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International Love-In Festival .
Alexandra Palace .
Pink Floyd, The Animals,
Brian Auger Trinity with Julie Driscoll,Crazy World Of Arthur Brown, Creation, Tomorrow ,Blossom Toes,The Nervous System, Apostolic Intervention,
Sam Gopal Dream,Ginger Johnson Overhead Lightshow.
Another in a long line of largely forgotten 60s events, overshadowed by the more well known 14 Hour Technicolour Dream, which was staged at the same venue and on the same date in April .
This event seems to have been more conventionally staged with only one band playing at a time ( which must have been much more pleasant, as the Alexandra Palaces' acoustics leave much to be desired ).
Pink Floyd played their set as scheduled despite reports of Syd Barrett being "indisposed" - due to sitting in the dressing room in a state of catatonia . The band had to travel to the venue from Norwich , where they had played earlier in the evening .
Fortunately we have this excellent eyewitness report from the estimable Mike Godwin of Bath which clears up this matter .....
Yes, the Floyd did indeed play at that gig. However, it was the first Floyd performance that I had attended where I picked up any intimation that all was not going well in the group, as they played a notably uninspired set - a real contrast to the 'Games for May' show where they were at their stunning peak.
Tomorrow were wonderful as always, playing 'Strawberry Fields Forever', 'My White Bicycle', 'Incredible Journey of Timothy Chase', 'Real Life Permanent Dream' and several other songs, with Steve Howe doing all the musical work on his big wah-wah Gibson guitar whilst Keith, Junior and Twink freaked out playing with an imaginary volleyball - you know the way they used to do.
Blossom Toes were smashing, even though the power failed on them and they had to finish their set chanting 'Love us like we love you' to a tambourine rather than playing the instruments. It was the first time I had ever seen them and they were always excellent value.
Eric Burdon and the New Animals were impressive and really quite psychedelic, performing 'Sky Pilot' and some other stuff. I bumped into Julie Driscoll at a Keith Tippett concert the other day and mentioned that I had once seen her singing 'Season of the Witch' with the Brian Auger Trinity, but she denied that it was her. Do I believe her or my own memory of Ally Pally?
© Brian Godding.
Anyway the stars of the show were The Crazy World of Arthur Brown. As I recall it, he started off in an insect costume and only moved on the stand-up-for-the-fire-demon costume later. Vincent Crane was superb, as you have to be if you are going to play all the instruments including the bass pedals. 'You're going to burn, Brown! Ha Ha Ha!' he leered, gloatingly. They did 'I put a spell on you', 'Devil's Grip', the hysterical 'Give him a flower', 'Fire' and that long track from the album - can't remember the title - 'Spontaneous Apple Creation' possibly?.
Entry cost one pound , there were a few busts, and there was also a stabbing . Reportedly 10,000 attended, which would have filled the Ally Pally quite nicely . Eric Burdon , leading the New Animals , was one of the highlights of the night , with Johnny Weider playing exquisite violin parts on " Paint it Black " . A fire extinguisher was ripped from the wall, causing a minor flood , whilst signs were displayed bearing mottos such as 'Super Pot, Dr Timo and ...... can anyone explain this one ..... Jenkins Is High ?
names Brian Godding
Just come across your site and specifically the page related to the Ally pally 'love in'(?) 1967 !
Well I was with the Blossom Toes and strangely enough(!) remember that shindig fairly well!
There's actually a pic' of us on my site www.briangodding.co.uk music so far pages, Blossom Toes in full color taken from the side of the stage ( we look like we're trying to extricate ourselves from the back of a removal truck !! ( so much clobber on stage!).
Julie Driscoll( my sister in law !) did perform at the event with the trinity( whether she cares to remember it or not ! )
We (the blossies) did not have a power failure,,, we just run out of things to play!! ( it was one of our first outings as the Toes and we were a 'little' under rehearsed!! ).
Like many of the so called 'love ins' of the time it was really quite shambolic and actually quite dangerous as you had the' beautiful people' at the front but further back were all the Holloway and Archway yobs looking for trouble (cripes Jeeves!! )
most pleasant and memorable moment for me was upon finally escaping the
building early in the morning and walking home to our home the other side
of Hampstead Heath, me and my wife came across an elderly gent pruning his
roses and upon seeing us he cut one and gave it to Angie !! ( Now that's
what I call Flower Power!! )
all the best
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