En plus Soft Machine et The Moving Sidewalks (le groupe de Billy Gibbons), The Chessmen ouvraient pour le Jimi Hendrix Experience. Jimmie Vaughan et Doyle Bramhall étaient alors tous deux membres de ce groupe.
Leurs témoignages :Q: What was it like opening for the Jimi Hendrix Experience?
Jimmie Vaughan: I was in a band called the Chessmen, and we opened the show at McFarland Auditorium in Dallas, Texas. It was Jimi Hendrix, so everybody was completely excited, and I think maybe I was the most excited. I was an absolute crazy fan.
His roadie said that Jimi had busted his pedal, and it was on Saturday or Sunday, so he couldn’t go buy a new one because the stores were closed.
He said he had this extra one, which was not a good one — they didn’t like it — so they said we’ll give you this one and $50 and you give us yours. And they only cost $29 or something like that at the time. They basically gave me double and a broken one for a souvenir.Q: Do you still have it?
Jimmie Vaughan: I do, yes.Q: Did he influence your approach to the guitar?
Jimmie Vaughan: Absolutely. When I first started hearing him play, on records, it was blues. It sounded like a young Muddy Waters on LSD, for lack of a better way to describe it.
I thought it was blues, I didn’t know. I heard “Purple Haze,” and if I’ve ever heard blues, that’s blues.
It was kind of hard to figure out exactly what he was doing, but there was a lot of feedback and noises, and he brought everything together.Q: In the era before you could look up YouTube videos of great guitarists to see what they’re doing, how did you learn from people like Hendrix?
Jimmie Vaughan: Mainly you would try to copy off the records, and it was on the radio, too. You just walk around your house and play the radio, and try to play along with the radio. That’s really how I learned how to play. You just play all the time.
Source : http://www.newstribune.info/entertainment/music/x911402750/Brian-Mackey-Jimmie-Vaughan-talks-on-opening-for-Jimi-Hendrix
Celui de Doyle Bramhall :
“We listened to him play for five minutes and hired him,” Bramhall recalled. With the elder Vaughan on guitar, the Chessmen opened a 1968 Dallas show for the Jimi Hendrix Experience. “We were playing Cream songs,” said Bramhall, “and Jimi, Noel [Redding], and Mitch [Mitchell] were watching from the side of the stage. Afterward, Jimi came up and told us, ‘I thought I was listening to my mates from England.’”
Source : http://archive.fwweekly.com/content.asp?article=2445