cuttings supplied by Pete Fisher & Roger Carey and ticket supplied by Pete Fisher
Pueblo featuring Bernard Jeffery, Pete Fisher & Roger Carey.
photos by Chris Meachen
PUEBLO – Roger Carey, Pete Fisher, Bernie on Drums.
Bernard Jeffery….Yes it is definitely Pete Fisher and I’d say it was about 1973
Pete Fisher….Pueblo: Roger Carey-bass, Bernie Jeffery-drums, Pete Fisher-guitar/vocals
I remember this photo session was at a Pueblo rehearsal, in Ore Centre, photos taken by schoolmate and fellow musician (string/electric bass) John (Dai)Davis, and developed in his dark room at home. I’m pretty sure this is 1974 – going by the hair length – Roger and me were at Hastings Grammar School – I’d left the previous year, and Roger must have been coming up to his A-levels….Bernie started with me in Black Ash in 1970….I think Roger came into the fold around 72, have to check the archive! Back then Bernie was still playing his dad’s old jazz kit, Rog had a little Burns bass through a Laney top and home-made cab, I was playing my second electric guitar, a strange no-name thing with piano key controls that didn’t do much. By then I had my first decent amp, a Vox AC15, which was just loud enough to compete with Bernie’s drums, but I used a Cry Baby wah to boost for solos.
Bernie and me both liked Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Pink Floyd, and West Coast…..Roger used to play me Allman Brothers Live At The Fillmore in the music room at school, but he was also really into Free, ( as we all were – All Right Now was one of the first songs me and Bernie attempted around 1970/71) and his melodic inventive riffs with singing vibrato were reminiscent of Andy Fraser. Our rehearsals were in fact long jam sessions, with endless solos, on various favourite themes. We cobbled together a short set list for the few gigs we played…various covers, and a couple of my early attempts at songwriting….and singing. I have a press cutting from 17th January 1974 from the Hastings and St Leonard’s news, which says we got a standing ovation at our recent gig at Hastings College….possibly the gig where Tony Qunta, my guitar guru and friend, lent me his brand new Orange 100 watt stack, which was a bit like driving a Ferrari when you’ve only got a provisional licence – it practically blew me off the stage! The article goes on to say we’d been playing together since September the previous year, and had already also played on the Pier, where we were again to perform on Friday February 8th 1974, in a “local band bonanza”. I still have the ticket (60p!) which lists us, a band called Butch, and local heroes Stallion (with Steve Dimitri on drums and Phil Gill on guitar). I remember we were on first, and I for one was very nervous, especially with lots of friends in the audience. It was a pretty big deal back then, having seen so many great bands on that stage…..the band expanded to include a second drummer (!) for a couple of months, but then I left Hastings and moved to London in September 1974, so the band broke up. I still have some crumbly old recordings and a couple more photos….time to delve in the archive!
supplied by Pete Fisher
Pete Fisher…an early gig, possibly 1973, guitarist Kevin’s 18th birthday party, at the Langham pub, near Quarry Road.
Terry Pack….I think I saw this band in 1974, or earlier…. Roger was a great inspiration to me aged 15.
Tony Qunta….Great band!
Pete Fisher….Thank you Tony! You and Andy, and Factory were a great inspiration!
Phil Gill… bloody hippies.
Pete Fisher… My first amp…Vox AC15 Twin…November 1972… photo 2 Early 60s JMI Vox AC 15 Twin…this is what mine looked like…photo 3 Pueblo, Hastings, UK, 1973/4 (l-r) me (Vox AC15 below left), Bernard, Roger Photo: Chris Meachen
Nick Patching… My first amp was a linear concord 30 watts valve in 1963
Michael Gibbs… Mine was also a Linear Concord 30
Pete Fisher… I’ve been very lucky to have played in a lot of great bands with a host of great musicians over the years, and am fortunate to have a huge archive of past recordings, which (after weeks of sifting and sorting) I’ve compiled into three hours of music here on my SoundCloud page. Of course it all started in Hastings, where I grew up, and started learning guitar when I was 12. My first gig was with a mate as a duo at the Black Horse Folk Club in Telham when I was 14, and the first real band, Black Ash, came together the following year in 1970. Bernard Jeffrey was on drums, Iain Cobby on bass, and Steve (sorry no surname) on vocals. This morphed into Mae West a year or so later, also featuring Bernard but with Roger Carey on bass, and Kev Wood on guitar, who was also a very talented player. This in turn morphed into Pueblo, with just me, Bernard and Roger, and we also had Phil Gill on board for a time – hazy memory of that, have to check my diaries! Quite a few photos of Pueblo, taken by Chris Meachen most of which have been posted here before. I left Hastings in 1974 and moved to London, then in 1979 I moved to Norfolk. Then in 1995 I took the plunge and moved to Cologne, Germany, which is where I finally got my big break in 2001, and actually worked as a pro musician for about eight years. The Far East Band was the backing band for the German reggae artist Gentleman, (although we also backed several other artists), and we did something like 500 gigs with him and a few dozen tv appearances, recorded a live dvd, contributed to two of his albums and even recorded our own album, “Tough Enough”. We toured Europe extensively, including Slovenia, Slovakia and Serbia but also Scandinavia, and also played in Surinam and Morocco, and did two brief tours of California. I left the band in 2008, having decided I’d had enough of touring, and went back to my day job teaching English, which I’d had to do between tours to make ends meet, despite being “pro”. Been working from home now as a freelance translator (German-English) for the last five years, and keeping my hand in (and myself happy) in my home studio here on the outskirts of Cologne. Welcome to my audio archive of live, rehearsal and studio recordings of bands I played in over the years…from tiny rehearsal rooms and village halls, sweaty pub and club gigs, medium-sized and very large concert halls to huge open air festivals…All recordings mastered from original tape/cassette/minidisc/cd to 16-bit 44kHz WAV files. Sound quality ranges from very lo-fi to excellent!
Stuart Moir… Good to look back at all the music memory’s, lots of good times
Sarah Harvey… Love this Pete. Its always fascinating to find out how you things have moved over the years to where you find yourself now. Remember Mae West and Pueblo. One song you did always stuck in my mind…. don’t know why….. Deep Purple – Maybe I’m a Leo. Always an excellent guitarist Pete and was always a pleasure listening to you.
Pete Fisher… Thank you Sarah. Glad you like my post – and great that you remember Mae West and Pueblo! Not sure my guitar playing was that good back then – I think it’s improved a bit over the years! I remember us bravely trying to cover Maybe I’m A Leo – to be honest I was happier jamming on a riff back then, and found it really hard singing and playing at the same time! I have a (lo-fi) recording of us playing it as an instrumental – I’ll see if I can dig it out!
Roger Carey… I have listened to the “Mae West” items (presumably at Kevin Wood’s house) and Pueblo “Morning Fantasy” I think that performance was recorded on Sarah Harvey’s cassette recorder (you and I both had reel to reel machines!), I know I have the whole Ore Centre 1974 session transferred from the cassette to my reel to reel which I think still works! “Morning Fantasy” had a drum solo and back to song etc whole thing must have been over 10 mins when we played it at gigs, (‘play someink we can dance to!”).. Anyway I will listen on and have a look at my early collection. Certainly have duo home recordings of you and I and Pueblo stuff from the Fountain -now a rock venue! Also live stuff from Pier restaurant gig -unfortunately not a good recording! Cheers for now Roger
Pete Fisher… The Mae West jams were indeed at Kev’s house, and I also remember him “daisy-chaining” two AC30s, blowing my AC15 away! I used to borrow my dad’s Philips reel to reel tape machine, and I’d always thought I’d recorded everything from Mae West and Pueblo on that.
photo by Chris Meachen from Roger Carey Collection.
Pete Fisher Guitar & Vocals, Bernard Jeffery Drums and Roger Carey bass.
Sarah Harvey… Only last week I attended an AGM of a local support group I am involved in and it was held at Bexhill Youth and Community Centre. First time I have been in that building since the 1970s when I went went to see Pueblo play…. I seem to remember great performance by Pueblo but the audience of the Youth Club that night were rather difficult to please. I was talking to some people about that gig at the AGM and just reflecting that the hall looked very much the same.
Pete Fisher… thanks to Chris Meachen for taking these back then, and to Roger Carey for sharing them, especially as I only have the photo of Rog bottome right – maybe Chris could confirm, but I’m pretty sure the top (group) photo is Ore Centre, 1974. The bottom row of photos is (according to my little red book) Kev Blackman’s party at the Langham P.H., December 1973. And for Sarah Harvey, I only have one gig listed at Bexhill Youth Centre, on 21st December, 1972, which must have been Pueblo’s previous incarnation, Mae West, featuring Kev Wood.
Sarah Harvey… Could have been Mae West I saw Pete Fisher , I only remember seeing you Roger and Bernie…. I stand corrected. And yes, it does seem to be Ore centre… I recognise the curtains 🙂
Alan Esdaile… Sadly nothing as yet on Mae West. A couple of other bits Roger lent me on Pueblo but I think Pete Fisher has posted these before. This one says Langtham Hotel 1973 on the back. Butch were Dave Garland, Dennis Wootton & Cliff Wootton.
supplied by Roger Carey
Andy Qunta… Don’t know what kind of bass that is, but in that guy’s hands it would have sounded good!
Colin Fox… It looks like a left handed Burns
Sarah Harvey… Rogers left-handed Burns is legendary….stayed with him through almost a decade.
Yvonne Cleland… Dave Garland turned up at Will’s 60th birthday do recently.
Steve Kinch… Fabulous pics!
Iain Cobby… Its a Burns Trisonic 4 string bass Andy, the tuners were too small to get a standard set of bass strings in as I remember! Probably worth a fortune now. I had a red one, it came from Smiths second hand emporium in the high street.
Phil Gill… Dodgy looking buggers. I wouldn’t buy a used car from any of ’em.
supplied by Mick Mepham
Bernard Jeffery….I don’t remember doing this at all
Pete Fisher….according to my Pueblo diary (yes I still have a notebook from back then”) this gig was cancelled…
Bernard Jeffery….that’s why I don’t remember doing it then lol
Terry Pack.…Mosaic included Joe Rytlewsky (spelling?), and the bass player was John Stiles (Styles?), whose family owned a garage in Battle, I think.