The Gaumont, Worcester

These days the only sounds you hear at the old Gaumont Cinema in Worcester is the squeak of highlighter pens, and the occasional cry of 'House!'.

Like so many old cinemas, The Gaumont is now a Bingo Hall, but once upon a time it hosted some of the biggest acts in rock.

The Beatles played there twice - once supporting Roy Orbison on his 1963 tour, and once as a headline act, later in the same year.

The Rolling Stones also played there a couple of times - in October and December 1963.

Jimi Hendrix played a four number gig at the Gaumont on 2 April 1967 - as one of the support acts on a tour by The Walker Brothers - also on the package were Cat Stevens and Engelbert Humperdinck.

The great guitarist was still relatively unknown, but Worcester got the full Hendrix treatment as he played Hey Joe, Purple Haze, Like A Rolling Stone and Wild Thing.

All this only two months before he played his famous guitar burning gig at the Monterey Pop Festival.

You can read some eye witness accounts of Hendrix in Worcester, including one by the man who met him in Boots the Chemist, in the YOUR STORIES section.

There were two important gigs in Worcester in 1973:

In June David Bowie played one of his last ever gigs in the guise of Ziggy Stardust.

In November Hereford's Mott The Hoople played the Gaumont, supported by the then virtually unknown Queen.

If you were at any of these gigs, or saw anyone else play the Gaumont, we'd love to here from you.

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