Artist Ray Rossi whose younger brother Mick was the guitar player in Slaughter and the Dogs, along with Malcolm promoted the infamous gig on the 20th July 1976 at the Manchester Lesser Free Trade Hall that changed the musical landscape forever.
Ray was very well known for his PR skills having designed the poster for the gig Ray had the audacity to put his own band Slaughter and the Dogs as the headline act and the Sex Pistols as support totally leaving the other band, Buzzcocks, off the poster.
As Malcolm arrived in Manchester on the Sex Pistols tour bus he was furious to see posters everywhere with Slaughter and the Dogs as headliners yet when he met Ray he applauded him and said it was marketing genius. This gig lead to the book and documentary “I swear I was there” as, maybe, over 200,000 Mancunians swear they attended the gig.
Ray always had a passion for painting but had little time to concentrate on it due to his successful musical career. Ray has painted numerous pictures for celebrities over the last 4 decades and over the last few years has built up a portfolio of works in his own studio.
Finally, he gets his exhibition….The Gig That Changed The World at Red Eight Gallery who have just announced the inaugural exhibition of works by Ray Rossi, with an unofficial live performance by Slaughter & The Dogs! The exhibition runs from Friday 27th January until Friday 17th February 2023.