Thursday, November 18, 2010

Experience Hendrix

The Gekko's spent last night at the Experience Hendrix show last night. It was essentially an all star game of Fender guitar players (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 a/k/a Chuck and Darick Campbell of Sacred Steel).

It was a good show for the most part. Living Colour's rendition of Crosstown Traffic and Kenny Wayne Shepard's solo on Voodoo Child were the highlights of the evening for me.

But I was never a big Jimi Hendrix fan and last night's show highlighted why. I can take an occasional Hendrix guitar solo but 10 minute solos of loud, fast and distorted guitar on each song flat out wore me out. I get it. All you guys can play.

It's a three hour show which was about a half hour too long for me but if you are into guitars it really is a show you need to take in.

Other items of note.

1) The Taft Theatre is a dump. What it lacks in comfortable seating it makes up for in warm beer and three urinals in the men's john.

2) Brad Whitford of Aerosmith, I think you need to talk to Sally Fields about a Boniva script.

3) Bootsy Collins, C'mon man. If you're going to sing a Hendrix song, would it have killed you know the lyrics before you got up on stage. Watching you read Purple Haze lyrics off a program was kind of a buzz kill. It's especially worse given that you narrated Jimi's voice in his biography.

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