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11-12-08, 06:21 PM
Hendrix drummer Mitch Mitchell found dead in Portland hotel room

PORTLAND Authorities say Mitch Mitchell, drummer for the legendary Jimi Hendrix Experience of the 1960s, has been found dead in his Portland hotel room. Erin Patrick, a deputy medical examiner in Multnomah County, says Mitchell was found dead a little after 3 a.m. today in his room at the Benson Hotel in downtown Portland.
She says Mitchell apparently died of natural causes at 62. An autopsy is planned.
Mitchell was touring with the Experience Hendrix Tour, which performed Friday at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland. It was the last stop on the West Coast portion of the tour.
Mitchell performed with other tour members last Thursday at Seattle's Paramount Theater. Seattle Times music critic Patrick MacDonald described Mitchell as looking frail but in good spirits.
Hendrix died in 1970, and Noel Redding, bassist for the trio, died in 2003.


Jimi Hendrix Drummer Mitch Mitchell Dies

Jimi Hendrix Experience drummer Mitch Mitchell was found dead early this morning (Nov. 12) in a Portland, Ore., hotel room, according to representatives for the Hendrix estate. He was 62.

After completing the Experience Hendrix tour in Portland with one-time bandmate Billy Cox and a host of notable musicians on Nov. 7, Mitchell was spending some down time in the city before returning to his native England. He likely died of natural causes, according to the Multnomah County Medical Examiner's office.

"We're all devastated to hear of Mitch's passing," says Experience Hendrix CEO Janie Hendrix (http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/about/Janie+Hendrix). "He was a wonderful man, a brilliant musician and a true friend. His role in shaping the sound of the Jimi Hendrix Experience cannot be underestimated."


11-12-08, 06:55 PM

Rest In Peace, Mitch

The Earth Blues
11-12-08, 06:59 PM

Rest in peace, Mitch. I am fortunate that I got to see him live in October. What a coincidence he spent the last month of his life celebrating the life and music of his friend, Jimi Hendrix.

11-12-08, 07:28 PM

Devastating news; so much affection for this man.

Interview in Boston Herald less than a month ago.

http://news.bostonherald.com/entertainment/music/general/view/2008_10_13__Hendrix_drummer_Mitch_Mitchell_stoked_ for_new_Experience_/srvc=home&position=also

Herman Cherusken
11-12-08, 07:45 PM
Jimi, Noel, Buddy Miles, and now Mitch. Billy Cox is left to carry the torch of being the last of Jimi's main crew. Must be a strange and perhaps sad feeling...

How much dont we love them all...

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11-12-08, 08:43 PM
Yeah, such a shame. Just heard the news over in the UK. He was a great drummer and a great man and lest we forget a great friend of Jimi. He was still doing what he loved doing, playing drums and playing Jimi's songs. You gave us all so much joy in your playing and in your life. R.I.P Mitch

Roland Stone
11-12-08, 08:51 PM
Play on drummer . . .

Voodoo Kush
11-12-08, 09:49 PM
Damn... when he played with slash at the JHE introduction to the hall of fame, his playing wasn't quite up to par and i guessed then that he was getting weaker.
Somewhere in the heavens there is a massive jam underway; Morrison's still rolling on the stage screaming obscentities, Jimi's jammin with buddy & mitch like it's the electric church still in sermon. haha... RIP

11-12-08, 10:52 PM
Became really bummed out when I found out....

Crushed is more like it. :( This dude was so seriously talented, words can't do him justice.


11-13-08, 03:53 AM
I saw him in San Francisco the night before election day. I'm shocked. I feel blessed to have gotten a chance to see him. He totally rocked, everything was tight, and he still had that quitessential Mitch Mitchell style. I was sitting near the side of the stage and got to see him drumming very close up.

Om mani padme hum.

11-13-08, 03:58 AM
NO!!! Mitch............................

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11-13-08, 05:09 AM
You are forever in our hearts!
Thanks for all the great music!

11-13-08, 06:56 AM
what more can i say...

rip, mitch...


11-13-08, 07:49 AM
Rest in peace, Mitch http://www.j1897.com/forum/style_emoticons/default/scusa.gif

11-13-08, 08:00 AM
RIP Mitch, you won't be forgotten

11-13-08, 08:08 AM
April 30, 1967 - The Granada - Tooting, London . . . . .

"Cat Stevens became a real snot, so on the matinee of the last show, when he was doing "I'm Gonna Get Me a Gun", I placed this mechanical robot on stage. It's chest opened up and all these little Machine Guns started blazing away. He tried to kick it off the stage, but the thing refused to die. :)
He didn't take the joke too well."

All fly home - Where we'll all meet someday
Play on Drummer . . . .

11-13-08, 08:11 AM
http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk122/pickledick88/DRUMS/michmitchell2.jpgDon't nobody know what I'm talkin' about
I've got my own life to live
I'm the one that's gonna die when it's time for me to die
So let me live my life the way I want to
Yeah, sing on brother, play on drummer

11-13-08, 08:13 AM
Angel came down
From heaven yesterday,
Stayed with me just long enough
To rescue me....

11-13-08, 08:22 AM
http://inlinethumb13.webshots.com/43980/2924282940104044756S600x600Q85.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2924282940104044756XwuBkU)
Make a Beautiful noise up there . . . . .

11-13-08, 08:52 AM
......really sad.
Two days ago I was thinking how Mitch would be doing 'cos the last time I seen him on TV in an interview he didnt look so healthy. Didnt think the answer would come so soon. Damn I feel a book has been closed.

rip mitch

11-13-08, 08:54 AM
RIP Mitch...
what a loss...
I never was able to meet you, one of my unfullfilled dreams, but at least you sent me an email once.....you will be sorely missed, and today is one of the saddest days of my life.

11-13-08, 10:30 AM
RIP Mitch... :(

11-13-08, 10:50 AM
RIP mitch..you will forever be in our hearts.

11-13-08, 11:04 AM
It IS terribly sad. Mitch's contribution to Jimi's music can not be overrated! He was responsible for a very big part of that exciting sound. I always liked his appearance in interviews, etc.
I was fortunate enough to meet Noel once, but I never met Mitch, who seemed to keep a way lower profile. I kept hoping I would somehow get the chance one day, but alas, it won't happen now.
It's a strange feeling, knowing that everybody in the original Experience is gone forever now. Only Billy is left, and may he live for many, many years!

Goodbye Mitch, and thanks for all the music you gave us. You have no idea, how much that music meant and still means to me...

11-13-08, 11:33 AM
RIP, man, thanks for all you did !

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11-13-08, 04:20 PM
epoch closed... doubt on causes.

11-13-08, 04:22 PM
... doubt on causes.Irrelevant - Gone is gone. the end, game over, no more quarters ....

move on s-cat,

11-13-08, 04:30 PM
My tribute to Mitch.

As all the well deserved accolades pour in, I would like to remember one of the highlights.

Want to see the joy of a uniquely spirited man?

Watch the end of Pennebaker's Monterey film. As Jimi Hendrix' guitar is on fire, Mitch is flailing at his drums like the possessed madman that he's been all through the performance. He throws a stick high in the air into the audience, then another one, and another one, grabs more sticks, and keeps on throwing!

Then he gets back to yelling in another madman drumming frenzy.

After leaving the kit, he scoops up Jimi's discarded feather boa, flips the colorful thing high over his shoulder, and struts offstage with it, bobbing his head with an over the top swagger that says to the world, "In Your Face."

What an exceptional human being! A stunning moment that instantly made these guys rock Legends.


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11-13-08, 05:29 PM
RIP Mitch. You are so Experienced !!! We will never forget you !

11-13-08, 05:33 PM
Mitch work on songs like Fire and Manic Depression, have some resposabilty for making me a Hendrix nut, and because of him i started to pay more attention to the drums! So thank you Mitch Mitchell for all those great beats...

Mitch is on fire on this photo from the artwork for the ATM disc "Cant belive everything you see and hear"

11-13-08, 05:58 PM
R.I.P. Mitch. You gave us so many great moments. THANK YOU.

11-14-08, 10:34 AM
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Mitch Mitchell death was 'natural'

9 hours ago
Mitch Mitchell, the legendary drummer for the Jimi Hendrix Experience, died in his sleep of natural causes, US medical tests revealed.
Briton Mitchell, 61, whose fusion style allowed him and one of history's greatest guitar players to feed off each other, was found early on Wednesday in his room at the Benson Hotel in Portland, Oregon.
Dr Christopher Young of the Multnomah County Medical Examiner's Office told The Oregonian that Mitchell may not have sought medical help because "sometimes people don't realise how sick they are".
Mitchell, born in Ealing, west London, made his final performance at the last stop on the West Coast leg of the Experience Hendrix tribute tour.
He looked tired and played only one song, said Terry Currier, owner of the Music Millennium record shop.

11-14-08, 11:34 AM
Shit ILJ - I'm honored we got to see him play on SIX then in Philly . . . . . . :( :(

11-14-08, 11:38 AM

Marcos - What a beautiful picture - From another time & another place - Long forgotten.

11-14-08, 03:52 PM
http://pagesperso-orange.fr/hendrix.guide/hendrix2.htm once the site opens- double click on News (very cool site)

11-14-08, 07:06 PM
Great (even if old) hommage for the whole "Experience" -

Oh, Sixties...

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11-25-08, 05:44 PM
The First drummer ever that was actually playing the Drums.
listen to songs like Voodoo Chile Blues, Little Wing and I Don't live today, you can hear Mitch making music out of his drums.

the one and maybe only drummer that could improvise on the drums,listen to one song and hear the drums different in each and every verse.

RIP Mitch Mitchell

11-25-08, 07:07 PM
The First drummer ever that was actually playing the Drums.
listen to songs like Voodoo Chile Blues, Little Wing and I Don't live today, you can hear Mitch making music out of his drums.

the one and maybe only drummer that could improvise on the drums,listen to one song and hear the drums different in each and every verse.

RIP Mitch Mitchell

In the interest of fairness....

and without wanting to start a controversy and take this thread somewhere else, I would think that you may want
to reconsider your statement and just limit your comment to 'Rock Drums' in there. Also, please be mindful of all
of the drumming geniuses such as Elvin Jones, Max Roach, Art Blakey, Gene Krupa, 'Philly' Joe Jones, Sid Catlett,
Buddy Rich, and many more who inspired Mitch with their incredibly musical approach to improvisation, and
drumming in general. But they were not 'Rock' drummers.


11-25-08, 07:38 PM
... blah-blah-woof-woof ... But they were not 'Rock' drummers.And neither was Mitch. I guess you 'don't get it'.

01-21-09, 05:12 PM
(from Mitchell family)
Mitch's death has been the most devastating blow to all of us. We miss him so much, and of course life will never be the same without him. The only comfort to us has been the wonderful warmth and love from friends, and all the fans who took the time to contact Experience Hendrix and express their feelings. We thank all of you. Mitch would have been so touched.

We were asked some time ago to put down the names of charities Mitch supported for people who felt they wanted to send flowers or do something in his name. So I have listed two below, one a local lifeboat station and the other a very good animal charity. People can have a look at their websites to see if they too, would like to support them.

Although both charities can use support, we feel it is important to add from our point of view, your kind thoughts, a kind action done with Mitch in mind or a little prayer is every bit as valuable to us.

Thank you all -
The Mitchell Family

I took this from the EH site

01-21-09, 05:21 PM
the charities are:
International Animal Rescue
Lime House
Regency Close, Uckfield
TN22 1DS
www.internationalanimalrescue.org (http://www.internationalanimalrescue.org/)

Royal National Lifeboat Institution
West Quay Road
Poole, Dorset
BH15 1HZ
www.rnli.org.uk (http://www.rnli.org.uk/)