I've always been fascinated by all of the UFO folklore surrounding Jimi Hendrix's shows in Maui which were filmed for the Rainbow Bridge movie. I've always wondered if there was any truth behind some of these outrageous claims. Just for fun, I figured it might be interesting to explore the connection between Jimi's Rainbow Bridge performance and UFOs!
A good place to get started would be with this article by Tim Beckley in reference to Curtis Knight's "Starchild" book:
"On several occasions during his career, UFOs just happened to show up while Jimi was giving a concert. During the last days of his life, he performed on the rim of an extinct volcano in Maui.
Jimi played three 45-minute sets, says David Henderson in his best-seller. After each set, he retired to a special sacred Hopi Indian tent. Later, witnesses in Maui testified that they heard musical tones emanating from rocks and stones. UFOs were also sighted over the volcano by people who called in to a local radio show. A cameraman on the set said that he fell from his perch after seeing a UFO through his lens.
In the film Rainbow Bridge, Hendrix rattles on for several minutes about astral projection and the philosophy of the Space Brothers. He also tried to master the art of psychic healing, through color and sound.
Fellow musician and songwriter, Curtis Knight, knew all about the episode involving the UFO in Maui. "It was an odd-looking craft that glittered in the bright sunlight. Jimi felt certain the UFO had come down to put its spiritual stamp of approval on the show. He told me that heid been emotionally and physically recharged by the experience."