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Get Ready To Experience Hendrix Once Again

01:01 PM Tuesday 12/8/09 | |

The fourth edition of the tour honoring the genius of Jimi Hendrix launches March 5 in Los Angeles and features so many guitarists, you might need a program to stay on top of all the performances.

At the core of the 2010 Experience Hendrix tour you’ll find Joe Satriani, Jonny Lang, Eric Johnson, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Brad Whitford, Ernie Isley, Living Colour and Double Trouble’s Chris Layton on all dates, as well as Doyle Bramhill II appearing on most engagements.

  • Joe Satriani

    Guitar Center, Englewood, Colo.
    April 6, 2008

    (Rod Tanaka / tanakaphoto.net)


Also appearing on several dates will be Sacred Steel featuring Robert Randolph and Susan Tedeschi along with Los Lobos members David Hidalgo and Cesar Rosas.

And who has the appropriate beat to play bass for all these guitar virtuosos? That would be Billy Cox, the tour’s direct connection to Hendrix, a veteran of the Jimi Hendrix Experience as well as Band of Gypsys.

“It’s a thrill for me to play Jimi’s music for audiences now as it was in the 1960s,” Cox said. “The Experience Hendrix Tours have shown how timeless this music really is.”

Like past Experience tours, the game plan calls for various combinations of guitarists playing Hendrix’s music, including signature numbers like “The Wind Cries Mary,” “Red House” and “Purple Haze.”

  • Jonny Lang

    Chastain Park, Atlanta, Ga.
    June 24, 2009

    (Scott Legato / RockStarProPhotography.com)


But before you start wondering if this is just an attempt to rip off Hendrix’s legacy, we should mention the tour is presented by Experience Hendrix, LLC, the company founded by the legendary guitarist’s father and owned by members of the Hendrix family.

The tour begins March 5 in Los Angeles at the Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal CityWalk. It continues at The Joint in Las Vegas March 6 and the Ikeda Theatre in Mesa, Ariz., March 7.

Other stops include Friant (Fresno), Calif. (March 9), San Francisco (March 10), Denver (March 14), Kansas City (March 16), Minneapolis (March 17), Chicago (March 18), Milwaukee (March 21) and Red Bank, N.J. (March 25). The last show on the itinerary is March 27 in Atlanta at the Fox Theatre.

  • Susan Tedeschi

    Montreux Jazz Festival, Montreux, Switzerland
    July 12, 2009

    (AP Photo / Keystone)


Artist lineups may differ on some nights and you should check out the individual dates to see which performance you want to attend. Tickets are now on sale. For more information, please click here for the Experience Hendrix Tour Web site.


  1. yarmo wrote:

    11:51 AM, Mar 11, 2010

    The Experience Hendrix Jimi Hendrix Tribute Concert Live. March 5th 2010 Los Angeles, Gibson Theatre. 8.15 pm - 11.15 pm. The event began with a video of Jimi Hendrix newest musical release "Valley Of Neptunes" they followed with a presentation of a new Fender Stratocaster by Experience Hendrix CEO Janie Hendrix to a musical school for childern.                    Ernie Isley started the show off with Billy Cox on bass and Chris Layton of drums. Stone Free was tight and well rehearsed with Cox on vocal. Message To Love was done in great respect to the Band of Gypsys original version with Isley pulling off guitars licks note for note from Hendrix's 1970 release. Manic Depression was good by Isley which at times sounded a little odd compared to the original verison released in 1967. I give Ernie Isley a B for performance and sound. Living Color with Vernon Reid on guitar performed Power to Love. The song was strong with Corey Glover vocals sung in a very convincing way. Reids guitar solo was excellent but did venture away from Jimi's original licks as the song progressed into more of a funk/rock jam. A for performance B for guitar tone, at times Reids played so fast that you really couldn't hear which notes he was playing, maybe a little more soul and less flash.  Doyle Bramhall performed Hear My Train Coming on solo acoustic guitar, this was followed by Who Knows with David Hildago on guitar. Who Knows was strong with Hildago's lead guitar playing on a Les Paul especially soulful.The end of Who Knows the song lost a bit of the push with Bramhall's Octavia solo losing focus, unlike The Band Of Gypsys original with Buddy Miles of drums and vocals. Jimi took the Octavia solo and pushed it to new interesting tones that also incorperated the Wha Wha pedal with Octavia, this didn't happened. I guess that some musicians don't understand that some of us fans really want to hear the sound and tones that Hendrix created live.Isn't that what Jimi was really about live...Especially when he performed with The Band of Gypsys! Performance A Bramhall's guitar solo tone a  B. Chris Laytons drumming was solid as usual but at times seemed like it didn't mix up like Mitch Mitchell or Buddy Miles would, this was true during Los Lobos Them Changes where we really could have used Buddy Miles on drums. David Hildago had to signal Layton to play the Miles type machine gun rat tat tat at the end to finish the song...Note, Jimi Hendrix songs are pushed by the drummer. Maybe a drummer like Dennis Chambers and Jack DeJohnette who Mitch really liked would be a nice addition to this line up! Eric Johnson performed a killer version of House Burning Down with some flanged guitar sounds as well as Johnson's note for note guitar runs as well as some of his own licks that added to his solo performance. Johnson then performed Axis Bold As Love. This was a highlight of the evening with many in the audience finally getting to their feet to watch and listen a master of the guitar play with carefully exacuted notes and guitar tones very close the Hendrix's. Johnson finished his set with Are You Experienced? Again Johnson performed a killer guitar solo with long sustained notes that rang through the nights air. Eric Johnson also did an excellent job in doing his own vocals. Performance A. Guitar solos/tones A.  Los Lobos, Cesar Rojas, David Hildago performed Can You See Me, Little Wing. Can You See Me had great energy but lacked a little in the middle solo. A Fuzz Face/Feedback tone would had been nice here. Little Wing started with Hildago hitting the opening licks note for note and continued with Rojas playing lead guitar.The song was performed with warmth and feeling with Hildago's solo played with heart and soul. A beautiful version by Los Lobos. Performance B+ Guitar sounds and tone B+. Rojas was using a Flanger pedal. Question.  Has anyone of these musicians have an original Univibe pedal, this pedal was one on Jimi's favorite tones for his guitar as this sound/ tone was painfully missing the entire night. Hubert Sumlin performed Killing Floor with Los Lobos. A great soulful performance by the band with Sumlins lead guitar a refreshing clean tone that had been missing until this point. Performance B+. Guitar tone A. Los Lobos performed Them Changes with Corey Glover on vocal. The performance was strong with good solos from Hildago and Rojas. Glover's vocal on this tune was probably the best of the night for him as he sung with phrases that were on pitch with strong conviction, Glover went into the crowd and got those in front sections on their feet.  Performance B Vocal A Guitar tones/sounds B.  Johnny Lang performed Fire with Brad Whittford ( A member from Aerosmith )  Spanish Castle Magic and The Wind Crys Mary. Lang's guitar playing was soulful as well as played with more than enough energy. Whitford played lead guitar much better than expected the entire night and actually was one of the top guitarist with solo's and guitar tone that was strong with balance between distortion/clean without flash. Lang's solo on Spanish Castle Magic was a highlight of the evening as this brought the crown on it's feet! Lang's vocal stronger than the last time that I saw him as I believe that his age is starting to help is vocals for him now, as he's now singing more than screeming. Wind Crys Mary's middle solo wasn't the same as Hendrix's original version but was still good but I would rather hear the original middle solo as well as the ending solo to finish the tune. Performance A. Guitar solo/tones B+. Vocal A.  Kenny Wayne Shephard performed with Noah Hunt on vocal. I Don't Live Today,Voodoo Child, Voodoo Chile ( Slight return ) Come On Pt.2. I Don't Live Today was performed well with a shorter than usual guitar solo also Wayne did not have a vibrato bar on his Stratocaster guitar during I Don't Live Today and did not dive bomb his guitar instead he let the guitar feedback in the break before the jam. Hunt sang great as usual. Voodoo Child, the slow version was a great version by Shephard with guitar runs that sounded like you were listening to the 1968 Electric Ladyland LP, this also was a highlight of the evening as the crowd came on it's feet once again. Voocoo Chile ( Slight Return ) Was played very similar to Guitar great Stevie Ray Vaughn. Chris Layton played great drums on this version as Shephard played guitar runs with either one or two Ibanez TS 808 pedals turned on to produced SRV distorted guitar tones that brought the entire hall to it's feet! Another highlight of the evening. Although I'd rather hear Jimi Hendrix's version of Voodoo Chile ( Slight Return ) I can live with the SRV version. Last up was Joe Satriani. Third Stone From the Sun. Foxy Lady with Vernon Reid. All Along The Watchtower with Glover on vocal.Red House with Brad Whitford on guitar. Third Stone From the Sun with Glover on vocal was good but...Towards the end of the song Satriani abandoned the original songs version of Hendrix feedback tones and substituted these out the world true Marshall Fuzz Faced Tones for fake effect pedal sounds, possibily messing with the controls on an analog delay. Performance B Guitar solo/tones B..Foxy Lady was a great dual solo from Satriani and Reid with Reid playing super fast runs with unreal picking technique and Satriani hitting high harmonics and playing unreal almost impossible to play guitar runs. A highlight of the evening. Performance A Guitar solos/tones A. All Along The Watchtower as a great performance with Satriani playing Hendrix notes for note. A highlight of the evening. Performance A Solo/tone A.  Red House by Satriani and Whitford guitar. A great dual guitar solo by two great players! This was my highlights of the evening, both guitarist were playing from their heart and soul. Billy Cox's bass playing and vocal was superb. Satriani played Hendrix blues runs note for note as Whitford played blues guitar that would rival any so called blues guitarist in the world! Performance A+ Guitar solo/tones A+. Writer notes. It's too bad that we heard the same musicians play the same songs as they did in their  past Hendrix Tribute appearances. Sadly songs MIA were Dolly Dagger, Roomful Of Mirrors, In From The Storm, Hey Baby, Freedom, Machine Gun, Lover Man, Hear My Train a Coming, Ezy Rider, Purple Haze, The Star Spangled Banner, Castles Made Of Sand, Six is Nine as well as others well all absent from tonights performance instead we heard some of the same songs that these performers had played for us before...Even Jimi would have liked to hear some the songs that he wrote towards the end of his career since these songs were a bit more complicated and entertaining to listen to. The producer for Experience did a good job of gathering these musicians but lacked in anything as being creative.. Maybe a look at how The Who does a Media Show during performances is in order to help give the audience something to be entertained with as they listen to such music.It's easy to produce the same tour year after year but it's hard to produce an ever lasting Experience. All in all the show is entertaining, mainly to guitarist in attendance and does give the people a good deal of music for the buck as many of the worls greatest guitarist gather on stage for one night! Go check the show and be ready to have your socks blown off! Thank you. Ray Spitzer 4/6/2010