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With Band Of Gypsys riding high in the Billboard US album chart, Reprise Records issued the single “Stepping Stone” coupled with “Izabella”. Apart from “All Along The Watchtower”, Jimi had little success at US Top 40 radio. “Stepping Stone” and “Izabella” proved to be no exception. Moreover, Capitol Records complained that Reprise was trying to distract consumers from Band Of Gypsys. As the delivery of that album had resolved a bitter lawsuit between Hendrix, Capitol, and Reprise, the single quickly faded from view and has since become a prized collector’s item. For those unable to track down an original vinyl copy, both versions can now be heard as part of the Voodoo Child: The Jimi Hendrix Collection issued in May 2001.
Keith Altham of Melody Maker interviewed Jimi at his New York apartment for a May 9 article. Portions of the interview also accompanied Altham’s article in the July 4 issue of Petticoat.
Hendrix flies from New York City to Los Angeles, California in preparation for the upcoming US Tour.
Jimi attends a birthday for Jethro Tull’s Glen Cornick in Laurel Canyon.
A new Jimi Hendrix Experience, featuring Hendrix (guitar), Mitch Mitchell (drums), and Billy Cox (bass) makes its debut at the Los Angeles Forum. The performance also marks the start of what would become that last US Tour by Jimi Hendrix. Supported by The Buddy Miles Express and Ballin’ Jack the sold out-performance (20,000) The Experience’s 85-minute set featured “Spanish Castle Magic,” “Foxey Lady,” “Lover Man,” “Hear My Train A Comin’,” “Message To Love,” “Ezy Ryder,” “Machine Gun,” “Room Full Of Mirrors,” “Hey Baby (New Rising Sun),” “Villanova Junction,” “Freedom,” “Star Spangled Banner,” “Purple Haze,” and “Voodoo Child (Slight Return).” Jimi Hendrix performs on stage during The Experience’s first show of their final US Tour, April 25, 1970 at the Los Angeles Forum in Inglewood, California. Photo: Chuck Boyd / © Authentic Hendrix, LLC
The Jimi Hendrix Experience makes an afternoon appearance at “Cal Expo Outdoors” at the State Fairgrounds in Sacramento, California. Supported by The Buddy Miles Express and Blues Mountain Eagle, the 17,000 fans witnessed a show, just shy of an hour in length consisting of “Lover Man,” “Spanish Castle Magic,” “Freedom,” “Machine Gun,” “Foxey Lady,” “Room Full Of Mirrors,” “Ezy Ryder,” “Purple Haze,” “Star Spangled Banner,” and “Voodoo Child (Slight Return).”