Jonny Lang and Aerosmith’s Brad Whitford during the Experience Hendrix Tour in March 2010.
Photo: Robert Knight
Experience Hendrix Tour Returns
Following a string of sold-out concerts in March 2010, the Experience Hendrix tour returns for a new set of U.S. and-for the first time-Canadian dates this October and November.
Some of the best-known and most highly regarded names in contemporary rock and blues have signed on for the Jimi Hendrix tribute shows, including Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Susan Tedeschi, Robert Randolph, Jonny Lang, Steve Vai, David Hidalgo and Cesar Rosas (Los Lobos), Eric Johnson, Ernie Isley, Living Colour, Chris Layton of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble and the Slide Brothers, also known as Chuck and Darick Campbell of Sacred Steel.
The tour offers opportunities for performers and audiences to witness special collaborations, such as Steve Vai performing with Living Colour, and to witness the tour artists performing their favorite Hendrix songs, including “Little Wing,” “Fire,” “Purple Haze,” “Voodoo Child (Slight Return),” “Crosstown Traffic” and many others.
|Ernie Isley performing during the Experience Hendrix Tour in March 2010.
Photo by Marty Temme
“It touches you on the inside and gets you fired up,” Shepherd said of the tour. “Jimi Hendrix’s music has really inspired me to push the limits of my own music. He didn’t observe any boundaries, musically. He was an amazing player and a tremendous showman, so I incorporated some of his showmanship in what I do.”
Anchoring the tour is Billy Cox, the legendary bassist who met Hendrix in the early 1960s when both men served in the U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division. They bonded over their love of music and later worked together backing R&B acts on the Southern and Eastern U.S. “Chitlin’ Circuit.” They reunited in 1969 when Hendrix recruited Cox for the Band of Gypsys and for a new version of the Jimi Hendrix Experience, performing at landmark festivals such as Woodstock and the Isle of Wight.
“It’s always a great thrill and honor for me to play Jimi’s music for audiences now, just as it was in the 1960s,” said Cox, who has taken part in all previous Experience Hendrix tours. “The Experience Hendrix tours have shown how timeless this music really is and is just wonderful that we’ve continued to get an infusion of new, very enthusiastic artists to participate and are able to offer the most wide-ranging Jimi Hendrix-related repertoire possible.”
Larry Rodgers of the Arizona Republic echoed Cox’s thoughts in his rave review of a 2010 Experience Hendrix shows.
“It was encouraging to see fans of all ages, from teens to baby boomers who witnessed Hendrix’s career launch firsthand, in the Mesa crowd,” Rodgers wrote. “The show and that crowd made it clear that Hendrix’s magical music will never die.”
As has been the case with previous Experience Hendrix outings, special guests are expected to sit in at many of the dates, making the concerts all that much more memorable for both new and longtime Hendrix fans. Past special guests have included Paul Rodgers, Joe Satriani, Hubert Sumlin, Buddy Guy, Carlos Santana, Robby Krieger and others.
Launching in Pittsburgh on Oct. 26, the tour will play 19 cities in three weeks, including Montreal, Toronto, New York, Boston, Atlantic City, Detroit, Indianapolis, Cincinnati and other Eastern and Midwestern locales.
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