In case you missed it--Late Night With Jimmy Fallon welcomed guest guitarist and Experience Hendrix tour performer Kenny Wayne Shepherd to join The Roots for a night of Jimi Hendrix covers! As an extra special bonus, Kenny played THE famed guitar Jimi used during Woodstock!
It doesn't take a dozen exceptional guitarists to extol the virtues of Jimi Hendrix. But having that many certainly makes for a great show, as was the case Sunday at the Orpheum with the "Experience Hendrix" concert.
Steve Vai, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Vernon Reid, Ernie Isley, Eric Johnson, Susan Tedeschi, Brad Whitford, Johnny Lang, Mato Nanji, and a triple dose of pedal steel players — Robert Randolph, Darick Campbell, and Chuck Campbell — produced a fiery three-hour show that explored all facets of Hendrix's brief and brilliant career.
Kenny Wayne Shepherd will live many a guitarist's dream next Wednesday, November 10, when he appears on NBC's "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon." Playing live on TV may be nothing new for KWS, but this time will be special because he gets to play the famed Jimi Hendrix "Woodstock Strat."
Hendrix played the Strat at the Woodstock Festival in 1969, including on his famous rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner." Hendrix purchased the guitar in '68 and played it at many concerts including the Newport Pop Festival and his final concert at the Isle of Fehmarn in September, 1970. The guitar was acquired by Experience Music Project (EMP) in 1992 and has been in the Seattle-based museum's permanent collection since that time. EMP has consented to bring the guitar to New York, accompanied by two curators, in support of Experience Hendrix's continuing efforts to bring the music of Jimi Hendrix to successive generations.