Gigs the ones that meant so much by Pete Prescott.




photos by Pete Prescott

Pete Prescott… GIGS, the ones that meant so much. My top 20 starts with my first. HYDE PARK JULY 3rd. Grand funk railroad humble pie head hands and feet. I was 15, went with two mates from school, mick dean and pete attral. It changed my life, everything became music. I was obsessed from that day. All the people there looked amazing, we were school kids. Humble Pie were stunning. They had just recorded the live at the filmore album (yet to be released) same line up. Frampton was in the band. In Highway we did for day creep from that set. Head hands and feet had Albert Lee. He did country boy and chad hodges was in the band. I came home with my head spinning. .when I got the performance album by humble pie it had some photos from Hyde park. I still look at it. What a gig ! I took the photo. The head in the right is mick dean. He became the drummer in my first band Village. Years later I went to live 8. It was July 2nd. I stayed till past mid night. So I was there again 34 years later (slightly bigger stage !)

Alan Esdaile… Anyone else with the gig that meant so much and memories?

Yvonne Cleland… Yup. Bob Marley and the Wailers, Average White Band, Joe Jackson and the Q-Tips. Crystal Palace Garden Party, June 7th, 1980. The stage was in the lake. We waded in for Bob Marley. Best gig in the world ever, but the lake was filthy and we stunk afterwards!

John Wilde… I was 14it at The Windsor Hotel. with my Uncle Tony. Stage was three feet high and I was standing in front of a Wildly dressed trio called The Jimi Hendrix Experience. My life would never be the same. Thanks Tony.

Lesley Brown… My first Genesis gig. No Gabriel, but I was totally overawed by the lighting and the whole set up. It was pretty late, 1980, Duke was out, and I was blown away by the moment that Phil Collins left the drumming to Chester Thompson to take the mic and sing Afterglow It remains one of my all time goosebump moments.

Graham Blechamber… I saw Genesis on The Duke Tour at Brighton Centre. Fantastic show opening up with Deep in the Motherlode. At one point I shouted out “Wally”. Phil Collins slapped me down with a curt ” your more of one than me”! My first taste of fame! Its was a festivsl tradition shouting out Wally! One person would do it then shouts came from everywhere. Carried over into indoor gigs too till the early 80’s.! No idea of why.

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The Lost Boys reunion – The Carlisle Hastings. Saturday 25th May 2019

and from 1996…

Ernest Ballard… Crickey. The mature boys !

Andy James Long… Since it’s a reunion, after a fair while, would it be fair to to say you were now the found men?

Pete Prescott… Nah ! Lost the plot !

Ernest Ballard… I’m gutted to miss this gig as I’ll be at Goodwood Race course. Hope to see some video later and pics

Jez Gillett Band – The Bulverhythe & Mr Cherrys New Years Eve 1987


supplied by Pete Prescott

John Laidlaw…..Yup, the Bulverhythe. Pete and I had to look serious because we were wearing dark shirts. The rest were allowed to smile.

Tim Moose Bruce…..The pub was the Bulverhythe. The band I was in at the time (The Blind Bats) supported them a couple of times there. One of the gigs if I recall, was a fundraiser for the victims of the Herald Of Free Enterprise ferry disaster. The other band that night was local band PLC


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Neil Cartwright…..New Year’s gig Dec 31st 1987 at Mr Cherry’s

Phil Gill…..Mick Burt, Jez Gillett, Neil Cartwright, John Laidlaw, Pete Prescott. Lovely boys, polite to everyone and kind to animals. You’d never hear a swear word from any of ’em

Pete Prescott…..what sweet young things ! we did a comic relief night there.we were making money by playing anything that was asked (within reason) i remember going outside during a break to work out a song or a key.must of sounded like a band falling down the stairs ! good fun !

Neil Cartwright……… including versions of ‘The Stripper’ and the ‘1812 Overture’ !!!!! I think I probably still have a recording somewhere.

John Laidlaw……Jez fired off party poppers for the cannon fire in the 1812. Pete, the song was “Layla” – someone had offered 20 quid for us to play it :).

Phil Gill….I’d have offered £40 for you to not play Layla.

Redstar Richter… where`s jez….?

Neil Cartwright… You can just see him (pink shirt) behind Pete.

Phil Gill… Is that Lou Reedlaw on guitar?

Neil Cartwright… One and the same.

Steve Thorpe… Was behind the bar!

John Laidlaw… I  like that, Phil – think I’ll start using it :D.

Peter Fairless… A bit late for me. I was definitely there for New Year 1981, though!

Tony Court-holmes… missed it living other side of the world then

Neil Cartwright.. Here’s the band with Santa Claus is coming to town…

Pete Prescott… Wow ! That brings back memories! That went fast ! John me Neil Mick and Jezz. John played great guitar in that band.

John Laidlaw… Cheque’s in the post, Pete 😀. I had to push myself hard just to keep up with you lot! 29 years ago – crikey! That was a really fun band, with such great players.

John Williams… Done a few gigs there bottom of the stairs

Mick Burt… I remember that gig. I got so shit faced I couldnt play properly (more than normal)
Never touched a drink whilst playing again. Those were the days !!!  Blah blah blah !!

John Williams… Min was always in there, what a sax player we took him to London docklands for a gig and lost him lol

Mick Burt… Wow Min Brings back more memories !!!

Ernest Ballard… You’re all so damn young. What happened ???

Pete Prescott… Are you suggesting we don’t look like that now ?!!!! Ok ok ! My wife just took me to a mirror !

Ernest Ballard… Improved with age. Like a good malt lol

Starobin… I took that photo…!

Happy to update the photo. What name did you want me to use? and did you take both photos?


The Pullbacks – Pete Prescott & Chris Sambrook – The Carlisle Hastings


photo: Pete Prescott

The band were called ‘The Pullbacks’ and had Joe Rytlewski on guitar and Martin Richter on bass.

Tony Qunta….The drummer from the first proper band I was in in Hastings with Andy Q!

Pete Prescott….i could get radio 4 on that haircut.its outside the carlisle around 1990/91 its Chris and Joe rytlewski was on guitar.i was passing and invited up to sing (probably) natural born woman.we were also joined by Richard (not sure of his 2nd name) the drummer of caravan.he was the landlord of a pub the lost boys played at in ashford.nice guy.good drummer.i used to love watching Chris play.he always put so much into his playing.

Yvonne Cleland…Phil Little was the drummer after Chris. Jez Gillett used to do vocals and keyboard for the Pullbacks when he didn’t have a gig with the Lost Boys.

Lies – The Chatsworth Hotel 1980

1. JAN 13th 1980 - LIES 13. 27th jan 1980 lies

16. 2nd march 1980 lies

supplied by Sarah Harvey

Sarah Harvey… Some familiar names from March 2nd, 1980. Pete Prescott , Kevin Hoad, Ray Fenwick, Terry Pack Tony Bird .

Andy Qunta… Excellent!

Terry Pack… I remember those Sunday gigs. I enjoyed that band.

Robert Searle… I wished i had seen that band

Pete Prescott… We didn’t gig that much. I remember doing Stevie Wonder ‘ s loves in need of love today. A few Chatsworth gigs and it was done.

Peter Millington… I was there, great band and venue

Terry Pack… Sunday lunchtimes. Kevin used to joke that nobody would come to the gigs because people would think it was all lies.

Tim Anderson… And the support act….Post Truth.

Phil Gill… They later changed their name to Alternative Facts.

Sarah Harvey… Peter Prescott !!! How posh ☺

Mick O’Dowd… That’s alot of Lies!

Head On plus Missing Persons – Queens Hotel 1st December 1979

supplied by Mick Mepham and Pete Prescott

featuring Pete Prescott, Andy Qunta, Tony Qunta, Steve Kinch and Mark Thirsk.

Pete Prescott… I remember this gig. I was very nervous. They were amazing players. Nice guys as well.

Andy Qunta… I vaguely remember it too! Pete did a great job! Unfortunately I think it was the last gig we did. Couldn’t fight punk rock with prog rock! Fun while it lasted though!

Tony Qunta… I remember it too. A line up with great potential!

Ernest Ballard… Great band saw them a few times before I started playing drums (wink wink ). Long time ago now

Pete Prescott… We played a gig at a boutique in London. After the gig I got really drunk on punch (dangerous stuff). We got back to Hastings in time for me to go to work. The green cross code man was there. Huge guy. That was (I think) the last gig. Mark was an amazing drummer. Brilliant players. I felt out of my depth. I remember loving Tony’ s voice on “only you”. I’ve still got a tape of songs like “the burning of Atlanta” it was great being in the band with guys like that. And they were so funny.

Steve Kinch… Yes Pete, absolutely agree, Mark was a fabulous drummer with a great sense of humour.

Tony Qunta… Great memory Pete! Yes the green cross code man – was he in Star Wars or something? Thank you for your lovely comments about the band. Your vocals were fantastic with the band – it’s a shame the band didn’t keep going!  ‘Dinosaur Promotions’!

Steve Kinch… David Prowse – He was only Darth Vader!!!!  Great times! Hastings in the 60’s, 70’s & 80’s was the pefect environment for young musicians learning their craft. With hindsight, the late 70’s wasn’t exactly a good time to be attempting to get a “prog” band off the ground

Andy Qunta… True, Steve, but it was fun trying! Listening to the old tapes makes me feel it was well worth it! Pretty darn good stuff!

Sergeant featuring Pete Prescott – 1980’s poster and rare video

supplied by Pete Prescott. video supplied by Kevin Burchett

Pete Prescott… I remember four days in the mountains filming with two helicopters. we had an amazing time. Sadly the result (a 40 minute documentary on us making a video) was absolute crap !
We were filmed in hockey stadiums and night clubs and the local police chief was our driver in the car chase. Great stuff ! We were taken to the top of a mountain and filmed sledding down it. My arse was frozen after an hour of that ! I remember the buzz when the helicopter took off really fast. it was brilliant.
What was less brilliant was not realising they were going to do acrobatics.I was in it screaming my head off.
Terrible 40 minutes but fun to film. this was the video. Good memories.

What Albums will you give 10 out out of 10

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Pete Prescott… How many albums are 10/10 ? (In our opinions of course ! )
So many have one or two good songs and the rest won’t score. I remember an American guy from Aura records who wanted to sign Sergeant said “we hear a hit with “upside down” the rest of the album is run of the mill. Ok but nothing special…and your album cover is shit plus it will need a total re mix !” Ouch ! My ones (to be added to later in no particular order).
Innervisions (Stevie Wonder), Blue (Joni Mitchell), Highway (Free), Led Zeppelin 2,
The beautiful ballads (Nat King Cole), Night train (Oscar Peterson), Montrose (Montrose),
Muddy water blues (Paul Rodgers), Five leaves left (Nick Drake), Abbey road (The Beatles),
Dark side of the moon (Pink Floyd), Sound of music (sorry! Every song !), Songs for swinging lovers (Frank Sinatra), Songs in the key of life (Stevie Wonder), Aretha Franklin’s greatest hits (Aretha Franklin), Live At The Filmore (Allman Brothers Band), Aja (Steely Dan). 
I know the greatest hits isn’t an album. But chime on Aretha ! More to follow !

Janet Rennie.. Aladdin Sane, Rumours, Tapestry, High tides and green grass The stones, Every picture tells a story.

Liane Carroll… The nightfly Donald Fagen xx

Ernest Ballard… Made in Japan (purple), Hotel California.

Dave Valentine… Velvet Underground and Nico.

Peter Fairless… Heaven Up Here, Echo & The Bunnymen. Ocean Rain usually gets a better rating but I prefer Heaven Up Here

Peter Howard… Tim Buckley Greetings From LA, Arthur Lee & Love, Forever Changes, Lou Reed, Transformer, David Bowie , Hunky Dory.

Mick O’Dowd… Definately “What’s Going On” by Marvin Gaye

Alan McCleave… Moving pictures and rumours

Alan Esdaile… Definitely Rumours and Tapestry, also Deja Vu CSNY, Grace Jeff Buckley and Paul Jones Privilege soundtrack.

Alan Pepper… Automatic for the people R.E.M, Innervisions Stevie Wonder, New boots and panties Ian Dury, Abbey Road Beatles, What’s going on Marvin Gaye, The Queen is  dead The Smiths. Every track a winner !

Dave Nattress… wow what a question! Inspired by Pete Prescott’s list, many of which I have, Dark Side for sure, Fire and Water – Free, Blue – Joni Mitchell, Revolver and most of the earlier Beatles albums, You wear it well – Rod Stewart, Black Sabbath’s first, several by Joe Jackson, maybe Stepping Out, Nude by Camel, Can’t buy a thrill – Steely Dan, Argus – Wishbone Ash, A Walk across the rooftops and Hats by The Blue Nile, Scouting for girl’s – First. That’s it!! I have to stop it’ll go on all night. Oh and sorry!! Who’s Next has got to be in the line up. Right I’m going now – for now.

Pete Prescott… Additions now I’m looking ! In rock (deep purple) Burn (deep purple) In the red (Tina Dino- check this out its brilliant !) Thriller (Michael Jackson) Turnstiles (Billy Joel) Nick of time (bonnie Raitte) Back to black (Amy Winehouse) Abraxas (santana) Santana 3 (santana) Dream of the blue turtles (sting) The pretender (Jackson brown) Teaser and the firecat (cat Stevens) Brother to brother (Gino Vannnelli ) Argos (wishbone ash) House on the hill (audience -brilliant album) On and on (Stephen Bishop – I over played this one. What an album!) Birdsong (Eva cassidy) Live and dangerous (thin lizzy) Rickie Lee Jones (1st album) Revolver (Beatles) Nat king Cole sings (with the nat king cole trio) Unforgettable with love (Natalie cole – the tribute album to nat.amazing!) I can pay all these albums and listen to every track ! A few more to follow.  It has to be every track ! I’ll post 7/8 out of ten albums later.

Graham Belchamber… Born to Run

Martin Richter… when the Crypt (re)opened in 1984 we played 2 albums back-to-back at lunchtimes (those were the days!) – Eden by EBTG and Sade`s Diamond Life – class albums! (until “Working Nights” by Working Week came along

Dave Valentine… I’d also add Three Feet High And Rising by De La Soul. It’s the Revolver of hip hop. I should also probably mention Revolver, too.

Mike Curtis… Aja, Disraeli Gears, Odyssey and Oracle, Argus, Close To The Edge.

Alan McCleave… Gaucho! The royal scam, nightfly stayed with me for years and years.

Pete Prescott – Loose Ends Album 7th April 2006

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Loose Ends released 7th April 2006. A semi-acoustic collection of songs written over the last 28 years. Recorded during 2005/6 at Rock Lane Studios with Paul Sinden and featuring the following guest musicians: Claire Hamill, Phil Gill, Phil Hudson, Paul Sinden, Mike Hatchard.