“There’s a legend about Syd Barrett, that he sat in the dressing room and dolloped this crumbled Mandrax (a prescription sleeping drug) and Brylcreem on his head, which melted under the lights and ran down his head. I remember seeing this liquidy stuff – I thought his black eye make up was running. And he was sweating profusely.
It was Syd’s last big gig with Pink Floyd. He just stood there as if he was on another planet. He contributed very little and his arms were hanging limply down. It looked sad and all over the place. They had coloured perspex triangles on stage that lit up. There were long rambling ‘Interstellar Overdrive’ jams. But it was far from Floyd at their best.”
Jeff Dexter (Punter):
“Pink Floyd: Not a great gig. A sad night for them. People had realised Syd was losing it but that was acceptable, if you were on the underground scene, man! It was all experimental, but it got boring – they carried on with an experimental riff for what seemed like ages.
David Larcher filmed it for the promoters, Image Inc. It was early days and Hendrix was
overpriced for those times in the U.K., and there wasn’t enough money to pay everybody. The idea was that they’d sell the film to pay the cost of putting on the show, because shows didn’t make any money. But old film stock was used, which wasn’t very good, so most of the film was pretty useless. The Hendrix clip is the only bit to have surfaced – on Live At Monterey.”
John Love (Co-organiser):
“The real disaster, long term, was the the film was no good. The person who took care of the filming bought outdated film stock which, had it been good, would have made us all millionaires. Very little was usable.”
Noel Redding (Performer):
“Syd Barrett was going silly by that point.”
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