Legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix, that is considered the best of all time unfortunately died too soon at the age of 27. On September 6, 1970, at the Love and Peace Festival in Fernham, Germany he took the stage with his band for the last time. A few days later, on September 18, one of the icons of the countercultural movement and free thinking would die after an sleeping pills overdose.
Watch videos from the last Jimi Hendrix concert and see the setlist:
- “Killing Floor”
- “Spanish Castle Magic”
- “All Along the Watchtower”
- “Hey Joe“
- “Hey Baby (New Rising Sun)”
- “Message to Love”
- “Foxy Lady”
- “Red House”
- “Ezy Ryder”
- “Room Full of Mirrors”
- “Purple Haze”
- “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)”
*The videos don’t have sound during some parts
However, Hendrix’s final moments on stage came just two days before his death, when Eric Burton invited him to a jam session in London. “Hendrix made his entrance during the second set. There was a crack in the air. I introduced Jimi to the audience … the typical London jazz crowd tried to show indifference as he took the stage, but a ripple of applause greeted the greatest guitar player in the world.”
“The guys in War held their ground as we launched into a triple-time version of ‘Tobacco Road,’” Burdon added. “Having Hendrix onstage made [War guitarist Howard Scott] play better than he ever had before. We slid into ‘Mother Earth,’ a beautiful blues written by Memphis Slim. We ended the set with a burning jam. Jimi was flying. And then it was over,” Eric Budon recalled.
The guitarist death
Although the details of Hendrix’s last day and death are widely disputed, he spent much of September 17, 1970, in London with Monika Dannemann, the only witness to his final hours. Dannemann said that she prepared a meal for them at her apartment in the Samarkand Hotel, 22 Lansdowne Crescent, Notting Hill, sometime around 11 p.m., when they shared a bottle of wine.
She drove Hendrix to the residence of an acquaintance at approximately 1:45 a.m., where he remained for about an hour before she picked him up and drove them back to her flat at 3 a.m. Dannemann said they talked until around 7 a.m., when they went to sleep. She awoke around 11 a.m., and found Hendrix breathing, but unconscious and unresponsive.