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The night the music stopped at Glasgow's historic ABC

Public Image Limited's gig two nights before the art school blaze may be the venue's final show.

The live music fell silent at the O2 ABC in Glasgow on June 13, 2018 - the night Johnny Rotten took to the stage with Public Image Limited.

Two days later, the building was destroyed in the second Glasgow School of Art fire.

That gig may end up as the last ever staged at the venue after plans were submitted to demolish it.

Lu Edmonds, lead guitarist of PiL, remembers the ABC as one of the band's favourite venues - one in which they had played four times in five years.

Lu Edmonds, lead guitarist of Public Image Limited.
Lu Edmonds, lead guitarist of Public Image Limited. STV

STV News caught up with Edmonds in London at his favourite record store Universal Roots to hear his memories of the venue and their final visit.

He said: "It was just one of those venues where everything worked and the people backstage were just so helpful and kind and you could tell they enjoyed their job.

"They weren't there because they were just getting paid ... they actually wanted to be there.

"That was a place where everything worked and every gig was probably good enough to create an atmosphere where people loved working and the bands liked playing and the audiences just kept coming."

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PiL played the venue on June 13 as part of a UK tour, and friends of the band travelled from across Scotland to see them.

Edmonds remembers that night in Glasgow well and spoke fondly of the city's "nonsense and weirdness".

He said: "We always go down to the bus and then there's always this amazing floor show of all the people on Sauchiehall Street getting up to all kinds of nonsense and weirdness.

"We just sit at the top going 'look at that one there', so it's always a pleasure to be in Glasgow because people are very free and open and they perform even when they don't know they are."

PiL's performance at the venue last June.
PiL's performance at the venue last June. Filippo Roncone

Edmonds wants the ABC to be saved and feels it works having art and music together in such close proximity.

He said: "I feel sorry for the team, all the people who worked there for all those years and they had such a fantastic working ethic and it was a beautiful venue.

"It sounded great, a lot of different music was being played there.

"It's like this record shop here, all the different sounds that are possible and the ABC in Glasgow is part of that family - sonic beauty.

"Come on, let's admit the fact that all the art colleges in Britain had so many great bands come out of them - Small Faces, the Beatles, people in the Stones, the Kinks - come on, get it back, put it back there."

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