Over the next few weeks, Backbeat will finish our countdown of the twenty most fabled moments in Denver music history. Today, we take a look back at Barry Fey's Denver Pop Festival, a three-night musical event in June 1969 that culminated with the final appearance of the Jimi Hendrix Experience, the outfit led by the legendary guitarist, who would have been seventy years old today.
By Mark Sanders and Dave Herrera
The mere fact that the Jimi Hendrix Experience played in Denver is itself remarkable -- even more so when you take note of the fact that the band essentially broke up at Mile High Stadium, just after playing the Denver Pop Festival on Sunday, June 29, 1969. There was also clash between the crowd and the police that involved tear gas at the three-night festival, which was a landmark event for then burgeoning promoter Barry Fey, who was only doing one show a month at the time.
See also: - #9: Pantera fans riot at Mammoth Event Center, 1997 - #10: Nirvana's first post-Nevermind show here, 1991 - #11: Bob Dylan crashed in the Mile High City, 1960 - Twenty Fabled moments archive - The Jimi Hendrix Experience's Are You Experienced turns 45 - Top Five Excellent Jimi Hendrix Songs You Might Not Know - Jimi Hendrix's 70th Birthday: Thirteen revealing quotes from the man himself - Hendrix at 70: Jimi was headed for jazz fusion and hip-hop, not Earth, Wind & Fire