NEW MUSICAL EXPRESS - ‘A BAD DECISION’ by Andy Gray:
“Despite a great performance [27 August] London W1, Saville by Jimi Hendrix, the new season of Sunday concerts at the Saville got off to a sad start due to the sudden death of Brian Epstein, who was the lessee of the theatre, and the fact that someone decided to cancel the second show, as ‘a mark of respect.’
The decision was taken during the first show. I cannot think Brian would have approved of this. He was always champion of the fans (remember how he sided with them after they damaged the theatre when the curtain was lowered in the middle of Little Richard act?) When I came out of the first house, I saw hundreds of unhappy faces due to the sudden cancellation. Many told me they had travelled far, at considerable cost, to see the show, and others complained that they could not get their ticket money refunded until later in the week, and had no money to go elsewhere. I could only imagine Brian Epstein being very angry. Jimi Hendrix, Keith West’s Tomorrow, and The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown all wanted to do the second house but the management decided differently, a bad decision in my opinion and one which will do the theatre Brain Epstein loved so much no good whatsoever.
Jimi Hendrix coaxed unearth sounds out of his guitar during his long act, including thumping the instrument to get one effect and rubbing it against the tall amplifiers to get another. He ended by playing it between his legs while sitting on the stage. He powered his way through ‘Summertime Blues’. ‘I Don‘t Live Today (with a flippant aside which he delivered so well, of ‘This is dedicated to the American Indians ‘), Muddy Waters’ Catfish Blues’, ‘Foxy Lady’, ‘Stand Next To Your Fire’, ‘Red House’, ‘Purple Haze’ and perhaps the most popular, ‘Hey Joe’.
I liked Keith West's futuristic act, in which he combines his torrid singing and the playing of his Tomorrow group, with a ballet dance, in which the drummer kills the bass guitar [player] with the bass-roan's instrument, while the sensuous fifth member of the group, a mini, mini skirted exotic dancer, weaves her luscious body around with the grace of a snake. Will groups have a girl dancer in future? Could be! Arthur Brown certainly is a powerfully vocal showman, with good organ and guitar backing. Brown's costumes and numbers were tres psychedelic.”