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May 01, 1970

Performing at the Milwaukee Auditorium in Milwaukee, Wisconsin The Jimi Hendrix Experience, supported by OZ, complete an hour-long set consisting of “Spanish Castle Magic,” “Lover Man,” “Hear My Train A Comin’,” “Ezy Ryder,” “Freedom,” “Message To Love,” “Foxey Lady,” “Star Spangled Banner,” “Purple Haze,” and “Voodoo Child (Slight Return).”

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May 02, 1970

Making a second stop in Wisconsin, this time at the Dane County Memorial Coliseum in Madison, The Experience perform in front of a crowd roughly 5,000 strong. With support from Savage Grace and OZ, The Experience’s 85-minute set featured renditions of “Fire,” “Room Full Of Mirrors,” “Hear My Train A Comin’,” “Lover Man,” “Red House,” “Message To Love,” “Ezy Ryder,” “Machine Gun,” “Star Spangled Banner,” “Foxey Lady,” “Voodoo Child (Slight Return),” and “Purple Haze.”

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May 03, 1970

Once again supported by Savage Grace and OZ, The Experience appears at the Auditorium Arena in St. Paul, Minnesota. Here the group’s 75-minute performance features “Fire,” “Room Full Of Mirrors,” “Lover Man,” “Hear My Train A Comin’,” “Ezy Ryder,” “Machine Gun,” “Freedom,” “Foxey Lady,” “Red House,” “Star Spangled Banner,” “Purple Haze,” “Voodoo Child (Slight Return).”

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May 08, 1970

Performing at the University of Oklahoma’s Field House in Norman, OK, The Experience complete two shows, both supported by Bloodrock. Details on the group’s first set are somewhat sketchy while the second set, roughly 75-minutes in length featured renditions of “Fire,” “Spanish Castle Magic,” “Machine Gun,” “Lover Man,” “Foxey Lady,” “Hear My Train A Comin’,” “Message To Love,” “Red House,” “Star Spangled Banner,” “Purple Haze,” and “Voodoo Child (Slight Return).” Jimi Hendrix is photographed during The Experience’s May 8, 1970 performance at the Field House at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma. Photo: © Authentic Hendrix, LLC

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May 09, 1970

Heading south, The Experience stop in Forth Worth, Texas where they perform at Will Rogers Coliseum. Scheduled as a replacement show for the one previously scheduled for September 27, 1969. Tonight’s 75-minute set included “Fire,” “Lover Man,” “Hear My Train A Comin’,” “Foxey Lady,” “Room Full Of Mirrors,” “Red House,” “Freedom,” “Ezy Ryder,” “Machine Gun,” “Star Spangled Banner,” “Purple Haze,” and “Voodoo Child (Slight Return).”

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May 10, 1970

Performing in San Antonio, TX at the Hemisfair Arena The Experience’s 65-minute performance consisted of “Fire,” “Foxey Lady,” “Machine Gun,” “Freedom,” “Red House,” “Message To Love,” “Hear My Train A Comin’,” “Ezy Ryder,” “Room Full Of Mirrors,” “Star Spangled Banner,” “Purple Haze,” and “Voodoo Child (Slight Return).” Jimi Hendrix and Mitchell are pictured during The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s May 10, 1970 performance at the Hemisphere Arena in San Antonio, Texas. Photo: © Authentic Hendrix, LLC

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May 14, 1970

Always privy to hitting the studio to try out some new songs, Hendrix led the group back to New York. Although work on Jimi’s own Electric Lady Studios was nearing completion, after a brief test session with Eddie Kramer on piano, it was decided that more tweaking was necessary at the new facility before Hendrix should christen it. Instead, Kramer booked Hendrix and the band into the familiar surroundings of the Record Plant’s newly opened “Studio C.” Here Jimi lead the band through a number of recordings including three takes of “Come Down Hard On Me,” a series of rough instrumentals of “Straight Ahead,” the fourth take evolved into a jam of “Night Bird Flying.” An abandoned rendition of “Lower Alcatraz” quickly crumbled before Hendrix dove into unique renditions of “Midnight Lightning” and “Keep On Groovin’.” Playing around on his guitar Jimi plucked a few chords to “Power Of Soul” before jumping full-speed into “Straight Ahead” which was later followed by a feverish rendition of “Freedom.” Jokingly moving forward, Hendrix lightened the mood in the studio with Frankie Laine’s “Catastrophe,” which caused Kramer to remark on the talkback, “at a hundred and fifty dollars an hour, that’s pretty good.” When the laughter died down, Jimi frolicked in a hearty version of “Hey Baby (New Rising Sun) before the session came to an end.

Electric Lady Studios Recording studio

May 15, 1970

Returning to the “Studio C” at the Record Plant, continued work on “Freedom” was the focus of the group’s attention, resulting in 19 takes of the song, of which 15 were particularly spirited, although no master resulted from these takes Hendrix moved future studio work on “Freedom” over to his own Electric Lady Studios in late June. The session also featured work on “Valleys Of Neptune,” “Peter Gunn,” and “Catastrophe,” the later two debuting posthumously on War Heroes (Reprise Records, 1972). Making another attack on “Freedom,” Jimi was left unsatisfied and turned his attention back to “Hey Baby (New Rising Sun),” which at this point was styled similarly to the rendition that is currently available on First Rays Of The New Rising Sun (Experience Hendrix/MCA, 1997). Before ending the session, he led the band through an energetic rendition of “Lover Man.”

Freedom Hey Baby Record Plant Recording Studio C

May 16, 1970

Heading east, The Jimi Hendrix Experience stop for a high-spirited performance at Temple University Stadium in Philadelphia, PA where they were supported by a stellar cast including Jam Factory, Cactus, Grateful Dead, and Steve Miller Band. The concert in front of an audience hovering around 10,000 featured performances of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” “Johnny B. Goode,” “Machine Gun,” “Lover Man,” “Foxey Lady,” “Red House,” “Freedom,” “Fire,” “Hear My Train A Comin’,” “Purple Haze,” and “Voodoo Child (Slight Return).”

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May 23, 1970

Three concerts (St. Louis, MO; Cincinnati, OH; and Columbus, OH) are canceled due to Jimi getting sick.

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May 27, 1970

Partnering with the Memorial Day Long Weekend release of Woodstock – The Motion Picture, Cotillion Records released the triple-LP set Woodstock (SD350) that featured Hendrix’s live medley of “Star Spangled Banner / Purple Haze / Instrumental Solo.” The collection became an instant classic, entering the Billboard charts at #4 before peaking at the top of the charts, where it sat untouched for a four-week period.

Cotillion Records Releases Woodstock Woodstock – The Motion Picture

May 30, 1970

Back on the West Coast, The Experience was booked into the Berkeley Community Theater in Berkeley, CA by famed promoter Bill Graham. The quaint theater, housing close to 3,400 fans were witness to two sets by The Experience (both professionally filmed) that included, (Set 1) “Fire,” “Johnny B. Goode,” “Hear My Train A Comin’,” “Foxey Lady,” “Machine Gun,” “Freedom,” “Red House,” “Message To Love,” “Ezy Ryder,” “Star Spangled Banner,” “Purple Haze,” and “Voodoo Child (Slight Return).” (Set 2) “Straight Ahead,” “Hey Baby (New Rising Sun),” “Lover Man,” “Stone Free,” “Hey Joe,” “I Don’t Live Today,” “Machine Gun,” “Foxey Lady,” “Star Spangled Banner,” “Purple Haze,” and “Voodoo Child (Slight Return).” In readying themselves for the evening performance, The Experience took part in an extended rehearsal/soundcheck which saw them play “Message To Love,” “Blues Suede Shoes,” “Hey Baby (New Rising Sun),” “Ezy Ryder,” “Earth Blues,” “Room Full Of Mirrors,” “Villanova Junction,” “Midnight Lightning,” “Freedom,” “Power Of Soul,” and “Machine Gun.” Jimi Hendrix is photographed during the first of two performances at the Berkeley Community Theatre in Berkeley, California on May 30, 1970. Photo: Richard Peters / © Authentic Hendrix, LLC Jimi Hendrix is photographed during The Experience’s second performance at the Berkeley Community Theatre in Berkeley, California on May 30, 1970. Portions of these two performances were later included in the film Jimi Plays Berkeley. Photo: Richard Peters / © Authentic Hendrix, LLC

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