At the Mark G. Etess Arena (@ Trump Taj Mahal) - Atlantic City, NJ (10/19/07)


After a three-minute long speech by Jimi Hendrix's sister, Janie, it was on to the Jimi Hendrix musical tribute at 9:15pm.


The personnel line-up for the first two songs were Eric Gales on lead guitar & lead vocals, Billy Cox on bass, Andy Aledort on 2nd guitar, and Chris Layton on drums. The songs performed were "Foxey Lady" and "May This Be Love?" Let me say that Eric Gales was totally ELECTRIFYING on high-powered, pyrotechnic, deafening guitar wailingóJimi was definitely looking down from heaven and smiling from ear-to-ear, on "Foxey Lady"!!! Not to mention that Eric has some great lead vocal chops!


The line-up changed a little, so Mato Nanji can play lead guitar and Tommy Shannon can play bass on the songs "Little Wing" and "Hear My Train A-Comin'". Personally, the guitar and bass sounded okay, but it wasn't anything to scream about and Mato's lead vocals were just lacking. By the way, the drumming throughout the drums was pretty uninspired.


For the next line-up, Mato left and Doyle Bramhall II took over the lead guitar & lead vocal spot. Another session of relatively weak vocals ensued, but the saving grace was having the soulful Corey Glover (from Living Colour fame) on backing vocals for "You Got Me Floatin'" and the interlude of "1983 (A Merman I Should Turn to Be)"! Corey gave up a TRULY STIRRING VOCAL AD-LIB PERFORMANCE on "1983"!!!! "Sweet Angel" actually sounded very good with some nice, super-fast guitar riffing before the last chorus. "Rock Me Baby" was done to the music of "Here He Comes (The Loverman)".


For the next line-up, Billy Cox returned on bass and Andy Aledort was the lead guitarist. "Up From the Skies" was a nice, sweet piece of mid-tempo psychedelic wah-wah guitarisms. The lead vocal performance of Andy and Billy was actually very good. Things got a little funkier with the song "Dolly Dagger", again with Billy & Andy on lead vocals. "Red House" featured lead vocals by Billy, a sizzling lead guitar solo by 15- year-old Patrick, additional guitar riffs by Bobby Krieger, and the drumming of legendary Experience drummer Mitch Mitchell. NOW, HERE IS THE RUDICILIOUS PARTÖWHAT IS UP WITH HAVING CHRIS PLAY DRUMS WHILE MITCH IS PLAYING? Truthfully, Mitch seemed to have no magic whatsoever on the drums.


For the next two songs, Corey Glover (YESÖCOREY GLOVER!!!) was the lead vocalist!!! Corey blew major life into the Hendrix gems "Spanish Castle Magic" and "Manic Depression"Ö.did I say before that Corey IS A HELLIFIED SOULFUL SINGERÖNOT TO BE MESSED WITH??!! "Manic Depression" featured a standout lead guitar solo by Andy!


For the next three songs, there was a unknown lead vocalist along with Kenny Wayne Shepherd on lead guitar. The vocals of "I Don't Live Today", "Voodoo Chile" (the slow version) and "Let the Good Times Roll" were pretty good.


The show shifted into super-heavy mode with the performance of Buddy Guy and his musicians. Buddy blew the fans away with the longest, loudest, most volatile, smokin' lead guitar wails ever heard...I mean that the foundation of the Trump Taj Mahal began to violently shake! He performed a couple of blues songs, bringing out legendary blues artist Hubert Sumlin to join in on blues guitar. Being a great frontman, Buddy is very emotive (not just with his voice, but also with his body), which I found was very enjoyable! Buddy introduced Robert Randolph, the phenomenal lap steel guitarist from Maplewood, NJ.


Robert Randolph performed lead guitar duties on the last 2 Hendrix songs, "Purple Haze" and "Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)", setting the building afire with explosive lap steel guitar wailing! Personally, I thought it was terrible that Eric Gales wasn't out here playing with Robert (instead, Kenny Wayne Shepherd was playing with himÖHMMM!) Robert sand lead vocals on "Purple Haze", while the unknown lead vocalist sang lead on "Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)".

The show was over at 12:00 midnight.

Before I forget, I read the Washington Post review about the show in D.C., and I do understand where the reviewer is coming from, to an extent. Robert Randolph, Eric Gales, Buddy Guy and Corey Glover may have saved the show from being a total wreck (well, maybe having Andy Aledort did help in some places). There is a definite need for some improvement with the drumming and vocalsÖ.maybe some extra work needed with the guitars & basses too. There was one guitarist (Andre Lassalle, who played with The Clones of Funk, Nappyhead Funk Army, Melvin Sparks and Chauncey Nedd) who was supposed to play this night but never got the chance. When I spoke to him, he was grateful that he didn't play because he felt that the show was a total disaster. The Experience Hendrix group may need to take some time and rehearse until all the wrinkles are out.

By the way, someone needs to smack some of these security people at the Mark G. Etess Arena. I was standing up, dancing as Corey Glover was singing "Manic Depression", as this stupid guy walks up to me and says "Excuse me.you need to take your seat". To clarify, I am standing OVER my seat on the end aisle and the people behind had just about a full view of the stage, and this jackoff is complaining about me standing. I inquired, "Why is there a problem with me standing up?" He tried to throw the stupid arena policy B.S. at it, and I strongly blurted, "So you're saying that if the music is this freakin' good, that I CANNOT DANCE??!!!" Again, he apologized and insisted that it was an arena policy. And for most of the show, everyone were just sittingÖ...I'M SORRY BUT (AGAIN) I REFUSE TO SIT THROUGH AN ENTIRE SHOW WITH FUNK AND/OR ROCK MUSICÖ..NOT HAPPENING!!!!! LIKE UNCLE GEORGE (CLINTON) SAYS, "Give the people what they want, when they want, and they won't sit all the time" (it's about that SUPERGROOVALISTICPROSIFUNKSTICATION, baba!) OR LIKE JAMES BROWN SAYS "Get Up Offa That Thing and shake till you feel better, get up offa that thing and try to release that pressure"!!

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