See a Full Jimi Hendrix Experience Concert on Restored Footage Thought Lost for 35 Years

Maybe there’s truth to the old joke about the 60s—“If you remember it, you weren’t there”—but it’s hard to believe anyone could forget seeing Hendrix. If you caught him in Stockholm in 1969 however and it somehow slipped your mind, you can relive it again for the first time in the well-preserved, newly restored concert film above: a full hour of “electric church music” from the Jimi Hendrix Experience.

The event was not meant to have been preserved at all. As Catarina Wilson of Sweden’s public television station SVT explained to the BBC, the tape should have been erased and reused because the station couldn’t afford to keep so much raw footage. Some technician at the station likely realized its value and stashed it away. Since it was unlabeled, the footage sat forgotten on the shelf for 35 years, until a team undertook a project of transferring archival material to digital and discovered the full Hendrix gig.

“The tape was shot on January 9, 1969 at Stockholm’s Konserthuset,” reports Swedish news site The Local, “for a pop music show called ‘Nummer 9.’ Only ten minutes of the concert was broadcast on January 21st of that year.” After their introduction, Hendrix dedicates the show to “the American deserters society”—soldiers refusing to go to Vietnam, some of whom may have been in the audience. Then, after a little tuning up and another obscure dedication, the band launches into “Killing Floor.”

See the full tracklist for the Stockholm Konserthuset show below (the tape cuts off right before the encore).

01 Killing Floor
02 Spanish Castle Magic
03 Fire 04 Hey Joe
05 Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
06 Red House
07 Sunshine Of Your Love

Hendrix also mentions that the band will only play “oldies but baddies,” hinting at one of the many tensions between him and bassist Noel Redding that broke the band apart just six months later. “The audience wanted us to play the old Hendrix standards,” Redding told Rolling Stone in November, “but Jimi wanted to do his new stuff. The last straw came at the Denver Pop Festival when Jimi told a reporter that he was going to enlarge the band… without even consulting myself or our drummer, Mitch Mitchell.”

Compared to this surely memorable, yet fairly standard Stockholm concert, the Experience’s last stage appearance in Denver “ended up being an unforgettable show,” notes Ultimate Classic Rock, “for all the wrong reasons”—containing all the things we associate with the chaotic late sixties. Hendrix dropped acid before the gig. “Combined with the near-riot that took place outside of the venue by those who demanded that the promoters make the event free, it made for a bad vibe overall.”

You can hear that concert above, including Hendrix’s declaration, mid-way through the set, that it would be “the last gig we’ll ever play together.” Just a few minutes later, police fired tear gas into the crowd, the wind blew it back toward the stage, and “the Experience set down their instruments for the final time and fled for cover.” Redding quit that night and boarded a plane for London, and just over a year later, Hendrix was gone.

via Laughing Squid

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Josh Jones is a writer and musician based in Washington, DC. Follow him @jdmagness.

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  • Dean says:

    Always enjoy seeing and hearing Hendrix material found archived. Most of the material his half-sister,Jaynie, releases..not so much. I’m sure Jimi really didn’t want it released to the listening public anyway but as long is it makes a living for her..

  • Shawn says:

    This footage has been out in its entirety for many years. I’ve had this show as well as Rainbow Bridge and a handful of bad super 8 footage on VHS for probably 20+ years now. It was available but given the internet wasn’t around 20 years ago a fan had to really search for it.

  • Gabe says:

    Like Jimi hendrix’s music

  • Rob Joshua says:

    This footage has been around for many years now online!

  • Ted says:

    She’s not his half-sister; she’s not biologically related to Jimi or Leon at all.

  • Ted Renfrew says:

    It’s not even new online. I’ve seen it online for at least a few years. Some of the YouTube videos from it are 10 years old.

  • BT says:

    A bittorrent of this appeared on a private live show trader site (PinkRobert, fyi) back in 2007. It’s in glorious black and white, not the this video’s red/brown tint.
    The torrent was a DVD authored from the station master. This video is probably from that.

    From the torrent info file:

    >>Duration: 0:56:27
    Data Size: 3.83 GB
    Bit Rate: 9.72 Mbps

    Video Tracks:
    224 MPEG, 720 x 576, 4:3, 25 fps, 9.50 Mbps, upper field first

    Audio Tracks:
    128 AC3 2/0, 48 kHz, 256 kbps

    Stream Files:
    VTS_01_1.VOB (1016.00 MB)
    VTS_01_2.VOB (1016.00 MB)
    VTS_01_3.VOB (1016.00 MB)
    VTS_01_4.VOB (875.89 MB)

    Seeded to PR Torrents Jan. 2007 by mrskin<<

  • Sean says:

    The “obscure dedication” is to Eva Sundquist, a Swedish fan who Jimi sired a son with (James.)

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