Monday, September 12, 2011

Anniversary of Jimi Hendrix's final concert, 41 years ago today

Anniversary of Jimi Hendrix's final concert, 41 years ago today

Jimi Hendrix played his final concert on September 6, 1970 in Germany at the Open Air Love and Peace Festival, just weeks prior to his death.

by Paula Duffy on 2011-09-06

Jimi Hendrix was reportedly working in the studio on another album of songs when he was found dead of alcohol and drug related causes. At least one rumor debunking website ( reports that red wine in copious amounts was the proximate cause of death. Jim Hendrix choked on his own vomit after a long night of drinking.

The studio collection would never be completed but Hendrix left a legacy of unpublished work that has been released over the years. Hendrix formed the Jimi Hendrix Experience in 1967. Playing alongside him were Mitch Mitchell on drums and Noel Redding on bass. The three-some would stick together until a change was made in 1969.

They recorded three studio collections, "Are You Experienced?", "Axis: Bold as Love" and "Electric Ladyland." As the story goes, Jimi Hendrix was discovered in a small New York City club by Chas Chandler a former member of the English rock group The Animals. Chandler brought him to England and set up the recording sessions after securing Mitchell and Redding to play with him.

Hendrix became a superstar in the U.S. after his performance at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival. A film entitled "Monterey Pop" directed by D.A. Pennebaker and released in 1968, allowed those not in attendance the opportunity to witness the famous guitar burning by Hendrix. Pennebaker was well known at the time as the director of the film, "Don't Look Back", a documentary about singer Bob Dylan.

Not satisfied with the fire, Jim Hendrix smashed the guitar to bits and threw what was left of the instrument's neck, into the crowd during his rendition of "Wild Thing."

The Jimi Hendrix Experience was disbanded in 1969. Out went Mitch Mitchell and Noel Redding and in came Buddy Miles on drums and Billy Cox on bass to form Band of Gypsies. The Gypsies did not record a studio album, although a live concert album was released.

By the time 1970 rolled around, Hendrix was torn over what musicians should surround him and reformed the Experience only to disband it once again. Hendrix's final tour included a mix of both bands with Mitch Mitchell returning on drums and Billy Cox remaining on bass.

In his final concert appearance in Insel Fehmarn, Germany on September 6, 1970, the Jimi Hendrix set list included, "All Along the Watchtower", "Hey Joe", "Foxy Lady" and "Purple Haze." He closed the set with "Voodoo Child." The full set list can be found, here.

Hendrix died on September 18, 1970 in London.


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