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Wild thing of the pension industry

Picture the scene. It is September 6, 1970, Fehmarn Island, North Germany. The helicopter arrives bearing Jimi Hendrix, fresh from playing to 250,000 long-haired stoners at the Isle of Wight, and jumping up to meet him is stage manager for today&#39s gig, David Butcher.

Butcher is now chief executive of Invesco Pensions.

The Diary understands that, at the time, Butcher was running Keele University&#39s branch of the Students&#39 Union, where, among other achieve-ments, he signed up Pink Floyd to play for £250. The experience helped him supplement his student earnings, getting him involved in the stage management game.

So Butcher ended up mixing the sound for Hendrix&#39s last concert a month before his death. So, if you have any complaints about the quality of that bootleg, letters to Butcher.

The Diary hears that Dave tried to sell him a pension but Hendrix was understandably not keen, knowing he would never live to see his annuity.


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