by Jeff Cornell
Buddy Guy, Zakk Wylde, Dweezil Zappa, Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and more will take part in the 2016 Experience Hendrix tour. The 27-date U.S. trek will kick off in Hollywood, Florida on Feb. 24 and will wrap just over one month later on March 25 in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire. Link to complete tour dates are below.
The outing also boasts guitarist Eric Johnson, Double Trouble drummer Chris Layton and Noah Hunt, singer for the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band. Special guests appearing on select dates include Keb’ Mo’ and guitarist Doyle Bramhall II, best known for his work with Eric Clapton and Roger Waters.
In other news, Hendrix’s former London flat will officially be open to the public in 2016. The iconic guitarist lived in the apartment off and on in 1968 and 1969, when he was in between tours and while he recorded some of his final studio album Electric Ladyland, which spawned his classic hits like “Crosstown Traffic,” “Voodoo Chile” and his famous psychedelic cover of Bob Dylan’s “All Along The Watchtower.”
The Hendrix House at 23 Brook Street in the Mayfair area of London, near Soho, will open to the public on February 10, 2016. It is being restored to its former late 1960s glory so fans will be able to see what the unit would have looked like when Hendrix lived there with girlfriend Kathy Etchingham.
Hendrix’s former dwelling is located on the same row of homes as German-born composer George Frideric Handel, who lived at number 25 Brook Street for 26 years and wrote many of his greatest works, including his “Messiah.” Both homes are now owned by the Handel House Trust, who have been using the iconic guitarist’s former apartment as offices, occasionally opening it to the public.
According to the BBC, Hendrix became fascinated by the fact that Handel used to live next door and went on to buy many of the composer’s works, the most notable of which is a copy of Handel’s Messiah performed by the English Chamber Orchestra. His copy of Handel’s Messiah now resides at the Experience Music Project in Seattle.
Among the exhibits are rarely seen images of Hendrix taken at the flat and in the local area. The museum will also boast a state-of-the-art studio, which will be used for education and as a concert venue.
The Handel House is open now and the Hendrix House will open on Feb 10, 2016. Tickets will be available starting on Nov. 2. For more click Handel and Hendrix House.
For all the dates of the 2016 Experience Hendrix tour click here.