G BAND – HASTINGS PIER 4th June 1976
On their very first gig as the G Band, the glitter didn’t shine as expected. Among fainting fans, the G Band made their entrance but gone has the opening impact of the effective drum beats, instead under the spotlight appeared an unknown keyboard player which you could not hear during the whole set! Loud screams greeted the rest of the band and they played safe by starting with ‘Angel Face’ but because of sound problems this wasn’t that recognisable until half way through. They continued with a couple of unknown songs including a reggae number which was leaving the audience a bit restless and it didn’t help matters when they moved on with a terrible version of the ‘Lorraine Ellison’ classic ‘ Stay With Me’. It was apparent that the group seemed nervous and unsure but the tables soon turned when they performed ‘Tears I Cried’ and the new hit single ‘Don’t Make Promises’ with Gerry playing the banjo! From ‘So Is The Sun’ to the Spencer Davis cover ‘Gimme Some Lovin’ to ‘People Like You & People Like Me’ and to finish the set ‘Goodbye My Love’. The audience got them back on stage for the encore ‘Tell Him’. reviewed by Johnny Mason for Melody Maker
here’s an older gig ad:
John Storer… I have no idea why I went to see them. My Aunt Margaret’s cousin, John Springate, was in the band (and still is) but that nebulous familial connection probably wouldn’t have dragged me to the Pier to see them. Can only assume a girl I fancied told me she was going! I was a million miles away from being the “coolest kid on the block” back then, and don’t think I ever let on I’d been to see them – they were a pop group, for goodness sake! I do remember, however, that I was really surprised at how good they were live. Haven’t seen John since my cousin’s wedding several years back, but did meet a couple of the band about 6 years ago when they were still involved in legal wranglings over the name and royalties owed from back in the 70s. Almost choked on my tea when I looked at their Wiki page and saw one Roger Carey had once been in the line-up! Does anyone have a photo of Roger dressed in silver foil and stack heels?
Jacquie Ballard… Still have my scarf I bought in bright orange. It was as far as l remember it was a great night
Perri Ann Haste… I was there too! – It was a bit of a fiasco at the start – but I didn’t care – I was too busty getting drunk in the ‘Luxurious’ bar – Back in the day when you could get a Pint tankard with a handle – cider is lethal stuff. I went to this this gig on the pier when I was 17 – Good times!
Sandra Bryant… I remember these, tried to gatecrash the balcony with a mate lol
Colin Fox… My other half went to that gig when she was 17 and said they were brilliant.
Robert Searle… We ‘Easy Street’ supported the Glitter Band, with the glitter, on the pier.I’m not sure if we were billed for that gig,I think it was a last minute thing. By the way, they were fantastic.
Daryl Perkins… They were brilliant!! Absolutely loved this band!
Caron Martin… I was there !! Blinded by the crush I had on Harvey the sax player, I didn’t notice anything wrong with the set
Dawn Leaney… I had a lovely time!! in fact most bands on the pier were good nights. Long ago.. good memories made!
Julie Morris… I was there too Dawn!
Tony Daryn… Happy Days!!!
Jack Irving… The guy on the right-hand side Harvey Ellison, aka Brian Harvey aka Harvey Sax played with our band the Savages on a few occasions. Sadly he passed away 4 years ago. Great sax-player, he also appeared with us, backing Screaming Lord Sutch on the James Whale Xmas show in 1996.
Paul Huggett… Now your outfit plus Sutch was a show I would have loved to see, Jack, but never managed to