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Video Captures from Jimi Hendrix Plays Monterey Pop Festival 1967

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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 for you.
Just click here to play it.

Promo Photo

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Unfortunately I was only 16 years old and was not taking photos yet.
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



All His Concert Dates

More Ticket 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 Philadelphia.

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).

Katie B.
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

Thomas H.

Hendrix March 10, 1968 Hilton Hotel Ballroom, Washington DC.

I recently got an e-mail from Vince F. who is the guy I went to that and many other shows with including the Beatles.
Hey BR,
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 the
window came down. You asked if he would give you something -- anything. He
gave you his (still lit) cigarette. Did you save the butt? Did you have it
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.


   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.

 Rock On!
 Tom Woodside

Merriweather Post Pavilion

Merriweather Post Pavilion ( MPP) was one of my favorite places to see concerts. 
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 covered part
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 !!!

I just wanted to let you know my favorite concert that I saw when I was a young girl.
My older brother had to take my younger brother and I with him on his "date", since he had four tickets to the Hollywood Bowl (and he was suppose to be babysitting us).
I think I was about 10 maybe a little older. The opening act was Scott McKenzie ( his one hit wonder was......"If you are going to San Francisco be sure to wear a flower in your hair"), the next group to come out on stage was an odd looking guy with his band mates.......Oh My God! This band was great......Jimi Hendrix!!!!
The people all around us were totally in awe! Mind you he was the opening act for the Momma's & the Papa's! Nobody wanted him to leave.......and when the Momma's & Papa's did come on the stage a lot of people were "booing" them.
I will always remember that night.
Thank you for letting me share


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