Corvettes, Bomb Threats and Spock: Revisiting Jimi Hendrix’s Crazy 1968 Tour

CLEVELAND, Ohio – It might be hard to believe now, but there was a time when Jimi Hendrix wasn’t such a well-known guitar god.

By 1968 Hendrix had become a big star in Europe. But he had yet to break into the United States. That all changed after The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s 1968 US tour.

The latest episode of the CLE Rocks podcast looks back on this whirlwind race that took Hendrix and his comrades from coast to coast, ultimately paving the way for some of the best performances of their careers, including a memorable stop in Cleveland and a series of dates at Winterland Arena in San Francisco this fall.

[Listen to CLE Rocks Presents…Jimi Hendrix’s 1968 American Tour is part of our CLE Rocks Podcast series. Listen to the entire episode and more on Apple, Spotify or Acast]

The Jimi Hendrix Experience stop in Cleveland on March 26, 1968 included two sold-out shows at Music Hall. But Hendrix made sure to immerse himself in the city. He took part in an impromptu jam session at the famous Otto’s Grotto concert hall, smoked a joint with Leonard Nimoy, aka Spock from “Star Trek”, and bought a Corvette Stingray from a Shaker Heights dealership which he would later totalize. during this year.

The Cleveland Shows took place at a time when Hendrix established his star power in the United States, becoming the highest paid performer in music.

CLE Rocks revisits some of Northeast Ohio’s most legendary concerts and tours. You can check out some of the previous episodes below and visit our pages on Acast, Apple, Spotify, and other major podcast platforms:

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