Honoring the life of Rock n’ Roll’s most influential guitarist is no small feat. Yet, The Experience Hendrix Tour consistently executes an annual tribute to the late Jimi Hendrix through interpretations of the artist’s masterful compositions by virtuosos in their own right.
The 2012 North American tour featured jaw dropping performances by Billy Cox, Buddy Guy, Keb’ Mo’, Jonny Lang, Robert Randolph, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Dweezil Zappa, Brad Whitford of Aerosmith, The Slide Brothers, Chris Layton of Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, Eric Gales, Mato Nanji of Indigenous, and Grammy nominated recording artist Janelle Monae.
Shooting restrictions for the performance were liberal given the variety of artists performing. Restrictions were effectively run of the show floor with guidance to not obscure fan visibility. Photographers where allowed to shoot the first song of any artist’s first stage appearance or any unseen combination of artists. Given the appearances and combinations of artists on stage changed every 2-3 songs we were effectively allowed to cover the entire performance. This is unheard of in concert photography and truly a wonderful benefit of this tour. As such, challenges were quite minimal with the exception of fixed vertical shooting angles front of stage (low to the floor from the crowd front). Lighting was consistent throughout the night with exposures dialing in from 1/200 F2.8 ISO3200 to 1/160 F2.8 ISO5000. Capture duties fell to the Nikon D700’s coupled to the Nikon 24-70 2.8 and 70-200 2.8.