Legendary Jimi Hendrix 1969 L.A. Forum Show Coming In November


Coming on November 18th is Jimi Hendrix Experience – Los Angeles Forum: April 26, 1969. The new archival set will be issued on double-LP vinyl and CD — as well as all digital platforms. The original concert featured such opening acts as Chicago Transit Authority –– soon-to-be renamed Chicago — and Cat Mother & The All Night Newsboys, who shared management with Hendrix. Floor seats cost $6.50 — that's $51.20 in 2022 dollars.

According to the announcement, Hendrix was quite vocal during the show telling the crowd before "Red House": "Everybody want to know what America’s soul is; everybody think it’s Motown . . . America’s soul is something more like this here" and joking during "Purple Haze": "'Scuse me while I kiss that policeman!" Hendrix went on to dedicate "Spanish Castle Magic" to "the plain clothes police out there and other goofballs." Prior to "The Star Spangled Banner" Hendrix quipped: "Here’s a song we was all brainwashed with."

Interestingly, the Experience opened the gig with "Tax Free" — an obscure 1967 instrumental tune by Swedish duo Hansson & Karlsson with whom Hendrix and the band had previously performed alongside in Stockholm.

On July 7th, 1969, Jimi Hendrix appeared on ABC's The Dick Cavett Show and explained how he felt that music was becoming the definitive and truest form of communication: ["It's getting to me more spiritual so. . . than anything now. Pretty soon I believe that we have to rely on music to get some peace of mind or some satisfaction — direction, actually. More so than politics, because, like, politics is really an ego scene. It's the art of words, which means nothing, y'know? So, therefore, you have to rely on more of an Earthier substance — like music."] SOUNDCUE (:19 OC: . . . substance like music)

The tracklist to Jimi Hendrix Experience – Los Angeles Forum: April 26, 1969 is:

"Tax Free"
"Foxey Lady"
"Red House"
"Spanish Castle Magic"
"Star Spangled Banner"
"Purple Haze"
"I Don’t Live Today"
"Voodoo Child (Slight Return)"
"Sunshine Of Your Love"
"Voodoo Child (Slight Return)"

Jimi Hendrix On Relying On Music :