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Experience Hendrix presents unforgettable highlights from two star-studded tribute concerts on behalf of Jimi Hendrix, hailed by critics and fans alike as the greatest guitarist of all time. Filmed in San Diego and at the Paramount Theater in Hendrix's hometown of Seattle, these special, never-before-released performances feature legendary blues giants Buddy Guy and Hubert Sumlin coming together with Paul Rodgers, former Rolling Stones lead guitarist Mick Taylor and the newest generation of guitar heroes including Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Robert Randolph, Pearl Jam's Mike McCready, Kid Rock's Kenny Olson, and Vernon Reid to celebrate Jimi's legacy. Joining forces with these great artists are Mitch Mitchell and Billy Cox from the Jimi Hendrix Experience, as well as Chris Layton and Tommy Shannon from Double Trouble, the powerful rhythm section who served the late Stevie Ray Vaughan.
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The opening three cuts had young blues guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd tearing up the fretboards. He did a really great job on all three cuts, fingers flashing at light speed. Backed by Double Trouble's Tommy Shannon on Bass and Chris Layton on drums made it even better. Noah Hunt produced a very accurate vocal as compared to Jimi.
It really gives you an appreciation for Hendrix's talent to watch other performers play his stuff. Hendrix always looked so laid back when he played with his fingers effortlessly moving across his guitar. Everybody did their own thing however you could see the effort that they had to put into it to match Hendrix's originals.
Indigenous's guitarist Mato Nanje and band equally performed at high frequency on the next cut, "Hear My Train A Comin'".
Living Colour provided the next two spectacular performances of "Power of Soul" and
Eric Gales tore up the guitar with his version of "Purple Haze", gum and all.
Then enter the next group of artists including Jimmy Lane, Hubert Sumlin and Double Trouble, phenomenal.
Enter Paul Rogers(Mr Frontman Extraordinaire), Mitch Mitchell, Billy Cox, Kenny Olson and one of my favorites Andy Aledort. What a thing of beauty.
And finally into the home stretch enter Mr Personality and the highlight in my opinion, Buddy Guy. He cuts into a few tunes with Andy, Hubert, double trouble and then the complete ensemble. The highlight was when Buddy traded with Hubert Sumlin, a couple of oldtimers, blues giants just strutting their stuff while interacting with the audience. Real story telling at it's best.
I never even got into the bonus features as it was past my bedtime and I had also just watched Muddy Waters and Rolling Stones, Live in Chicago from 1981. Another must have concert DVD. I'm saving the bonus features for this evening, Hmmm, Robert Randolph and Double trouble, Mick Taylor and Indigenous, and Eric Gales, Billy Cox and Buddy Miles. What other surprises await for me to uncover, looking forward to it.
I loved it from A to Z and give it a capital thumbs up. Go for it, you won't regret it.
The main weakness of the concert was the ensemble jam at the end on Voodoo Child. Kenny Olson started it off, the great Paul Rodgers belted out the vocals, and then time for the guitar solo......NOTHING. Nobody would take a solo! You got 5-6 hotshot Hendrix offshoots up there and nobody wants to solo on Voodoo Child? I guess nobody wanted to step on each other's toes. It just should have been rehearsed better, is my guess.
Also, nobody made much use of the whammy bar or guitar feedback in their performances. C'mon guys! Those were two of Jimi's main trademarks!
Those are my only gripes, though. Indigenous gave a strong performance, as did Kenny Wayne Shepherd. And then Living Colour came on and just blew everybody away--amazing performance from the entire band! Eric Gales followed them with a strong showing, but Living Colour's set was so over the top that they should have been the last to go on.
OK, one more thing....during the ensemble jam on Voodoo Child, I noticed one of the players....who is that? Is it....I think it is--Kid Rock himself! (I'm not 100% sure, but I think it was him.) No leads from him or anything, but I think it would have been cool to have such a popular figure to step up to the mic and belt out a verse in his own style to surprise the crowd, instead of just standing there playing rhythm guitar in the background.
Overall, though, a recommended DVD for all Hendrix fans!