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 ?

Alan Esdaile… Anyone remember being offered the free e.p?

Peter Thomson… I may still have that – will have to search through the 45 cases some time and will let you know.

Peter Thomson… t appears I have two copies.

Martyn Baker… I was there on the pier, and loved this gig as a teenager. I also played music with Moon’s young guitarist Loz Netto much later when I moved to Brighton. He was also in a band called Sniff N The Tears.

Peter Bridger… I was at that one. Don’t remember a thing about it though!

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…

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.

Mick O’Dowd and T Rex Dino photo and zip gun boogie band from Hastings Pier 25th July 1975

photo by Peter Houghton

Zip Gun Boogie band with Pete Houghton

Ernest Ballard… Looks like Phil Collins but it’s not ha ha

Pete Houghton… Hi Alan it’s the T Rex concert promoting the zip gun boogie album and the keyboard player was Dino Dines. The band was as follows Gloria Jones keyboard, Dino Dines keyboards Davy Lutton drums, Steve Currie bass.

Ralph Town… Don’t forget to mention Marc Bolan.I might take you to task on which LP was being promoted but it was a slightly overweight Bolan and the 74/76 T.Rex line up

Jan Warren… Yes, I remember Gloria Jones playing keyboard on this track and singing backing vocals with Marc in the “Zip Gun Boogie” video, but I don’t remember a “Zip Gun Boogie Band”?? –

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.

Heavy Metal Kids – backstage Hastings Pier 6th July 1974. photos by Chris Meachen

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photos by Chris Meachen.  cuttings supplied by Sarah Harvey.

Geoff Peckham……This brings back memories of supporting the Heavy Metal Kids in Swansea with Factory. We shared a changing room with them. Supported them in Swansea.  Gary (Holton) was a a very funny man. Good band, too.

Andy Qunta……What Jaffa said! What a character!

Pete Fairless…..Gary Holton was a real talent and a sad loss. Here’s one of my favourite old clips, always worth watching again…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5A4-B1mU8o

Glenn Piper…..Working with the HMK’s on a gig at the Marquee Club was a great time. The support act for said gig was Long John Baldry which led to some ‘interesting’ repartee with the HMK fans 🙂

Sarah Harvey….July 6th, 1974. Heavy Metal Kids with Leo Sayer the following week on the 13th.

Mark Syrett… Saw the Heavy Metal Kids one of my first concerts on the pier.

Ronnie Lane & Slim Chance plus Mike Storey – Hastings Pier 21st June 1975

ads supplied by Sarah Harvey, Ronnie Lane photo 1975 (venue unknown) Rik Walton https://www.flickr.com/photos/rikwalton/5069642148/in/photostream/  Mike Storey photo supplied by Clive Richardson from the gig at Hastings Pier

Peter Fairless… …how come?

Mick O’Dowd… Nice one Sarah. Keep em’ coming!

Peter Fairless… Love it!

Steve Cooke… He has to be one of our most underrated songwriters! Went way too soon.

Dennis Torrance… Was there fantastic night

Pete Fisher… Would love to have been there, but saw him with The Faces at Reading in ’72…great documentary here…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6mpuMwLnak

Glenn Piper… I remember the Ronnie Lane gig 😀 brilliant

Martyn Baker… Me too Glenn. Ronnie’s songs left a lasting impression on me that night. Once heard, never forgotten.

Pete Houghton… I was there . Great memories What a great night and Ronnie and Band signed something for me.

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!