Radio.com is proud to announce 2014’s Experience Hendrix Tour, the guitar-centric tribute to Jimi Hendrix that’s run on and off since its first incarnation as the Jimi Hendrix Guitar Festival at Bumbershoot ’95. This year’s tour will feature Buddy Guy, Bootsy Collins and Zakk Wylde, along with a busload of other guitar legends including Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Jonny Lang, Dweezil Zappa, Eric Gales, Eric Johnson, Serbian blues-rocker Ana Popovic, Doyle Bramhall II, Mato Nanji of Indigenous, and Los Lobos co-frontmen Cesar Rosas and David Hidalgo.
The tour is set to kick off March 11 in Dallas and run through April 3’s Detroit show. Full list of dates below.
Other than Wylde and Popovic, the other artists have played the tour in the past. John McDermott, one of the tour’s organizers, told Radio.com that while Wylde, Hildago, Guy, Zappa and Collins may be an odd combination, the goal of the tour is to show the scope of Hendrix’s musical influence.
“We try to follow the roots to the fruits,” McDermott said. “Before he passed away, we had [blues legend] Hubert Sumlin, who was a favorite of Jimi’s. We have Buddy Guy, who is a favorite of Jimi’s. We like to have a variety of [younger] players to show how broad and deep the influence is. ”
While Wylde spends most of his time on the road playing to all-metal audiences, it’s not all that surprising that he signed on for this tour given his fandom (one of his sons is named Hendrix). As for the other tour rookie, Popvic, she first came to the attention of Hendrix fans via a cover of “Belly Button Window” on the 2000 tribute album Blue Haze. “Ana is somebody who we had seen, we saw a performance of ‘If 6 Was 9,’ which was great, so she was a no-brainer for us,” McDermott said.
Kenny Wayne Shepherd, who has been doing the Experience Hendrix tours since they started in 2004, says he’s looking forward to having both Popvic and Wylde on the bill this time around. “I’m always curious to see when they bring somebody new in, what songs they’re going to choose and what their interpretation is going to be of Hendrix’s music.”
The rhythm section for the tour is bassist Billy Cox, who played with Hendrix in the Band of Gypsys and in the Experience, and former Double Trouble drummer Chris Layton.
The line-up of artists is subject to change from performance date to performance date (based on the artists’ own touring schedules), and other artists are expected to be added, including Ernie Isley of the Isley Brothers, who has a personal connection with the guitar legend. (Fun fact: Hendrix used to play in the Isleys’ backing band and lived in the family house in New Jersey.)
Experience: Hendrix Tour 2014:
Mar-11 Tue Dallas, TX – Verizon Theater
Mar-13 Thu St Louis, MO – Fox Theater
Mar-14 Fri Chicago, IL – Chicago Theater
Mar-15 Sat Ames, IA – Stephens Auditorium
Mar-16 Sun Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theater
Mar-18 Tue Louisville, KY – Whitney PAC
Mar-19 Wed Charleston, WV – Clay Center
Mar-20 Thu Pittsburgh, PA – Benedum Theater
Mar-21 Fri Glenside, PA – Keswick Theater
Mar-22 Sat Atlantic City, NJ – Harrahs
Mar-23 Sun Wilkes Barre, PA – Kirby PAC
Mar-25 Tue Red Bank, NJ – Count Basie Theater
Mar-28 Fri Albany, NY – Palace Theater
Mar-29 Sat Waterbury, CT – Palace Theater
Mar-30 Sun Washington DC – Lincoln Theater
Apr-01 Tue Buffalo, NY – Center For Arts
Apr-02 Wed Northfield, OH – Hard Rock Theater
Apr-03 Thu Detroit, MI – The Fox Theater