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    1967-01-07 New Century Hall, Manchester, Lancashire, England

    Saturday, January 7th, 1967
    New Century Hall, Manchester, Lancashire, England

    with The Silvertone Set

    NO SETLIST KNOWN
    no recording has surfaced







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    Re: 1967-01-07 New Century Hall, Manchester, Lancashire, England

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    After The New Century Hall gig, Jimi, Mitch & Noel made their way to Manchester's famous Twisted Wheel club, to see The Spellbinders, unfortunately it was the night that the club was raided by the drug squad, Mitch & Noel were 'roughened up', whilst Jimi was left alone, after producing his American passport

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    Re: 1967-01-07 New Century Hall, Manchester, Lancashire, England

    Attachment 13309 Photographer Harry Goodwin was in attendance that night (lucky for us eh ? )

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    Re: 1967-01-07 New Century Hall, Manchester, Lancashire, England

    On the New Century Hall (NCH) and some eyewitness accounts:

    New Century Hall
    New Century House, Corporation Street, Manchester

    A huge dance-hall with a sprung-floor, situated on the first floor of New Century House. Quite atmospheric despite its size. Resident DJ for a time was local favourite Dave Eager, together with Pete Doyle and Peter Lee.

    You name the act, they did the NCH - including The Small Faces, Bee-Gees, Hendrix (a very early Hendrix gig - Hey Joe had just entered the charts and he was top of the bill (only just) over Wrexham-based Opportunity Knocks soul band SILVERSTONE SET (with Andy Scott, later SWEET and Ted Yeadon, later LOVE AFFAIR)).

    The venue was run by Kennedy Street, so the booking was always good - top bands on a very regular basis. Used to also hold a Monday night session with The Mockingbirds as resident band. Members included Graham Gouldman, who wrote many 60s hits for Manchester bands and formed 10cc.

    In 2004, the New Century Hall is once again the centre of the NW music scene! CLICK HERE for more info

    Images of Hendrix at NCH - 7 Jan 1967

    I remember seeing Edwin Starr at NCH when his backing band failed to turn up and he did a set with the support band which although was short it was very good.

    Also saw Jimmy Hendrix playing behind his head and throwing his guitar offstage because it wasn't right. Lots of people left because he was so loud and they didn't "get" him.

    Alan Baylis
    11/12/2012

    Yes Alan, Manchester wasn't QUITE ready for Jimi Hendrix was it? WHAT a performance - stood at the foot of the stage with our mouths open the whole night-incredible. I am even sad enough to remember what my friend and I wore! Made me a lifelong fan of JH.

    Vanessa
    25/3/13

    I was there for Hendrix and as a guitar player who thought I was pretty good he scared me to death and I left thinking that's it, I'm never going to play again. Of course I did but I will never forget that night nor the night I saw Procol Harum who were booed by one section of the crowd and ignored by the other.

    You couldn't dance to it so they were doomed before they started.

    Paul Bradshaw
    1/6/13

    http://www.manchesterbeat.com/venues...bd/nch/nch.php

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    Re: 1967-01-07 New Century Hall, Manchester, Lancashire, England

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    After The New Century Hall gig, Jimi, Mitch & Noel made their way to Manchester's famous Twisted Wheel club, to see The Spellbinders, unfortunately it was the night that the club was raided by the drug squad, Mitch & Noel were 'roughened up', whilst Jimi was left alone, after producing his American passport

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    Re: 1967-01-07 New Century Hall, Manchester, Lancashire, England

    Saturday 07 January 1967
    Manchester, New Century Hall, Corporation Street, Lancashire, England. JHE
    ‘Paris’ suit w. coloured, striped tie belt (see ‘loud’ trousers above); mauve? cotton looking; button down shirt with cufflinks; red ‘iron cross’ necklace; small, gold w. set stone, pinky ring R. hand; white strat/rosewood w. zigzag strap & worn black/rose strat w. red ‘cowboy’ strap.
    Noel was probably using Chas’ 4-string Gibson EB2 bass.
    Concert: ‘New Faces 67’ (45 minutes)
    Capacity: 1,000
    MC: Pete Doyle
    Support: The Silverstone Set [corny name, later shortened to ‘Silverstone’. Motor racing was one of the ‘in’ things, especially with pirate radio and DJ’s, and Silverstone was a famous racing car track. They had won ABC TV’s ‘Opportunity Knocks’ show several weeks in a row.] and DJ Dave Eager [later worked with Jimmy Savile]
    Photographed by Harry Goodwin [see Melody Maker (21 Jan); (04 Feb); (22 Apr)]
    Tickets: 6/-
    JHE fee – Noel: “£38”
    Songs: unknown

    Thursday 5 January 1967
    UK
    Evening News & Chronicle (page?) [advert]: NEW FACES OF ‘67
    With Hit Recorder of “Hey Joe”:
    JIMI HENDRIX
    JIMI HENDRIX
    EXPERIENCE
    And
    300,000 people voted them [ie the Siverstone Set. Ed.] a hit on TV [on ‘Opportunity Knocks’ talent show. Ed.]:
    THE SILVERSTONE SET
    THE SILVERSTONE SET

    Saturday 7 January 1967
    UK
    SHEFFIELD STAR, (page?) [Ad]:
    JAZZ AND BEAT
    EVEN LONDON OWNS UP IN 1967
    AND GIVES REVERENCE TO THE
    "SWINGING MOJO"
    KING OF THE CITY
    MOJO A GO-GO
    TOLL BAR. BURNGREAVE RD.
    PHONE 33516.
    WE STARTED THE DISC SCENE.
    HENCE WE'RE MILES AHEAD OF
    ANYWHERE ELSE.
    IMPORT USA AND TOP UK
    (LATEST FOUR TOPS & JIMMY
    RUFFINS DISCS 1 AND 2
    RESPECTIVELY THE MOJO TOP
    TEN. BOTH IMPORTED),
    ALL SESSIONS 7.30-11 P.M.
    SATURDAYS ONLY 3/-
    TUESDAYS ONLY 3/-
    FRIDAYS ONLY 3/-
    DJ'd BY THE GUY THAT EVEN
    LONDON WATCHES IN AWE. LET
    ALONE SHEFFIELD. PETE STRING
    FELLOW.
    THIS SUNDAY ONLY 5'-
    ROARING INTO 1667 WITH THE NEW
    WEIRDO TRIO
    JIMI HENDRICK'S
    EXPERIENCE
    (DISC HEY JOE. HEY JOE)
    Andy Scott (guitarist, later The Sweet) I was in a band called the Siverstone when I was 16, like a 1960’s soul band. We were very fortunate in 1967, to be the support act for Jimi Hendrix in Manchester. I say fortunate because, out of the Sliverstone band came the Elastic Band and that happened immediately after seeing Jimi Hendrix. The obvious thing to do, was to change the whole direction, because we had guys in the band that really wanted to do something different.”

    Noel: “Record is twenty five in NME, fifteen in Disc and twenty six in MM charts.”

    Paul Mlynarz [local soul group, Phoenix City Smash] “I saw many top names there including Jimi Hendrix. Many people say they were there, but after a few minutes of Hendrix most people were in the bars [alcohol free].
    I loved the place. Just walking into the main hall was a magic experience, even though it was a regular visit.

    Alan Bayliss (11/12/12): “I remember seeing Edwin Starr at NCH when his backing band failed to turn up and he did a set with the support band which although it was short it was very good.
    Also Saw Jimi Hendrix playing behind his head and throwing his guitar offstage because it wasn’t right. Lots of people left because he was soo loud and they didn’t ‘get’ him.”

    Vanessa (25/3/13): “Yes Alan, Manchester wasn't QUITE ready for Jimi Hendrix was it? WHAT a performance - stood at the foot of the stage with our mouths open the whole night-incredible. I am even sad enough to remember what my friend and I wore! Made me a lifelong fan of JH.”

    Paul Bradshaw (1/6/13): “I was there for Hendrix and as a guitar player who thought I was pretty good he scared me to death and I left thinking that's it, I'm never going to play again. Of course I did but I will never forget that night nor the night I saw Procol Harum who were booed by one section of the crowd and ignored by the other. You couldn't dance to it so they were doomed before they started.”

    David Lees: “I used to go to the New Century Hall and other clubs between about ’67 to ’69. NCH mostly frequented by under 16’s because it didn’t have a drinks licence: the original teeny bopper place. Very much a soul music venue and with it’s big floor a forerunner of the Wigan Casino dance style.
    Saw many great soul acts, but always remember Pink Floyd (it was a big name band, I’m sure it was the Floyd), completely miss booked. All the teeny boppers left the room in boredom and went to the soft drinks bar outside it. Pink Floyd did the full “Head” performance, with a big drama smashing of the kit as the finale. The venue was full, but no one was interested, so they did all this to about 20 people left in the hall. Then the soul dj started again and everyone came back in. Quite amazing, but absolutely true.

    Kevin Lane [DJ there in ‘66]: New Century was the most popular venue in Manchester in it’s time. Anybody who was anybody played there. If you were at the top of the charts you would be there.”

    Mitch: “One of the first gigs up north was at the New Century Hall in Manchester on a Saturday night. We went back to our hotel after we'd played, changed our clothes and decided to go to the clubs to see what was going on — places like the Twisted Wheel. I knew the club owners well from Blue Flames days, but none of them would let us in. ‘Sorry Mitch, can't let you in, come back in an hour's time.'
    It turned out the police were busting people for being under-age or something. After about the third club we walked over to the car and suddenly Noel and I were grabbed and slung against the railings of the police station. We got slapped around a few times and I was going, 'What the fuck's going on?'
    They were the police, but we didn't believe it at first, they were all in plain clothes. They took Hendrix's passport off him, but left him alone as he was an American, but they hung Noel on the railings. They searched the car but didn't find anything. It really shook us up though. We went back to the hotel, phoned up Mike Jeffery and managed to get through for once. Eventually two cops were thrown off the force because of it. It only got reported in one paper though, the Sheffield Sunday Examiner or whatever.
    That aside though, it was really good up north. Again we played the same circuit as I’d done with The Blue Flames, the Mojo in Sheffield, the Twisted Wheel, clubs in Darlington and South Shields and a bit later the Club a Go-Go in Newcastle. That, of course, had been The Animals' home base early on and was still owned by Mike Jeffery.”

    For photos etc. see:

    http://www.jimihendrix-lifelines.net...-94/index.html
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