Happy 46th anniversary to the Jimi Hendrix Experience, who made their live debut in France on October 13, 1966. The story goes that Hendrix’s manager, Chas Chandler, introduced Hendrix to drummer Mitch Mitchell and bassist Noel Redding. The trio had only a week of rehearsals, before going on the road supporting French singer Johnny Hallyday, according to Dave Swanson of ultimateclassicrock.com. Swanson also states that the opening night set included: In The Midnight Hour, Have Mercy, Land of a Thousand Dances, and Hey Joe.
If Hendrix were still alive today, he would be celebrating his 70th birthday in November. Because of this, the City Winery of New York City will provide the venue for the aptly titled Jimi Hendrix 70th Birthday Celebration Hosted by Living Colour & Friends. This is not the first time Living Colour, best known for their hit Cult of Personality, has paid tribute to Hendrix. In fact, back in June, Living Colour, along with The Roots, Wyclef Jean, and many others, performed a massive tribute to Hendrix at Summerstage.
So, if you happen to be in the NYC area on November 12 (Hendrix’s birthday was actually on the 27th, but I think he has posthumously earned a birthday month), you missed Summerstage, you love Jimi Hendrix, and are legally allowed to be in an establishment that serves alcohol, you know where to go. Or you can just listen to some Hendrix on your favorite electronic device in the comfort of your own home. Either way, you have options, and the man deserves the recognition.
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