Gigs I really wished I had been to and for whatever reason didn’t get to see. Part #2. Hendrix, Spirit, Love, Jefferson Airplane and …

Being a bit too young at the time though, I dearly, dearly would have loved to have seen the Small Faces live. I've seen a number of live performance videotapes of them and they were certainly not a studio-bound band. Whilst it’s true that certain effects in the studio such as phasing and backwards guitars could not at that point be properly reproduced on stage due to synchronisation issues, the rest of their performance certainly could, based on what I have seen so far.

I did get to see Steve Marriot at least 25 times after the demise of Small Faces, via Humble Pie, the Official Receivers, Steve Marriot's Packet of Three, and Steve Marriot's Next band. And from time to time he would do absolutely blistering versions of 'Watch you Gonna Do About it', 'All of Nuffink', and so on. Nevertheless it would have been truly wonderful to have seen Small Faces in their prime.

Other memorable gigs which I missed, have to include Jimmy Hendrix at the Albert Hall, and Jimmy Hendrix at the Seville Theatre. Sadly I never got to see Moby Grape, nor indeed Spirit, nor Love, nor Jefferson Airplane. The last, even today represent one of my all time favourites and Grace Slick looked precisely what she was, unobtainable, aloof, cool, infinitely sexy and a voice that could not only kill, but was to kill for. Unfortunately on their occasional sporadic appearances in the UK, I was either in another country or in the wrong city.

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