The first photos of Andre 3000 as Jimi Hendrix in the unauthorized story of the legend’s life that is currently being shot in Dublin have surfaced. The working title of the movie is ‘All Is By My Side,’ but Hendrix’s recently insisted that they have had no involvement in it. There has also been no permission issued for Hendrix’s music to be used as of yet.
The estate released a statement earlier this month stating: “Experience Hendrix, LLC, the family-owned company entrusted with safeguarding the legacy of Jimi Hendrix and administrator of the Jimi Hendrix music and publishing catalogue has made it known many times in the past that no such film, were it to include original music or copyrights created by Jimi Hendrix, can be undertaken without its full participation.”
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Despite the estate’s not giving access to using the music of Hendrix, Chickenfoot’s Kenny Aronoff has already layed down drum tracks on the music for the new film.
Aronoff is part of a group of musicians that include fellow session vets Waddy Wachtel on guitar and Lee Sklar on bass for the initial sessions, which took place during a touring break from Chickenfoot.
“We basically had to become the Jimi Hendrix Experience — which is ridiculous,” Aronoff said. “First of all, you’re talking about, how are we going to get those sounds, how are we going to get the feel…. I honestly believe that you have to have grown up in that time, you have to have lived through that time to understand and feel it. It’s not just playing the notes, you have to understand and have felt the whole cultural movement in the ‘60s.”
The group spent two days in the studio with Andre 3000 and recorded a number of tracks, including ‘Wild Thing’ and ‘Killing Floor.’ The latter found them revisiting the period when Hendrix traveled to England and met up with many of his musical peers for the first time.
“He goes there and all of the sudden everybody – Zeppelin, The Who, Cream, everybody came down to see ‘who is this guy?’ I think it started where he got on stage with Cream and his manager pushed him up there and said ‘c’mon, show ‘em what you got.’ He goes up there and does this ‘Killing Floor’ song, wicked fast and he says to them something like ‘do you guys know the song ‘Killing Floor,’ and they were stumped.’”
For the Cream recording, Aronoff had to change up the drumming style. “I had to be Ginger Baker. Waddy even said ‘don’t play like Mitch [Mitchell], you’ve got to play like Ginger.’ Because remember, Jimi is sitting in with Cream and these guys are trying to keep up with him, because these guys are like ‘who the f–k are you?’ So you’ve got to have an attitude like ‘hey, little f–ker from the USA, I can keep up with you.’ So stylistically, I’ve got to be Ginger Baker, which is a whole another guy. I mean, I flew to England to see the reunion when they played in London once, because I’m such a massive fan. That was an intense two days.”
Sounds like it is some awesome stuff, let’s hope negotiations with the estate allow it to be released.