Jimi Hendrix Experience ‘Los Angeles Forum: April 26, 1969’ Out 11/18 for Jimi’s 80th Birthday; Preview/Pre-Order

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Coming up on Nov. 27 is the 80th birthday of guitarist/cultural icon Jimi Hendrix — and Experience Hendrix L.L.C., in partnership with Legacy Recordings, have grand plans to celebrate.

A few days before, on Nov. 18 to be precise, an archival live performance titled Jimi Hendrix Experience Los Angeles Forum: April 26, 1969 will be released in a variety of formats. It’s the latest in a series of remastered and restored live recordings from the Experience that have been released in recent years.

Per a news release:

Recorded in the spring of 1969 before a raucous, sold-out audience, the captivating performance of the original lineup (singer/guitarist Jimi Hendrix, drummer Mitch Mitchell, bassist Noel Redding) has never before been released in its entirety.

Here’s a preview, in the form of a blistering rendition of “I Don’t Live Today”:

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Here’s a little background for this particular performance at the Forum:

Following the massive success of the Jimi Hendrix Experience’s 1967-68 studio album trifecta (Are You Experienced, Axis: Bold as Love, Electric Ladyland), the trio had developed into the most popular international touring attraction in rock music. This widescale public interest coincided with the construction of new arenas for sporting events, among them the Forum in Inglewood, CA. Designed by famed architect Charles Luckman (who also designed New York’s rebuilt Madison Square Garden), this multi-purpose venue opened in 1967 as the home of the Los Angeles Kings hockey team and Los Angeles Lakers basketball team, but also began to serve as a music venue. Among the earliest concerts held there was Aretha Franklin in January 1968 and the Cream farewell tour with opening act Deep Purple in October of that year. The Jimi Hendrix Experience were booked to perform on April 26, 1969 with opening acts Chicago Transit Authority (soon-to-be renamed Chicago) and Cat Mother & The All Night Newsboys, the latter of whom shared management with the headliners. Floor seats cost $6.50 ($51.20 adjusted for inflation).

The track listing for Los Angeles Forum: April 26, 1969:

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Foxey Lady
Red House
Spanish Castle Magic
Star Spangled Banner
Purple Haze
I Don’t Live Today
Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
Sunshine of Your Love
Voodoo Child (Slight Return)


  • Gary Bringman says:

    Now all we need is the Chicago released, if it was professionally recorded

  • Rorer714 says:


  • Paul Kopilak says:

    What I’d like to see is the complete Royal Albert Hall release. Should have come out long ago!

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