10 MARCH • SUNDAY

Edited by Luigi Garuti


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Washington DC, International Ballroom, Hilton Hotel, Connecticut Ave. & Tom St. N.W., USA. JHE
Two shows: 3:00 PM and 8:00 PM
Support: Soft Machine with The Mark Boyle Sensual Laboratory light show.
MC: Warren ‘Cousin’ Duffy, a WPGC DJ
Poster by Dail Beeghly
Audience: ~ 4,000

Songs 1st show:
Killing Floor (Chester ‘Howlin’ Wolf’ Burnett)
Foxy Lady
The Wind Cries Mary
Fire
Red House
I Don’t Live Today
Purple Haze
Wild Thing (James ‘Chip Taylor’ Voight)

Songs 2nd show:
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Lennon & McCartney)
Hey Joe (Billy Roberts)
Fire
The Wind Cries Mary
Foxy Lady
Red House
I Don’t Live Today
Purple Haze
Wild Thing (James ‘Chip Taylor’ Voight)

Neville Chesters: “CONT. HILTON BALLROOM WASHINGTON D.C. Got back into N.Y. 3.30, Hugh went to bed for a couple of hours, I stayed up. Set off for Washington 7.00. Went through Lincoln tunnel then thick FOG NJ Turnpike was closed. We spent hours going round little roads trying to find a way down to Washington. I remebered a way into town and we found Hilton very easily [?] to back loading door 2.00 [?], first show at 3.00 found out that gear had to go miles all round hotel before getting to stage. Told promoter we wouldn’t do it unless they got a lot of guys to help. They did.” Show started 3.30. First show went down very well, set up for second show 8.30! Second show went down a bomb. A girl called Jerry turned up who I met last year. She wanted a lift back to New YORK. It took nearly 4 hours to get gear out. Very Very tired. Gerry mad. Went back to hotel. Jerry came back for the night, nothing happened as I fell asleep straight away.

Katie B. [2010]: “I saw the Hendrix concert at the Hilton, I was an "usherette" —
didn't get paid but had front row seats and back stage passes. I met Jimi Hendrix. Hendrix was sitting in his dressing room hugging his guitar and playing it, I was totally in awe, said Hi. He said Hi. That was it!!”

Thomas H [2010]: “Also saw Jimmy H @ the Hilton, I remember my Dad saw the review in the
Post the next day, that thought JH's performance was "sexual"... got a stern lecture.

Tom Woodside [2010]: “I went to the Jimi Hendrix show at the Washington Hilton in March 1968 when I was just 15. My parents did not even know I went. My friends, who all had tickets agreed to let me ride down with them and I hoped I could score a ticket at the door. Luckily they were still on sale at the door and I was overjoyed being a mega-Hendrix fan! We sat right in front on the carpeted floor and to this day I rate that as one of the best concerts I ever saw. We went to the afternoon show as there were 2 shows that day. Between numbers I kept yelling to Mitch Mitchell to throw me a stick. He finally responded , saying he needed them for the evening show. He threw us some flowers instead that my friend kept pressed in a book for years.
I saw the Jimi Hendrix Experience again that following August at Merriweather Post Pavilion, almost the same show . Mostly tunes from the first album, that Hilton show was somehow better. Maybe the more intimate setting and the sound of the ballroom.”