Van Morrison – White Rock Theatre Hastings – 8th Dec 1991

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ticket supplied by Tim White http://www.whitehouse2002.co.uk/index.html

Jim Breeds… I did see him at Glastonbury some years ago.

Mick O’Dowd… Was at this one! Look at the price. Bet you can’t see him at that price now!

Doug Prentice… Saw him in the mid 70s, expecting the dynamic outgoing performer from the Caledonia Soul Orchestra (Too Late To Stop Now) days but got a grumpy singer who didn’t get up from the piano all night and didn’t speak a word to the audience. Certainly took the show out of show business!

John Wilde… I went with Beverly Martyn. Van had a great band who were quite young. We were awestruck. Even though he barely spoke his voice resonated across that theatre.

Rick Baldwin… I was there….”van the man” was as awesome as always.

Gavin Martin… Brilliant Rick Baldwin and Mick Odowd what a great place to see the master and you appreciated the privilege. Hymns is ace, saw him in Belfast round this time when he played the single first time he sung title Why Must I Always Explain? The heckler near me posed the inevitable “What’s this one about , Van?” Grrr

Liz Dees Dianto… I was there ! The female session musicians were amazing too !

Gavin Martin… Set list details from the night here. Essential Van site.

http://ivan.vanomatic.de/shows/1991-12-08_regular.shtml

 

Kim Wilde – Here Come The Aliens Tour – White Rock Theatre 24th April 2018

Platinum selling female Rock ’n’ Roll star, Kim Wilde is back with her Here Come The Aliens Tour 2018! The Kid’s In America super-star will tour the UK with her band, this Spring. Expect a show packed full of brand new music and all of her hits, too! It’ll be out of this world.

More details: https://whiterocktheatre.org.uk

Gerry and the Pacemakers Farewell Tour – White Rock Theatre 3rd February 2018

Don’t miss what is officially the last chance to see the legend Gerry Marsden before he retires along side his band. Gerry and the Pacemakers burst onto the scene with three consecutive number one hits – How Do You Do It, I Like It and You’ll Never Walk Alone. Now, the iconic band return to Hastings to perform in this special show, alongside special guests The Merseybeats & Steve Ellis of the Love Affair.

More information… https://whiterocktheatre.org.uk/Online/tickets-gerry-and-the-pacemakers-hastings-2018

Pat Burgess… We saw them in Toronto a while back, still as good as ever especially Ferry cross the Mersey and You’ll never walk alone

Josie Lawson… When I was 15/16 years at home I had a 4 track tape recorder…I sang on it Gerry and the Pacemakers song You’ll Never Walk Alone..Yep, had a voice in those days…Was my favorite, I just loved the brilliance of the main singer Gerry…
Mind you, I was alone in the dining room of my family home…after, I found out my mother and brother heard me, and that is how I knew my voice was what I wished it to be…at that time I didn’t know that I wouldn’t become a singer, as my father was in his early years, but I did go onto open ‘mic’ my poetry.

Trevor Walker… Brilliant band ! What a good night to look forward to 👍

Andre Martin… Tune into Carnival FM 87.9 or vis The Internet to hear the story behind this single. Best time will be Monday 31st July – 22.00-24.00 or Friday4th August 20.00 – 24.00.

From The Jam and Secret Affair – White Rock Theatre Hastings review by Darren Johnson

From The Jam at White Rock Theatre, Hastings 15/6/17

This review was also published by the Hastings Independent on 7/7/17

For those who tend to overlook the White Rock Theatre for offering little more than a constant diet of musicals, panto and the sort of saccharine golden oldies shows your nan would go to see, tonight demonstrates why they offer more than that. Tonight the brash excitement and explosive anthems of The Jam came to town. The band may have split forever in 1982 and Paul Weller may not have shown much interest in revisiting his Jam-era back catalogue in his solo career. However, for the past decade bass-player Bruce Foxton along with guitarist/vocalist Russell Hastings have been touring as From The Jam.

The whole evening has a distinct flavour of the late 70s mod revival to it. Fellow Mod travellers, Secret Affair, are the support act. While no-one can really pretend they wrote the most epoch-defining songs of the era their soul-infused pop-rock is well received and the energy levels really go up when they end the set with their hit ‘My World’ along with a spirited cover of ‘I Don’t Need No Doctor.’

With From The Jam, however, the energy levels are palpable as soon as Foxton, Hastings and co. take the stage. The classics come fast and furious: ‘In The City’, ‘The Modern World’, ‘Down In The Tube Station At Midnight’, ‘That’s Entertainment’ and, of course, ‘Going Underground’. In both looks and vocal delivery, Russell Hastings is not a million miles away from Paul Weller. It’s very much not, however, one of those weird tribute shows where band members start play-acting the roles of former personnel. Hastings has a charisma and stage presence in his own right. Foxton is as awesome a bass-player as ever and contributes occasional lead vocals as well, just as he did back in the days of The Jam. With superb drums and keyboards they are a tight and impressive foursome on stage. They certainly know how to work the crowd.

“We are, we are, we are the Mods” chanted the audience for what seemed like forever after the band left the White Rock stage to deafening applause. After perhaps the longest break I’d ever recorded between a band leaving the stage and returning for an encore, the guys are back with ‘A Town Called Malice’, ‘Saturday’s Kids’ and ‘Eton Rifles’. It’s a brilliant end to the evening.

A superb and much-cherished band, Bruce Foxton can be enormously proud of the part he played in The Jam. No-one can blame him for wanting to celebrate the band’s legacy in this way and the audience reaction from the absolutely packed-out White Rock shows there is still much love out there for the band’s music. So there should be.

by Darren Johnson https://darrensmusicblog.com/2017/06/16/from-the-jam-at-white-rock-theatre-hastings-15617/

Darren Johnson… Thanks for sharing Alan – was a great night. I’d like to see a few more bands like that appearing at White Rock

 

Boney M – White Rock Theatre 8th Dec 2017

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Boney M are a Euro-Caribbean vocal group formed in 1976. Achieving major popularity during the disco era of the 70s and beyond. Boasting multiple top ten singles and two number one albums in the UK alone, they also have UK number one’s with Mary’s Boy Child, Rivers of Babylon and Brown Girl in the Ring, as well as other huge hits including Daddy Cool, Sunny, Ma Baker, Belfast and Rasputin, and much more. A must see for any disco fan!

more information… https://whiterocktheatre.org.uk/Online/tickets-boney-m-hastings-2017

Nick Prince… With one whole original member… I won’t be there. Also Bobby Farrel’s voice was never used on any of their recordings. It transpired years later that the same session singer whose voice was dubbed on Millie Vanilli was the same singer who provided Farrell’s on Boney M’s stuff. Also what is the bloody point of the song Belfast?

The Stylistics – White Rock Theatre 18th November 2017

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The Stylistics are known instantly for their recognisable hits such as the Grammy nominated ‘You Make Me Feel Brand New’, plus numerous classics including ‘Can’t Give You Anything (But My Love)’, ‘Let’s Put it All Together’, ‘Stop, Look, Listen to your Heart’, ‘You Are Everything’, ‘Betcha By Golly Wow’ plus lots more. They are one of the most iconic and best selling soul groups in history.

The Stylistics remain the real deal, fabulously entertaining and musically breathtaking, playing to everyone with the hits that made them a household name.

Further information… https://whiterocktheatre.org.uk/Online/