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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Pink Floyd The Scene Club, NYC, 1968

Pink Floyd The Scene
Pink Floyd The Scene
In the Swinging Sixties the hottest club to see a concert at was Steve Paul's, The Scene, Club in the basement of 301 West 46th Street, in NY's Theater District. The Scene had a knack for hiring rock groups right before they broke big. This list included the Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Tiny Tim, Paul Butterfield's Blues Band, the Velvet Underground  and Pink Floyd.

Pink Floyd The Scene
Pink Floyd The Scene
Steve Paul got his start as the wunderkid Publicist for the Peppermint Lounge. He opened The Scene in 1965 and it soon attracted an "A" list of attendees including Lizi Minnelli, Sammy Davis Jr., Andy Warhol, and Tennessee Williams.

Hendrix used to woodshed there playing long into the night, “At the Scene, Jimi would completely let himself go — playing all he knew and didn’t know, going beyond sharing — playing all,” David Henderson wrote in his Hendrix biography, “ ’Scuse Me While I Kiss the Sky.” “Trying to get it all out.” In fact, the infamous 'High Live and Dirty" bootleg was recorded there which featured a very drunk Jim Morrison.

Pink Floyd The Scene
Pink Floyd The Scene
The Scene was entered by going down a flight of stairs. Jim Marron (The Scene's maitre d') described the layout as follows: "It had three rooms that focused in, like, a cross on the stage, and as a subterranean basement, it had the sort of Paris-cave-disco style to it." 

See a rare video showing somebody entering The Scene here:
https://youtu.be/fw0qi4cKsgw

Pink Floyd The Scene
Pink Floyd The Scene
Pink Floyd played there for three nights in July. The dates were the 15th through the 17th. Below is the set list for one of those nights which was probably the list for all three nights:

1. Interstellar Overdrive
2. Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun
3. Astronomy Domine
4. Flaming
5. A Saucerful of Secrets
 
Pink Floyd The Scene
Pink Floyd The Scene
As one can see, the band was playing Syd's songs with the single addition being A Saucerful of Secrets from their (then) new album.

Unfortunately, there is not much more to be found about the Pink Floyd The Scene gig. It seems to have been lost in the mists of time except for some cool Photos.

Update, thanks to Pink Floyd Researcher - Mark Scobac both the Cashbox and Billboard reviews of Pink Floyd's Scene run have been found and are published for the first time online here:



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