The Likes Of Us at The Den 1960’s

supplied by Bob Laurie

Peter Horton… A new pic has just come to light and has been sent to me by Bob Laurie. It shows Bob Laurie, Chris Burt and myself photograped at our ” Den ” in Peartree Lane near Little Common. It was taken at the same time as another one already sent to you sometime ago. We were in ” The Likes Of Us ” at the time and the the pic was taken by Chris Burt’s dad known as Joe. I can’t remember seeing it before.

Geoff Peckham… The original garage band?

Dave Nattress… Very sharp Mr Pecksniff!!

Geoff Peckham… Cheers, Neggle! And a Happy New Year to you!

What is your favourite Billy Joel song?

Alan Esdaile… Mine is probably ‘Until The Night’

Tony Davis… Scenes from an Italian restaurant

Pete Prescott… Too many to list. Check out turnstiles. I’ve loved the days, summer highland falls, new York state of mind, Angry young man, Miami 2017. He was churning them out album after album. One of my favourite songwriters.

Terry Pack… New York State of Mind.

Eric Peckham… Most of them. Pressure is pretty near the top and We Didn’t Start the Fire.

Liz Dees Dianto… New York State of Mind

Phil Gill… All About Soul, with Allentown hot on its heels.

Clive Garrard… He is my hero, and there are so many great songs,but,”New York state of mind” is my favourite.

Alan Pepper… I love to sing along to My Life but Leave a tender moment alone is up there with the best in my opinion !

Rick Pentecost… New York State of Mind

Judy Struys… Until the Night for me too.

Pete Prescott… Leave a tender moment alone. Yeah great song !

Nick Prince… I apologise in advance….An Innocent Man

Andy Ives… Goodnight Saigon

Steve Reents… Honesty

Mark Randall… Predictable I know, but for me it has to be Piano Man . I’m surprised no-one has made a jukebox musical of Joel’s songs with this as the premise.

Gary Dixon… Leave A Tender A Moment Alone

Iain Cobby… It’s gotta be Piano Man

Clive Garrard… I love “Stilletto” very Jazzy.

Happy Christmas and Very Best Wishes for a Healthy 2018

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Thank you to everyone for their great support during the year and especially to the people that regularly post and keep the page interesting. SMART has grown beyond my wildest expectation and for it to continue, we always need more old photos and cuttings that would be of interest and haven’t been posted before. Time to look in that box in the loft, have a look through your photos albums and ask the relatives. It is a sad time for many but I hope some of the postings keep the happy memories alive.  I will be taking a Christmas break shortly, so limited posts and replies to emails during the next week.  I wish you all A Very Happy Christmas and A Healthy New Year.

Janine Anne Scott… Merry Christmas Alan. Thank you for all you do to keep us golden oldies in the loop ⛄️

Patricia Lloyd… A very happy Christmas and prosperous new year,keep up the excellent work. X

Chris Meachen… Used to love going in Mastins toy department when I was a kid…

Glenn Piper… Likewise

Phil Gill… Haha Chris I remember when Mastins had closed down and you stood in the window like a mannequin one night and made passers by jump! Great prank!!

Jan Warren… Merry Christmas Alan and to all at Smart and thanks for all the memories!! xx

Dennis Torrance… Happy Christmas new year to you

Tony Davis… Have a great Christmas Alan, you do a fantastic job with SMART. Best wishes to all my fellow SMARTIES

Ernest Ballard… Wishing you a very merry Xmas x

Mick O’Dowd… Hope to see you in the New Year Jan. Happy Christmas Alan. Thanx for all the superb Meets this year and keeping us interested with the novelty posts as well as the serious ones. Enjoy your break. You deserve it!

Yvonne Cleland… Merry xmas, Alan xxx

Dave Nattress… Thanks Alan, and best wishes to you also. This is a great site and enabled me to re-live so many good memories of so much and in particular, the local bands and band-members of days gone past, all the names and venues, photo’s, press cuttings, gig posters, as well as filling in so many gaps about the pier and the multitude of bands who played there. Also, broadening out the interest to incorporate the “anyone remember x, y, z”.

Colin Norton… Thanks Alan and all best wishes to you and yours for a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy New Year! Thanks also for all of the work that you do for this group. It is much appreciated!!

Phil Gill… Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and yours

Alan Pepper… Happy Christmas to all our readers ! Will try to attend a meet up ( work permitting ) next year ! Cheers Y’all .

Clive Garrard… Happy Xmas everyone.

Lucy Pappas… Merry Christmas

Tony May… A HUGE THANK YOU to you Alan. Without your efforts none of us would have the chance to enjoy chatting with like minded souls nor be able to re-live some of our most precious moments. Have a great break and all the best for a HAPPY CHRISTMAS and more of the Johnny Mason show in 2018!

Iain Cobby… Thank you Alan Merry Christmas to you and to everyone else who contributes to your fantastic publication. Keep on rockin

The Cobweb fire January 1971 and cutting for Merlin Q April 1971

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Andre Palfrey-martin collection

Peter Fairless… So, what was the story, Andre, did it ever reopen?

Andre Martin… The club never re-opened, it moved to the George Street site and was rebranded The Aquarius. There were rumours flying about at the time as to the damage and the cause, but nothing was ever substantiated, it just seemed funny that it happened just 24 hours before one of the busiest nights of the year.

Curved Air – Hailsham Pavilion – November 4th, 2017 review by Sarah Harvey

photos by Sarah Harvey

Most concerts I go to, I generally have an idea of what I am expecting and it was no different with Curved Air at Hailsham Pavilion on Saturday 4th November, 2017. The last time I had seen Curved Air was almost 43 years ago on Hastings Pier, coincidentally almost to the day, and in all realism hadn’t expected to re-capture that 1970s flavour since the only member of the band who remains from those days is the wonderful vocalist Sonja Kristina. So what, I wondered, would this concert deliver for me? Hailsham Pavilion is a wonderful intimate venue with wonderful acoustics, and clearly an ideal setting for a band who deserved some concentration, since this was progressive rock in its purest form.

I cast my mind back to a few weeks before when I made the mistake of paying to go and see WASP at the White Rock Theatre. I had never been a great fan of WASP but thought I should go and support a concert by an internationally-renowned band in my home town. As it turned out, they appeared apathetic and seemed to have some contempt for the audience, and that was after they turned up late and without as much as a ‘sorry’. They then continued their contempt by dishing up just 75 minutes of mediocre music.
I know this isn’t a review of WASP, but I just wanted to highlight the difference with Curved Air, whose approach to the audience was entirely different. There was no such short-changing from these wonderful musicians and they produced a stunning set of music for a full two hours.

The set flowed through a complex mixture of old and new music that thoroughly demonstrated the wonderful playing of the various band members and of course the mystical singing and movement of Sonja Kristina. Golden oldies such as ‘Stay Human’, ‘Metamorphis’, ‘Back Street Luv’, ‘It Happened Today’, ‘Marie Antionette’, ‘The Purple Speed Queen’, ‘Vivaldi’ were interspersed with newer offerings such as ‘Time Games’ and new compositions generated with the current line-up in mind. Every song performed was played incredibly tightly and the togetherness of the band was something to behold. One of the key elements of Curved Air has always been the violin and if Paul Sax’s facial expressions were anything to go by, he put his heart and soul into his playing. Paul’s violin came through so powerfully hence ensuring it remained a key element in the band.

Kit Morgan’s sensational guitar playing left me with that feeling I have felt so often since the 70s, in that I should probably give up playing the guitar. I was spellbound. I am not an expert on Bass Guitarists, but he looked pretty good. Happily I had an expert in Iain Cobby sitting right next door to me. His colourful adjectives left me in no doubt that Chris Harris knew his stuff. I am also not an expert on keyboardists, but I know what I like to hear and the keyboard pieces in Metamorphosis were something quite special . Happily another area of Iain Cobby’s expertise although probably didn’t need the colourful adjectives this time around to verify. A special word for drummer and percussionist Andy Tween, only his second gig with the band having replaced Florian Pilkington-Miska who had recently left the band after nine years. His timing was spot on all the way through all compositions, some of which were amazingly complicated .

All in all a thoroughly enjoyable and satisfying concert. I referred earlier to the apathetic WASP concert some weeks ago and the contrast that was served up by Curved Air. The band members of Curved Air all made a point of coming down to meet the concert-goers after the show and how nice it was to briefly speak to the thoroughly pleasant violinist Paul Sax, who made a point of thanking us for coming to the show. I said at the beginning of this review that I hadn’t expected to re-capture that 1970s flavour of going to prog rock gigs. In the end, Curved Air took me right back and beyond into the future. WASP? Look and learn. Curved Air? Legends indeed!  Sarah Harvey – 09/11/2017

Andy Qunta… Thanks for that great review, Sarah! Would love to see Curved Air again. Love their stuff!

Phil Thornton… thanks for posting Sarah !

Jim Breeds… A Phantasmagorical review!

 Peter Fairless… Thank you, Sarah

Tony Davis… Wish I’d been there. Excellent review Sarah

Alan Esdaile… good review, wish I had gone.

Jim Breeds… SMART delegation needs to go en masse to the next one

Colin Norton… Great review, Sarah!

Tim Moose Bruce… If they come to this venue again I will definitely be there.

Pete Fisher… good review Sarah…saw them in London in 1974…btw there will always be people who are better than you on whatever instrument you play, so don’t let that discourage you, let it inspire you to carry on enjoying playing…it’s not about how good you are!

Dave Nattress… Sarah, loved that review of Curved Air. I too saw them at the pier – maybe the same concert as you. I’m unsure whether they did the pier more than once. We’re not really old enough are we for it to have been 43 years ago? Regards to Mr Cobby as well.

Iain Cobby… Thank you Dave, and your good self. Spot on Sarah, great review, I couldn’t agree more. Sorry Mr Davis, your loss was my gain, but this was truly meant to be. One of the best gigs I’ve been to in many years and as I recall tighter that the original band.

J Morris… Last saw them in 76 have tickets for them early in the new year , I can’t wait , thanks for the review . Sometimes disappointing to see old bands but doesn’t seem to be an issue with curved air