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November 28, 2021

Amazing Photographs of Jimi Hendrix Performing at the Culture House in Helsinki, 1967

Jimi Hendrix made his only Finnish gig at the Culture House (Kulttuuritalo) in Helsinki, Finland on May 22, 1967 with unbeatable impact on many rock musicians. At the event hosted by Antti Einiƶ, Experience’s warming acts were performed by Finnish The Wantons, The New Joys and The First. Only few hundreds listeners attended the show.

Kulttuuritalo was originally built for Finnish Communist cultural organizations. Aalto designed the building pro bono and was given complete artistic freedom; the construction work was done largely by volunteers. Work began in 1955, and the building was opened in 1958. The building was owned by the Communist Party by a nonprofit foundation until the 1990, when the bankruptcy of the Finnish Communist Party forced its sale. Today its owned by the government owned Senate Properties. The building is protected by a decision made by the Finnish Council of State in 1989. 

Famous artists who have played at the venue include Jimi Hendrix in 1967, Cream in 1967, Led Zeppelin in 1970, Frank Zappa & Queen in 1974, AC/DC in 1977, Ramones in 1977 and 1990, Tina Turner in 1982, Metallica in 1984, Hanoi Rocks and Leonard Cohen in 1985, Iron Maiden in 1995, Lady Gaga in 2009, Stratovarius and Helloween in 2010. Frank Zappa played 3 concerts in September 1974, that were released as an album in the early 1990s.

The Jimi Hendrix Experience performed at the Culture House in Helsinki. Here seen before or after the concert.


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