On the 31st December 1969, a new Hendrix group would take to the stage for the first time at the legendary Fillmore East venue in New York City. Often referred to as Band Of Gypsys, the band consisted of Billy Cox on bass, Buddy Miles on drums and Jimi Hendrix on guitar. It had been over six months since the end of The Jimi Hendrix Experience and the Band Of Gypsys took Hendrix’s music in a new direction, mainly down to the different musical techniques of his two new band mates. The songs were funky and contained grooves that roamed around the auditorium. New songs were debuted with one in particular leaving a lasting impression that remains to this day. It could only happen at Fillmore East and it could only have been Hendrix.
This is something that I had almost given up on a few months ago. All signs pointed to the end of Blur, one of the greatest British bands of all time, but out of nowhere a new album (The Magic Whip) was announced alongside a Hyde Park show this summer, and then a few weeks later a secret show as well where the band would play through the new album from start to finish for the first time ever. The show, played at MODE in London, was for competition winners only and resulted in only a few hundred people at the venue on the night. Very intimate, the perfect way to listen to a band in my opinion. Tickets were available for collection at 5:30pm sharp and even though it was stated that people would be let in to the venue an hour later, we were swept in as soon as we were given our tickets.
The date was the 11th March 1971, and The Allman Brothers Band were in New York City to begin their three night stand at the legendary Fillmore East on Second Avenue near East 6th Street. Out of these shows would come the greatest live album ever released, At Fillmore East. The venue itself needs no introduction, it was simply where music royalty came to play.