The Jam – Hastings Pier 23rd April, 1977

John Storer..I can’t seem to find any mention on the site of The Jam playing The Pier. True, there were only about 20 of us there but Q Magazine did print an article about the gig several years back.

Peter Fairless….There were no posters or flyers because The Jam were a last minute replacement booking. As I recall, refunds were offered and not many people stayed. There were badges given out, anyone still got theirs?  Anyone got the ‘Q’ article? It was the week before ‘In The City’ was released, yes, Alan. That’s right, Peter, he took a turn for the worse, LOL. I read somewhere that it was only twenty who stayed, John. I thought it was a few more but hey, it was one of the best gigs I’ve ever seen!

Peter Bridger…..They were standing in for Johnny Thunder who had “tonsillitis”. Dead from an o/d a few weeks later so I think the diagnosis was a bit off.

John Storer…They were supposed to have been supporting Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers, who never turned up. The gig was cancelled and everyone was told they could get their money back. When I got to the kiosk at the front of the pier, one of the bouncers told me that The Jam were going to play anyway. Very few of us decided to stay on … I remember counting 23 in the audience.  The band joined everyone in the bar afterwards and I saw both Bruce Foxton and Paul Weller on separate occasions as punters at later gigs on the pier.

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John Storer….Four months later, the night before we were off to Reading Festival in fact, I wore the badge to the Pump House. There was a girl in there I’d not seen before, wearing a “Genesis” badge. We argued at length on the merits of our respective musical allegiances and denigrated each other’s taste in music. We’ve been married 35 years!

Chris Pelling…..I recall Paul Weller’s dad, I think, prowling to and fro in front of the front of the stage wielding a baseball bat should the massed throng (!) decide to invade the stage. In the event I don’t think the baseball bat was used in anger. Johnny Thunders? He actually lived on for several years – he died in strange circumstances in New Orleans in 1991. The badge? Pretty sure I have one at the bottom of a deep box in the loft – one wet Sunday afternoon a box that I must have a rummage through!

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supplied by Sarah Harvey

Sarah Harvey….Here is the advert that appeared in the Observer on April 23rd, 1977 that advertises The Violation as support for Johnny Thunder.

Jon Stiles… We supported the Jam that night, we were the Zoobies then (I think, not Mosaic as we’d cut off our hair and gone punk or not…) we had our own following, our set went quite well in contrast to the Jam’s. I remember letting Bruce Foxton try my Rickenbacker 4001, the guitar Min had made the copper scratch plate for. The Jam were quite despondent after their set as most of the crowd had gone. I also thought it was really good to see Paul Weller’s dad helping out pushing those big old trollies up and down the pier. I don’t remember him wielding baseball bat. Of course we didn’t have a clue the Jam would go on to bigger and better things. We left them sitting on the stage looking very sorry for themselves.

Budgie & Fokker Triplane – Hastings Pier 23rd April 1982

poster supplied by Gary Uwin. Ticket supplied by Tim Moose Bruce

Steve Reents… I LOVE Budgie!

Gary Uwin… poster spotted in Platform One Records.

Ian Brown… Definitely remember them went to see them at Manchester apollo

Tim Moose Bruce… Went to that one. Still got the ticket!

Mike Guy… Good old Budgie, played our local youth club before they made it in the States, or anywhere else.

Phil Gill… I saw Budgie that night but I don’t remember the other Fokkers.

Alan King… time just flew by

Alan Esdaile… that’s a cheap comment

Andy Davies… I’m sure I saw Budgie a few times on the pier in 70s. All I remember is the Roger Dean graphics,no recollection of the songs at all. Saw another old git on the prom the other day wearing a budgie tee-shirt, and wondered could I even listen to them today!!

 

Judas Priest – Hastings Pier 23rd April 1976

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ticket supplied by Paul Bridgett

Poster supplied by Peter Houghton

Tim Bruce….£1.25!

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

 

Druid and Jailbait – Hastings Pier 14th September 1974

Rob Grain…R.I.P. Cedric Sharpley, he went on to be the drummer of Tubeway Army and Gary Numan. I was blessed to work with him in the Q Tips (post Paul Young) in the mid 80’s. A powerful drummer and a funny, gentle soul.

Iain Cobby… Great band, I have both the albums. Unfortunately they sounded like too much like a Yes tribute , but hey. They also won the MM rock contest in 1974

Andy Wright… Keyboard player Andrew Mccrorrie-Shand went on to do quite well writing music for children’s shows ie Teletubbies, Rosie & Jim, and the Bass player was the last presenter of R&J.

Dave Weeks… Great first album. Enjoyed seeing them on the pier.

Alvin Stardust – Hastings Pier 19th April 1974

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autographed poster from the gig supplied by Peter Houghton

ad supplied by Sarah Harvey. photo 1: Alvin Stardust in AVRO’s TopPop (Dutch television show) in 1974 source AVRO, http://www.beeldengeluidwiki.nl/index.php/Gallery:_Toppop_%281974%29 photo 2: Jennie with Alvin on the pier supplied by Jennie Tocock  

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Sarah Harvey…..I didn’t see Alvin Stardust on the Pier because I wasn’t into pop but was dragged to see him by my daughter when he appeared during one of our stays at Butlins in Bognor…. I have to say that he was excellent and he rocked! Just shows how pre-conceptions can be misguided.

Alan Esdaile…..Remember this gig, as I did the disco. It was really packed and he was late coming on. For the first 5mins all you could see was a spotlight on his massive ring covering his leather glove.

Peter Fairless… Coo, coo….

Yvonne Cleland… He only did about three numbers, didn’t he?

Cindy Goodhand-Knight… I saw him at the Rat Trap in Maidstone when he was Shane Fenton and the Fentones !

Barry Arnold… I think I was at that one.

Jennie Tocock…. Alvin on the Pier, 1974, being interviewed by a certain young news reporter!!

Jill Lawrence… I was there lol!!

David Medcalf… My wife was at the gig on Hastings Pier 19th April 1974, she still sings the songs HaHa

Jacky Mattelaer… I remember going to this!

Mick O’Dowd… Didn’t he appear at The Beer Festival on The Oval once as well?

Ian Price… I did a karaoke of my coo ca choo,but the way I wore my black glove, holding the microphone and moving ,went down better than me singing!

Pete Houghton… I was there and Alvin and the Band signed my poster for me afterwards

Gerry Fortsch… He always put on a good show.

Neil Curtis… Better as Shane Fenton , lol

Late Night Love- Battle Memorial Hall and Pandora’s Box Hastings Pier Restaurant 18th April 1969

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Nigel Ford… Reckon I must have been ill that night as I don’t remember “Late Night Love” band at all. No recollection of the name whatsoever.

Candy Choir and Mood Reaction – June 1969

Mick O’Dowd… It’s that Candy Choir mob again. Keep popping up all over the place. I must say I liked them. They are billed as a “Rye Recording Artists” did they come from there?

Clockwork Balloon – Hastings Pier 17th April 1971

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Mick O’Dowd… Don’t recall them. Any info anyone?

Rhod Shaw… Clockwork Balloon were a 4 piece band local to the Newhaven/Seaford area. The original line-up was Paul Larkin (vocals), Tim Robinson (guitar), Derek Wait (bass) & Hugh Cox (drums). Around 1969 or 1970, Hugh was replaced by a chap called Ro who lived in Hassocks.

Ruperts People with Santos Morados – Hastings Pier 14th April 1968

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poster Andre Palfrey-Martin Collection.  autographs supplied by Colin Bell

Mick O’Dowd….Best known for “Whiter Shade of Pale”-like tune Reflections of Charles Brown. Have their CD which is pretty good to.

Wendy Wells… I remember this gig as an almost 16 year old. Had a crush on Steve from Santos Morados. If I remember rightly we exchanged addresses and wrote a couple of times, but never saw each other again. I’m sure I have the bands autographs somewhere and those of Rupert’s People. Happy Days.

Alan Esdaile… Can’t find much about Santos Morados but they did have a single on Island Records.

Andre Martin… well I never that takes me back many years

 

Orange Bicycle – Hastings Pier 13th April 1968

Mick O’Dowd… Didn’t Orange Bicycle morph into someone else? Rupert’s People were an excellent band and their single “Reflections Of Charles Brown” single very “Whiter Shade of Pale-ish. Colin Bell had something to do with this band at one time. Believe he played drums for them.

Gerry Fortsch… I don’t think we really appreciated what we had until now.