George Michael dies aged 53


Jim Breeds… Died peacefully at home, they’re saying.

Virginia Davis…  Not another one. Awful year for music

Jan Warren… OMG, this is unbelievable ………. its just tooooooo much??!!

Dennis Torrance… It’s just to much to take

Chris Giles… Flipping eck …..

Sandra Bryant… In shock

Wendy Weaver… Another 5 days in 2016 – how many more?

Jan Warren… Exactly Wendy, this year has been tragic for music, its unbelievable how many “greats” we’ve lost this year??!! – 2016 seems to have become the modern day “27 club”?! – its all toooooooo much

Alan Esdaile… I don’t know what to say. This is shocking, only 53. R.I.P. George.

Ernest Ballard… Yes shocked here too

Mike Curtis… R.I.P. George Michael.

Jane Dorsett… very sad, only 53. RIP George.

Rick Parfitt from Status Quo dies


In Sweden 2007. photo by: Håkan Henriksson (Narking)

Allyson Breeds… 2016 has been officially crap 🙁

Chris Giles… Oh no that’s terribly sad …..

Nick Prince… Great shame. I admired him and Quo greatly. Clearly there was more to the announcement that they would no longer tour after 2016. RIP Rick Parfitt of Status Quo. (12 October 1948- 24 December 2016). Status Quo played Hastings Pier, Hastings Beer Festival and in addition to that, the underwater scenes for their 2013 film “Bula Quo” and video to the title song “Bula Bula Quo” were filmed at the Bluereef Aquarium in Hastings

Chris Giles… Yes there probably was Nick….. He was a big part of my Hastings pier years and obviously being a bit of a biker ….I always danced to quo …used to go to Brighton and see them as well… Hating 2016

Alan Esdaile… Terrible news.

Andy Ives… Rest peacefully

Ernest Ballard… He was ill but it wasn’t expected

Patricia Wapshott… Terrible news , really liked him .

Phil Thornton… RIP Rick !

Chris van Rock… Sad

Claire Davis… Remember them at the beer festival, good evening

Jan Warren… Oh god, another one gone ……………. 🙁 R.I.P. Rick 

Dennis Torrance… Lost so many this year my thoughts with Ricks family at this sad time.

Jon McCallion… Devastating news

Barry French… Just feel awful, another great taken from us. R.I.P. Rick.

Steve Reents… One of my favorite bands. Rest in peace my friend.

Francis Rossi – Status Quo Facebook Page… I was not ready for this. Rick Parfitt had been a part of my story for fifty years. Without doubt the longest relationship of my life: this was also the most satisfying, frustrating, creative and fluid. From those early days, we worked together to create the Quo sound, look and hits. We spent years on the road, on the stage and in the studio, rarely far from each other, honing what we did.

We were a team, a double act, a partnership and yet also two very different people, handling the pressures of growing older, constant touring, dealing with success and keeping the creative flame burning in different ways. He developed his own sound, his own style, casually inspiring a generation of players.

Rick was the archetypal rock star, one of the originals, he never lost his joy, his mischievous edge and his penchant for living life at high speed, high volume, high risk. His life was never boring, he was louder and faster and more carefree than the rest of us. There were any number of incidents along the way, times when he strayed into areas of true danger and yet still losing him now is still a shock. Even in a year that has claimed so many of our best, including now George Michael, Rick Parfitt stands out. I was not ready for this.



Sunny Afternoon The Kinks musical – review by Darren Johnson


I’m not normally a huge fan of musicals. However, I am a huge fan of The Kinks so when the opportunity to see Sunny Afternoon came up I was never going to say no. With most musicals I generally find the mix of dialogue and song unconvincing…. continue reading here…

Alan Esdaile… I’ve seen a few clips and looks great. I always thought that The Kinks would be the ideal act to appear on the new pier. Especially now the brothers are talking again. Rumours that they may appear at Glastonbury next year.

Darren Johnson…. Apparently the rumours of a Kinks reformation have been dismissed but they have acknowledged they are discussing working together!

Andre Martin… Well they visited us back in 1964 when on the way up, so an appearance again would be very much in keeping with the track record of the Pier – will have to watch the space that sticks out into the sea !

Darren Johnson… It would be wonderfully apt to see them do a Hastings Pier gig together. I was lucky enough to see Ray join his brother on stage in Islington last year for a blast of “You Really Got Me”

Dave Weeks… Going Wednesday