Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

When Jimi Rocked the City Hall; Remember When A BLAST FROM THE PAST GUITAR GENIUS GIGGED HERE IN THE LATE-1960s

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

When Jimi Rocked the City Hall; Remember When A BLAST FROM THE PAST GUITAR GENIUS GIGGED HERE IN THE LATE-1960s

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Byline: RAY MARSHALL

LEGENDARY rock star Jimi Hendrix first came to Tyneside in January, 1967 - but it was not for a performance on stage. It was for a late-night drinking session at Chas Chandler's house in Heaton, Newcastle.

The late Chas Chandler, of course, shot to fame with the rock band, The Animals. Later, in the 1990s, with his friend and fellow musician, Nigel Stanger, he helped to set up the Newcastle Arena, now known as the Metro Arena.

I have previously told the story of how Jimi Hendrix may have busked in the back streets of Heaton. Remember When reader, Keith Johnson responded by sending me exclusive pictures of the rock guitarist in action in Newcastle and South Shields back in 1967.

Keith, who has a massive picture collection of Jimi Hendrix pictures, more than 3,000 at the last count, also supplied information recorded by the Hendrix Experience bass guitarist, Noel Redding, who kept a diary of their North East dates.

Jimi and his band appeared at the New Cellar Club, South Shields, on February 1, 1967.

Another up and coming act turned up at the club just to see Jimi. Then named Gerry Dorsey and appearing at the nearby La Strada nightclub, he was soon to become famous as Engelbert Humperdink.

But it seems it was not the best night to see Jimi. According to Noel Redding, it was about the only bad gig they had done to date.

"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."

The show was apparently recorded by the drummer of The Bond, who were supporting the Hendrix Experience on the night.

Jimi was back playing on Tyneside on Friday, March 10, 1967 at the Club Agogo in Newcastle.

It was at the Club Agogo where, according to Jimmy Nail, Hendrix put his guitar through the ceiling and continued playing it while it hung there. …

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