The Jimi Hendrix Song That Paul Stanley Called ‘Pure Genius’

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Jimi Hendrix impacted the rock scene with his various contributions as a successful electric guitarist. He started his career at 15 by playing gigs in Seattle. Later, he gradually climbed the ladder of success and gained an important place in the music scene. The guitarist played with significant musicians like Little Richard and Curtis Knight. He also became a part of the Jimi Hendrix Experience, which was established to highlight his talented musical personality.

Hendrix’s version of Billy Roberts’ song ‘Hey Joe’ brought immediate recognition to him and the band by becoming a hit in the United Kingdom. Later, his successes continued with upcoming records like ‘Purple Haze’ and ‘The Wind Cries Mary,’ which reached high places on the UK charts. Many notable artists have praised Hendrix’s guitar skills in the rock scene. KISS frontman Paul Stanley was also amazed by Hendrix’s talent due to his unique interpretation of ‘All Along The Watchtower,’ a significant song in the guitarist’s career.

Paul Stanley Praised Jimi Hendrix’s ‘All Along The Watchtower’ Interpretation

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‘All Along The Watchtower’ was initially written and recorded by Bob Dylan and came out from his eighth studio album, ‘John Wesley Harding,’ in 1967. Many artists released their interpretations of this song in different styles. Jimi Hendrix Experience was among the names that created a distinctive rendition of the track. The piece was featured in their 1968 studio album ‘Electric Ladyland,’ and gained considerable success that it became integrated with Hendrix.

In 2020, KISS frontman Paul Stanley shared a photo of Hendrix and said how he found the guitarist incredible with his style in this song. He stated that listening to this song from Hendrix greatly impressed him. The frontman noted he considered himself lucky to have watched the guitarist live twice and that he took this photo at one of these shows in 1968. Stanley praised Hendrix’s interpretation of ‘All Along The Watchtower’ by calling him ‘pure genius’ in the tweet.

Paul Stanley said in TW:

“I’m sitting here listening to Jimi Hendrix doing ‘All Along The Watchtower.’ Pure genius. Every time I hear it, I’m just blown away. I was lucky enough to see him TWICE early on. Here’s a photo from a show I was at. Hunter College March 2nd, 1968.”

You can see listen to the song below.