Jimi Hendrix was simply the man when it came to rock guitar, the best. In fact last year at this time Rolling Stone magazine named him rock's all-time greatest guitarist. Had he lived, Hendrix would be turning 70 next Tuesday, Nov. 27.
He died of asphyxiation 42 years, 2 months and 11 days before this coming birthday, at 27, the same age contemporary greats Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison died at. There continue to be celebrations of his music on his birthday at clubs like the 'B.B. King Blues Club and Grill' in New York City and 'Triple Door Club' in Seattle. Rock bands around the world of music play Hendrix songs as a tribute to him each Nov. 27.
Next March 5, twelve previously unreleased Hendrix tracks will come out in a new album called 'People, Hell and Angels'. The album boasts material of a more experimental nature that Hendrix worked on during 1968 and '69, away from his regular band, 'The Jimi Hendrix Experience.'
The Jimi Hendrix Experience Tour
Last year his birthday was celebrated with the release of a Hendrix app for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch called 'The Complete Experience'. It has information on Jimi from concerts, albums and documentaries. The app lets you know if you're near Hendrix areas of interest like Electric Lady Studios in New York (built by Hendrix in 1970) or the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, where Hendrix was enshrined in 1992.
There is a concert tour called the 'Experience Hendrix Tours,' that plays U.S. dates each year; it is managed by family members and was started by his late father, who died in 2002. The 2012 tour went for 3 weeks in March and featured bluesman Buddy Guy and Keb'Mo, Billy Cox, Dweezil Zappa, Robby Krieger from 'The Doors', Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, David Hidalgo and Cesar Rosas from 'Los Lobos' and Brad Whitford of 'Aerosmith.'
Jimi Hendrix turns 70 as one of the most admired musicians in music history.