Blue Oyster Cult – Tour Programme 1978 (a few pages featured) supplied by Eric Cawthraw.

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supplied by Eric Cawthraw

Eric Cawthraw… it was a tour to promote their Spectres album. The gig I went to was at the Hammersmith Odeon – as it then was. The support was Japan when they were still heavy long-hairs, so before they changed their image and musical direction. I think it cost BOC £250K to put this on – serious money in those days – and the laser show was amazing for its time.
Some things never change – we went by train and trying to get back to Hastings was diabolical. We ended up catching the mail train to Brighton at 3.00 am, then came along the coast. The coach we travelled in was one of those old ones where the walkway ran down the side and the separated compartments had those overhead nets for you luggage. 2 of us slept in them with 2 more stretched out on the seats underneath. I think Kev Potter and John Storer were in the baggage rack! The jouney was as memorable as the gig!, These are just a few of the pages.

Carol Bolton… Mick met them whilst he was touring with Mott in the 70s. He said he was surprised to meet musicians even smaller than he was. 😉

Leigh Wieland-Boys… I  went to that BOC gig too, was absolutely brilliant! Loved Japan! We parked in the British Oxygen Company (BOC) opposite – very appropriate!

Nigel Ford… Bernie Martin of ” Warehouse Light & Sound ” worked with them for some time, I think he said he was their roadie. We stumbled across them by accident in “Downtown” Las Vegas several years ago playing free at the Harley Davidson centenary celebrations there and Steppenwolf the following evening!

Graham Belchamber… Sounds like the train journeys I endured after Rush at Hammy Odeon in 1979 and Rainbow at Wembley in.1980, where a mini riot as Blackmore refused to do an encore as the crowed were too quiet. Chairs lobbed at stage, fire extinguishers set off…,

Beez Neez – 1978


Chris Pook…..I wish I had that much hair now (second from left back row!)

Mark Harris……You’ve hardly changed Chris!!! I only look about 12

Chris Pook……Must see what else is lurking in the archives mate!

Mick O’Dowd……I think you were about 12 then Mark!

Ghoulz… Is it possible this band played The Kinema Ballroom in Dunfermline in Fife, three times 1976-1977?

Mick O’Dowd…  No they didn’t form until 1977

Chris Pook… And we wouldn’t have even known where Dunfermline was back then!!! But we did go all the way to RAF St Athan in South Wales for one gig though!

Phil Gill… Are there actually any Hastings bands that played The Kinema Ballroom in Dunfermline in Fife?

Tracy Ratnarajah Weatherley Harris… Ha ha look at Geoff and Mark you look like you have really long hair x

Ghoulz… Many thanks for your swift replies. I’m trying to trace such a band and you guys almost fitted the bill! Cheers.

John Storer… Phil … can see where there is possible confusion. Have discovered that the Kinema Ballroom, Dunfermline has a dedicated website which includes a list of every single band that played there. A band named Beez Neez did play there three times in 76-77 and a band called Stallion played there in 1971.

Hat Trick – 1978 supplied by Roger Carey





Ken Copsey…..I remember seeing Roger Carey playing that bass back in the day. It always amazed me the biggest bloke playing fantastically on the smallest bass. Seeing this picture now allows me to identify it as a left handed Burns Sonic bass strung for right handed playing. I now own one myself but needless to say I can’t play it to Rogers standard!

Sarah Harvey….The Christmas Fancy Dress Ball was where I believe Hat Trick played two gigs in one evening….the first was at The Kings Head in the Old Town and later on in the evening at Ore centre. I seem to remember the band dressing up as Santa Claus that night….. my fancy dress nowadays would be rather different!