16 FEBRUARY • FRIDAY

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Dallas, State Fair Music Hall, Fair Park, TX, USA. JHE
Neville: “We got some more gear from Sunn.”
Concert by JHE (55 minutes).
Support: Soft Machine with The Mark Boyle Sensual Laboratory light show; The Moving Sidewalks; Neal Ford And The Fanatics
Promoter: KLIF & Bob Cope
JHE fee: $11,000; Noel: “$5,000”

Songs:

Are You Experienced
Fire
The Wind Cries Mary
Tax Free
Foxy Lady
Hey Joe
Spanish Castle Magic
Red House
Purple Haze
Wild Thing

Neville Chesters:
“Show went quite well.”

Photos provided by guest contributor Gilles Duhamel here

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Jimi posing backstage in Dallas with The Moving Sidewalks. From left to right: Tom Moore (keyboards), Jimi, Don Summers (bass), Billy Gibbons (guitar), Dan Mitchell (drums).

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Angus Wynne II and Jimi, Love Field Airport, 16 February 1968. Photo Taken by Chris Campbell Turner/Courtesy Angus Wynne



On The Flip Side ‘A Real Experience’

By MARGE PETTYJOHN Youth Beat Editor

Everyone who was at State Fair Music Hall last Friday night is now experienced. The Jimi Hendrix Experience on stage is a mass of seething, jumping, writhing action—mostly Hendrix. He throws his guitar up, down and all around. He picks the strings with everything including his teeth and has even been known to smash his instrument in the frenzy of a closing number, It's all in how you feel, says the self-taught guitar player who talked with us before taking his power on stage to a packed house at State Fair Music Hall. Now we're in a postion to put down all those rumors that say Hendrix is a good guitarist but doesn't take his art with any seriousness. The 22-year-old performer discovered by ex-Animal Charles Chandler likes to consider his concerts "jam sessions" and is as relaxed and at ease with 4,200 people as he is with two. "You get out there and if you turn the audience on, you can feel it and it helps you play," he explained. It was apparent that the audience was turned on to full capacity. His performance was nothing short of spectacular. Hendrix doesn't like to label his music as a ceriain style because "it's what you feel," And, he added, he writes about just everyday things, "You don't plan songwriting," he continued, taking the lead in the conversation. "You don't got in a certain groove to write a song, You can get inspiration for a song any time, any place, It's just what you feel," he reiterated. After the first 14 months that the trio have been together, Hendrix admitted that he was surprised at their success. He doesn't keep up with ratings, write-ups or popularity polls. He's too busy "playing for pleasure, just for the joy of it," He confided that they have three of 15 cuts ready for their third album, the title of which will mean "timeless" (it'll be in a foreign language). It will show a whole new side of the Experience, he said. "Like last time (in 'Axis') we emphasized the drums and the words," Will Hendrix stay in England? He's not ready to settle down permanently anyhere yet, He's jusy enjoying touring and traveling. And if audiences keep giving him overwhelming receptions like Dallas did last week, he'll be touring for a long time. [
Dallas Morning News, 25-02-68]



Billy Gibbons: “Jimi took the three-way toggle switch into five-way,” Gibbons says. “He’s the one that discovered the in-between positions, and in order for that not to pop out of place, he showed me how to take off the back scratch plate and remove the spring within the toggle switch, so it would more or less stay in place! And that sound had this extra chimeyness to it. “I don’t think he was credited enough for that. There were lots of little things about him, and all very important to how we see the Stratocaster or even the instrument in general through his applied skills.” As for the pink Strat, Gibbons says, “This is the first five-way toggle switch that I ever saw. He took the springs off the standard switch so that it just hung there. When he wanted to move it out-of-phase, Jimi’d shake the guitar until the switch moved, smooth as can be, into the position.” As many others have noted, Hendrix was shy and soft spoken, a complete departure from what people who saw his incendiary performances might have assumed. “Offstage he was, quite surprisingly, somewhat of a shy character,” Gibbons confirms. “You could say he was almost a retiring person... until you put a guitar in his hands. And when he stepped into the light, it was a different story altogether. He became a showman and a guitar pyrotechnics extraordinaire. He was doing things with his Fender Stratocaster that certainly the designers never intended. “Through his genius, the invisible became instantly visible. I took those late-night lessons right into the early days of ZZ Top to the present. And I suppose you could say, with all that backstage carousing in those days... well, not a moment was lost!”
Source: Guitar Player January 2017– Billy Gibbons interview by Christopher Scapelliti.