The Supergroup Jimi Hendrix Almost Joined Before His Passing

Jimi Hendrix filled his music career with many achievements and rock classics. He ended up being a guitar legend who still has a significant influence over guitarists all around the world. Hendrix’s mainstream career spanned only four years, and he shared the stage with his band Experience. Sadly, the guitarist didn’t really have a chance to work on a side project or lend his guitar skills to another band.

Imagining Jimi Hendrix with other successful artists on stage as part of a supergroup is thrilling for many of his fans. Unfortunately, it’s not possible for now, as the guitarist passed away over five decades ago. However, it turns out that there was an attempt to form a supergroup involving Hendrix. As the plans were made shortly before Hendrix’s passing, the guitarist couldn’t end up in the band.

When Jimi Hendrix arrived in London, Chas Chandler started his search for members to form a band to bring Hendrix’s talents forward. He then recruited Noel Redding as the bassist and Mitch Mitchell as the drummer. Thus, the Jimi Hendrix Experience was born. When Chandler introduced Hendrix to Eric Clapton, the guitarist started to rise to prominence.

Mitchell played his drums on Hendrix’s first three albums, which were the guitarist’s most successful releases. When the Experience split, the drummer stayed with Hendrix and continued playing with him. However, during the formation period of Emerson, Lake, and Palmer, Keith Emerson and Greg Lake had an idea involving Mitchell and Hendrix.

Emerson and Lake considered recruiting Mitch Mitchell as the drummer for ELP. They believed that Mitchell would bring Hendrix with him, so the guitarist would also be a part of the band. Although they later settled on Carl Palmer as their drummer, this still caused rumors that Hendrix would join them to form the supergroup HELP, an acronym for ‘Hendrix Emerson Lake Palmer.’

While Emerson and Lake wanted to get into the studio to jam together with Hendrix and Mitchell before Palmer’s addition, the session never took place. Sadly, on September 18, 1970, Jimi Hendrix passed away from barbiturate-related asphyxia. On the other hand, Mitchell continued his career by playing drums for various artists. So, we’ll never have a chance to know how they could’ve sounded with Hendrix and his unique guitar playing.