The 1970 concert was filmed at the foot of an active volcano in Maui, Hawaii.
A new documentary will tell the unheard story behind an infamously panned Jimi Hendrix concert film.
Titled Music, Money, Madness…Jimi Hendrix in Maui, the doc compiles interviews with former collaborators, roadies, and Warner Bros. executives to chart the conception and eventual mishandling of Rainbow Bridge, which was intended to be a big-screen follow-up to Hendrix’s iconic Woodstock performance. Filmed at the foot of a volcano in Maui in 1970, Hendrix delivered two separate concerts, but just 17-minutes of those performances were incorporated into the film. The audience was comprised mostly of fans who crashed the shows after hearing of it through local murmurs, which disrupted the initial concept for the film. Upon release, Rainbow Bridge was met with harsh reviews for its scattered plot, loosely-scripted flow, and just a morsel of live Hendrix footage from the two-day concert event.
The documentary is being issued on Blu-Ray along with a restored version of Rainbow Bridge, along with the full footage from both days of Hendrix performances — which featured The Experience’s Mitch Mitchel on drums and Band of Gypsies’ Billy Cox on bass — restored by longtime Hendrix engineer Eddie Kramer and mastered by the legendary Bernie Grundman. You can pre-order the Blu-Ray package with a 3xLP pressing of the performances today ahead of its November 20th, 2020 release.
Watch the trailer for Music, Money, Madness…Jimi Hendrix in Maui above.