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Classic Rock Cover Bands: Any Hendrix songs that go over well?

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by MrDOS, Dec 15, 2012.

  1. I have a directive to suggest a Jimi Hendrix tune for our cover band. I can't think of a single one I've played in the past that went over as consistently.

    Here's what's already in our list, for reference:
    Bad Company
    The Who
    Led Zeppelin
    Thin Lizzy
    The Eagles
    ZZ Top
    Billy Idol
  2. We used to do "Voodoo Chile" and it went over OK. I think we used it as a set opener, though.
  3. lowfreq33


    Jan 27, 2010
    Endorsing Artist: Genz Benz Amplification
    Foxy Lady seems to do ok. Crosstown Traffic would probably be ok. Just no Purple Haze please.
  4. Fire.
  5. bjabass


    Jan 10, 2011
    Mountain South
    Always got a good reception with 'The Wind Cries Mary'.
  6. We do Purple Haze, Red House, and Voodoo Chile. All great songs. Sometimes Little Wing at the end of the night.
  7. hdracer


    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    ^^^ This works

    It's a good dance song.
  8. Bert Slide

    Bert Slide

    May 16, 2012
    Louisville KY
    We do a bunch of Hendrix in my power trio. If you are looking for slam dunks try Foxy Lady. That one seems to appeal to everyone, even the LCD in the crowd. We do some more obscure stuff like Over the Rainbow and Machine Gun on occasion and the real Hendricks fans love it but overall response is variable.

    Here's a couple frequently covered tunes that get consistent good response for us. I call my gui**** "The Great White Jimi" because he is so into playing the Jimi. I told him 6 Jimi songs per night MAX and no more than two per set. I think he would love to be a Jimi tribute band but he realizes that NOONE can fill those shoes :

    Manic Depression
  9. funkingroovin

    funkingroovin Conquering A-D-D,and all the other notes as well!

    Apr 19, 2009
    We do Wind Cries Mary,Manic Depression,Red House,Fire,and are currently tossing around Little Wing and Voodoo Chili at practice..They are all recognized,well received,and a lot of fun to play..
  10. seanm

    seanm I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize! Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2004
    Ottawa, Canada
    Hey Joe always goes over well. I know it is not really a Hendrix song, but we play the Hendrix version.

    Voodoo Child also goes over well.
  11. klyph


    Mar 28, 2009
    Little Miss Lover
  12. gene beauchamp

    gene beauchamp Supporting Member

    Jul 15, 2012
    Crosstown traffic and foxy
  13. Thanks for all if the responses!
  14. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI
    I do a pretty mean Little Wing if I do say so myself. It goes over pretty good.

    Fire was lots of fun, never seemed to get much love though.

    Voodoo Chile is very recognizable, but I don't know that it's a real winner. Likewise purple haze.
  15. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
    +1 for foxey lady
  16. jive1

    jive1 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 16, 2003
    Owner/Retailer: Jive Sound
    My old Blues band in the 90s did alot of Hendrix. Most, if not all, went over well. The thing is with Hendrix is that if you're judging how well it's accepted by the dance floor, you're missing out on what his material can do. Hendrix is meant for melting faces, and if you have a guitar player who can do it over a tight and busy rhythm section, it will go over. The key is not to just play it, but sell it. My old gui**** did a great job of owning and selling our Hendrix covers. I do Hendrix in other cover bands now, and I'm about 1/10 of the gui**** of my old bro, but I make sure I sell it and make a show of it, and it usually goes over. Dance floor may not have been filled, but the jaws dropped, high fives, shots from the crowd and cheers afterwards told me they liked it.

    In My Experience

    For dancing:
    Stone Free
    Crosstown Traffic
    Gypsy Eyes

    For melting faces:
    Voodoo Chile
    Red House
    Little Wing
    Hey Joe
    Come On
    Killing Floor (Live at Monterrey Version)
    Third Stone from the Sun
    Manic Depression
  17. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man

    Oct 19, 2011
    We do a version of Voodoo Child (slight return) that lasts anywhere from seven to fifteen minutes. It always goes over huge!

    We really OWN it, though! We added a verse, from the Electric Ladyland "Voodoo Chile," (which is a long blues jam,) and we do some different jams in it, with more creative rhythm section work than the Experience did, (at times, my bassline is not even remotely connected to the song,) and Arthur does all the Jimi tricks (behind the head, with his teeth,) and some stuff he stole from RATM's guitar player.

    It doesn't just go over, it's the song that consistently has the crowd breathlessly telling us how we're the greatest band ever, etc.

    And it's the song we least thought likely to do that.

    So, really, you can do any song by any artists, but make sure you do it like you mean it.

    Here are two versions of it:

    We usually use it to close the second set.
  18. fourfinger

    fourfinger Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 17, 2003
    Central Ohio
    Did several but the best response by far was from Come On, Part Three
  19. Rocker949


    Apr 20, 2005
    Fire, Foxy Lady, Manic Depression.
  20. bluewine

    bluewine Banned

    Sep 4, 2008
    We do Little Wing and Angel together.