Jimi Hendrix Madison Square Garden Winter Festival For Peace (unreleased concert footage; 1970)
Jimi Hendrix at the Madison Square Garden (Commonly abbreviated as Jimi Hendrix Live at MSG) is a piece of unreleased concert footage documenting Hendrix's short performance at the 1970 Winter Festival For Peace with his "Band Of Gypsys" on January 28, 1970.
The IncidentHendrix, suffering from exhaustion and enduring the effects of a drink laced with an unknown substance, Hendrix played only two songs of the set, "Who Knows", and "Earth Blues" before strangely quoting the following:
That's what happens when Earth fucks with space, never forget that, that's what happens...He then refused to play the rest of his set and walked offstage after setting down his guitar. By some accounts, while sitting on stage Hendrix is claimed to have shaken his head and wept briefly. Fellow bandmate Buddy Miles, the drummer for the Band Of Gypsys, claimed that their manager, Mike Jeffrey, slipped Hendrix two bad tabs of LSD in an attempt to embarrass him and reform the Jimi Hendrix Experience. He is quoted as having said: "My Sister and I saw Jeffrey slip Jimi two tabs of LSD, and I personally saw him take them. He Looked so scared."
The date also marks the final performance of the Band Of Gypsies, as the group was disbanded after the disastrous performance. Due to the abhorrent nature of the performance and Hendrix's own well being, the footage has never been officially released. The only footage that has ever surfaced is a short one minute clip showing Hendrix briefly playing his guitar and singing interposed with footage of construction sites.