Lead vocalist Monty Lawrence recalls another event in Northiam,
around 66/67 as being one of their best attended gigs, with up to
3,000 at the 2 day open air festival.
Also on the bill that weekend were Ashford band Shades
Of Black. Monty relates the tale of how after their set one
night they all had.....well lets say..." a little too much
to drink " & encouraged Jed
( who was blind ) to drive around the site in the Land Rover, guided
only by other band members shouting directions from the back of
the vehicle as they weaved in & out between the tents etc.
Another local legend ( still talked about today ) is of when THE
WHO were playing locally, possibly on Hasting Pier & had a very
small crowd, the reason given when they enquired was that "
the Vampires were also playing locally that night ". The story
goes that The Who abandoned their gig in favour of driving to the
location of the Vampires, to be met by a ' Heaving ' hall with a
' Jam packed ' car park outside full of those unable to get in.
Although this great story can't be proved outright, it is based
on the facts as told at the time & remains ..............A GREAT
Pic. L-R ..... Len Lock, Nash, Monty Lawrence, Gordon Reed, George
The Vampires recorded one single at Acorn studios in Wimbledon,
A.) I can't stop loving you.
B.) Your'e one & only man.
As the ' Vamps ' were radio Caroline sponsored the single was played
on the station.
The VAMPIRES were untouched as a local ' amateur '
band during these years performing 2, 3, or more gigs a week and
could be guaranteed a packed house whenever they appeared.
The last gig played was in late 67 / early 68.
As far as we have been able to establish, the only members still
performing are Jed Stacey and possibly Nigel Dance. Drummer Gordon
Reed when the Vampire split went on to join rock band RAINBOW.
Info thanks to John Jeffery