So, you all know the final track to The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s third and last album? Electric Ladyland, track 16? Well, on the last verse, Hendrix says:
If I don’t meet you no more in this world, then,
I’ll meet you in the next one
And don’t be late
Don’t be late!
Electric Ladyland was released in 1968, and Jimi Hendrix would later die in 1970, at the age of 27. His original bassist, Noel Redding, would follow in 2003, at 57-years-old. And the drummer, Mitch Mitchell, died in 2009
(while he was in my hometown!) at 61.
So, think about it: In comparison to the line, “If I don’t meet you no more in this world,” I don’t think Jimi saw his two ex-bandmates very much before he died. Noel had quit the band during the recording of the album, because he, like the producer, was fed up with how Jimi handled things at the studio - what with constantly bringing in friends & acquaintances and crowding up the place. And Mitch Mitchell later left, too, ‘cause he had a baby to take care of (Aww, isn’t that sweet?!). I believe they still kept in contact with one another, but it was clear that they all wanted to move on to differant things.
Jimi Hendrix died too soon, and, fair enough, so did those other two. Not one of them lived to their seventies, eighties, or nineties.
Bottom line: neither Noel or Mitch were very late to meet Hendrix in the next world after all.