FLASH

FLASH was formed in late 1971. It was Colin Carter (vocals) who contacted Peter Banks to form a new band together. Peter was going through his gray period and after his previous experiences with bands wasn’t too keen on getting another one started. But after writing “Small Beginnings” together, Peter shopped the demo around and landed a deal. The next task was to find the right musicians, which proved to be more work than it seemed. It was Peter who thought up the band name, and once Ray Bennett (on bass) and Mike Hough (on drums) would combine forces – they would become FLASH. Deciding against using a keyboardist, Peter ultimately developed an exciting guitar style and created Flash’s special sound. They released 3 albums in just 2 years before calling it a day in November 1973.

Original line-up
Peter Banks | Colin Carter | Ray Bennett | Mike Hough

DISCOGRAPHY

CHRONOLOGY

1971

DATE LOCATION VENUE NOTES
November 8-21 London, UK DeLane Lea Studios recording debut album Flash

Flash on stage 3

1972

DATE LOCATION VENUE NOTES
January 14 High Wycombe, UK Town Hall with Stray
January 15 Dudley, UK Technical College
January 20 Dorchester, UK Tavern Club
January 21 Bristol, UK Polytechnic
January 22 St. Albans, UK City Hall with Stone The Crows
January 28 Porthcawl, UK Manor Suite
January 29 Watford, UK Tech College with Mott The Hoople
January 31 Letchworth, UK Youth Club

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February LP RELEASE: Flash
February 14 Ellesmere Port, UK Cheshire College unconfirmed date
February 18 Ipswich Civic, UK College
February 19 Leicester, UK University with Roy Harper
February 22 London, UK Marquee Club
February 25 York, UK St. Peter's School
February 26 Epsom, UK Baths with Budgie
February 27 Bletchley, UK Esmeralda's, Youth Centre with Gnidrolog, Vinegar Joe
February 28 London, UK BBC Maida Vale studios BBC Session
March 1 Birmingham, UK Bullring Mayfair Suite
March 1 Birmingham, UK Aston University with Tony Hazzard
March 2 Preston, UK Amethyst Club
March 3 Aberdeen, UK University
March 4 Whitley Bay, UK Random Club
March 9 RADIO BROADCAST: BBC "Sound Of The Seventies" with Gnidrolog, Strawbs, Mick Greenwood
March 10 Exeter, UK St George’s Hall
March 11 Narbeth, UK unconfirmed venue
March 17 Luton, UK Tech College with Slade, Gothic Horizon
March 22 Bristol, UK Boobs Club
March 23 North Devon, UK Tech College
March 23 Penzance, UK Winter Gardens
March 24 Guildford, UK Tech College
March 25 Bracknell, UK Bracknell Sports Centre with Barclay James Harvest, Steve Peregrine Took
March 29 Bristol, UK Tiffany's

April 1 Plymouth, UK Van Dike
April 3 Barnstable, UK Queens Hall
April 7 Schiedam, The Netherlands Sociëteit Arcade/Martin Green Society with Focus
April 8 Dortrecht, The Netherlands Sprankja Club
April 9 Assen, The Netherlands De Kolk
April 10 USA LP RELEASE: Flash
April 13 Tournai, Belgium Town Hall with John Martyn
April 14 Brussels, Belgium Théâtre 140 with John Martyn
April 15 Antwerp, Belgium Handelsbeurs with Irish Coffee
April 16 Hasselt, Belgium Germinal Hall
April 20 Langen, Germany unknown venue
April 21 Hamburg, Germany Concert Hall
April 22 Utrecht, The Netherlands Glarbuurs Hall/Jaarbeurscongrescentrum
April 23 Munster, Germany Buurgstein Furte
April 24-25 Brussels, Belgium TV Studio
April 30 Southampton, UK Palace
April 30 London, UK Chalk Farm Roundhouse with Wishbone Ash, Hookfoot, Cheech 'N' Chong, Linda Lewis
May SINGLE RELEASE: "Small Beginnings / Morning Haze"
May 1 Birmingham, UK Kinetic Circus with Sandy Denny, Nazareth
May 4 RADIO BROADCAST: BBC "Sound Of The Seventies" with Bronx Cheer, Gnidrolog, Paul Jones
May 5 Newcastle, UK University with Lindisfarne
May 6 Sheffield, UK University
May 6 Oswaldtwistle, UK Town Hall
May 9 London, UK Marquee Club
May 10 Nottingham, UK Polytechnic
May 12 Northampton, UK Guild Hall
May 13 London, UK Imperial College with Roy Young Band
May 20 Bolton, UK Institute of Technology
May 21 Croydon, UK Greyhound
May 25 Lytham, UK St Anne's Lowther Pavilion
May 26 Blackburn, UK King George's Hall
May 27 Penarth, UK Paget Rooms
May 31 Stockport, UK Town Hall
June 2 Newcastle upon Tyne, UK Mayfair Ballroom
June 3 Hull, UK Floral Hall
June 4 Kenilworth, UK Kinetic Circus
June 6 London, UK Marquee Club with Cat Iron
June 8 Guildford, UK Civic Hall with Audience
June 9 London, UK Marquee Club
June 9 Leytonstone, UK Red Lion
June 10 Slough, UK Slough College with Stackridge
June 11-16 London, UK Recording session
June 17 Oxford, UK Jesus College
June 20-21 London, UK Rehearsals
June 22 Staffs, UK Keele University

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June 23 Workington, UK West Cumberland College of Science and Technology
June 24 Leicester, UK Polytechnic
June 25 Swansea, UK Pandora's Club
June 28 Watford, UK Town Hall with Genesis
early July London, UK In The Can LP recorded
early July Dorset, UK Weymouth Pier Pavilion
July 14 Band departs to JFK Airport, NYC
July 15 New York City, NY radio press conference
July 17 Brooklyn, NY Prospect Park with David Bromberg, Dust
July 18 Hempstead, NY Ultrasonic Recording Studio WLIR-FM, WCBS TV News broadcast

July 19 Cherry Hill, NJ Cherry Hill Arena with Chamber Brothers, Surprize
July 20 Georgetown, MD unknown venue canceled
July 21 Bowie, MD Bowie Ice Rink WDCA-TV broadcast
July 22 Fairfax, VA Robinson High School
July 23 Fort Wayne, ID Fort Wayne Coliseum
July 24 Cleveland, OH Agora
July 25 Toledo, OH Agora
July 26 Cincinnati, OH Reflections with Freeport
July 27 Columbus, OH Agora
July 28-30 East Quogue, NY The Barge advertised appearances, unconfirmed
July 29 Charlotte, NC Fairgrounds with Poco, Uriah Heep, Long John Baldry, Wishbone Ash
July 30 Providence, RI Rhode Island Auditorium with Black Sabbath, Black Oak Arkansas
July 31 Boston, MA Sheraton Hotel press and radio interviews
August 1 Rosalyn, NY My Father's Place
August 2 Bronx, NY Gaelic Park with Blue Oyster Cult, Beck Bogart and Appice (billed as Jeff Beck Group), Argent
August 3 Rosalyn, NY My Father's Place
August 5 Long Island, NY Commack Arena with Savoy Brown, Rory Gallagher, Tower of Power
August 5 Asbury Park, NJ Sunshine In with Brownsville Station
August 6 Pittsburgh, PA Pitt Stadium afternoon show
August 6 Commack, NY Long Island Arena with Wishbone Ash, Savoy Brown, Rory Gallagher
August 7 Chicago, IL unknown venue

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August 10 Jersey City, NJ Roosevelt Stadium with Alice Cooper, The J. Geils Band, Ursa Major
August 11 St. Petersburg, FL unknown venue
August 12 Charleston, SC unknown venue
August 13 Jacksonville, FL Memorial Coliseum
August 15 San Diego, CA unknown venue
August 16-19 Hollywood, CA Whiskey-A-Go-Go with Elijah
August 20 Hollywood, CA Whiskey-A-Go-Go canceled-replaced by Foghat
August 21 Detroit, MI Roostertail Upper-Deck with Air Speed
August 22 Wichita, KS Cessna Stadium with Rod Stewart and Faces, John Kay (unconfirmed)

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August 23 Davison, MI Sherwood Forest "Wild Wednesday '72" with Catfish, The Counts, Detroit, Jo Jo Gunne, Mutzie, Plain Brown Wrapper, Salem Witchcraft, R.P.M., Stoned Lightning
August 25 Chicago, IL Aragon Ballroom with the Kinks, Dr. Hook and His Medicine Show, Foghat

1972-08-26
August 26 New Orleans, LA The Warehouse with Foghat, Captain Beyond
August 28 Madison, WI Mothers
August 29 Charlotte, NC Park Center with Argent, Foghat, Phlorescent Leech & Eddie
August 31 Wingate, NC unknown venue
September 1 travel to Terre Haute, IN
September 2 Bull Island, IN Erie Canal Pop Festival with Birtha, Foghat, Rory Gallagher, Ravi Shankar, Black Sabbath, Joe Cocker, Allman Brothers, Fleetwood Mac, Gentle Giant, Amboy Dukes, Canned Heat, Black Oak Arkansas, Eagles, Nazareth, McKendree Spring and many others
September 4 Oshkosh, WI University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh with Brian Lee Blues Band, Blue Tale Fly, REO Speedwagon
September 5 Long Island, NY Nassau College
September 8 Akron, OH Akron Civic Center with Foghat, Bang
September 9 Indianapolis, IN Indianapolis Raceway Festival at Bush Stadium with Fleetwood Mac, It's A Beautiful Day, McKendree Spring, Argent, Danny O'Keefe, The Siegel-Schwall Band, Foghat, Chuck Berry, Pure Food & Drug Act, Faith Band – audience recording exists
September 10 Madison, NJ unknown venue

The Morning Call – Sep 16, 1972

September 11 Kutztown, PA Keystone Hall with REO Speedwagon, Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks
September 12 travel to Erie, PA
September 13 Erie, PA unknown venue
September 14 Radford, VA Radford College Preston Hall Auditorium with The Divots, Blue Oyster Cult
September 15 travel to New York City
September 16 York, PA unknown venue
September 17 Snippensberg, PA unknown venue
September 18 travel back to UK

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October LP RELEASE: In The Can
October 8 Upminster, UK New Windmill Hall
October 9-10 London, UK DeLane Lea Studios recording sessions
October 11 London, UK Maximum Sound Studios recording session
October 12 Hornsey, UK Hornsey College Of Art
October 13 London, UK Thames Polytechnic with The Pretty Things
October 14 Canterbury, UK Elliot College University of Kent
October 15 Lancing, UK Lancing College
October 20 London, UK Goldsmiths College with Colin Blunstone, Home
October 21 Cardiff, UK University with Glencoe
October 23 London,UK Watch Your Step and/or "Never Stand" recorded
October 24 London, UK Marquee Club
October 29 Gravesend, UK Civic Hall with Mick Abrahams Band
November 12 London, UK Non-LP track 1, "Vision Of The King", "Non-LP track 2", "Beyond The Loneliest Sea", "Stop That" started recorded
November 13 London, UK Advision Studios Stop That recorded with Jan Akkerman
November 15 London, UK Non-LP track 1, "Vision Of The King", "Non-LP track 2", "Beyond The Loneliest Sea", "Stop That" finished recorded
November 16 London, UK Advision Studios Rock 'N Something, "Get Out Of My Fridge" recorded with Peter Banks, Phil Collins, Ray Bennett, Jan Akkerman
November 17 London, UK Kings Cross Cinema
November 18 Manchester, UK Manchester University
November 18 Rutherford, NJ Fairleigh Dickenson College advertised date with Batdorf & Rodney but presumably not played
November 25 London, UK Isleworth Polytechnic unconfirmed date with Sam Apple Pie
November 26 Cleveland, OH unknown venue misreported as Philadelphia in Creem magazine, possibly not played
December SINGLE RELEASE: "Lifetime / Children Of The Universe"
December 2 Teaneck, NJ Fairleigh Dickinson University two headlining shows w/Blue Oyster Cult
December 5-7 Roslyn, NY My Father's Place headlining shows

1972-12-08-Milton, MA

December 8 Milton, MA Curry College, South Campus Auditorium headlining show with The World of Lenny Bruce
December 9 Chattanooga, TN Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium with Humble Pie, Roxy Music
December 10 Charleston, WV Charleston Civic Center with Humble Pie, Roxy Music
December 11 Fort Wayne, IN Embassy Theatre with Mott The Hoople, Flash Cadillac & the Continental Kids
December 12 Warren, OH Packard Music Hall headlining show
December 13 Lexington, KY The Warehouse headlining show
December 15 Newark, NJ Newark State College two headlining shows

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December 16 Passaic, NJ Capitol Theatre two shows with Chuck Berry, Phlorescent Leech & Eddie. Audience recording exists with Small Beginnings / Black And White / Children Of The Universe
December 17 Ramapo, NJ Ramapo High School Auditorium two shows headlining

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December 22 Detroit, MI Ford Auditorium headlining show with Mom’s Apple Pie, Blue Oyster Cult

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December 27 Indianapolis, IN Indianapolis Convention Center with Steve Miller Band, Quicksilver Messenger Service, McKendree Spring [George and Sue Mizer got married at the concert]
December 28 Minneapolis, MN Minnesota National Guard Armory with Raspberries, Bang
December 29 St. Louis, MO Keil Auditorium with Steve Miller Band
December 30 Rockford, IL National Guard Armory
December 31 Providence, RI Palace Theatre headlining show with Al Kooper

1973

DATE LOCATION VENUE NOTES
January 5 Pinellas Park, FL Mustang Drive-In with White Witch
January 6 West Palm Beach, FL West Palm Beach Auditorium with Raspberries, Bob Seger
January 7 Columbus, OH Agora Theatre
January 8 Cleveland, OH Agora Theatre
January 12 Philadelphia, PA The Spectrum with Jo Jo Gunne, James Gang

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January 14 New York City, NY Philharmonic Hall with Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show, Earth Wind and Fire
January 19 Chicago, IL Kinetic Playground with Jo Jo Gunne, Glencoe, Blue Oyster Cult
January 20 Chicago, IL Kinetic Playground with Jo Jo Gunne, Glencoe, Blue Oyster Cult
January 21 Kansas City, MO Cowtown Ballroom with the Byrds. This set was recorded on 2 inch multi-track tape by The Record Plant mobile studio. Released in 2013 as Flash In Public. Set: Small Beginnings / Black And White / Stop That Banging / There No More / Children Of The Universe/ Dreams Of Heaven
January 22 deposition regarding Flash's name
February SINGLE RELEASE: "Watch Your Step / Lifetime"
February 1 Dunstable, UK Civic Hall with Beck Bogart and Appice
February 2 Reading, UK University with Beck Bogart and Appice
February 3 London, UK Imperial College with Beck Bogart and Appice
February 6 Hanley, UK Heavy Steam Machine with Beck Bogart and Appice
February 7 Liverpool, UK University with Beck Bogart and Appice
February 8 Loughborough, UK University Students Union with Beck Bogart and Appice
February 9 Newcastle, UK Polytechnic with Beck Bogart and Appice
February 10 Leeds, UK Leeds University with Beck Bogart and Appice
February 11 Manchester, UK Hard Rock Theatre with Beck Bogart and Appice
February 12 Swansea, UK Top Rank Ballroom with Beck Bogart and Appice
February 14 Oxford, UK Oxford Polytecnic with Beck Bogart and Appice
February 15 Bournemouth, UK Hard Rock Theatre with Beck Bogart and Appice
February 16 London, UK Sundown Theatre with Beck Bogart and Appice
February 18 Cardiff, UK Top Rank Suite with Beck Bogart and Appice
April 1-5 London, UK rehearsals
April 6 Ware, UK Ware College Students Union
April 7 Lincoln, UK Lincoln School
April 8 Hempstead, UK Pavilion
April 9 Leicester, UK Croft Club
April 13 Peterborough, UK Technical College
April 21 Hastings, UK The Pier Pavillion
April 27 Ayr, UK Caledonian possibly canceled
April 28 Glasgow, UK University with Fruupp, Spencer Davis Band, possibly canceled
May 1 London, UK Advision Studios Knights various mixes and "Lord Of The Dragon"
May 2 travel to Melbourne, Australia
May 6 Melbourne, Australia National Youth Sunday with Cherry (Canada) and top 3 Australian bands
May 8 travel to London, UK
May 11 London, UK rehearsal
May 12 London, UK recording session
May 14-17 London, UK rehearsal and recording sessions
May 18 Skegness, UK unknown venue
May 19 Luton, UK College with JSD Band
May 20-21 London, UK Advision Studios recording sessions
May 22-23 London, UK rehearsals
May 25-June 4 London, UK Advision Studios recording sessions
June 5-7 London, UK Morgan Studios recording sessions
June 8 London, UK Advision Studios recording sessions
June 9 Bromley, UK unknown venue
June 10-11 London, UK Advision Studios recording sessions
June 25 Hull, UK Hull City Hall with Wishbone Ash
July Zox and The Radar Boys performed various dates
July 27-28 London, UK Sound Management rehearsals

July 28 London, UK London Music Festival at Alexandra Palace with Nazareth, East Of Eden, Budgie, Stray Dog, Cat Iron
July 30 London, UK Unit Studios rehearsals
July 31 Tottenham, UK Royal Ballroom stage rehearsals
August 7 Philadelphia, PA rehearsals
August 8 Philadelphia, PA The Spectrum with Blue Oyster Cult, Mott The Hoople, Wishbone Ash (?)
August 9 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavillion
August 10 Ocean City, MD Convention Center with Wishbone Ash
August 11 Woodstock, NY Abbey Road
August 11 New York, NY Central Park listed in Billboard Magazine, unconfirmed
August 12 Minneapolis, MN Metropolitan Sports Center
August 13 Chicago, IL Auditorium Theatre
August 13 Boston, MA Suffolk Downs listed in Billboard Magazine
August 14 Clarkston, Michigan Pine Knob Musical Theater with Wishbone Ash
August 15 Wheaton, IL DuPage County Fairgrounds
August 16 Cleveland, OH Smilin' Dog Saloon possible Milwaukee date
August 17 Youngstown, OH State Theatre possible Des Moines or Ohio date
August 18 Fayetteville, NC J.C. Fairground with Santana
August 18 Norfolk, VA Pungo Fairgrounds date reported in Billboard
August 19? Charlotte, NC The Midnight Sun unconfirmed date
August 20-22? Atlanta,GA Richard's unconfirmed date
August 22 Flint, MI Sherwood Forrest
August 23 Hyannis, MA One God Coliseum unconfirmed date
August 24 Asbury Park, NJ Sunshine In with Joe Walsh
August 26 White Oak, PA Zodiac Club unconfirmed date
August 26 Pittsburgh, PA Elephant Club reported in Billboard
August 28 Boston, MA Boston Club unconfirmed date
August 29 Boston, MA Boston Club unconfirmed date
August 30 Philadelphia, PA Tower Theatre with T.Rex
August 31 Erie,PA Veterans Memorial Stadium with Spirit, Canned Heat, Cactus, Foghat, Poobah, Pwheet Pwhew
September 1 Albuquerque, NM Civic Auditorium with Blue Oyster Cult, El Chicano, Quicksilver Messenger Service
September 2 Pueblo, CO Coyote Ridge Festival with Malo, Quicksilver Messenger Service. Concert filmed
September 4 Minneapolis, MI unconfirmed date
September 5 Kansas City, MO unknown venue
September 6 Oklahoma City, OK unknown venue
September 7 San Antonio, TX unknown venue
September 16 Kansas City, MO Fairyland Park "Carney Rock II" with Quicksilver Messenger Service, Blue Oyster Cult, The Phlorescent Leech and Eddie, Brownsville Station, Rare Earth, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Nazareth
September 28 Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall
September 29 Kansas City Music Hall with Deodato
September 29 travel to Los Angeles, CA
October LP RELEASE: Out Of Our Hands
October 3 Salt Lake City, UT Terrace Ballroom with Deodato
October 4 San Diego, CA Civic Theatre
October 5 Reno, NV unknown venue unconfirmed date
October 6 Berkeley, CA Berkeley Community Theater with Deodato, Eugene Blackwell and the New Breed
October 7 Santa Monica, CA Civic Auditorium with Deodato. Show recorded live.

October 9 Los Angeles NBC Studios Midnight Special taping with Jerry Lee Lewis hosting. Set: "Dead Ahead" and "Psychosync"
October 11 Phoenix, AZ or Scots Bluff, NB
October 17 Lake Charles, LA Civic Center with Three Dog Night
October 19 Fargo, ND Field House North Dakota State University with Grand Funk
October 20 St. Paul, MN Civic Center with Grand Funk
October 21 Duluth, MN Civic Center with Grand Funk
October 22 Wausau, WI Next Exit with Powerhouse, The Bushman Clark Band
October 23 Wausau, WI Next Exit with Powerhouse, The Bushman Clark Band
October 24 Dayton, OH Hara Arena with Captain Beyond
October 25 Winston-Salem, NC Memorial Coliseum (possibly re-scheduled to 28th)
October 26 Miami, FL Miami Baseball Stadium with Three Dog Night
October 27 Montgomery, AL Montgomery Coliseum with Three Dog Night
October 28 Winston-Salem, NC Memorial Coliseum with Three Dog Night
October 29 Jacksonville, FL Veterans Memorial Coliseum with Three Dog Night

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October 30 Valdosta, GA unknown venue
October 31 Savannah, GA Civic Center with Three Dog Night
November 1 Richmond, VA Coliseum with Three Dog Night
November 4 Huntsville, AL unknown venue unconfirmed date
November 7 Valdosta, GA unknown venue unconfirmed date
November 8 Cleveland, OH Case-Western Reserve University with Deodato
November 9 Wausau, WI unknown venue unconfirmed date
November 10 Wausau, WI unknown venue unconfirmed date
November 11 Springfield, MO unknown venue unconfirmed date
November 12 Des Moines, IA unknown venue unconfirmed date
November 13 Des Moines, IA unknown venue unconfirmed date
November 14 Bettendorf, IA unknown venue unconfirmed date
November 15 Galina, KS unknown venue unconfirmed date
Novmeber 16 El Paso, TX El Paso Coliseum with Three Dog Night
November 17 Albuquerque, NM University of New Mexico with Three Dog Night. Flash disbands after this show, final concert.
November 18 Cedar Rapids, IA Veteran's Memorial Auditorium canceled
November 19 Ottuma, IA Ottuma Coliseum canceled
November 20 Waterloo, IA McElroy Auditorium canceled
November 22 St. Louis, MO Keil Auditorium canceled
November 24 Detroit, Michigan Masonic Temple with Wishbone Ash, canceled
November 30 Seattle, WA Paramount Theatre canceled
December 1 Portland, OR Paramount Theatre canceled

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7 Comments

  1. David Robinson

    I saw Flash in Peterborough, I do remember how great the sound was and a great atmosphere.
    Was it really in 1973…?

  2. Paul Stephenson

    Hello

    I have a photo of the gig advert Bolton 20.05.72 from a film reel at the library if anyone interested-quality so so

    Regards paul

  3. Dale Boyer

    Flash opened for Wishbone Ash in Ocean City on August 10, 1973. We were right up front and it was an amazing show. I remember this night vividly. Good times!

  4. Flash’s 14 Sep 1972 gig was at Radford College, Radford VA, with “The Divots” opening and “Blue Oyster Cult” headlining.

    Link:
    http://www.hotrails.co.uk/history/1972.htm#720914

    I know of two other gigs Flash played with BOC:

    02 Dec 1972: Teaneck NJ [BOC opened]
    22 Dec 1972: Detroit MI [Mom’s Apple Pie opened, BOC played second]

    Links:
    http://www.hotrails.co.uk/history/1972.htm#721202
    http://www.hotrails.co.uk/history/1972.htm#721222

  5. p.cialfi

    Where did Peter Banks go and what did he do when he left the band ?

  6. A good buddy and I saw them at the Springfield, Mo. concert. Venue was a ‘had been’ or was ‘soon to be’ a bowling alley on Glenstone, can’t remember which one. Sadly, very few people attended but Flash put on a good show. A local band called Aqua Fox opened. Didn’t realize till now that was 6 days before they disbanded.

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