BERLINGSKE TIDENDE - ‘Elektronisk Akrobatik’ – ‘Electronic acrobatics’ – 21 May Falkoner Centret, København review by ‘lv’:
“The New Independent pop music at the Falkoner Centret’ : “The Meeting with Jimi Hendriks [sic] last evening at the sold out Falkoner Centret was the promised experience, and at the same time something of a disappointment. His trio performed dressed like a Saxon porcelain figure with a couple of Rousseau figures, and that was fun enough. It was also great to see how many different ways Hendriks [sic] was able to play his apparently despised guitar, and there was some music occasionally - but it was mostly electronic acrobatics at full speed. His rather skilled playing and screaming feedback drowned his singing completely, except in a single slow blues number, in which you could almost put him in the same class, as Lee Hooker. Hendriks [sic] is good - you know that from his records - but last night he ran amuck with his equipment. And he also performed a very old-fashioned sexual show with his guitar. Are these old rock ‘super-foulnesses’ coming back now?
The experience was more of a meeting with the new kind of people, Hendriks [sic] and his group represent - the underground people, apparently floating [hanging freely?] in the air. But maybe it was their striped clothes that reminded us of the troubadours of the middle Ages. Popular and without compromise, is what they are today, but still not free to make a fuss. [...] Harlem Kiddies [...] Beefeaters [...] Defenders.”
INFORMATION ‘Falsk etikette’ – ‘False label’ – by E. Wiedemann:
“’Psychedelic happening’ was the advertisements name for the concert, which took place last night at the Falkoner Centret. The name was quite wrong. Psychedelic means something like mind expanding. The expression is used for an LSD experience and also about the music, which brings impressions like those you receive under an LSD trip. Usually this is done when the music is accompanied by colourful kaleidoscopic lightshows - a modern form of son et lumière. We have recently experienced this in the students scenes performance.
The slides which were projected yesterday on a huge screen at the back of the stage, while the Beefeaters performed was impressive, but had no rhythmic relation to the music, and the special hallucinating effect which can be reached when the colours move all over the place and overflow the room, did not happen with this arrangement. The second part of this show was introduced with the playback of Who Are The Brain Police by the Mothers Of Invention, […] Defenders and Harlem Kiddies, showed no sense of a psychedelic happening. What a happening is should be better known. There was just no happening at the concert yesterday. Oh yes, the American guest, Jimi Hendrix’ attempt to knock over his own amplifier equipment (while a young lady [sic, probably Gerry Stickells!], partly hidden from the audience, held it up, so nothing would happen) was maybe a kind of happening, but in this case rather pathetic. The Who and the Move do this act much better. Hendrix and his two (English?) players played - with a hairy splendour, which beat even Bob Dylan - the evening’s most spellbinding music with sharp drumming and heavy rhythmic guitar play by Hendrix himself. He has so much feeling, exploiting the ultra amplified guitar in long glissandi, that it should not be necessary for him to use such old and ridiculous gimmicks, like playing with the guitar on the neck or back. Apart from a few simple rhythmic moments, before this group also became monotonously deafening, the evening was not some mind-expanding happening - neither in form nor quality.”
BT (magazine) ‘Spil med hænder og fødder’ – ‘Play with hands and feet’
“Jimi Hendrix Experience is a group full of gimmicks and noise, but it is also three good musicians. It was a very entertaining sight to see Jimi Hendrix play guitar with his hands and feet. Fortunately he plays in an ordinary way most of the time, and here he showed his very original ideas about guitar playing and his great competence. There was a wonderful snap to his playing, and he used the amplifiers’ electronic sound with immense virtuosity. In a number called “Roll Me Baby” [sic, Rock Me Baby] one could hear that he is also an eminent blues guitar player. It was a pleasure to experience half an hour of performance, where everything had this very intense character. The rest of the program was not that bad either, even though Harlem Kiddies disappointed a bit.
EKSTRA BLADET - ‘Hendrix - Stærk og bedøvende’ – ‘Hendrix - strong and stunning’ – by Nils Gudme:
“It is hard to say what is what with a Jimi Hendrix performance. The sound is mainly realized as sound and not particularly as music. I don’t even know whether it is music or a winning harmony that Hendrix seeks. If it was not that wild it would be camp [?]. This, of course, also includes his stage act. From records one knows how much blues music Jimi Hendrix Experience can play. It is as, on a different level, fascinating to watch the action the group express on a stage.
Apart from his instrumental skills, Hendrix himself is a wonder of ingenuity. I do not remember having seen an instrument been played so many different ways before, behind the neck, below the knees, with the teeth, scraped against an amplifier. All together with some wild charm, an infectious spirit, and energy that remarkably do not lead to thoughts of a clown.
The bass player Noel Redding and the drummer Mitch Mitchell too, play and look like they are both wild and mad. The drummer almost looking like Harpo Marx dressed up like a frantic rococo clown. By the way, one of the most wild and hard playing drummers I have ever heard.
The musical base is the blues; the forms are simple and not particular varied. The whole is strange and over controlled, peculiar, blurred. The groups Beefeaters, Harlem Kiddies, and Defenders introduced the show at the Falkoner Centret with changing luck and ingenuity. Defenders being the best. Jimi Hendrix Experience was of course the main attraction, and the full house awaited with real excitement. The group seemed to be decorative, fresh, strong and stunning.”
AKTUELT - ‘Hendrix er mester’ – ‘Hendrix is a Master’ by ‘hej’:
“With the most provocative performance ever seen on a Danish stage, Jimi Hendrix drew in a capacity crowd with his electrified sex, last night at the Falkoner. There was such a violent reaction, that his rape attempts on the amplifier and the guitar seemed to have worked organically on each individual present.
Hendrix plays with his teeth; he simply puts the guitar strings to his mouth and bites them. The elbows are used for rubbing the strings - and in every case it is the master who is playing. Jimi Hendrix must be seen and experienced. It is true that his music is in a special class, but it is just as much his overall performance, behaviour, and appearance, which makes him a phenomenon.”