Watch Steve Vai perform Jimi Hendrix's Midnight in honor of the late guitar icon's 80th birthday – with a professional Hendrix tribute artist

[L-R] Steve Vai and Randy Hansen
(Image credit: ufowalter/YouTube)

Late last month, Steve Vai joined forces with professional Jimi Hendrix tribute artist Randy Hansen to perform Midnight – a track released by Hendrix’s estate in 1972, two years after his death.

Vai – who stopped by Seattle’s Moore Theater on his Inviolate US tour on November 27, which would have been Hendrix’s 80th birthday – honored Hendrix in a speech, before introducing Hansen to the crowd.

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.