It has always been my belief that these photos were taken at the Royal Festival Hall on 25 September 1967. Fact is that they were taken by Ray Stevenson. His photos can be found on the Rex Features website [rexfeatures.com] where they also have the 25 September date. So why would Univibes contradict this?
There are several reasons why these photos are indeed from the Royal Festival Hall gig, and in any case certainly not from the Saville show on 8 October.
• The Festival Hall photos show no amps, no background, no floodlights. Just a vast empty space.
• All Stevensons photos have been taken from a large distance. The Saville certainly would have allowed him to take pictures from a much closer distance.
Jimi got dressed for the posh theatre and wore his turquoise velvet suit [as stated in the review by Anthony Thorncroft] at the Festival Hall. The photos by Ray Stevenson were taken mid set after Jimi took of his coat.
More details on the 8 October show at the Saville in the next blog post.