Sunderland got ready to rhumble 23 years ago when a dynamic duo took to the stage.
They were Ant and Dec, a duo, a twosome as the song goes – or PJ and Duncan to an adoring crowd.
And they went down a storm at the Empire Theatre in July 1995.
Were you there on a night for Wearside teenagers to remember? Our reporter at the time said they “raised the roof” and added: “The former Byker Grove stars, turned pop duo, produced such a volume of screams from the audience that it must have gone off the Richter scale.”
The pair lined up two Sunderland dates as part of their Psyche tour and our reporter at the time said they “went down a storm with eager fans who were keen to exercise their own vocal chords.”
PJ and Duncan put on an hour-long set and, as it progressed, so did the noise level from the mainly female teenage audience who loved the whole atmosphere.
The report said: “The Tyneside boys were accompanied by a group of dancers who wiggled their way through the 13 numbers.”
The crowd roared with approval as PJ and Duncan reeled off their hits which included Let’s Get Ready To Rhumble, If I Give You My Number, and Our Radio Rocks.
One of the adoring fans who were in the audience was Sunderland Echo competition winner Kayleigh Lindstedt who won two tickets to the concert.
She gave her verdict and it was no doubt ‘in tune with the rest of the audience’, said the Echo at the time.
Kayleigh said back in 1995: “It was really good. I dont know which song was the best as they were all good.”
She said the duo sang most of their songs off the album as well as their latest single which was called Stuck On You and was in the charts.
Kayleigh added: “PJ and Duncan sound much better live than they do on record. I will come and see them again.”
She described them as “really funny” and added: “I am their number one fan.
“I have bought their album and all their singles.”
Our reporter had one question for her - did she scream, asked the Echo man.
“Yes,” said Kayleigh. “Twice. I don’t know why - it’s just good fun.”
Also on the same bill that day, in support, was Clock who had chalked up a hit of their own at the time. It was called Whoomph (There It is).
And there were two other acts also appearing on the bill that night.
They were Bing and Access All Areas,
Our report concluded: “At the end of the night, the adoring fans filed out of the theatre and went home to take something for a sore throat.”
Were you one of them and what do you remember of the occasion?
Did you love the lads and their performances in Sunderland?
And which other acts have you seen on Wearside down the years and adored?
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And just to give you a reminder of those times, here’s a taster of what else was going on in 1995 in Sunderland and County Durham.
Europe’s largest kit festival was also happening at the same time at Northern Area playing fields in Washington.
In Houghton-le-Spring, Gass was the newest nightclub in the area and it had just opened with a line-up which included party nights on Fridays and Saturdays, over-25s singles nights each Monday with 70s and 80s music to go with it.
The McEwans Centre at Rainton bridge had a new season of entertainment and it included acts such as Housequake, Muldoon Bros, and Jesse Garron’s Wall of Sound.
Cheers Bar in High Street East, Sunderland, was having its karaoke finals night with £100 up for grabs.
And on the telly, there was The New Adventures of Superman and Birds Of A feather on BBC1, Seinfeld and The Sky At Night on BBC2, You’ve Been Framed, Stars In Their Eyes and Victoria Wood on Tyne Tees, and Brookside and Takeover TV on Channel 4.
But what are your memories of 1995. As well as the acts you loved to see, do you remember much-loved shops, stores, pubs and restaurants of the era.
Perhaps there is a favourite sporting event you would like to reminisce on.
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