Hampton 70: A Tribute To Col. Bruce Hampton at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre will go down as a legendary occurrence on the timeline of rock and roll. What started as a star-studded 70th birthday party for beloved jam scene elder statesman Col. Bruce Hampton turned into a surreal send-off, as the Colonel shuffled off the mortal coil onstage during the show’s encore, surrounded scores of friends, family, and fans, doing what he loved.
Inside Out with Turner and Seth was on the ground at Hampton 70 to experience a magical night of music, talk to the performers (including Jon Fishman, John Bell, Jeff Sipe, and Rev. Jeff Mosier) about the guest of honor’s towering influence, and witness The Colonel’s stranger-than-fiction cosmic curtain call. You can listen to the podcast tribute below:
Inside Out’s Rob Turner explained the sentiments behind this special installation of the show:
This is not an episode. This is a tribute to the man who breathed Zambi life into this program and into just about every conscious person in the organic music world, Col. Bruce Hampton. Hosts Rob Turner and Seth Weiner were the only journalists set up backstage at the Hampton 70 tribute at Atlanta’s Fox Theater May 1, 2017. In cosmic keeping with the truly singular history of The Colonel, the event remains one of the most powerfully joyous musical evenings in Atlanta entertainment history, despite the fact that it ended with the death of the man being celebrated…[He] began his journey to the beyond in arguably his own ideal fashion: on stage with his favorite musicians, shining a light on an outstanding young player and goofing on just about everyone in attendance while the band played on.