The Hendrix Tour 67
The Nice first suported Jimi Hendrix on October 24, 1967 at the Marquee, London. The 16-date UK package tour kicked off on 14 November 1967. Thirty-one shows in 16 cities, the tour featured The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Pink Floyd, The Move, The Nice, and Amen Corner who all played two shows a night, and at each gig, Headliner Hendrix was allotted exactly 40 minutes. The Move, who preceded him, had just half an hour, and Pink Floyd were allowed between 15 and 20 minutes. Tickets cost from 5 to 15 shillings (25p to 75p).
Hendrix was on his way to becoming a major star; his first three singles, ‘Hey Joe’, ‘Purple Haze’, and ‘The Wind Cries Mary’, had all been top ten hits. His debut album released in May of that year was sitting in the top 20 where it stayed for 33 weeks. Pink Floyd had also seen chart action with both ‘Arnold Layne’ and ‘See Emily Play’ reaching the top 20. The Move had also had three top ten hits including ‘Flowers In The Rain’ and Amen Corner were just about to score what would become their biggest hit so far, ‘Bend Me, Shape Me’. These were top acts but the Nice would surely have held their own. Numbers played were Rondo & Emerlist Davjack, since they only had around 10 minutes on stage!
Pink Floyd were having a few problems with Syd Barrett, he would go for a walk, and not get back to the venue until just a few minutes before Floyd were due onstage. He’d play the show, wander off again, come back hours later for the second performance. His actual performances were variable! One night, he didn’t return, resulting in Davy O’List standing in for him.