Experience Hendrix -Letdown

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  1. squeally dan

    squeally dan Member

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    Went to Experience Hendrix last night and was really disappointed. I have
    to admit that judging by the audience reaction and reaction from other local
    musicians, I am definitely in the minority. Seemed like everybody else
    loved it.

    I just didn't hear anything that was out of the ordinary. The lineup
    included the following:

    Billy Cox
    Joe Satriani
    Dave Mustaine
    Zakk Wylde
    Jonny Lang
    Dweezil Zappa
    Eric Johnson
    Doyle Bramhall II
    Doug Pinnick
    Chris Layton
    Mato Nanji
    Kenny Aronoff
    Slide Brothers
    Henri Brown
    Kevin McCormick
    Ana Popovic

    Out of all those players, the only one that really blew me away was Eric
    Johnson. He was great. His playing and tone were very nice. Also, Dweezil
    did some cool stuff but just wasn't given much stage time.

    The rest seemed to play with no dynamics at all. It was almost as if they
    just played up the whole guitar God role since it was related to Jimi. To
    me, Zakk Wylde was the biggest offender. Having never seen him live, I was
    curious to hear what he would bring. I give him an A++ for his showmanship.
    He walked out in to the crowd and all over the theater multiple times. To
    me, the playing with the guitar behind his head and then playing with his
    teeth was kinda cheesy but everyone else in attendance seemed to love it, as
    well as everything else he did. My issue was the lack of dynamics. His
    tone was way saturated even on parts that Jimi would have played clean.
    Also, he played 15-20 minute long guitar solos but it all sounded the
    same.....fast pentatonic wanking over and over. It got old after 3 songs of
    it. I felt as if someone was punching me in the face. Many of the other
    players were similar in lack of dynamics. It was loud and in your face the
    entire time. Even the singing fell in to that mold. Lang is a great singer. Same with Ani but it felt like they were screaming or over singing the entire time.

    I've never heard Joe Satiriani so I was excited to hear him. He did nothing
    but more pentatonic wanking. He didn't do anything that was out of the norm
    or impressive. Kenny Aronoff played drums with Joe and added to the lack of
    dynamics. I know he is a great drummer but he was all out bashing the entire time.
    He was going nuts all the way through every song.

    Overall it was loud and bombastic and nothing of real substance. Most of it
    sounded like something I could have heard at any of the local sports bars on
    a Friday night.

    I paid $80 for seats up in the balcony. After going to see the Oz Noy trio
    in Nashville last week for $30 where my table pushed up against the stage,
    this seemed like an expensive ticket for what I was given.
     
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    Your post makes me wonder if some manager has told them sales are lacking and to hype it up more?
     
  3. 2HBStrat

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    That's too bad...that's a heck of a lineup, though!
     
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  4. General_Specific

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    With that lineup, if you couldn't find more to like, I would suspect you are a cork sniffer.

    No offence, but you probably were over analyzing it.

    You went to Experience Hendrix and had a problem with pentatonic wanking?
     
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    Scumback Speakers Gold Supporting Member

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    I can't say I'm surprised that it wasn't the concert highlight of your life, squeally dan. OTOH, most of the guitarists on the bill are shredders, and they have their rep to keep up. I saw this first hand at Generation Axe a couple of months back, and you're right...15-20 minutes of solos got fairly old, fairly quick.
     
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    was this your first time hearing Zakk Wylde ever?
     
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    I saw the first 2 EH shows and thought the same thing. I'm not saying that players need to copy Hendrix, but most players just overwank to the extreme. Reminded me of a local blues jam playing Hendrix. I'll never see another one. EJ was the lone exception when I saw the tour.
     
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    Exactly how I felt.
     
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    First time to hear him live and in a setting where he would play a solo lasting 20 minutes. Couldn’t do that with Ozzy.
     
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    How was Doyle?
     
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    Forgot about him. Very tasteful in his playing but kind unmemorable. Didn’t seem all that excited to be there. I think part of it was that I might would have rather heard him play his own material.
     
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    Good point. I don’t mind pentatonic. It’s the wanking that got me. Playing the same pattern over and over for 20 minutes.
     
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  14. General_Specific

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    Like....Hendrix?
     
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    This is a good example

     
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    I think Hendrix is better left to Hendrix.

    Just sayin’

    MF
     
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    How long was this show that one guy had multiple 20 minute guitar solos?
     
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    Well Hendrix has been dead for 49 years... what can you expect?
    I remember seeing Eric Johnson play “love or confusion” on Austin City Limits back in the 80s, that was cool!
    I’m pretty sure Dweezil can play some stuff with some credit
     
  19. Doctor of Rock and Roll

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    Sounds pretty smokin' to me...then again, if music isn't excessive I'm usually not too interested in it. I love jazz and all that but this is clearly rock, more about tone,loudness and aggression. There is a fair amount of chromaticism in Wylde's playing and he throws in diminished stuff so its not all 'rote box stuff that I'm hearing.
     
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    I left before it was over and that was at the 3 and a half hour mark. It started at 7:30 and I left out of boredom around 11. It was still going.
     
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