star Matt Sorum has become the first star to pay tribute to legendary Jimi Hendrix
drummer Mitch Mitchell
, who was found dead in a Portland, Oregon hotel room on Wednesday morning.
The former Guns N Roses
star has released a statement after hearing the sad news, calling Mitchell "an exceptional drummer" who "helped shape the sound of Hendrix."
Sorum writes, "I had the pleasure of meeting him a few times. I asked him once what he was thinking when he played the groove to "Manic Depression" - a jazzy, almost Latin-type feel… a circular, moving piece of music. He told me Hendrix said, 'Mitch, just think Africa, man.' He not only played with Hendrix but also greats such as Eric Clapton
, Jeff Beck
, John Lennon
and Muddy Waters
. Next time you put on (Hendrix albums) Electric Ladyland
, Axis: Bold as Love
or Are You Experienced?
, listen to the pure musicianship of one of the greatest drummers of all time. God bless Mitch Mitchell!"
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