Barry Cleveland: 7,300+ Guitarists (Including Me) Play "Hey Joe" in Wroclaw, Poland

May 02, 2012
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I had the honor of attending and performing at the Thanks Jimi Festival in historic Wroclaw, Poland. The festival—which celebrated its 10th Anniversary this year—takes place every May 1st in the beautiful Old Town Market Square. It was founded by Leszek Cichoński both to honor Jimi Hendrix, and to break the Guinness World Record for Largest Guitar Orchestra, which it has done several times over. This year, the festival topped its own previously set record when more than 7, 300 guitarists played "Hey Joe" with ecstatic abandon. It is impossible to convey the feeling of looking out over thousands of mostly young guitarists playing Hendrix classics such as "Little Wing" and "Red House," and participating in the eruption of cheers when the official count was announced. Congratulations to all!
 
 
Leszek Cichoński surrounded by great guitarists from Poland and beyond. Performing at various points were Bernie Marsden, Gwyn Ashton, Stan Skibby, Michał Urbaniak, Zdenek Bina, Artur Lesicki, and bassmeister Marcus Miller, who wowed the crowd with a raucous version of the Beatles' "Come Together."
 
I played a live-looping rendition of "Third Stone From the Sun" using a very cool guitar loaned to me by fine folks at Fibenare Guitars in Budapest, Hungary. Here, I'm using an iPhone to play the sound of Jimi's voice through the pickup. "And you'll never hear surf music again."
 

 
 

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