“Blues for Jimi”
That’s the name of an upcoming tribute to the Guitar God.
But first, sadly, it was 42 years ago this week that rock legend Jimi Hendrix became one of the founding members of the 27 club.
His death on September 18, 1970 was ruled an accident, but in 1993 an investigation was re-opened by Scotland Yard. When no new evidence was unearthed, the matter was dropped.
However, a book was published in 2009 which claimed Jimi’s death was no accident.
A claim was made by Hendrix’s former roadie, James ‘Tappy’ Wright’ in “Rock Roadie”, that Jimi’s U.K. manager, Michael Jeffrey, drunkenly confessed to him in 1971 that he murdered the guitar icon by stuffing his mouth full of pills and then washing them down with bottles of red wine.
But then in 2011, Bob Levine, who had been Jimi’s U.S. manager, shot down those claims and said, “Jimi died an accidental death…he defnitely wasn’t murdered–not by Michael Jeffrey….and certainly not by anybody connected to him. The whole thing is one giant lie.”
Strangely enough, hours before Hendrix died he was working on a song called “The Story of Life.”
The final lines were:
“The story of life is quicker than the wink of an eye.
The story of love is hello and goodbye,
Until we meet again.”
But back to the upcoming tribute Hendrix fans can enjoy later this month.
It was recorded in London on October 25, 2007 with Gary Moore paying his respects to one of his idols.
“Blues For Jimi,” a new live package featuring the former Thin Lizzy guitarist (who died of a heart attack in February of 2011) performing Hendrix tunes, will be out on CD, DVD and Blu-ray on September 25.
Rock in peace, Jimi, up in The Great Gig in the Sky.