The Cry of Love Tour

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The Cry of Love Tour
Tour by Jimi Hendrix
Associated album First Rays of the New Rising Sun and The Cry of Love
Start date April 25, 1970 (1970-04-25)
End date September 6, 1970
Legs 3
Shows 34 in North America
7 in Europe
41 Total
Jimi Hendrix concert chronology
Electric Ladyland Tour
(1968–1969)
The Cry of Love Tour
(1970)

The Cry of Love Tour was a concert tour by American rock singer-songwriter and guitarist Jimi Hendrix, which ran from April 25 to September 6, 1970, in the United States and Europe. The tour turned out to be the last on which Hendrix performed before his death in September, and featured many songs that he was working on for his double album First Rays of the New Rising Sun. Though the band did not feature original bassist Noel Redding, the trio of Hendrix, Mitch Mitchell (drums) and Billy Cox (bass) was often billed as "The Jimi Hendrix Experience".

Band members[edit]

The original Experience broke up in June 1969, after bassist Noel Redding left the band. Hendrix subsequently formed Gypsy Sun and Rainbows, which famously performed at the 1969 Woodstock Festival. After only two more performances, the band split up; Hendrix kept bassist Billy Cox and formed the Band of Gypsys with drummer and vocalist Buddy Miles. After a similarly short run, the trio disbanded, and Hendrix and Cox re-recruited drummer Mitch Mitchell to form what was often billed as "the Jimi Hendrix Experience". The band was later dubbed "The Cry of Love", a name taken from the tour and the album on which they performed.

Set list[edit]

The set lists on the Cry of Love Tour consisted largely of new songs being worked on by Hendrix, including "Lover Man", "Room Full of Mirrors", "Machine Gun" and "Ezy Ryder". A number of songs from his original albums with The Jimi Hendrix Experience were still present, however, such as "Fire", "Red House", "Purple Haze" and "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)".

The following is the set list from the band's May 9 concert at the Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth, Texas, which serves well as a sample set list for the tour.

  1. "Fire"
  2. "Lover Man"
  3. "Hear My Train A Comin'"
  4. "Foxy Lady"
  5. "Room Full of Mirrors"
  6. "Red House"
  7. "Freedom"
  8. "Ezy Ryder"
  9. "Machine Gun"
  10. "The Star-Spangled Banner"
  11. "Purple Haze"
  12. "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)"
  • "Fire" and "Lover Man" were regularly used as the first songs in performances, and "Purple Haze" and "Voodoo Child" were regularly used as the last. A number of concerts featured "Spanish Castle Magic" as the opening song, and in the later dates songs like "Hey Baby (New Rising Sun)", "Stone Free", "Hey Joe" and "All Along the Watchtower" were introduced. "Straight Ahead" and "Midnight Lightning" also made their live debuts, both at the May 30 Berkeley concerts.

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue Support Act
North America—Leg 1
April 25, 1970 Los Angeles United States The Forum Buddy Miles Express
Ballin' Jack
April 26, 1970 Sacramento Cal Expo Buddy Miles Express
Blue Mountain Eagle
May 1, 1970 Milwaukee Milwaukee Auditorium Oz
May 2, 1970 Dane County Dane County Memorial Coliseum Savage Grace
Oz
May 3, 1970 Saint Paul Saint Paul Civic Center
May 4, 1970* New York City The Village Gate Johnny Winter with Noel Redding
Grateful Dead
Jim Morrison (poetry)
Allen Ginsberg (poetry)
Hugh Romney
(M.C. - aka "Wavy Gravy")
May 8, 1970 Norman University of Oklahoma Field House Bloodrock
May 9, 1970 Fort Worth Will Rogers Coliseum Bloodrock
May 10, 1970 San Antonio HemisFair Arena Country Funk
May 16, 1970 Philadelphia Temple University Stadium (Festival) Grateful Dead
Steve Miller Band
Cactus
May 30, 1970 Berkeley Berkeley Community Theatre Tower of Power
June 5, 1970 Dallas Dallas Memorial Auditorium Ballin' Jack
June 6, 1970 Houston Sam Houston Coliseum Ballin' Jack
June 7, 1970 Tulsa Assembly Center Arena Ballin' Jack
June 9, 1970 Memphis Mid-South Coliseum
June 10, 1970 Evansville Roberts Municipal Stadium
June 13, 1970 Baltimore Baltimore Civic Center Crank
Cactus
June 19, 1970 Albuquerque Albuquerque Civic Auditorium
June 20, 1970 San Bernardino Swing Auditorium
June 21, 1970 Ventura Ventura County Fairgrounds Ballin' Jack
Grin
June 23, 1970 Denver Mammoth Gardens
June 27, 1970 Boston Boston Garden The Illusion
Cactus
July 4, 1970 Byron Middle Georgia Raceway
(Atlanta Pop Festival)
Rare Earth
The Chambers Brothers
Lee Michaels
The Allman Brothers Band
Cactus
Mountain
Procol Harum
Ravi Shankar
Poco
John Sebastian
B.B. King
July 5, 1970 Miami Miami Jai-Alai Fronton Tunnel
North America—Leg 2
July 17, 1970 Randall's Island United States Downing Stadium
(New York Pop Festival)
John Sebastian
Grand Funk Railroad
Steppenwolf
Jethro Tull
July 25, 1970 San Diego San Diego Sports Arena Cat Mother & the All Night Newsboys
July 26, 1970 Seattle Sick's Stadium Cactus
Rube Tuben and the Rhondonnas
July 30, 19701 Maui "Haleakala" (actually in grazing pasture above Seabury Hall, not near the crater) The Gemini Twins (1st show)
August 1, 1970 Honolulu Honolulu International Center The Lucky Mud
Travelling Medicine Show
Europe
August 30, 1970 Isle of Wight England East Afton Farm
(Isle of Wight Festival)
Miles Davis
Ralph McTell
Heaven
Free
Donovan
Pentangle
The Moody Blues
Jethro Tull
Joan Baez
Leonard Cohen and The Army
Richie Havens
Kris Kristofferson
August 31, 1970 Stockholm Sweden Gröna Lund
September 1, 1970 Gothenburg Liseberg
September 2, 19702 Aarhus Denmark Vejlby-Risskov Hallen Leo Kottke
September 3, 1970 Copenhagen K.B. Hallen Blue Sun
September 4, 1970 Berlin Germany Deutschlandhalle
(Super Concert '70)
Murphy Blend
Procol Harum
Canned Heat
Ten Years After
Cat Mother & the All Night Newsboys
September 6, 1970 Fehmarn Mecklenburg Bay
(Love & Peace Festival)
Alexis Korner
Floh de Cologne
Limbus 4
Embryo

*A small charity event for Timothy Leary, not part of the tour.

1 A small invited audience for a scene for the film Rainbow Bridge. Not part of the tour.

2 Jimmy Hendrix was unable to perform at the concert. After playing a couple of sets, the concert was cancelled. Leo Kottke did his best to fill in before the cancellation

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