On this day in 1970, Jimi Hendrix played his final concert in Boston at the classic Boston Garden, mere months before his untimely death in September. An audience member was able to record the entire concert on an old tape recorder; that recording surfaced online last summer.
The results are poor quality overall, but still a hair-raising listen for Hendrix fans who want to hear what his last live appearance in the city sounded like. Of course, Jimi slightly modified many parts of the songs wherever appropriate, giving the show its own unique sound and feel. This is exemplified on the songs featuring extended soloing, like “Red House” and set closer “Voodoo Chile (Slight Return).”
This is certainly one of those old recordings where you don’t mind grainy, muffled audio or crowd noises. Hendrix’s distinctive Stratocaster tone and playing style come through clear as a bell.
Above all, the recording proves Hendrix was still squarely in his prime in 1970 and his now-legendary career may have only been getting started.
Audio of the full concert is below, plus the setlist with time references, and click here for a playlist of the show. Were you there? Share your memories of the final Boston concert Jimi Hendrix ever played in the comments.
Jimi Hendrix at the Boston Garden, 6/27/1970 – Setlist
- Stone Free
- Lover Man (4:04)
- Red House (7:07)
- Freedom (15:15)
- Foxy Lady (19:41)
- Purple Haze (24:23)
- Star Spangled Banner (27:43)
- All Along The Watchtower (29:05)
- Message To Love (33:07)
- Fire (37:07)
- Spanish Castle Magic (40:09)
- Voodoo Child (Slight Return) (43:48)