Spyke – White Rock Theatre1968

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SPYKE – 1968 L-R Paul Burton – Peter (Ginger) Millington, Chris Sayer – Playing in support of Bob Miller and the Millermen – ITT Annual Christmas Dance – White Rock Theatre.

John Storer… My Mum and Dad went to this

Robert Searle… Was Terry on drums Pete

Peter Millington… No, Robert .We were a trio for about a year then a duo after Paul left then I managed to convince Chris that a drummer would be a good idea. Spyke played without a drummer for about 2 years. I have to say, playing bass and holding a consistent beat in front of the ITT dancing crowd of 1000+ was testing. Good training though.

Yvonne Cleland… Lovely Chris x

John Kingdon… What a memory, dear old Chris, God Bless him and Henry both sorely missed.

Showaddywaddy – White Rock Theatre Hastings 11th January 2019

The Greatest Rock & Roll Band In The World’ is a bold statement but Showaddywaddy has lived up to that title as they recently celebrated their 40th anniversary.

More info and tickets

https://whiterocktheatre.org.uk/Online/tickets-showaddywaddy-hastings-2019

Julie Findlay-jones… Used to love going to see them , brilliant live.

Dave Nattress… Used to see them play at the Sundowners MANY years back before they had any chart hits, and they were extremely good. Not many of the original members are still with them but no doubt it’ll be a spectacular show if it’s anything like it used to be. I think they’ve been mentioned before on SMART. Back at The Sundowners there were 2 separate bands called Choice or Choise and Golden Hammers I think, (based in or from Leicester), each band did a pop covers set and they then changed their clobber into , crepes and drapes and did the Showaddywaddy Rock and Roll Show.

Robert Searle… Was there that night,the singer actually mentioned it when he last played the Congress Eastbourne,i was there that night too. I saw Showaddywaddy at Southend a few weeks ago,still good.

Barry Newton… Three groups appeared and good nights had by all at the Sundowners

Jeff Belton… Great music ! Great ones for singing a long. Have a LP and and a double cd. Played alot of music on my radio shows.

Leigh Wieland-Boys… Saw them a few times in the 70s at The Sundowners too & have got my ticket to see them in January! Got to be done..love a trip down Memory Lane!

Dave Nattress… Hi Leigh, Yes, Jane D and I were often at the Sundowners.  GREAT days and many great bands on there

Leigh Wieland-Boys… Dave – think I went with you & Jane a couple of times!

Dave Nattress…Hi Leigh – Indeed you did. Such a long time ago – great times!! For me, hideous patterned shirts from Huckles in Hastings, long shirt collars worn outside the Black velvet jacket with the incredibly awful wide lapels, flares as wide as possible flapping in the wind, platform soles and stacked heels, God almighty, oh yeah and long hair way past my shoulder. Girls, mini’s and halter neck tops and platform shoes.

Leigh Wieland-Boys… the fellas really dressed up in those days – I loved the styles back then. I had a lot of denim & velvet!

 

Acker Bilk, Kenny Ball, Lonnie Donegan – White Rock Theatre 14th October 1988

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Yvonne Cleland…..Acker Bilk! I used to love him when I was a little girl. what was that number – Stranger on the Shore? Made me cry buckets. Probably still would.

Andre Martin….We used Stranger on the Shore when we did the filming “Searching for the PamDor” in the production back some 5 years ago at the Local Museum.

Matt Thomas….Excellent

Alan Esdaile….get your tissues ready Yvonne. You can call records brilliiant, wonderful but This is Beautiful.

Perri Ann Haste….Oh my goodness – Lovely Acker! – I seem to remember he played at a Beer Festival at Alexandra park back in the 80’s – Cant remember exact date though & it was at the Park gates end of the Park near the roundabout.

Joe Knight… Use to see these at the Black Prince Pub Bexley, just off A2

Mick Bolton… What a great night that would have been – Acker, Kenny and Lonnie. And George Chisholm. I saw Lonnie Donegan’s son there a couple of year’s ago playing his dad’s material.

No Home Jerome…  I remember that too.

Joe Knight… Sunday’s at the BLACK PRINCE BEXLEY KENT

Mick Bolton… Lonnie, Kenny and Acker and George Chisholm on the same bill – what a great night that must have been. And John Lill playing Rachmaninov’s 2nd Piano Concerto. Great stuff.

Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel – White Rock Theatre 12th June 1990

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Peter Fairless… Made me smile!

Matt Thomas… I was working the bar that night

Andy Qunta… I did a tour with SH & CR in 1981. A really fun time! Great songs, great band! After that, we recorded a couple of songs, which Midge Ure produced. One of them, “I Can’t Even Touch You”, is the last track on the “Cream Of” album mentioned above. Just a bit of trivia for you!

Tony Davis… If I remember rightly Mr Cobby it was you and I that started the singing of Oh Dear Look What They’ve done to the blues. It was a good night. I think I also got hit by a small piece of falling ceiling.

Iain Cobby… Your memory serves you well, Mr Davis and if I’m correct, we were both in a video of his shot at Brighton Dome. More trivia, the bassist of his first Cockney Rebel band Paul Jeffery died on board flight Pan Am 103 with his bride on there honeymoon. Steve often would dedicate ” Sebastian” to him.

Tony Davis… Recently saw Cockney Rebel at the Leas Cliff in Folkestone. They were touring the album Best Years of Our  Lives for it’s 40th. Anniversary. Steve Harley and the band were fantastic that night. Instead of a support  act they incorporated it within the band. 2 sisters from Austria who were multi-instrumentalists and during Cockney Rebel’s set they played a couple of their own tunes. Really glad I went.

 

Paul Young 35 Years of No Parlez – White Rock Theatre Hastings 29th September 2018

Everyone’s favourite 80’s crooner Paul Young is back on tour, performing his much loved album ‘No Parlez’ in celebration of 35 years since it’s release.

More details… https://whiterocktheatre.org.uk/Online/tickets-paul-young-hastings-2018

Matt Thomas… Got my ticket 🙂

Dave Weeks… And me.

Dave Nattress… Saw Paul at the White Rock MANY years back, and very good too. Top backing musicians. Maybe Pino Palladino on bass. Must have been mid/late 80’s. For the encore his Wife and first little girl came on stage.

Hastings International Folk Festival 22nd May – 25th May 1987

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Also appeared Titus and Friends,  Blowabella, Ralph McTell, The Kipper Family, Barry Dransfield, Cecil Sharp, Ashley Hutchings, Bonnie Shalijean and loads more. Gigs at various venues and events took place throughout the town.

Robert Searle… Saw Tom Paxton at the Congress Eastbourne .The place was nearly empty ,so embarrassing for him and the audience. A really nice folky who i liked in the early sixties.

Will Cornell… I’d do anything to be able to see Blowzabella. They’ve played S.America a lot, but nary a nod to the ol’ USA. On my top 5 list of faves. Oh well, I do correspond with one of the guys quite a lot on matters re: Hurdy Gurdy!

White Rock Theatre – Easter 1991

Sandy Max… I’d love those ticket prices these days! They.get a half empty theatre because many locals are priced out. Why don’t they consider cheap standby tickets as the London theatres do to sell the empty seats? A.full theatre makes for a much better atmosphere

Dennis Torrance… I missed button moon and the moon monster lol

Daryl Perkins… Took my Button Moon obsessed 4 year old to this!!

Carol Ann Bolton… I’ve been to Button Moon, followed Mr Spoon to Button Moon…etc

Mick O’Dowd… Went to see The Commodores. Good band but Lionel had already left. They didn’t miss him though.

The Osmonds – White Rock Theatre 29th October 2018

The Osmonds have had a phenomenally successful recording career, having sold over 100 million albums worldwide and 59 gold and platinum award records to their credit. Their 1974 hit, Love Me For A Reason (written by 70’s hitmaker, Johnny Bristol) went global again over 20 years later, when covered to huge success by Boyzone…

more information and ticket details...

https://whiterocktheatre.org.uk/Online/tickets-the-osmonds-hastings-2018

Eugene Hughes… Can’t wait

Alan Esdaile… Let me in !

Eugene Hughes… let me out!