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Fact #170681


Short story:

The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Soft Machine, Big Brother And The Holding Company and The Chambers Brothers play the second concert of the New York Rock Festival, Singer Bowl, Queens, New York City, USA.

Full article:

Elliott Hoffman (attorney, PPX Records) : Two of my clients were staging the show, and one of them whispered into my ear that the security force had not shown. He and his partner had closed the box office, as the concert had sold out, and they were leaving.

I had to do something, so I went downstairs to Hendrix's dressing room. Steve Weiss and Albert Grossman were there, and Steve, unlike Jimi, could be antagonistic. I told them straight out that, outside of a handful of uniformed police officers, we had no security personnel on site.

I didn't know who to blame, but I told them that we could either be responsible for a lot of people getting hurt or we could do something about the situation. I appealed directly to Hendrix, asking him not to incite the crowd in any way, as people were sure to get hurt, and requested that the house lights remain on all evening.

It was a great show. No-one noticed that there weren't any security guards; there were no fights or injuries.

June Harris (reviewer, NME) : 'Socko!' is really the only way to describe Jimi Hendrix's New York date at the Singer Bowl, for which all tickets, including standing room, were sold out way in advance, allowing Hendrix to pull out, as his cut, $32,000. Noel Redding and Dave Lutton (drummer with Eire Apparent) were particularly happy they made it to New York in one piece. Three days earlier, in Tampa, Dave was out swimming and got cramp. When he screamed for help, everyone thought he was joking except, luckily, Noel, who swam out and rescued him.

Rae Warner (Chambers Brothers) : Jimi was a changed man. At this time, he wanted everyone's attention in the whole world.

Willie Chambers (Chambers Brothers) : He'd get highly upset on the stage if people wouldn't give him their attention.

Rae Warner : So, at the Singer Bowl, he walked off. Between the first act of the evening and the last act before him - Janis - the energy of the audience was totally drained. There was no hope for him to express anything, and he left the stage. Most shows run forty-five minutes and Jimi usually did sixty, but he left early. Real early, dragging his guitar behind him.
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