Where were you 50 years ago today (if even born yet😉)? I had recently gotten my 1968 Les Paul gold top that I worked all summer to buy, no wife, no kids .... a teenager hitch hiking in the cold rain to the Cincinnati Gardens to see my favorite band! It was indeed an experience... Noel Redding’s wall of Sunn bass amps literally shaking the rafters of “the Gardens” and causing them to buzz, Mitch Mitchel’s unique swinging rock drumming style powering through the gigantic sound system, and Jimi’s charismatic stage presence ... a row of Marshall stacks, burning Start, playing with his teeth and behind his head, his scarf and almost Victorian attire, his aloof mastery of his instrument, he seemed bigger than life to this young guitar playing kid, “I’ll meet you in the next world, don’t be late...” The place was full, thousands of Bic lighters held high, by an equally high audience. The smell of weed permeating the air. Yeah a lot for a kid of the 60’s. Anyone really. We think of 2018 as being divisive... well, in those days, we had race riots, a divisive war, and sexual, cultural and social change happening at rate never experienced before. And we had Jimi and the music of the day to get us through it. You had to be there. And - I still have the Gold Top😉. I have a bunch of saved stubs like this, but that night was cherished and this stub brings all those memories flooding back. And can you believe it - $5‼️ I am blessed🙏🏼. .
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