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Sure secured their future once they opened for Cream on the supergroup’s farewell live performance in London in 1968 – however then-singer Jon Anderson recalled how they received the present through an unlikely route.

The prog icons had been on the very early stage of their profession, and so they’d solely executed a handful of gigs once they obtained a last-minute SOS from the supervisor of a widely known venue, as Anderson advised Uncle Joe Benson on the Final Basic Rock Nights radio present.

“We’d really executed about 5 – 6 exhibits round London,” the vocalist stated. “We’d performed the Marquee Membership, which was a vital place. The supervisor of a membership known as the Speakeasy requested us to do a gig there, and we stated okay. The identical day, he rang me at seven o’clock at night time and stated, ‘The band hasn’t turned up.’ So we performed on the Speakeasy and we really changed Sly and the Household Stone.”

Anderson accepted that it gave the impression of a problem for the English band – however revealed how he rose to it. “[Y]ou can think about all the good individuals who got here to see Sly and the Household Stone,” he mused. “We really went down nicely – I handed lots of joints round and received everyone completely happy!” He continued: “And the following factor, the supervisor of the membership stated, ‘I wish to handle you,’ and by the way in which, in a month’s time, you’re going to play with Cream on the Albert Corridor, ‘trigger I can get you on that gig.’ And that’s what occurred, and we stated, ‘Life is enjoyable!’”

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