Hawkwind & Ace support – Hastings Pier 1st September 1973



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Martyn Baker… My parents banned me from going to this one…. but I went anyway, which made it all the more exciting. Maybe they’d heard about Stacia dancing semi-naked onstage?

Phil Gill talking about Ace ‘How Long’….Brilliant single “How Long”, great guitar solo, fab Paul Carrick vocal. A great song is ageless.

Phil Gill… Stacia! I met her once, she was lovely. Every band needs a shaman.

Phil Thornton… did many gigs supporting Hawkwind !! a jolly bunch and no mistake ! – prepare for the sonic attack …..

John Storer…  In 1973, this was a fairly expensive gig to go to … 99p! Remember going to the gig but was only really interested in hearing Silver Machine because I found the rest of their stuff a little … overblown. Would echo Phil Gill’s comments about Paul Carrack … may be no coincidence that he appears (and sings) on my two favourite Squeeze albums … East Side Story (the brilliant “Tempted”) and Some Fantastic Place (the excellent “Loving You Tonight”)

Gary Kinch… I was there but don’t remember much of it…..I have vague hormone driven memories of Stacia though. Ace’s How Long was always a juke box favourite for me. …..and agree I with John, Tempted is very good.

Andrew Freeman… I used to work with a guy who played bass guitar with Hawkwind, but not sure which years as they had many changes over the years.

Pete Fisher… I was there (I think!)…vaguely remember the light show (mostly strobes) and the wall of sound…and Stacia of course…probably another of those gigs where everyone sat cross-legged on the floor, apart from a couple of stand-up dancers up front, who people occasionally threw beer cans etc at!!

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James Last – big band leader dies.

Grand_Gala_du_Disque_Populaire_1970_-_James_Last james last

b/w photo source: Nationaal Archief, Den Haag, Rijksfotoarchief: Fotocollectie Algemeen Nederlands Fotopersbureau (ANEFO), 1945-1989 – negatiefstroken zwart/wit, nummer toegang, bestanddeelnummer 923-3019


Dave Luck… Very talented musician and composer. R.I.P

Jim Breeds… A bit like when I just heard that Marguerite Patten has died I’d have to say I had no idea he was still alive. I still have Dad’s James Last LPs.

Alan Esdaile… When I was very young, I think most parties would put on a James Last album. He did some very odd tracks, I think Matt Thomas remembers him doing a version of Hawkwind’s Silver Machine!

Jim Breeds… Goodness me! I had no idea!

Alan Esdaile… Very bizarre.

Graham Burfield… R.I.P. James Last

Matt Thomas… I would so love to get the James Last album my dad used to play endlessly,think it was called Non Stop Dancing 72 or 73!!!!!! That had Silver Machine and Schools Out on it lo.

Dave Luck… I think probably his best concert he did in 1978, live in London.

Paul Kilford…. noooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!

Mark Edir… Historic man