Do you remember the posts about when Cream did and did not appear at the Birdcage? You can’t have missed it!
At one point, Chris Fosbrooke suggested that maybe on one occasion Viv Prince ‘depped’ for Ginger Baker at the Birdcage. I’ve checked and cannot find any evidence for that, however, Viv Prince did replace a poorly Keith Moon with the Who in December 1965, and the Who played the Birdcage that month on the 18th. So that might be the story – does anyone remember? I know I wasn’t there that night.
Talking of Viv Prince, I saw him with the Pretty Things in the summer of 1964 on South Parade Pier, 53 years ago. Three years later I played support to them at Highbury with Harlem Speakeasy (plus Skip Bifferty) and now I’ve learned from Rod Watts that they are back, tomorrow night at Havant Arts Centre.
I’m not sure how many originals are still with them (Phil May? Dick Taylor?) but there’s a band you would have got long odds on surviving over 50 years!!