Jan 152012
 

experience hendrixThe 2012 edition of the critically acclaimed Experience Hendrix concert tour will launch with a three week run of dates starting March 6th featuring an all-star lineup of musical greats paying homage to the abiding genius of Jimi Hendrix.

Presented by Fender Musical Instruments, this year’s tour will include performances by Buddy Guy, Dweezil Zappa, Billy Cox, Robby Kreiger [The Doors], Robert Randolph, Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, David Hidalgo & Cesar Rosas [Los Lobos], Keb’ Mo, Eric Johnson, Brad Whitford Aerosmith], Living Colour, Chris Layton [Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble],The Slide Brothers as well as other special guests to be announced. The announcement coincides with latest issue of Rolling Stone wherein Jimi Hendrix was, predictably, designated “The Greatest Guitarist of All Time.” The tour will alight in twenty markets including Baltimore, Nashville, Atlanta, Miami, Orlando, , Houston, Austin, Denver and more.

In terms of format, the tour offers multiple opportunities for performers
and audiences to witness unique collaborations among the
participating artists such as Dweezil Zappa with Billy Cox, Buddy
Guy with Robert Randolph, Jonny Lang with Brad Whitford and
will highlight these artists and the others performing their favorite
Hendrix signature songs including “Little Wing,” “Fire,” “Purple Haze,”

and “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)”. 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 veteran Hendrix fans. Past special
guests have included Paul Rodgers, Joe Satriani, Hubert Sumlin,
Steve Vai, Carlos Santana and others. The tour’s presence has been
made known on national TV with Robert Randolph performing classic
Hendrix on the Late Night With Conan O’Brien, and Jonny Lang
on Jimmy Kimmel Live and The Tonight Show and Kenny Wayne
Shepherd playing Jimi Hendrix’s actual Woodstock guitar on Late
Night with Jimmy Fallon. Shepherd, a veteran of several Experience
Hendrix tours remarked, “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.” As far as
having been part of the Experience Hendrix touring phenomenon,
Shepherd noted, “It touches you on the inside and gets you fired up.”

Dweezil Zappa, whose new album Live – In The Moment has just
been released, is making his Experience Hendrix tour debut on this
run of dates. He commented “I’ve always been a great admirer of Jimi
Hendrix. My dad told me some great stories about playing with him.
Jimi’s ability to express himself so completely with an electric guitar
is very inspiring to me. I’m honored to be invited to participate in this
tour and I’m really looking forward to playing with everyone!” Zappa’s
Dweezilla Music Boot Camp is now accepting students for its
upcoming 4th of July session. The guitar style of Jimi Hendrix has
been highlighted in previous Dweezilla conclaves and is expected to
be a hot topic in the curriculum in 2012

Anchoring the tour is Billy Cox, the legendary bassist whose
relationship with Jimi Hendrix and his music dates back to the
early 1960s when the two met while serving in the U.S. Army’s
101st Airborne Division. The two bonded over their love of music and
would later work together backing R&B acts on the “chitlin’ circuit.”
They reunited when Cox was recruited to be part of the Jimi Hendrix
Band of Gypsys as well as the ultimate iteration of the Jimi Hendrix
Experience, performing at such landmark festivals as Woodstock and
the Isle of Wight. Cox, who has been part of all previous Experience
Hendrix tours, notes, “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. 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.”

Janie Hendrix, President/CEO of Experience Hendrix L.L.C.,
noted, “Everyday, we see how Jimi’s musical legacy continues to
transcend generational and cultural boundaries. It’s always been our
continuing mission to do all we can to celebrate what he’s given us
and to keep his music in the forefront and the Experience Hendrix
tour does that most directly. As a child Jimi promised to take care
of me and I promised to take care of him. He wanted people to
experience the ‘Electric Church’ and wake ‘the sleeping people.’ The
Experience Hendrix Tour does just that with brilliant musicians who
love Jimi and will electrify the stage with his music and sound,”

Notes Experience Hendrix Tour producer John McDermott, “The
line-up for this tour reflects the breadth of Jimi’s ongoing influence
that reaches down through the generations. The guests that have
been attracted to participate are enthusiastic about the proposition
of performing with their counterparts. That mindset underscores the
fact that the Experience Hendrix tour is all about musical camaraderie
and the recognition that Jimi Hendrix, undeniably, casts the longest
shadow in the realm of great music and great musicians.”

Massively popular with fans and critics alike, last year’s Experience
Hendrix tour inspired Larry Rodgers of the Arizona Republic to
rave, “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. The show and that crowd made it clear that Hendrix’s
magical music will never die.”

Ben Weiner Orange County Register characterized the show as “an
all-star array of modern and legendary guitar greats in a nearly three-
hour tribute to the most innovative virtuoso who ever touched six
strings. It helped, of course, that the performances were uniformly
strong, even inspired, an Electric Church encounter that one likes to
think would have made Jimi proud.”

Jeff Miers Buffalo News wrote, “The nearly three-hour show moved
from peak to peak, as varying configurations of musicians gathered to
explore the Hendrix canon.”

Scott Mervis: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: In the end, amidst all the star
power on stage, the message reaffirmed in every lick, riff and warped

melody was the wild and true genius of Jimi Hendrix.

Dan Durchholz, covering the tour for the St. Louis Post Dispatch
marveled at how “…the Experience Hendrix tour showed just how
pervasive (Hendrix’s) influence continues to be. The three-hour show
featured an all-star lineup from a variety of musical traditions, united
by a collective debt to the iconic artist’s songs, showmanship and
trailblazing technique. Despite its creator’s demise decades ago,
Hendrix’s music is still alive and well.”

The Experience Hendrix Tour is presented by Experience Hendrix,
LLC, the Hendrix family-owned company founded by James A. “Al”
Hendrix, Jimi’s father, entrusted with preserving and protecting the
legacy of Jimi Hendrix.

Two years ago, Sony Legacy and Experience Hendrix entered
into a worldwide catalog licensing venture to make all of Jimi’s
extraordinary music, including classic albums, never-before-heard
archive recordings, and filmed concerts available through all forms of
media.

March, 2012 Experience Hendrix Tour confirmed dates (additional
dates to be added)

6 – Tue – Baltimore, MD – Strathmore Theater
7 – Wed – Greensboro, NC – War Memorial Auditorium
8 – Thu – Knoxville, TN – Civic Auditorium
9 – Fri – Nashville, TN – Tennessee Performing Arts Center
10 – Sat – Atlanta, GA – Fox Theater
11 – Sun – Charleston, SC – North Charleston Performing Arts Center
14 – Wed – Hollywood, FL – Seminole Hard Rock
15 – Thu – Clearwarter, FL – Ruth Eckerd Hall
16 – Fri – Saint Augustine, FL – Saint Augustine Amphitheatre
17 – Sat – Orange Beach, AL – The Amphitheater at The Wharf
22 – Thu – Houston, TX Arena Theater
23 – Fri – Thackerville, OK – Winstar Casino
24 – Sat – Austin, TX – ACL Live @ Moody Theater

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