On June 4, 1967, Jimi Hendrix and the Experience played their last show in England, at London’s Saville Theatre, before heading off to America. The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper album had just been released on June 1 and The Beatles were in attendance. Hendrix, who was already a great fan of the band, bought the album on the day of its release and covered it the opening track two days later.
Hendrix chose to open the show with his own rendition of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band“, rehearsed only minutes before taking the stage, much to The Beatles astonishment and delight.
Hendrix didn’t know at the time that they were in the audience. Paul McCartney said later he was honored by the tribute; “simply incredible, perhaps the best I have ever seen him play.”