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By Dave Thompson. They came from all corners, converging on the Swiss capital of Zurich for two nights of music quite unlike anything the country had ever seen. The musicians arrived from England, Europe and beyond at the same time as the youngest elements of the city’s outspoken left wing were busily preparing for the day when revolution would come to the streets of Zurich. Was it design, or coincidence, that decreed May 30, 1968 as their chosen date, and that day's Pop Monsterkonzert as the powder keg?
Interview by Steven C. Pesant. "In many ways music hasn't changed at all," explains guitarist, Kim Simmonds. And he should know -- for more than 50 years Simmonds has been leader of one of the original British-blues bands, Savoy Brown. Founded in 1966 at the crossroads of the British invasion and America's increased export of blues music; they were, in part, responsible for what would become one of the most influential periods in rock 'n' roll history. First published in the Spring 2000 issue of Experience Hendrix, in this classic interview Simmonds discusses his 30-plus years in music, the revitalization of blues music, and of course, lots about Jimi Hendrix.
REAL AMBITION – Backstage With Jimi HendrixMar 15 2023
Interview by Tony Palmer. Riding high on the success of The Experience’s debut release Are You Experienced and the recent sophomore release of Axis: Bold As Love, The Jimi Hendrix Experience visited Clark University in Worcester, MA on March 15, 1968 as part of their late Winter Tour. Snuggled between the band’s two performances that night, Jimi Hendrix sat down with the BBC’s Tony Palmer for a backstage interview that covered a variety of topics including Hendrix’s real ambition—to be respected as musicians and songwriters.
By John McDermott. Like no Hendrix live disc ever before issued, The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Live At Clark University provides a window into one night on the road—March 15, 1968—with The Experience. Beyond the memorable concert performances of “Fire”, “Red House”, “Foxey Lady”, “Purple Haze”, and “Wild Thing” featured here, Live At Clark University provides a further treat in the form of extended interviews with Jimi, Mitch, and Noel. What makes this collection so unique is the perspective and extraordinary insight gained by listening to the interviews conducted with each band member prior to and immediately following the group’s performance. Let’s spend a night with The Experience.
By John McDermott. In January 1969, the fortunes of The Jimi Hendrix Experience had never burned brighter. The group had barnstormed America and Europe for better than two years propelled by two ground-breaking albums Are You Experienced and Axis: Bold As Love and their with their third album – Electric Ladyland – riding high in the sales charts, the group embarked on a nine date tour of Germany. The group had not performed in Germany since 1967 and audiences there enthusiastically welcomed them—perhaps none more vocally than those who packed Sporthalle, an indoor arena in Cologne, Germany on January 13, 1969.
By Experience Hendrix. Experience Hendrix and the family of Jimi Hendrix are deeply saddened to learn of the sudden passing of our good friend, legendary guitarist Jeff Beck. Jeff was an unparalleled innovator who never stopped pushing the envelope. He came to prominence first with the Yardbirds, but he would follow his own unique creative path for the next five decades. His extraordinary improvisational skills earned him admiration from fellow musicians to his global, multi-generational fan base. Rest In Peace, Jeff your music plays on!
By John McDermott. Jimi Hendrix: The Baggy’s Rehearsal Sessions marked the fifth release by Dagger Records, the official bootleg label created by Experience Hendrix. This edition offers the fruits of the guitarist’s spirited rehearsals fronting the Band Of Gypsys as they prepared for their four unforgettable Fillmore East concerts. These unpolished, direct to two-track recordings were made over the course of two long December 1969 evenings at the non-descript warehouse rehearsal facility – Baggy’s – and provided fertile grounds for what evolved into the magnificent New Year’s Eve/Day performances at the Fillmore East.
EXPERIENCE HENDRIX: JIMI HENDRIX’S 80TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION – All-Star Concert Event – Photo HighlightsDec 16 2022
By Experience Hendrix Tour. In celebration of Jimi Hendrix’s 80th Birthday this year, the wildly popular Experience Hendrix concert event was brought back for a special one-night-only celebration to mark this milestone occasion. Revisit this spectacular concert event with our photo highlight presentation.
By Dave Thompson. The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s April 26, 1969 performance at the LA Forum marked just the fourth rock concert to ever be held at the new arena that was initially built to play host to local professional sports teams the LA Lakers and LA Kings. When The Experience took to the stage, the city was already shaking—thanks to localized swarm of earthquakes in the area—but by the time the show ended, the city was awestruck by the mesmerizing live concert experience they had just witnessed. A lot of people just stayed in their seats unable to believe it was really over, others unable to believe it had really ever happened.
UNITED BLOCK ASSOCIATION PRESS CONFERENCE – Frank’s Restaurant, Harlem, NY: September 3, 1969Sep 29 2022
Interview Transcription. Two weeks after Woodstock, Jimi Hendrix appeared at Frank’s Restaurant in Harlem on September 3, 1969 to announce his upcoming performance at a benefit concert on behalf of the United Block Association. This press conference marked the first opportunity for many in the mainstream press to query Hendrix about his performance and the cultural impact of the Woodstock festival.