Ten Years After – Hastings Pier Sat 22nd September 1973

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poster supplied by Mick Mepham, ad supplied by Sarah Harvey

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photos by Roger Carey

Glenn Piper…. I remember this gig; one of the early ones that I worked on .

Jim Hobbs….Yep, me too!

Here they are playing the great Slow Blues In C – venue unknown

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fn6fZzWrzCE

Roger Carey… 1000 plus people at the Pier concert which discouraged me from going to the front!

Sarah Harvey… Just talking to Roger last week about this gig….. he always remembers me telling him that Alvin Lee just walked past me and he was so small (height wise). I had his poster in my room for many a year and always imagined a guy towering over everyone…….but he was Ronnie Corbett height. Must have worn big platformed shoes. He looked a massive bloke on Woodstock and all the posters.

Jim Breeds… I was at this gig! I had long blond hair – it couldn’t be could it!? Probably not.

Yvonne Cleland… This was a good gig. Remember it well, and Alvin Lee came out afterwards and spoke to us.

Peter Hopgood… I was there! Poor old Chick Churchill on keyboards was inaudible; as usual!

Terry Pack…  I was at that one, too. The organist spent most of the time ‘drumming’ on the top of the case of the Hammond. That was inaudible, too. I recall a very long, and very tedious, drum solo.

Mick Knights… I,ve mentioned it before, but that,s where my glowyo and string parted company never to be reunited, things like that stay with you for life!

Pete Fisher…great night as I remember…..Alvin Lee and TYA were definitely a huge influence on me…

John Storer… I have no recollection of this gig so presumably didn’t go. Quite why I would miss seeing Ten Years After I do not know … possibly the ticket price? £1 was a lot of money in 1973. Did go with Matt Brand, his sister Jo , and her then boyfriend to see Alvin Lee a couple of years later at Southend, supported by Budgie and Fairport Convention and several other bands – a whole day at Southend FC for just £2 … and what a day.

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www.alvinlee.de – record mirror 1976

John Wilde… I am in that audience on the pier.

Wesley Magoogan…. Blimey,I went to see that!

Darren Holmes… Undead album absolutely brilliant!

Chris Giles… I guess I’m in there somewhere as well

Chris Meachen… As am I….

Jon McCallion… Had dinner with Alvin Lee at Brighton polytechnic many years ago.

Chris Baker… I was there too. Never seen such quick fingers!

Kevin Sherwood… And me.

Andy Qunta… Don’t remember seeing that one, unfortunately, but due to an unexpected set of circumstances I ended up jamming with Alvin Lee at his house for a couple of days! Awesome experience! Nice fella!

Tony Court-holmes… I  forgot that one i must have been there glen you would know did we go things got a bit crazy about that time

Nigel Ford… Pretty sure I was there as did see them on the Pier but wasn’t keeping a diary at that time. Was this their only appearance at this venue?

Graham How… Now that WAS a gig! Still remember it to this day. Alvin Lee was stunning to see and hear.

Lynny Aldridge… I think this was my first ‘pier experience’ and I managed to get a drumstick which resulted in getting drumsticks from every band I could after that!!

Yvonne Cleland… I remember Alvin Lee alright.

Mick Mepham… Wish I’d been there. A proper guitar hero if ever there was one and another reason why I started playing – see Goin’ Home on Woodstock.

Tony Court-holmes… Mick you are a guitar hero to us

Chris Giles… Legends … time to watch Woodstock again me thinks

Robert Searle… Saw them at the Marquee Wardour Street ,breath taking guitarist Alvin Lee.

Pete Fisher… first heard them in ’68, bought every album, Alvin was up there with Clapton, Peter Green and Rory Gallagher for me, along with Jimi of course.

Jan Warren… Yeahhhhhhhh, Alvin Lee, good guitarist!!

Pete Houghton… It was a great night and Ten Years After were great as was Ruby They signed my album for me

John Wilde… I was there. Great gig. Excellent memories.

Angela Frances Gardner… wow, I never knew they played on the pier!

2 thoughts on “Ten Years After – Hastings Pier Sat 22nd September 1973”

  1. I have no recollection of this gig so presumably didn’t go. Quite why I would miss seeing Ten Years After I do not know … possibly the ticket price? £1 was a lot of money in 1973. Did go with Matt Brand, his sister Jo , and her then boyfriend to see Alvin Lee a couple of years later at Southend, supported by Budgie and Fairport Convention and several other bands – a whole day at Southend FC for just £2 … and what a day

  2. Pretty sure I was there as did see them on the Pier but wasn’t keeping a diary at that time. Was this their only appearance at this venue?

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