Stackridge – Hastings Pier 27th September 1972 & Bexhill De La Warr with Stallion 16th November 1975

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ticket and poster supplied by Mick Mepham

Terry Pack…. was too young (14) to have gone to the Pier to see Stackridge in 1972. I went to a lot of gigs between 73 and 76 before I went pro, after which I almost never went again for many years, being too busy playing myself. I really enjoyed the gigs on the pier, often enjoying the support bands more than the headline acts.

Phil Gill of Stallion….At the De La Warr I remember playing bass and 12 string at that gig – we had an idea for a Genesis type song and if Mike Rutherford could do it, then… It was also one of the last gigs Stallion played with Tony Bridger on guitar. I was also present at the Stackridge pier gig and remember it as big fun.

Terry Pack.…That was one of the first times, if not the very first time, that I heard you play, in that case, I suspect, although I might have heard you on a gig or two in Hastings before that. As you know, I can’t remember very much about the distant past! I don’t actually remember the De La Warr gig, I just recall going to it and enjoying it. That was a good period for music in Bexhill, usually a bit of desert for gigs that weren’t Centre Page.

Michael Mepham…. still have one of the Stackridge dustbin lids. They were for the song Let There Be Lids (dustbin ones) Hurrah!

John Wilde….Yep I performed with Stallion this night.

Martin Waghorne… Great night @ the De La Warr. Can’t believe it was only £1:00.

Lucy Pappas… Goodness! I’d forgotten all about Stackridge but I was definitely there!

Mick O’Dowd… Saw Stackridge at Wembley Stadium with Elton John/Beach Boys/Eagles/Chaka Khan & Rufus and many more. Think it was about 1972.

Pete Fisher… 21st June 1975…I was there! Must have missed them, as I remember the first (and best) band was Rufus…left after two songs from EJ, who was definitely not the act to follow the Beach Boys…

Mick O’Dowd… No he wasn’t Pete. Stackridge were early on. Beach Boys had the weather (sun sun sun) in the afternoon and Elton played “Cpt Fantastic” album track by track( a dirge) and lost the crowd. When he played the hits the place cam alive!

 

Global Village Trucking Company – Hastings Pier 3rd August 1974

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ad supplied by Sarah Harvey                    promo photo supplied by Clive Richardson

Sarah Harvey…..Here is a really good video about the group some of which was filmed in 1973. It tells the story of the band and a reunion in 2007 which was produced as a documentary for the BBC

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3K9BEo8UVs

Alan Esdaile….I used to see Pete Kirtley from Global Village play with Liane Carroll at the Filo. Flying Gnome disco was Chris Cornford. Anyone in contact with him?

Mick Mepham…..Another load of bands I missed, doooooohhhh!!!!

Clive Richardson…Global Village were excellent. I always believed that the above photo was taken in Hastings old town. Anyone confirm or deny?

Mick O’Dowd…..Found these pics of Global Village….

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Kev Towner…  Well apparently Seagull Coaches were based in Blackpool, although that scene in the background is rather reminiscent of that farm on The Ridge just before the Harrow Junction.

Alan Esdaile… Thanks Kev, I know where you mean. Could be in the coach broke down on the way to the pier?

Ric Hool… In 1996 Peter Kirtley ex of Global Village was working with a poet pal of mine, Tom Pickard. Peter stayed at my house one time when he was in Wales with Tom. Peter was, I believe, living in Southwold at that time and had just released his excellent Bush Telegraph CD Liane Carroll (keyboards), Steve Lamb (bass), Gregg Leppard (drums)

Stallion – Melody Maker win, Roundhouse ticket 27th June 1976 and review.

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ticket supplied by Iain Cobby      cutting supplied by Sarah Harvey.

Andy Qunta… Still awesome! Brilliant achievement by Stallion! Well done, lads! Still proud of our fellow Hastings muso friends!

John Wilde… Stallion on the Pier 2016? Count me in.

Andy Qunta… I’ll volunteer Factory for some of that too!

John Wilde… That would be a good night Andy.

Phil Gill… Bloody hippies….

Phil Thornton… specially the one with the scarf !

Pete Fisher… 40 years ago…blimey!! The band I was in (who rejoiced in the name of Roger The Cat!) won the semi-final at the Marquee the following year in 1977, but failed to win the final…we were basically a pub cover band doing the London circuit…track at my SoundCloud page…

Kenny 22nd Dec, Factory 24th Dec, Stallion 27th Dec 1975

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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!

Stallion – introducing the band 1974 & Stallion poster 6th November 1973.

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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.

String Driven Thing and Stallion – Hastings Pier 7th September 1974

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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.

Marc Bolan & T Rex and support Stallion – Hastings Pier 25th July 1975

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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

Read moreMarc Bolan & T Rex and support Stallion – Hastings Pier 25th July 1975