MEGADETH's Dave Mustaine spoke to "The Opus" podcast about his participation in the upcoming "Experience Hendrix" tour. You can listen to the chat at this location.
The critically acclaimed multi-artist celebration of Jimi Hendrix's musical genius is returning in 2019 with its biggest ever tour — 30 dates through the East Coast, South and Midwest. What began as a single-show tribute at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2000 has blossomed into a full-fledged concert experience that has thrilled countless fans across the U.S. The tour presents a host of great artists collaborating and interpreting Hendrix's legendary songs as part of a powerhouse, three-hour concert experience.
Asked how he got involved with "Experience Hendrix", Mustaine said: "Just like doing the classical performance with the [San Diego] Symphony [in April 2014], it's getting out of my wheelhouse. When these guys asked me to do this, I myself was very flattered, because, to me, Jimi is the status which I aspired to be my whole life. I wanted to be a guitar legend, and granted, I am considered a legend right now, but I still think Jimi is so much more grand than I am. I love his legend, I love how people revere him, and this is one of the, if not the most flattering thing outside of MEGADETH I've ever been able to do."
Mustaine admitted that he didn't immediately jump at the opportunity to take part in the trek.
"I think when you look at the people who are playing here, paying respect to Jimi, it can't help but pique your curiosity," he said. "It certainly piques my curiosity. I was a little bit apprehensive to take this gig, because knowing how extremely talented Joe Satriani is, and I've been a fan of Eric Johnson's for years — ever since the 'Cliffs Of Dover' song came out. So I was a little bit nervous, but then I thought, 'God, I'm gonna be in the presence of these guys walking the earth and the spirit of Jimi Hendrix. How can I lose?'"
This year's "Experience Hendrix" concerts will bring together artists as disparate as guitar wizard Joe Satriani, blues great Taj Mahal, Ernie Isley and Dweezil Zappa. Mustaine will make his "Experience Hendrix" tour debut while mainstays such as Billy Cox, Jonny Lang, and Eric Johnson will also be on board for the expedition. The "Experience Hendrix" tour offers fans a rare opportunity to see many highly regarded players performing together in a unique setting.
"The tour is more than a series of concerts," said Janie Hendrix, CEO of Experience Hendrix, L.L.C. "It's a celebration of a man whose amazing gift changed the face of music and informed an entire culture. His influences were varied and diverse. And this year we're shining a light on that diversity with artists who represent it across cultures and who also share a love for Jimi and his music. It's exciting to be able to honor Jimi's enduring legacy in this way."
2019 "Experience Hendrix" tour dates:
Mar. 03 - Pompano Beach, FL – Pompano Beach Amphitheater
Mar. 04 - Clearwater, FL – Ruth Eckerd Hall
Mar. 05 - Melbourne, FL – King Center for the Performing Arts
Mar. 06 - Jacksonville, FL – Florida Theatre
Mar. 08 - North Charleston, SC – North Charleston Performing Arts Center
Mar. 09 - Atlanta, GA – The Fox Theatre-Atlanta
Mar. 10 - Nashville, TN – Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Mar. 11 - Huntsville, AL – Von Braun Center
Mar. 12 - Chattanooga, TN – Tivoli Theater
Mar. 14 - Raleigh, NC – Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
Mar. 15 - Charlotte, NC – Ovens Auditorium
Mar. 16 - Knoxville, TN – Tennessee Theatre
Mar. 17 - Cincinnati, OH – The Taft Theatre
Mar. 19 - Louisville, KY – Palace Theatre
Mar. 20 - Madison, WI – Overture Center for the Arts
Mar. 21 - Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theater
Mar. 22 - Chicago, IL – The Chicago Theatre
Mar. 23 - Detroit, MI – Fox Theatre
Mar. 24 - Charleston, WV – The Clay Center
Mar. 26 - Washington, DC – Warner Theatre
Mar. 27 - Bensalem, PA – Xcite Center at Parx Casino
Mar. 28 - Westbury, NY – Theatre At Westbury
Mar. 29 - Newark, NJ – New Jersey Performing Arts Center
Mar. 30 - Niagara Falls, NY – Seneca Niagara Casino
Apr. 01 - Syracuse, NY – Landmark Theatre
Apr. 02 - Red Bank, NJ – Count Basie Theatre
Apr. 03 - Albany, NY – Palace Theatre
Apr. 04 - Lowell, MA – Lowell Memorial Auditorium
Apr. 05 - New Bedford, MA – Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
Apr. 06 - Wallingford, CT – Toyota Presents The Oakdale Theater