Jimi Doesn’t “Monkey” Around!

On July 7, 1967 The Monkees began a 29 date tour with Jimi Hendrix as a support act. Hendrix was dropped after eight shows, being told that his music was not suitable for a young audience. It sounds like an elaborate joke today: legendary acid rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix working as the warm-up for a teenybopper group like The Monkees? But back in 1967, the pairing actually made a little bit of sense for both acts. Jimi, on the other hand, thought The Monkees’ music was “dishwater,” Tork would later say, “it would give us the chance to watch Jimi Hendrix perform night after night!”

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