Jimi Hendrix left quite a legacy when he passed away. Having only released three studio albums during his short life, that was more than enough inspiration for generations of guitarists to follow. Many of the biggest bands around have covered Hendrix at one point or another, either live or in the studio. The best covers are the ones were a band takes a song and makes it their own. Here we’ve listed five awesome Hendrix covers. Did we miss your favorite? Let us know in the comments!
1. Stevie Ray Vaughan - “Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)”
You knew this had to be number one, didn’t you? Stevie Ray Vaughan’s version of “Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)” is the cover of all covers! Vaughan took Hendrix’ Electric Ladyland classic and together with Double Trouble made it his own. Melody, lyrics, and main riff are of course the same as in Hendrix’s version, but Stevie Ray added all sorts of riffs and solos that guitarists still copy to this day. Often times, newbies might even come in to contact with Vaughan’s cover first, and discover Hendrix that way.
2. Red Hot Chili Peppers - “Fire”
If there was one Hendrix song in particular that was perfect for the energetic Red Hot Chili Peppers back in their early days, it was certainly “Fire.” The California quartet play the song as fiercely as can be. The song does still appear in the Chili's setlist from time to time, so if you're lucky, you might still get to hear it. Otherwise I recommend checking out their live Off The Map DVD, which has a great version of the song.
4. Slash - “Hey Joe”
Slash played “Hey Joe” during the UK Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2005 ceremony, together with Steve Winwood, and Billy Cox, and Mitch Mitchell. What’s so cool about this version is the fact that Slash plays the song on his Gibson Les Paul, which gives it that classic Slash sound.
5. Joe Bonamassa - “Are You Experienced”
This song used to be a mainstay in Joe’s setlist a few years back, before he became the guitar god he is today, Bonamassa’s distinctive voice makes this Hendrix classic Joe’s own.