The Experience, supported by Soft Machine, The Moving Sidewalks, and Neal Ford & the Fanatics, play the Music Hall in Houston, Texas. Jimi Hendrix is photographed on stage during The Experience’s February 18, 1968 performance at the Music Hall in Houston, Texas.
The Experience, Soft Machine, The Moving Sidewalks, and Neal Ford & the Fanatics perform at Will Rogers Auditorium in Fort Worth, Texas. The Experience play: “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” “Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window,” “The Wind Cries Mary,” “Fire,” “Catfish Blues,” “Foxey Lady,” “Hey Joe,” “Purple Haze,” and “Wild Thing.” Later, Hendrix jams backstage with Billy Gibbons, guitarist for The Moving Sidewalks, and trades guitars with him.
The Experience, along with Soft Machine, The Moving Sidewalks, and The Chessmen, play the State Fair Music Hall in Dallas, Texas. The set includes: “Are You Experienced?” “Fire,” “The Wind Cries Mary,” “Tax Free,” “Foxey Lady,” “Hey Joe,” “Spanish Castle Magic,” “Red House,” and “Purple Haze.”
The band travels north to Santa Barbara, where they play at Robertson Gym with Soft Machine and East Side Kids. Bob White interviews Hendrix for the Argo, Santa Barbara. The story is published in March.
February 15, 1968 Soft Machine, The Moving Sidewalks, and Neal Ford and the Fanatics open for The Experience at the Municipal Auditorium in San Antonio, Texas.
The Experience perform at Regis College in Denver, Colorado. Soft Machine opens. Meanwhile, in London, Les Perrin accepts Hendrix’s Disc & Music Echo award for “Top World Musician.” The ceremony takes place at the “Valentine’s Night Ball” at the Empire Rooms on Tottenham Court Road.
The Experience arrive in Los Angeles for two shows at the Anaheim Convention Center. The Animals, Eire Apparent and Soft Machine are also on the bill. During the second show, Hendrix blows an amp and plays only four songs, among them “Catfish Blues” and “Purple Haze.”
The band plays at Sacramento State College, supported by Soft Machine and The Creators. A light show by Simultaneous Avalanche is also part of the show. Karen Vitlip interviews The Experience for The Sacramento Union (February 10), and Debbie Smith interviews them for Teenset (July 1968).
The Experience and Soft Machine perform at the VIP Club in Tucson. The Sunday Mirror conducts a phone interview with Hendrix, which is published February 11.