Arthur Brown’s Kingdom Come – Hastings Pier 20th July 1972

ticket supplied by Clive Richardson

Clive Richardson… The support band did not turn up, so Kingdom Come did a longer set.

Stan Atkinson… Was there, mad as a hatter ! very enjoyable gig !

Andy Davies… Oh I remember this! Fire was a big influence on my brother Simon’s disco show. His DJ name was Tony Kane and when he played that song he would wear my Nan’s fur coat, a creepy rubber mask and a flaming head dress, which was basically a bent pierced thin copper tube some elastic a piece of plastic tubing and a camping gaz cylinder for fuel. I used to have to light the gas coming from the copper. Amazingly the worst accident he ever had was a little burnt hair -he cultivated a pretty good Afro for a white boy in the 70s! Sadly 10 years gone on the 7th of this month.

Jeremy Harrison… I didn’t know Arthur Brown had been to the pier. Amazing it didn’t catch fire that night!

Paul Cullen… Does anyone remember who else besides Crazy world of Arthur Brown and I think Curved Air played at the Pilot field in the 60s?I think it was the Kinks but I’m not sure

Tracy Birrell… I was there and remember how crazy it was.Arthur set his head alight when he sang Fire!

 

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!