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Excuse them while they kiss the sky: Experience Hendrix to hit Basin

Jimi Hendrix tribute tour coming to Wagner Noël

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Posted: Friday, February 28, 2014 11:00 am

Beginning the eighth incarnation of their tour, the Experience Hendrix Tour will be bringing the familiar sounds of “Purple Haze” to the dusty haze of West Texas with a performance slated March 9 at the Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center.

The tour, which was founded in 1995 by guitarist Jimi Hendrix’s father James “Al” Hendrix, is an all-star line-up of world-renowned musicians who travel around the country performing Hendrix’s music.

Janie Hendrix, Jimi Hendrix’s sister and president of Experience Hendrix LLC, said in a news release that her brother “often spoke of his concept of ‘Electric Church’ and using music to connect directly with people.”

Hendrix, who died Sept. 18, 1970, at the age of 27, is best known for his hit songs “Hey Joe,” “The Wind Cries Mary,” “Fire,” and his cover of Bob Dylan’s “All Along the Watchtower.” The Seattle-born guitarist is also known for staring the band The Jimi Hendrix Experience and introducing feedback and distortion from his guitar into his music.

Of the musicians who are scheduled to appear during the March 9 show, Billy Cox, 72, originally played with Hendrix in Band of Gypsys after the break-up of The Jimi Hendrix Experience. The two musicians originally met when they served in the Army at Fort Campbell, Ky.

Also scheduled to perform on the tour in the Permian Basin are Blues guitarist Buddy Guy; Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society; drummer Chris Layton, formerly of Stevie Ray Vaughn’s band Double Trouble; and Eric Johnson, famous for his Grammy-award winning song “Cliffs of Dover.”

“We were never consulted about anything to do with the Jimi’s music until the Hendrix family took over,” Cox stated in the Experience Hendrix website about the festival. “I think Jimi would be proud of the way Janie Hendrix and the company have kept the music available to people around the world.”

Of all the musical shows that have been coming to the Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center in the past few years, one local radio personality said this is the best show in ages.

Steve Driscoll, who works for Classic Rock 102, said the recent boom in the economy and the population has shown that big-name musicians are willing to make the stop in the Permian Basin to perform their music.

“There have been a lot of great shows that come through here,” Driscoll said in a phone interview. “It’s the fact of the collection of the people involved is what makes the show great.”

Driscoll also praised the Wagner Noël’s acoustics and size, adding it is a venue that musicians should want to play in because of its size and acoustics.

“The Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center is huge,” Driscoll said in a phone interview. “The economy is just as big and there’s a lot of money here.”

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