Not the best live performance he ever did though.
Our thoughts were he was up tripping for a couple days before going on, and either still high or very tired.An 8. Jimi was head and shoulders THE best rock guitarist. I've owned 2 CD's of the Hendrix set, 5 CD Woodstock compilations (four of those are boxes), LP compilation, DVD box, and the Blu-Ray box. It is one of the better performances at Woodstock. I feel that Santana's & Sly's performances were the best. Like much of Jimi's work, this meanders. My Hendrix collection numbers into the hundreds. Although this is something everyone should own, there is much better Hendrix out there.
Our thoughts were he was up tripping for a couple days before going on, and either still high or very tired.
The GD drug of choice wasn't acid or halluc. it always was Heroin. them, Neil Young , pretty sure Tom Petty-all needle usersWell, tripping and playing great shows wasn't too uncommon in those days. Can't imagine how they kept their focus... Hell, the dead made a living at it.
Don't know where you got this info, but from my experience and from everything I've read, lsd was the GD's drug of choice. They got their start playing at Ken Kesey's acid tests. I've heard multiple people from the fringe of the band saying you could never eat or drink anything around them, for fear that it had been dosed. Bill Graham once said this, but told a story of a time when he drank a soda backstage before a GD show, thinking it was OK because it was unopened- but they had used a syringe and injected the soda w/ a dose. He was starting to trip his brains out when the band took the stage- one of them handed him a baton and he spent the evening conducting the dead while flying high. Said it was one of the greatest nights of his life.
Jerry hit the needle for a while in the later days, during his slow slide downwards. He ended up in rehab, of course. He had the rest of the band telling him he had a drug problem- imagine how bad he was if the dead was telling him that! It was a well-spread rumor that you could tell who in the band was tripping at each show, because they wore a tie-dye shirt, except Jerry, who always stuck w/ basic black.
I can't imagine that they would have lasted as long as they did, nor been able to play the way they did if they were junkies. While it's hard for me to imagine playing while tripping (though they had planty of practice, obviously), I can't imagine playing while nodding out- esp. those legendary 4,5,6 hour or more shows they regularly did in the early days. Of course, it's well-known that NY was a junkie- needle and the damage done is the ultimate song about H addiction- but he got clean pretty early on in his career.
The dead even had their own chemist- Stanley "Bear" Owlsley, famous for the cleanliness of his product and the major player on the west coast. Pretty sure he was the subject of the Dan's Kid Charlemagne. It was always a big deal at a GD show if you could score some "family" acid- meaning it was what the GD family (the deadheads connected w/ the band) had- which came from Bear.
I believe you're mistaken on this one.
Cool! Did you get to know him at all? From what I read, obviously a character. Found it real interesting that he tried to transcend and create the psychedelic experience naturally, which of course would never work (since the psychedelic experience is an unnatural short-cut to what takes years of discipline and meditation to achieve- imho of course).I live in the Eugene area and Ken Kesey was a neighbor for a while. You have got it right.
But they weren't really concerts, were they? They were semi-controlled psychedelic experiences where there was no differentiation between artist/ performer; everyone just did their own thing and the Dead's thing was experimenting with sound. I don't even think they were the Dead yet- weren't they still the Warlocks at this point?CD's of Electric Kool Aid Acid Test concerts by the Dead were available about 15 years ago. What would the Dead have sounded like, had they not known Kesey?
Ah- and I thought you said your only drug was the phono cartridge needle! Good to know you were a dabbler at one time yourself, like some (most?) of us here. Yes Allan- I'm looking at you!I consider any live performance a concert, but you are correct in the truest sense of the word, Prog Rules. They weren't billed as the Warlocks on the CD's, but I'll bet they were still called that at that point. Oh, to have been part of that lunacy!! I did experience my own Lysurgic lunacy at one point. The jams are pretty loose. Still, as a huge Dead fan, the recordings are great fun and of hysterical, er historical significance. LOL Flying over the Cuckoos nest, indeed!
Performance would be a 10- I took a point off for less than stellar sound.Jimi was god!!!!
you heathens...how dare you rate this anything BUT a 10????
HA-RUMPH HA-RUMPH ("I didn't get a ha-rumph out of that guy....you watch your ass!")
Let's see how you would handle waiting til Monday morning (after ShaNaNa!!! ) all stoned and tired and play the brilliant set he did!!!!
"Villanova Junction" is just...mindblowing....he was ONE with his Strat!!!!
(end of rant!)
My rants are never really serious.... :chillPerformance would be a 10- I took a point off for less than stellar sound.
(Glad to see you had a smoke and calmed down after your rant)