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The Weeley Festival.
Clacton On Sea . Essex.
August 27th-29th 1971.
GRINGO Is: CASEY . . . Lead Vocals; SIMON BYRNE . . . Drums, Vocals , HENRY MARSH . . . Guitar, Keyboards Vocal; JOHN PERRY . . . Bass Guitar, Vocal.
Received this from Henry Marsh the lead guitarist of Gringo
I was so pleased to be put on to this website and recall all the Weeley memories.
I was the lead guitarist of Gringo at the time and remember the band was scared enough about doing a gig that was so massive.
The fear turned to paranoia , probably enhanced by what we'd been smoking, when the Hells Angels appeared.
It became so ridiculous that at the point we were due to go on stage , the self appointed security guard, a massive guy with club and full Angel attire
, refused to let us on stage and we had to point out our roadie and prove that we knew him in order to get on.
The sound was pretty bad on stage , but I think we played OK. In those days there were few fold-back monitors , which meant that you could n't really hear what the rest of the band was playing!
I remember we had a song in the repertoire called "Murder In the Nursery" (!!) which seemed to reflect the activity at the back of the enclosure , where the Angels were setting a car alight.
I had a beaten up Morris Traveller at the time and as we left the gig an Angel scraped the side of the car with his bike. He was very apologetic and offered his name and address if I needed to get it fixed. Quite in contrast to the activities witnessed the rest of the day.
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