A special five-city tour featuring some of the best-known and most respected figures in rock and blues will celebrate the legacy and music of Jimi Hendrix. The tour launches October 16 at Washington's Constitution Hall and runs through October 20. Other tour stops include New York, Hampton Beach, NH, Atlantic City and Waterbury, CT. Experience Hendrix, LLC, the Hendrix family-owned company charged entrusted with preserving and protecting the legacy of Jimi Hendrix, is the presenter of the tour and lends its name to the endeavor.
The Experience Hendrix Tour will feature artists who will perform music written by and associated with Jimi Hendrix, including blues giant Buddy Guy, pedal steel innovator Robert Randolph, contemporary guitar greats Jonny Lang and Kenny Wayne Shepherd. Special guests include Robby Krieger, guitarist of THE DOORS, ROLLING STONES veteran guitarist Mick Taylor and Hubert Sumlin, the Mississippi-born guitarist who worked with both HOWLIN' WOLF and MUDDY WATERS. Most remarkably, Mitch Mitchell (drums) and Billy Cox (bass), the same JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE rhythm section that played behind Hendrix at Woodstock is the will be on hand for the Experience Hendrix Tour dates as will Chris Layton and Tommy Shannon, a/k/a Double Trouble, the late Stevie Ray Vaughan's highly regarded rhythm section. Native American band INDIGENOUS, Eric Gales, the Memphis guitarist who is heard on the "Power of Soul" Jimi Hendrix tribute album and Kenny Olson of Kid Rock's TWISTED BROWN TRUCKER band are also part of the Experience Hendrix Tour. Various combinations of these artists perform such Hendrix signature songs as "Purple Haze", "Hey Joe", and "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" and are sure to make the concerts very special events for both new and veteran Hendrix fans.
The new Experience Hendrix Tour is an exciting prospect for Billy Cox whose history with Jimi Hendrix dates back to their days in the Army together. He commented, "It's a thrill for me to play Jimi's music for audiences now as it was in the early 1960s. The Experience Hendrix tour shows you how timeless this music really is."
Janie Hendrix, CEO of Experience Hendrix noted, "Every day we see how Jimi's musical legacy continues to transcend generational and cultural boundaries. This tour is our way to give live audiences a concert experience that reflects the genius of his unifying spirit."
The first Experience Hendrix Tour which featured also featured Guy, Shepherd, Sumlin, Carlos Santana, Joe Satriani, Paul Rodgers, as well as Mitchell and Cox, played sold out concert dates in San Francisco, Portland and Seattle in February of 2004, garnering rave reviews. It is expected that in the future Experience Hendrix will make its way to other markets.
Experience Hendrix Tour dates
Oct. 16 - Washington, DC, Constitution Hall
Oct. 17 - New York, New York, Beacon Theater
Oct. 18 - Hampton Beach, NH, Casino Ballroom
Oct. 19 - Atlantic City, New Jersey, Trump Casino
Oct. 20 - Waterbury, CT, Palace Theater
Tickets go on sale on Saturday, August 25.