Hastings College Dance – Head On, Hollywood Killers & Ritz – 22nd April 1978

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Andy Qunta…  I remember it well! Not really, but I’m sure it was a fun time! 3 good bands, in my humble opinion!

Bernard Goffredo… I do remember playing that one Pier gigs were always fun

Jim Penfold… Happy days! Where have all the good times gone!

 

Arthur Brown’s Kingdom Come – Hastings Pier 20th July 1972

ticket supplied by Clive Richardson

Clive Richardson… The support band did not turn up, so Kingdom Come did a longer set.

Stan Atkinson… Was there, mad as a hatter ! very enjoyable gig !

Andy Davies… Oh I remember this! Fire was a big influence on my brother Simon’s disco show. His DJ name was Tony Kane and when he played that song he would wear my Nan’s fur coat, a creepy rubber mask and a flaming head dress, which was basically a bent pierced thin copper tube some elastic a piece of plastic tubing and a camping gaz cylinder for fuel. I used to have to light the gas coming from the copper. Amazingly the worst accident he ever had was a little burnt hair -he cultivated a pretty good Afro for a white boy in the 70s! Sadly 10 years gone on the 7th of this month.

Jeremy Harrison… I didn’t know Arthur Brown had been to the pier. Amazing it didn’t catch fire that night!

Paul Cullen… Does anyone remember who else besides Crazy world of Arthur Brown and I think Curved Air played at the Pilot field in the 60s?I think it was the Kinks but I’m not sure

Tracy Birrell… I was there and remember how crazy it was.Arthur set his head alight when he sang Fire!

 

Crawler, Boxer, Moon – Hastings Pier 5th July 1977

ticket supplied by Mick Mepham

Here’s a rare video of Crawler ‘Stone Cold Sober’ venue unknown.

John Storer….One of the most embarrassing moments of my life was loudly slagging off Crawler as being bloody awful, only to find I was sitting right behind the band’s wives and girlfriends. Oops! Agree with Bobby, though, that Moon were easily the best band on that night. Their debut album “Too Close For Comfort” is one of the few albums I regret giving away, because I’ve never been able to find another copy.  I don’t remember Concorde at Reading, but do remember that it had been raining all day and when Moon came onstage it stopped, and the sun came out. Brought a huge cheer from the crowd.

Tim Bruce…..Just watched the youtube link of stone cold sober. Saw Geoff Whitehorn demonstrating Marshall amps in 93 at Eastbourne. Brilliant guitarist.

Bobby Walker….Remember this gig because …. there were seats in the ballroom!  Crawler were dull (wasn’t long after Paul Kossoff had died, Boxer were good, but Moon were brilliant. Saw them a few months later at Reading. A brilliant moment when Concorde flew right over the stage as they were playing.

Martyn Baker…..I’m still playing music with Loz Netto (guitarist from MOON & Sniff N’ The Tears). Lives in Brighton. He’s a great player.

Gerry Fortsch… Good gig I remember it well, I was lucky to see my favorite bass player Tim Bogert from the Vanilla Fudge.

Pete Prescott… Wish I had seen this show. Boxer had Mike Patto singing. I also liked Crawler. I saw Patto in 72. amazing band.

Pete Fisher… great group on facebook which I belong to – Ollie Halsall and Patto Fan

Conan Howard… gosh there were some great bands around in those days, where are all the good musicians now? are they all in their 70s and past it ?

 

Status Quo plus Finbow – Hastings Pier 2nd March 1973.

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Peter Thomson… That must have been the first of the 2 gigs they did in ’73 on the pier. The second was courtesy of Ace Promotions. The performances were so different I was convinced for a long time I’d seen 2 completely different bands. Anyone feel the same?

Alan Esdaile… That’s right Pete, they did play again on the 28th July 1973 which I think was the one I went to. Mind you they would have also sounded completely different a few years earlier when they played The Cobweb.

Julie Morris… I was at one of the 1973 concerts – can’t remember which one – great concert!

Martin Waghorne… I was at the second concert.

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supplied by Mick Mepham

Lesley Brown… I saw them twice on the pier. I didn’t realise it was the same year though.

Keith Veness… Was there great night So many great nights on the pier

Pete Fisher… I remember watching those wooden floorboards bend under the weight of all those stomping boogieing people and hoping they didn’t cave in…one of the tightest bands I’ve ever seen, probably at their best back then…

Fusion Orchestra – Hastings Pier 21st April 1973

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poster supplied by Mick Mepham. Leaflet supplied by Iain Cobby

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coloured photos supplied by Eddie Hazell Estate

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Pier photo by Chris Meachen

Autograph poster supplied by Peter Houghton

Robin Trower is listed on the poster buy pretty sure he did not turn up. Any ideas who replaced him?

Mick Knights… Here we go again, Jilly and the mike stand, memories are made of this!

Phil Thornton… excellent band, brilliant gig !

Alan Esdaile… Agree Phil, brilliant gig.

Yvonne Cleland… yep!

Tony May… Fantastic pics Alan. I heard so much about this lot from Simon and these shots put meat on the bones.

Phil Thornton… another gig I was at ! if memory serves a spendid event !

Jan Warren… Oh WOW, brilliant pics, thank you, I saw this band many times and they had such a big impact on me!! – I’ve seen many “famous” bands over the years but Fusion Orchestra have always remained most in my head and my heart – their performances were amazing, the song-writing was genius and Jill Saward’s vocals and multi-instrumental talents were (and still are) the best ever!! – I am sooooo happy for the recently released cd “Fusion Orchestra Live at the Marquee 1974” – I woz there, I cant stop playing this cd, it takes me right back there, its amazing, I love you Fusion Orchestra, always and forever!

Andy Qunta… Great photos!

 

The Hollywood Killers – Lazybones Disco Hastings 28th October 1976

Phil Gill… I was there. The only time I got thrown out of a club and barred. There was an altercation, I tried to stop it and got thrown out. To be fair, my behaviour hadn’t been exactly perfect on other Thursday nights in the club, so it it was probably karma.

Terry Pack… There’s a slight chance that I was on this gig. I left the band at exactly this time.

Die Laughing – first photograph – Mallet Hall Bexhill – May 1977

Supplied by Lol Cooksey

First photo of Die Laughing, Mallet Hall Bexhill in May 1977. Terry Corder bass, Kevin Williams vocals, Lol Cooksey drums and Phil Thornton Guitar.

Trisha Ann…. That’s Mick Mepham on the drums isn’t it not Lol?

Roy Penfold… Certainly looks like Mick!

Alan Esdaile… Doesn’t look like him but definitely Lol.

Jim Breeds… I bought a Die Laughing 7 inch in Courthouse Street yesterday! You Got The Power/Hard Living Man on Ocean Records OC 003. Bit of a punt – I haven’t had a chance to try playing it yet to see if’s OK.

Phil Thornton… haha ! It was high energy back in the day and fun to be on guitar for a change !

Richard J Porter… Now known as the 6Ts with Harry Randall replacing Philip Thornton. Saw Harry earlier today.

Phil Thornton… As far as I know the 6Ts are harry, terry and lol. Different material than DL – my replacement was Mick mepham ! The early DL material also featured 60’s covers but it was very stylised and delivered with a punkish attitude – an interesting mix with kev’s angelic soulful vocals ( I wonder what happened to him ?) when Mick took over, original material became the main focus with a classic/melodic rock approach ! I remember they put on an outstanding performance for the melody maker rock contest (1978 ?)

Andy Ives… And what a great band they were too

Kevin Williams… Moved to London…….formed ‘Rye & The Quarterboys’ (8 piece soul band) then ‘The Hunger’ – ‘The Stand’ , now got a 5 piece called The Cry. So still above ground and still doing it.

Ernest Ballard… Phil Thornton on guitar i never knew that

David Miller… PGT manifests music via a bewilderingly wide variety of instruments and is also particularly exceptional on the guitar – he has been for as long as I’ve know him. I nominate him for the Todd Rundgren Multi-Instrumental Born To Synthesize award.

 

 

Ritz with Hat Trick and Samisen – Ore Centre 8th July 1978

supplied by Roger Carey

 Sarah Harvey… My artwork….. on my birthday. I organised all of the Ore Festivals in the 1970s and created the posters during my lunch-hours at work. I was a design draughtsperson in Battle. Also played in Samisen on the night.

Alan Wood… Wow !!

Mike Mitchell… I went to that one. I was obviously very keen. 75p entry and I was only earning 50p an hour at Dickies Discount at the time.