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Sunday, December 20, 2009

The Roundhouse "Psychedelicamania" December 31, 1966, The Who, The Move with Pink Floyd and Opening Up.

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The Roundhouse "Psychedelicamania" December 31, 1966, The Who, The Move with Pink Floyd opening up. The Move ended their set by smashing up television sets with fire axes. Floyd played a shifting seventy five minute version of "Interstellar Overdrive." Townshend was particularly unhappy at playing a psychedelic event with strobe lights in his face and the art house crowd and so, by the time of "My Generation", he reduced his Rickenbacker to his component atoms.

A large and interesting advert was placed in Melody Maker on the 24th and the 31st to promote the event, which was scheduled from "10.00 pm till dawn". The Daily Mail newspaper attended both gigs, and published an article warning of "pop above the danger level".

Teenagers celebrating the New Year at two psychedelic pop music sessions in London were risking permanent damage to the ears. The music and light were arranged to create the psychedelic sensations similar to those experienced by taking the drug LSD. The lowest sound level in both clubs was 90 decibels on the edge of the dance floor. The highest was a steady 110 near the loudspeaker, where 20 to 30 young people were clustered in dazed immobility. The Pink Floyd group occasionally reached 120 at the "Freak-out". Nick Jones reviewed the gig in detail for Melody Maker on 7 January of the following year. Of the Floyd he wrote how 'on stage the Pink Floyd, The Who, and The Move each attempted to excite the audience into some positive action. The Pink Floyd have a promising sound, and some very groovy picture slides which attract far more attention than the group, as they merge, blossom, burst, grow, divide and die.

BTW, this poster is an artist's creation of what such a poster might have looked like.



Blogger dj said...

I have a print of the original poster for this show... only the floyd and the who are pictured... everything else is pretty accurate

February 21, 2011 at 11:44 PM  
Blogger southdownsway said...

I would love to see the original poster. Any chance you could take photo of it and post it here or send it to me pleas?

April 29, 2012 at 3:55 AM  
Anonymous Mike said...

Ihave a poster Dated for Dec 31 1966.Admission 1 Pound Would like to know more about it.

June 22, 2013 at 6:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

there's "repro" posters for a Floyd, Who, Move show on Dec 31st, 1966 "Psychedelicmania" show, but it's listed as having been at The Palace Theater in Manchester. Looks like they got it wrong!! It was at The Roundhouse, Camden Town, dummies!

July 30, 2013 at 11:21 PM  
Anonymous Rick Thaddeus said...

I attended two concerts at that December ,
'Pschedelicamania Against Ian Smith",
where The Move smashed a car and a tv set.
Pink Floyd played.

The New Year gig feature The Who as well as those 2 bands.

January 1, 2017 at 3:09 PM  

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