21 DECEMBER • WEDNESDAY

London, “CBS Studios” [very likely] - JHE recordings (all afternoon)

First Look Around The Corner

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London SW7, “Blaises”, 121 Queen’s Gate, Kensington • Concert (60 minutes).
Songs performed: Rock Me, Baby, Third Stone From The Sun, Like A Rolling Stone, Hey Joe, Wild Thing and others).
The Beatles, The Who and Jeff Beck turned up. Chris Welch also attended and wrote the first UK concert review (“Jimi looks like becoming one of the big club names of ‘67.” - Melody Maker 31 December 1966).

London E7, “The Upper Cut”, Woodgrange Road, Forest Gate - official opening of the club.

Jimi Hendrix, a fantastic American guitarist, blew the minds of the star-packed crowd who went to see him at Blaises Club, London on Wednesday. Among those in the audience were Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, John Entwistle, Chas Chandler, and Jeff Beck. They heard Jimi's trio blast through some beautiful sounds like "Rock Me baby", Third Stones From The Sun", "Like A Rolling Stone", "Hey Joe", and even an unusual version of the Troggs "Wild Thing". Jimi has great stage presence and an exceptional guitar technique which involved playing with his teeth on occasions and no hands at all on others! Jimi looks like becoming one of the big club names of '67.—Chris Welch.

[Melody Maker 31-12-66]