Wooden Lion plus Crazy Lizzard – Hastings Pier 24th January 1976

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flyer supplied by Mick Mepham and photos supplied by Clive Richardson. Last photo is of Crazy Lizzard.

Peter Fairless… I might have gone to that!

Alan Esdaile… This gig was one of Clive Richardson promotions.

Clive Richardson… Along with Kingdom Come, Wooden Lion had one of the first VCS3 Synthesizers.

Alan Essex… Interestingly (or not) despite living in the East London / Essex borders at the time I sold my VCS3 to a guy in Hastings. A nice chap he was and had seen us play several times at festivals and of course Hastings – unfortunately I’ve forgotten his name. I also sold him one of my Sound City 120 watt valve amps and a 4 x 12 speaker cab. I remember borrowing my dad’s new Mk 3 Cortina Estate to deliver it all to him.

Alan Esdaile… I think it was Clive Richardson.

Roy Weard… Love these pictures . There are so few of them from the original Wooden Lion – amazing stuff. That was such a fun band. Thank you for posting them.

Martin Richter… (Crazy Lizzard) – not *that* crazy – they should have turned it up to eleven !

Saskia Wesnigk-Wood… My little Ray Wood of sunshine..

That Legendary Wooden Lion… Tony’s name spelled wrongly and it was Johnny Lyons on bass guitar!

Steve Allen… I remember that.

 

Wooden Lion and Storm Crow – Hastings Pier 31st August 1974.

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Chris Meachen… Don’t remember wooden lion, but I paid a visit to stormcrow’s lady vocalist in bromley before heading to an ELP gig..

Peter Fairless… Was that disco any good?

Alan Esdaile… Probably wooden like the band Pete.

Peter Fairless… Did you keep set lists?

Alan Esdaile… The only thing I would have definitely played at the start of every Rock gig, would have been In A Gadda Da Vida by Iron Butterfly. Always went down well and guaranteed to get people asking what it was and I know The Disc Jockey and Stylus used to sell loads of it.

Reg Wood… Blimey Alan weren’t we still at school when that came out!

Roy Penfold… Would that have been the full 17 minute version?

Alan Esdaile… I’m pretty sure I first heard In A Gadda Da Vida down the Hi Fi Club, High Street, mind you trying to work out the dates I was probably only 14 when I started going down the HiFI. Mum & Dad just going round a friends house to do my homework! Yes Roy, the full album track to start. Mind you most people popped in, asked what time the support are on, do I know if they are any good and then made their way to the bar.