Wednesday, October 8, 2008

A Hendrix Tribute with Buddy Guy??? Count me in...

Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready, Aerosmith axeman Brad Whitford and Kid Rock guitar player Kenny Olson have all signed on for guest appearances on the Experience Hendrix Tour, a 19-stop trek paying homage to the music and legacy of Jimi Hendrix. The traveling show, which launches on October 14th in New Hampshire, will also include performances by Jonny Lang, Buddy Guy, Eric Johnson, Jimi Hendrix Experience members Billy Cox and Mitch Mitchell, members of the Doors and many others.

Cox told Rolling Stone, "Nothing can compare to playing with the original master. But this tour is helping to validate the musical genius that I knew, by bringing Jimi Hendrix into the new millennium."

The tour is presented by Experience Hendrix, the Hendrix family-owned company founded by Jimi's father, James A. "Al" Hendrix. Artists will perform both Hendrix songs as well as music either covered by or associated with the legendary guitarist.
  • Experience Hendrix Local Tour dates:
    October 19 - Waterbury, CT - Palace Theater
    October 21 - New York, NY - Hammerstein Ballroom
    October 22 - New York, NY - United Palace Theatre
Out now is the Pretenders' first album in six years, called Boots Of Concrete. Chrissie Hynde spoke to Rolling Stone and when asked about what she thought the current state of rock was, she said, "It used to be a secret between the audience and the artist. But I think a lot of bands turned it into a sport, like, 'We want to be the biggest band in the world and play in the biggest places!' It just got all flabby and stupid. Musicians started going to gyms, and it was all about choreography. That's not my cup of tea. Think small -- that's my motto."
Out today is Phillip Norman's 800-page biography on John Lennon, titled John Lennon: The Life. The book is notable for the participation of Yoko Ono and Paul McCartney. Ono original backed the book, but after numerous extensive interviews she pulled all support after she deemed Norman's manuscript "too mean" towards Lennon's memory. Paul McCartney initially refused to help Norman after being slighted in his 1981 book, Shout! The Beatles In Their Generation. Norman recalls that after McCartney's office declined participating in the project, McCartney himself reached out to Norman...

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