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Jimi Hendrix jams with Graham Bond at the Record Plant in New York City. Hendrix records the jam, however due to extensive technical difficulties the poor quality of the surviving recordings has rendered the tape useless.
Jimi, Mitch and Noel travel from New York to London’s Heathrow International Airport. Back in London, Jimi moves into his new flat at 23 Brook Street in London, W1.
Melody Maker headlines the article, “Hendrix Tour Of Germany Postponed” as a result of the success the group continues to have back in America. The article goes on to state that ‘Jimi has had a massive offer to appear on further dates in September during his new American tour which starts in Dallas on July 31. Included in the US itinerary is a concert at Hollywood’s famed Bowl. Jimi is able to command $10,000 a day (over £3,000) and 60 per cent of the gate money on his American shows, which often bring him in as much as £10,000 for each date. He has only just completed an America tour, and the date at Woburn Abbey on Saturday evening is likely to be his only British appearance this year.’ The Jimi Hendrix Experience is the featured artist at Melody Maker’s Woburn Music Festival at Woburn Abbey in Bedfordshire. Supporting acts include Shirley and Dolly Collins, Pentangle, Geno Washington and the Ram Jam Band, T.Rex, The Family, New Formula and Little Women. The Experience’s set consists of “Foxy Lady,” “Stone Free,” “Purple Haze” and “Wild Thing” among others.
At the Record Plant, Eddie Kramer experiments with the crossfades that will link the first three songs, “Have You Ever Been (To Electric Ladyland),” “Crosstown Traffic,” and “Voodoo Chile” together for the Electric Ladyland album.
Melody Maker’s Alan Walsh interviews Jimi Hendrix at his manager’s (Anim), Gerrard Street office for a July 20th feature. In the interview, Hendrix makes references to the hectic recording schedule of the past, saying, “I felt we were becoming the American version of Dave Dee – nothing wrong with that, but its just not our scene. We decided we had to end that scene and get into our own thing. I was tired after of the attitude of fans they’ve bought you a house and a car and now expect you to work the way they want you to for the rest of your life. Buy we couldn’t just say, screw them, because they have their rights, too, so we decided the best way was to just cool the recording scene until we were ready with something that we wanted everyone to hear. I want people to hear us, what we’re doin’ now and try to appreciate what we’re at.”
The Experience’s London-based management office, Anim, closes its Gerrard Street office down and moves Jane Simmons, the administrator of The Official Jimi Hendrix Fan Club to the offices of Track Records on Old Compton Street in London where she continued to manage the original Fan club.
Eric Barrett and Keith Altham join Noel Redding on a flight from London to Terrino, Spain for a few days of relaxation.
After Jimi and Mitch arrive in Palma, Majorca, Spain the group is scheduled to open the new Sergeant Pepper’s night club, which is the latest venture managed by Chas Chandler and Michael Jeffrey. Although their appearance is an unofficial Experience gig, they perform “Hey Joe,” “Burning of the Midnight Lamp,” “Purple Haze,” “The Wind Cries Mary,” and “Wild Thing.” Jimi and I swapped instruments, explains Noel Redding in his diary. At the end of “Wild Thing,” Jimi raised his guitar towards the dropped ceiling and it went straight through the flimsy material. So he left it swinging there and the crowd roared.”
Jimi, Mitch and Noel spend the day at Lauro Verde Beach in Palma, Spain. Home videos recorded by Noel Redding are later presented in the Southbank Documentary in October 1989.
Jimi, Mitch and Noel are joined on stage by Neil Landon and Jim Leverton to perform a number of classic rock’n’roll songs including “Lucille” and “Johnny B. Goode.” Noel Redding notes, “I think it was the only time anyone ever did vocals with us. Are You Experienced Inc., the group’s new business firm is legally formed in the city of New York.
Jimi Hendrix is interviewed by Black Music for a feature article to be run in a 1969 issue.
Eddie Kramer prepared a rough mix of “Gypsy Eyes” at the Record Plant, but marks the tape box, ‘check with Jimi for usage.’
The Experience fly from Heathrow International Airport to John F. Kennedy Airport in New York.
In addition to a rough mix of “House Burning Down” being completed at the Record Plant. Gary Kellgren engineers some overdubs and a rough mix of “Long Hot Summer Night.”
Jimi, Mitch and Noel fly from New York City to Los Angeles, California.
Gary Kellgren works on a mix of “Long Hot Summer Night” in an early morning studio session at his Record Plant studios. The Jimi Hendrix Experience receive Gold RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) awards for sales of more than $500,000 on their debut release, Are You Experienced. The presentation is made to Jimi, Mitch and Noel at Warner Brothers’ offices in Los Angeles.
The Experience travel from Los Angeles to Baton Rouge, Louisiana to begin their new American tour. They kick off the tour with two performances, supported by Soft Machine in the Independence Hall at the Lakeshore Auditorium.
With the Experience missing their flight to Shreveport, Louisiana they are forced to travel to their next venue by car. The group performs later that night at the Municipal Auditorium in Shreveport.