Arthur Brown’s Kingdom Come 24th Nov & Budgie 6th Dec 1972 – Hastings Pier

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poster & tickets supplied by Mick Mepham 

John Storer…..Was at both these gigs – remember a ship floating across the stage at some point during the Arthur Brown gig – only a small one, mind! May have been where Spinal Tap got the idea for their pyramids 🙂

Phil Gill….Arthur Brown was awesome. He sat there behind that Bentley Ace analogue drum machine and scared the shit out of me right from the first song, “Time Captives”. I loved it.

Philip Thornton….agreed ! – the heart beat at the start went on for ages and then started speeding up !! class ! Mr Brown is a top class guy ! – and yes he has still got it big time ! – check out his performance on ‘Pollen’ by Mandragora if you get the chance !!

Mick Mepham….Ace track! He still has the voice too ……. and to start with, he was a soul singer ……

Philip Meston….Love the album ‘Journey’ from Kingdom Come, it’s an absolute classic!

Mick O’Dowd….First saw Arthur at Pilot Field Hastings in 67 with Kinks, Dave Dee, Geno Washington etc. Must have been a couple of weeks before he caught Fire!

Eric Cawthraw… I was with my old mate John Storer for both the Arthur Brown and Budgie gigs – so fond memories. The thing about the ship floating along the back of the stage – it was quite bizarre and theatrically it looked very Edwardian. There were long boards going right across, painted and shaped like waves and these were pulled back and forth to give a moving ocean effect. The ship was placed among them and rocking to and fro! We were definitely in a non computer age for graphic scenery!

Chris Meachen… Had to prevent the bouncers chucking Arthur off the pier.. He might have ‘over medicated’ & was looning about in the amusement arcade being strange….

Robert Searle… aw Arthur at the Saville Theatre supporting Jimi Hendrix with Carl Palmer on drums

Tony Court-holmes… saw Budgie a couple of times

Stan Atkinson… Certainly a character, was an interesting evening. Budgie were a brilliant band saw them several times on the pier and they were always excellent

Pete Houghton… What a great times for Both Band’s The first time i saw Arthur Brown we all had to sit on chairs and the second time we all stood around and both times i got the band to sign something And Budgie signed something for me

Dave Weeks… Always loved a Budgie gig.

Tracey Birrell… I remember it well. Also when he sang Fire he set his head alight and walked around. Elf and Safety wouldn’t allow that now!

 

Memories and info wanted on Fruupp

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Nigel Wade Art… Hi all, I’m trying to unearth any memories or info on Fruupp who played on Hastings Pier in 1972 and 1975. They supported Genesis in ‘72 I believe, I went to the December 5th ‘75 gig which they headlined. It wasn’t a big crowd but they rocked it. It was the opening night of their Modern Masquerades tour. I can’t remember if there was a support band. Reason for this question is that I’m involved in the very active Fruupp Facebook Group (worth joining if you like the band) and there’s a plan to get a book and Live CD together all about Fruupp, so any info gratefully received. Thanks.

Adam Seigel… I was a fan for a bit. Saw them in Southend (my home town) in 75 I think. I still have the single Prince of Heaven’s Eyes which was their bid to break through Good band but not first division. Be interesting to know if they went on to other things, the keyboards seemed really talented and guitarist was good too – Vincent McUsker or something like that? Sounds like a good piece of archiving.

Nigel Wade Art… Keyboardist for the 4th and final album Modern Masquerades was John Mason, a brilliant jazz/ rock keyboard player who sadly died a few years ago. Original members Vincent McCusker (guitar), Peter Farrelly (vocals/ bass), Martin Foye (drums) and Stephen Houston (keyboards) are all going strong. Fruupp split in the Summer of ‘76 just when punk was starting, none of the band have done much in music since.

Adam Seigel… Stephen Houston…that’s the chap…he was good!

Alan King… the guy in the white suit is actually called Johnny Mason, he’s an old friend of mine from Dulwich back in the day, last I heard he’d had a stroke about 10 years ago – oops edit just saw the post that John had died he was an odd one – played a few gigs with him over the years – he got lost in drink and drugs near the end, his parents both died and left him a bit of money which was probably enough to tip him over the edge

Nigel Wade… Alan you’re absolutely right. Sadly he died a few years ago, following the stroke. I loved his playing b that album – he was very accomplished. One of the other guys said that for the photo shoot, “we all arrived looking like the three musketeers while John turned up dressed like Liberace!”

Alan King… John Mason did record an E.P. with a band of local south London roadies called The Back Room Boys in the mid 80’s – The Ballad of Vic Samson / Mine’s A Light and Bitter – he did the odd mafia run cruise ship tour off Miami to Jamaica and back around that time

Rory Hagan… Where did you see John Mason had died? I went to school with him. Thanks. Stephen Houston is your best point of contact for info. He’s a clergyman in the south of England

Nigel Wade Art… Hi Rory, on the Fruupp Facebook there has been a fair bit of information on John Mason and the main Admin, Brian, is in contact with John’s sister. It would be great if you’d like to join the Fruupp Facebook group with all your music background and the fact that you went to school with John. The band members including Stephen Houston are helping us with our Fruupp Live LP and Fruupp book.

Tracy Birrell… I remember seeing them on Hastings Pier.

Iain Cobby… Greetings. I had the poster of Genesis / Fruupp on Hastings Pier in 1972 which I sold some years ago for a really good price when times were hard. Alan e has  a photo. I do remember the gig but was having a disagreement with my girlfriend/to be wife outside on the deck of the pier and missed the set, almost missing the Genesis opening ……. some years later in Birmingham I was in an indie record store and picked up Future Legends and Seven Secretes on  BPRC cd . I would urge any prog aficionados to listen to these treasures ……. wow

Can you help with the band members?

supplied by Jim Breeds www.facebook.com/HAPP1066/ photo from Teresa Briffitt

Jim Breeds… Does anyone recognise the band members or know where this photo was taken?

Teresa Briffitt … “This is my mum singing with a band somewhere in Hastings, don’t know what year, but wondering if anyone recognises the band members x”

Janine Hemsley… Fabulous photo

Alan Esdaile… Jim, do you know the name of her mum and who the band was?

Jim Breeds… Her Mum’s name was Ivy Bridger, maiden name was Long. She doesn’t know the name of the band – that’s one of the things she was hoping to find out. Sax player identified as Bill Murphy. Singer is Ivy Bridger. Still looking for the name of the band.

Who remember Crackerjack?

Alan Esdaile… We all remember Crackerjack and the game with the cauliflowers but my lasting memory is when the presenters attempted singing the latest pop songs especially Peter Glaze!

Steve Fox… The top prize was a crackerjack pencil.

Pauline Richards… Good old Eamon Andrews

Andy Qunta… Double or Drop?

Judie Struys… I used to get so excited waiting for the finale, hoping desperately that it would be one of my favourite songs in the top 20. I wish I could remember which ones.

Angela Frances Gardner… Cabbages or prizes

Margaret Trowell… It’s Friday… it’s 5 o’clock. . it’s Crackerjack… with Peter Glaze, Pip Hinton and Leslie Crowther. Great days!

Jacquie Hinves… Pete Glaze and Don McLean. Fabulous memoriesI. It’s 5 to 5 . It’s Crackerjack! It followed White Horses. I loved that program too..

Gerry Fortsch… It was great. apart from the singing and I am sure those cabbages were not edible.

Jan Warren… Never watched it, or Blue Peter! – I think it was because my Ma and Pa were ITV fans, they thought the Beeb was for snobs so I watched Magpie and other ITV stuff

Margaret Trowell… Jan, cor you were posh ..we could only get BBC. I had to go next door to watch ITV! I was so jealous of my friend lol

Pete Houghton… I remember those days

Kate Recknell-Page… Yes likewise always full of fun xx

John Beeching… CRACKERJACK. (Will people please stop saying that word)

Andrew Clifton… Part of childhood memories

David Wilkinson… That lad’s got a moustache !!! And is the woman on the left Eamonn’s ma ???

Paul Huggins… Yes that’s just what I say on Fridays…it’s Crackerjack…in other words pay day

Rolling Stones – Hastings Pier 18th January 1964

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Andy Gunton… I was sent this photo by a friend earlier, I think it’s from January 1964? He found it while doing some musical research, not sure where.

Andre Martin… For some reason it’s been printed on red, this was the second visit from the boys in 1964

Alan Esdaile…  The only other thoughts I have is, was it an ad in a What’s On type magazine?

Jill Caine… Awwwww memories!! I woz there.

Mick O’Dowd… This is a colour version of the Observer ad.

Mick Knights… I  do remember that I couldn’t afford the 2/6 entrance!

Martin Richter… rolling who…..?

Jill Caine… I was there. behind the bar until the Stones came and then into the ballroom to see them!!!

Glenn Piper… Pity I was only 7 at the time

Gavin Martin… Long haired layabouts .. They look like gurls. I wouldn’t let my great grandmother anywhere near them

Pauline Lindsay… I was there to and remember it well.

Helen Kingshott… I was there to 

Peter Fairless… Their Decca EP was released the day before, ‘Bye Bye Johnny’ and ‘Money’ on the ‘A ‘ side, ‘Poison Ivy’ and this on the ‘B’ side. One of our favourites…

Terry Haddon… Me as well Pauline,great night

Bob Laurie.. Opened with “King Bee” as I remember! Cycled over from Bexhill in the freezing cold to see!

Lloyd Johnson… I was there…saw them twice on the Pier….they arrived in an Ambulance and ran up the left side of the Pier to the ballroom. I saw them jump out of the ambulance whilst we were queuing to get in….

David Bargioni… Yep, I was there too.

 

The Clash – Hastings Pier 12th January 1980

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ticket supplied by Robert Wren,  ad supplied by Sarah Harvey, backstage pass supplied by Pete Fairless badge supplied by Phil Meston, photo: The Clash in Chateau Neuf, Oslo, Norway Helge Øverås, 21 May 1980 http://www.helgeoveras.com/concertphoto.shtml

Mark Gilham… This show was put on by our old manager John Curd

Andy Baldock…..saw the gig in 1980. Also saw them at Brighton Top Rank either the next night or night after that.Saw some fab bands at the old Top Rank……..

Phil Meston… I saw the Clash on the pier in 1980. Another souvenir from the Clash’s 1980 gig on The Pier, the badge above.

Cheryl White… This must have been one of the first outings for ‘London Calling’. Anyone remember the set list?

David Stevens… The first outings for songs from London Calling were three gigs in London during July 1979, followed by a festival appearance in Finland and a North American tour in the Autumn. On the 12th Jan 1980 my memory has them opening with London Calling, but looking at the available set lists from around that date they all go Clash City Rockers, Brand New Cadillac, Safe European Home, Jimmy Jazz, London Calling and then some variation.

Peter Fairless… Sadly, too many of those brain cells are long departed. I can tell you they played it but I couldnt tell you where in the set it was!

Chris Giles… Missed all of these …too busy being a mum.

Mark Parsons… I was at this gig and still have my ticket stub which Topper autographed for me. I have this memory of Joe Strummer announcing that this was the first live performance of London Calling but the album came out in 1979 and they must of played it before. However it was a great gig and if memory serves they kicked the set of with Clash City Rockers.

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Ian Wilson… Mark, did The Bodysnatchers play that night?

Mark Parsons… Hi Ian. I don’t remember the Bodysnatchers but definitely remember the Slits playing.

Ken Copsey… Before starting at the 77 gig Joe Strummer announced ” this ones a seaside special… Hastings is burning!” Bang we was off! Didn’t stay at the front for very long as complete pogoing mayhem ensued and thought 15 year old me might get trampled.This was one of the most memorable gigs I’ve attended. Definitely the right place to be for a 15 year old in 1977. Funny how history is revised but I can remember London Calling not being that highly regarded when it came out, being redolent of the Clashes slide towards American stadium sell out status.

Wesley Magoogan… In 1981, we ‘The Beat’ were their special guests on a mammoth USA and other countries tour. The Clash were brilliant as a band and drinking buddies.

Steve Chantel… I was there .., f*cking brilliant live band

Daryl Perkins… Remember that.

Jacquie Ballard… I was there

Pete Houghton… What a great night met them after the concert and they signed my single for me

Theresa Kiff… I was there.

Paul Suggitt… Great gig!

Martin Curcher… It was a good night and still have Paul Siminon’s Bass pick.

Sparks & Pilot – Hastings Pier 23rd Nov 1974

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ad supplied by Sarah Harvey. Group photo: Sparks in AVRO’s TopPop (Dutch television show) in 1974. Source: Beeld En Geluid Wiki – Gallerie: Toppop 1974

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Chris Meachen….The older brother in Sparks was just SO weird…. (In real life too, not just an act..) All I can say of Sparks is the taller one was the weirdest & most unresponsive individual I ever encountered backstage on the pier.. He just stared, without speaking,with a look that suggested you were something he just stepped in… Even backstage he maintained the emotionless, slightly manic stare that I’d imagined was just his public persona.. very creepy guy…

Alan Esdaile….Yes agree agree agree, one of the weirdest guys I ever met. The other brother was fine and had a good chat but when his brother appeared I spoke to him and all I got for a reply was an icy stare and his head moving from side to side, the same as he appeared on Top Of The Pops. Well creepy!

Mick O’Dowd….Biggest egotists going. Bomb scare half way through Pilots act(they were actually higher in the charts that week than Sparks) wouldn’t come back to Pier. Had to keep audience amused until they did. Very scary! Pilot were brilliant that night. After the bomb scare cleared the Pier Pilot insisted on finishing their set when play resumed,It gave time to coax the dynamic duo back from their hotel where they had been since the bomb scare was first announced.

Bernard Jeffery….I went to this gig I thought sparks were very ordinary, the support band was Pilot I think, they had a hit with January and were the better band. Magic! that was the single January was later

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Lindisfarne – Hastings Pier 17th January 1975

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Steve Cooke… Alan with Kenny Craddock on keys in 1st pic. Still miss these two every day – made and played some great music with them.

Tony Court-holmes… I was there

Martyn Baker… Yep. I went to that one too. They were excellent.

Tim Moose Bruce… Saw them at White Rock in the 80s. Great gig.

Robert Paine… Remember this group

Chris Meachen…  I kicked the dressing room door down for them too.. (they were locked out..) earned a crate of ‘Newcastle broon’ for that….

Maureen Head… Loved their music.

Dave Nattress… Saw them on this one with the Bexhill contingent of pier gig followers. Fog on the Tyne – a fantastic album of a great era and some great singles of course. Run for home is a favourite. BJH were also a fave with the Bexhill boys.

Dave Weeks… Enjoyed the BJH more

Chris Meachen… I went backstage to find them standing in the corridor, having locked themselves out of the dressing room. One good flying leap got the door open, & a crate of Newcastle brown for me..

1950’s/1960’s living room in the uk – do you remember it looking like this?

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Mike Mitchell… Ah the Magic Robot game! I loved that one

Garry Wonfor… Most of it for sure…. But A FITTED CARPET…that was a luxury….. We had a rug, surrounded by spotlessly clean and highly polished floor tiles. Fabulous.!!!!

Faith Brooker… Garry, One word for you…lino…

Lloyd Johnson… Just like our living room at 67 Clifton Road..

Roger Simmonds… Reminds me of my mum and dads house !

Colin Bell… Blimey i’m 8 years old again…i’ve still got my Magic Robot game!

Will Cornell… ‘ve only visited the UK…not lived there. But here’s what I spot: how in the world do ya’ll keep warm with those tiny fireplaces?

Alan Esdaile… we all had similar fireplaces in the 50s/60s Will.

Will Cornell… The ones you have in your living rooms look kinda like the small bathroom gas heaters we have in older homes with natural gas built in the 40s-50s. Yeah I know I know. “there goes another ‘Everything’s bigger in Texas’ braggard”.

David Edwards… Will, by body heat snuggling in close with the other buggers up close to the fire.

Ian Quinnell… WOW….back to my childhood. The tiled hearth and surround, mirror on the chimney breast, standard lamp, but mostly the 3D picture plate on the wall.

Chris Meachen… Very much like the living room of my childhood.. At least we still have a mirror over the fireplace…

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Gaz Linch… The hideous flying ducks,a must in every Victorian front room, including ours

Alan Esdaile… my dad used to make those circular plaster wall plaques (in the first photo) and sold loads to the neighbours. Always looking for one of his in the second hand shops.

Judy Atkinson… What’s the square transparent thing between the tv and the pedal car? Everything else is very familiar

Faith Brooker… Judy, I think it might be a protective screen for the front of the TV…

Pete Prescott… I remember those days.

Lyn Appleyard… The robot board game….I swopped my toy telephone switchboard for the board game. Fascinating. All of them plus something not on there was an Easter egg box which gave me joy…more even than the egg……..does anyone remember the plastic toys free in cereal boxes? Hours of fun until Tiddles our white cat grabbed it 🐈 dusappeared under the garden hedge and bam! I never saw it again 😭 EVER 🙄 😊🤔 She was a beautiful dignified cat….and is now acknowledged as Whylie Tiddles lol

Ray Harper… Is that square thing a sort of lens that you put on the TV screen to make it bigger?

Mike Raxworthy… Ray, I thought it was make the picture ‘colour’ ???

George Harmer… Blimey I thought that was the front room at my mum and dads.

Mick O’Dowd… The Magic Robot! Never had one as a kid although I always coveted those that did. Someone brought me one a few years back and it’s still in the cupboard. Also had a red version of the pedal car.

Roger Simmonds… The room was only warm by the fire other side was always cold as I remember!

Sue Seward… Think the square glass thing on the floor is in fact a magnifying screen for the TV ! I remember an aunt had a set up like that and as hardly anyone in my family could afford a TV in the 1950’s we would all crowd around to watch the ‘Black and White Minstrel’ show. Oh how times have changed.

 

Mick Bolton R.I.P.

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Andy Gunton… Not a good way to start the new year. Very sad to hear the news of the death overnight of Mick Bolton. A lovely man & a fine pianist too, who many local people will have seen playing around the Hastings area. In the past he’d played with Mott The Hoople, Dexy’s Midnight Runners & Linda McCartney, amongst others.I had the pleasure of working with Mick on several occasions, something I have very fond memories of. R.I.P Mick, you will be sadly missed

Alan Esdaile… Very sad news. Such a warm and genuine person and a great musician.

John Wilde…Farewell Mick.

Nick Shute… So sorry to hear this sad news…..rip Mick

Caroline Moor… very sad news

Janine Hemsley… So so sad. Thoughts are with Mick’s family.

Wendy Weaver… Sad news😥. R.I.P. Mick

Ricky Long… Sad, Rip Mick great guy

Willie Wicking… So Sorry to hear this, a lovely genuine guy it was only last year we were seeing the New Year in with him at the Grapevine in Rye. Thoughts with his family & friends R.i.P Mick

Nick Bloomfield…  I will remember him though singing this song which is one of his own compositions. I was very fortunate to record  ‘Serpentine Summer’ which is a lovely song about the Hyde Park Concert in 1969.

Elaine Roberts… RIP Mick – a great musician and a lovely, unassuming man. Condolences to all his family and friends – he will be much missed

Carole Prescott… So very sad. Such a lovely man. Condolences to Carol and all other family & friends. Such a shock.

Andy Qunta… Very sorry to hear about Mick. RIP.

Colin Norton… Very sad to hear this news. RIP Mick

Dave Nattress… Not another! I did not know Mick but have read widely of him and the local connections. After the passing of Kevin Hoad recently to lose another notable member of the music community is truly awful.

Iain Cobby… Fond memories of sing along with Mick at the Grapevine with Messrs T Davis, C Rigden and P Merison on nights out in Rye. What a really nice guy. The place won’t be the same without you Mick. RIP

Phil Little… Barry Jones and I played some of our best ever gigs with Mick Bolton since 2011. He was a really great intuitive player and will be irreplaceable to us. Thoughts and Condolences to Carol and Richard. RIP Mick.

William Third… So sad to hear it, what a lovely person as well as a wonderful musician, he will be greatly missed.

Pam Staffell… Memorial bench for Michael on the seafront. It was Carol’s desire today of getting a memorial bench on Hastings seafront that prompted me to suggest “Go Fund Me” Thank you X

Click here… https://gofund.me/1ccac08f

Pam Staffell… Hello everyone. I am so pleased with how this fund is doing. Thank you all for being so generous and kind. It isn’t an easy time right now to be asking for money, so an extra big thank you to you all on behalf of Carol and Bobby. I know the money raised so far will buy a standard bench – there are many styles for Carol to choose from. There is also engraving to be paid for. Plus any administration which Hastings Council asks for! That is how I came to the fund aim of £1500. We have done so well, in these two days, so I am confident the goal will be reached! Thank you again X