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Old 10-29-2008, 11:24 PM
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Hendrix told MM what to play...where he wanted the kick and snare. Hendrix heard in his head how the drums should lock in with the guitar and MM was cool with JH "charting" his parts for him. MM had a ton of latitude, but JH laid out the "blueprint."
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Old 11-12-2008, 10:54 PM
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Just found out that Mitch Mitchell was found dead in a hotel room in Portland.
I'm sad to hear that. I saw him with Hendrix in Raleigh. He was playing a double-bass George Hayman kit.
He was sort of the missing link between my rock and jazz records. As a kid I copied a lot of his stuff off the Hendrix albums.
Well, so long Mitch.

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Old 11-12-2008, 11:04 PM
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That just totally bums me out he was one of my favorite drummers.the original Hendrix exp. are finally back together.Such a cool drummer he will be missed.

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Old 11-12-2008, 11:19 PM
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That is really, really sad news. He influenced so many drummers that came up not only during his tenure but in the years since. I remember seeing him in old videos. He just looked like this young, brash and confident drummer playing some wicked stuff.

"Fire" will always be one of the great rock-n-roll drumming songs. Who doesn't like playing along with that?

RIP Mitch. Thanks for giving us some great music.
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Old 11-12-2008, 11:33 PM
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Wow... Mitch Mitchell was a huge inspiration for me. that is sad news. 61 is way to young.
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Old 11-12-2008, 11:42 PM
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One of the first drummers I ever drew inspiration from and I still regularly bust out some of the tunes. The news is sad, but not wholly unexpected. His body of work is immortalised in the influence he, and the rest of the experience have had on music since their demise. As such, his death, whilst sad, is not in vain.
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Old 11-12-2008, 11:56 PM
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Oh no... Mitch is the reason I got into jazz, one of my reasons why I got into drumming as a whole and though my opinions on him have changed I still site him as an inspiration.

RIP Mitch - you will be truly missed. :(
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Old 11-13-2008, 12:08 AM
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Very sad to hear that! He was one of my favorite drummers.
Rest in peace brother.
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Old 11-13-2008, 12:22 AM
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SADEST POSSIBLE NEWS .... my favorite drummer for many years...

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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 Portland hotel room early Wednesday. He was 61.

Mitchell was a powerful force on "Are You Experienced?" the 1967 debut album of the Hendrix band. 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 portion of the tour.

Hendrix died in 1970. Noel Redding, bass player for the trio, died in 2003.

A Benson Hotel employee called police after discovering Mitchell's body, said Sgt. Brian Schmautz.

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

Bob Merlis, a spokesman for the tour, said Mitchell had stayed in Portland for a four-day vacation and planned to leave Wednesday.

"It was a devastating surprise," Merlis said. "Nobody drummed like he did."

He said he saw Mitchell perform two weeks ago in Los Angeles, and the drummer appeared to be healthy and upbeat.

Merlis said the tour was designed to bring together veteran musicians who had known Hendrix - like Mitchell - and younger artists, such as Grammy-nominated winner Jonny Lang, who have been influenced by him.

Mitchell was a one-of-a-kind drummer whose "jazz-tinged" style was a vital part of both the Jimi Hendrix Experience in the 1960s and the Experience Hendrix Tour that ended last week, Merlis said.

"If Jimi Hendrix were still alive," Merlis said, "he would have acknowledged that."

Mitchell played for numerous other bands but was best known for his work in the Jimi Hendrix Experience, which was inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame in 1992.

According to the Hall of Fame, he was born July 9, 1947 in Ealing, England.

Hendrix, Redding and Mitchell held their first rehearsal in October 1996, according to the Hall of Fame's Web site.

In an interview last month with the Boston Herald, Mitchell said he met Hendrix "in this sleazy little club."

"We did some Chuck Berry and took it from there," Mitchell told the newspaper. "I suppose it worked."

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Old 11-13-2008, 12:30 AM
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Oh...bad news. He always has been and still is a big inspiration to me, may he rest in peace.
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Old 11-13-2008, 12:36 AM
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I am sorry to hear about Mitch Mitchell.
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Old 11-13-2008, 12:41 AM
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Sad news. He inspired a lot of drummers. They sure have one hell of a band in rock & roll heaven now!

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Old 11-13-2008, 12:47 AM
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Very Very sad!!!!! Man-by himself in a hotel room- sad stuff
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Old 11-13-2008, 12:54 AM
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That is very sad news. He was an inspiration to me, that's for sure. Way too young at 61.

RIP Mitch
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Old 11-13-2008, 02:10 AM
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In MD's Drum Gods II this summer (spring?) Mitchell was one of the "25 Legendary Talents who Changed Drumming."

Mitch's article is titled Freedom, Sweet Freedom with great picture of him on pg 63.

So long.
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Old 11-13-2008, 02:30 AM
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TERRIBLE TERRIBLE NEWS !!!!!!.......................RIP AND GOD BLESS


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Old 11-13-2008, 02:33 AM
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The last member of the Jimi Hendrix Experience and one helluva drummer!!
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Old 11-13-2008, 02:48 AM
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Well, such sad news but fortunately we have his legacy to remind us of what he's done in his life.

There's going to be one BIG reunion gig tonight in Heaven. Where all of them are young, vibrant, healthy and playing the best they ever have. It will be glorious! Listen and see if you hear the thunder.
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Old 11-13-2008, 03:26 AM
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Drummer for Jimi Hendrix found dead

By MARY HUDETZ, Associated Press Writer
22 mins ago
PORTLAND, Ore. 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 "Are You Experienced?" the 1967 debut album of the Hendrix band. 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. Noel Redding, bass player for the trio, 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.
Bob Merlis, a spokesman for the tour, said Mitchell had stayed in Portland for a four-day vacation and planned to leave Wednesday.
"It was a devastating surprise," Merlis said. "Nobody drummed like he did."
He said he saw Mitchell perform two weeks ago in Los Angeles, and the drummer appeared to be healthy and upbeat.
Merlis said the tour was designed to bring together veteran musicians who had known Hendrix like Mitchell and younger artists, such as Grammy-nominated winner Jonny Lang, who have been influenced by him.
Mitchell was a one-of-a-kind drummer whose "jazz-tinged" style was a vital part of both the Jimi Hendrix Experience and the Experience Hendrix Tour that ended last week, Merlis said. "If Jimi Hendrix were still alive," Merlis said, "he would have acknowledged that."
Mitchell played for numerous other bands but was best known for his work in the Jimi Hendrix Experience, which was inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame in 1992.
According to the Hall of Fame, he was born July 9, 1947, in Ealing, England.
Hendrix, Redding and Mitchell held their first rehearsal in October 1996, according to the Hall of Fame's Web site.
In an interview last month with the Boston Herald, Mitchell said he met Hendrix "in this sleazy little club."
"We did some Chuck Berry and took it from there," Mitchell told the newspaper. "I suppose it worked."

this is sad :(
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Old 11-13-2008, 04:49 AM
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wow, this is really very sad news. But what a great life Mitch had. His playing will always be there for generations to absorb. R.I.P. Mitch
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Old 11-13-2008, 05:05 AM
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he was one of the best RIP mitch
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Old 11-13-2008, 05:12 AM
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Mitch Mitchell and John Bonham were my two most influential drummers. They were the two I mimic's as a young drummer.
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Old 11-13-2008, 05:28 AM
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It is a sad day for the drumming community. Mitch was an inspiration to so many drummers. He was a true master of the jazz/rock scene. He kept up to Hendrix like no one else could. R.I.P Mitch.
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Old 11-13-2008, 06:12 AM
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I remember the first time I heard "Fire"! And then went crazy trying to play it. All those rolls came out so smooth for Mitch. And what a great driving pocket. He will be missed.
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Old 11-13-2008, 07:31 AM
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What a Sad Day....Another GREAT drummer gone... R.I.P. Mitch Mitchell
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Old 11-13-2008, 08:25 AM
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OW!

HUGE loss to the drumming world! Mitch Mitchell was a true talent on drums. An innovator of mammoth proportions. One of my all-time favs!

RIP, MM. :-(
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Old 11-13-2008, 08:44 AM
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RIP, Mitch Mitchell.


Have a GREAT jam with Jimi!
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Old 11-13-2008, 12:21 PM
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What a great drummer and influence upon my playing. I used to emulate him all the time when I was younger. Truly memorable drum tracks!

A sad day, but at least he had a great life.

RIP Mitch!
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Old 11-13-2008, 01:47 PM
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Hugely sad right now, those of you who have spoken to me know how much of a Mitchell fan I am; I feel regret that I never got to meet him and say thank you for hours and hours of listening pleasure and enjoyment; and there will never ever be another drummer like him.

Still and always will be, my number 1 influence and favorite by far; the main reason I took up the drums. knowing he was still alive, I held out hope of meeting him and interviewing him, but now I lament that I never got the chance to say Hi or bye to this beautiful genius of a drummer.

Lets hope he gets his props now, because they have been long, long overdue.
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Old 11-13-2008, 02:00 PM
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Old 11-13-2008, 05:32 PM
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This is a sad day for music. 'Nuff said.
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Whoa... I didn't expect this! This news is a sad revelation to those of us who were so influenced by his playing. MM was 'the man' for me, as was JH. I quit playing in highschool cuz I just couldn't see myself playing The Beach Boys any longer. And then my musical world exploded when Are You Experienced hit the streets. Wow, MM, now he had the licks that were in my head, and still are (just wish I had em' like he did). Man, what an influence he had on so many of us here! Ironic, Only recently I took the time to learn Manic Depression and Fire just because I never had. Third Stone next on the list. My first real kit is a 1968 phychedelic red 5 piece set of Ludwigs (still got em'). The very first time they were played were not by me, but instead by my cousin (he helped me set them up). Because he could, he played Fire with a big smile on his face, just to give me an idea of where I wanted to go musically. Too cool! Mitch, Rest in peace brother... Thanks for waking me up...
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Old 11-13-2008, 05:48 PM
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Bummer! The mood he set with his playing that perfectly complemented Jimi's on All Along the Watchtower was good enough for me to place him in an elite group of drummers.
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Old 11-13-2008, 06:10 PM
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Well at least Jimi's happy, i never realized how great he was because i always just listen to the great guitar playing, but he truly was incredible and had some wicked good rolls.

I read that Jim Marshall(the amp guy) was his drum teacher
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Old 11-13-2008, 06:30 PM
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Saddest news I've got in a long time this is. :( :( :( :( :(

He has been the biggest influnce for me and for many others I guess. There is no other rock drummer that used jazz techniques in such a great way. Truly a legend. You will be missed for sure. But atleast you're up in heaven with Jimi and Noel, jamming.

R.I.P Mitch Mitchell.
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Old 11-13-2008, 07:44 PM
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Whoa...I just got the news myself....my Dad just told me that Mitch Mitchell died and I was like NO WAY! The last surviving member of the bad arse Hendrix legacy. I will definately do a solo for him tonight! God bless ya Mitch, you had a profound influence on many of us and for that we are grateful.
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Old 11-13-2008, 07:45 PM
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I am also sad to hear of his passing.

But I wasn't even aware he was alive or dead. For someone so influential, I never heard much about him after playing with Hendrix. I don't even see people discussing his post-Hendrix work much. It's unfortunate but why did he seem to fall off the map more or less after Hendrix? Or am I just poorly informed?

Here is someone arguably as creative and masterful as Bonham who seems to have spent the last 40 years in obscurity.
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Old 11-13-2008, 08:00 PM
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never mind....i rethought my original and it was not worth saying here.

Thanks Mitch for all that you meant to us as drummers and the scope of work you left behind for us to enjoy and devour as we learn to play

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Old 11-13-2008, 08:29 PM
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A sad day for music world.
RIP Mitch. You will never be forgotten.
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Old 11-13-2008, 08:31 PM
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Why was this thread started in 06? Rumors?

Anyways.. I love his drumming, huge influence, very sad.

No no, just the title was changed - RIP added - _Bernhard

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