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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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The Jam: Live at Newcastle City Hall - Exclusive Pressing

Only 1500 being pressed

The Jam live in Newcastle from October 1980, a blistering gig, with the band at their peak, previewing songs from forthcoming album ‘Sound Affects’.

In the time between The Jam’s show at Reading University (on Disc 3 of the ‘Fire & Skill’ box set) and their appearance at Newcastle City Hall 20 months later, there had been more extraordinary developments in the group’s world. ‘Setting Sons’, their fourth album, had given them a Top 3 hit with ‘The Eton Rifles’, which was followed in February 1980 with the stirring Number 1 single, ‘Going Underground’. After three years on Polydor, The Jam had finally become the biggest group in the UK.

Tracklisting:

Disc One

Side 1
1.Intro
2.Dreamtime
3.Thick As Thieves
4.Boy About Town
5.Monday
6.Going Underground
7.Pretty Green

Side 2
1.Man In The Corner Shop
2.Set The House Ablaze
3.Private Hell
4.Liza Radley
5.Dreams Of Children
6.The Modern World

Disc Two

Side 1
1.Little Boy Soldiers
2.But I’m Different Now
3.Start!
4.Scrape Away
5.Strange Town
6.When You’re Young

Side 2
1.The Eton Rifles
2.Billy Hunt
3.Down In The Tube Station At Midnight
4.To Be Someone
5.‘A’ Bomb In Wardour Street
6.David Watts

 

All the details on the 6CD “Fire and Skill” Jam box, which features six previously unreleased concert recordings

Named after the legendary sign painted on Paul Weller’s amp, Fire And Skill is a superb six disc boxed set – featuring six previously unreleased concerts, one from each year of The Jam’s major-label career.

Starting with an incendiary early gig at London’s famous 100 Club from 1977, A Music Machine show from 1978, featuring most of the 2nd album – ‘This Is The Modern World’, Reading University show in 1979 – playing material from their breakthrough album ‘All Mod Cons’, Newcastle City Hall in 1980 – previewing songs from forthcoming album ‘Sound Affects’, London’s legendary Hammersmith Palais show in 1981 – part of The Jam’s four consecutive nights, previewing material from the forthcoming final album ‘The Gift’ and one of the band’s final ever gigs at Wembley Arena in 1982.

Packaged in mini, lift-off lid box this set includes a separate hard-back book and individual gatefold wallets for the discs, as well as new essay, period photos and rare memorabilia. All audio has been remastered at Abbey Road.

‘Fire & Skill: The Jam Live’, a 6 CD deluxe box set, will be released on Universal/Polydor on 30th October 2015.

It’s 40 years since classic The Jam line-up first started touring. The band had a phenomenal impact on pop music and wider youth culture. In their short career, they influenced a generation with their music, style, politics and inspiration.With Somerset House’s current exhibition and Universal Music’s recent CD ‘About The Young Idea’ which both trace the band’s story in hits and images – Universal/Polydor now announce a live box set that follows the journey through incendiary concert recordings.

1.) Starting with an early gig at London’s famous 100 Club from 1977, the show featured took place 10 months after they first played the venue in November 1976, and was recorded for broadcast on American radio ahead of the trio’s inaugural visit to US in October 1977 for a six-date tour.

2.) A Music Machine show from 1978, featuring most of the 2nd album – ‘This Is The Modern World’. This was The Jam’s sixth live show of the year and one of four low-key shows in the capital to fanfare their new ‘News Of The World’ single under the banner ‘The London Blitz’.

3.) Reading University – Feb 1979. Playing material from their breakthrough album ‘All Mod Cons’, this was The Jam’s first live appearance of 1979, and found the band in a radically different place to their showcase at the Music Machine 12 months before. In that time, their third album, ‘All Mod Cons’, had been released to critical acclaim, and their status as one of the New Wave’s most musically substantial and exciting bands had been secured. And Paul Weller was still only 20 years old…

4.) Newcastle City Hall – October 1980, previewing songs from forthcoming album ‘Sound Affects’. In the time between the show at Reading University (on Disc 3) and this appearance at Newcastle City Hall 20 months later, there had been more extraordinary developments in the group’s world. ‘Setting Sons’, their fourth album, had given them a Top 3 hit with ‘The Eton Rifles’, which was followed in February 1980 with the stirring Number 1 single, ‘Going Underground’. After three years on Polydor, The Jam had finally become the biggest group in the UK.

5.) London’s legendary Hammersmith Palais – December 1981. Part of The Jam’s four consecutive nights, previewing material from the forthcoming final album ‘The Gift’. The shows took in the form of a ‘60s soul revue, showcasing new acts including Bananarama, Department S and TV21.

6.) One of the band’s final ever gigs at Wembley Arena – December 1982. Late in 1982 The Jam announced they were splitting up – there would, though, be a final chance for fans to experience The Jam’s astonishing live shows, with a 14-date ‘farewell’ tour announced. The centrepiece was a five-night stand at Wembley Arena, the 10,000-capacity shed next to the London football stadium (the recording here is from the second date), the biggest live venue in the capital.

* Packaged in mini, lift-off lid box with 72-page, colour hard-back book.* Individual gatefold wallets for the discs, designed as facsimiles of the original tape boxes.

* Includes new essay, period photos, rare memorabilia and set of five postcard prints.* Remastered at Abbey Road.* Featuring stunning live versions of all the band’s classic hits and favourites of which only 11 tracks previously released.