Friday 10/26/12 02:25pm
Jimi Hendrix phoned the NME on Saturday with the sensational news that he had quit the Monkees’ American tour after only seven shows. The Hendrix Experience will remain in the U.S. for at least two more weeks to complete their new single and undertake some further bookings on the West Coast.
"Firstly they gave us the ‘death’ spot on the show—right before the Monkees were due on," Jimi declared. "The audience just screamed yelled for the Monkees! Finally, they agreed to let us go on first and things were much better. We got screams and good reaction, and some kids even rushed the stage.
"But we were not getting any billing—all the posters for the show just screamed out—MONKEES!"
"Then some paretns who brought their young kids complained that our act was vulgar. I think they’re replacing me with Mickey Mouse!
"There was no tension between us and the Monkees whatsoever. And all the rumors about being segregated on the plane were just nonsense. I got on well with both Micky and Peter and we fooled around a lot together.
"There was a fantastic girl singer on the tour—an Australian girl called Lynne Randell. She’s got a record out in Britain, so you may be hearing more of her.
"In New York City we all went to see the Electric Circus club in the Village, which just completely blew my mind. There was a group called the Seeds playing there but they had all these funny little acts going on between things. One guy walked up to the stage and stood there and growled for about five minutes, then he said ‘Thank you,’ and walked off! There was another guy who came on in a straight-jacket and just rolled around on the floor for half-an-hour. Then some funny little guys came swinging down on ropes from the ceiling. We couldn’t believe it!
"I’ve been reading those reports about my new single being ‘The Burning of the Midnight Lamp.’ Well it’s true that I have recorded a track with those words in the song but I’m not sure that is going to be either the title or the single.
"We had a great time in LA, where Dave Crosby and a group called the Electric Flag came round to see us at the Whisky A Go Go. I love the West Coast, all those beautiful people.
"Chas (Chandler) and Mike (Jeffries) are making arrangements for an autumn tour of Britain for us when we get back—it would be great if we get some of those really groovy American groups from the West Coast on the show with us," Jimi concluded.
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