Gong – Hastings Pier 9th May 1974

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ad supplied by Sarah Harvey, paper plate frisbee supplied by Mick Mepham

autograph poster from the gig supplied by Peter Houghton

Gary Kinch….Wet Cheese Delirium

Clive Richardson...I remember Daevid Allen had a fishing rod and cast something into the audience.

Mick Mepham.…It was Daevid Allen with the rod and it was a little rubber fish on the end of the line. He cast it out, reeled it in and said “hmmm not biting today”. It utterly freaked loads of people out hahaha. Great gig.

Phil Thornton…..the UV flying UFO’s over the audience was the most memorable moment for me, along with the splendid ‘gliss’ guitar orchestra bliss out soundtrack ! I also loved steve hillage’s home made leslie cab device made from an old record deck and a big wedge of expanded polystyrene

Mick Mepham…..I’ve still got one of the paper plates that they frisbeed out into the audience …. see above

Perri Ann Haste…..Steve Hillage! – I still have one of his Vinyl albums in the loft somewhere… Think one of the tracks is called ‘ All too much ‘

James Turner…I was just sorting out my old albums,I got this on the pier in the 70’s

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Mick Mepham… I do that one at Beatles Day Perri Ann Haste. Good innit?

Tony Court-holmes… I i am now going to trawl through my mind for another odd band that played there.

Tony Ham… I’ve got the Flying Teapot album.

Colin Bell in conversation with Johnny Mason on CHR

Listen again or listen for the first time…

Colin talking about his memories of Hastings Pier, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, John Peel, Track Records and lots more. With his favourite tracks from Del Shannon, Denny Laine, Felice Taylor, Dave Dee Dozy Beaky Mick & Tich, Steppenwolf, Glen Campbell, The Walker Brothers, Peter Sarstedt, Sonny Charles & The Checkmates, The Guess Who, The Righteous Brothers, Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme as well as tracks from Booker T & The Mgs, The Animals, Love, Cass Elliot, Ruperts People, The Sweet, The Who, Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, P.P.Arnold, The Electric Prunes and Richard Harris.

Who was the best group you saw on Hastings Pier?

Alan Esdaile… I was recently interviewed on the Chris Gentry Show on Carnival FM, who was the best group I saw on the pier. I was stumped to come up with an answer and mentioned well possibly The Who or maybe The Equals but then again I loved Wally and Gracious and not forgetting Curved Air, The Kinks, Leo Sayer, Genesis, Budgie and loads more. Anyway I said I would think on it and decided that the best group and best night has to be Osibisa.  What was yours?

Kev Towner… Hawkwind

Peter Fairless… The Jam – Saturday, 23rd April 1977

Steve Foster… The Clash twice !! …The Jam were playing the Marquee in London on the 23 April 1977 ??..did they ever play the pier ?

John Wilde… Osibisa. Hawkwind. Curved Air. Magma.

Peter Fairless… Pick one!

John Wilde… Oh ok. Osibisa.

Phil Thornton… music and show I would say Genesis. most memorable event might be Hawkwind, Golden Earring or possibly Magma !

Sarah Harvey… Be Bop Deluxe

Richard Lavender… Golden Earing. After we dug their lorry out of the deck.

Allyson Breeds… Madness, but to be fair, I have ONLY seen Madness on the pier

Chris Giles… Golden Earring

Tony Ham… Conflict, Poison Girls, U.K. Subs, Sham 69, Dragster. Crass, Poison Girls, Conflict and Annie Anxiety were all on the same night, June 13th 1981, £1 a ticket!

Chris Baker… The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Ten Years After ( I think that was on the Pier ).  Just realised I forgot to mention Pink Floyd and Hawkwind! Brilliant gigs!

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Slik plus Screemer – Hastings Pier 22nd January 1977

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cuttings supplied by Sarah Harvey

Peter Thomson… I avoided Slik, but Mrs T and I had our first proper date at a gig headlined by Ultravox.

Pete Fairless… Slik, costumes by Lloyd Johnson, if I’m not mistaken…

Lloyd Johnson… Yes! They did buy the baseball stuff from us in Kensington Market…

Daryl Perkins… I remember this gig… Forever and Ever!!

Roy Wood’s Wizzard – Hastings Pier 9th February 1973.

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middle photo source: G00labek. black & white photo source: Beeld En Geluid Wiki – Gallerie: Toppop 1974 Licentie afbeeldingen Beeld en Geluidwiki

First ad above was a teaser advert by Martin Casson Agency.

Reg Wood’s autographed single from the pier gig.

John Mcewen….I was there!

Joe Knight… A great act

Alan Esdaile… I remember seeing Roy Wood early evening and shocked to see him with a normal haircut. I never realised he wore a wig on stage.

Joe Knight… Never got to see him, got married in 1970 and very little money.

Mick O’Dowd… Brilliant artist/band.

Martin Round… I remember that night so well. Before the gig Andrew Killick  and I were in the bar and he just walked in and joined us, and he was dressed in all his finery. He was back later dressed down too. Nice guy!

Gerry Fortsch… I was there. I saw Roy Wood at the London rock & roll show when Ballpark first came out and I have seen him a number of times since including this gig at the pier.

Paul Slidel… I was only 12 in 1973 and would loved to have seen Wizard on the pier, but ‘See My Baby Jive’ and ‘Angel Fingers’ were the first 2 singles I bought from Disc Jockey in Queens Road in the same year!

Martin Waghorne… Remember it well, i was there

Peter Fairless… Of course, I was way too young(!) to have gone to this gig but Wizzard remain one of my favourite bands.

Harry Randall… He was living in Catsfield my old drummer from “Footloose and Slack Alice” did some session work for him

Di Veness… We were there Keith.

John Davis… Saw them

Anyone remember the band called ‘The Lou’s’ on CBS Records?

autographed poster from Hastings Pier gig supplied by Peter Houghton

Pete saw them on Hastings Pier but can’t remember who they supported or any other information. Anyone help?

Tony Ham… As they were on CBS, The Clash possibly? Can’t find any mention of them anywhere.

Peter Houghton…  I have found them they supported Richard Hell and the Clash they was an French Punk Band members Pamels Pola Sacha Dejones Raphaele and Tolim Toto

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich – Hastings Pier 13th Jan 1968.

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ad supplied by Sarah Harvey and autographs supplied by Colin Bell.

Sarah Harvey… January 13th, 1968. I still have the single Xanandu!

John Mcewen… So have I! On a blue Fontana label!

Andre Martin… This was the start of the promotions by John Schofield [ lover of Hattie Jacques] Strand Entertainments – great guy to work for.

John Storer… I actually preferred the band’s post-Dave Dee work, (when they were billed as DBM&T) especially the excellent “Mr President”, a very minor hit in 1970 – very influenced by the first Crosby, Stills & Nash album – the band even looked as if they were from the West Coast

Nigel Ford… me too & Zabadak, others maybe too somewhere?

Mick Knights… Saw them at the Witch Doctor as well!!!!

Sarah Harvey… Dave Dee started out life as a Policeman before forming DDDBMT in 1961 and became a JP in his latter years before dying of Postate Cancer during 2009.

Andy Qunta… I believe Dave Dee was also an A & R man for a record co. for a while. I seem to recall he came to check out Factory at a gig in Brighton at some point. What a great name for a band, btw! Made some good records too!

Eddie King… I read that Dozy (Trevor Ward-Davies) passed away.

John Storer… DD,D,B,M&T was actually “Dozy”‘s band

Alan Esdaile… Yes Eddie. Here is the report…

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-30811311

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Pete Fisher… Dave Dee was head of A&R at WEA in the 70s, and apparently signed AC/DC, Boney M and Gary Numan!

Mick O’Dowd… Zabadak!

Mike Curtis… I was there. Dave Dee walked through the pier to the theatre in a colorful afghan coat as far as I remember.

Chris Baker… Ha! Pete (Bill) Wiltshire, used to announce any song by them as “Dave Dee’s Dopey, Sleazy, Dirty Bitch!” As long as children weren’t around! Fun times

John Warner… Knew them as Dave Dee and the Bostons!

 

Wild Angels Rob(Bob)O’Connor unconscious on Hastings Pier 16th June 1968

Neil Partrick… I have a album by the ‘Wild Angels’, a rock n roll revival type band whose management at least were located in Catford, which was released in the late 1970s. The members look like they’re in their 30s. Don’t think there’s a Rob O’Connor on it though. Different band altogether?

Mike Raxworthy… Me too.

Ken Copsey… Rob O’Connor was the drummer with the Wild Angels. I met him at a bootsale last year and he is a lovely bloke. There is fantastic footage of him and the band backing Gene Vincent on his last UK tour. I felt honoured to meet someone who had backed Gene. The whole documentary is on YouTube and is very touching. Gene is obviously on his uppers but when he sings he still has the voice and the presence. The real deal.

Neil Partrick… Duuuhh… sorry, Rob (Bob) O’Conner the drummer is on the ’70s LP. They’re obviously the same band. I’ll remember to check Wikipedia first next time (although it’s not always totally reliable)

Brian Inwood… I was just browsing to see if Bob was still around and came across this website. Bob left my band ( the Deadbeats) in the early sixties to join the Wid Angels and I know he backed Gene Vincent. Bob came from Bellingham by the way. His agent was the same as ours and was based in Catford.