Video Captures from
Jimi Hendrix Plays Monterey Pop Festival 1967
Hendrix Fans - FYI
Did you know that the song THIRD STONE FROM THE SUN on Hendrix 1st
album has a secret message at the beginning of the song. We used a 78
rpm record player back in the old days to hear it, but I have sped it up
here to play it.
Unfortunately I was only 16 years old and was not taking
What a bummer !!!
Here are the ticket stubs from the 4 times
I saw Hendrix
Washington Hilton Ballroom
Baltimore Civic Center
Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia MD
His Concert Dates
Stubs from other shows I saw
Jimi Hendrix Concert Stories
Hi: 10-9-10 (Happy birthday John Lennon)
The Hendrix and Doors concerts at the
Hilton.........I was an "usherette" -- didn't get paid but had front row
seats and back stage passes (who needs money). I met Ray, the organist of
the Doors and Jimi Hendrix. No one believes me, but it is true. Maybe I
showed you to your seat!! Hendrix was sitting in his dressing room hugging
his guitar and playing it.......I was totally in awe, said Hi. He said Hi.
That was it!!
I went to the Ambassador Theatre to see Jimi. I
thought I hallucinated that until I saw it listed on your Web site. I
remember he walked out and saw about a 100 kids and said something like, "I
guess my career is over."
I wonder if I know you because you went to so many
concerts I went to. I went to Wakefield in Arlington, class of 69.
I also went to the Atlantic City Pop Festival --
where someone stole all my money and my ticket while I was sleeping. The
people that ran the thing gave me a free ticket and $10 for food. I was
stranded, though, until I ran into an old boyfriend who put me on a bus in
I saw the Beatles at Shea Stadium........my dad
produced movies for the Navy and he was friends with the Beatles
lawyers......they gave him two sixth row seats. He took me and my sister, I
think I was 13 and she was 11. He was just going to drop us off when he saw
the crowd, so he bought a scalper ticket and was in the millionth row --
like he could do anything from there!! He said it was all parents up top.
Do you have anything on the local bands that played
around town in the early 70s? I was friends with Blitz and Zechariah and
Ralph Fortune (I can't remember the name of his band, though -- he's still
rockin' in Front Royal).
now in Oregon
I saw The Who @ DAR Hall......... but the headliner was Herman's
Hermits........they tore up the stage, set things on fire ........ and I
"thought" the DAR said "no more ROCK".............. but your ticket stub
from 1968 proves me wrong.
Also saw Jimmy H @ the Hilton, I remember my Dad saw the review in the
Post the next day, that thought JH's performance was "sexual" ............
got a stern lecture.
Thanks........... and Happy New Year
Hendrix March 10, 1968 Hilton Hotel Ballroom, Washington DC.
recently got an e-mail from Vince F. who is the guy I went to that and many
other shows with including the Beatles.
The Beatles sound was pretty primitive, but it was a blast to be there.
I also remember us attending the
Hendrix Concert at the Hilton. Afterwards,
as we were standing on Florida Avenue, Hendrix's limousine pulled up and
window came down. You asked if he would give you something -- anything.
gave you his (still lit) cigarette. Did you save the butt? Did you have
preserved in any way?
Here is the whole story.
When we arrived
at the Hilton we saw Hendrix come out a side door and get into the Limo.
There were two shows and the first had just ended. We decided that after the
2nd show we would get back to this door quick so we could get an autograph.
Sure enough he came out the same door. I tried to grab his hat. ( it was the
same hat you see in photos from that period with buttons and patches all
over it.) They kept moving and jumped in the Limo. It took off around the
corner and we thought that was that but as we walked around the corner the
Limo was waiting at the red light. I ran up to his window and knocked on it.
He rolled it down and I said " give me your hat" Hendrix said " man-I cant
give this hat up" I said well give me something. They looked around for
something to give me and Mitch said give him your cigarette. He did, the
light turned green and off they went.
Pretty cool experience for a 16 year old rock and roller.
It was a Salem 100 and I kept it in a baggie for many years but alas, It got
lost in the shuffle of my life.
Buy the way - this was the same door that
Pres. Reagan came out of and was shot. He had just given a speech in the
same Hilton ballroom.
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Checking out your site brings back so many great memories. Your
concert histories from those days seem almost identical to mine.
I went to the Jimi Hendrix show at the Washington Hilton in
March 1968 when I was just 15. My parents did not even know I went. My
friends, who all had tickets agreed to let me ride down with them and I
hoped I could score a ticket at the door. Luckily they were still on sale at
the door and I was overjoyed being a mega-Hendrix fan! We sat right in front
on the carpeted floor and to this day I rate that as one of the best
concerts I ever saw. As only those who actually saw Hendrix know, absolutely
no one played guitar like he did and no one has since. We went to the
afternoon show as there were 2 shows that day. Between numbers I kept
yelling to Mitch Mitchell to throw me a stick. He finally responded , saying
he needed them for the evening show. He threw us some flowers instead that
my friend kept pressed in a book for years.
I saw the Jimi Hendrix Experience again that following August
at Merriweather Post Pavilion, almost the same show . Mostly tunes from the
first album, that Hilton show was somehow better.Maybe the more intimate
setting and the sound of the ballroom. Softmachine opened both shows.
I also saw The Who/Led Zeppelin show at Merriweather. I was
nearly on stage when Townsend smashed his guitar and I got a small
piece. I still have it along with a couple other pieces I got at other Who
shows. We got backstage that night and met the whole band. Keith Moon bumbed
a cigarette off my friend. He had Moon sign the pack which he still has.
I saw Cream in Baltimore in Nov, 1968 and then got back stage
in July '69 for the Blind Faith concert. I knew the local opening band,
Procreation, and they got me in. I took pictures of Clapton, Winwood and
Baker that are acually quite good and got to fraternize with these heroes of
mine for the evening. Since the first man ever was going to walk on the moon
that same night it was a dilemma for everyone. The only TV backstage or
anywhere in the Civic Center for that matter was a small black and White a
security guard had brought in. We all periodically checked it out as the
moonwalk time got closer, including Blind Faith. Ginger Baker
and Winwood came out and sat down in front of the small tv hoping to witness
the moonwalk. I noticed Baker fumbling for a match to light his cigarette
with. I quickly found one and lit it for him. Rumor had it that he would not
go on until Armstrong set foot on the moon. This was taking forever so he
finally had to and Blind Faith started to play at about 9:30. I ran back and
forth from the stage,. where I was literally 5 feet from Eric Clapton, to
the tv hoping to glimpse man's first step on the moon. I did not want to
miss this historic event nor miss this great concert. I did miss the actual
first step though while I was watching Blind Faith, seeing an immediate
replay of it seconds later. But hey, Blind Faith missed it too! Looking back
on it years later, I'm glad I did not miss Blind Faith, that being the only
tour they ever did.
I saw some other memorable shows at the Civic
Center. The Rolling Stones in 1966 with Brian Jones and the Who opening for
Herman's Hermits in 1967, These were to me some of the best concerts by
these bands as they never produced anything quite like them in later years.
My family and I moved to Wilmington, Delaware in
1970 where I began my own career as a drummer and of course continued to go
to great concerts in the Philadelphia area. I grew up in Timonium, MD and
attended Dulaney High School.
Merriweather Post Pavilion
Merriweather Post Pavilion ( MPP) was one of my favorite places to see
It is an open air arena with a roof but no sides. On May 25th
1969 I saw The Who do an incredible show there. They destroyed all there
equipment at the end of the show, It was great . The opening act was a band
with there first album out — Led Zeppelin.
Hendrix was the Man, We all wanted to see him again. The first time was at
the Washington Hilton Ballroom in D.C. on 3/10/68.
The day of the show at MPP was cloudy and are seats were on the “grass”.
This was the area behind the seats were the roof ended but there was plenty
of space for blankets and people just sitting on the ground. Remember it’s
an amphitheater on a big hill.
About half way into the show the rain started. Everyone rushed up to the
and they let us in (as best they could). Jimi was saying “let them in”
“Rainy Day, dream Away” and when the thunder started he started playing back
to it with some feedback. It was great. He was just playing with the
lightening and thunder.
It was incredible !!!