Hendrix at Monterey Pop Festival
16 June 1967
At the request of Paul McCartney Hendrix was booked to play at the Monterey Pop Festival. Even though he had dominated the English rock scene, he was still largely unknown to the American audience. He was booked along some of the biggest names in pop; Beach Boys, The Animals, Simon & Garfunkel and some who were soon to be discovered by an American audience such as Janis Joplin and The Who. They soon all paled into insignificance once Hendrix had taken the stage.
Hendrix's performance went down as one of his most explosive and spellbinding performances of his career, not least because of the finale of "Wild Thing", where he set fire to his guitar with lighter fuel. Hendrix vowed that he would 'pull out all the stops' after following The Who's set.