Edited by Luigi Garuti

Didn’t go to bed, watched T.V. and did bookwork till 12.00 then collected Hugh. Went downtown to pick up new P.A. system. It wasn’t ready so we left for Long Island. Drove across [?] to stonybrook. Great little village, went for a meal then back to University to set gear up. Set all gear up ready for show at 8.30.”


State University of New York, Stony Brook, Brookhaven, county of Suffolk, Long Island, NY, USA
Support: Soft Machine with The Mark Boyle Sensual Laboratory light show.
Posters: Plain designs by the Student Union



Red House
I Don’t Live Today
Purple Haze
Wild Thing (James ‘Chip Taylor’ Voight)
and others unknown

Neville: “1 show group went down very well. Packed all gear up and loaded van. Left 9.30 Suddenly lots of fog. Felt tired so Hugh drove. Nodded off for a few minutes, when I woke up we were lost in fog. It took hours to find our way, then we drove back into N.Y. at about 20 M.P.H. Very FOGY.”

Chas: “The kids were crammed on the stage, sitting in front of the stage, and there was a very officious New York cop who gets up and walks up to the microphone and says, ‘Have you seen the notices in this ball? There’s no smoking in this auditorium. If I see one more cigarette I’ll close this show and throw everybody out.”

Michael Wade: “Jimi was standing in the wings waiting to go during all this and as soon as the guy says, ‘If I see one more cigarette I’ll close the show,’ Jimi says, ‘Quick, give us a cigarette,’ gets the cigarette, puts it in his mouth and just walks out on stage with the guitar and stands behind the cop like this, you know, and says, ‘Hey man, I’m trying to play.’ The audience went berserk and immediately there was identification between Jimi and the audience."

"But this was the eye of the professional. He saw that opening when the copper was ranting about no smoking. His mind would work like that at the time. Looking for a way, ‘What can I pull out of the hat tonight?”
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The Statesman (15 March) review by Stephen Levine: “The Machine had a startling feature and a different type of arranging that most other bands have not exhibited. The drummer for the Machine wore no shirt. Actually, there could have been a very practical reason for this. Drummers sweat, and why ruin a good shirt....

Noel Redding provided a base that was not heard. It was felt, starting from the shoes and working its way up to the knot in one’s tie or cape... Mitch Mitchell never once followed the beat, but rather, he made his own up and hoped that it fit in. No, he made his own up and didn’t give a damn. However, the people paid up to five dollars a ticket, not to see those two alone, but to see them with the man. First of all, let me say that aside from his artistic talent, Hendrix is a master showman. He knew the tricks the people want to see and he gave them the things they desired... To look only at the showmanship would be a crime of omission and this I will not commit. The talent was there for all to see and hear.

In ‘Red House Blues’ Hendrix exhibited a style rivalled only by that of the best blues guitarists. There was total emotion of the piece. Once could feel how sad he felt about losing his woman....

Everyone remembers ‘Wild Thing’. Hendrix lent an interpretation to this song that has never been rivalled. The instrumentation was fantastic and the vocal just right. The only pity was that it finished up the concert. As he ended the number, Hendrix was mobbed by those in the front rows in a display that was a clear expression of love. In keeping with the Heffer Tradition, the evening was ‘not necessarily stoned, but beautiful’.”

‘Rob’ (Stony Brook, NY): “I saw him at Stony Brook in 1968--came out cigarette dangling from lips, 10 minute intro to Foxey Lady, fantastic concert, after last song tossed Strat over his head behind him, it hit the back wall over Mitch's head, he had to duck. Later I hung out by the stage, a roadie picked up the Strat and shoved in under his arm with all the other guitars like they were firewood and walked off with them. The Strat Jimi threw didn't break. PSPS--Jimi's Marshall amps were turned up so high he could play with one hand. If you watch that first Hey Joe solo, his teeth don't really pluck the strings, they didn't have to. Will always love you Jimi...”

Richard Lampese: “I saw Jimi Hendrix at the State University of New York at Stony Brook on March 09, 1968 (Thank you THOR for that date!). What can I say? I remained in a state of ecstacy for nearly two hours (not to mention the natural high I would be on for years to come). When Jimi finally came out on stage he really took command of the room (Stony Brook gymnasium!) Naturally we had the gym's ambience which worked in Jimi's favor (Mitch Mitchell was not loud enough though) giving his feedback antics a soaring trancendence. I remember Jimi actually blowing into his pick-ups and filling the room with all kinds of turbulent winds. I never saw a performer more confident and graceful. When he played the guitar between his legs it wasn't arkward but completely smooth and natural. Of course needless to say his playing was unbelievable and everything he did including his one handed playing left a big impression on me. At the end of the show Jimi took a couple of turns holding his strat out at the end of his arm, and then threw the guitar what had to be about 30 feet into the air like an Olympian discus thrower while the roadies scuffled behind the amps to catch it. I was lucky enough to experience a very fresh Jimi Hendrix at what I consider the top of his game.”

Stony Brook is a hamlet in the Town of Brookhaven in Suffolk County, New York, on the North Shore of Long Island.