Jimi Hendrix is unquestionably one of the very greatest guitarists of all time. But he also had a big reputation for amazing live performances, and you’ll see in these top 10 videos that it was completely justified.
10. “Voodoo Chile/Fire” – Maui, 1970
This is one of Jimi’s last documented live performances, on the island of Maui in Hawaii. The two songs are very different in terms of sound and feel, so it was an interesting choice for Jimi to string them together.
9. “I Don’t Live Today” – London, 1969
Funny, this concert at Royal Albert Hall in London is a very famous one, but it might not even be in the top 5 Hendrix concerts of all time. This rare live version of “I Don’t Live Today,” however, is a particularly good showcase for Hendrix’s unparalleled skills and stage presence.
8. “Star Spangled Banner” – Woodstock, 1969
No list of live Hendrix would be complete without this gem of a performance at the legendary first Woodstock Festival. Jimi closed out the festivities with his own rendition of our national anthem, which includes some in-between soloing of his own – perhaps intended to simulate war sounds as the country was at the time deeply entrenched in the Vietnam War.
7. “Like a Rolling Stone” – California, 1967
Jimi topped Bob Dylan with his cover of “All Along the Watchtower,” but did he also top him with this? It’s hard to say anyone could do “Like a Rolling Stone” better than Dylan himself, but Jimi comes damn close.
6. “Red House” – Sweden, 1969
This song was always a big opportunity for Jimi to show off his soloing skills. How Hendrix almost perfectly recreates the sound from the studio version is mind-boggling – but understandable to those who realize his genius.
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