May 9, 2019
In 2012, just a few months after the passing of Gary Moore, a CD/DVD was released of a concert featuring Moore paying tribute to Jimi Hendrix. “Blues for Jimi” featured Moore with bassist Dave Bronze and drummer Darrin Mooney for nine of the twelve songs. Three additional songs featured Moore along with former Hendrix band members Mitch Mitchell on drums and Billy Cox on bass. Moore’s tribute marked the occasion of the film release of the Jimi Hendrix Experience concert at The Monterey Pop Festival in 1967. Named “Live at Monterey”, it was Hendrix’ first concert in the US and one in which he shocked the world with his stage antics and psychedelic sound. It was also infamous for Hendrix setting his guitar on fire at the end of his set and smashing it, throwing pieces of it into the audience. While Moore didn’t do anything quite so shocking, it did surprise people when he was announced to pay tribute to one of his main influences. Taking the stage to the delight of the audience, Moore and his band burst into the Hendrix classics “Purple Haze,” “Manic Depression” and “Foxy Lady” before slowing things down a bit with “The Wind Cries Mary.” He followed that up with an incendiary take on “I Don’t Live Today.” One of the standouts on this DVD was a beautiful version of “Angel” on which Moore played a Gibson Flying V. The mellow tone of the Gibson with a little chorus to color the sound made for a sweet rendition.
He played his famous red Strat next on “Fire” before Mitch Mitchell and Billy Cox were announced. It seemed the audience had no idea the two would be performing and they responded with rousing applause. Together, the three played three Hendrix classics: “Red House” as Moore and Cox took turns singing, followed by “Stone Free” and “Hey Joe.” Wrapping up, Moore and his band played a ten minute version of “Voodoo Chile (Slight Return).” Sadly, it was one of the last times Mitch Mitchell would be seen in public. He died just a few months later at the age of 61. Gary would pass in February 2011.
I thoroughly enjoyed this DVD. Overall, it is excellent and one which would make a great addition to your music collection.