We continued shooting for a while, but before long their roadie came back to collect them and whisk them down to the South Coast for a gig later that evening. The next day, I delivered the material to Chas Chandler and he seemed pleased, ordering a load of prints, which kept me busy in the darkroom for the next couple of days. Chas’s office followed up with a call about six weeks later, asking to do a second shoot with the band as soon as possible.
Frankly, I was a bit puzzled as to why Chas needed new photos so soon after the first session, so I wandered over to his office to find out what was going on. To my great relief, he explained that Noel and Mitch had styled their hair to emulate Jimi’s “Afro,” and consequently, all the group shots we had just done were now out of date! Chas and I booked the follow-up session, and I returned to the studio both relieved and delighted that I was to shoot the Experience again.
When the band arrived in Mason’s Yard for the second shoot, it was obvious that they’d undergone a lot of changes, and not only with respect to their hair. They were more of a unit—much more comfortable with each other—and projected a level of confidence that clearly had been missing just a few weeks prior. The shared hairstyle gave them a more coordinated look, and Mitch and Noel had improved their wardrobes a bit, probably in an attempt to emulate Jimi’s more daring attire. As if to emphasize the group’s growing cohesiveness, Chas said that he didn’t need any more solo shots of Jimi, so I concentrated on photographing all three of the band mates together.