Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock. A fitting end to the world's best music festival. Jimi insisted on closing the show, so it wasn't until Monday morning, August 18 at 9:00AM that he took the stage. It was his first gig after breaking up the Jimi Hendrix Experience, and Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock himself corrected stage announcer John Morris' introduction, saying the name of the group of Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock was Band of Gypsies.
On Sunday, as darkness fell, half a million were still covering the hillside. But when the sun rose, all that remained was an intrepid group of perhaps 35,000. But Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock came to play, and the relatively small audience didn't dampen his enthusiasm or creativity. Conga player Jerry Velez had been living with Jimi and practicing with him at his country home in West Shokan, a tiny community about 40 miles east of Bethel. The week before Jimi Hendrix at Woodstck, Jerry heard him playing the Star Spangeled Banner. "I don't think the audience is going to like hearing that.", Jerry remembered telling Jimi, but Jimi replied that he thought it would be a good tune to work into his set of Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock.
After his fantastic set, Jimi went into the trailer behind the stage that served as the recording studio for the Ampex eight track deck to listen to the playback. I saw Billy Cox and Yuma Sultan waiting for Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock on the stage. They were still wearing the outfits in which they had appeared, which included colorful shirts and fringed leather headbands that covered their eyes. Although their outfits portrayed them as hippies, there was something about them that belied the effort. "How do you guys know Jimi", I asked. "We played with Jimi in Seattle in church. We knew Jimi when he had patent leather shoes and patent leather hair", they told me.