Experience Hendrix Tour offers a star-studded lineup

Are You Experienced? Why not?
Are You Experienced? Why not?

Still kicking yourself that you'll never see Jimi Hendrix? Don't bother. The Experience Hendrix Tour, the highly successful mini-jaunt that paid homage to guitar legend Jimi Hendrix last year, is back in business, and it's probably the closest you'll get to the real thing.

This year's tour will be a 19-date trek and will feature an expanded array of guitar greats. The bonanza begins in New Hampshire on October 15.

Presented by Experience Hendrix, LLC and Gibson Guitar, this is a drool-worthy assemblage of six-string talent: Buddy Guy, Eric Johnson, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Hubert Sumlin and Jonny Lang. Not bad, huh?

They will be joined throughout the tour by special guests, including Pearl Jam s Mike McCready, Aerosmith's Brad Whitford, original Doors' guitarist Robby Krieger, Cesar Rosas and David Hidalgo of Los Lobos, Texas blues rocker and Eric Clapton guitarist Doyle Bramhall II, among others.

And did we mention the rhythm section? Check this out: bassist Billy Cox and drummer Mitch Mitchell - the same Jimi Hendrix Experience rhythm section that played at such historic rock festivals as Woodstock and the Isle Of Wight. They will be joined by drummer Chris Layton from Double Trouble, Stevie Ray Vaughan's legendary backing band.

As before, various combinations of the lineup will be showcased throughout the tour, all of them performing such Hendrix classics as Little Wing, Purple Haze, Hey Joe, Red House, and Voodoo Chile (Slight Return), among many others.

For a little taste of what you might expect, check out this video of one of last year's performances, featuring Mike McCready, Hubert Sumlin and Double Trouble dishing out Killing Floor. We must say, it's pretty killin', and it leaves us on the floor.

For tour information, visit Experience Hendrix.

Joe Bosso

Joe is a freelance journalist who has, over the past few decades, interviewed hundreds of guitarists for Guitar WorldGuitar PlayerMusicRadar and Classic Rock. He is also a former editor of Guitar World, contributing writer for Guitar Aficionado and VP of A&R for Island Records. He’s an enthusiastic guitarist, but he’s nowhere near the likes of the people he interviews. Surprisingly, his skills are more suited to the drums. If you need a drummer for your Beatles tribute band, look him up.