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1009, 2017

The Beatles Brighton Hippodrome 1964

Extract from the Evening Argus Monday 26 October 1964. 

‘Beatlemania hit Brighton again last night’

At the Hippodrome the four mop-haired idols sang, danced and ducked their way through two stormy performances. Nearly 4,000 frenzied teenage fans went wild with predictable hysteria as the shiny-suited Beatles came on stage. Things began to fly. First, there was the usual hall of jelly babies thrown with accuracy by the screaming girls. Then dolls by the score, programmes, toilet-rolls and screwed-up paper messages cascaded into the floodlights. John ducked, Paul cleared stamping room on stage, George looked defiant and […]

305, 2017

Jimi Hendrix Brighton Dome 2 December 1967

Extract from the Brighton Gazette 8 December 1967  

Music to get your teeth into…

For many of the near-capacity audiences-comprising a large cross-section of Brighton’s young adult population – it was probably the first time that they had heard music at the right level of amplification, free from complaints by landladies and neighbours. The main attraction was Jimi Hendrix, the 22-year-old American negro who based himself in England just over a year ago, and he was well worth the billing. Long-limbed in his flash gear, he strolled on the stage playing his guitar with one hand only. He played it […]

902, 2018

Cream at the Brighton Dome 21 April 1967

Extract from the Evening Argus Saturday 22 April 1967

‘Finest Hour’

The Cream who had the sedate Dome erupting as never before. This was surely Eric Clapton’s finest hour. His wild guitar solos were incredible. His aggressive, pungent style puts him way out in front of all his imitators in the Blues guitar field. Clapton really shone on howling Wolfs blues “Spoonful” while Bassist Jack Bruce’s harmonica solo “tossing and tumbling” received just acclaim.

Drummer Ginger Baker brought the house down with his 10-minute solo, The Toad. It’s a rare ability to hold the attention of an audience completely […]

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