Be Bop Deluxe & Clemen Pull – Hastings Pier 14th December 1974

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Andre Palfrey-Martin Collection

John Alexander Wilde… I was at the Be Bop gig and Bill Nelson turned my head around.

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from 1975 – Be Bop Deluxe on the Old Grey Whistle Test Show

Dave Nattress….Saw Be Bop Deluxe at Eastbourne Congress (of all places) about 1976, “Sunburst Finish” was out – third albumbut I think it was before “Modern Music” was released.  Their support was Krazy Kat – did 2 albums, got of which I’ve got on vinyl, pretty good support band indeed.  I do recall Be Bop were VERY loud and had a very trebly piercing sound.  Be Bop Deluxe – a truly wonderful band.

Andy Qunta… I saw them at the Pier, could have been this gig, or did they play more than once there?

Peter Fairless… Only this once, I think, Andy.

Janine Anne Scott… Omg , worked with Mick, Keith’s Brother, on the Mecca Circuit in the 70s

Jimi Hendrix Experience – Hastings Pier Sunday 22nd October 1967. One official, one fake poster.

official poster supplied by Peter Fairless

Autograph poster listed as £15,000.00 in Record Collector December 2017

Mick O’Dowd… the second poster is a fake. Note the date. He played on SUNDAY at the Hastings Pier Sunday Club.

Peter Gladwish… I  remember this event very well. Jimi was straddling his guitar on the stage about 6 feet in front of me, when he poured lighter fuel on it and set it alight. Not being able to afford a ‘Strat’ at the time, I remember thinking, “What a ****ing waste!”

Chris Farley… Well done with tracking down detailed event of Hastings Pier & jimmy hendrix on Oct 1967. – I was there as a teenager still at Bexhill Grammer School – never heard of the Experince or MR J Hendrix at age 17y …

Grimey Wilks… I was there too. I clambered onto the stage and took a few photos before being bundled offstage by a security guy. Before the gig Jimi stood at the bar quietly talking with his team untroubled and unmolested. I recognise the left hand poster but I too believe the other to be a fake.

Graham Ellis… I was there too, also a student from Bexhill Grammer School, what a night! Chris, did l know you ? I was leaning against the stage front and remember the lighter fuel burn and the sexy groupie next to me making eyes with Jimi all night. She rushed backstage as soon as he finished playing.

Mick O’Dowd… Supporting programme was Orange Seaweed. Any info on them?

Peter Fairless… Google tells me… The Orange Seaweed – Biography. Psychedelic band from Hastings, England who formed out of cult Freakbeat act The Kingpins who recorded some acetates on the mega collectable Oak label. Ray Neale – Guitar / vocals, Keith Neale – Bass, Les Warren – Drums

Paul Morfey… How much would we pay to go back 50 years and be there on that night??!!?

Peter Fairless… Hey, join the queue for that time machine!

Jan Warren… Wow!!

Bob Laurie… I recall that his wah-wah kept cutting out during Burning of the Midnight Lamp. I think that he started with Foxy Lady and finished with Purple Haze – everything else was a bit blurred!

Clive Wiltshire… I was there too!

Bob Shipway… It was an amazing gig. I remember being very close to the front of the stage. The showmanship and musicianship were on 11 that night! One of my all time Pier gigs.

 

Vinegar Joe & Gary Moore Band – Hastings Pier 23rd February 1973

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supplied by Roger Carey

Leigh Wieland-Boys….I was Secretary of the Students Union at Hastings College at the time & assisted in organising the event – can’t believe it was 44 years ago! It was a great evening 😊

Mick Mepham….Alan, who is AS?

Phil Gill….Andy Strickland probably.

Chris Meachen…..Definitely Andy Strickland, god rest ‘im..

Tony Qunta….That was a great gig!

Paul Sleet…..I remember this one. went backstage afterwards and met Elkie Brooks, courtesy of Chris Meachen who was doing his usual roadying.

Paul Edmonds… Missed this one, great days! Hi Phil and Chris.

Peter Thomson… Superb gig. Forgot I’d actually seen Gary Moore!

Yvonne Cleland… I was at the front for Gary Moore! x

Embryo, Stunshot & Cold Turkey – Hastings Pier 7th October 1978

ticket supplied by Mick O’Dowd, write up & advert supplied by Sarah Harvey

Clive Richardson said ‘Stunshot’ were excellent and he went to see them play again in London a few days later.

Sarah Harvey… I think Mick O’Dowd may have promoted the ‘Three For A Quid’ gigs during 1978 (558 Entertainment). I seem to vaguely recall seeing Embryo and can only think it must have been this particular concert on October 7th. I was always on the look out for a bargain. Embryo was not the German jazz fusion krautrock band that was reasonably well-known throughout the 1970s….its seems that this particular Embyo originated from Caterham Surrey as a new wave / punk band in 1975.

Mick O’Dowd… Yes! It was I who did this deed. Wot value! It is true that I don’t remember anything about these three only to say that they were all rock bands. Thanx for the pic Sarah as when I was updating my book of gigs I couldn’t find any pics of Embryo at all. Neither the other two so if anyone has any pics of them please post.

Sarah Harvey… Stunshot were a punk band I understand and at the Carlisle on 16.2.79 in a punk gig featuring three bands – The Piranhas/ Teen Beats/ Stunshot

Tony Court-holmes… I remember cold turkey

Gary Dorrington… Hi I don’t think this Embryo is the ’75/76 one, https://punkmusiccatalogue.wordpress.com/embryo/. I have dates for another Embryo, active early to late 78 mostly in the London area, which may be the same band which released a 7″ in 1980 https://www.discogs.com/Embryo-Im-Different-You-Know-He-Did/release/2243887 

Gary https://punkmusiccatalogue.wordpress.com/

Mick O’Dowd… It was the London one Gary. I promoted this one.

Gary Dorrington… any info on Cold Turkey, Mick?

Mick O’Dowd… Sorry Gary, nothing at all. Wait until after Xmas and there will be alot about!😜

The Flirts – Calvert Youth Club and Hastings Pier 4th Dec 1965

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supplied by Brian Wood, ad supplied by Andre Martin

Brian Wood… Singer – Michael Wheeler, Acoustic Guitarist (back left) – Paul Wiseman, Drummer – Steve Demetri, other Guitarist – Brian Wood. The group formed in 1965 and performed all over the country including Hastings Pier 1965. The photos were taken at Calvert Youth Club, Calvert Road, Hastings, where we practiced. Also practiced and gigged at The Ambassador Restaurant on the corner of West Street, Old Town, Hastings, which Steve’s dad owned. I now live in Hailsham and it would be good to catch up with everyone.

Linda Day… I used to see this group at Calvert I went out with Brian Wood and Paul Wiseman omg. I think im in the photo but not sure.

Mick O’Dowd… Deep Purple used to practise here as well and also at All Saints Church Hall.

Peter Millington… Love it – A PA the size of a handbag – those were the days! Don’t remember the pier gig, probably playing elsewhere with the Confederates.

Bertie Wiseman… showing my dad this now.

Alan Esdaile… I remember playing keyboards with one of Paul’s bands at Calvert Youth Club. One of the tracks I remember playing was Brenton Wood’s gimme a little sign.

Anton Hack… what’s the calvert?

Linda Day… Its a church hall in mount pleasant rd its still there

Jan Colley… Used to know them, & used to watch them with my friend Vanessa 😉

John Wilde… Wow

Johng Davis… Remember going there only lived 5 doors away

Georgie Fame and His Band plus The Circuit Hastings Pier 2nd December 1967

Eric Harmer… One of his best songs. Sitting in the park 👍👍

Wendy Wells… Love that song.

Mick O’Dowd… The original by Billy Stewart is also great. Check it out Eric.

Mick Knights… Pretty sure he played the Witch Doctor around 1965

Alan Esdaile…  I got it down that he played The Witch Doctor on 18th Oct 1964 Mick.

Janie Lowe…  I was there Georgie was amazing i also was impressed by Zoot Money

Chris Jolly… Back in the 70s I pulled over to assist in North London as a friend of mine’s van I thought I recognised had broken down. It was indeed a fellow roadie and Ian Leake said he was fine but could I just run his passenger home which I duly did. It was in fact Georgie Fame…

Alan Esdaile… Get Away, Chris!

Who was the most disappointing band….

Sarah Harvey… This is for those of you who frequented The Pier during the 1970s….. what was the most disappointing bands / artists you saw. NO local artists allowed because ALL local artists were and still are brilliant . For me, it was the Sex Pistols, I thought they were dreadful!

Peter Fairless… I agree, Sarah, they were dire. The worst band I saw, though, were Eater, they supported The Stranglers in March ’77, they were even worse!

Alan Esdaile… I will have to think on this one. Mind you if the band were bad, we would end up in the bar getting wasted on cheap cider.

Peter Thomson… There was a Boxer/Crawler/Moon gig and none of them set the world on fire, but one lot spent their time on stage arguing almost to the point of fisticuffs. Not a musical memory to enjoy

Nigel Goodman… Gary glitter no glitter band taped backing suspected miming too

Jim Breeds… I can’t think of any disappointing bands/artists because beer.

Glenn Piper… I agree with Sarah also. There may have been worse bands, but the dichotomy between them and Budgie seemed to emphasise just how bad they were. (If that makes sense 😀)

Dave Weeks… I watched the thunder storm when they were on.

Linda Day… Paul and Barry Ryan

Chris Meachen… I thought Magma were piss poor as far as entertainment went.. They were quite clever musicians, but none of them appeared to be taking a blind bit of notice of what the others were playing…

Phil Gill… Chicken Shack. I spoke to Stan Webb afterwards, all bright eyed and bushy tailed, saying how much I liked his playing and he was a totally miserable.

Pete Prescott…The 2nd gig I ever did was supporting chicken shack at Kemsley town hall (near sittingbourne) yeah he wasn’t the most happy chap… mind you Kemsley would make most people lose the will to live !

Dennis Torrance… I think most of the time if band were bad it might have been down to how without the technology then. I liked curved air and remember quite a lot of feed back. I still look back on them pier days with a smile

Ernest Ballard… Bring back the end of the pier Organist. Say no more ha ha

Peter Bridger… Souxsie and the Banshees – no interaction with the audience, seemed to think they were above all of us (I suppose they were, being up on the stage!)

Peter Fairless… I thought she was just being arty!

Peter Thomson… Several months (maybe a year or so) before the big Status Quo gig in ‘73, they made a much lower profile appearance in front of a suitably smaller audience. So how were they SO different? I take Dennis’s point on technology (and even older equipment) but have often wondered if we were fobbed off with Not Really Status Quo But They’ll Do For Mugsborough. Got any posters Alan?

Pete Fairless… March and July ’73, Peter. It was the same band, might just be down to confidence, the start and end of a tour?

Pete Fisher… For me back then (as a teenager), going to a concert on the pier was a big deal, a real treat, a social event, something both to look forward to and to talk about for ages afterwards…I wasn’t there to pass judgement, or join the arms akimbo music police at the front, I was there to see real live musicians playing loud rock music, and maybe pick up a couple of tips and inspiration for my own playing…I don’t remember ever being disappointed, apart from occasionally poor sound from those pathetically small PAs often manned by incompetent sound engineers, but if you got close to the stage the PA became irrelevant. There’s also a big difference between whether you don’t like the band or them actually not being good – back then I looked up to anyone who’d made it as far as playing there, and was really grateful they’d come to such a small venue in my home town…

Andrew Reid McDuffie… I never went to any of the 1970’s pier gigs, the 80s was more my era. But……bit of vicarious kudos….my sister, Susan Conti saw Hendrix there in 1967. I don’t think she ever went to another rock gig after that. Maybe she didn’t need to…..

Phil Thornton… Going to see a band on the Pier was always great ! I can think of a few bands that didn’t hit the spot for me in terms of sound or style but the musicianship was usually excellent so I never came away disappointed ! Also it was always a social occasion !