It's hard to imagine, from today's vantage point, what popular music might sound like had there never been a Jimi Hendrix. The entire paradigm of blues-based rock soloing as we now understand it would not exist. Hendrix was not some mere blues-rock fusion artist hell-bent on showing off his chops, of course. He was a supremely gifted composer and songwriter, a man able to imbue the psychedelic music of the '60s with a seriously deep African-American strain, and journeyman R&B guitarist, all rolled into one.
One by one some of rock's best known guitarists dazzled Thursday evening at Toronto's Sony Centre for the Performing Arts as part of a tribute concert to the iconic Jimi Hendrix.
But despite all their mastery for over 150 minutes, the most startling aspect during Experience Hendrix was realizing just how damn easy and effortless the man being honored made such intricate, jaw-dropping solos look.
Have you ever been re-experienced? The original bands are no longer going concerns, but the music of Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix and other classic-rock heroes is evergreen, with younger generations discovering music known well by parents and grandparents. And so, serving nostalgia and new crowds alike, touring road shows Experience Hendrix, Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience and Classic Albums Live do big business.