True story. The Vanilla Fudge flew out to the Fillmore West for a gig. When they arrived at the venue they saw Iron Butterfly during soundcheck. The Butterfly were polishing a new song they planned to premiere later that night - which the Fudge quietly laughed off as being an incompetent rip off of Pink Floyd's "Set The Controls For The Heart of The Sun." About that time, Bill Graham came along to tell them that, instead of closing the show, they'd be opening for Iron Butterfly since In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida just went Top 10. The Fudge were furious! Bad enough just getting dicked around, but... opening for Iron Butterfly was an insult that just would not stand. They threatened to walk, but Graham quickly reminded the guys he had a signed contract... and their return flight tickets. So, the Fudge skipped soundcheck altogether and even thought about skipping the gig entirely, when instead they showed up on time, at the very last minute, to take the stage. Forgoing their usual set, Vanilla Fudge played a one song show. Their own, improvised version of 'Set The Controls For The Heart of The Sun,' sounding amazingly like Iron Butterfly's soundcheck. Especially so, since the Fudge were actually imitating Iron Butterfly throughout the set, down to the simplistic riffs, tortuous droning and shiny Nehru jackets. During the show, the members of Butterfly began collecting in the wings and vile stares were silently exchanged between members of both bands. But the Fudge did not let up... not until their contracted 40 minute performance time (found in the "opener's" fine print) had expired. Afterwards, a fight broke out backstage between Doug Ingle and Carmine Appice. The Fudge picked up their check and caught the redeye back to NY. This 40 minute track is the music they played that night. Live, May 26, 2007. Get stoned & comfy. No refunds.
'Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun' As Played By Vanilla Fudge Imitating Iron Butterfly When Fudge Were Forced To Open For Butterfly At The Fillmore West After In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida Went Top Ten (40:36)