Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Concert Update: The Rolling Stones, Experience Hendrix

It's high time to begin thinking about 2014. Wow, how the time flies!



Ladies and Gentleman they are back!  The most eagerly anticipated concert of years and the entertainment opening of the world class Adelaide Oval in 2014 were announced today as rock icons The Rolling Stones confirm their long awaited return to the stage in Australia with a spectacular show. The date, unveiled today, is Saturday 22 March 2014.

This special Adelaide show continues the exhilarating celebration of the band’s five decades, with Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Woods bringing their iconic music and ground-breaking stage shows to audiences around the globe.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Monday 25 November 2013 from 9am ACST – for further details see below.

Mick Taylor, who was a member of the Rolling Stones from 1969-1974, will be a special guest for this concert.

The stage design for this show includes a massive ramp, over 30 metres long, which extends right into the audience allowing the Stones to interact directly with their audience.  Known for their ground-breaking sets and use of cutting-edge technology, the Stones’ set design will feature video screens and special effects that will enhance the high-octane experience of attending a live Stones’ show.

This is easily going to be one of the biggest, if not the biggest, stage and production Adelaide has ever seen with nearly 60 trucks required for all the staging and production. It will be the only show in Australia featuring this level of outdoor production.

The Rolling Stones are really looking forward to this huge concert to open this iconic new venue:

Mick Jagger said: “It’s great to be invited to Adelaide to open the historic Oval…we’re really looking forward to doing this gig, it will be the first time we’ve been to Adelaide in nearly 20 years, so see you there!”

Keith Richards said: “Hi everyone down in Adelaide, it’s been a while since we were in your back yard… see you on March 22 when we’ll take over your new stadium and make it our own, look forward to it”.

Tony Cochrane from iEC said “Adelaide Oval and the Government asked me to come up with the biggest night I could think of for this one off event to re-open Adelaide Oval – that made it easy – it had to be The Rolling Stones and it had to be on a massive scale! ”

The Rolling Stones were recently crowned the ‘Best Live Band” at the NME Awards in London, and over the past 12 months have thrilled fans with the release of a ground-breaking new documentary, ‘Crossfire Hurricane’, a greatest hits collection, ‘GRRR!’, a massive US tour and a ground-breaking, back to back, sold out set of two historic Hyde Park concerts in the UK in front of 120,000, which are chronicled in a new concert film ‘Sweet Summer Sun – Hyde Park Live’.

The Adelaide concert will be promoted by IEC in association with Frontier/AEG Live.

More Rolling Stones concerts in Australia, and one in New Zealand, will be announced by Frontier Touring & AEG Live in the next few weeks.

Adelaide Oval
Adelaide Oval SMA CEO Andrew Daniels said The Rolling Stones would be the first of many great acts to come to South Australia as a result of the redeveloped Adelaide Oval.

“This is testament to the investment that has gone into this venue and the fact that it has well and truly put South Australia back on the map for global acts,” Mr Daniels said.

“To have The Rolling Stones perform at what will be the first major non-sporting event at Adelaide Oval is outstanding and we’re thrilled it will take place at our new stadium.”

The Directors of International Entertainment Consulting (iEC) have produced or promoted over 400 entertainment and sporting events worldwide. iEC is led by company directors, Tony Cochrane and Thea Jeanes-Cochrane with collectively over 50 years of diverse industry experience. Based out of Australia and London, iEC pride themselves on being the leading originators in entertainment productions, special events and touring exhibitions, offering a turnkey approach.
During his career Tony has toured some of world’s most prestigious acts including; Frank Sinatra, Liza Minnelli, Sammy Davis Jr., The Main Event starring John Farnham, Anthony Warlow and Olivia Newton John; COLD CHISEL (reformation tour); Clive James, Whitney Houston, Grease - The Arena Spectacular Arena Tour; Steve Winwood; The Beach Boys; and Theatre productions such as Hairspray on Broadway; Annie; The Sound of Music.

ABOUT Frontier and AEG Live
Frontier Touring, part of Michael Gudinski’s Mushroom Group, is one of the most respected, long-standing and proactive concert promoters in Australasia. Formed in 1979, Frontier has played a fundamental role in entertaining Australians and New Zealanders across three decades and developing the live music scene in the region. Since its inception, Frontier has toured some of the world¹s most established and exciting artists, from Guns N’ Roses to Sleigh Bells, Kylie to Blur, Justin Timberlake to JLO, Billy Joel to Regina Spektor, The Eagles to The Strokes and everything in between. In the past year alone, Frontier has brought out Bruce Springsteen, alt-J, Miike Snow, Vampire Weekend, Ed Sheeran, Morrissey, Neil Young and Jesus Christ Superstar Arena Spectacular to name just a few.

AEG Live, the live-entertainment division of Los Angeles-based AEG, is dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performance.  AEG Live is comprised of touring, festival, broadcast, merchandise and special event divisions, fifteen regional offices and owns, operates or exclusively books thirty-five state-of-the-art venues.  AEG Live’s touring divisions of Concerts West, Atlanta Worldwide Touring, The Messina Group, AEG Live New York and Europe, and Marshall Arts consistently promotes and produces top 10 international tours.  The company-currently produces residency shows at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and is the exclusive promoter at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas.  AEG Live is also the largest producer of music festivals in North America from the critically acclaimed Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival to Stagecoach Country Music Festival and New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

The Rolling Stones at Adelaide Oval
Saturday 22 March 2014

Pre-sale tickets will go on sale from
11 a.m. ACST on Thursday 21 November until 6 p.m. ACST Friday 22 November (or earlier if pre-sale allocation is exhausted)

General public tickets will go on sale at 9 a.m. ACST Monday 25 November

Tickets will be available through Ticketek either by visiting or

Ticket prices will start at $79 for General Admission tickets.


Jimi Hendrix
The eighth edition of the celebrated Experience Hendrix Tour is set to launch in March 2014.  These special event performances represent an ongoing tribute to the music and legacy of Jimi Hendrix.  Presented by BandFuse: Rock Legends, the month long tour, brings together a diverse group of musical greats paying homage to the abiding genius of Jimi Hendrix.  This year’s line-up ranges from metal legend Zakk Wylde [Ozzy Osbourne/Black Label Society], blues icon Buddy Guy, Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, the innovative Dweezil Zappa, Los Lobos’ stalwarts Cesar Rosas and David Hidalgo, left-handed blues rocker Eric Gales, Texas guitar gods Doyle Bramhall II and Eric Johnson, funk legend Bootsy Collins,   Mato Nanji [Indigenous], and, from Serbia by way of Memphis, Ana Popovic.  The rhythm section, as always, includes bassist Billy Cox, the only player, apart from Jimi Hendrix himself, who was part of both the Band of Gypsys and the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Chris Layton, the drummer who, along with the late Stevie Ray Vaughan, was a founder of Double Trouble.

"BandFuse: Rock Legends will inspire the millions of Hendrix fans who truly appreciate his incredible artistry and talent, as well as introduce his genius to a new generation of budding musicians,” said Jeff Marshall, Director of Artist Relations, Realta Entertainment.  “Playable kiosks of the game will be at each of the shows, giving attendees a pick up and play, real rock experience with the only game that provides the tools to help become the next guitar legend.”
It’s appropriate that BandFuse: Rock Legends is presenting the tour in light of it being named “The Best Music Video Game on the Market” by Guitar World Magazine. BandFuse: Rock Legends seamlessly connects real guitars, basses and microphones to game consoles, empowering players to jam using authentic animated tablature to a fully unlocked library of hit songs from rock to metal and punk to funk. Among the game’s mentors are such noted artists as Zakk Wylde and Bootsy Collins who are performing on the Experience Hendrix Tour as well as Slash, George Lynch, Mike Ness, Alexi Laiho, Zoltan Bathory and Jason Hook.
As in years past, Fender Guitars and Dunlop Manufacturing, whose gear is an integral part of the tour’s backline, sponsor the Experience Hendrix Tour together with IK Multimedia and Hal Leonard.

Janie Hendrix, President/CEO of Experience Hendrix L.L.C., noted, "Jimi often spoke of his concept of ‘Electric Church’ and using music to connect directly with people.  Everyday, we see how Jimi's musical legacy continues to transcend generational and cultural boundaries.  It’s our continuing mission to do all we can to celebrate what he’s given us and to keep his music in the forefront: the Experience Hendrix tour does that with brilliant musicians who love Jimi, electrifying the stage with his music and sound."

The tour officially begins in Dallas at the Verizon Theater on March 11 and, thereafter roars through the Midwest and mid-Atlantic regions with stops in St. Louis, Chicago, Milwaukee, Louisville, Pittsburgh, Washington and Detroit with more than 20 anticipated concert dates.
In terms of format, the tour offers multiple opportunities for performers and audiences to witness unique collaborations among the participating artists such as Dweezil Zappa with Billy Cox, Buddy Guy with Jonny Lang, Zakk Wylde with Chris Layton and will highlight these artists and the others performing their favorite Hendrix signature songs including “Little Wing,” “Fire,” “Purple Haze,” and “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)”. As has been the case with previous Experience Hendrix outings, special guests are expected to sit in at many of the dates, making the concerts all that much more memorable for both new and veteran Hendrix fans. Past special guests have included Paul Rodgers, Joe Satriani, Hubert Sumlin, Steve Vai, Susan Tedeschi, Robert Randolph, Carlos Santana, Robby Krieger, and others. 
This year's Experience Hendrix Tour is the focus of the Jimi Hendrix Guitar Competition, which was just announced last week. The competition, backed by Sony Music's Legacy Recordings, IK Multimedia, Talenthouse along with Experience Hendrix, LLC offers entrants a chance to win a performing slot on one of the tour dates next year as well as a cash prize plus gear.  Contestants are invited to submit a video of their performance of a Jimi Hendrix track with the winner selected by a team of judges including Janie Hendrix, producer/engineer Eddie Kramer, Guitar World editor Brad Tolinski and musician Dave Stewart. 
Click here for Jimi Hendrix Guitar Competition information 

Billy Cox, the legendary bassist whose relationship with Jimi Hendrix and his music dates back to the early 1960s when the two met while serving in the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division. The two bonded over their love of music and would later work together backing R&B acts on the “chitlin’ circuit.”  They reunited when Cox was recruited to be part of the Jimi Hendrix Band of   as well as the ultimate iteration of the Jimi Hendrix Experience, performing at such landmark festivals as Woodstock and the Isle of Wight. Cox, who has been part of all previous Experience Hendrix tours, notes, "It's always a great thrill and honor for me to play Jimi's music for audiences now just as it was in the 1960s.  The Experience Hendrix tours have shown how timeless this music really is and is just wonderful that we’ve continued to get an infusion of new, very enthusiastic artists to participate and are able to offer the most wide-ranging Jimi Hendrix-related repertoire possible."

Apart, of course, from Billy Cox, Buddy Guy holds the distinction of having actually played with Jimi Hendrix. The two first met in 1967 and Guy remembers, “We became pretty close from that night on and every time I went through New York or somewhere he would show up and we would jam together. That’s still kind of happening on the Experience Hendrix Tour.”

Dweezil Zappa commented, "I've always been a great admirer of Jimi Hendrix. My dad told me some great stories about playing with him. Jimi's ability to express himself so completely with an electric guitar is very inspiring to me. “There was an authentic expression of his personality in the music. And that rings true to every generation. He wasn't following trends. His playing was soulful and exciting and surprising.”
Shepherd, a veteran of most of the Experience Hendrix tours remarked, “Jimi Hendrix’s music has really inspired me to push the limits of my own music. He didn’t observe any boundaries musically. He was an amazing player and a tremendous showman so I incorporated some of his showmanship in what I do.”  As far as having been part of the Experience Hendrix touring phenomenon, Shepherd noted, “It touches you on the inside and gets you fired up."
The tour’s presence has been made known on national TV with Cesar Rosas and David Hidalgo performing classic Hendrix on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno; Jonny Lang on Jimmy Kimmel Live and Kenny Wayne Shepherd playing Jimi Hendrix's actual Woodstock guitar on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. 
Massively popular with fans and critics alike, an earlier edition of the Experience Hendrix tour inspired Larry Rodgers of the Arizona Republic to rave, "It was encouraging to see fans of all ages, from teens to baby boomers who witnessed Hendrix's career launch firsthand, in the Mesa crowd. The show and that crowd made it clear that Hendrix's magical music will never die." 

Ben Wener Orange County Register characterized the show as "an all-star array of modern and legendary guitar greats in a nearly three-hour tribute to the most innovative virtuoso who ever touched six strings. It helped, of course, that the performances were uniformly strong, even inspired, an Electric Church encounter that one likes to think would have made Jimi proud."
Jeff Miers of Buffalo News wrote,  "The nearly three-hour show moved from peak to peak, as varying configurations of musicians gathered to explore the Hendrix canon."

Scott Mervis, in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, observed, “In the end, amidst all the star power on stage, the message reaffirmed in every lick, riff and warped melody was the wild and true genius of Jimi Hendrix.”
Dan Durchholz, covering the tour for the St. Louis Post Dispatch marveled at how "...the Experience Hendrix tour showed just how pervasive (Hendrix's) influence continues to be. The three-hour show featured an all-star lineup from a variety of musical traditions, united by a collective debt to the iconic artist's songs, showmanship and trailblazing technique. Despite its creator's demise decades ago, Hendrix's music is still alive and well.”

2014 Experience Hendrix Tour confirmed dates/additional dates to be announced
Mar-11 Tue Dallas, TX - Verizon Theater – tickets on sale now
Mar-13 Thu St Louis, MO - Fox Theater – tickets on sale Nov. 22
Mar-14 Fri Chicago, IL - Chicago Theater – tickets on sale now
Mar-15 Sat Ames, IA - Stephens Auditorium – tickets on sale Nov. 22
Mar-16 Sun Milwaukee, WI - Riverside Theater – tickets on sale now
Mar-18 Tue Louisville, KY - Whitney PAC – tickets on sale Nov. 22
Mar-19 Wed Charleston, WV - Clay Center – tickets on sale Dec. 16
Mar-20 Thu Pittsburgh, PA - Benedum Theater – tickets on sale Nov. 25
Mar-21 Fri Glenside, PA - Keswick Theater  - tickets on sale now
Mar-22 Sat Atlantic City, NJ - Harrahs – tickets on sale Dec. 6
Mar-23 Sun Wilkes Barre, PA - Kirby PAC – tickets on sale Nov. 22
Mar-25 Tue Red Bank, NJ - Count Basie Theater – tickets on sale Dec. 13
Mar-28 Fri Albany, NY - Palace Theater
Mar-29 Sat Waterbury, CT - Palace Theater 
Mar-30 Sun Washington DC - Lincoln Theater
Apr-01 Tue Buffalo, NY - Center For Arts – tickets on sale Dec. 5
Apr-02 Northfield, OH – Hard Rocks
Apr-03 Detroit, MI –The Fox Theatre

Founded by James 'Al' Hendrix, Jimi's father, in 1995, Experience Hendrix, has been managed since its inception by the family members handpicked by Al during his tenure as Chairman.   It is the official family company charged with managing the music, name, image and likeness of Jimi Hendrix. As a part of their daily operations, Experience Hendrix and Authentic Hendrix oversee Jimi's timeless legacy on a worldwide basis.


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