I woke up this morning to a heavy dose of the Blues as word that the legendary guitarist Johnny Winter had passed away in his Zurich, Switzerland hotel room. He was 70 years old and had only celebrated this milestone year back in February 2014 where the photo I present below was taken.
According to reports, Mr. Winter had been in declining health over the last few years but that never stopped him from gigging it seemed. Fans from the NYC region could always count on several “Winter In Winter” residencies at the venerated B.B. King Blues Club in Times Square and in addition to these shows he would tour extensively and on occasion do meet and greets with the fans who wanted to shake his hand and thank him for the mastery that he put out there. I was happy to have been able to catch a few of his live performances at B.B. King’s as they were incredible displays of technique that resonated with influence. With his passing, the great band in the sky has added a guitar slinger like no other to their lineup. This sad news follows the only recently broadcast report about Tamas Erdelyi (Tommy Ramone, the original drummer for The Ramones) passing away only last week. Two legends gone in too short a time frame.
Johnny is survived by his wife, his younger brother Edgar, his band mates and more fans than can easily be counted. Thank you Johnny Winter for all of the wonderful and kick ass music that you gave us. You will never be replaced but you shall always be remembered and your sounds shall continue to live on and influence anyone who chooses to pick up a guitar. Rest in Peace Bluesman.
Someone is having a very special milestone of a birthday today and yes you are correct it is the one and only Mr. Johnny Winter, a guitar legend among guitar legends. On behalf of the PiercingMetal readers and myself, I would like to say “Happy Birthday Sir”
Usually I would just post a single photo on the PiercingMetal Facebook but this is a special one and hence gets its own posting on our Blog. Johnny and his band are actually performing later on this evening at B.B. King Blues Club for the final show of what they call “Winter In Winter”. I plan on being there to raise a glass in his honor that’s for sure and you readers at home can count on a full report on the proceedings. Just in case you don’t have a fair mental appreciation of his body of work, I have embedded several links that are worth checking out. They will follow his official website.
Artist: Johnny Winter Venue: B.B. King Blues Club (New York, NY) Opener: William Bell with G.E. Smith & The Uptown Horns Date: 1/11/2009 Label: Epic Legacy
I know what you’re thinking………Johnny Winter’s concert covered as an show on PiercingMetal.com as opposed to being part of the blog content? While this might confuse the diehard reader of our work, it might also make a whole lot of sense based on the impact that this musician has had on a wide number of genres over the course of his career. Brother to equally legendary Edgar Winter, Johnny has been and remains one of the true greats on electric guitar and when the announcement came about his doing a three night residency at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill we knew that we had to catch at least one of the shows to absorb his mastery. The other reason was based on the need to begin the year with a larger sense of musical appreciation and after having clocked in some 95 shows across 2009, I could think of no better way to start the process again in 2010 than with some amazing Blues Rock. Joining me for the show would be PiercingMetal.com’s own Peter Parrella and Joe Kaufman, and opening up the gig would be William Bell, a legendary Soul singer. This was not my own area of expertise, so I let Pete give us the whole introduction about Mr. Bell’s set and here is what he had to say…… Continue reading Johnny Winter @ B.B. King Blues Club (1/11/2010)→
Artist: Johnny Winter Title: “The Woodstock Experience” Label: Sony Legacy Release Date: 6/30/2009 Genre: Blues Rock Rating: 4/5
In celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Woodstock Festival, Sony Legacy has released a number of special recordings under the title of “The Woodstock Experience”. While available as a limited edition boxed set, the five recordings are also available separately. Each comes packaged in a sturdy cardboard slipcase that houses the album that the artist had released or been supporting at that time in 1969 along with a second CD that features their full Woodstock Festival performance. They are placed in mini-album covers and where the original album is a complete replica, the Woodstock set offers historical liner notes about the gig. It also features a poster of the artist that was taken at the show. The five releases present Johnny Winter, Santana, Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane and Sly & The Family Stone. As we did not have the limited edition box set we are instead offering up views on the releases on a one by one basis. Here are our thoughts on the “Johnny Winter: The Woodstock Experience” CD. Continue reading “The Woodstock Experience” by Johnny Winter→