We are of the belief that no one can truly pick up where a proper maverick like Jimi Hendrix left off. It's as if there's an unspoken understanding amongst guitarists that Hendrix's playing style is a language unto itself. One really can't be faulted for chasing such a unique dragon, even if it's to the detriment of their own individuality.
However, while there have been plenty of notable, perhaps less-creative Hendrix biters over the years, those that really crack the code and get to the true essence of Hendrix's greatness tend to chase his fearless individuality. That is what allowed the guitarist and songwriter to deliver unique and now ubiquitous double-stop licks and harnessed screaming crescendos of feedback, making music of noise. These people strive for originality in their own art and seek a spirit beyond the sound. Prince comes to mind.
The Experience Hendrix Tour was born out of the necessity to celebrate and pay tribute to the man and his art. It's been channeled through the hands of a rotating, all star cast of players looking to pay homage to the great mold-breaker. The tours have all featured guitarists with their own legacies and unique voices, and it is this that makes Experience Hendrix such an exciting thing. Not only does it provide an opportunity to celebrate Hendrix's music, but it also affords fans a chance to hear the way other legendary players perceive and interpret the man's art.
As usual, the 2014 iteration of the tour features an absolutely stacked lineup of players. Here are the top five people we're most excited to see perform at this year's Experience Hendrix at Hard Rock Live Hollywood.