Forty-eight years ago in 1967, The Jimi Hendrix Experience played the last of five-night shows in a row at the Salvation Club in New York City. For those of you who don’t know, the Jimi Hendrix Experience was the name of Hendrix’s English-American rock band that had formed in September of 1966, in Westminster, London. The band included Hendrix, obviously, who filled the roles of singer, songwriter, and killer guitarist, but also Noel Redding as bassist and back vocalist, and Mitch Mitchell as a drummer. The Jimi Hendrix Experience was active until June 1969 (Hendrix died shortly thereafter on September 18, 1970).
During the three years they were together as a band, they released three albums, Are You Experienced in 1967, Axis: Bold as Love also in 1967, and (the namesake of Electric Lady Studios in New York) in 1968. All three albums were chart toppers, and The Jimi Hendrix Experience themselves were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The psychedelic, acid, blues, hard rock group greatly influenced the evolution of hard rock and heavy metal from the 1960’s on. This power trio, following in the footsteps of Cream, started out at “Novelty” in Évreux, France, on October 13th, 1966, then conquered the London scene when they played The Bag O’Nails nightclub on January 11th, 1967, and ended up in the U.S. at Monterey Pop Festival in June 1967. This is the show we all know, when Hendrix, in classic rock style, lit his psychedelically painted Fender Stratocaster on fire. Their final show played as a rock power trio was the Denver Pop Festival in June of 1969. Hendrix made the infamous announcement from the stage: “This is the last gig we’ll be playing together.”
The legend of The Jimi Hendrix Experience leading up to Monterey Pop Festival is what fascinates fans, primarily. Lucky for them, the new Jimi Hendrix biopic, Jimi: All By My Side, directed and written by John Ridley, focuses on the events leading up to that famous performance. Read all about how the film was irking the Hendrix family here.