The Jimi Hendrix Experience topped the bill at the 1969 Denver Pop Festival. Staged at Mile High Stadium in Denver, Coloradp, the festival boasted a stellar lineup which also included Johnny Winter, Joe Cocker, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Poco, Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention, Iron Butterfly, Tim Buckley, and Big Mama Thornton.
An inspired set by The Experience was marred by a riot following the group's performance. Police officers began firing tear gas at the audience while Eric Barrett, a roadie for The Experience, rushed the band off stage and into the back of their rented equipment truck. Fans climbed all over the vehicle, nearly buckling the roof before Barrett and the road crew could whisk the group away.
The Denver Pop Festival would prove to be the last performance by the original Jimi Hendrix Experience. Immediately afterwards, Noel Redding elected to leave the group and returned to London. Redding cited Hendrix's stated desire to expand the group without consulting him as one of the factors influencing his decision.