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crazymike
08-19-08, 01:12 PM
Jimi Hendrix played six gigs in the North East of England. These were all in 1967 during the early part of his career with the Jimi Hendrix Experience. He is also rumoured to have busked around the streets of Heaton when he first came to England in late 1966 (Heaton is an area in Newcastle where Chas Chandler lived).

If anybody has any memories/stories of Hendrix in the north east I would love to hear them. Any photos or bootlegs would be outstanding ! If there is enough interest I may set up a fans website specifically about the history of Hendrix in the north east.

Thanks ,

Mike

Emilovious
08-19-08, 02:59 PM
Could you please give us the specifics, which gigs-towns are included in this area, for us who don't live nearby.

crazymike
08-19-08, 07:23 PM
Sun 15th January 1967
Kirk Levington Country Club , Yarm

Wed 1st February 1967
The Cellar Club , South Shields

Thurs 2nd February 1967
The Imperial Hotel , Darlington

Fri 10th March 1967
Club a Go Go , Newcastle

Fri 21st April 1967
(2 shows)
The City Hall , Newcastle

Mon 4th December 1967
(2 shows)
The City Hall , Newcastle

Emilovious
08-20-08, 10:19 AM
Thanks!
A photo from December's Newcastle concert:

http://img154.imageshack.us/img154/3520/19671204newcastle04mfj9.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
By emilovius (http://profile.imageshack.us/user/emilovius)

crazymike
08-20-08, 12:57 PM
Wow that's brillaint !!!! Thanks mate. Got anything else from this?

There are a couple of small pics from this concert and a photo of an autographed ticket here if you are interested ? .....

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/north-east-news/history-newcastle-north-east/remember-when/2007/10/31/when-jimi-hendrix-rocked-the-city-hall-72703-20039820/

Peace.
Mike

relliott
08-21-08, 07:33 AM
New Cellar Club Feb. 1, 1967 (photo 1)

relliott
08-21-08, 07:34 AM
New Cellar Club Feb. 1, 1967 (photo 2)

relliott
08-21-08, 07:35 AM
New Cellar Club Feb. 1, 1967 (photo 3)

relliott
08-21-08, 07:36 AM
New Cellar Club Feb. 1, 1967 (photo 4)

relliott
08-21-08, 07:36 AM
New Cellar Club Feb. 1, 1967 (photo 5)

Emilovious
08-21-08, 01:22 PM
Ray, thanks for the pics.
By the way, I've noticed different guitar strap and that Jimi wears different trousers on photos 4 & 5 then on 1,2 & 3. Is there any possibility that these two aren't from Cellar Club but different location (Bag O'Nails)?

crazymike
08-21-08, 02:46 PM
Wow RElliott those Cellar Club pictures are excellent !!!! Thankyou so much. South Shields is my home town so the Cellar Club is my local "Hendrix" venue. I've had many a pint in there.


This is what I know about the gig at the Cellar .......


Ticket price was 3/6 (equivalent of 18 pence)

Set list was ......

1.Killing Floor
2.Stone Free
3.Rock Me Baby
4.Hey Joe
5.Wild Thing

The support band was a South Shields group called "The Bond". The drummer of The Bond apparently recorded the gig but the tape does not appear to be available on the Internet anywhere. It would be great to get hold of a copy as it would be the earliest British recording of the Experience available.

The Cellar Club had a revolving stage and the motor was not working properly. Noel Redding said “Yeh, I remember the place, they couldn’t get the stage round because the motor was knackered so we had to push it!”. He also said “We arrived late and were in a bit of a rush. We were on the back of a revolving stage just getting tuned, ready to be swung round any minute when Jimi’s amp blew, so he plugged into mine and I looked around for something to borrow.”

Thanks again , great stuff !


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Olvator
08-21-08, 03:30 PM
The support band was a South Shields group called "The Bond". The drummer of The Bond apparently recorded the gig but the tape does not appear to be available on the Internet anywhere. It would be great to get hold of a copy as it would be the earliest British recording of the Experience available.

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aha....! i did not know about that yet. where is that info from? what is the name of the guy and has anyone ever tried to track down that tape? would be a wonderful find!
i am willing to invest some of my time to do that research! best, OLVE

crazymike
08-22-08, 07:16 AM
Hi Olvatore,

I heard about the tape in an article in one of our local newspapers called the Evening Chronicle. I am looking into it further. I have also heard that there was some cine film taken of Jimi backstage at the Newcastle City Hall concert. Now that would be something to see !

An unused ticket from Jimi's gig at the Cellar Club in South Shields was put on Ebay in January 2005. It sold for £343 (that's about $637 at the current exchange rate). The link does not seen to work any more but it was http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=16067&item=3863810072&rd=1

Anyway , the research is going well and I have dug out a lot more interesting stuff since I started this thread. I think I will definately be doing a website to put it all on very soon. I'm hoping to get out with my camera this weekend if it stops raining and take some photos of Chas Chandlers house and also some of Chillingham Road where Jimi used to go busking on street corners before the Experience got going. I'll post the photos on this forum if anyone is interested ? I'm not sure if the house is the same one Jimi stayed at in 1966/67 , all I know is that it was where Chas and his parents lived. Does anyone know ?

Any more information or pics that anyone can come up with would be fantastic !

Thanks again.

Mike

Olvator
08-22-08, 09:09 AM
Anyway , the research is going well and I have dug out a lot more interesting stuff since I started this thread. I think I will definately be doing a website to put it all on very soon.

Any more information or pics that anyone can come up with would be fantastic !

Mike

sounds wonderful, mike. we need people like you digging around in their direct environment for Hendrix related memorabila, great effort!
do you already know the name of the drummer for "The Bond"? tried some research on Google, but no success. please keep on trying....

here are all the pics I have from Imperial Hotel, Darlington Feb. 2nd 1967, hope some are new for you....best OLVE

Olvator
08-22-08, 09:10 AM
Darlington photo 2

Olvator
08-22-08, 09:11 AM
Darlington photo 3

Olvator
08-22-08, 09:13 AM
and the ticket from South Shields....

Olvator
08-22-08, 09:21 AM
and Darlington photo 4

crazymike
08-22-08, 01:31 PM
These are great , thanks ! I've got two of them but the others are all new to me. I have a colour version of one but the quality is not very good (see below). Not much on the Bond yet.

Cheers ,

Mike

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll9/Crazymike47/darlo.jpg

Emilovious
08-23-08, 04:48 AM
Here's another one from Darlington (I've had it labeled as being taken at another venue but I believe Olve is right):

http://img156.imageshack.us/img156/5008/19670202imperialhoteldauv8.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
By emilovius (http://profile.imageshack.us/user/emilovius)

crazymike
08-24-08, 11:33 AM
Yeah it definately matches the other Darlington photo and he's wearing the same clothes as in the Ian Wright photos taken immediately before the gig. Great , thanks !

One of Jimi's guitars was stolen at the Darlington gig. Jimi is supposed to have said "I hope the dude can play". Local legend suggests that the guitar is till somewhere in the town. I wonder.

Emilovious
08-24-08, 05:42 PM
It would also be nice to find and interview some of these people on the photo.

crazymike
08-25-08, 04:06 PM
Yes it would an maybe I can. I play in a Hendrix tribute band and we are playing at the Imperial Hotel (the same room Jimi played) on 21st September which is the 40th anniversary of All Along the Watchtower. I will put the photo onto some posters and see if anyone comes forward. There are bound to be lots of people there who were at the original gig in 1967.

This is Chas Chandler’s flat in Heaton. I took these photos this afternoon. The date on the plaque says he only lived there until 1964 but the stories about Jimi in Newcastle definitely say he stayed in Chas’s flat in Heaton. Maybe he moved to another flat. Maybe this is the one. If it is then it is just around the corner to the Chillingham Arms which would have been Chas’s local so if they were going out for a pint any time Jimi may have gone there too ! Wish I had a time machine !

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll9/Crazymike47/chas1.jpghttp://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll9/Crazymike47/chas2.jpg


I have tracked down the bass player from the Bond. He has some great stories to tell about the Cellar Club gig and got to meet Jimi and shake his hand. If you look closely at the photos in the previous postings you will see Jimi is wearing a cross around his neck. It was a red enamelled maltese cross (cheap brass back, of no particular value). He found it lying on the floor backstage after the concert and wore it on a leather thong for years afterwards. He sold it when he was hard up and regrets it now.

He is not aware of there being a tape from the gig. Maybe the story in the newspaper was false ? I will chase it up (I have the reporters email). He has lost touch with the drummer so cannot ask him. There is a website which mentions a recording from the gig and lists the songs on it (the set list I mentioned in previous post). Maybe it was recorded but by somebody else ? The link is http://www.geocities.com/SunsetStrip/Stage/9153/record67.html

crazymike
08-26-08, 02:02 PM
Update.
I did a bit more nosing around and it turns out that reports do not say “Jimi stayed in Chas’s flat in Heaton” but in “Chas’s Mother’s flat in Heaton”. Ah ha ! Chas owned a flat in London which is where he let Jimi live when he first came to England. The dates on the plaque say Chas lived in Heaton from 1938 (the year he was born) until 1964 showing that this was the Chandler’s family home where he was brought up i.e. his parent's place. When the Animals took off he moved to London (1964 presumably) but his mother may have continued to live there. So , when he brought Jimi to Newcastle to stay at his Mother's flat this would be the flat where he stayed. Yep , pretty sure this is the place.

relliott
08-27-08, 12:32 PM
Ray, thanks for the pics.
By the way, I've noticed different guitar strap and that Jimi wears different trousers on photos 4 & 5 then on 1,2 & 3. Is there any possibility that these two aren't from Cellar Club but different location (Bag O'Nails)?

You are right! Never noticed this before. Not sure where the last 2 are from then.

relliott
08-28-08, 07:24 AM
The photos above that have been posted as coming from the Imperial Ballroom in Darlington are in fact from the Feb. 11 Blue Moon gig in Cheltenham. The date and venue on one of the photos that Caesar published is incorrect. The only ones that I have seen from the Darlington date are the backstage ones that Ian Wright took.

Bob

relliott
08-28-08, 02:30 PM
Ray, thanks for the pics.
By the way, I've noticed different guitar strap and that Jimi wears different trousers on photos 4 & 5 then on 1,2 & 3. Is there any possibility that these two aren't from Cellar Club but different location (Bag O'Nails)?

With a bit of research, photos 4 & 5 that I thought were from the New Cellar Club are actually from the Nov. 25/66 Bag O' Nails gig.

crazymike
09-02-08, 07:54 AM
When Jimi played Newcastle City Hall on 4th December 1967 it was a showcase gig co-headlined with the Move and also featuring Pink Floyd and Amen Corner. It was claimed by Andy Fairweather Lowe (who was in Amen Corner) that someone was taking cine footage of Hendrix in the dressing room. Has anyone seen that footage or does anyone have a copy ?

This is a concert program for the tour .....

http://991.com/newGallery/Pink-Floyd-Royal-Albert-Hall-350107.jpghttp://eil.com/Gallery/350107b.jpg

Cellar Club Gig 1st Feb 1967 - The drummer from the Bond was called Robin Thompson. I have not been able to track him down.

Anyone got any more photos or information about Jimi in Newcastle , South Shields , Darlington or Kirk Levington ?

Thanks

Emilovious
09-03-08, 12:22 AM
The photos above that have been posted as coming from the Imperial Ballroom in Darlington are in fact from the Feb. 11 Blue Moon gig in Cheltenham. The date and venue on one of the photos that Caesar published is incorrect. The only ones that I have seen from the Darlington date are the backstage ones that Ian Wright took.

Bob


Thank you Bob.

Yes, that's how I've had them labeled.

Please, could we do it all one more time and clear thinks out.

Backstage photos with Jimi sitting in the chair are from Darlington.

Photos 4 & 5 labeled as being from Cellar Club are in fact from Bag O'Nails, November 66.

Those two with Jimi playing with his teeth, one posted by me and the other one by Olve (Darlington 2) from the same venue are in fact from February 11th '67, Blue Moon Club in Cheltenham.

Right?

Emilovious
09-03-08, 12:40 AM
I will put the photo onto some posters and see if anyone comes forward. There are bound to be lots of people there who were at the original gig in 1967.


That's for sure.
Too bad that those two live pics with Jimi playing with his teeth
are not from Darlington.

relliott
09-03-08, 07:27 AM
Please, could we do it all one more time and clear thinks out.

Backstage photos with Jimi sitting in the chair are from Darlington.

Photos 4 & 5 labeled as being from Cellar Club are in fact from Bag O'Nails, November 66.

Those two with Jimi playing with his teeth, one posted by me and the other one by Olve (Darlington 2) from the same venue are in fact from February 11th '67, Blue Moon Club in Cheltenham.

Right?

You are correct.

crazymike
09-14-08, 08:50 AM
The new website is now on line with detailed accounts of all Jimi's shows in North East England along with photographs , memorabilia and memories of people who were there. There are still some blanks to fill in and some "under construction" areas but these will be filled up soon. The site will be updated regularly as more information is researched.

Thanks to everyone on Crosstown Torrents forum who has helped me with photos and if anyone else has anything I can use please send them on to me.

The website is http://www.hendrixnortheast.co.uk

Thanks again ,

Mike

Olvator
09-14-08, 09:37 AM
great site, thanks for your work! i think about doing some site about Jimi in Germany as well....maybe that way we will find more eyewitnesses, more pics, more tape AND more super8 mm....:-) cheers, OLVE

cosmic
09-14-08, 02:38 PM
Yeah, cool site! The Jimi squad on march and I love it! So much to do and too little time, for me anyway, I wish I was thirty years younger... keep goin' guys, Jimi lives forever!

bbagm
02-22-09, 09:51 PM
Jimi Hendrix played six gigs in the North East of England. These were all in 1967 during the early part of his career with the Jimi Hendrix Experience. He is also rumoured to have busked around the streets of Heaton when he first came to England in late 1966 (Heaton is an area in Newcastle where Chas Chandler lived).


I hate to be negative with my first post, but here goes, sorry!

There's no doubt Hendrix and The Experience were in the North East on numerous occasions in 1967, but it's highly unlikely that Jimi stayed (or busked) there at any point during 1966.

When it comes to what Chas and Jimi got up to in 1966, those early days are very well documented. It was work, work, work - in London and Europe. Beginning quite literally just a couple of days after Hendrix first set foot in the UK.

Don't forget, with Chas we're talking about a guy who was selling his own personal possessions to get Hendrix's career off the ground - that's how seriously he was taking it. And at that point Jimi's leisure time activities went no further afield than after-hours jams at clubs like the Speakeasy or the Scotch of St. James, a 10 minute walk or taxi ride from his flat. For Chas the entire focus in 1966 was on getting the band formed, getting the band gigging, getting the band recording.

With that in mind, do you really think there is any serious likelyhood that Chas would have turned to Jimi at any point during that crucial formative period of 1966 and said "Wye aye man! Let's pop up to me Mam's for a short break and thee can do some buskin' like!"?

It's just so unlikely. Read any good account about Jimi's career, and what sticks out about that early period in the UK was how Chas made sure it was a full-time job, no time for slacking off, holidays or goofing around.

The whole Newcastle busking thing smells like an urban legend to me.

RobbieRadio
02-23-09, 12:33 PM
Relliot: Thanks for the New Cellar Club Photos!

RobbieRadio
02-23-09, 12:57 PM
The new website is now on line with detailed accounts of all Jimi's shows in North East England along with photographs , memorabilia and memories of people who were there. There are still some blanks to fill in and some "under construction" areas but these will be filled up soon. The site will be updated regularly as more information is researched.

Thanks to everyone on Crosstown Torrents forum who has helped me with photos and if anyone else has anything I can use please send them on to me.

The website is http://www.hendrixnortheast.co.uk

Thanks again ,

Mike

:thayou219bl:

scouse303
03-02-09, 07:30 AM
I think I remember an article in Guitar magazine ( or something similiar) about a guy who picked up a lot of Hendrix equipment in the junk shops of Newcastle- including Hendrix's hand painted Flying V !!!!!

Or am I just going mad ?:bananasmile:

stplsd
03-02-09, 10:17 AM
South Shields, New Cellar Club, <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:p

Concert by JHE from 24:00 until <st1:time Hour="1" Minute="0">01:00</st1:time> (60 minutes)<O:p
Songs: Stone Free, Rock Me Baby [BB King], Hey Joe [Billy Roberts], Wild Thing [Chip Taylor] and othersunknown<O:p
Support: The Bond
<O:pAudience: ~ 500
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Photographed by Peter Johnson (or Johnston) of Feitscher Fotos<O:p

Noel: “We were running late on 1 February and jumped on the revolving stage just as it began to swing round. Jimi’s amp instantly blew up. He plugged into mine and I grabbed the other group’s tiny amp – about a five-watter. The bass was buzzing like mad (and I expect the amp owner was praying like mad) as Gerry rushed up and plugged me into the PA which obliterated the vocals except for a whisper in the backing breaks. As we finished the stage began to revolve away. The audience just reached out and grabbed us. I clung to Jimi and he held fast to Mitch and we just escaped getting crushed against the wall as we spun.”
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Beat Instrumental [April] ‘One Nighter’ by [unknown]:
Noel: “About the only bad gig we’ve had so far was at South Shields. We arrived a little late and we were in a bit of a rush. We were on the back of a revolving stage just getting tuned, ready to be swung round any minute. We had got these new 200 Watt units, and just as we were tuning Jimi’s amp blew up. He quickly plugged into mine and I looked around for something to borrow. In the end I had to make do with a tiny amp which the other group had been using which must have been all of five Watts. As we swung around we opened up and the sound was terrible. My bass was buzzing like mad. Gerry came up, gave me the PA amp and put the vocals through this tiny thing. Of course from then on we couldn’t hear a word except in the breaks where we were singing and not playing, even then we heard just a tiny whisper. As if that wasn’t enough, and the end of the spot we were taken back round on the revolving stage and as we went the audience grabbed us. I was hanging on to Jimi and he was hanging on to Mitch and we very nearly got crushed against the wall as we went round.”
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Kathy: “On one occasion Chas did come with us, when we were playing near his home town of <st1:City><ST1:pNewcastle</st1:City>. ‘To save money,’ he said, ‘We’ll skip the hotel and stay with my mum and dad.’ He took us to a tiny, back-to-back tenement house which didn’t even have running water. ‘You guys can’t sleep together here Kathy,’ he warned me. ‘You and Lotta will have to share and I’ll go in with Jimi.’ I think Lotta must have imagined I was going to rape her because she climbed into bed with all her clothes on, although, of course it might just have been because of the cold. Chas made us sternly vow never to tell anyone that he had slept with Jimi Hendrix. ‘Of course not,’ we promised.” [from ‘Through Gypsy Eyes’]
Chas: “Jimi and I were staying at my mother’s house in <st1:City>Newcastle</st1:City>, as the band had been booked to play at the New Cellar Club in South Shields. As we were sitting there talking, I decided to walk down to the phone, because my mother had not put one in yet, to ring <st1:City>London</st1:City> and see how things were going. ‘Hey Joe’ had leapt to number seven in the charts, and I knew we were really on our way.”
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<st1:City><ST1:pLawrence</ST1:p</st1:City> Vasey: “I gathered the following information on Jimi’ s visit to South Shields. I spoke to eight people, seven of whom I had worked with for up to nine years and I believe their information to be reliable:
The New Cellar Club in South Shields featured bands such as Cream, The Nice, Roger Chapman (from Family), and Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band. It’s now closed down.
The JHE went by train to <st1:City><ST1:pNewcastle</st1:City>. There they took another train to <ST1:pSouth Shields. Jimi looked unwashed and his fingernails were dirty. The Experience arrived at the train station at the end of the working day and phoned the New Cellar Club for assistance to move the gear - the club was about one kilometre from the station. A young hairdresser called John Gaston remembers the club receiving the call and recalls how the staff frantically phoned around trying to hire a van at such a late time of day. They managed to acquire a huge truck and Gaston thought the gear looked ridiculously small in the back of it. He helped carry the gear up two flights of stairs. Later after the sound-check Gaston sat down with Jimi for a drink as the club filled up. Jimi drank a half-pint of lager, or something weak, as they sat and chatted. The thing that stayed in Gaston’s mind about the conversation is that Jimi kept stopping to check out the girls who came into the club, each time saying, ’Look at the tits on her’ - he showed great interest in the well-endowed girls. According to Gaston Jimi wore a military jacket during [part of ?] the show, although none can be seen in the photographs.
Someone took a photo of Gerry Dorsey and Jimi together before the concert but that that couldn’t be located.
Jimi changed guitars several times during the gig and wasn’t too gentle when handling them according to somebody who was in the audience.
At one point Jimi chipped a hole in the ceiling as he raised his guitar above his head. The Experience played “Killing Floor”, “Stone Free”, Rock Me, Baby”, Hey Joe” and ended with “Wild Thing”. They played a few other songs but no one could recall the titles.
I asked Frank Hearn [bouncer at the time] and Dorothy [ticket lady], who both had worked there from the day the club opened, about the JHE night and about the wooden table that all the up and coming stars carved their names on. Frank and Dorothy remembered the night well, saying that despite the amp problems Jimi was tremendously loud. They thought Jimi came across well and that his playing was amazing. Jimi did carve him name on the table but it was sold many years ago.
The support band was called The Bond and consisted of Jim Fraser on bass, Les Goffton on guitar and Ian Thompson on drums (although the two members of The Bond that I knew weren’t sure about Thompson’s first name). Engelbert Humperdinck, then known as Gerry Dorsey, was in town playing at a club called La Strada. After Humperdinck finished his gig he came to see Jimi at the New Cellar Club since the Experience did not go on until <st1:time Hour="0" Minute="0">midnight</st1:time>.
The club had a stage that was designed to rotate by an electric motor but it had never worked since the club was opened a week earlier by Cream. So the staff of the club and The Bond had to push the stage manually to move the Experience around to face the audience! Jimi found himself in front of a capacity crowd and as he hit the first notes, his amp blew. Jimi plugged into Noel Redding’s amp and Noel plugged into Jim Fraser’s amp.
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Some of this is from Univibes I think
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stplsd
03-02-09, 12:36 PM
I hate to be negative with my first post, but here goes, sorry!

The whole Newcastle busking thing smells like an urban legend to me.

I agree. From when Jimi arrived in September until the end of 66 (apart from 7 days - 4 shows - in Northern France & Paris in Oct, and 5 days in Munich, West Germany - 8 shows in 4 nights - in Nov) the only time Jimi set foot outside the London area, was when JHE played Southhampton town hall on 22 Dec. 80 miles SE on the coast & Folkestone on 31 Dec in Noel’s local social club (Kathy also came down) 70 miles SW on the coast, (35 minutes to Callais, France on the ferry).

In January 1967 JHE probably only left the London area 4 times:

On 7 Jan 67 they (JHE & Gerry) ventured ouside the London area again, North this time ~ 190 miles N. to Manchester, presumably staying overnight (I don’t know, possibly went back to London - highly unlikely) and then played Sheffield (only ~ 26 miles E of Manchester) the next night, before heading back to London same night.

<?XML:NAMESPACE PREFIX = O /><O:p< p O:p<>Then on the 14th they (JHE, Gerry & Kathy. Did Chas accompany them too?) left the London area again, to play Nottingham 126 miles N., with Jamaican reggae star Jimmy Cliff backed by a "white" group (the Shakedown Sound), not so unusual to have a mixed "colour" group in those days really.
<O:p< p O:p<>Kathy: “’Once we arrived in a new town we would have to find ourselves a hotel, as it would not be pre-booked or arranged on our behalf. In <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:place>Nottingham</st1:place> we ended up in a dowdy old inn <ST1:pNottingham< <i>called The Blackboy Hotel[famous landmark, now sadly demolished], which Jimi couldn’t believe.
“I ain’t staying no place called The Blackboy,” he protested, but there was no choice. He didn’t really care. He thought it was quite amusing. “Where do you English get these names from? You couldn’t call a hotel The Blackboy in The States.”
[‘Through Gypsy Eyes’ by Kathy Etchingham]
<O:p< p O:p<>The next day 15th at 12:30 they (JHE, Gerry & Kathy, Chas?) headed N. to play Kirk Levington Country Club (was Chas there?), after which they drove 40 miles N. to Newcastle to spend the night at Chas’ mother's, where according to Univibes they “stayed up all night drinking.” The next day 16th they drove/train? the 300 miles back to London again as they had a gig that night.</O:p<>
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Then on the 22nd they (JHE & Gerry) left London again to play Oldham near Manchester 190 miles N. (did they spend the night? Unlikely - no gig nearby the next day)

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scouse303
03-02-09, 04:52 PM
http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/north-east-news/todays-evening-chronicle/tm_headline=hendrix-artwork-found&method=full&objectid=18724004&siteid=50081-name_page.html


Art work by Hendrix discovered in the North East- see above link.

The guitar Tappy talks of seems to have been sold to Carmine Appice and then sold on by this company

http://www.rockstarsguitars.com/product.php?c=1&cat=53&scat=168&page=1

s303

Still can't find the details of the guy who found the Flying V in a Newcastle junk shop - although the same site (rockstarguitars) have sold it on as well as the "Tappy Strat"

lesgofton
09-23-09, 04:51 PM
Very interesting. Some of this is true, a lot of it is made up. I played at the Cellar gig with the support band. My memory is that The experience used the house PA which was terrible, since one of their marshall's had gone. Our Drummer was called Robin Thompson. He didn't record the gig, although we did record the Cream three months earlier at the opening night of the new cellar. Hendrix was great. Those pictures are from the Shields Gazette archives, although not the last two. The first one looks funny too. Hendrix was a fantastic performer. Standouts from the set for me were Mercy Mercy, Wild Thing, Foxy Lady, Hey Joe. I think he did Like a Rolling Stone too, but that may be wishful thinking.
Great site.
Good luck with the research
Dr Les Gofton

stplsd
10-27-09, 09:11 PM
http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/north-east-news/todays-evening-chronicle/tm_headline=hendrix-artwork-found&method=full&objectid=18724004&siteid=50081-name_page.html


Art work by Hendrix discovered in the North East- see above link.

The guitar Tappy talks of seems to have been sold to Carmine Appice and then sold on by this company

http://www.rockstarsguitars.com/product.php?c=1&cat=53&scat=168&page=1

s303

Still can't find the details of the guy who found the Flying V in a Newcastle junk shop - although the same site (rockstarguitars) have sold it on as well as the "Tappy Strat"

I wouldn't buy a used car off this man, everything about him stinks - guitars, "paintings", videos, 'memories' it's sooo obvious come on!

crazymike
12-17-09, 07:48 AM
Hi everyone , I haven't been on here for a while so I just want to say thanks to all the great stuff you are posting. I will update the website with some of it over the next week or so. I have dug up quite a lot of stuff and have more Cellar Club photos on the site and also these three photos from the Newcastle City Hall gig in December 1967 which have never before been released into the Hendrix community (I know because I got them off the guy who took them) .......

http://www.hendrixnortheast.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/hendrix/cityhalldec_files/cityhall1small.jpg

http://www.hendrixnortheast.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/hendrix/cityhalldec_files/cityhall2small.jpg

http://www.hendrixnortheast.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/hendrix/cityhalldec_files/cityhall3small.jpg

Ignore the "Click to Enlarge" lables and download the full size versions from my site here http://www.hendrixnortheast.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/hendrix/cityhalldecphotos1.htm

Cheers,

Mike
www.hendrixnortheast.co.uk (http://www.hendrixnortheast.co.uk)

:thayou219bl:

crazymike
12-17-09, 07:57 AM
http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/north-east-news/todays-evening-chronicle/tm_headline=hendrix-artwork-found&method=full&objectid=18724004&siteid=50081-name_page.html


Art work by Hendrix discovered in the North East- see above link.

The guitar Tappy talks of seems to have been sold to Carmine Appice and then sold on by this company

http://www.rockstarsguitars.com/product.php?c=1&cat=53&scat=168&page=1

s303

Still can't find the details of the guy who found the Flying V in a Newcastle junk shop - although the same site (rockstarguitars) have sold it on as well as the "Tappy Strat"

Yeah the 67 Flying V was found in a guitar shop by Dave Brewis along with a couple of Jimis pedals. It had been repainted a dark maroon/brown colour (I saw it on display at the Newcastle guitar show a few years ago) but he has since had it carefully restored to match it's original Jimi artwork and I just heard last week that he has sold it. Not sure who has it now. Dave also had the Martin D-45 acoustic that Jimi used on the Hear My Train A Coming video and various other things (man would I like to go for a jam at his house!). He is one of the co-owners of the Rockstars Guitars company you mentioned (see the "about page" on their site http://www.rockstarsguitars.com/aboutus.php) and he plays in a local band here in North East England called "Wild Men of Borneo". Dave is an accomplished guitarist who was one of "The Kane Gang" who had some hits in the 1980s.

Olvator
12-17-09, 08:48 AM
thank you mike! you deserve respect for going out and doing what you do! great photo discovery....

TwoAlpha
12-17-09, 10:22 AM
Yes, had to go back to the first post and give thanks! It's hugely important to be gathering this info now while some of the people who were actually there are still alive.

stplsd
12-17-09, 06:05 PM
Many thanks crazymike, great effort.

purple jim
12-18-09, 04:48 AM
+1

crazymike
12-18-09, 01:11 PM
South Shields, New Cellar Club,

Concert by JHE from 24:00 until <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 /><st1:time minute="0" hour="1">01:00</st1:time> (60 minutes)<O>:p</O>
Songs: Stone Free, Rock Me Baby [BB King], Hey Joe [Billy Roberts], Wild Thing [Chip Taylor] and othersunknown<O>:p</O>
Support: The Bond
<O>:p</O>Audience: ~ 500
<O>:p</O>JHE fee: £80 - £100<O>:p</O>
Photographed by Peter Johnson (or Johnston) of Feitscher Fotos<O>:p</O>

Noel: “We were running late on 1 February and jumped on the revolving stage just as it began to swing round. Jimi’s amp instantly blew up. He plugged into mine and I grabbed the other group’s tiny amp – about a five-watter. The bass was buzzing like mad (and I expect the amp owner was praying like mad) as Gerry rushed up and plugged me into the PA which obliterated the vocals except for a whisper in the backing breaks. As we finished the stage began to revolve away. The audience just reached out and grabbed us. I clung to Jimi and he held fast to Mitch and we just escaped getting crushed against the wall as we spun.”
<O>:p</O>:p
Beat Instrumental [April] ‘One Nighter’ by [unknown]:
Noel: “About the only bad gig we’ve had so far was at South Shields. We arrived a little late and we were in a bit of a rush. We were on the back of a revolving stage just getting tuned, ready to be swung round any minute. We had got these new 200 Watt units, and just as we were tuning Jimi’s amp blew up. He quickly plugged into mine and I looked around for something to borrow. In the end I had to make do with a tiny amp which the other group had been using which must have been all of five Watts. As we swung around we opened up and the sound was terrible. My bass was buzzing like mad. Gerry came up, gave me the PA amp and put the vocals through this tiny thing. Of course from then on we couldn’t hear a word except in the breaks where we were singing and not playing, even then we heard just a tiny whisper. As if that wasn’t enough, and the end of the spot we were taken back round on the revolving stage and as we went the audience grabbed us. I was hanging on to Jimi and he was hanging on to Mitch and we very nearly got crushed against the wall as we went round.”
<O>:p</O>:p
Kathy: “On one occasion Chas did come with us, when we were playing near his home town of <st1:city><ST1>:pNewcastle</ST1>. ‘To save money,’ he said, ‘We’ll skip the hotel and stay with my mum and dad.’ He took us to a tiny, back-to-back tenement house which didn’t even have running water. ‘You guys can’t sleep together here Kathy,’ he warned me. ‘You and Lotta will have to share and I’ll go in with Jimi.’ I think Lotta must have imagined I was going to rape her because she climbed into bed with all her clothes on, although, of course it might just have been because of the cold. Chas made us sternly vow never to tell anyone that he had slept with Jimi Hendrix. ‘Of course not,’ we promised.” [from ‘Through Gypsy Eyes’]</st1:city>
Chas: “Jimi and I were staying at my mother’s house in <st1:city>Newcastle</st1:city>, as the band had been booked to play at the New Cellar Club in South Shields. As we were sitting there talking, I decided to walk down to the phone, because my mother had not put one in yet, to ring <st1:city>London</st1:city> and see how things were going. ‘Hey Joe’ had leapt to number seven in the charts, and I knew we were really on our way.”
<O>:p</O>:p
<st1:city><ST1>:pLawrence</ST1>:p</st1:city> Vasey: “I gathered the following information on Jimi’ s visit to South Shields. I spoke to eight people, seven of whom I had worked with for up to nine years and I believe their information to be reliable:
The New Cellar Club in South Shields featured bands such as Cream, The Nice, Roger Chapman (from Family), and Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band. It’s now closed down.
The JHE went by train to <st1:city><ST1>:pNewcastle</ST1>. There they took another train to <ST1>:pSouth Shields. Jimi looked unwashed and his fingernails were dirty. The Experience arrived at the train station at the end of the working day and phoned the New Cellar Club for assistance to move the gear - the club was about one kilometre from the station. A young hairdresser called John Gaston remembers the club receiving the call and recalls how the staff frantically phoned around trying to hire a van at such a late time of day. They managed to acquire a huge truck and Gaston thought the gear looked ridiculously small in the back of it. He helped carry the gear up two flights of stairs. Later after the sound-check Gaston sat down with Jimi for a drink as the club filled up. Jimi drank a half-pint of lager, or something weak, as they sat and chatted. The thing that stayed in Gaston’s mind about the conversation is that Jimi kept stopping to check out the girls who came into the club, each time saying, ’Look at the tits on her’ - he showed great interest in the well-endowed girls. According to Gaston Jimi wore a military jacket during [part of ?] the show, although none can be seen in the photographs. </ST1></st1:city>
Someone took a photo of Gerry Dorsey and Jimi together before the concert but that that couldn’t be located.
Jimi changed guitars several times during the gig and wasn’t too gentle when handling them according to somebody who was in the audience.
At one point Jimi chipped a hole in the ceiling as he raised his guitar above his head. The Experience played “Killing Floor”, “Stone Free”, Rock Me, Baby”, Hey Joe” and ended with “Wild Thing”. They played a few other songs but no one could recall the titles.
I asked Frank Hearn [bouncer at the time] and Dorothy [ticket lady], who both had worked there from the day the club opened, about the JHE night and about the wooden table that all the up and coming stars carved their names on. Frank and Dorothy remembered the night well, saying that despite the amp problems Jimi was tremendously loud. They thought Jimi came across well and that his playing was amazing. Jimi did carve him name on the table but it was sold many years ago.
The support band was called The Bond and consisted of Jim Fraser on bass, Les Goffton on guitar and Ian Thompson on drums (although the two members of The Bond that I knew weren’t sure about Thompson’s first name). Engelbert Humperdinck, then known as Gerry Dorsey, was in town playing at a club called La Strada. After Humperdinck finished his gig he came to see Jimi at the New Cellar Club since the Experience did not go on until <st1:time minute="0" hour="0">midnight</st1:time>.
The club had a stage that was designed to rotate by an electric motor but it had never worked since the club was opened a week earlier by Cream. So the staff of the club and The Bond had to push the stage manually to move the Experience around to face the audience! Jimi found himself in front of a capacity crowd and as he hit the first notes, his amp blew. Jimi plugged into Noel Redding’s amp and Noel plugged into Jim Fraser’s amp.
<O>:p</O>:p
Some of this is from Univibes I think
:p


Hey thanks for this , I have uploaded some onto the site. Great stuff! Just one question ... who is Lawrence Vasey ?

stplsd
12-20-09, 09:54 PM
Hey thanks for this , I have uploaded some onto the site. Great stuff! Just one question ... who is Lawrence Vasey ?

It's just previously published stuff (not by me) You'd need to ask Caesar - I think?

PS
You can get rid of the smilies in your text by pressing edit then checking the "disable smilies" box below.

crazymike
10-21-13, 02:55 PM
Hi folks, I'm back :) It's been a while since I was on here but just letting you know my website has loads more stories from people who were there and a few new photos like this one of a Cellar Club ticket much better quality than the other one that is doing the rounds..... http://www.hendrixnortheast.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/hendrix/cellarclub_files/cellarticket.jpg There are some colour photos from the City Hall Newcastle show too which were new photos I got from a friend of the person who took them but you may have seen them already as they have been "borrowed" from my site and turned up on other peoples websites since then. I don't mind people doing that, I think all materials should be available to everybody. Anyway, hope all is well with you out there in Hendrix land and if anyone has anything new for me regarding Jimi in the north east of England then I'm still here. My domain name isn't working at the moment but you can follow this link to get onto my site http://www.hendrixnortheast.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/hendrix/