The Dubliners – White Rock Pavilion Hastings 1st June 1975

Patrick Lewis… Remember this concert. They were brilliant.

Jim Breeds… So do I and I have the programme I bought that night. Perhaps we were there together with the usual gang?

Dave Nattress… Saw them at Brighton Dome, I’m pretty sure it was, back in about 1970 and superb they were.  They rocked and folked and drank their way around – no doubt.  Good old boys for sure!

Jim Breeds… No mention of Ronnie Drew! He did leave the band for a few years and it was probably during that time that some of us saw him solo at the Black Horse in Telham. Were you at that one Patrick? He was a little too well oiled. John Towner fell out with him after John said Ronnie was too well oiled to play the guitar properly and Ronnie declined to have John accompany him. We bought him a pint in the car park ! (Ronnie, not John, lol)

Patrick Lewis… Jim Breeds, no I sadly missed that one. The WRP gig was at the time when Ronnie Drew had left the band. I always liked his renditions of McAlpines Fusiliers and Finnigans Wake. I think his replacement was Jim McCann.

Lindisfarne – Hastings Pier 17th January 1975

Photos by Chris Meachen

Steve Cooke… Alan with Kenny Craddock on keys in 1st pic. Still miss these two every day – made and played some great music with them.

Tony Court-holmes… I was there

Martyn Baker… Yep. I went to that one too. They were excellent.

Tim Moose Bruce… Saw them at White Rock in the 80s. Great gig.

Robert Paine… Remember this group

Chris Meachen…  I kicked the dressing room door down for them too.. (they were locked out..) earned a crate of ‘Newcastle broon’ for that….

Maureen Head… Loved their music.

Dave Nattress… Saw them on this one with the Bexhill contingent of pier gig followers. Fog on the Tyne – a fantastic album of a great era and some great singles of course. Run for home is a favourite. BJH were also a fave with the Bexhill boys.

Dave Weeks… Enjoyed the BJH more

Chris Meachen… I went backstage to find them standing in the corridor, having locked themselves out of the dressing room. One good flying leap got the door open, & a crate of Newcastle brown for me..

Wishful Thinking & Shades Of Innocence – Battle Memorial Hall. 24th April 1970.

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photo source. http://www.wishfulthinkinggroup.co.uk

Robert Searle… They were a pretty good pop harmony group.Two songs they recorded were Clear White Light and Hiroshima .

Andy Knight… So who were Shades of Innocence? Were they local?

Alan Esdaile… Can’t find anything on Shades Of Innocence. Anyone? All I could find was a band called Shades Of Black who came from Ashford, Kent.

Andy Qunta… I remember Wishful Thinking! Really good!

Colin Norton… I remember playing a support gig to Wishful Thinking at the Cobweb. They had their Decca Live album out at the time and a single called “Step By Step”. Nice bunch of guys!

Pete Houghton… Wishful thinking used to be called The Emerald’s in 2005 they reformed with Kevin Finn Brian Allen Terry Collier John Franklin also they had something to do with that’ll be the day soundtrack

Mick O’Dowd… Battle Memorial Hall hosted several interesting gigs.

 

The Stranglers – Hastings Pier 26th March 1977

supplied by Neil William Michael McGuigan

Jacquie Ballard… I was there great night. I got a badge.

Alan Esdaile… Was it Tom Robinson supporting Neil? as I think it was originally advertised as Eater?

Neil William Michael McGuigan… trouble is I honestly can’t remember

Peter Fairless… The support was Eater, not TRB

Paul Gray… I didn’t realise they played the Pier twice. I saw them supported by The Dictators.

Neil William Michael McGuigan… Get your old posters out. From Pier 1977, so I put this on ebay- and it sold for £1830 today.

Pete Fairless… …and Neil is kindly going to pledge some of his profit to the FOHP bid to save the pier – what a nice guy!

Sandy Max… Damn I wish I’d kept them!

 Virginia Davis… I was thinking the same

Alan Batty… Rattan Norvegicus was originally going to be called dead on arrival….any link?

Jan Warren… Hhmm, not sure, “Rattus Norvegicus” simply means “Brown Rat” but “Dead on Arrival” would be a suitable title for a Stranglers album, I LOVE The Stranglers!! and how brilliant to get such a price for a poster?!! – no wonder I keep so much “junk” ……. always hoping it might be worth something??!!

Rock n Roll Spectacular Hastings Pier 4th June 1977

Nigel Ford… and according to my diary, HAWKWIND’s support was MOTORHEAD, my first encounter with them and they returned on the 30th July with the “COUNT BISHOPS” as support (Lemmy’s earlier band)…. my question mainly being..” is his microphone stand jammed at full extension”…!? I went on to see them at Brighton “TOP RANK” & T.Wells Assembly Hall soon after.

Eddie & The Hot Rods and Kieran White – Saturday, 17th April 1976 Hastings Pier

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EDDIE AND THE 17TH APRIL 1976

poster and ads supplied by Pete Fairless – Bands On Hastings Pier Facebook page. Kieran White photo taken on the pier by Clive Richardson

Pete Fairless… Not sure if this was their first visit, certainly, the first time I saw them… a mere 50p, what a bargain!

Alan Esdaile… Did they play the pier 3 times Pete or more?

Pete Fairless… Yes, 17th April and 17th July 1976, 18th March 1978, on my list. They didn’t play in 1977 , the year they had a big hit with ‘Do Anything You Wanna Do’ and toured the US. Also, it was the year when the pier hosted The Stranglers, The Clash, The Jam, The Damned, The Adverts… Perhaps, they might have been seen as too ‘popular’?

Nigel Ford… Was at both ’76 gigs to see Barry cart-wheeling across the stage in between singing and bought their TEENAGE DEPRESSION album after the first gig which I’ve played tracks from on Hastings Rock: “Get across to you” & “Double checkin’ woman” from memory? though I think the deck slipped and I had to cut one short…. Dammit! Great to see them again last September too at the BIG GREEN CARDIGAN event.

Pete Fairless… Ah, yes, and Judas Priest on the 23rd. That was a good gig, too!

Virginia Davis… Those were the days. 50p a ticket and no added booking fees!!

Wesley Magoogan… He came on pretending to have only one arm

Tim Moose Bruce… Saw them at the de la warr in bexhill, the Naughty Rythmns tour. Also on that night were John Otway, Dr Feelgood and The Hamsters. 1999 I think.