Billy F Gibbons To Play Jimi’s Flying V On Jimmy Kimmel Live 11/17/22

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Billy F Gibbons To Play Jimi’s Flying V On Jimmy Kimmel Live Next Thursday Followed By Reception For JIMI Book At Mr Musichead

LA Forum Album Out Friday 11/18

How Jimi Hendrix Changed Touring Video Here Now

This coming week will be capped off by the release of Jimi Hendrix Experience – Los Angeles Forum April 26, 1969, a live album on CD, 2 LP set and digitally, from Experience Hendrix through Legacy Recordings. The album and related events are connected to the 80th birthday of Jimi Hendrix on November 27. The album was produced for release by Janie Hendrix, John McDermott and Kramer and will be officially released on Friday, November 18.

ZZ Top’s Billy F Gibbons will guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Thursday, November 17, the evening before the album’s release. He’ll be sitting in with the band and playing Hendrix material using the Gibson Flying V guitar that Jimi throughout his 1970 tour, including his appearance in August of 1970 in front of a crowd of 600,000 at the Isle of Wight Festival, the largest audience of his career.  The guitar is being transported from London to Los Angeles from the collection of Hard Rock International under the auspices of Chase McCue, Hard Rock’s Director of Memorabilia. Gibbons’ connection to the enduring legacy of Jimi Hendrix is highlighted in the liner notes he wrote for Los Angeles Forum April 26, 1969.  The Moving Sidewalks, his pre-ZZ Top band, had shared a number of concert bills with the Jimi Hendrix Experience and he and Hendrix struck up a friendship.  Gibbons was in Los Angeles in April 1969 when the Experience were to perform and was invited to the performance.  Billy chronicled that “Experience” in an essay titled “I Was There” which is included in the album.  He recalled, “In those days VIP seating was yet to be, so we angled over to side-stage. I stood standing with arms folded and I remember Jimi looked over and gave me a nod, the same nod that he gave me the first night that we played together when the Moving Sidewalks had to flesh out their opening set with “Purple Haze” and “Foxey Lady.” His enthusiasm for the performance abides to the present day as he noted, “The Jimi Hendrix Experience lit the house up and tore it right down!”

The album also includes an essay crafted by former LA Times music reporter Randy Lewis.  Lewis recounts the early history of The Forum as a music venue, with the Hendrix show being one of the first few produced there.   A new video, available today from Experience Hendrix, underscores how Jimi not only revolutionized the rock guitar, but he also rewrote the book on the concert industry.  The video debuted via Pollstar, the trade publication that is known as the bible of the concert and live music industry.  Famed promoter Larry Vaughn explains how Concerts East and Concerts West were created by Jimi Hendrix’s attorney and manager to promote the guitarist’s concerts in America.  The artist would now reap the lion’s share of the money earned from live performing and this model would later serve Led Zeppelin, Bad Company and many others as rock touring moved from college gymnasiums to sports arenas such as The Forum and New York’s Madison Square Garden.

Janie Hendrix and John McDermott are authors of JIMI, a new visual celebration of Jimi Hendrix’s career and legacy out now from Chronicle Books’ Chroma imprint. This visually stunning and specially curated deluxe hardcover book is a comprehensive, graphic salute Jimi Hendrix with rarely seen photos and candid images, dedications, and inspirational anecdotes, giving fans an inside look at Jimi’s groundbreaking musical artistry. A reception for the book and its authors is set for LA’s Mr Musichead Gallery on Thursday night, November 17.  Billy Gibbons, immediately following his appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, will also be on hand to autograph his Los Angeles Forum liner notes.

Tickets to the reception are available now at

A special Jimi Hendrix birthday concert event is set for Austin City Limits Live’s Moody Theater on the evening of Sunday, December 4.  The concert features Band of Gypsys and Jimi Hendrix Experience member Billy Cox, anchoring the rhythm section; the show’s performers also include Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Los Lobos’ David Hidalgo and Cesar Rosas, Zakk Wylde, Dweezil Zappa, Eric Johnson, Doyle Bramhall II and Chris Layton (from Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble) as well as The Slide Brothers, Mato Nanji of Indigenous with more to be announced soon.

Tickets to the show are available at

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  1. Dear Mr ZZ Top Dudes,
    And Also, The In All Probable Likelihood, And
    Mr Billy F Gibbons, Mr Beard And
    Mr Heroic Guitar Bass Tech Stand In To The Immensely Missed Mr Hill,
    Please may I add how abso-flaming-lutely, mightily impressed I am, way over here, in
    The Isle Of Man, in our (Thanks to Our Former
    Queen Elizabeth 2 of
    Happy Memory,
    having really awesomely granted our one long time town of Douglas, (The Capital Of The Isle Of Man.), City Status, so, anyway, my errantly rambling on aside, since we now are residents in either,
    The City Of Douglas, or, possibly,
    Douglas City, anyway our capital’s, as it turns out twinned with a town in N.Ireland, where
    The Tourist Trophy Motorcycle Racing legends, TT Racer
    The Dunlops,
    Joey Dunlop, his brother and the sons and nephews are from, The Isle Of Man being, amongst other accolades, The Road Racing Capital Of ‘The World’, (bit within mini quotation marks, kinda highlightin’ a somewhat ever so slightly bonkers concept, er, yeah I know. Nuts, eh?), er, amongst many other personal attributes I have, one of many seems to be something ever so slightly more ambitious in and with all of the phenomenonal, and kind of seemingly ever accruing amounts of the everyday, basics and a common factor of stuff such as securely and effectively and absolutely safe almost like one could not quite imagine of, and all of the usual matters associated with all manner and every aspect and factor combined with jus’getting stuff actually done, keepin’, not only the prerequisites of all our dreams, hopes and all sincerely and hopefully, hope inspiring stuff such as health, personal matters, matters, too of local stuff, maybe national stuff, and, too along with the Gmail electronic letter which I am writing to you, Good Sir,
    Mr Billy F. Gibbons, and I would really like to say I cannot impress, nor quite convey how abso-flaming-lutely mightily and phenomenally, also, how brilliant all ‘yous guys ‘n’, presumably, too, gals’, are, everything, all of the time, occasionally can become a little overwhelming at times, and yet, and yet, at the end of each day, (yup, I know, it’s nighttime, time to settle down for the night, and get sufficient rest, so as to be, by however one may categorise it, fo r and,comparatively fully rested for tomorrow, and on as it doth carry on, ever so, each day, I do most sincerely hope and trust, improving in one’s own health, and more all to ready to safely and, once more, securely fully able to both cope with and safely avert, prevent, see off, fend off, and do good, only good, and what I can. Once more, my vague ramblings aside, life, not all of the time, seems to work, function as it maybe best, for one and all, certainly the free, the democracy dwelling residents in all countries which are, indeed actually quite lucky to have democracy embedded within it’s country’s type, of Government. Thankfully, us Manx, the Natives who were both borne in, and, still are dwelling in The Isle Of Man, in The British Isles, (in The British Isles, yet, not in the United Kingdom, (The U.K., much as one might think, however, you do your research, you ascertain, and you judge what evidence you have, whether it’s from reliable, trusted, trustworthy sources, and you also be, not only the judge you decide, although, with the Internet/ The World Wide Wait/The Web/The Information Superhighway/
    T’interweb/The Interlie, well, it could be anything. At all. What I did, tho’, both sincerely and hopefully intend, with genuinely meant kindness, was to say, music, the arts, theater/theatre(UK English spelling), books, TV, a mostly, genres of music, art, also, yet in music, blues and rock and roll, jazz music, all the blues and jazz standards, rhythm and blues, Rock and Blues, Fusion, Modern Jazz, well, hey, like wow. Awesome. I adore it. I dunno why. It jus’, it kinda jus’, well, seemingly grounds me, at any moment it’s either playin’, or on, or it intrigues me, mostly, it basically has a humanly, a more, kind of emotive quality to it. Expression. Art. Thank you immensely for, every single one of all your fellow musicians, staff, everyone, too, helping put all of your music, rock, blues and guitar~tastic, bass~tastic, drum~tastic brilliant shows way on out there, also, for those at your shows, all present and correct, when … … ……
    Kind regards and all t’best from
    Mr (Uncle) Sam Hal Mac Vannin TEARE,
    Kensington Road,
    Douglas City(?),
    City Of Douglas(?),
    The Isle Of Man,
    The British Isles,
    IM1 3ER.

    I am prob’ly, one of the first to maybe think to request, politely, for Our New City, to not be only, ‘Twinned’, yet,
    with The United States Of America’s
    State Of Texas,
    and, why, you might well ask, quite rightly so, too, well,
    then, possibly, jus’ possibly, ever so slightly possibly, we may be granted by, dunno I kind of Prez decree allowing us to add a brilliant moniker, motto on to our City’s name plates on the outskirts of, er, ‘The City’, which, essentially would, then, I do sincerely hope, too, would have emblazoned upon ’em,
    “The City Of
    ~Twinned with,
    ‘Ballymena’, (N.I…),
    Birth Home of
    TT Motorcycle Racing Legend Joey Dunlop,
    and, furthmore, good people, get this,
    Tripletted with
    The United States
    State Of Texas,
    whom, by, along the themes of Increasing Diplomatic Approaches To The Modern Bonkers’ Ways This Mad, Mad World has, seemingly, all too much, has, by
    A Decree allowed by, (possibly??),
    The President Of The US Of A,
    granted The Good People Of
    Douglas City,
    an adapted US State Of Texas, it’s State Motto, amended, with all due respect, kindness and for The City Of Douglas,
    the City’s new(~ish),
    ‘Don’t Mess With Douglas.’).


    Please take care with all of your friends, family and all their friends and families’ health, also, to stay really incredibly healthy. Ta’, we all need the blues.

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