October 18, 19 1968 – Los Angeles Forum, California, USA.
Hush / Kentucky Woman / Mandrake Root / Help / Wring That Neck / River Deep Mountain High / Hey Joe
Booked to support Cream’s farewell American tour, the prestigious shows at the Forum were the Deep Purple’s live debut in the country which had given them a top five hit with Hush. Given this, a shaky hand held video recording of the evening was made. The audio from this was not the highest quality but suitably released much later as an official collectors CD on Sonic Zoom. Deep Purple were well received, but didn’t go down well with Cream who reportedly had them removed from the tour after just three concerts. After the second LA show Jimi Hendrix came backstage to congratulate the band and tell Eric Clapton that Ritchie had blown him offstage! They would go on to his house for a party. To replace the Cream shows, Tetragrammaton hastily got the band booked in local clubs before embarking on several weeks of lower key scheduled support and headline dates. They continued to tour America until Christmas.