June 16th, 2010
I’m starting a new series which I hope to revisit periodcally called “Farewells”. The idea here is to podcast performances that are a finale of some kind. Originally I was going to simply post the last concerts by various artists but have decided to expand the purview of the concept. And so you’ll certainly hear the last notes by some musos/bands before a death or break-up, I reserve the right to include other finales such as the last show of a tour, last performance by a particular line-up, shows featuring the terminal performance of a particular song or perhaps that of an album in its entirety, et al.
I hope to also start a parallel series of beginnings featuring first performances. And so you might get to hear, say, the final Black Sabbath concert with Ozzy and the first with Ronnie James Dio. Or the first Lamb tour show by Genesis as well as the last. Compare and contrast. Early stops on tours often featured songed dropped later on and, in some cases, never to be revisited live again. The Band made its farewell on 25 November 1976 with a host of friends and the event was filmed by Martin Scorsese. But very few final shows are big, planned events. Did a band go out on a high note at the peak of their talents or was a final concert the sign of a much needed rest after years of sex, drugs, and rock’n'roll?
The first installment of this series is going to be Jimi Hendrix. This is the last concert by Hendrix with his band. He would take the stage once more after this but it was only to sit in with Eric Burdon and War on 16 September 1970 for a couple songs, “Mother Earth” and “Tobacco Road”.
The date is 6 September 1970 and Hendrix is joined by Billy Cox and Mitch Mitchell at the Fehmarn Love And Peace Festival at Mecklenburg Bay in Germany. How does the new material hang next to the old stuff? Wikipedia asserts “On September 6, 1970, his final concert performance, Hendrix was greeted with some booing and jeering by fans at the Isle of Fehmarn Festival in Germany, due to his non-appearance at the end of the previous nights bill, (due to the torrential rain and risk of electrocution).” Is Wikipedia right? Did Hendrix – a rock legend – really get booed? Now you can find out for yourself.
Spanish Castle Magic
All Along The Watchtower
Hey Baby (New Rising Sun)
Message To Love
Room Full Of Mirrors
Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
Here’s some silent 8mm footage from the show overdubbed with this audience recording.