See a Full Jimi Hendrix Experience Concert on Restored Footage Thought Lost for 35 Years

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Sep 10, 2018, 5:15:03 PM9/10/18
Maybe there's truth to the old joke about the 60s-"If you remember it,
you weren't there"-but it's hard to believe anyone could forget seeing
Hendrix. If you caught him in Stockholm in 1969 however and it somehow
slipped your mind, you can relive it again for the first time in the
well-preserved, newly restored concert film above: a full hour of
"electric church music" from the Jimi Hendrix Experience.

The event was not meant to have been preserved at all. As Catarina
Wilson of Sweden's public television station SVT explained to the BBC,
the tape should have been erased and reused because the station
couldn't afford to keep so much raw footage. Some technician at the
station likely realized its value and stashed it away. Since it was
unlabeled, the footage sat forgotten on the shelf for 35 years, until a
team undertook a project of transferring archival material to digital
and discovered the full Hendrix gig.

"The tape was shot on January 9, 1969 at Stockholm's Konserthuset,"
reports Swedish news site The Local, "for a pop music show called
‘Nummer 9.' Only ten minutes of the concert was broadcast on January
21st of that year." After their introduction, Hendrix dedicates the
show to "the American deserters society"-soldiers refusing to go to
Vietnam, some of whom may have been in the audience. Then, after a
little tuning up and another obscure dedication, the band launches into
"Killing Floor."

See the full tracklist for the Stockholm Konserthuset show below (the
tape cuts off right before the encore).

01 Killing Floor
02 Spanish Castle Magic
03 Fire 04 Hey Joe
05 Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
06 Red House
07 Sunshine Of Your Love

Hendrix also mentions that the band will only play "oldies but
baddies," hinting at one of the many tensions between him and bassist
Noel Redding that broke the band apart just six months later. "The
audience wanted us to play the old Hendrix standards," Redding told
Rolling Stone in November, "but Jimi wanted to do his new stuff. The
last straw came at the Denver Pop Festival when Jimi told a reporter
that he was going to enlarge the band… without even consulting myself
or our drummer, Mitch Mitchell."

Compared to this surely memorable, yet fairly standard Stockholm
concert, the Experience's last stage appearance in Denver "ended up
being an unforgettable show," notes Ultimate Classic Rock, "for all the
wrong reasons"-containing all the things we associate with the chaotic
late sixties. Hendrix dropped acid before the gig. "Combined with the
near-riot that took place outside of the venue by those who demanded
that the promoters make the event free, it made for a bad vibe

You can hear that concert above, including Hendrix's declaration,
mid-way through the set, that it would be "the last gig we'll ever play
together." Just a few minutes later, police fired tear gas into the
crowd, the wind blew it back toward the stage, and "the Experience set
down their instruments for the final time and fled for cover." Redding
quit that night and boarded a plane for London, and just over a year
later, Hendrix was gone.

via Laughing Squid

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Josh Jones is a writer and musician based in Washington, DC. Follow him

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Greg Carr

Sep 12, 2022, 6:18:52 PM9/12/22
Thanks for posting. SPREAD THE MUSIC.
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