The Jimi Hendrix Experience regroups, tour starts next month!

A whirlwind five-city tour will celebrate the legacy and music of Jimi Hendrix next month.

OK, the tour promoters aren't really calling the band the Jimi Hendrix Experience, but it's as close as you're ever going to get to hearing the JHE live.

Experience alumni Mitch Mitchell (drums) and Billy Cox (bass), will be on hand for selected tour dates as will Chris Layton and Tommy Shannon from Double Trouble (Stevie Ray Vaughan's band). Eric Gales, the Memphis guitarist who played on the "Power of Soul" Jimi Hendrix tribute album will also part of the Experience Hendrix Tour. Various combinations of these artists will perform such Hendrix signature songs as "Purple Haze," "Hey Joe," and "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)."

Featured artists also include Buddy Guy, and contemporary guitar greats Jonny Lang and Kenny Wayne Shepherd. Not bad, but I'm even more psyched about what Robbie Krieger, the Doors guitarist and the Rolling Stones early '70s guitarist Mick Taylor will bring to the shows. Bona fide blues great Hubert Sumlin, the Mississippi-born guitarist who worked with Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters, will also appear.

Experience Hendrix Tour dates Oct-16 Washington, DC, Constitution Hall; Oct-17 New York, New York, Beacon Theater; Oct-18 Hampton Beach, NH, Casino Ballroom; Oct-19 Atlantic City, New Jersey, Trump Casino; Oct-20 Waterbury, CT, Palace Theater

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