Rockpile featuring Dave Edmunds and Nick Lowe – Hastings Pier 11th June 1979.

Phil Gill… How did I miss this gig? I’m a huge fan. In a related story, Steve Demetri, Andy Caine and I arranged to meet up with Ray Fenwick in the Old Town one carnival night, 1980, maybe 1981…Ray turned up with his friend Billy, who turned out to be Billy Bremner from Rockpile, dressed in exactly the same clothes as he wore on the cover of the “Seconds of Pleasure” album, same red jacket, same shirt , everything . He was good company, but it was weirdly like my album sleeve had come to life and was wandering round the Stade.

Peter Fairless… Likewise, gutted to have missed it. Guess it was because it was a Monday night. ‘So It Goes’ is one of my all time Top 10. Well found, Alan. Obviously a warm up for that US tour

Chris Giles… Thanks AlanI knew I had seen Dave Edmunds …was doubting myself it was the pier though… Thank you for searching ….yay. It was loud … I stood LH stage where I always did, I’m pretty sure it wasn’t very crowded.

Jim Breeds… Wow! I’d just started working in London by then, so that’s why I didn’t go.

Dave Boutwood… It was very poorly attended, so I watched right by the stage, couldn’t hear properly for a week.

Graham Wilks… The great Terry Williams on drums.

Ken Copsey… Supported by Lew Lewis. I seem to remember it wasn’t that busy.

Lazybones Disco 1976 and Police Ball.

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Anyone remember Lazybones?

Peter Fairless… Which one was that, under the Queens?

Jim Breeds… That rings a distant bell … was it under Queens Hotel?

Alan Esdaile… Yes Pete and Jim, trying to remember the chain of different names, was it The Flying Machine at one time? Bonitas, Emmas etc.

Chris Giles… Bonitas I remember chicken and chips on a Sunday Eve

Alan Esdaile… Thanks Chris! You just reminded me of the smell and the greasy taste. I feel sick!

Jane Hartley… Bonitas, Lazybones, Queen of Clubs, JRs.

Virginia Davis… That brings back memories

Andy Qunta… Yes indeed!

Jim Breeds…  Bonitas I could have volunteered as a name but Lazybones had gone from the memory until now!  Gosh yes. Chicken in the basket wasn’t it? And Scampi too, probably!  lol.

Chris Giles… Yep it was in a basket.

Jon McCallion… We played at bonitas after recording fooling around the same night I think.

Mick O’Dowd… Don’t forget cockroaches in a basket at Bonitas.

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Tramps Disco-Tek Club Opening Night with Bob Stewart Radio Luxembourg 11th June 1976

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go go dancer Mandy from Brighton at the gig

Alan Esdaile… Don’t look!

Martin Richter…  I nearly didn’t

Andre Martin… Bob Stewart Born on 3rd July 1939 in Liverpool Bob did his national service in the army and then worked in various local clubs after becoming a DJ at the suggestion of Pete Best, the original Beatles drummer. He joined Radio Caroline in 1965, spending one month on the South ship before transferring to the North. He was advised that his Liverpool accent might alienate listeners so he developed the very authentic sounding mid-Atlantic accent we now know and love. “Baby Bob,” as he was known, presented the noon-3pm show. His catch-phrase was: “This is your Bobby baby who loves you so crazy” and his theme tune was Image by Alan Haven. Bob stayed with Caroline North until about six weeks before the introduction of the Marine Offences Act in August 1967. He joined Radio Luxembourg and was there for eighteen years. In 1987 he moved to Dallas, Texas, for a time but returned to Europe and was heard again on Luxembourg as well as Jazz-FM, Red Rose Preston, Capital Gold.

Alan Esdaile… When working with Bob Stewart , I can remember doing a gig with him at Gravesend Woodville Civic Hall. We started the show with some smoke bombs and the guy in charge of the theatre came rushing down with fire extinguishers and for a second I thought he was going to spray  foam all over the disco gear. He gave us a good shouting and in future please write and apply in advance if you wish to use smoke and explosions on stage.

Conan Howard… Oh my goodness , back in the days when girls were beautiful and did not look like they had escaped from a farm or been washed up on the sea Shore