On September 12, 2000 the family of Jimi Hendrix debuted the all-new Red House Tour 2000 at Cleveland's Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame And Museum. Having traveled coast to coast last summer as part of Vans Warped Tour and The Jimi Hendrix Electric Guitar Competition, Red House Tour '99 also paid a week long visit to Woodstock '99 in Rome, NY before making several stops in southern Florida as part of a special promotional tour at various Mars Music locations before winding its way back to the west coast where it closed out the summer during Labor Day festivities at the Long Beach Blues Festival.

"Red House is a very special project that the family started back in 1995 as part of The Jimi Hendrix Electric Guitar Competition and Tribute Festival at Bumbershoot," explains Hendrix's sister, Janie Hendrix. "We've been blessed by the support that the fans have shown the family since we regained the rights to Jimi's legacy. Through Red House our goal is to bring Jimi, his music and his legacy, a little closer to the fans." Spearheaded by Jimi's first cousin, Bob Hendrix, the family has taken the modest beginnings from last summer's tour forward into the 21st century with a world-class traveling exhibition.

Helping to mark the 30th Anniversary of Jimi Hendrix's September 1970 passing, Red House Tour 2000 was rebuilt from the ground-up using a 53-foot, expandable show trailer that transforms into a 980-square foot interactive museum at each stop along its travels. "Last year's event was a logistical challenge because of the sheer size and scope of the project. In addition to traveling to more than 40 cities last summer carrying more than two tons of equipment, we had to manually pull everything off the transport vehicles and set it up on a daily basis. This year's Red House Tour fixes all of those challenges and gives us a strong, cohesive environment to allow Jimi's fans to interact with his music. Housing the event in the new show trailer also makes viewing the exhibits easier and far more rewarding to the visitors. It's a real win-win situation this year," explains Bob Hendrix. "Not only are the displays larger and more extensive - being in the traveling show trailer ensures that every person who comes to Red House has the same opportunity to experience exactly what every other fan does regardless of when or where they happen to visit us."

The new Red House Tour is highlighted by the psychedelic emblazoned 18-wheeler big rig that will travel nationwide as part of an ongoing traveling exhibition. Visitors to this free exhibition are encouraged to follow the chronological timeline of Jimi Hendrix's entire life with an emphasis on the major recordings he completed during his short but prolific career. The attractive visual displays include three rotating audio visual presentations, one being a big screen 12-minute performance piece featuring a newly remastered (Dolby 5.1) stereo soundtrack from Hendrix's last major concert appearance at the Isle Of Wight in August 1970. In addition to the Jimi Hendrix timeline, the exhibition will feature an array of electric guitars and clothing used or inspired by Hendrix as well as a collection of Gold and Platinum records owned by Jimi's father, James 'Al' Hendrix.

Be sure to check out the behind-the-scenes story on the star-studded debut of the Red House Tour and Jimi Hendrix Surround Sound Theater And Exhibition at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame And Museum on our sister site at www.jimihendrix.com.

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