all cuttings supplied by Sarah Harvey
Sarah Harvey….Factory and Stallion related. Advert for Jan 19th, 1974…. Group Scene articles dated 25/10/74 and 30/11/74 respectively featuring snippits of news about the bands.
supplied by Sarah Harvey
Phil Gill… Apparently I played a Stallion gig on the Saturday. Buggered if I can remember that one….
Mark Randall… Ooooh they call you Fancy Pants!
Julie Morris… Saw that Kenny concert!
Andy Qunta.. The guy in the far right of the Kenny photo is their lead singer & guitarist, Rick Driscoll. He’s been a friend of mine since we were both playing with Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel in 1981! Lovely bloke, btw!
supplied by Mick Mepham
supplied by Phil Thornton
Alan Esdaile… Great find Phil. Stringer Jones, was a duo with Martin Stringer and Malcolm Jones.
Martyn Baker… Malcolm Jones was the other half of Stringer-Jones with Martin Stringer in Hastings (1975-6). I kind of re-met Malcolm again when we both worked for Capital Radio in the 80’s. Martin now lives in the west of Ireland. Both top geezers.
Harry Randall… RIP Vic/Tony and Steve gone to young! Sadly missed I’m sure by all who new them!
Leigh Wieland-Boys… My that takes me back. Fond memories of Steve D, rest in peace dear friend.
Martin Stringer… Crikey.
poster supplied by Mick Mepham. pier photos Chris Meachen.
Tich from Stallion at the pier gig supplied by Roger Carey
Here’s a great recording of ‘Circus’ venue unknown.
Wesley Magoogan…. Those Observer adverts were the center of some of our lives then.Whomever was on the advert for the pier were that week’s big deal !
Phil Gill… I was there, it was a brilliant gig.
Ticket supplied by Nick Webb, Photo of Marc Bolan (T Rex) from a 1973 ABC Television In Concert performance.
Chris Meachen…..Ah, T.Rex… The only time I ever saw the bouncers scared, as a tide of pubescent girls flooded through the gates, sweeping them aside in the crush to get to the front of the stage. One of them even got his arm pushed through the glass of the main doors, & any attempt to check tickets was futile
Glenn Caroline Piper….I first saw T-Rex in 1971 at Brighton Dome. Mickey Finn was there and Bolan did some acoustic numbers from Tyrannosaurus Rex days. My first live gig
Pete Zinc-alloy… by the time marc played hastings mickey finn and bill legend had left the band.my mates in the support group played a set equal to marc’s band
Phil Thornton… I remember this well, John Wilde (our frontman) was interviewed for ‘Sounds’ by Julie Birchell who thought he was Marc !!! – we got to meet him and Gloria backstage, lovely people. rip Marc.
Alan Esdaile… Still looking for a poster for this gig and photos, anyone?
Karen Sweatman… I love T Rex, but was only five years old
John Wilde… This was a great gig for us (Stallion) and a good evening for everyone. I was deeply offended when Marc told me to “fuck off out of my dressing room”.
Terry Pack…. I was at this one. Stallion were excellent. T Rex were disappointing: the drummer in particular was very loud and seemed to have no technique at all. Marc Bolan looked unwell, I thought.
Phil Thornton… didn’t remember that part of the evening John Alexander Wilde all things considered I think you came out on top !!
Kevin Burchett… I was there but don’t remember a thing probaly very drunk lol
Peter Houghton… Great band one of my fave song’s was little people
Nick Shute… Out out get outa me ‘ouse
You better take yer trench coat too
no daughter of mine’s going out wiv an ‘ippy
or a scruffy little bleeder like you!
Tony Court-holmes… used to be on tuesay nights i think
Dave Hunt… Hustler were a great band, got both their albums on cd last year
supplied by Stallion. https://www.facebook.com/stallionprogressiverock/
Stallion… Hemel Hempstead Pavilion ?
Linda Crane… When is the next gig?
Tony Court-holmes…remember them well
cutting supplied by Andy Knight
Stallion photo by Chris Meachen. Not sure this was from the same gig but would be around this time.
Phil Thornton… I was there ! I joined Stallion after seeing their performance !
Yvonne Cleland… I was there. I was doing Daisy’s sound at the time…
Steve Kinch… Great times!
Daisy photo supplied by Yvonne Cleland (August 1974)
Yvonne Cleland… .. featuring Will Thomson, Kevin Hoad (Moff) and Tony Barraclough. Terry Corder was there but not in this shot.
Kevin Sherwood… Daisy were very good that night.
Yvonne Cleland… Daisy were exceptionally good that night.
Jo Turner… Oh I loved these competitions and have great memories of jumping in the back of someone’s van frequently in later years to follow local bands doing the competition rounds. Was it Michael Mepham who had the van?
Wesley Magoogan… I remember that well, there were lots of shenanigans between us and Stallion lol.
Of the many obscure, trench-coated progressive rock groups that germinated in the garages, sheds and rehearsal studios of England in the early ’70s, Stallion deserve to be recognised as one of the great lost bands of the first progressive era. Hailed critically, and by those lucky enough to see them perform, Stallion appeared on the same stage as many of their more well-known contemporaries including Motörhead, Stackridge, Rare Bird, Stray, The Edgar Broughton Band andTraffic. Despite winning a Melody Maker magazine competition and playing on the main stage at Reading Festival in 1976, and having successfully merged progressive rock moves with punk attitude, major label success eluded Stallion and they broke up in the late ’70s a well-kept secret.This new CD contains their rare single and fragments of “the album that never was”, together with a history of the band and previously unseen photographs.
Sound Engineer… Dave Hinde.
Phil Thornton….Stallion play ‘The Hard Life’ recorded live at the Lyceum Ballroom, London. September 1976 supporting Motorhead.
Paul E Newcomb… Stray were the headliners that night… Motorhead second and Dirty Tricks (?) third. Stallion had won the MM folfkRock competition that year I believe
Phil Gill… Correct as to line up, but Motörhead might have headlined.
Phil Thornton… Yes I think it was Motörhead headlining – the PA was theirs and they were charging other bands to use it !!
Pete Fisher… I was living in London then, but didn’t come along to the gig…guess I didn’t hear about it…funnily enough the band I joined that year got to the final of the MM Folk/Rock competition the following year in 1977 (after winning the semi-final at the Marquee), but didn’t win…
Dave Nattress… Just wonderful to hear this. Stallion were just so good and this proves it. In Damaris we had the privilege to play support a few times on the pier and we totally loved, respected, revered and admired this band. They were where we wanted to go. 43 years ago. Frightening. Brilliant that there are these recordings and my clear recollection of their tight musicianship and the spectacular whirling dervish performances of John Wilde come right back to me, and visuals aside John was a wonderful vocalist, great tone and delivery. Congrats to all, great memories and sad that not all the guys who took the Stallion road are no longer with us. Got the CD album a few years ago and play it a lot, great that Phil T and the guys were able to get it out
Phil Gill… Damaris were none too shabby as I recall. I remember a song about a “city punk” that always stuck in my head.
Dave Nattress… Thanks Phil, nice one. I have the lyric somewhere, just found it, yes I was big on rhyming and City Punk was followed by the line “Lived on Junk”, a not so obsure double meaning which was also something I liked to put in. We had some out-there tracks and themes and lyrics, tracks about weird stuff like “Star Tiger” which was the call-sign of an aircraft that disappeared over the Bermuda Triangle, “Alien Tomorrows” a space journey influenced piece, eampling part of the planet suite, never can remember if it was Mars or Jupiter – Iain Cobby puts me right. Trawled up a load more lyrics of our songs, “The First Survivor” one man thinking he’s alone on the planet after the proverbial nuclear war, “Rubic’s Cube”, “Jack the Ripper”, another with references to characters from Lord of the Rings – blimey were we up ourselves or what!! Anyway good, good days!! Best wishes Phil.
John Wilde… thank you Dave. It was an awesome time. I very much appreciate your comments.
Phil Thornton… yes I remember enjoying Damaris sets – I’m sure we all went along to support them at a gig in Ore ? ( not sure about venue ) they were I think the only other band around Hastings at that time who were doing original stuff – great times indeed !