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    1968-02-06 V.I.P. Club, Tucson, Arizona USA

    Tuesday, February 6th, 1968

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    Re: 1968-02-06 V.I.P. Club, Tucson, Arizona USA

    VIP location, problem solved:

    The ‘Monterey Recreation Center’ seems to have been failing by September 1966 when they advertised their restaurant for lease. After it closed, in January 1967, the ice rink, the main part of the building, became the VIP Club, at this time part of the building was used for auctions occasionally, before it re-opened as an ice rink/bowling centre again, reverting to it’s original name ‘Iceland’.

    The sources mentioning this date give: ‘University of Arizona’ (early news article, Fey/Gately changed the venue); an ice skating rink’ or ‘a roller rink’ and/ or ‘bowling alley’; ‘the V.I.P. Club’, as well as the ‘Monterey Skate And Bowl’ on ‘Speedway Blvd’. as the venue for this date. Hence this concert used to be a bit of a mystery:
    Almost everyone has it at the ‘V.I.P. club’/‘ice skating rink’ (the V.I.P. was the old skating rink), including NevilleChesters diary and the guy who took the only known photos. One memory has (very close) ‘a roller rink’. Against this is one guy who was ‘just a kid at the time’, who wasn’t there and didn't know who he [Jimi] was,” and its his wife remembering! He apparently remembered the ‘Monterey Recreation Center’ as just, a bowling alley’, which it did contain but which was closed and stripped of its lanes at the time.
    This all makes a nonsense of Neal Smith’s (45 years after) daft story about the concert being moved from the V.I.P. club to ‘a local bowling alley’, and his ridiculous later embroidery that it was held with the audience on the actual lanes, with the band on a hastily thrown up stage! The only local bowling alley was in the Monterey and it was never used for concerts, concerts were always held in the ice rink and had held audiences that were well over the legal capacity of the Fillmore.
    The name, ‘Monterey Skate And Bowl’, is not the actual title of the place, it is just someone’s memory of what the Monterey Center’s main attractions were, ie skating and bowling.
    From an article:
    Linn Trowbridge, with her husband, were owners & builders of the ‘Tucson Recreation Inc.’ building, which contained the ‘Iceland’ ice rink “Tucson’s first ice rink” & ‘Greenway Lanes’ bowling. In an unrelated article – she says they were both “under the same roof” at “5915 E. Speedway Boulevard”. She says it changed hands in the mid-sixties and briefly became ‘Monterey Ice Skating’ rink’ [title soon changed to ‘Monterey Ice Palace’ Ed.], before the ice rink many years later reverted to it’s former name, ie ‘Iceland’, [she doesn’t mention the bowling part, so obviously not the main focus and she doesn’t mention when it 1st changed hands (briefly), the bowling lanes being re-named ‘Desert Lanes’, the ice rink was its main attraction – the only one in Tucson. Ed.] She also misses out the interlude between the ‘Monterey’ and the new ‘Iceland’, when the building was occupied by the V.I.P. club (on the ice rink, 1 year 2 months) and, simultaneously somewhere in the building (in the disused, stripped bowling alley area?), for 10 months, by ‘AAA Auctions’.
    http://tucson.com/news/local/bonnie-...57937d153.html


    Originally I purposefully left out Neal Smith’s very late reminisence from my summing up of the evidence, as I felt (to put it politely) that his, over 40 year old, memory was muddled and he is a salesman trying to sell a book. (see my post above). Mitch does not appear to remember having met Alice Cooper before 13 February, backstage in Los Angeles? Possibly Smith mixed the dates?:

    Neal Smith [drummer with ‘The Nazz’ (briefly) & ex-Alice Cooper, 1967-1974]: It was in the spring of 1968 after Jimi, Mitch & Noel played in Tucson Arizona at the Tucson VIP Club. Actually the VIP sold out [one of the promoters in a contemporary interview complained they only sold 1,000 tickets here, which wasn’t far off 'dancing' capacity (ie "packed"), but they apparently could have sold another 500 or more had the demand been there, as compared to the previous night in Tempe when they sold 3,000 in a venue, that it was reported, could hold 5,100 Ed. and the promoter had to move the show to a bigger venue [normally when a show ‘sells out’, the promoter does not suddenly change the venue to another building, one not designed for a large audience, and a different part of the city. They usually just add another show Ed.] , a local bowling alley.” [sic, the ‘local bowling alley’ was the ‘Monterey Lanes’ (closed at the time) was at the same address under the same roof , on the same floor and adjacent to the old ice rink, ie the VIP Club, most people have it at a ‘skating’ rink’, ie the old ‘Monterey Ice Palace’ rink originally ‘Iceland’ in the old ‘Tucson Recreation Inc.’ building (that also housed the adjacent ‘Greenway Lanes’ bowling (1958-1961). There was no other bowling alley in the vicinity, they were all a good distance away. The building/business was re-named the ‘Monterey Recreation Centre’ (1961-1967) - what someone remembered as the ‘Monterey Skate & Bowl’ (this was not its actual name, though the building/business name was sometimes abbreviated to just ‘the Monterey', the ‘Skate & Bowl’ bit is just someone’s memory of what you could do there, ie you could skate and bowl. It had shut down in January when the bowling lanes had been removed by Brunswick and the boarded over ice rink became the ‘VIP Club’. One year & two months later it became the ‘Iceland’ rink again – it’s first name. The ‘Monterey Recreation Center’ seems to have been failing by September 1966 when they advertised they ‘were willing’ to lease the restaurant. AAA Auctions (which had a Mafia connection) used part of the building for auctions on Wednesday evenings for the 10 months up to when the building was taken over and the ice rink renovated.]
    After an incredible performance by the Jimi Hendrix Experience [it probably was incredible. Ed.], they invited us back to their hotel room [they were staying in Phoenix and I’m sure they had more than one room Ed.] and we partied with them till the wee hours of the morning. It was a blast, I describe the whole "Stone Free" evening of our two bands partying together, in the book that I am currently writing. [ie take it with a pinch of salt, he’s an ‘entertainer’/’raconteur’ hoping to sell a ‘sensational’ ‘rock’ bio, after three of the band including ‘Alice’ already have autobios out, and at least one major bio too even more so for his ‘story’ below. Ed.].
    http://www.getreadytorock.com/rock_stars/neal_smith.htm

    Dennis Dunaway [bass, ‘The Spiders, ‘The Nazz’, ‘Alice Cooper]: “At this point it almost seems like people would rather believe all of the enhanced stories that they've heard over so many years rather than the truth. Me, I've always liked the truth. I hate it when I go to see a movie about Beethoven and I find they changed the story for entertainment value. That annoys me. I'd rather know exactly what happened to Beethoven. (laughs) I find the boring reality to be way more interesting than the prefabrication.

    And the Glen Buxton (guitar, ‘The Earwigs’ – ‘The Spiders’ - ‘The Nazz’ - ex-Alice Cooper) web site* which covers the early days of ‘The Earwigs’/Spiders’/’Nazz’/’Alice Cooper’, amongst several cuttings, quotes a 4 February, 1967 newspaper article in the Arizona Republic from Troy Irvine’s column: “....the VIP in Tucson tonight will feature the Spyders (sic), Phoenix group, for a dollar admission at the club, 5915 E. Speedway. Yours truly will be there to compare Tucson’s teen night life with that of the Valley and find out what’s happening on Speedway these evenings.”
    “*Speedway is a major street in Tucson. The site of the former Tucson VIP appears to be a car sales lot.”
    http://www.theoriginalglenbuxton.com...-los-angelese/

    And SLIT the Tucson punk fanzine (1980-81):

    THE SPLIT SOUND SCENE
    By Lee Joseph (1980):

    I'm sure that most of you reading this little fanzine don't realize that Tucson, between 1964 and 1970, had a strong local scene. Yes, lots of suburban teenagers bands, records, dances, concerts, and locally produced 45's.
    Up 'til 1964, there were some records made by bands in Tucson such as King Rock and the Rockers, the Occasionals, (both instrumental with some surf influence) the Intruders, and others.
    The story gains momentum around late 1964.
    THE SPLITSOUND STORY
    One of the main people involved with the scene was Dan Gates.
    He worked in radio when he was in the airforce, and was involved with many radio stations in the 1950's and early '60's. He also had a hand in producing many independent recordings in California.
    In 1964, Dan started working at KTKT AM and soon became program director. During this time, he was frequently approached by young people who wanter to know how to get their songs on the radio. Back then, you had to have a record out.
    Dan had crossed paths with a man named Dan Peters who had a band with a couple of records released. The name of the band was the Intruders.
    They had a record on the Gallantry label and another on on the Moxie label.
    (Moxie had about 5 releases which included the Breakers and the Quintrells.
    The Ouintrells who were the Intruders, in turn, later became Dearly Beloved
    Both Dans incorporated a publishing company and formed the Splitsound label (which eventually had 10 releases and handled 16 acts.)
    All money made off of record sales was not pocketed, but was put back into the bands.

    STUDIOS AND RECORDING

    At the time, there weren't that many recording studios. The best known studio in Tucson was the Copper State Recording Studio on Broadway (long since defunct). (in Phoenix, there was Audio-Recorders—which still exists today). All of the Splitsound records were recorded at Audio Recorders. Back then, there was nothing over 4 tracks (although 8, 16, and 20 tracks were accomplished by dubbing from machine to machine. It was painstaking. They had to be careful not to erase the basic tracks if the overdubs weren't satisfactory). The recording and mixing was usually done in two days. They used to press 500 records (750 if it was something that they really believed in). Re-orders were made for the Dearly Beloved and the Groads.
    Not all of the local records received airplay. Dan Gates wouldn't make KTKT play his records (Splitsound) because of ethical reasons, instead, the records were brought to a weekly meeting where the KTKT jocks would vote on all of the records (both local and national) that would receive airplay, incidentally, a lot of locals did get airplay through these meetings.

    CLUBS & GIGS
    There were many local gigs. The Doll House, and the Dunes (both on Speedway) were the "hot spots." The legal age was 21. Because most of the bands were quite young, 16-19 (except the Five of Us, who were older) it was difficult to play in the bars. Bands would have to follow strict rules, such as being escorted in and out of the bar immediately before and after playing. The underage kids also weren't allowed to talk to anyone in the clubs.
    Aside from this, however, there were a lot of school gigs and teen dances.
    The V.I.P. Club (which is now the Iceland on speedway) [ie at 5915. Ed.] housed many dances.
    The club also had a good share of concerts with bands like the Turtles, Hendrix, Eric Burdon and the Animals, The Nazz, and many others.
    On many occasions, the locals opened these shows.

    Paul Brown [Trombonist]: “As young musicians he and some friends formed a band that auditioned to open for some rock star from England who was to play at a small ice skating rinkhere in Tucson. They didn't get the gig, but the promoter liked them and gave them backstage passes. The rock star from England turned out to be none other than Jimi Hendrix. The way that he played and the electric response from the crowd motivated Paul to want to be in that type of band.”
    http://www.tucsonmusiciansmuseum.org...=29&Itemid=112

    “How old am I? I saw Mitch play with Jimi in a local ice skating rink! It was a half size rink to boot!”
    http://www.bittenandbound.com/2008/1...-video-photos/

    “Husband just missed seeing him in Tucson in the early/mid sixties at some bowling alley, but he was just a kid and didn't know who he was.”
    http://www.democraticunderground.com...987564#5987587

    ‘MsMojo’: “Tucson in the Sixties had a lot of drugs to offer but not a lot in the way of music venues. I saw Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa and Steppenwolf perform in a Roller Skating Rink, for God‘s sake!”[‘MsMojo’ may have seen Frank & Steppenwolf at the ‘Sunset Rollerama’ rink, but Hendrix played the VIP Club on the old ‘Monterey Ice Palace’ rink. ‘The Monterey’ for a short while in ‘65 did have roller skating too - on the ice rink! So, easy to confuse the two after so many years]
    http://articles.waiting-forthe-sun.n...n_concert.html

    ‘Halapenyo’: “The first concert I remember was the Yard Birds that was held in an empty Carpet Giant somewhere on Speedway [ie the empty ‘Thrift City’ building – not ‘Carpet Giant’. Ed.] That must've been in 65 or 66 [1966. Ed.]. But then the Monterey Bowl started having some really great bands [the Yardbirds show was promoted by ‘The Monterey Recreation Center’ (often remembered for it’s bowling alley, as just 'a bowling alley’, it was not actually called 'Monterey Bowl' , the alley was called 'Monterey Lanes') with KTKT radio. It usually held rock shows and teen ‘rock & roll’ dances at it’s ‘Monterey Ice Palace’ ice rink – also on Speedway, not far from Thrift City. Ed.]. I remember seeingThe Animals [the original Animals also performed at the, temporarily vacant, ‘Thrift City’ building in ’66, again promoted by ‘The Monterey’ and KTKT. The New Animals played in ’68 at the VIP Club – which was the old Monterey Ice Palace. Ed.], The Turtles [apparently played the VIP. Ed.], Music Machine [I don’t know this group? Ed] and the Lovin Spoonful [they may have played there when it was the ‘Monterey Ice Palace' and/or when it was 'the VIP Club'. Ed.] there. And the strangest of all was Frank Zappa with the Mothers of Invention ... and they played at the Sunset Rollerama, of all places.” [not that odd, it was the other venue in town for large 'rock' shows which itoccasionally held from 1961 'til sometime in the '70's/'80's? Ed.]
    http://www.city-data.com/forum/tucso...0s-80s-15.html

    Pwjohn’: “I wonder if the carpet giant you mentioned was the old Big City dept store they built on east speedway [that is the one, except it was actually called ‘Thrift City’, it was across the road from the ‘Monterey’, and temporarily unoccupied for a few months. Ed.]shortly after they built Monteray plaza on wilmot & speedway [sic] [this would be the shopping centre now called ‘Monterey Village’. Ed]
    ... The store went out of business after a short time & they did hold car shows and concerts there for a while.” [it didn’t go out of business, it moved after several years to another location on Speedway, but the vacant building did - “for a short time” - host a huge three day ‘motor show’ (with boats included) as well as a couple of big rock shows, etc. before being occupied as a store again a few months later by ‘A.MA. Super Stores’. Ed.]
    http://www.city-data.com/forum/tucso...0s-80s-15.html

    Tuesday 18 July 1967
    USA (AZ)
    TUCSON DAILY CITIZEN (page 10) ‘More Than 1,500 Turn On to Happening ‘67’ Here’ [This seems to have been the biggest ‘rock’ event that had happened there judging by the comments on the crowd size? Ed.] By DAVID CARTER Of The Young Citizen Staff:
    “— Happening sweatshirts (you need 'em), buttons, posters, jewelry, movies, slides and girls!
    — Three dance bands, two from Hollywood plus one from Ohio, providing continuous music!
    — Psychedelic light and sound show — the newest form of teen-age entertainment (it came to the Minus One last October), with splashing panels of multi-colored, floor-to-ceiling abstract light!
    Such was the scene Saturday at the VIP Teen Dance Club, 5915 E. Speedway, as over 1,500 Tucsonians, from 11 and 12 year-old teen-boppers to a handful who had reached their majority, turned themselves on at Happening '67.
    The teens did their rocking through (and with the Yellow Payges [they were on the bill when Jimi jammed with Delaney & Bonnie in Los Angeles 1968. Ed], in addition to the West Coast Mazes and the Stumps. When one band pooped out, an*other came on, providing con*tinuous bedlam.
    Tucson teenagers tuned in, turned on, and every so often, dropped out, as the pulsating sound of the three bands and the wildly flashing, multi-color*ed strobe lights combined to make with the consciousness expanding.
    Some teens danced, others just stared, and still others sat around the floor talking with friends. The scene was wall-to-wall people, in what was once the ice rink of the old Monterrey Bowling Lanes [depends what your game is how you remember it, for some it’s a bowling alley for others it’s a skating rink, it was actually called ‘The Monterey Recreation Center’ Ed.]
    Throngs of teens spilled over [ie from the ice rink, because it seems to have only held about a 1,000 comfortably. Ed.] into the lounge and the old bowling alley [‘Monterey Lanes’. Ed.]. Outside, still more could be seen milling around the parking lot catching a breath of fresh air.
    Inside a dense cloud of cigaret smoke contributed to the psychedelic effect, and the temperature.
    Bodies glistened as the room became a giant pressure cooker, reverberating with sound and light.
    For $2.50 apiece, the crowd was treated to such "Happen*ings" as Irma, a "beautiful six-foot brunette (with blonde hair and wig), who paints mod art paintings with her shoulder-length hair — to music."
    Irma, who paints and dances at the same time, was (iron) clad in a dress of 2" x 4" sil*ver plates, linked together.
    Later on more girls paraded onstage for a psychedelic fash*ion show, replete with a girl in a black and white bikini and others in a variety of micro-mini dresses and paper out-fits.
    Other attractions included a psychedelic Camaro, live television (with a psychedelic image), movies of Dick Clark's house, and surfing and mind-expanding film clips.
    Sponsored locally by the VIP and radio station KTKT, the Dick Clark production was by one of three groups staging one-night performances throughout the country.”

    Sunday 11 February 1968
    USA (Phoenix, AZ)
    Arizona Republic (page 57) Young Arizona “A Place for Teenyboppers. Tucson Gets Its Very Own VIP Club in Style” By TROY IRVINE: “TUCSON—A plain neon sign and marquee went up on East Speedway in Tucson a couple of weeks ago [January 1967! A couple of weeke since he found out, in Phoenix, only because his local band, ‘the Spiders’ (later ‘The Nazz’ then ‘Alice Cooper’), played there on 4 Feb. Only two days prior to JHE, but no review for JHE – got your head up your arse mate! Ed.] to compete with thousands of other blinking, glaring bulbs that light the way for cars cruising the city's main drag.
    The sign at 5915 E. Speedway and the club it advertises has become a mecca to Tucson's teenboppers who pack the building a thousand strong on the weekends.
    IT SAYS VIP and the marquee tonight will read: "The Knickerbockers," one of many prominent [ie ‘shite’ Ed.] rock groups the club plans to at*tract [plans to? You already had the best! Ed.].
    The VIP occupies space in the back of a closed bowling alley* space that used to be an ice rink. Another sign out front still advertises: "Monterey Ice Palace."
    *[‘Monterey Lanes’, or a ‘closed ice rink’ – ‘Monterey Ice Palace’, depending on what floats your boat It was actually both, plus billiards, a cocktail bar, The ‘Repco’ cafe, ‘The Griddle’ restaurant, ‘dancing’, it also held concerts on the ice rink etc., all this under one roof, collectively called the ‘Monterey Recreation Center’, sometimes shortened to just ‘The Monterey’. It took over the concern in May 1961, when the previous owner, the very short lived, ‘Desert Lanes’ (& Iceland Rink) after it had been burgled for a quite large sum, was evicted shortly after for non-payment of rent. Previous to that it was a new-build facility by ‘Tucson Recreation Inc.’ which incorporated the ice rink – ‘Iceland’ and the ‘Greenway Lanes’ bowling. This major entertainment facility in Tucson (the only ice rink in Tucson for most of it’s 30 year history - others came and went) had it’s ups and downs and looks like it first started to get into real financial difficulty around 30 September ’66 when it advertised it ‘was willing’ to lease it’s restaurant, before finally closing in January ’67. Ed.]
    Owner Jack Curtis, who also operates the Phoenix VIP, partitioned off a dancing area from the ice rink and transformed the rafter ceilinged room into a teen stomping ground.
    When the music starts the rafters shake out their cobwebs and the warped hardwood floors take more of a beating than a West Point drill field.
    THE LOBBY of the club resembles a ski lodge complete with circular stone fireplace and burning logs. It's plush—as teen clubs go—and has ample tables and chairs to ac*commodate the lounge scroungers who sit and slip their 15-or 25-cent colas and feed lines to the other sex.
    At evening's end the lobby's red carpet looks like the underneath of a grandstand after the ballgame is over. Not that the troops are purposely messy—but how much trash can you put in a pocket?
    When Curtis opened the club he allowed KTKT radio in Tucson [THE ‘rock’ radio in Tucson. Ed.] to release 40 press passes to high school journalists good for the $1.25 or $1.50 admission. [surely at least one of them wrote something about the JHE show somewhere!? Ed.]
    Many try to beat out the Saturday night entry price by not washing off Friday night's fluorescent stamp. All are caught, however, because Friday night's stamp is circular, Saturday's rectangular.
    Two bands play continuously from 8:30 till midnight, the building accepting admissions at 8:15 from a crooked line that spills into the parking lot.
    Crash-helmeted cops stand silent but im*pressive—almost like the Queens guard—act*ing mainly as a deterrent to trouble. The club, however, is as well-supervised as a church picnic. The kids are let in for good behavior.
    IN DRESS, Tucson teens are more mod oriented than their Phoenix VIP counter*parts and don't sport as many of the typical northeast Phoenix surfer threads and hair styles.
    In dance, a sombrero full of Mexican jumping beans couldn't keep the pace of one teeny-bopper on the dancefloor. There are so many calories expended during each number that even Eileen Feather couldn't count them.
    The ice palace will never be the same.” [yes it will. It wasn’t long before it was back to being ‘Iceland’ skating and (later) bowling again. Ed.]
    [Looking at their frequent adverts, some space in the building, when the VIP was there, was used one day a week as an auction room for ‘AAA Auctions’. But then they likely only used the space where the bowling lanes once were? The VIP was not adverised often, but then Tucson being so huge at the time why would the VIP pay for adverts in the press when everyone in town knew it was the dance hall for underage (21) teens?
    The VIP Club seems to have used the skating rink from January 1967 until the skating rink was re-opened as ‘Iceland’ again, on 1st June 1968.
    The bowling lanes were only replaced and re-opened, by Brunswick, sometime after this, around November 1968. Both bowling & skating were still on the go up to September 1987 when the Iceland (in disrepair) was shut down due to safety code violations/finacial. The old ‘Tucson Recreation Inc.’/‘Monterey Recreation Center’/’Iceland’ building was eventually demolished in September 1990 and, as Buxton said, turned into a car sales lot sometime later.
    This building, on the ice rink, ‘The Monterey Ice Palace’ [ie a mini ‘Winterland), seems to have been the main venue in Tucson for major out-of-town rock groups from at least 1964 until summer of 1968, yet not one photo has been found! Only an architect’s rough sketch of the exterior for an advert Ed.]

    All evidence has the VIP Club being on the old 'Monterey Ice Palace ' rink for its entire 1 year and 2 months existence (its short life and it’s unusual location is undoubtedly the reason for the confused, ‘a bowling alley’, 40 odd years after the event, memories of some).
    There is no record of it being anywhere else. And there is no evidence of any of the six bowling alleys in Tucson (all very competitive and busy, with late evening sessions/24 hour, some had restaurants to keep the punters from going home at that time ever holding a rock concert (their rooms were filled with bowling lanes, no stage, totally unsuited for a large ‘rock’ concert audience, the only venues that held large 'rock' shows in Tucson were the 'Monterey Ice Palace' (sometimes remembered as 'a bowling alley' due to it being part of the same business, in the same building on the same floor and adjacent to the bowling alley, which was sometimes advertised separately as 'Monterey Lanes'), the 'Sunset Rollerama' and for a couple of months the temporarily vacant 'Thrift City' building across the road from the 'Monterey' building - where a couple of big rock shows were put on by 'the Monterey' with KTKT radio.

    The photos (that Lifelines turned up) show exactly what a boarded off room would look like, and it has a stage, with a curtain covering the backstage area, it even has small spotlights in the roof above the stage. ie It looks just like a club, ie nothing like the open space of a large well appointed bowling alley with a temporary stage thrown up on the area at the head of the lanes.
    ie It is the VIP Club - as Neville clearly stated in his diary.

    These were the alleys at the time, all fiercely competative and 24 hours or at least late night (as was the ‘Monterey’, up to when it closed the bowling seems to have still been competing) None ever held a ‘rock’ concert, the only live music was the occasional cabaret crooner in arestaurant they were all 100% dedicated to bowling:

    ‘Monterey Lanes’ (closed for 1 year & ~ 6 months, part of the (closed for 1 year 2 months) ‘Monterey Recreation Center’): 5915 E. Speedway Blvd.
    Non of the others are ‘local’, to the Monterey (ie in the neighbourhood of) their only function apart from bowling was eating and drinking and in one at least a laundromat – truly 24 hours, Tucson was ‘bowling mad’:
    ‘Tucson Bowl’ (formerly ‘Diamond Pin Lanes’) E. 22nd St. & S. Kolb Rd.
    ‘Copa Bowl’ N. Wilmot Rd. & 29th St.
    ‘Keglers Lanes’ 1240 N. Stone Ave
    ‘Lucky Strike’ 4015 E. Speedway Blvd. (around 1,000 properties away from ‘the Monterey’
    ‘Cactus Bowl’ 1630 S. Alvernon Way
    ‘Golden Pin Lanes’ 1010 Casa Grande Hwy.
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    Re: 1968-02-06 V.I.P. Club, Tucson, Arizona USA

    Saturday 4 February 1967
    USA (Phoenix, AZ)
    ARIZONA REPUBLIC (page 54) Swing Around The Valley “Waylon Jennings and Waylors In Big Blast Tonight” By TROY IRVINE: “....the VIP in Tucson tonight will feature the Spyders (sic) [sic, ‘The Spiders’, later ‘The Nazz’, then ‘Alice Cooper’. Ed.], Phoenix group, for a dollar admission at the club, 5915 E. Speedway. Yours truly will be there to compare Tucson’s teen night life with that of the Valley [ie Phoenix & Tempe. Ed.] and find out what’s happening on Speedway these evenings.”

    Sunday 11 February 1967
    USA (Phoenix, AZ)
    ARIZONA REPUBLIC (page 57) Young Arizona “A Place for Teenyboppers. Tucson Gets Its Very Own VIP Club in Style” By TROY IRVINE: “TUCSON—A plain neon sign and marquee went up on East Speedway in Tucson a couple of weeks ago [ie in January, shortly after the Monterey closed. Ed.] to compete with thousands of other blinking, glaring bulbs that light the way for cars cruising the city's main drag.
    The sign at 5915 E. Speedway and the club it advertises has become a mecca to Tucson's teenboppers who pack the building a thousand strong on the weekends.
    IT SAYS VIP and the marquee tonight will read: "The Knickerbockers," one of many prominent rock groups the club plans to attract. [They had already played there when it was ‘the Monterey Ice Palace’. Ed.].
    The VIP occupies space in the back of a closed bowling alley [ie ‘Monterey Lanes’ (Brunswick came and stripped out the lanes after it closed in January), - or he could have just said ‘a closed ice rink’ – ‘Monterey Ice Palace’, depending on what floats your boat. It was actually both, plus billiards, a cocktail bar, The ‘Repco’ cafe, ‘The Griddle’ restaurant and ‘dancing’, it had also held concerts on the ice rink for out of town artists from 1964 etc., all this under one roof, collectively calledthe ‘Monterey Recreation Center’, as it usually advertised itself in the press, sometimes shortened to just ‘The Monterey’. ‘Monterey’ took over the concern in May 1961, when the previous occupant (the very short lived), ‘Desert Lanes’ (& Iceland Rink), was evicted for non-payment of rent, shortly after it had been burgled for a quite large sum. Previous to that it was a new-build facility constructed by ‘Tucson Recreation Inc.’ in 1958. It included the ice rink – ‘Iceland’ , bowling - ‘Greenway Lanes’, a cafe, a snack bar – later a restaurant, and a ‘tap-room’ – later a cocktail bar. This major entertainment facility in Tucson (the only ice rink in Tucson for it’s 30 year history, it has been claimed there was one previously but I have not seen any evidence of this) had it’s ups and downs and looks like it first began to get into real financial difficulty around 30 September ’66 when it advertised it ‘was willing’ to lease it’s restaurant, before finally closing in January ’67. Ed.]—space that used to be an ice rink. Another sign out front still advertises: "Monterey Ice Palace."
    Owner Jack Curtis, who also operates the Phoenix VIP, partitioned off a dancing area from the ice rink and transformed the rafter ceilinged room into a teen stomping ground.
    When the music starts the rafters shake out their cobwebs and the warped hardwood floors [ie the temporary, removable covering for the ice rink. Ed.] take more of a beating than a West Point drill field.
    THE LOBBY of the club resembles a ski lodge complete with circular stone fireplace and burning logs. It's plush—as teen clubs go—and has ample tables and chairs to accommodate the lounge scroungers who sit and sip their 15-or 25-cent colas and feed lines to the other sex.
    At evening's end the lobby's red carpet looks like the underneath of a grandstand after the ballgame is over. Not that the troops are purposely messy—but how much trash can you put in a pocket?
    When Curtis opened the club he allowed KTKT radio in Tucson [THE ‘rock’ radio in Tucson. Ed.] to release 40 press passes to high school journalists good for the $1.25 or $1.50 admission.
    Many try to beat out the Saturday night entry price by not washing off Friday night's fluorescent stamp [also a commented upon feature of London discos/clubs in ’67. Ed.] . All are caught, however, because Friday night's stamp is circular, Saturday's rectangular.
    Two bands play continuously from 8:30 till midnight, the building accepting admissions at 8:15 from a crooked line that spills into the parking lot.
    Crash-helmeted cops stand silent but impressive—almost like the Queens guard—acting mainly as a deterrent to trouble. The club, however, is as well-supervised as a church picnic. The kids are let in for good behavior.
    IN DRESS, Tucson teens are more mod oriented than their Phoenix VIP counterparts and don't sport as many of the typical northeast Phoenix surfer threads and hair styles [ie the Tucson youth scene is more ‘hip’ Ed.)].
    In dance, a sombrero full of Mexican jumping beans couldn't keep the pace of one teeny-bopper on the dancefloor. There are so many calories expended during each number that even Eileen Feather couldn't count them [ie sounds like ‘speed’ was their thing?, but then it seems to have been a Tucson thing, a profile of a student in the local paper lists one of her pastimes as ‘fast dancing’ and there are other mentions of how fast they danced in Tucson. Ed.]
    The ice palace will never be the same.” [Yes it will. 1 year & less than 2 months later it was back to being ‘Iceland’ skating and bowling. Looking at adverts, for the last 10 months prior to Iceland taking it back, part of the building, when the VIP was there, was used on Wednesday evenings as an auction room for ‘AAA Auctions’ (which had Mafia connections). But then they likely only used the space where the bowling lanes once were? And Tucson, being a small city, why would the VIP bother paying for adverts in the press when everyone in town would know it was the dance hall for underage (21) teens?


    Tuesday 18 July 1967
    USA (AZ)
    (page 10) ‘More Than 1,500 Turn On to Happening ‘67’ Here’ [This seems to have been the biggest ‘rock’ event that ever happened there judging by the comments on the crowd size? Ed.] By DAVID CARTER Of The Young Citizen Staff:
    “— Happening sweatshirts (you need 'em), buttons, posters, jewelry, movies, slides and girls!
    — Three dance bands, two from Hollywood plus one from Ohio, providing continuous music!
    — Psychedelic light and sound show — the newest form of teen-age entertainment (it came to the Minus One last October), with splashing panels of multi-colored, floor-to-ceiling abstract light!
    Such was the scene Saturday at the VIP Teen Dance Club, 5915 E. Speedway, as over 1,500 Tucsonians, from 11 and 12 year-old teen-boppers to a handful who had reached their majority, turned themselves on at Happening '67.
    The teens did their rocking through (and with the Yellow Payges [they were on the bill when Jimi jammed with Delaney & Bonnie in Los Angeles 1968. Ed], in addition to the West Coast Mazes and the Stumps. When one band pooped out, another came on, providing con*tinuous bedlam.
    Tucson teenagers tuned in, turned on, and every so often, dropped out, as the pulsating sound of the three bands and the wildly flashing, multi-color*ed strobe lights combined to make with the consciousness expanding.
    Some teens danced, others just stared, and still others sat around the floor talking with friends. The scene was wall-to-wall people, in what was once the ice rink of the old Monterrey Bowling Lanes [depends what your game is how you remember it, for some it’s a bowling alley for others it’s a skating rink, it was actually called ‘The Monterey Recreation Center’ Ed.]
    [‘Monterey Lanes’. Ed.]. Outside, still more could be seen milling around the parking lot catching a breath of fresh air.
    Inside a dense cloud of cigaret smoke contributed to the psychedelic effect, and the temperature.
    Bodies glistened as the room became a giant pressure cooker, reverberating with sound and light.
    For $2.50 apiece, the crowd was treated to such "Happenings" as Irma, a "beautiful six-foot brunette (with blonde hair and wig), who paints mod art paintings with her shoulder-length hair — to music."
    Irma, who paints and dances at the same time, was (iron) clad in a dress of 2" x 4" silver plates, linked together.
    Later on more girls paraded onstage for a psychedelic fashion show, replete with a girl in a black and white bikini and others in a variety of micro-mini dresses and paper out-fits.
    Other attractions included a psychedelic Camaro, live television (with a psychedelic image), movies of Dick Clark's house, and surfing and mind-expanding film clips.
    Sponsored locally by the VIP and radio station KTKT, the Dick Clark production was by one of three groups staging one-night performances throughout the country.”

    Sunday 18 February 1968
    USA (Phoenix, AZ)
    (page 36) Korean Kittens In Last Week ‘It’s The Week For Girl Singers; MAVIS RIVERS LULU PORTER BACK’ Ken Harris band returns to town. BY Dick Alexander (star entertainment editor): Town Beat [...] Alan Price, former organist with the original Animals is bringing his Alan Price Set to the VIP Club on March 23rd. This is the first visit to the states for members of the band, all of whom hail from England.”

    Saturday 9 March 1968
    VIP Club, Tucson, AZ
    Eric Burdon and The New Animals played here as part of Anim’s ‘The British Are Coming’ tour, it seems they were not advertised in the press, like JHE - too big to waste money? thought to be a guaranteed sell-out? Only the Price show was advertised – in both Tucson papers and the Phoenix press too.

    Thursday 21 March 1968
    USA (Phoenix, AZ)
    ARIZONA DAILY STAR (page 24A) [B&W photo of grinning Alan Price, ‘To Play Friday’]. “Alan Price former member of the Animals musical group, will bring his Alan Price Set to Tucson Friday, to appear at the VIP Club, 5915 E. Speedway. Price, who plays the electronic organ, recently recorded an album. “The Price Is Right,” on the Parrot label”
    [Note: Price, being quite unknown in the US, the VIP felt he required an advert in Tucson?

    And the VIP Club too apparently.

    Thursday 28 March 1968
    USA (Tucson, AZ)
    ARIZONA DAILY STAR (page) ‘Skating Rink To Open May 1’: “Iceland, a facility for ice skating and hockey, will open on East Speedway May 1.
    The old Monterey Ice Rink is being refurbished and will open under the new name.
    The Tucson Desert Skating Club is working to get a program underway at Iceland which will include senior and junior figure skating and ice hockey competition.”

    Sunday 6 April 1968
    USA (Phoenix, AZ)
    ARIZONA REPUBLIC (front page) Phoenix Police Given ‘Book’ On the Mafia and Friends
    By PAUL DEAN Sixth of a Series: “Last year the Phoenix Police Department moved to put flesh on its skeleton knowledge of the Mafia in Arizona.
    Intelligence officers contacted their Tucson counterparts with a list of names and a request for all available data.
    Arizona's Rogue Row
    From massive files that, according to a 1960 departmental memorandum to Tucson Police Chief Bernard Garmire, list at least 60 "local (Tucson) subjects of interest," a five-page document was prepared.
    The sheets, now being used by Phoenix police and the office of Arizona Atty. Gen. Darrell Smith, are a detailed directory of the Mafia, its mobsters and their associates in this state.
    IT TAGS a teacher, an Industrial Commission investigator, a civilian employe at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, and flower shop, bar, and restaurant owners.
    Twenty-six persons are identified. Some are there only because they attended a wedding or have been seen drinking a beer with known Mafia suspects.
    The Arizona Republic, went through the list with Garmire. It was boiled down to 18 persons
    whose activities are always of interest to intelligence detectives.
    Here are the names, plus information gleaned since the report was authored [3 of the 18 seem of particular interest in connection with JHE visit in Feb and the VIP Club. Ed.]:
    [...]
    CHARLES JOSEPH BATTAGLIA, 51, of 1938 W. Lester, Tucson. Now serving a 10-year sentence for extortion from a Tucson bowling lanes operator,[crime in 1964. Not the Monterey Lanes - it was the Diamond Lanes but... Sentenced February ’67, lost appeal October ‘68] Battaglia is reported as having "no known legal involvement with any businesses at this time."
    "Although he had no visible means of support," the report continues, "he managed to obtain a new car every other year and has also remodeled his home extensively."
    Battaglia is listed as a "close associate" of Joe Bonanno Sr., son Bin Bonanno. and Carlo Clamari, the elder Bonanno's personal bodyguard.
    [...]
    JOSEPH CHARLES BONANNO JR. 22, of 1847 E. Elm, Tucson. The docket describes young Bonanno as a "sometime student at the University of Arizona,"[the U of A was where the JHE show was originally listed, then it mysteriously moved to the VIP Club? Ed.] former, bartender and television film extra. Bonanno, according to the report and other police sources, has been seen driving any one of three automobiles—two Chevrolet Corvette sports cars and a new Buick Riviera.
    One Corvette is registered to Phil's Receiving Co., 55 Havermeyer St., Brooklyn, N.Y. Owner of this company is Phillip Notaro, 27, cousin of Joseph Notaro Sr., identified by the report as a ranking member of Bonanno's Brooklyn "family."
    Last Saturday night, Joe Bonanno Jr., was arrested in Beverly Hills, Calif., and charged with armed robbery and car theft. The charges were dismissed this week and he was released.
    Priot to this arrest, Garmire described young Bonanno as "a wild kid about town at this time ... but there seem to be some indications he is involved (in the Mafia) one way or another."
    [...]
    MIKE LICAVOLI, 29, of 8908 Calle Pasto [Tucson. Ed.], son of Detroit gangster - millionaire Pete Licavoli, and connected with the recently closed AAA Auction, 5915 E. Speedway.
    Last month, Licavoli was dealing with attorney Soble on plans for construction of Psychedelic Circus, a teen-age dance hall near Trail Dust Town east of Tucson. Mike's brother Theodore and Los Angeles public relations man Terry Dene are involved in the promotion.

    Friday 24 May 1968 The Iceland skating rink re-opens:

    Saturday 25 May 1968
    USA (Tucson, AZ)
    ARIZONA DAILY STAR (page 2) Business Briefs “Tucson’s new ice skating rink, Iceland, was unveiled to the public for the first time last night at 4915 [sic] E. Speedway.”

    Sunday 23 June 1968
    USA (Phoenix, AZ)
    ARIZONA REPUBLIC (page 2M) Vibrations In The Valley By John Sargent: [...]
    Bob Gately, erstwhile promoter and or producer [worked with ‘The Family Dog’. Ed.] of such heavy recent Phoenix concerts as the Cream, Jimi Hendrix and the Mothers. "People have a tendency to think things just happen. It isn't that way."
    "For instance," he continues, "if someone wants to produce a rock show he has to wear a lot of different hats. He has to be a negotiator in order to get a reasonable price for the act he's buying and also a rental agent for the facility to house the concert. He also has to be a one-man advertising agency — which means being super-aware of local radio, television and newspapers. Then there's ticket counterfeiting, insurance policies and security precautions. Not to mention the worries involved with sound systems, hotel accommodations, transportation and stage managing the whole affair. And after all these details you cross your fingers to hope you've got a good show."
    BOB READILY professes to owning a large collection of talismans and good luck charms.
    "The risks in this business are high. The average rock show costs about $5,500 to put on and the returns are impossible to estimate. For example, when we brought Hendrix to the Valley [ie Tempe. Ed.] we had over 3,000 happy customers and a good show. But when we took him to Tucson the next night we had only 1,000.
    That's a difference between over 2 grand one night and 50 bucks the next." [his arithmetic is a bit out here, about 600 bucks profit would be more logical? (about $4,186.28 today – not bad for doing essentially fuck all but having spare cash to play with Plus he’s not necessarily going to declare how many tickets he actually sold – taxman).
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    Re: 1968-02-06 V.I.P. Club, Tucson, Arizona USA

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    Tuesday 6 February 1968
    Tucson, VIP Club*, 5915 E. Speedway Boulevard, AZ

    [The night before the Orangeburg S.C. massacre, after an attempt was made to desgregate the local bowling alley by ‘black’ students from S.C. State College, ‘Whites’ drove through the campus shooting randomly, luckily only one person was wounded - a campus guard.]
    JHE drove in from Phoenix (2 hours) and back again after the gig, ie two nights in Phoenix
    [Noel: “Took loads of pictures in the desert. Went to gig - did one show. 45 mins - went down a bomb!” Where did this quote come from? – is it genuine?]
    *In the old ‘Monterey Recreation Center’ on the former ‘Monterey Ice Palace’ ice rink’
    Neville Chesters: “VIP club”. The photos recently made available, for sale, show a quite large stage with gold stage curtains, ceiling mounted stage spotlights and a white sheet background for Soft Machine’s light show.
    Barry Fey: "Word was around on Jimi and I booked him for Denver, Phoenix [sic, ‘Tempe’] and Tucson in spring 1968."
    Fender amps
    Concert (45 minutes)
    Photos: The Lifelines crew have just found a set of nine on stage photos! To add to those of JHE & Roger sight seeing, on the outskirts of town
    Film: A few seconds of Noel’s 8mm, silent, colour movie en route, from their hired station wagon driven by Stickells.
    Sight seeing: The cowboy hat w’ the purple band & chain link band the green satin jacket w’ white ‘lillies’;; the ‘luck’ shirt; the ‘choker’, & the ‘turkey’ necklaces; R. L. pinky & 2nd finger rings; the black ‘charro’ trousers w. coloured scarf ‘belt’ tied in a bow & oblong chain links; 8mm movie cam.
    Concert: The cowboy hat; the black leather ‘cowboy’ waistcoat; a black shirt; the [beaded native?] & the ‘turkey’ necklaces; R. 2nd finger ring, L. ?; black trousers w’ neckerchief belt & the [oblong chains?] belt; white/rose strat w’ the ‘wavy line & dots cloth on white leather’ strap & the painted up flying V.
    Support: The Soft Machine with The Mark Boyle Sensual [‘Sense’] Laboratory light show.
    ‘Presenter’: ASU Sigma Chi men’s fraternity
    Promoter: Denver’s Family Dog with Bob Gately [a promoter, who worked with Fey]:
    Audience: This club appears to have held about the same number as Bill Graham’s ‘The Fillmore’ venue in San Francisco, about 1,250 - legally.
    Bob Gately: “...but when we took him [Hendrix] to Tucson the next night we had only 1,000 [ie ‘about’, ie it was not a ‘sell out’, but it’s just a conversation, it’s not exact. Ed.].” This is the average figure quoted for well attended dances & concerts there. (but capacity at a Gary Lewis gig in the old ice rink in ’66 was said to be ‘nearly 2,000’ and ‘over 1,500’ for a ’67 Dick Clark ‘psychedelic’ package tour in the VIP). The JHE gig was not advertised in the press and no poster has turned up.

    Songs: unknown

    Neville Chesters: “Not a bad show. Shit place.”
    [Apparently this is the only review of this concert! Neville mainly judged places ‘shit’ if they were difficult to get the gear into. Ed.]

    Photographer: “Jimi in Tucson, Feb 6, 1968 at the V.I.P. club. I took these right at the stage. Soft Machine was opening act. He played the ‘67 Psychedelic Flying V and a White Strat with a black neck as well as a lot of Fender Dual Showman. One of a kind images, I do not have the negatives for these.”

    No adverts, posters, tickets, or recordings have turned up from this gig. The only press and witness, so far, is the early notification in the Arizona Republic - with a different promoter and venue given; two very brief statements from the promoters during interviews; the photographer and some vague memories of the V.I.P. club where it ended up. Recently several excellent colour photos have appeared, but have only been made available in a poor quality ‘for sale’ advert on the internet. Hopefully the purchaser will not be selfish and will share better quality prints with the JH ‘community’.
    Neville's very brief diary entry is the only ‘review’ of the concert, so far.

    Saturday 9 March 1968
    VIP Club, Tucson, AZ
    Eric Burdon and The New Animals played here as part of Anim’s, two month, ‘The British Are Coming’ tour.

    Thursday 21 March 1968
    USA (Phoenix, AZ)
    ARIZONA DAILY STAR (page 24A) [B&W photo of grinning Alan Price, ‘To Play Friday’]. Lest we forget, also technically part of the (Feb/Mar) Anim ‘British Are Coming’ tour, though Price was extremely paranoid about flying and only travelled by ship or road.]
    “Alan Price former member of the Animals musical group, will bring his Alan Price Set to Tucson Friday, to appear at the VIP Club, 5915 E. Speedway. Price, who plays the electronic organ, recently recorded an album. “The Price Is Right,” on the Parrot label”
    [Note: Price, being quite unknown in the US, the VIP maybe felt he required an advert? Repeated in the Phoenix paper, Arizona Republic. Ed.]

    Thursday 21 March 1968
    USA (Phoenix, AZ)
    ARIZONA DAILY STAR (page 24A) [B&W photo of grinning Alan Price, ‘To Play Friday’]. Lest we forget, also technically part of the (Feb/Mar) Anim ‘British Are Coming’ tour, though Price was extremely paranoid about flying and only travelled by ship or road.]
    “Alan Price former member of the Animals musical group, will bring his Alan Price Set to Tucson Friday, to appear at the VIP Club, 5915 E. Speedway. Price, who plays the electronic organ, recently recorded an album. “The Price Is Right,” on the Parrot label”
    [Note: Price, being quite unknown in the US, the VIP felt he required an advert? Ed.]

    Sunday 23 June 1968
    USA (Phoenix, AZ)
    ARIZONA REPUBLIC (page 2M) Vibrations In The Valley By John Sargent: [...]
    Bob Gately, erstwhile promoter and or producer [worked for/with ‘The Family Dog’. Ed.] of such heavy recent Phoenix concerts as the Cream, Jimi Hendrix and the Mothers. "People have a tendency to think things just happen. It isn't that way."
    "For instance," he continues, "if someone wants to produce a rock show he has to wear a lot of different hats. He has to be a negotiator in order to get a reasonable price for the act he's buying and also a rental agent for the facility to house the concert. He also has to be a one-man advertising agency — which means being super-aware of local radio, television and newspapers. Then there's ticket counterfeiting, insurance policies and security precautions. Not to mention the worries involved with sound systems, hotel accommodations, transportation and stage managing the whole affair. And after all these details you cross your fingers to hope you've got a good show."
    BOB READILY professes to owning a large collection of talismans and good luck charms.
    "The risks in this business are high. The average rock show costs about $5,500 to put on and the returns are impossible to estimate. For example, when we brought Hendrix to the Valley [ie Tempe. Ed.] we had over 3,000 happy customers and a good show. But when we took him to Tucson the next night we had only 1,000.
    That's a difference between over 2 grand one night and 50 bucks the next."

    Wednesday 7 February 1968
    USA (Tempe)
    ARIZONA STATE PRESS (ASU) (page?) ‘Experience excites crowd’ - backstage interview (5 February) by Dave Gurzneski: “It was Monday night in the Sun Devil Gym and the Soft Machine was in front of a sold-out audience setting the stage for what was to come. The crowd gratefully applauded the sights and sounds being produced, but an occasional ‘Put on Jimi Hendrix’ left no doubt who had attracted this migration of onlookers to the gym the first night of spring classes. The growing anticipation was evident backstage at 8:15 p.m. as people scrambled in and out gathering the loose ends and checking arrangements. But among the flurry sat one man, his bellbottom covered legs stretched out from the bench as his back rested against a row of lockers. He was disconnected from the havoc and acted almost unconcerned with what was going on around him. This was Jimi Hendrix. He smiled warmly when introduced and spoke so softly that it was difficult to pick his words out of the surrounding noise.
    Jimi: ‘Oh, I’m a little worried,’
    - Hendrix confessed when asked about his easy manner.
    Jimi: ‘They’re having trouble with the amplifiers, and those out there aren’t the ones we normally use,’
    - he said -
    Jimi: ‘[Another] hang-up [that would cause my performance to be below expectations is this cold which I’ve had since the beginning of the tour.]’
    - Hendrix feared -
    Jimi: ‘And then, of course, those kids out there expect to hear the records we have cut and think we will sound exactly the same tonight. Sometimes a three minute record might stretch into ten. So much depends on the audience,’
    - he explained.
    […] It was now 8:30 and someone called out that all was ready. He panicked for a minute when he thought his hat was missing - some one had stolen the original in Copenhagen -but then finding it, he regained his quiet composure and moved through the swinging doors and up to the stage. Hendrix slipped on his guitar as though it was another piece of clothing. He touched it, made it speak and sing. He played it in a dozen different positions, including between his legs and with his teeth. There was no limit set for this man and his instrument. His two English partners in the Experience - drummer Mitch Mitchell and bass guitarist Noel Redding - waited, watched and marvelled with the crowd until Hendrix and guitar were ready for them. The climax came with a tremendous explosion of electronic wavelengths. The once quiet Hendrix was now on top in his own world, and the crowd understood and shared in part of it too. It was a good Experience.’

    Wednesday 7 February 1968
    USA (OH)
    MEDINA COUNTY GAZETTE (page 5) Looking At TV ‘Proof Is In The Pudding’ By Barbara
    Skidmore: Tonight, no one has to stay up for the late movie to sigh their hearts out over Fred Astaire.
    Instead, he'll bow in early at 9 on Channel 3 to tell audiences about "I Love Today's Sound."
    In order to prove it, he's invit*ing Simon and Garfunkel and Sergio Mendes and the Brasil '66 to star on his show.
    Of course this isn't proving anything. My father would even listen to them.
    It'll only be proved when he invites some real "today" groups like the Cream or Jimi Hendrix or James Brown and his famous Flames or the Doors, etc.

    Wednesday 7 February 1968
    USA
    VARIETY (weekly), page?. London. Alan Price Set, Jimi Hendrix Experience, and Eric Burdon's Animals [all managed by Mike & Chas. Ed.] spearheading current British pop invasion of America.
    (Page ?) [...]. The combos were The Animals, Jimi Hendrix Experience, Alan Price Set, Eire Apparent and Soft Machine. Eric Burdon, leader of The Animals, reportedly was delayed a day with customs red tape in London. The less-than coincidental influx was interesting in that the first three, who have clicked in this country, have somewhat common [...rest of text?]
    (Page?) ‘Variety Album Bestsellers’ (A National Survey of Key Outlets)
    This Last No.
    Wk Wk Wk’s
    15 14 21 JIMI HENDRIX Experience (Reprise)
    Are You Experienced (R6261)

    Wednesday 7 February 1968
    UK
    RECORD RETAILER (page ?) TOP FORTY ALBUMS:
    04 (01) Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (By Beatles) 37 Wks
    12 (10) Their Satanic Majesties Request (By Rolling Stones) 8 Wks
    13 (12) Axis: Bold As Love (By Jimi Hendrix Experience) 9 Wks
    18 (15) The Who Sell Out (By Who) 5 Wks
    19 (14) Disraeli Gears (By Cream) 13 Wks
    25 (16) Mr Fantasy (By Traffic) 7 Wks
    32 (29) Days Of Future Passed (By Moody Blues) 3 Wks
    35 (26) Sunny Afternoon (By Kinks) 11 Wks
    37 (32) Universal Soldier (By Donovan) 18 Wks

    For photos etc. see Lifelines at:
    http://www.jimihendrix-lifelines.net...-92/index.html
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    Re: 1968-02-06 V.I.P. Club, Tucson, Arizona USA

    Inside this building (‘Tucson Recreation Inc.’), on the ice rink, ‘The Monterey Ice Palace’ [ie a mini ‘Winterland), seems to have been the main venue in Tucson for major out-of-town rock groups from at least 1964 until summer of 1968, yet not one photo of the exterior has been found! Only this architect’s rough sketch for an advert Ed.]
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