ticket supplied by Paul Bridgett
Peter Fairless… Nice one, Alan!
Pete Houghton… A fantastic show from Judas. Priest one of the best I have seen on the pier and when they did take on the world and the light shone behind the drum kit what an effect, awesome gig and afterwards the band signed my poster
Beki Milton… Stanglers
Peter Fairless… They didn’t have spell check then, though!
Michael Wilson… I wonder ‘What ever Happened To’ the Stanglers
Jane Hartley… I’ve heard of Jim Capaldi but not Cabaldi!
Chris Jolly… Must be Gari baldi’s brother!
Andy Qunta… I notice Pot Black managed to get his name spelt right!
Chris Jolly… More luck pot luck I would think!
Stuart Huggett… The Stanglers: almost as good as Siouxsie & The Bashees or The Damed.
supplied by Sarah Harvey
John Wilde….Went to Osibisa and Hot Chocolate. Both excellent though Osibisa take the prize for crowd enthusiasm.
Sarah Harvey….Didn’t they march on and off the stage chanting OS-I-BI-SA OS-I-BI-SA OS-I-BI-SA etc. ?
Phil Gill….And I was part of that enthusiastic Osibisa crowd. One of my favourite ever gigs. They grooved a trench from here to France and made everyone dance and have fun. Even I was dancing – probably haven’t since, so no mean feat, Osibisa.
John Wilde….Yes they were complete with their chant and with the great percussion, voices and instrumentation kept us moving and wanting more.
John Storer…..I just love the last line of that ad …. “Forthcoming attraction …. Marc Bolan & T.Rex … Tickets £1.25 in advance”. Remember getting tickets to see Japan at Brighton Dome in early 1982 and stating “I will never again pay £6 to go see a band”. Ahem!
John Wilde….July 25th 1975. T Rex supported by Stallion. Anyone have a poster?
Mick O’Dowd….I agree with you Phil. One of the best live bands going. Unfortunately they didn’t always transfer that excitement to vinyl. I always said that i’d defy anybody(even if they didn’t like the music) to not, at least, tap their foot!
Eric Cawthraw ….Here’s a story with a different take – no, not about a band, but rather a bizarre incident in the crowd. Before I expand on this – I bumped in to Mick Watson and related the details to him – just to confirm this is as I remember it, as he was also at the same gig – and yes, he remembers it just as I do!
I’m taking you back to the summer of 75 and the good old Pier Ballroom again. The main band that our crew had gone to see was Osibisa – aah, all those naughty pulsating rhythms I here you thinking!
It was back in the days when the ballroom was just one big open space and often there would be seats stacked up at the sides so that anyone could take one and plonk their butt on it at the location of their choice.
To set the scene further, once Osibisa came on, most of us migrated to the front of the stage, so every one was squeezed in at the front and the back half of the auditorium was virtually empty – this was often the format for the audience. I’m sure people could get pregnant in the thrusting throng – and some of them women!
It must have been a cool or wet evening as I do remember everyone had coats – and it’s the coats that feature in this story. Just as Osibisa came on, our mate Malcolm Hutchison said he was going to sit towards the back as he felt pretty knackered, so he got himself a chair and down he sat – OK, we said, you might as well keep an eye on our coats. So we dumped them around him and joined in the melee towards the stage. Once the gig ended [and a great evening it was too], we returned to our coats – and the vision that presented itself still cracks me up when I think about it.
There in front of out eyes, where Malcolm should have been, was just a pile of coats – a small volcano/mountain of coats! It seems that everyone else must have thought – ‘good idea’ – we have a cloak-room attendant! Bit by bit, as people left, they peeled their coats from the pile and slowly the form of Malcolm re-appeared – he was fast asleep! What a vision! How he slept through the gig or didn’t asphyxiate, I have no idea! I’ve never seen the like before – or since. It could only have happened in the Pier Ballroom! So we woke him up and off we went.
As far as I can remember no one went home without a coat – but I still wonder if everyone went home with the coat they arrived in!
Julie Morris… Trying to find if Osibisa are still playing – website doesn’t seem to have anything since about 2015
Alan Esdaile… Had a good search Julie and all I could find was a gig they did on the 7th July 2017 in Sekondi-Takoradi but couldn’t find any further gigs listed.
Mike O’Dowd… Two great band with Osibisa winning by a head!
Not sure if this is The Jam or were booked to appear and didn’t. Any ideas (Pete Fairless)?. They did play the pier on the 23rd April 1977 replacing Johnny Thunders.
Peter Fairless… While it would have fit their tour itinery – Canterbury, 9th and Croydon 11th, they didn’t play this gig. Shame!
Alan Esdaile… Thanks Pete, they must have been booked though.
Peter Fairless… Yes. The Jam website says Paul was at home in Woking doing an interview on that Saturday.
Mark Hardwick… Ha.I remember it was blowing gales that night, I walked down to the pier to see Johnny Thunders (who didn’t turn up) When I got there Jam/The Jam were playing instead. Unfortunately I turned around and went home again. So never saw the band.
Tony Court-holmes… missed it
poster Andre Palfrey-Martin Collection
Andre Martin….Plus – Support acts Tony & The Defiant from Eastbourne and Earl Richmond from Radio London ” Big L 266 Mts ”
Bob Cockburn….I’m sorry to own up but I used to like Tony Rivers !!
Andre Martin….Bob you have nothing to apologise about – he was and still is a great vocalist, with a track record that puts a lot of the so called “star” to shame. Saw him at the Witch Doctor several times, and with other bands that he created. Did you know that he appeared on Band Aid London show, as one of the backing vocalists. He is highly respected within the industry. Tried to get him as an interview on my Carnival FM show during the Hastings Carnival, but was prevented by technical problems. he was very keen to be interviewed.
Peter Millington…He was asked by Bruce Welch (Shadows) to arrange the vocals for a couple of songs for Cliff Richard in 1975. He became the driving force for Cliff’s backing vocals for 10 years and toured the world with him. All you have to do is listen to “Miss You Nights” to hear the genius of the man. His discography is truly stunning.
Jan Warren… Shouldn’t that be “Unit Four PLUS Two”?
Eric Harmer… Were the blues flames before the fire? Alway looking for the cause.
Gavin Martin… Worthing Town Hall with The Manfreds in autumn
Andre Martin… OMG This brings back memories from 52 years ago this week.
Melody Maker review cutting thanks to Mick Bolton for finding.
poster supplied by Andy Knight, ad supplied by Bob Shipway
Andy Qunta… Wow! Those were the days! I remember Freeway & Sam Tripp! Great stuff!
Simon Walsh… And Factory too!..Great band.
Andy Qunta… Freeway were great! Sam Tripp too!
Bob Shipway… What a Summer Rave line-up!
Ross Holter… Freeway great band and then Shaft
Bob Shipway… Indeed! I was playing in Sam Tripp with Al Turner (vocals), Jeff Hobson (guitar) and Ollie (drums) that night. I can’t remember if this was before Shaft with Dave Shaw, Colin Pearce, Andy Knight and Jim Beadle or afterwards. Either way it was a super night.
supplied by Sarah Harvey
Sarah Harvey….July 1973. Remember them playing ‘Gimme Some Lovin’ and it was superb played live. Loved ’em. And of course a great band in support!
Phil Gill….I was at that gig, watching Ray Fenwick, It was the “Gluggo” tour, and “Catch You On the Rebop”, the single form the album was all over the radio. I really liked it – here it is.
Phil Gill….I was then 17. Fast forward seven years and Steve Demetri, Andy Caine and I end up playing on When The Boys Happy by Jo Jo Laine & The Firm with Ray Fenwick, Funny old world….
Terry Pack….I saw Ray with Fancy, supporting 10cc at The Dome in 1975. He was excellent, as were Mo, Les and Annie.
Andy Qunta….I just checked my diary, & it says Factory got a tremendous reception & did 2 encores! Wish I could actually remember it! Always liked the SDG & supporting them was very exciting!
Bernard Jeffery….I did see the original band probably one of their last gigs as I was very young and later met Steve Winwood when I was recording with his brother Muff producing at Island studios
Dennis Torrance… Another great band Steve Winwood and band. Also Factory brill band still are.
Jacquie Hinves… A very young Ray Fenwick. Gorgeous as ever.
Peter Houghton… Yes it was a great night and seeing Stevie Winwood
Flyer supplied by Mick Mepham , cuttings supplied by Sarah Harvey
Michael Mepham….One of the best Typos ever, Pea! They were actually a Swiss band called Tea and were excellent, great sense of timing. Got a feeling they may have supported Golden Earring but I can’t be sure of that. I have the album they had out at the time – really good.
Mick O’Dowd….Great band. I worked on the Pier with them. I stood sidestage about 6ft from Ginger. Wot a drummer! Made it look so easy. There were only three of them but the support band had to set up on The Ballroom floor half way up the side.
Glen Piper….Yeah, worked both gigs with these guys on the Pier
Tony Court-holmes….yes i was one of the in house roadies with glen piper
Sarah Harvey…..Baker Gurvitz Army. The article actually appeared in Stephen Turner’s Group Scene article on February 8th, 1975 just after the release of their first album, and they appeared on the pier some 9 months later
Gary Kinch…..Remember that one. Well, when I say “remember” 😉
Nick Webb….I was there again.
Henry Mann…..So was I
Peter Gladwish… Thanks for posting this Sarah Harvey. I went to this performance but whenever I mention the B.G.Army to anyone, I get a blank response. I’ve often wondered if I’d imagined the whole thing! (Maybe I did!!!)
Sarah Harvey… Well if you imagined it Peter Gladwish, then so did I 🙂
Peter Fairless… My ears still hurt just thinking about it
Jim Breeds… I’m more interested in the folk article alongside it. I’m sure I saw Hemlock at the Black Horse, I was there or at the Hayloft regularly at about this time. And the late great Peter Bellamy gets a mention too. 🙂
Eric Cawthraw… Yep, a great gig and only 40 years ago. I liked the Gun – who morphed into Three Man Army, who morphed into BGH. Tea were spot on too. Here’s a sobering thought – if I’d written this in 1975 about a band seen 40 years ago, it meant I was going back to 1935! ….I’m off to play my Al Bowley wax cylinders.