JIMI HENDRIX – ” City Hall, Newcastle ” December 4th 1967

Posted: December 6, 2018 in MUSIC
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On 4th December the Tour plays 2 shows at the City Hall in Newcastle, This time as the joint headline act with The Move on a showcase tour which also featured Pink Floyd , Amen Corner, The Nice and two support bands called The Outer Limits and Eire Apparent. Once again there were two shows – a matinee and an evening performance.

Chas Chandler later told the story of the show: “Jimi had this guitar shaped like an arrow, known as a Flying V. It was one of those nights when everything was going wrong. No matter what happened, an amp was breaking down, there was crackling coming over, and at one point, half way through the act, he was getting so uptight because the world was falling down around him out on stage. He took his guitar and threw it at the amp, and this is where the good luck comes into it – the guitar went into the amp and stuck. It was just like an enormous arrow sticking out of this amplifier. The audience thought it was part of the act, the amp just went ‘rmmmmm’, and from that minute nothing else went wrong. It was just one of those little magic seconds. It just altered the balance of the act and he went on to just tear the place apart.”

December 4th, 1967: Experiencing equipment problems on the penultimate night of a package tour that includes Pink Floyd and Amen Corner, Jimi Hendrix rams his Gibson Flying V into his speaker stacks during a gig at the City Hall, Newcastle. Thinking that it’s part of the show, the audience whoops in delight.

Noel Redding: “In Newcastle we met pleasantly intelligent but coldly determined people like bouncer Dave, who beat up eight guys after they had axed his head in and before he walked to hospital. During the show one guy jumped twenty feet from the balcony to the stage only to be lobbed off by a roadie wielding a mic’ stand.“
[‘Are You Experienced’ 1990 by Noel Redding and Carol Appleby] .

Andy Fairweather Lowe (who was performing with Amen Corner), said that someone was taking cine footage of Hendrix in the dressing room. This footage has never become available.
This filming will most likely have been done using Jimi’s own 8mm cine camera which he had with him on the tour. The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s second album Axis Bold as Love was released in the UK three days before the show on 1st December.

The band stayed at the Station Hotel in Newcastle.

Brian Jones who was at the evening show on the 4th december 1967 and remembers seeing Jimi throw his Gibson Flying V into one of his 6 Marshall cabinets. He recalls …
“When Hendrix and the band came on I seem to remember there were three white strats & the flying v on the stage.
The p.a speakers consisted of 4 or 5 Vox column speakers on each side. Jimi`s guitar was way out of tune and he tried to re – tune it while he was playing, the first song i think was Foxy Lady. I think that somebody was playing a joke on him because all the guitars were out of tune.
The volume they were playing at was so, so loud, one of my friends who was with me couldn`t stand it and after two songs left and went outside. The p.a. systems of the day could not handle volume like that so there was a lot of distortion, my ears were ringing at the end.
He managed to get one of the guitars in tune and carried on. I cant remember all the songs he did but certainly did Hey Joe & Purple Haze.
I think he finished with Wild Thing.
I seem to remember that he used 2 or 3 Marshall stacks. Looking at one of the photographs I think the stacks behind Mitch Mitchell were maybe being used as a monitor for him.
In spite of the incredible volume

Possible songs are Sgt. Pepper’s, Fire, Hey Joe, The Wind Cries Mary, Purple Haze and Wild Thing all of which were played one week earlier at the Blackpool Opera House , a show that was filmed by the BBC. An alternative possible set list would include Foxy Lady, Fire, Hey Joe, The Burning of the Midnight Lamp, Spanish Castle Magic, The Wind Cries Mary and Purple Haze which were all played at the tour’s opening night at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Two witnesses on this page have said that the band opened with Foxy lady at the City Hall so that part is certain anyway. For your 15 shillings admission you were treated to a two-part show with the first half headlined by The Move & the second half by Jimi Hendrix, the running order & set times for the evening show being as follows :-

Outer Limits 8 minutes
Eire Apparent 8 minutes
Pink Floyd 17 minutes
The Move 30 minutes
Interval
The Nice 12 minutes
Amen Corner 15 minutes
Jimi Hendrix Experience 40 minutes.

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