The Cry of Love Tour

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The Cry of Love Tour
Tour by Jimi Hendrix
Associated albumFirst Rays of the New Rising Sun and The Cry of Love
Start dateApril 25, 1970 (1970-04-25)
End dateSeptember 6, 1970 (1970-09-06)
No. of shows34 in North America
7 in Europe
41 Total
Jimi Hendrix concert chronology
  • Electric Ladyland Tour
  • The Cry of Love Tour

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 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 group was later sometimes referred to as "The Cry of Love", a name taken from the tour and the album on which they performed.

Set list[edit]

The Cry of Love Tour set list included several new Hendrix songs still in development, including "Freedom", "Ezy Ryder", and "Hey Baby (New Rising Sun)". The group also regularly performed material from the Experience and Band of Gypsys albums, such as "Fire", "Red House", "Purple Haze", "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)", "Machine Gun", and "Message to Love". Some unrecorded songs which Hendrix had been performing since the Experience were also included: "Hear My Train A Comin'", "Lover Man", and "Room Full of Mirrors".

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 performed as concert openers, with "Purple Haze" and "Voodoo Child" closing the shows. Other new songs, such as "Straight Ahead", "Midnight Lightning", "Dolly Dagger", and "In from the Storm" were occasionally performed.

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 Madison Dane County Memorial Coliseum Savage Grace, Oz
May 3, 1970 Saint Paul Saint Paul Civic Center
May 4, 19701 New York City The Village Gate Johnny Winter with Noel Redding, Grateful Dead, Jim Morrison, Allen Ginsberg, 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 22, 1970 Cincinnati Cincinnati Gardens
May 23, 1970 St. Louis Kiel Auditorium
May 24, 1970 Columbus Veterans Memorial Auditorium
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
June 7, 1970 Tulsa Assembly Center Arena
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
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, It's a Beautiful Day, 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, 19702 Maui former pasture near Olinda3 The Gemini Twins
August 1, 1970 Honolulu Honolulu International Center The Lucky Mud, Travelling Medicine Show
August 30, 1970 Isle of Wight England East Afton Farm (Isle of Wight Festival 1970) Miles Davis, Ralph McTell, Heaven, Free, Donovan, Pentangle, The Moody Blues, Jethro Tull, Joan Baez, Leonard Cohen, Richie Havens, Kris Kristofferson
August 31, 1970 Stockholm Sweden Gröna Lund
September 1, 1970 Gothenburg Liseberg
September 2, 19704 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
  • ^1 A small charity event for Timothy Leary, not part of the tour.
  • ^2 A small audience for a scene for the film Rainbow Bridge. Not part of the tour.
  • ^3 Later mistakenly referred to as being in or near Haleakalā crater.
  • ^4 Jimi 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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