“When I was ten years old, Jimi Hendrix was a little scary to me. Yet, I knew the songs, like ‘Purple Haze.’ He sort of represented that scary rock and roll. When I started listening to him, I started understanding what he was doing with his guitar, and the kind of playing, the extreme talent that this man had.” — Melissa Etheridge
“After I saw (Hendrix), I had to go to school the next day. It didn’t work for me anymore, I was done with that. I couldn’t go pledge alliegence to the flag and do 40 pushups. I couldn’t take school seriously after what I saw the night before.” – George Thorogood
Kirk Hammett was an early member of Exodus before replacing Dave Mustaine (later of Megadeth) in Metallica. And while the music of the Bay Area thrash metal scene only has a passing resemblance to Hendrix, Hammett has often paid tribute to the man by playing bits of Jimi’s “Little Wing” in his guitar solos.
“He said that he wanted to see me play and he cancelled a show that night to see me play. As creative as he was, he didn’t have to miss no show to see nobody! Man, that guy did so much for guitarists… you can’t find a guitar player in the world who hasn’t used one of his licks, including myself.” — Buddy Guy
Tom Johnston of The Doobie Brothers was one of many artists inspired by Jimi; he told CBS Local that in the short period that Hendrix made records (1966-1970) “Musically, he changed the whole landscape, he was doin’ things that nobody was doin’.” While much has been said about Hendrix’s live showmanship, Johnston was more impressed by what Jimi did in the studio, including his use of feedback and backwards recording.
Hendrix At 70: “It Sounds Like Something Not Of This World” – Vernon Reid and Jack Bruce of Spectrum Road
It’s a given that Jimi’s music has influenced every generation who followed him; but he also influenced everyone playing rock music when he first hit the scene. Spectrum Road is a supergroup that features Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid, who grew up listening to Jimi, and Jack Bruce, whose band Cream was already popular by the time Hendrix debuted.
Robert Lamm of Chicago tells CBS Local that his band was doing horn-based arrangements of Hendrix songs early on. Hendrix became a fan and supporter of the group, and when he expressed respect for Chicago’s late guitarist/leader Terry Kath, it meant a lot to the entire group.pr
Def Leppard recently spoke with CBS Local about Jimi Hendrix, and guitarist Phil Collen called him “the ultimate rock guitar player, the most amazing guitar player of all time.” Singer Joe Elliott, meanwhile, marveled at Hendrix’s abilities as a singer.
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