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April 6, 2006
BILLY COX LEADS ALL-STAR HENDRIX TRIBUTE
Boston's AXIS Nightclub and Radio Station WZLX FM Host Jimi Hendrix All-Star Tribute Concert and Film Showing
(Boston, MA -- April 6, 2006: Jimi Hendrix bassist Billy Cox and engineer Eddie Kramer were on hand at the appropriately named music venue Axis to host a special screening of the new Jimi Hendrix: Live At Woodstock film, as well as a question and answer seminar following the film. The evening was capped off by a live performance led by Cox and a talented collection of special guests.
Billy Cox began the day's proceedings with an in studio appearance and interview session with Carter Alan of WZLX FM. Alan, noted for his acclaimed books on U2 and other rock acts, is a longtime Boston music authority and Hendrix aficionado. He would later serve as the evening's host and moderator of the question and answer session that immediately followed the film screening.
Hendrix fans packed Axis, located behind Fenway Park, the venerable home of the Boston Red Sox. Shortly after 8 PM, the film began and Hendrix fans began cheering Jimi's performance as if he were actually onstage as opposed to appearing on the large movie screen installed for the occasion.
After the movie concluded, Carter Alan called Billy Cox and Eddie Kramer to the stage. After a warm round of applause, the two men took questions from Alan and various audience members. Cox and Kramer were peppered with inquiries about a host of issues, including a surprising number of technical questions, including the guitar tuning Cox and Hendrix employed during their four show Band Of Gypsys stint at the Fillmore East. After the long winded question, Cox, in good humor, simply replied, 'Yeah, but is sounded good!' to the delight of the audience. Cox took the opportunity to debunk the tale that surf guitarist Dick Dale took Jimi under his wing for an extended period. Kramer detailed the chaotic atmosphere that surrounded the Woodstock festival, laughing describing the event as three days of mud, drugs, and music.
After the Q&A, the live performance began with Eric Gales, Andy Aledort, and former Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble drummer Chris Layton tearing into a version of "Purple Haze" that set the tone for the music that would follow. Gales then offered a lively reading of "May This Be Love" set off by a gorgeous solo guitar introduction. Billy Cox and Sheldon Reynolds were introduced and they joined Gales and Layton for a charged, funk based arrangement of "Foxey Lady".
Gales departed and guitarist Andy Aledort returned to join Cox and Layton in a stirring rendition of "Freedom". Local Boston hero and Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford and Kid Rock alumnus Kenny Olson then coupled with Cox and Layton for two of the evening's highlights; "Red House" and "Spanish Castle Magic". "Red House" featured Cox in fine voice, surprising many in the audience who had never before heard him sing lead.
Sheldon Reynolds returned to team with Olson and lead the group through "Hey Joe" to the delight of the audience. Cox then introduced Mato Nanje, the talented frontman for the group Indigenous. Nanje, Cox, and Layton then tore through "Little Wing," "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)," and "Hear My Train A Comin'".
Cox brought the nearly two-hour performance to a close by kicking off the Band Of Gypsys classic "Who Knows". Olson, Reynolds, Aledort, Gales each traded inspired solos before Reynolds called Whitford back out to the stage to join them. Whitford immediately stomped on a uni-vibe pedal and powered the jam forward with a stinging, extended solo. The evening was capped when all of the guitarists-including Cox on bass-began to play behind their heads before the song drew to a rousing close. "Take care of yourself and your neighbor," Cox asked the crowd before departing, moving offstage to sign autographs and greet many in the audience. The celebration had come to a close but Cox and company left a lasting impression on an enthusiastic gathering of Boston based Hendrix fans.
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JIMI HENDRIX FILM SCREENING AND TRIBUTE CONCERT SET FOR BOSTON, APRIL 6
Legendary guitarist's performance at the Woodstock Art & Music Fair gets the big screen treatment along width special Q&A Session with Jimi Hendrix Experience bassist Billy Cox and studio engineer Eddie Kramer. Film screening will be followed by all-star musical tribute featuring Billy Cox, Kenny Olson, Eric Gales, Sheldon Reynolds, Chris Layton, and other special guests to be announced.
Jimi Hendrix's original bassist, Billy Cox and longtime studio engineer, Eddie Kramer will be on-hand April 6 at a special Film Screening and Tribute Concert held at Axis, the popular Boston music venue located behind Fenway Park. The evening of events will be capped off with a special live Jimi Hendrix tribute concert featuring the likes of Billy Cox, Kenny Olson (guitarist, Kid Rock), Eric Gales, Chris Layton [Drummer, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble), Indigenous, Sheldon Reynolds (guitarist, Devoted Spirits; ex-Earth Wind & Fire), Andy Aledort and many other special guests.
"This special event will be a real treat for all of Jimi's fans," states Janie Hendrix, President & CEO of Experience Hendrix, L.L.C. "Similar events held on the West Coast were very well received, so we are pleased to be working with the Axis Nightclub and radio station WZLX in helping to bring this magical night of film and live music to the fans in Boston. Not only will fans get to see this newly expanded presentation of Jimi's Woodstock concert, they will be thrilled to meet and speak with both Billy Cox and Eddie Kramer. Billy will then take to the stage with a great line-up of fellow musicians for a very exciting show."
The new Jimi Hendrix Live At Woodstock film features all of existing film footage from Jimi's celebrated festival performance, including never-before-seen versions of "Foxey Lady," "Hey Joe" and "Spanish Castle Magic." Hendrix's performance, which was scheduled to close Woodstock on Sunday night, was delayed until Monday morning due to delays and inclement weather. The set was highlighted by Hendrix's remarkable version of the "Star-Spangled Banner," which is included in the presentation.
Immediately following the film screening, WZLX DJ Carter Alan will moderate a special Q&A session with Billy Cox and Eddie Kramer and members of the audience.
A special Jimi Hendrix tribute concert will follow, with Billy Cox joined onstage by such special guests as Double Trouble drummer Chris Layton, guitarists Kenny Olson, Eric Gales, Sheldon Reynolds, Andy Aledort, and many more. Similar to the wildly successful tribute concerts held at the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, Seattle's Experience Music Project, the historic Paramount and Warfield Theatres plus music festivals like the San Diego Street Scene, the Jimi Hendrix Tribute Concert at Axis will be sure to keep Boston's ardent music fans talking for weeks.
Axis is located at 13 Lansdowne Street, Boston MA. Advanced tickets ($15) are available through Axis Nightclub Box Office (617) 262-2424 or http://www.teapartyconcerts.com NEXT Ticketing (617) 423-6000. Doors open at 7:00pm. Cox brought the nearly two-hour performance to a close by kicking off the Band Of Gypsys classic "Who Knows". Olson, Reynolds, Aledort, Gales each traded inspired solos before Reynolds called Whitford back out to the stage to join them. Whitford immediately stomped on a uni-vibe pedal and powered the jam forward with a stinging, extended solo. The evening was capped when all of the guitarists-including Cox on bass-began to play behind their heads before the song drew to a rousing close. "Take care of yourself and your neighbor," Cox asked the crowd before departing, moving offstage to sign autographs and greet many in the audience. The celebration had come to a close but Cox and company left a lasting impression on an enthusiastic gathering of Boston based Hendrix fans.
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