Jimi Hendrix Woodstock 1969 Guitar Rig

Jimi Hendrix Woodstock 1969 Guitar Rig

Jimi Hendrix's 1969 performance at Woodstock has gone down in rock history as one of the most famous gigs of all time. Hendrix, widely acknowledged as one of the greatest, if not the greatest, guitarist of all time performed at the hight of his fame. In 1969 he was the world's highest paid performer, receiving over $20,000 for this performance alone (serious money back then!).

Woodstock had been keen to get Hendrix in the line up to draw in the crowds, however, as his set began to approach Hendrix became nervous about performing in front of so many people. A shy performer, despite his international fame Hendrix asked to change the time of his festival closing performance from the Sunday evening to 8.30am on the Monday morning. Fascinatingly the festival agreed however, the audience, which had peaked at an estimated 400,000 people, was now reduced to 30–40,000. By the time of their set, Hendrix had been awake for the duration of the festival, which lasted three days.

Nonetheless, his performance of the US national anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner became one of the most pivotal live tracks every to come out of any musical festival. The extensive use of feedback prompted the song to be used as an anti-Vietnam song (something that wasn't intended by Hendrix) as it replicated the whistling sounds of bombs dropping. Within less than a year Hendrix had passed away adding further significance to this performance.


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