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16 August 2006 @ 09:23 am
wayback wednesday: Jimi  
In 1967, the mostly unknown Jimi Hendrix Experience toured Europe, opening for Engelbert Humperdinck. Think about that for second. Even fans of the Rolling Stones and the Who weren't prepared for what Jimi was doing back then... can you imagine what the average Engelbert Humperdinck fan made of that show!

Their next tour, hot on the heels of their success at the Monterey Pop Festival, was with the Monkees (apparently Jimi was good friends with Peter Tork), another botched match-up that resulted in the Experience being kicked off the tour, supposedly because of complaints from the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Listening to: Morcheeba - "Trigger Hippie"
pluribuspluribus on August 16th, 2006 05:49 pm (UTC)
Just some trivia:

Peter Tork lived in Minneapolis during the rise of the punk scene, and I saw him play with the pop/punk band "Fingerprints" once. (Yes, he can actually play bass.)
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd:  Luke Cheuh & Teresa MTZassmonkeydiary on August 16th, 2006 06:23 pm (UTC)
That's really cool. What kind of reaction did he get from the punk rock scene?

Wow, now I really want to here a punk rock version of "Auntie Grizelda."
(Anonymous) on August 16th, 2006 07:15 pm (UTC)
The Jimi Hendrix Connection
And Stephen Stills followed Jimi Hendrix around like a disciple circa 1966-67. Stills admitted he dreamt of playing like Hendrix early on and copied Hendrix's guitar layout. Stills also was friends with one of the Monkees that I now forget who and almost got to be a Monkee himself. He was dropped for having "crooked teeth". Now I see the connection. Stills friend with Monkee, Monkee friend with Hendrix, Hendrix friend to everyone.

Did you know that Hendrix was briefly in a band with Tommy Chong sometime in 1965?

Yep. Just wanted to show how much useless information I have collected in my head these past thirty odd years.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd:  blue bottleassmonkeydiary on August 16th, 2006 07:27 pm (UTC)
Re: The Jimi Hendrix Connection
Yup, Stills and Tork were good friends. It was Stills in fact who suggested Tork try out for the Monkees.

I was pretty amused when I read about Hendrix and Chong's band in bio I'm reading now. Quite crazy.
Zalzalriva1 on August 17th, 2006 07:14 am (UTC)