Tuesday, January 24, 1967
London, United Kingdom
opening for The Jimi Hendrix Experience
56 years, 2 months and 2 days ago
Squire reminisced about this gig in an interview with Notes from the Edge #200, as did Peter Banks in Chris Welch's book. All of London's rock and roll royalty - the Beatles, the Stones, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck - were there. The Syn were in the unenviable position of having to play *two* sets to this impatient audience, before Hendrix's set started. (Yesgigs)
Q: The Syn had the privilege of supporting Jimi Hendrix at The Marquee on the most famous night in the history of the club, on the 24th of January, 1967. What do you remember about that night?
A: I didn't enjoy the night at all because Syn had to play two sets and we had, you know, a lot of pretty famous people in the audience and we had to come on and do one set, go off, and then come back and do another set, which was a terrible thing to do because everybody certainly didn't come to see us! Well, a few people did but not many, everybody came to see Jimi Hendrix. So I didn't find it very enjoyable at all. I think Syn played O.K. and Hendrix was very good. I had already seen him play a few times and Jimi was very nervous about the whole thing, he was asking me, you know: 'Who's out here?' (laugh). Because the audience was right after the stage, The Marquee was never a big club, so you could see the first ten rows of people. And you could probably see everybody, you know, The Beatles were there and a lot of guitarists were there...
Q: Supposedly Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Pete Townshend, Robert Fripp...
A: For me, it was strange because I was the only other guitar player playing, apart from Hendrix, but actually it didn't really bother me that much." - Peter Banks