Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, the Move, the Nice and More - Dec. 5, 1967
Martin Kielty: Dec. 5, 1967: Green’s Playhouse, Glasgow, Scotland –– The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Pink Floyd, the Move, the Nice, Amen Corner, Eire Apparent, Outer Limits and Pete Drummond. The closing years of the '60s are where all the best rock music came from. It was an era where bright young things tried bright young ideas, and the west was still wild enough to encourage creativity without forcing too many contractual restrictions all over it. I get energized just thinking about the electricity that would have been on that tour bus, never mind the sparks that would be generated onstage that night in Glasgow. Hendrix at the top of his game; the Move and the Nice offering their own takes; a fetal Pink Floyd just beginning to explore what was to come next. It’s almost illegal. Not only that, but Green’s Playhouse was later to become the venerated Glasgow Apollo, a venue so beloved by bands in the '70s and '80s that everyone from AC/DC to Frank Zappa played there, and artists including AC/DC, Rush, Paul McCartney and Status Quo recorded live there. Yes’ Rick Wakeman once explained that bands would start their tours at the Apollo because the audience was so honest that the group could tell which songs to keep and which to lose for the rest of the road trip. All that, taking place at a moment in time that was still musically unbridled, with so many people expressing so many ideas and creating so many more in the minds of others … all going down in a 3,000-capacity room. Twice – once at 6.15PM then again at 8.45PM; ideal for even modern attention spans. Aye, I could do that every Groundhog Day. And I can’t help wondering which Scottish stars of the future I might have met down the front. I’ll even dare to suggest that, if I’d been alive and around my mid-teens, that night would have encouraged me to aim for the stars.