We’re a few days past July 4, but it’s never an inappropriate time to hear a Hendrix-inspired electric guitar rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner.
Especially when the performance is by Japan's bow-tied Consul General to the United States, Kanji Yamanouchi.
“Today I would like express my heartfelt gratitude to those who have been working so hard to fight against COVID-19,” Yamanouchi, who also plays in the band @K4, says in the video. “Especially medical professionals and essential workers.
“I would like to perform the American national anthem with my deepest gratitude and respect – inspired by Jimi Hendrix – to strengthen the friendship between the United States and Japan.”
You can check out the performance above.
And as the caption under the YouTube video reads, “Would Japan's Consul General run divebombs down the length of a distorted open E string to portray the rockets red glare as Jimi Hendrix did in his psychedelic version of The Star-Spangled Banner in 1969? Why yes he would. And he'd put a little vibrato on it before he little winged it out his 10-watt Vox amp.
“Consul General Yamanouchi would have made Jimi righteous proud, laughing, and slapping palms. The Japanese people should be proud too.”