The Experience Music Project (EMP) in Seattle has launched a new exhibit entitled “Hear My Train a Comin’: Hendrix Hits London.”
In the mid-1960s, Jimi Hendrix wowed the swinging London scene for nine months—releasing three hit singles, a chart-topping debut album, and became the darling of the British music press—before returning home to dazzle audiences at the Monterey Pop Festival in California.
The new exhibit features lyrics, personal instruments, original photographs, outrageous outfits, and rare concert footage, while inviting viewers to discover how Hendrix achieved prominence across the pond.
On Saturday, EMP celebrated the exhibit’s opening with “Hear My Train a Comin’: The Concert.”
The event featured an all-star lineup of musical greats playing the songs of Jimi Hendrix, featuring Jimi's bandmate and friend Billy Cox, with special performances by guitarists Ian Moore, Ernie Isley (Isley Brothers), Eric Gales (Lauryn Hill), Mike McCready (Pearl Jam), Vernon Reid (Living Colour), Duff McKagan (Loaded), Brandi Carlile, Audley Freed (Sheryl Crow), Jeff Fielder (Sera Cahoone, Mark Lanegan), Barrett Martin (Walking Papers, Screaming Trees, Mad Season), and drummer Mike Musburger (Fastbacks, Posies).
Some video from Saturday’s event has surfaced, including footage of Duff McKagan and Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready teaming up with drummer Barrett Martin on “Voodoo Child” and “Machine Gun,” the latter featuring singer Brandi Carlile.
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