down
I received an alert that The Jazz Butcher would be playing Los Angeles next week (27 Aug). Turns out there's a local band using the name in its plural form. This is a let down. Please sue.

https://www.themintla.com/event/1724381-jazz-butchers-los-angeles/
Los Angeles 21Aug2018 4:35 PM
SF Bay Area?
Saw JB about a decade or so ago in San Francisco
at the Great American Music Hall. Probably one of
the most fabulous shows I've ever seen. Would
love love love to see you again!
Laura - San Jose, CA 4Apr2018 12:31 PM
Glasgow!
Its been over 30 years since I seen you live, but I am looking forward to the gig in October.
Just think I could have a life sentence and still made both....
CJ Glasgow 25Jun2017 1:46 AM
Will we ever see you in Tornto Again
Hi Pat,

I've enjoyed reliving all the (sadly now defunct) RPM shows on this site. Any chance we will see you sans Max in Toronto again?
Steve Toronto 3Feb2016 8:42 PM
One Thousand Violins
I'm trying to pinpoint a date of a "Spring Fling" gig you did at an Oxford University. One Thousand Violins also played that night and maybe one other band. I thought it was around about the 12th or 13th of May 1989 but nothing matches it on your gigography. Do you have information that could narrow it down? Cheers, Paul
Paul Johnston, Dunfermline 14Mar2014 4:03 PM
o, when
might you be coming to the u.s. again? specifically new york? it would make me crazy happy to see you live again.

indeed.
kayclarkssecret 22Jan2008 6:37 AM
Third!
I third the fellow who said come to San Francisco. Puhleeze.

E
Eric Suesz San Francisco 15Oct2007 4:16 PM
sf
I second the guy who said come to San Francisco.
Derick, Berkeley CA 12Apr2006 12:32 PM
A gig in Athens????
Hello...

Just saw you're playin with TV Smith! now that's a gig i would love to see!!

Just wondering, would you be interested to play a gig in Greece??? I really liked the idea with TV Smith, would that be possible to do????

Thanks
Dimitris, Athens 11Apr2006 11:37 PM
Pat in Paris
Hello Pat,

I saw you many times in Paris with your JBC and solo tour.

you know you are welcome as you want and we will be there !

so long without news of you and your beautiful pop music

PLease come back !

JEAN MICHEL
paris 23Dec2005 12:51 PM
San Francisco
I've been a huge fan of the Jazz Butcher for over 20 years and simply must see you guys first hand. I'm sure we could draw quite a crowd in San Francisco.

Adam
San Francisco, USA 30Nov2005 9:33 PM
micky greaney
will micky greaney be appearing at your venue in the near future? if so, when?
Chicago 2Sep2005 12:17 AM
Please come to Los Angeles
Please come play Los Angeles!!
We love your music!!
Burbank, CA 7Jun2005 9:43 AM
2005 Gigs - Add Minneapolis Please
Top Shows of all time at 7th St Entry in Mpls

1. The Jazz Butcher (even though Domestic Animal was not on the set list)

2. The Chills
3. Mark Gardener
4. Highspire
5. Shudder To Think

The atmosphere created with the music, the rapport with the crowd the overall good feeling was second to none.

Even if you have no new release this year, come back in support of a quality act on its way here such as the Wedding Present or House of Love.

Cheers from the Twin Cities!
Mpls, Mn USA 6Jan2005 8:25 PM
TOUR
I THOUGHT YOU SAID YOU WOULD BE BACK WHEN YOU LEFT IN 91. I AM STILL BLOODY WAITING. HOPE TO SEE YOU BY THIS WAY AGAIN SOMEDAY IN CALGARY.

A.
Calgary Alberta Canada 14May2003 10:31 PM
When the **** are you coming back to America?
Please come down to Los Angeles!!
My friends Gary and Ann turned me onto you guys.
I don't like a lot of bands, but your music is brilliant.
I have never seen you live, please come back to America.
We yanks need some good music.

Scott
Monterey Park, USA (California) 15Feb2003 10:57 AM
Need to see JBC in the Bay Area
I have been a big fan of the JBC for over 17 years and am dying to see the Fish and Max play. Come out to the Bay Area, California and we'll definitely make it worth your time.
San Francisco, CA 1Jul2002 6:15 PM
voices from the past
hi. glad to see you are still here. greg died 4 years ago today. i really miss him. life is fab here i'm doing photography and have the most beautiful daughter..all i ever wanted.maybe we will meet up one day and laugh.say hi to the ones who remember.xb.
4Jun2001 7:56 AM
shit happens
we brought the JBC in on 3 tours and after we always headed down to the broadcast studio to record an interview and generally consume scads of beers.On the last tour the previous show forgot to turn off the transmitter and unknown to all of us at the time we broadcasted the entire after gig party.Still got the tapes....The best Radio Free Saskatoon ever....Luv Ya Pat
Saskatoon Canada 2Aug2000 8:11 PM