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    1968-09-06 Seattle Center Coliseum, Seattle, Washington USA

    Friday, September 6th, 1968

    NO SETLIST KNOWN
    no recording has surfaced







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    Re: 1968-09-06 Seattle Center Coliseum, Seattle, Washington USA

    Saw Jimi in Seattle on Sept 1968 with my then boyfriend. We were both 16. Jimi performed on the revolving stage. Jimi was Randy's favorite. That was just a few months after sitting front row to The Doors. Wow it was quite the summer.
    - Roxy, Seattle, WA

    Source http://www.artistfacts.com/getArtist...s=Jimi+Hendrix

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    Re: 1968-09-06 Seattle Center Coliseum, Seattle, Washington USA

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    Re: 1968-09-06 Seattle Center Coliseum, Seattle, Washington USA

    Setlist per http://www.jimi-hendrix.com/encyclop...9680906,1.html


    Spanish Castle Magic
    Little Wing
    I Don't Live Today
    Red House
    Purple Haze
    Fire
    Foxy Lady
    Hey Joe
    Come On (Part One)
    Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
    Wild Thing
    Star Spangled Banner

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    Re: 1968-09-06 Seattle Center Coliseum, Seattle, Washington USA

    Friday 06 September 1968
    Seattle Center Coliseum, 305 Harrison Street, WA, USA. JHE
    Concert at 20:00.
    Support: Vanilla Fudge; Soft Machine; Eire Apparent
    MC: Robin Sherwood,
    Promoter: radio station KOL-FM?
    JHE fee: $18,000.
    Poster: Generic B&W design with negative photos of Jimi by ‘Pempe’
    Interview of Jimi & Mitch, pre concert by Terry David Mulligan for the CBC TV program ‘Good Rockin’ Tonight’

    Songs:

    Spanish Castle Magic
    Fire
    Little Wing
    Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
    Come On (Part I) (Earl ‘King’ (Johnson))
    Red House
    Foxy Lady
    I Don’t Live Today
    Hey Joe (Billy Roberts)
    Purple Haze,
    Star Spangled Banner (instrumental, so John Stafford Smith)
    Wild Thing (James ‘Chip Taylor’ Voight)

    The Seattle Times (07 September) “On With Hendrix” review by Susan Schwartz: “Jimi Hendrix proved he was a showman last night. He played on unpurturbed [sic] in spite of a rip growing down the seat of his pants and a Seattle Coliseum with house lights turned on and sound system turned off. (Some spectators had clustered around the stage, and the police curbed the show until they sat back down.) Under the circumstances, Seattle’s native son could be forgiven if his performance was less than great. It was good.
    Hendrix’s trio has a heavy metals blues sound. Last night most of their numbers…
    ….And he definitely is the star. His shirt is spangled - the British drummer and bass-guitar player wear.. red t-shirts. Hendrix does the singing and talking; the two young Englishmen are silent. His stage personality is appealing: natural, friendly, considerate of the audience. Musically, though, he was outclassed by the quartet that played before him - the Vanilla Fudge, from New York…
    ….monk in Eisenstein’s Alexander Nevsky.
    Luckily their music outweighs their melodrama.
    In live performance, they can sound like their records, but they don’t have to. That is, they don’t depend on a studio engineer for the sound that gives them hit records, and they can create more than just those hit records sounds. This was shown by a set of long improvised solos, one from each member of the group, that took rock through boogie, jazz and blues and brought the audience to it’s feet in a standing ovation.
    The four have excellent….”

    Jess Hansen (aka ‘Bernard Webb’ US research consultant, UniVibes): “The school year had just begun, but I found it extremely difficult to concentrate on my studies, knowing that later in the evening I would be seeing the Jimi Hendrix Experience in concert again. This particular show remains my personal favorite of the four Hendrix concerts I attended in Seattle, because unbeknownst to me at the time, I would be blessed with the opportunity to actually meet Jimi, talk with him, get his autograph, and shake his hand....
    The evening finally arrived, and myself and two school buddies made our way to the Center Coliseum. My two friends were more than just a little bit miffed when they learned that their seats were way back up in the ‘nosebleed’ section, while my seat was on the aisle - second row from the stage! The concert was per formed ‘in the round,’ and was opened by (in order) Soft Machine, Eire Apparent, and Vanilla Fudge.
    After an approximately forty-five minute interval while massive stacks of battered Marshall and Sunn cabinets and amps were set up, the lights dimmed, and Robin Sherwood, a local DJ from radio station KOL-FM, came on stage and announced Mitch. Noel, and ‘Seattle’s own: Jimi Hendrix - the Jimi Hendrix Experience!’
    Jimi arrived on stage shortly before 10 PM, carrying his white Strat (with rosewood neck). He was wearing a multicolored shirt with ‘belled’ sleeves, and a vest (almost identical to the one he wore at the first show in Berkeley in May 1970), along with white, slightly flared trousers, and white ‘slip-on’ shoes (no socks).
    I immediately noticed that Jimi wasn’t wearing his ‘Navajo Reservation’ hat which he had worn at the February 1968 show in Seattle. He also had about three red (henna?) patches dyed into his neatly trimmed afro hairstyle. Jimi asked us to please excuse them for a minute or so while they tuned up, and then they rocked into ‘Spanish Castle Magic.’
    I honestly don’t remember the precise order of the songs played after ‘Spanish Castle Magic,’ although I do recall for certain that they played ‘Little Wing,’ ‘I Don’t Live Today,’ ‘Red House,’ ‘Fire,’ ‘Purple Haze,’ ‘Foxy Lady,’ ‘Hey Joe,’ and two brand new compositions from the soon-to-be-released Electric Ladyland masterwork: ‘Come On (Part 1)’ and ‘Voodoo Child (slight return).’
    During the course of the performance, Jimi said ‘Hello’ to Seattle, and mentioned that it was good to be back. At one particular juncture during the show, while sipping from a can of Budweiser beer, he asked if there was anyone there from Seattle’s ‘Garfield,’ ‘Queen Anne,’ ‘Roosevelt,’ or ‘Rainier Beach’ high schools - each of which was met with enthusiastic cheers.
    The finale of the show came about almost at midnight, when Jimi announced that they were going to do the combined ‘English and American national anthems,’ and he warned us that it was going to be loud! They then proceeded to perform a quite humorous version of ‘Wild Thing’ (with Jimi really ‘hamming it up’), which segued into the ‘Star Spangled Banner.’ At the end of the anthem, Jimi repeatedly rammed the neck of his Strat into a couple of already fairly well-tattered Marshall cabinets, while Eric Barrett and another roadie attempted to steady them from behind.
    I also recall seeing a bit of grey smoke coming from the now almost completely demolished wailing speaker cabinets, along with the moaning feed back from Jimi’s now discarded Strat. A cordon of Seattle’s ‘cats in the bee-bop hats’ escorted Jimi, Mitch, and Noel past the grateful audience as the venue lights came up. The crowd seemed to clear right out, as I got back together with my friends. We stood by and looked on as the roadies began clearing the stage, and then we headed toward the exits. By the time we arrived at the exit doors, it seemed as though the Coliseum was virtually empty, as we spied the long lines at the outside telephone booths.
    At this point, we encountered a janitor/maintenance man who was going around locking the doors, and we asked him if we could use the inside pay phones to call our ride. He told us it was all right, directed us to the phones, and instructed us to use the doors down from the phones to leave, as he continued to lock and chain the doors. We thanked him, and headed to the unoccupied phone booths around the corner, so that my friend could call his father to come collect us.
    While my friend was on the phone, I observed roadies bringing guitar cases out of the double closed doors just a few feet from the phone. I knew that these doors led to the dressing/locker rooms, as I’d often stood outside these very same doors after ‘Seattle SuperSonic’ NBA basketball games in order to get players’ autographs. Anyway, I managed to slip through the doors. I remember a group of people standing around talking and laughing (I didn’t really pay any attention to them), while I proceeded into one of the well-lit rooms where I found Eric Barrett unloosening the strings from two white Strats lying on top of a table in their cases.
    I asked him if I could have one of Jimi‘s guitar strings, to which he replied in his brogue ‘No!’ I then asked him what type of strings Jimi used (I was a fledgling guitarist then too), and he replied, ‘Fender Rock & Roll.’ I gushed that it was a great show... I looked around the now deserted dressing room, thanked him, and left to join my friends. My buddies asked if I’d seen Jimi, and I unhappily replied in the negative. They then informed me that he’d just exited through the same doors only moments before I had (he must have been amongst the group of people laughing and talking who I encountered when I first entered the dressing/locker rooms).
    Astonished, I raced around the corner, where - lo and behold - I saw Jimi walking away, still wearing his stage clothes, heading toward the exit, just ten feet in front of me! In his right hand, he held the hand of Janie, his little step-sister, while a few feet ahead to Jimi’s left walked a thin older white fellow. I left my friends, and went up to Jimi, and gave him a pat on the back, and thanked him for a ‘great show’ (I was just barely 15 years-old at that time). Jimi turned around, and said somewhat quietly, ‘Thanks, but it wasn’t - not really.’
    Meanwhile the man walking along with Jimi stopped, and told me in a somewhat nasty tone of voice, to just be on my way - that Jimi was tired... Jimi then told the guy it was alright, and stopped walking. I asked him if I could have his autograph and he said ‘Sure,’ so I handed him a piece of paper and pencil. Jimi then said something so softly that I couldn’t really hear him. So I said, ‘Pardon?’ He then asked me again if I had a pen, which I hastily produced.
    While Jimi was signing, I asked him when he would have a new album coming out, and told him I had two copies of his new ‘All Along The Watchtower’ single, and that I really liked both sides. He thanked me, and said that he hoped that the new LP would be out soon, but that they were having some problems getting it pressed correctly. He then handed me back my paper, pencil, and pen (which I still have).
    I then asked him if I could shake his hand. He sort of smiled, and said ‘All right.’ I shook his hand, thanked him again, and returned to my astonished friends, who were surprised that I’d had the gumption to approach Jimi. I also remember that when Jimi was addressing me verbally, he really was looking me straight in the eyes - this has to be one of my most lasting impressions of our brief encounter. So, there you have it. All in all one of the most memorable times of my life.”
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