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December 8, 1954|
Seattle, Washington, United States
|Genres||Jimi Hendrix tribute, Psychedelic Rock, Blues, Rock, R&B|
Randy Hansen (born December 8, 1954 in Seattle, Washington) is an American guitarist, best known for his "Rock Tribute Act" honoring Jimi Hendrix. He composed 17 minutes of the soundtrack for the 1979 movie Apocalypse Now, (1980 Academy Award Winner for Best Sound). His debut album was released in 1980 on Capitol Records and was recorded at the Automatt Studios in San Francisco with Scott Rosburg on bass and vocals and Charles Tapp on drums and vocals. That group played two North American tours which included several coliseum shows with Bob Seger, Sammy Hagar, REO Speedwagon, Head East, Triumph, Poco and Blue Öyster Cult.
Hansen's Hendrix act first came to prominence with Randy Hansen's Machine Gun (1977–80), with Larry Epperly on bass guitar and Tim Kelliher on drums. All three had previously been in a band called Kid Chrysler and the Cruisers. Hansen's Machine Gun performed on bills with Heart, The Kinks, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and others, and were written up by Rolling Stone and Guitar Player.
After his debut album, his emphasis continued to be on original releases of the Jimi Hendrix style of composition, in addition to including large numbers of Hendrix compositions in his live shows. One of the high points of Hansen's career was when he played a short series of concerts with a band that included the original Jimi Hendrix Experience drummer, Mitch Mitchell and also with Buddy Miles from Jimi Hendrix and the Band of Gypsys. In the 1990s and into the 2000s, Since 1991 to the present year of 2010 Hansen tours the European market two times a year in the Autumn and Spring in addition to performing in the summertime at outdoor concert festivals. He headlined a July 26, 2008 bill in Mannheim, Germany, with Love Street (Doors tribute) and Buried Alive Band (Janis Joplin tribute) as openers. He continues to play locally in the Pacific Northwest as a solo artist and with former Heart members in Heart By Heart, and also around the United States.
Hansen has three self-released CDs of original music in print, all available online - Old Dogs New Tricks, Good Intentions and Tower of Love . He continues to live in Seattle. As of 2008, Hansen is on the roster of Gen-X Entertainment Intl. Inc., who also represent bands ranging from the Amazing Rhythm Aces to the current incarnation of Jefferson Starship.
- Randy Hansen, (Now Hear This, 1971)
- Randy Hansen (Capitol Records, 1980)
- Monster (Herbie Hancock album) (Columbia Records, 1980)
- Astral Projektion (Shrapnel Records, 1983)
- Classics Live- "A tribute to Jimi Hendrix" (Ananaz Records, 1992)
- Metal Classics no.2 Want to Take You Higher 1990
- Hendrix by Hansen (Grooveyard / Affengeil Records, 1993)
- Old Dogs New Tricks (Grooveyard / Green Tree Records, 1997)
- Thinking Of You' ' (Rudolf Music 2000)
- Tower Of Love (Grooveyard / Manni v. Bohr, 2000)
- Good Intentions (Grooveyard / Manni v. Bohr, 2003)
- Alter Ego (Randy Hansen, 2004)
- Live in Berlin DVD (Grooveyard, 2005)
- European Tour 2008 - Hendrix Live
- Live In Boston - December 1980 (Rudolf Music, 2008)
- Artist Bio's, Gen-X Entertainment Intl. Inc. Accessed 6 October 2008.
- Randy Hansen (USA), Jazzhaus Booking (Germany). Accessed 6 October 2008.
- The Grooveyard releases are listed on Grooveyard Discs on the Grooveyard site, Accessed 6 October 2008.
- Randy Hansen's Machine Gun, Pacific Northwest Bands. Accessed 6 October 2008.
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