The rock legend played his final live set ever on September 6th, 1970 at the Open Air Love and Peace Festival In Fehmarn, Germany.
Even with the stormy weather that had delayed their arrival to the festival, there was no stopping the Experience, which then comprised of drummer Mitch Mitchell and bassist Billy Cox. They came and they played their heart out, making Hendrix’s last set ever quite a memorable one. Some of the video footage even shows someone who could possibly have been David Bowie, attending Hendrix’s last concert.
While we’d all love to hear the set recorded live, the sound quality of the Fehmarn recording isn’t great, since unbeknownst to Hendrix, since promoters captured the reformulated Experience’s entire performance by feeding two overhead stage microphones into a consumer grade Revox reel-to-reel tape machine located off to the side of the stage.
Hendrix’s relationship with drugs was becoming more and more unhealthy, and even though he had performances schedules on September 13th and 15th, the latter was cancelled because he apparently came too high to perform. The historical significance of September 6th remains, making it the last time the then reigning king of rock music played his last song, since he was found dead on September 18th, 1970. He was all of 27.
Jimi Hendrix, Sept. 6, 1970 Setlist:
“Spanish Castle Magic”
“All Along the Watchtower”
“Hey Baby (New Rising Sun)”
“Message to Love”
“Room Full of Mirrors”
“Voodoo Child (Slight Return)”