Small Faces - Steve Marriott Turned Down Hendrix Tour Offer
Tragic rocker Steve Marriott blew the Small Faces' chance to crack America by snubbing an offer to support Jimi Hendrix.
The Itchycoo Park hitmakers were huge stars in their native U.K. and were being hotly tipped for success Stateside when they got the call from Hendrix's manager Chas Chandler to join the Hey Joe star on tour in 1968.
Marriott's bandmates Ronnie Lane, Ian MCLagan and Kenney Jones were delighted when they received the offer - but their joy turned to despair when frontman Marriott turned it down outright.
Fellow musician Peter Frampton, who was close pals with Marriott, tells Uncut magazine, "Ronnie Lane comes running in and says, 'Chas Chandler wants us to open up for Jimi Hendrix on his headline tour in America!'. I said, 'Oh my God, that's fantastic!'. Steve goes, 'F**kin' no way. He should be opening for us. We ain't doing it.' So they didn't.
"The Small Faces never got to America. It was, like, a golden opportunity and he short-circuited it! Why?"