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RIP Mitch Mitchell

November 13, 2008



Jimi Hendrix Experience
drummer Mitch Mitchell is now gone, making the Experience complete on the other side, sad to say:

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Mitch Mitchell, drummer for the legendary Jimi
Hendrix Experience of the 1960s and the group’s last surviving member,
was found dead in his hotel room early Wednesday. He was 61.

Mitchell
was a powerful force on the Hendrix band’s 1967 debut album “Are You
Experienced?” as well as the trio’s albums “Electric Ladyland” and
“Axis: Bold As Love.” He had an explosive drumming style that can be
heard in hard-charging songs such as “Fire” and “Manic Depression.”

The
Englishman had been drumming for the Experience Hendrix Tour, which
performed Friday in Portland. It was the last stop on the West Coast
part of the tour.

Hendrix died in 1970. Bass player Noel Redding died in 2003.

An employee at Portland’s Benson Hotel called police after discovering Mitchell’s body.

Erin Patrick, a deputy medical examiner, said Mitchell apparently died of natural causes. An autopsy was planned.

He
was a wonderful man, a brilliant musician and a true friend,”
said
Janie Hendrix, chief executive of the Experience Hendrix Tour and Jimi
Hendrix’ stepsister. “His role in shaping the sound of the Jimi Hendrix
Experience cannot be underestimated.”

Read an as-yet un-obituarated ( I make up my own words, folks. Bloggers license on file) bio of Mitchell at Drummer World, complete with photos and sound samples.

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