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    1969-01-21 'Wacken', Strasbourg, Bas-Rhin, France

    Tuesday, January 21st, 1969

    NO SETLIST KNOWN

    no recording has surfaced

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    Re: 1969-01-21 'Wacken', Hall16, Strasbourg, Bas-Rhin, France

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    Re: 1969-01-21 'Wacken', Strasbourg, Bas-Rhin, France

    There were 2 shows on this night

    Set list for one of the shows per eyewitness Rory Gallagher on Ayler's French Forum:


    Come On (Let the Good Times Roll)
    Hey Joe
    Spanish Castle Magic
    Red House
    Fire
    Sunshine Of Your Love
    Purple Haze
    Foxy Lady
    Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
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    Re: 1969-01-21 'Wacken', Strasbourg, Bas-Rhin, France

    Tuesday 21 January 1969
    Strasbourg, Wacken / Hall 16, Place de la Foire Exposition, France. JHE
    No gig previous night.
    Concert at 20:00 until 23:15 nearly sold out.
    Support: Eire Apparent.
    Audience: 2,500.
    The JHE travel by limousine from Stuttgart, W. Germany, to Strasbourg, France
    Filmed and recorded (probably) but unreleased for the film ‘Last Experience.’
    Interestingly in 1941 the Free French Forces commanding general in the Western desert (“Leclerc”) made this the focus of his rallying speech: “Swear that you will not lay down your arms, until our flag flies once again over the cathedral of Strasbourg.”

    Songs:

    Come On (Part 1) (Earl ‘King’ (Johnson)
    Hey Joe (Billy Roberts)
    Spanish Castle Magic
    Red House
    Fire
    Sunshine Of Your Love (Jack Bruce, Pete Brown & Eric Clapton)
    Purple Haze
    Foxy Lady
    Voodoo Child (slight return).

    Dernieres Nouvelles (‘Latest News’ #19, 23 January) review by Marc Munch: “The rock public came en masse without filling up the whole of Hall 16, but the true fan of R ‘n’ B..., and even of pop, did not get their money’s worth... The strident sounds made by Jimi Hendrix’s guitar, attempting to imitate sirens or engines, were in the end unbearable. The main decor was made up of a heap of microphones and amplifiers piled up on the stage. The lucky ones were those who had brought cotton ear plugs along!
    The evening was neither spectacular nor presented anything of musical interest, it was simply boring. The audience, dazed by so much noise, was amorphous and failed to warm up, even for a brief moment, Bill Haley certainly put on a better show.”

    Strasbourama (#6, February) review by Sacha Reins: “Jimi Hendrix, the undisputed leader of psychedelic music, gave.. .a concert that will not be soon forgotten. I prefer not to mention the band which performed during the first part... During the break, the roadies brought onto the stage the most gigantic PA ever seen (and heard) in Strasbourg. Then Jimi Hendrix appeared.
    Tall, slim, dressed with polished eccentricity, he is impressive and full of charm; instinctively one expects the unexpected. Hendrix is a tormented soul, a trouble maker who uses his music to render his sensory obsessions.
    Under his virtuoso fingers, his guitar caterwauls, roars, cries, and howls. Wild-eyed, swaying from one leg to the other, he masters the impressive electronic gear around him.
    With feedback, echo, and reverberation he’s building himself a world. A world where women are beautiful. A world where dreaming substitutes for sordid everyday life. Jimi Hendrix is a searcher for an inaccessible paradise, who has found beauty in immoderation. It’s this excess which unfortunately shocked part of the audience. In spite of this, he played fantastically that evening.
    Starting with ‘Come On,’ he continued with a stunning ‘Hey Joe.’ A ‘Hey Joe’ that’s totally different from the version he recorded. Hendrix is not satisfied with reproducing his own records on stage; it’s too easy to build a career on the basis of one recording session (I’m thinking, for example, of James Brown’s musicians who during three weeks at the Olympia, played the same solos every night, note for note!). Jimi challenges himself every night....
    The show ended with ‘Voodoo Child.’ A ‘Voodoo Child” - alarming and obsessional - which plunged us into the unhealthy world of black magic and voodoo rites, in a Dante-esque universe with grimacing dead trees. Punching his guitar, throwing it onto the microphone, Hendrix brought the paroxysm to a climax. A wind of madness swept across the stage. Then all of a sudden everything stopped and the ensuing silence was painful:it hurt all over. Enthusiastic or on the edge of a nervous attack, punch-drunk or angry, the audience was quick to leave the hall. On 21 January in Strasbourg, Jimi Hendrix ravished 2,000 people.”

    Best (#9, April) ‘Hendrix came to give a concert in Strasbourg’ - review by Jean D’Hau (fan): “The 2,500 seats of the hail are almost sold out. Behind the curtain, Mitch Mitchell is warming up. The Eire Apparent, managed by Jimi [sic], are getting ready to play. I do not like to write unkindly about a pop band, but for once I can hardly do otherwise. The four of them make a dreadful noise. The Eire Apparent play three very long pieces, including (so I was told, for I could not distinguish any melody line) ‘Gloria’ by Them and Bob Dylan’s ‘Highway 61’. They are loudly booed; they have not managed to warm up the audience.
    The Experience equipment is on stage and that is a show in itself: four Marshall amp’s (2 for each guitar), eight speaker cabinets, and a brand-new double drum kit (like Ginger Baker’s). All that is missing is our three friends who appear from the right under thunderous applause. Mitch Mitchell, dressed in a sleeveless top made out of animal skin, settles down immediately on his seat and starts banging on anything within his reach.
    After that Noel Redding turns up, dragging his feet, his legendary thinness hidden by a pair of brown trousers and electric-blue jumper, sporting a black felt hat with its brim down. Noel holds a bottle of white wine in one hand and in the other a Fender Precision Bass in mottled brown. Jimi arrives last, cigarette in the corner of his mouth, black trousers, waistcoat embroidered in purple green and gold. While plugging in his Fender Stratocaster he asks the audience to wait a minute while he tunes up.
    They start off with ‘Come On’ by Earl King and Jimi manages to break a string. The public waits patiently for the repair. Then it’s ‘Hey Joe’ during which Jimi eats his guitar. After that ‘Spanish Castle Magic’ where Mitch does a superb solo rewarded by wild applause. While Mitch is drying his face with a towel, Jimi announces ‘Red House,’ which he interprets wonderfully. Then ‘Fire’: the public listens carefully, everyone is still seated and behaving well. Jimi, visibly disappointed by this ‘behaviour’, introduces, ‘a number dedicated to the Cream’; it is ‘Sunshine Of Your Love,’ a long and complicated instrumental piece, followed by ‘Purple Haze’ and ‘Foxy Lady’ where Jimi stretches out and uses every imaginable trick to rouse his audience; but hypnotised by Jimi’s stage act and stoned by the sonorous decibels, people are still seated. The Experience end with a strong and nervous ‘Voodoo Child’ and then hurries back to the wings. Applause breaks out and people are visibly satisfied, but they forget to show it. What’s to be done? Strasbourg is not Monterey!
    In my opinion Jimi chose his programme badly. Too many fast and noisy pieces: gentler titles such as ‘The Wind Cries Mary,’ ‘All Along The Watchtower’, Gypsy Eyes’, and ‘One Rainy Wish’ would have been welcome. The Experience was on stage for one hour and five minutes, which is a lot. In any case it was a great evening and one which I will long remember.”

    Daniel Czerniejewski: “I recently talked with one of the local promoters about the concert, so here’s what I can report. Hall 16 was rented (via a telephone call on 13 December 1968) for a jazz concert! The rental fee was a mere FF 1,602,41 [UK £154]. The show started at 20:45 and ended at 23:15. The JHE didn’t stay in a hotel in Strasbourg, but instead travelled back [by limo] to Stuttgart immediately after the Wacken show.”
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    Re: 1969-01-21 'Wacken', Strasbourg, Bas-Rhin, France

    Are you sure there were not 2 shows on this night? Poster does seem to indicate only one show however, quote from ultimate Hendrix infers that there were 2 shows:


    Again to quote "Ultimate Hendrix" (page 138), "Gold and Goldstein cobbled together a local crew that included a young German cinematographer, Michael Ballhaus, who later became famous for such films as Gangs Of New York, and began filming. They documented one of the group's two performances in Strasbourg, France, as well as their stay in Wein [Vienna], Austria. Gold and Goldstein dispatched additional cameras and crew to film the group's exciting Berlin performance and subsequent return to London."
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