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Live

September 09th, 1968

Hendrix, Mitch Mitchell and Noel Redding travel to Portland, Oregon for an evening performance at Memorial Coliseum with support from Vanilla Fudge, Eire Apparent, and Soft Machine. The Experience's set includes "Are You Experienced?" "Fire," "Hey Joe," "Foxey Lady," "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)," "Little Wing," "Spanish Castle Magic," "Red House," and "Purple Haze."

Jimi Hendrix is photographed in concert at the Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Oregon on September 9, 1968.

Photo: Alan Hicks / © Authentic Hendrix, LLC

Live

September 18th, 1968

Jimi Hendrix, Noel Redding, Mitch Mitchell, Buddy Miles, Graham Bond and Eric Burdon jam at the Whiskey A Go Go in Hollywood, California.

Media

December 14th, 1969

Just months after leaving the Experience to front Fat Mattress, Noel Redding’s group was coming undone. Rolling Stone magazine was among the first to reveal the group’s undoing.

“Despite reports to the contrary, Noel Redding’s Fat Mattress was not breaking up. Redding became ill during the group’s million-dollar American tour. In a statement from the Robert Stigwood Organization (Fat Mattress’s management company) said, “Fat Mattress’s debut tour of America has been postponed because of lead guitarist Noel Redding’s sudden illness.” Chas Chandler, the group’s manager strongly denied all rumors pointing the groups split saying “Noel flew home from New York after consulting his doctor and Rik Grunnell, head of the Stigwood office in the States. Noel will be taking a complete rest over the Christmas holiday at a secret address. New plans for Fat Mattress will be put into operation and announced in January.”

Media

December 27th, 1969

Despite initial reports that Fat Mattress had not disbanded, new information surfaced about the group’s messy split. Guitarist Noel Redding left for home after suffering what was being called a “nervous breakdown.” A spokesman for the Robert Stigwood Organization said, “the American tour could have been worth a million dollars.” Meanwhile, Jimmy Leverton of Fat Mattress told Melody Maker “the whole thing got out of hand. It was down to a personal thing within the band. We just couldn’t go on.”