For the first time in its history, Experience Hendrix, the concert tour that revisits the music and inspiration of Jimi Hendrix featuring an all-star lineup, will be re-launched within a single calendar year. The Experience Hendrix tour crisscrossed the US this past March for a string of sold-out concerts and will return with a new set of U.S. and Canadian dates this October and November.
Featured artists performing music associated with the legacy of Jimi Hendrix include some of the best known and highly regarded names in contemporary rock and blues including Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Susan Tedeschi, Robert Randolph, Jonny Lang, Steve Vai, Los Lobos’ David Hidalgo and Cesar Rosas, Eric Johnson, Ernie Isley, Living Colour, Chris Layton of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble and The Slide Brothers- Chuck and Darick Campbell of Sacred Steel. In terms of format, the tour offers opportunity for performers and audiences to witness unique collaborations as well as the tour’s artists performing their favorite Hendrix signature songs. 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 the more memorable. Past special guests have included Paul Rodgers, Joe Satriani, Hubert Sumlin, Buddy Guy, Carlos Santana, and Robby Krieger.
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. They reunited when Cox was recruited to be part of the Jimi Hendrix Band of Gypsys as well as the original Jimi Hendrix Experience, performing at 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,” Cox notes. “The Experience Hendrix tours have shown how timeless this music really is.” This fall’s Experience Hendrix tour dates will be followed by a second wave of Hendrix releases through Legacy including the 4 CD + 1 DVD anthology set. The tour kicks off in Pittsburgh on October 26th and hits Boston’s Orpheum Theatre on November 7th. Although the exact lineup has been confirmed for several of the dates, the Boston performance’s lineup has not yet been revealed.