Written by: Matt Wardlaw
The good news is that a bunch of really great guitar players will be in Akron tomorrow night.
The bad news is that if you don't have tickets already, you're probably out of luck.
Live Nation Cleveland just announced that the Experience Hendrix show happening on Tuesday night at the Akron Civic, is sold out.
For those that have tickets, you're in for a helluva good night. The Experience Hendrix tour is now in its fourth year, and this is the first time that this all-star tribute to Jimi Hendrix has been in the Cleveland area. I drooled over the first year's lineup, almost drove to Detroit to see last year's show and sadly, I'll be missing this year's show (and I'm very envious of my pal Jack, who has tickets!).
Here are the details for this year's festivities:
Featured artists who will be performing music written and inspired by Jimi Hendrix. Include some of the best known and most respected artists in contemporary rock and blues including Joe Satriani, Jonny Lang, Eric Johnson, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Brad Whitford (of Aerosmith), Doyle Bramhall II, Ernie Isley, Living Colour, Double Trouble's Chris Layton, along with bassist Billy Cox. Cox, who first befriended Hendrix when the two were in the 101st Airborne division of the US Army. Cox played in both the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Band of Gypsys and performed with Hendrix at such landmark festivals as Woodstock and the Isle of Wight. Cox commented, "It's a thrill for me to play Jimi's music for audiences now as it was in the 1960s. The Experience Hendrix tours have shown how timeless this music really is." Joe Satriani remarked, "I finally get to pay tribute to my hero the right way, on stage with an amazing, once in a lifetime, line up of musicians!" Sacred Steel featuring Robert Randolph, Susan Tedeschi and David Hidalgo and Cesar Rosas of Los Lobos are also performing on selected Experience Tour dates.
Various combinations of these music greats will be performing Jimi's signature songs including "Purple Haze," "Voodoo Child (Slight Return), "The Wind Cries Mary," "Little Wing" and "Red House." As has been the case with previous Experience Hendrix tour incarnations, 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, Buddy Guy and Carlos Santana.
Sounds like fun, right? For those that are missing out, you might want to check out the Experience Hendrix live DVD that was released in 2008. Take a look at the lineup, and you'll agree that it's a must have!
The current edition of Experience Hendrix wraps up at the end of this week. Most shows are sold out, but there are apparently still a few tickets left for the Atlanta show. Grab 'em while you can!more