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I can only tell you that around the area we were growing up in, which was San Jose, California, there was an awful lot of stuff going on. An awful lot of young bands playing and coming up. Certainly we were influenced by certain bands like The Yardbirds for one...perhaps The Who. I think that kind of turned into Psychedelic, perhaps. Then of course, the advent of San Francisco and the drugs...the whole scene, things became psychedelic. Matter of fact, back in 1966, we were touring and we were some place in Alabama or Mississippi. We were standing by the stage, ready to go on and one of the guys just struck a match. There was a kid standing there and he said "Wow! Psychedelic!" We all turned to each other and said "What?" (laughs) I guess the press had as much to do with that as anybody else.
We never played with The Beatles. Thompson, (our record producer) was awakened around 3 in the morning with a gentleman on the phone and it was Brian Epstein, (The Beatles manager) asking how to get a hold of the band. He wanted to engage the band for the Beatles' '66 tour, opening for all these different venues. They weren't offering that much money from what I understand. We didn't know about it until after it had been turned down.
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