Are You Experienced? I am now! Jimi Hendrix Tribute


Are You Experienced? – Jimi Hendrix tribute.

Are You Experienced? – Jimi Hendrix tribute. John Campbell, Pic by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex.

Are You Experienced? Jimi Hendrix Tribute – Concorde 2 30/05/2021

Now, if you’re going to replicate a musical icon such as Jimi Hendrix then firstly you better know the material, and then you have to put on the actual performance. And you better make sure you do it well. Top tribute act Are You Experienced? Well, I can confirm they did and carried it off perfectly with total style and authenticity. Here’s how!

Are You Experienced? – Jimi Hendrix tribute.

Are You Experienced? – Jimi Hendrix tribute.John Campbell,  Pic by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex.

OK, hands up! I never really got Hendrix. What an admission! I am more of a punk and rock person. Concorde 2 however was, as social distancing rules allowed, full of Hendrix fans. Looking every bit like Jimi Hendrix, top guitarist John Campbell, who formed the original concept in 1996 – was accompanied by Mark Arnold on bass guitar and Phil Carter on drums.

Are You Experienced? – Jimi Hendrix tribute.

Are You Experienced? – Jimi Hendrix tribute. John Campbell, Pic by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex.

It starts…

John/Jimi stepped out into the lights and onto the rug as the crowd roared their appreciation welcoming The Experience to Brighton. Guitar slung around his neck and those first strums of the strings John heralded ‘Stone Free’ as the opener, and we were then effortlessly segued into ‘Highway Chile’. At this point, I forgot to take photographs as I watched the magic of the performance unfold. John seemed to be soothing the notes out of the guitar, he made it seem effortless and damn smooth. All the while delivering that rich hypnotic vocal.

John Campbell has been regarded as one of the best Hendrix cover performers in the world, and a few songs into the set I can clearly see why he has earned that title.

Are You Experienced? – Jimi Hendrix tribute. Pic by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

Are You Experienced? – Jimi Hendrix tribute. Mark Arnold on bass guitar  – Pic by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

The Experience led us by the hand into ‘Machine Gun’ and the ‘All Along The Watchtower’. My jaw dropped as I was blown away by the power and magnetism of this performer and his performance. I think I can safely say we all forgot we were watching a tribute band. The crowd seemed to hang on John’s every word as he spoke and joked with the crowd.

Hey Joe!

A shout to Mark and Phil. These guys were as part of the experience as John. An authentic background of bass rhythm and drum patterns. These guys are gifted and experts in their craft.

Are You Experienced? – Jimi Hendrix tribute. Pic by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

Are You Experienced? – Jimi Hendrix tribute. Phil Carter on drums – Pic by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

‘Hey Joe’ was delivered along with a blistering rendition of ‘Star Spangled Banner’. The Concorde 2 lighting team kicked out the brightest red, white and blue lighting to mix in with the smoke enveloping the stage. A great effect and appreciated by the crowd.

Crowd participation time!

A lovely rendition of ‘Like A Rolling Stone’ had the voices raised in Concorde 2. People had waited a long time to get out for some live music, and Are You Experienced? was definitely satisfying that thirst.

Are You Experienced? – Jimi Hendrix tribute. Pic by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

Are You Experienced? – Jimi Hendrix tribute. John Campbell, Pic by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

I looked into the venue and saw lots of happy faces singing along to every word. This could have easily become a long jam session done in front of a live audience. That was not the case, John, Mark and Phil pulled us in, they warmed us and engaged with every person in the room. They made us feel part of The Experience.

Are You Experienced? – Jimi Hendrix tribute. Pic by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

Are You Experienced? – Jimi Hendrix tribute. The Experienced Crowd – Pic by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

The set ended with ‘Foxy Lady’ to a rapturous cheer from the crowd. John said “thanks for listening”. It wasn’t over, the band came on and delivered to the excited crowd ‘Voodoo Chile’. John smiling and pulling those Hendrix moves seems to just bristle with genius creativity in his playing. I guess every time he plays this, it changes slightly.

I had said a quick hello to John as I entered the venue, it was quick as I didn’t want to let on my lack of Hendrix knowledge to John in case he asked me anything about Hendrix! The audience had no problem recognising every song on the set list, and I am now a lot better off in the Hendrix knowledge stakes!

Are You Experienced? – Jimi Hendrix tribute. Pic by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

Are You Experienced? – Jimi Hendrix tribute. John Campbell, Pic by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

To ” Experience ” John/Jimi and the brilliant band up so close from the photo pit was nothing short of sheer magic and genuine astonishment and enjoyment for me. After the gig I ordered up some Hendrix vinyl. John, you got me hooked, and it is playing now as I write this.

SET LIST: for those who want to know…

Setlist: Stone Free – Highway Chile – Red House – Machine Gun – All Along The Watchtower – Hey Joe – Star Spangled Banner – Purple Haze – Little Wing – Like A Rolling Stone – Are You Experienced – Hear My Train A Comin – Foxy Lady – (encore) Voodoo Chile

Are You Experienced? – Jimi Hendrix tribute. Pic by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

Are You Experienced? – Jimi Hendrix tribute. John Campbell, Pic by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

And Finally

To ” Experience ” John/Jimi and the brilliant band up so close from the photo pit was nothing short of sheer magic and genuine astonishment and enjoyment for me. After the gig I ordered up some Hendrix vinyl. John, you got me hooked, and it is playing now as I write this.

Are You Experienced? – Jimi Hendrix tribute. Pic by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

Are You Experienced? – Jimi Hendrix tribute. Pic by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

You gave those lucky enough to attend a night that will not be forgotten in a long time! Thank you.

Are You Experienced are on the web – here!

Black Rabbit Productions hosted the evening. They work hard promoting live music on the south coast. They are a promotion company with years of experience putting on music shows. Tonight was superb. They have some great gigs lined up. You can find Black Rabbit Productions on the WWW 

 

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