The Soft Machine started the show and were pretty good but the Vanilla Fudge had a lot of trouble with the sound system. It wasn't perfect for Jimi either, but he put on such a good show it didn't matter. He didn't even need to smash his guitar.
Mike (Love) and I went and sat out in the middle of the crowd and there were bottles smashing all around us and everyone raving about like mad.
Noel Redding spent most of the night saying 'Thank you' over and over again which is not surprising considering the ovation. I understand that they got $30,000 for that concert.
The only sour note came when Jimi dedicated a number to Buddy Miles, the drummer with the Electric Flag, who tried to come on stage and got beaten up by a policeman for his pains.
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Jeff Bryan : I Was an usher at the bowl 67 through 70 and was at this concert. Jimi encouraged people to jump in the reflection pool and then someone pulled in an LAPD officer and it got ugly from there. Pool was drained after the concert, left empty a few years and then removed.
(Source : Facebook posting)
Richard Hultberg (audience) : I was in the pool. Watched from right in front of him. I was 15. Jimi mentioned getting electrocuted. Before we jumped in the pool, a fan ran out on stage and stuck his head in one of the holes Jimi made in the Marshall speaker cover. The roadies ushered him off. When we jumped in the pool, I was wondering why I had to climb over pipes. They were fountains, that they turned on when certain old time acts were performing.
(Source : Facebook post)