On October 25, 2007, history was made as Gary Moore took the stage at the London Hippodrome with his band to perform a set of Jimi Hendrix classics. The performance was part of the lunch of the Jimi Hendrix Live At Monterey program and makes up the new DVD, Gary Moore — Blues For Jimi.
The band opens with the classic riff of “Purple Haze.” Playing in a trio format featuring Dave Bronze on bass and Darrin Mooney on drums, the band quickly gets lost in the music on the tiny stage. Moore, playing a well-worn Strat, attacks his guitar, pushing it seemingly to within an inch of its life, truly doing justice to the track.
A scalding version of “Manic Depression follows,” with Moore and his band mates exchanging knowing glances. When Moore yells, “Yeah!” in the middle of “Foxey Lady,” he knows the band is killing it and playing in a way that Hendrix would approve of.
Mitch Mitchell and Billy Cox of the Jimi Hendrix Experience join the band on drums and bass respectively for a trio of songs — “Red House,” “Stone Free” and “Hey Joe.” Cox and Moore share vocals on “Red House,” with Moore offering some tasty blues licks, while Mitchell leans in close to his drums during the verses of “Stone Free,” as if to further connect with the song. While perhaps not as tight as Moore’s band as they likely weren’t used to playing together, it is still a treat to see some of Hendrix’s peers playing on these songs. Sadly, of Moore Mitchell and Cox, only Cox survives today. Moore’s band returns to the stage for a definitive version of “Voodoo Child (Slight Return),” with Moore rocking the song’s famous wah intro.
It’s not often you get to see one master’s music performed by another, but that’s exactly what you get with Gary Moore — Blues For Jimi. The performance is a must-own for fans of either artist and a reminder of what a tragic loss both of their deaths remains to the music world.