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Newport Pop Festival, Devonshire Downs, Northridge, Ca. Set List: Stone Free Are You Experienced Stone Free Sunshine Of Your Love Fire Hear My Train A Comin’ Red House Foxey Lady Like A Rolling Stone Voodoo Child (Slight Return) Purple Haze The Jimi Hendrix Experience traveled from Los Angeles by helicopter to Northridge, California where they performed at Devonshire Downs at San Fernando State College. Billed as the Newport Pop Festival, the three day event also featured such artists as Albert King, The Edwin Hawkins Singers, Ike & Tina Turner, Joe Cocker, and Taj Mahal. The Experience topped the bill and were the highest paid performers at the festival. Jimi Hendrix is photographed during The Experience’s June 20, 1969 performance at the Newport ‘69 pop festival at Devonshire Downs in Northridge, California. Photo: Chuck Boyd / © Authentic Hendrix, LLC
Newport Pop Festival, Devonshire Downs, Northridge, Ca. After a subpar performance with the Experience on Friday evening, Hendrix returned to the festival on Sunday afternoon to jam with Eric Burdon, Buddy Miles, Tracy Nelson, and Mother Earth. Jimi’s enthusiastic participation won over the crowd. The shambling, extended jam session proved to be the highlight of the Sunday slate of Jimi Hendrix is photographed during an afternoon performance / jam on June 22, 1969 at the Newport ‘69 pop festival at DevonshireDowns in Northridge, California. Photo: © Authentic Hendrix, LLC
Denver Pop Festival, Denver, Co. Set List: Tax Free Hear My Train A Comin’ Fire Spanish Castle Magic Red House Foxey Lady Star Spangled Banner Purple Haze The Experience topped the bill at the 1969 Denver Pop Festival. The festival, staged at Mile High Stadium, boasted a stellar lineup which also included Johnny Winter, Joe Cocker, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Poco, Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention, Iron Butterfly, Tim Buckley, and Big Mama Thornton. An inspired set by the Experience was marred by a riot following the group’s performance. Police officers began firing tear gas at the audience while Eric Barrett, a roadie for the Experience, rushed the band off stage and into the back of their rented equipment truck. Fans climbed all over the vehicle, nearly buckling the roof before the Barrett and the road crew could whisk the group away. The Denver Pop Festival would prove to be the last performance by the original Jimi Hendrix Experience. Immediately afterwards, Noel Redding elected to leave the group and returned to London. Redding cited Hendrix’s stated desire to expand the group without consulting him as one of the factors influencing his decision.