Def Leppard Guitarist Talks Hendrix Wannabes

07/27/2011
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(Gibson) Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen says that a lot of musicians who attempt to emulate the work and style of Jimi Hendrix fail to capture what was special about the rock legend. Collen talked about Hendrix's long-lasting influence with Ultimate Classic Rock.

"At the time, [Hendrix's music] was very unique, no one had really done that before. And to be quite honest, they haven't really done it since," he said. "You get a lot of these clones that totally miss the point. It was artistic expression… People do these Hendrix-style things and it's completely not valid, because I think what he brought, it was a complete blend."

Collen was hugely influenced by Hendrix's playing. In fact, his side project, Manraze, have covered Hendrix's "Fire" on their upcoming album punkfunkrootsrock. more on this story

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