SEATTLE POST INTELLIGENCER - ‘Jimi’s Wa-Wa Guitar Brings It On Home’ by Bruce Buls:
“I’m not really sure why, but I went to the Jimi Hendrix concert last night in the Coliseum expecting Hendrix to be down. I think one of the reasons for this is that Hendrix has been so very popular here in his home town in the past, that I was afraid he had already peaked out. It was with this expectation that I greeted Fat Mattress, the only other group to play. Fat Mattress is a splinter group from the Hendrix Experience as Noel Redding, the Hendrix Experience bass player, is the lead guitar of the Fat Mattress. The Fat Mattress wasn’t particularly outstanding. They are a loud hard rock group and Red’s [sic] lead guitar playing isn’t as good as his bass support with Hendrix. The audience never got very turned on by the Fat Mattress, having come solely to hear GarfieldHigh School’s alum, Jimi Hendrix.
Hendrix opened the show by asking the audience to forget about yesterday, forget about tomorrow and try to build a world, right then, in the Coliseum, with the music. He also dedicated the show to his family and to Garfield. Then, as an afternote, he asked the audience not to flash any flashbulbs because they disturbed his concentration on stage. The minute he started playing, the flashbulbs started going off like fire crackers. It suddenly seemed like the place was filled with ghouls, all armed with a million flashcubes. It was incredible. It was insulting. But apparently the flashing didn’t bother Hendrix as much as it did me, because when he launched into ‘Foxy Lady,’ it was Hendrix as good as ever.
He played both old and new numbers, but it was the old stuff that seemed to go over the best, especially ‘Foxy Lady,’ ‘Purple Haze,’ ‘I Don’t Live Today’ and ‘Voodoo Child.’ During all these songs, Hendrix proved once again that no one can play arid play with a guitar as he can. When he gets that white wa-wa guitar between his legs and he’s swaying back and forth and the music is coming out in heavy waves and even the flashcubers are caught up in it, it’s a unique experience.”