The Damned – Hastings Pier 2nd July 1977

John Storer… Great gig, this … Had seen them a few months before in Guildford, and had met Chris (Rat Scabies) and Ray (Captain Sensible) again at a Dr Feelgood gig in London. Think The Adverts supported them on this gig at the Pier. Remember Chris telling me they had wanted Nick Lowe to produce their debut album because the band were huge fans of Brinsley Schwarz (a band I also had a great fondness for) and country-rock in general Smashing blokes, and Ray sent me a couple of postcards when they were on their first American tour. A bloke I know, Chris Moon, has stepped in to play with them on a number of occasions in recent years.

Richard Brown… I was there it was a great gig.

Tony Ham… I was only 11, wish I was a few years older!

Alan Esdaile… I was looking for the French documentary film which featured The Damned playing the fruit machines on the pier but looks like its now been taken off you tube.

Pete Fairless… Shame! I’ll have a search…

Iain Cobby… Met the Captain at Kerrang studio in Birmingham, a few years back whilst recording a Led by Zeppelin concert to be played live on the night the real Zep did that gig at the O2. We had just finished the interview bit and he breezed in to do a promo with two of his leather adorned friends. What a really nice chap, stood and chatted for ages. long drive back to Peasmarsh from there………………

Virginia Davis… They were brilliant

Jo Turner… Always good

Martin Curcher… I was there!

Richard Brown… I might be wrong but the following week I think the Radio Star came down and launch the new LP songs for swing lovers

Alan Esdaile… I got down that Radio Stars supported Eddie & The Hot Rods and Squeeze on the 18th March 1978.

Mark Gilham… The Damned are back! well, almost, DLWP in the New Year!

Ralph Town… I was there and enjoyed a chat with the boys, pre gig on the prom whilst girlfriend and her friend got their make up on.

Tony Ham… Saw them last week.

Pete Fisher… Saw them in 1976 when they first formed, in the Mile End Road in London…they were awful…saw them with Captain on guitar in 1980 in Norwich, and they were brilliant…

Pete Houghton… I was there and after the concert I got my album signed by them all and had a good talk with them

Tony Court-holmes… help was I there? having a senior moment

The Damned – St Mary In The Castle Sat 15th August 2015 7.30pm and poster 21st May 1977.

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1977 poster supplied by Michael Wilson via facebook’s bands we’ve seen on Hastings Pier

John Wilde… See you there peeps!

Tony Ham…. We’ll be there.

Lauren Gower… Already got tickets

Iain Cobby… Met Captain Sensible in Birmingham after recording a live set with Led By Zeppelin at Kerrang radio which was broadcast on the night that the REAL Zep played the O2. He was with two guys that were his band? at that time and had come in to do an interview . What a really nice chap and so appreciative. Not the guy you see on telly,and really tall; a really good memory!

Ralph Town… Yep! I was there in 1977 lol

Mike Mitchell… I ‘ve got my ticket

Neil William Michael McGuigan… brilliant 77 gig, will be there in 2015