10 Iconic Final Concerts Plus The End Of Beatlemania


9. Blind Melon with Shannon Hoon
Final Performance: October 20, 1995

Tragic as the untimely demise of Blind Melon singer Shannon Hoon was, his final performance with the band only makes this list because it happened here in Houston. Blind Melon's debut album rocketed to double-platinum status on the back of the single "No Rain" and its iconic "bee girl" video, but their 1995 release Soup didn't chart nearly so high. By the time the band's '95 tour rolled through Houston, Hoon was using drugs to cope.

After the H-town gig on October 20, Blind Melon took off in its tour bus for New Orleans. Hoon was found dead on that bus the next day, having succumbed to a cocaine overdose. He was 28. Now, far be from us to speculate on where Hoon copped the drugs that killed him, but... Blind Melon had played at Numbers the night before.

8. Jimi Hendrix
Final Performance: September 6, 1970

The final performance by God's favorite guitar player took place on Sept. 6, 1970, at the Isle of Fehmarn Festival in Germany. By the time of his last tour, Hendrix had already disbanded both the Experience and the Band of Gypsies and seemed unsure how best or with whom to proceed with his career. For his final gig, he was accompanied by Billy Cox on bass and Mitch Mitchell on drums. He died 12 days later, choking on his own vomit after taking a handful of sleeping pills in London.

Jimi's last set included all of his big hits, including a finale of "Voodoo Chile," the same song SRV would close his final set with 20 years later.


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3 comments
ClassicRockBob
ClassicRockBob

Actually, the Band's final performances together came after the taping of The Last Waltz when the five members reconvened in a studio a couple of weeks later and were recorded/filmed playing "The Weight" with the Staples Singers, "Evangeline" with Emmylou Harris, and their own "Last Waltz theme," all of which are included in the film. The story goes that some members felt that the concert itself did not reflect the country and gospel influences of the Band. Also, the other four members not named Robbie Robertson weren't too keen on breaking up in the first place.

RickyB
RickyB

no Grateful Dead??

NathanSmith
NathanSmith

 @RickyB I'm not a Deadhead myself, but I've read that the band's '95 shows weren't quite up to par in many fans' estimation. What do you think?

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