R.I.P. Mitch Mitchell

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November 13, 2008 by billie789

So I finally rode away but I’ll never forget that day
’cause when I reached the valley I looked way down cross the way
A giant boat from space landed with eerie grace
And came and taken all the dead away.

Mitch Mitchell, drummer for the Jimi Hendrix Experience and many others, died yesterday in Portland hotel room while on tour with the traveling Experience Hendrix Tour. The last gig of the tour was in Portland.

                             

He was 61 years old. An autopsy is planned.  

I remember hearing Mitchell banging the skins with The Experience as a kind of an unhinged sound. At times, he was jazz-smooth and other times, sounded like he was pounding on garbage can lids with a hammer.

The interplay and groove between Mitchell’s drumming and Hendrix’s guitar pyro is now legendary.  

Noel Redding, the Experience bass player, died in 2003 and now, all the of members of one of the most powerful-power trios in rock and roll history have all gone. 

“And if I dont meet you no more in this world, then I’ll, I’ll meet you in the next one and dont be late, dont be late” –Voodoo Chile

2 thoughts on “R.I.P. Mitch Mitchell

  1. esarsea says:

    This makes me feel old – like realizing my oldest son is the now the same age that my wife was when we first started dating.

    You nailed it with that “unhinged sound” comment. Similar at times to Keith Moon and Ginger Baker, in that sometimes he sounded like he was just free-form jamming…yet somehow it worked. “Can you see me” comes to mind: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTEHa0WXldU

  2. rsr348 says:

    Yeah, too many people in my parents’ generation and the boomer’s are leaving this world, and Gen Xers like me are nearing middle age. Weird and scarey to contemplate.

    I never think much about the drummers when listening to music, but I’ll have to listen to some Hendrix this weekend in honor of Mitch. And here’s a toast to him with my first Friday night brewskie.

    “If there’s a rock ‘n roll heaven, you know they gotta a helluva band!”

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