Jimi Hendrix Experience’s 1969 LA Forum Show Set For Archive Release [Listen]
Those who missed the Jimi Hendrix ExperienceConcert of April 26, 1969 at The forum discover Hendrix with a new archive version. Released November 18 via Sony’s legacy, Los Angeles Forum: April 26, 1969 captures the legendary guitarist’s historic Inglewood, California show.
As has been the case throughout his career, Jimi Hendrix represented a change to come to the United States. His April 26 concert marked only the third “rock” show in the history of the arena outside of Los Angeles, which had opened in late 1967. The venue had previously hosted a program double of Cream and Dark purple as well as a show Aretha Franklin who may not have fallen into the same crowd of shaggy-haired rockers, but aligned with the new concert revolution that’s overtaking the music industry.
The concert epitomized the raw energy that Hendrix’s music carried, as the guitarist calmed a rowdy audience by walking onto the stage and saying, “We’re all at church tonight; pretend there is a sky above you. Although Hendrix’s sermon provided some temporary serenity, there was little he could do to calm the boisterous crowd that continued to jump onstage throughout the nine-song performance. He even changed the lyrics of “Purple Haze” to refer to the swarms of policemen guarding the scene, “Excuse me while I kiss this policeman.”
“The crowd was ready to get unruly and crazy”, the guitarist Billy F. Gibbonswho was in the audience that night, said list. Still several months before training High ZZGibbons – who provide liner notes for the archive release – opened for the experience the previous year with his band moving walkway on a series of dates in Texas. These shows were part of Hendrix’s first tour as a headliner and also featured British psych-rock forebears soft machine. During one of the concerts, Moving Sidewalk covered “Purple Haze” and “Foxey Lady”, which caught Jimi’s attention.
“He grabbed me and said, ‘I like you… You have a lot of nerve; I want to get to know you,” Gibbons recalled of Jimi’s reaction.
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After the first sets of Chicago Transportation Authority (later renamed Chicago) and Cat Mother & The All Night NewsboysHendrix and his acolytes Michael Mitchell (battery) and Christmas Redding (bass) started her set with a 15 minute “Tax-Free”. The performance hosted classics like “Foxey Lady” and the aforementioned “Purple Haze”, an early take on Hendrix’s reworking of the “Star-Spangled Banner” that would go on to make history in Woodstock that summer, and a 17-minute “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)” that dipped into Cream’s “Sunshine Of Your Love” before being picked up to close the show.
“It’s remarkable that we’re blessed with so many reflective moments, that is, recordings,” Gibbons said. “Hendrix has long evaporated in real life. And yet he lives on through these excellent recordings, and this unexpected discovery from that fateful night’s live performance in LA will rekindle the flame.
Hear Jimi Hendrix Experience perform “I Don’t Live Today” from the upcoming archive release Los Angeles Forum: April 26, 1969available here on pre-order.
Jimi Hendrix Experience – “I’m Not Living Today” – 4/26/69
Los Angeles Forum: April 26, 1969 Track list:
Magic of Spanish castles
I don’t live today
Voodoo child (slight return)
sun of your love
Voodoo child (slight return)
Show track list