Hendrix Plays With Fire
Though it may be hard to grasp, there was a time in Jimi Hendrix’s life that the late psychedelic rock god was not as experienced as he would one day be. A prime example of this period would occur on the 31st of March in the year of 1967 at the Astoria in Finsbury Park, London. At the close of the Jimi Hendrix Experience’s set, the group’s namesake proceeded douse his 1965 Fender Stratocaster in lighter fluid and set it ablaze. If all had gone according to plan, it would have made one helluva finale. Unfortunately, that road turned out to rockier than the young guitarist had planned. Fortunate for Hendrix, roadies rushed to the stage to extinguish the rising rock star, who walked away with (thankfully!) only minor burns to his hands, a short stay at the hospital, and, likely, a slightly bruised ego.
However, there was a destiny about Hendrix that…
When Jimmie Vaughan Met His Idol
At the age of eighteen, in April of 1969, a then up and coming blues guitarist by the name of Jimmie Vaughan, opened up for a certain legendary guitarist. Jimmie had picked up his first guitar at the age of thirteen, and by age fifteen had already begun his first band, The Swinging Pendulums. At age sixteen he joined up with The Chessmen as lead guitarist. The group played covers of British blues band such as Cream, Hendrix and the Yardbirds, and became quite popular in the Dallas, Texas, area. Then, in April, 1969, The Chessmen had the opportunity to open up for one popular group of particular importance to them in Fort Worth; none other than…
Albert King Towers Over The Doors
A massive figure of both importance and size, Albert King joined Jim Morrison and Robby Krieger backstage at the Pacific Coliseum of Vancouver, British Columbia, where that late blues master stood quite a bit taller than both members of the Doors. King, who was known as “The Velvet Bulldozer”, joined the psychedelic rock stars during a concert on the 6th of June, 1970, where he sat in on a slew of classic covers such as “Little Red Rooster”, “Rock Me”, and “Who Do You Love”.
The Blues Of Mississippi Fred McDowell
Mississippi Fred McDowell takes spotlight in this near-ancient recorded performance of the traditional ballad of the folklore legend, simply titled “John Henry”. Though the slide guitarist could usually be found with an acoustic guitar in hand, his skills were not diminished in the slightest when he wielded an electric; evidence of which can be seen above.
Stevie Ray Vaughan Boogies With Jeff Beck
Texas blues-rock icon Stevie Ray Vaughan, along with Chris Layton and Tommy Shannon (aka Double Trouble), performed“Jeff’s Boogie” neck to neck with the legendary guitarist himself, Jeff Beck, in Honolulu, Hawaii, on March 19th, 1984.
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