Haze 13th Jan and Sweet 20th Jan – Aquarius 1973

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Haze photo supplied by Robert Searle                                                                         

Ticket supplied by Diane Leigh, autograph is on the back of the ticket

Robert Searle… Back left is Robert Searle on bass, Les Harding guitar,Colin Rotheroe guitar. Front is Les Pennock vocals Bernie Marchant vocals and Dave Funnel drums. Bob, Les Harding and Colin Rotheroe backing vocals. Got my trusted Fender bass in my right hand. Hated those steps at the back of Aquarius where we bought the gear up but had a great night. We also did the Cobweb before the Aquarius opened. John booked us.

Robert Searle… Saw the Sweet at the Aquarius.Ive heard bad reports of the Sweet but that night , they were brilliant.Their playing was just as good as say Deep Purple ,their vocal harmonies were fantastic. That night at the Aquarius proved how good they were.A great rocking group with great vocals.

Alan Esdaile… I was at that Sweet gig and we were packed in like sardines. They were very good.

Leigh Wieland-Boys… I was there too, remember it like it was yesterday!

Robert Searle… A real great thumping backing ,great musicians.Vocals were fantastic with Andy Scotts high vocals were unbelievable, real professionals.

Chris Giles… I saw Sweet at the Aquarius …my friends dragged me along…. I wasn’t keen to see them… I was shocked they were brilliant one of the best acts I’ve seen.

Barry French… I was knocked out by Sweet at the Aquarius, I was expecting a pop band, & if my memory serves me correct I think they opened up with a WHO medley.

Matt Thomas… Too young but got sweets autographs

Ian McGilvray… Great Band. My favourite

Ronald Burgoyne… That must be when we saw them Mac

Ian McGilvray.. I think it was Ron. Great band with excellent harmonies.

Merv Kennard… that was a good night, so was the dlwp gig last December.

Saxon & Tygers Of Pan Tang – 24th May 1980 Hastings Pier

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Andy Baldock….I was at the Saxon gig and met them afterwards,also the following year @ Brighton Centre

Tim Bruce…..went to that one. was veeerrryyy loud….. Afterwards I drove home but could only tell if the engine had stalled by the ignition light on the dash as my ears had shut down. That was one loud gig!

Leigh Wieland-Boys… I was there that night!

Iain Cobby… Great band Saxon….. I was there with Brian Setchfield. Tigers with John Sykes on guitar what a gig

Alan King… who needs Spinal Tap ?

Garry Fairway… I was there

Keith Rodway… I was with you

Tracy Forrow… so was I

Radio Caroline Badges from Kevin Carlyon

Kevin Carlyon says… The Ross’s Revenge. Back in the 70’s I used to illegally run Caroline Badges where I supplied badges, at their request, to the Caroline Roadshow, where I supplied them free. I had hassle from the authorities but always got around it!! Would you like a FREE Radio Caroline badge? My favourite is the small top right small one with a photo supplied by Julie Lewis, aka Johnny Lewis other half. For your badge or two ( selected at random – not a choice) send a 2nd Class Larrge stamp or two IRC’s to Kevin Carlyon, 22B Dane Road, St Leonard’s on Sea, East Sussex, TN38 0QW, UK. What many people don’t realise that when I supplied badges to The Caroline Roadshow back in the 70’s Alan used to make them at his shop, Mason’s Music on Hastings Pier (When it used to have real shops on and a small tv studio for Meridian TV. I did several interviews for STV among others). Ask Alan about the smoke bomb in his ash tray!!!

Margaret Capps… Omg i went out and delivered bread egg bacon cannot remember the year but we went out on a fishing boat

Louise Burt… I’ve still got the badges you posted to me Kev still

Paul Simmonite… Is this offer still current?

Julie Findlay-jones… I remember the badge machine great fun,

Steve Thorpe… Remember the shop and did have a Caroline badge!

Ian Dury hoax fake gig Hastings Pier 9th March 1979

Alan Esdaile…Remember this well, as had a record shop on the pier at the time. When I saw the posters on the pier boards, I wrote to Stiff Records to ask if they had some display material for this gig. A couple of days later they rang me at home and said I must be mistaken as Ian Dury is definitely not scheduled to play Hastings. The guy at Stiff said I must have got it wrong and must be someone else advertised. I told him I’m 100% right and gave him Bob Knights  Pier managers number. The next day the posters had disappeared and a few days later I received a box of albums and a big bundle of posters, as a thank you. I remember the Disc Jockey and the pier box office had sold some tickets, anyone remember anything more about this?

Factory… Wow! Bold as brass!

Jim Breeds… Crikey. Reasons to be un-cheerful! Four quid a ticket wasn’t good to lose in those days!

Peter Fairless… We got refunded, Jim

Mick O’Dowd… This one escaped me.

Claire Venner… remember this

Peter Fairless… Yes, I bought tickets from the Pier box office. Got a refund straight away though, as soon as they knew it was a hoax. Think we gave the police a statement. Was anyone ever caught?

Phil Gill… There ain’t half been some clever bastards.

Steamhammer – Hastings Pier 13th July 1973

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supplied by Mick Mepham and Roger Carey

They originally came from Worthing and went on to be massive in Europe and tour with Led Zeppelin. Managed by Barry Taylor. Not so big in the UK but canny Clive Richardson realised the town was full of German students in July and I think he ended up with over 800 people.

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ticket & management letter supplied by Clive Richardson

Geoff Peckham….A great band in their time who preempted the Quo sound and were very popular overseas. Original bass player, Steve, still lives in Worthing and has some tales to tell!

Andy Qunta….1st Steamhammer album – excellent! Still listen to that quite often! This is a stand-out track though!

poster supplied by Clive Richardson

Pete Houghton… That was a great night both Band’s were excellent

Richie Worley…  I’m trying to find out any info with regards to the support band Crimson Earth in this article from 1973, band members, management that sort of thing, also another band from the same time/area called Orange, any info would be much appreciated. I believe my father managed both bands back in the day.

Clive Richardson… I promoted this gig and think I booked Crimson Earth direct from an advert. I remember the band were good with a singer with a great voice. I think I paid them around £40/£45. Sorry I don’t have anymore information.

Dave Nattress… Thought I recognised a name. Martin Quittington (sic), is I’m sure the same “Martin Quittenton” who co-wrote Maggie May and You Wear It Well by Rod Stewart. He also co-wrote other stuff with Rod at that time and played guitar on several tracks!!