John Sicolo 1944-2010

John Sicolo (Right) with John Peel - Photograph by Jamie Davis (UWCN)

Amped is sad to report the passing of John Sicolo, the man behind legendary Newport venue TJs.

The venue opened in 1985 and its name stood for John Sicolo and Trilby Tucker (John’s partner).

Kurt Cobain at TJs in 1991 - Photograph by Unknown

It’s the subject of urban legend as it’s widely believe Kurt Cobain proposed to Courtney Love in the back room of the venue, other famous visitors include Rik Mayall and regular attendee Richey James Edwards.

Playing TJs with Foreign Legion in Nov 2008 - Photograph by Colin Scott

Over the years TJs has hosted over 50,000 many big names including – Babes In Toyland,  Buzzcocks, Green Day, Hole, The Misfits, Oasis, Offspring, Primal Scream, Supergrass and UK Subs.

The Manics at TJs (Circa 1990) - Photograph by Unknown

The Manics at TJs (Circa 1990) - Photograph by Unknown

Not to mention being a starting point for local heros like Catatonia, Gorky’s Zycotic Mwnci, The Guns and Manic Street Preachers to name but a few.

R.I.P. John, and thankyou for doing what you did for the Welsh music scene.

Share your memories of John and TJs in the comment box below

Jarrad ‘Nöir’ Owens



  1. Gonna miss you big guy, a gap has been left that will never be filled

    • I see Johnny Sicolo riding through the port in a brand new roller flicking Vs at dodgy councilors drinking his grog and plotting – You are missed already- who’s gonna help me win the quiz now?

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