Tue, 21 Dec 1999 21:45:21 -0600
I believe it was Audubon Park in New Orleans, I was watching
Leon Russell play. All of a sudden Johnny Winter charges on stage! Leon and
Johnny played some of the best blues I've ever heard. It was electric! Well
thats my opinion anyway. I don't remember the exact dates, but it must have
been the early 70's when I was in my late teens.
Wed, 1 Dec 1999 18:06:31 +0100
Longue vie à Johnny et à tous ceux qui l'aiment Un francais
qui aimerait bien le voir à Toulon .
Sat, 27 Nov 1999 01:27:06 +0100
i am just a little french guitarist 25 years ago, i have
listen "JW and.."
for me johnny winter is not just a star, but a friend, a brother. jamais je ne le rencontrerai, mais nous sommes sur la meme planete. Merci johnny. Stay " still alive and well " . a big friendly "salut" from France
Mon, 15 Nov 1999 02:57:35 -0500
I love Johnny, and I was only introduced to him by my very dear friend, Tom. I am now 34 years old, sometimes I forget my age! Just because I have had so many people that were so dear to me lost. Talk about the blues!!!!!!!!!!!! I think that when he died, I inherited his attitude. I had the pleasure of seeing Johnny at Chene Park in 1985. I think that it was 1985.I don't know. I'm drunk and I miss my friend. Another one that Tom turned or tuned me into was Hank Williams Jr.-the guy is pretty cool too. I agree though, there is no one that can sling a guitar like Johnny. I never had even heard of him before Tom took me to the concert, I couldn't sit still. Johnny is awesome!! Check out Hank, he is too! Hank Williams Jr. can play a piano with his ass, I kid you not, the man has an awesome talent beyond belief also! I would like to see the two of them jam together with my other favororite and friend, Ted Nugent. I think that the 3 of these men are the all time greats of "guitar slingin'"
I think that the thing that all of these exceptional and awesome artists that I have mentioned is the fact that they know what time it is. Johnny sends us that message in his music, Hank and Ted are awesome musicians also, they are verbal about what they love, Johnny is a hider! I would love to meet that man though!!! I would love to interview him, I have a million questions! I love that man!!!!!! But he is way more "private" than Ted or Hank.
Anyway, those are my 3 all time favorites. I used to go and buy Ted's albums when I was the wee age of 10-with my allowance money. Now, my kids have met him, he's doing all kinds of cool things for everybody, that will be one person that I will never regret looking up to. I think that Ted is a good role model for every man, woman and child on the face of this earth. He knows how to survive, and what life is all about. Something that all of us should and do know, in our survival instincts, something that we should teach our children, something that we should live and breathe every day-I don't even know who you are, but life is based on survival. That's what Ted teaches.
Hank, on the other hand, he likes to fish-but not in the rain. I can relate to that!!! Fishing is hunting. Did you ever see one of those bumper stickers that said,"Alcohol is a drug" ? Well, fishing is hunting. I love to fish. I won't eat fish, but I like to fish...probably cause i don't have to kill the fish to catch him. Or her.
I guess that I would have to really be in bad shape to actually kill and gut an animal. It's just not me. If I were a dinasour, I would be an herbaviour.
Sat, 2 Oct 1999 21:55:05 EDT
Thanks for the great website.I first got into Winter in Junior High,and his music helped me create my own identity. Not many suburban white middle class types were istening to Black inspired Blues in 1973. Anyway,I have always loved the man's music and I thank you for loving it too.
Sun, 19 Sep 1999 11:44:56 -0700
Man, I love you Johnny!!! You've really brought the "true blues" back into my own 20 years of guitar playing, it was a pleasure to be right in front of you at the Fillmore, SF; on 9-10-99! I hope you stay alive and well enough to come back out here to the Bay Area again! To me your the "King of the Blues" and will always be! God Bless you, and hope to have to honor to jam with with in the next world! Daniel Larsen...guitarist/muiscian for life and beyond.
Sat, 18 Sep 1999 23:58:46 -0400
Just got home to Ontario, Canada from a week in Las Vegas and the Johnny Winter show at the House of Blues. While I was fairly familiar with his songs and such, nothing could have prepared me for what I saw that night. Watching the man play "Mean Time Blues" on much music from a show in 1969 only a week ago made my anticipation grow even more during the evening. No one seemed to have heard too much about him and I didn't know about this website. Anyway the first band was " Texas Hurricane", they were great, nice to see such a young guy play blues , Little Caesar I think he was called. All round great band.
Next up was Susan Angelito, never had heard anything of hers before , not really my cup of tea. Janis mixed with Aretha? I don't know. Band was tight great licks.
10 p.m . Curtain reopens and there he is. I believe there was a split second of silence and the expressions confirmed my own feelings. What the hell happened to this man? Bottom line, I love the guy, the music , but whoever is really responsible for dragging the legend out in front of his fans in such a condition, well, it is very sad. The crowd was appreciative and seemed to get into it, I was about 10 feet away from him at the front of the stage. Never forget it Keith Richards can relax.
Sat, 14 Aug 1999 01:24:10 -0700
Hey Johnny. I havent heard from you in several years. I remember you and Edgar with White Trash and all of the great rocknblues stuff that you all guys made. I am an old Detroit boy, who left in 1976. I moved to L.A. Had a lot of fun, then left in 1981 for Rockinarizona. I loved it there!!!!
I remember Edgar and Johnny. They were the best!!!!
I remember them in small clubs in Detroit in t he late
60's and the early 70's.
EMBRACE YOUR GREATNESS.
Tue, 27 Jul 1999 17:31:22 EDT
I'd been playing guitar in bands and not for 20 years. 4 years ago, all inspiration had left me. Me and my good friend/band mate were sitting and drinking wondering what we should do next. I didnt care. This guy still lives in the 70's and has his entire record collection in his living room.(about 300) He puts yet another record on and 5 minutes later I said "What the heck is that?!" Dont you know who Johnny Winter is? I did but never had a record. "Captured Live" turned my head around completely, and I've collected as much JW as I could since.
I wanted the Firebird/Fender Twin tone but I'll have to settle for Les Paul /Bassman head for now. You could call it a religious conversion. Nobody can believe how much I follow JW. But NOBODY plays with such passion, taste and a genius capacity for blues licks like Johnny!
Keep praying for him, Dave
Fri, 23 Jul 1999 19:40:30 +0300
Hi, It was fantastic to be at Johnny´s concert at Kirjurinluoto during the International Pori Jazz Festival in 16th of July 1999. Many Thanks to Johnny! After sending this message I'll begin to enjoy Your great www-pages. Sincerely, Jorma Mäkelä from Jyväskylä, Finland.
Fri, 23 Jul 1999 09:37:25 -0700
I first started listening to Johnny in 69 after buying the Progressive Blues Experiment album on a suggestion from a music publication at the time. I was an immediate fan. I 've seen Johnny a couple times, once with the Johhny Winter And band that headlined the show ( Santa Monica Civic Auditorium) along with Little Feat and the J. Giles Band. What a show!!!
I didn't think anyone could top J Geils but Johnny made me forget them within minutes of his first song!
Saw Johhny again at the Olympic Auditorium with a terrific lineup of Mountain. Johhny Winter, Frank Zappa and the Hot Rats band and PGE (Pacific Gas And Electric).
Saw Johhny again last year in Costa Mesa at the Galaxy ...great adoring crowd, standard Live in NY set, but it was great to see the man in action. His health is a disappointment but lets all hope he is enjoying himself. He sure seems to be happy on stage.
Check Johhny out on the DVD of Muddy Waters Live in Chicago. Great stuff!!!!
I had never heard Robert Johnson until sometime after listening to Johnny but when I did I was amazed to hear the influence Robert Johnson had on Johnny. Give a listen and you'll see the similarities in their playing. Damn few can ride in the same boat as Robert Johnson and Johnny is one of them.
Be careful with a fool...
Fri, 23 Jul 1999 00:58:00 -0500
I went to see Johnny for the first time in about 1990, but I could be off a couple of years or so...I saw him a the Bacchanal venue in the San Diego, CA area. It was a medium to small bar setting, and the best seating area was setup with folding chairs on the wooden deck (indoors). The show was totally great! It was so electric and jamming to me, since I had always loved his old stuff and I had never really imagined what it would be to see him live.
The impressive site during the show was the lady-friend that Johnny had with him that night. It was odd, because she sat behind the band, off to the side, but the stage was not huge so you could pretty much see her the entire show. It was like she was getting her own personal concert while all of us in the regular seating area were going crazy with every song he started and played. She seemed like she was there to help Johnny and to be his light...it was strange and cool.
It was also a cool sight to just see Johnny. He definitely projects a hard-living, hard-rocking, recluse kind of image and he showed that on stage the entire show. His music is very unique, esp. when he is live. Johnny played several of his best hits, but everything he played that show seemed like a thundering hit...he could have played Mary Had a Little Lamb and it would have been kick-ass. I remember Johnny walking or lurking around the stage like he was used to ducking a lot.
One final thing that I remember from that show...while
Johnny remained distant and cooly-introverted during his show, I caught a few
glimpses of him from the side. He does smile, in a Deliverance kind of way,
and the thing that stands out to me is his eyes catching the crowd as individuals.
I think he enjoyed the show from his own perspective and maybe that is a good
thing for all of us.
Tue, 20 Jul 1999 15:54:14 +0200
Just came home from Finland after watching both of Johnnys
shows. I'm so glad I finaly got to see him live. Both concerts was really good,
actually much better than I expected after reading some of the preveous rewues.
I ensure you, I 'm not blind and I can see why people are concerned with his
health, but I honestly belives that he has the situation under controll. If
not, he wouldent be playing. What really warmed my hart was to see the tremendous
response he got from the audience both days, aspecially on the outdoor concert.
People were shouting for more long time after the creew had entered the stage.
When we drove home we enjoyed listning to a "JW-special" radio show with several
songs from his recordings together with "mojo" and "boggie real low" from the
resent concert. The radio show also included an interwiew where he among other
things was asked about his future plans. Johnny replied that he wanted keep
on doing what he does, touring and playing his music. The fact that he chooses
to go on touring, when he could have retiered and lived a quiet life makes me
admire him evan more than I did before. It took 18 hours one way by car to get
to Pori to se Johnny Winter, and I would do it again if I get the chanse. Sincerally,
Tore P. Thuen
Fri, 16 Jul 1999 09:03:15 +0100
I found your web site earlier on this week and have spent
the last few days going through it. It is very well put together and much appreciated.
Music is a very subjective experience so you won't be surprized that I disagree
with some of your comments , in particular those on his early recordings. I
have got the "First Winter" LP and I really like it. The music on it is good
"pop" music heading towards blues. Don't judge it by his Columbian recordings
but rather by contemporary records of the same time period, early to mid 60s.
You mention that these recordings were by Roy Ames, but according to the sleeve
notes the producer was the much respected Huey Meaux, one of the originators
of the "Cajun" sound. For the record my favourite album is 2nd Winter, which
has goods songs and a great "sound" definitely helped by it being on one and
half LPS. CBS released a sampler album in 1970 called Sounds of the 70s, which
was crammed with music, including one, "I love everybody" from 2nd Winter. This
track really suffered because it was compressed into a smaller amount of space
i.e. groove space. I can see why it was decided to spread the 48mins(?) of 2nd
Winter over two records it really did allow a clearer, wider sound. I was lucky
enough to Johnny Winter at the Victoria Palace in London in 1977 and he was
excellent, worth the 260 mile round trip I made that day to get to the concert.
Anyway thanks again for a great site. Anthony Harland
Mon, 14 Jun 1999 18:47:04, -0500
I saw him
at the SUNSHINE INN in ASBURY PARK NJ ! I consder myself lucky to hear and see
a true "feeling " player . Rick D was with him in AND . He did ITS MY OWN FAULT
and all the AND LIVE album. WOW . You never forget . In the 70's bands knew
how to jam and outside the ALLMANS he blew us away , rarely repeating licks
and running up and back on stage. It is once in a lifetime a qualities like
this appear in a musician and an era fertile for this type of musician to be
in the MAINSTREAM is not likely nowadays . Some like SRV point to the way and
get close . But his singing style and technique are ONE . If you listen to really
earl material , ( not the 50's style) when he was developing a rugged singing
style he simulated black artists to a tee. This led to his growl later . When
you listen to johnny , you feel "blue". You get the "cliche": called inspiration
. and want to be part of the song , the playing the cool way he expresses blues
. I love your site .
Thanks for the air time ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,hank
Wed, 9 Jun 1999 12:10:54 EDT
Your website and efforts to provide information on JW is far superior to the "official" JW website and I sincerely thank you for your efforts. I have seen JW 8 or 10 times in the last several years and have grown frustrated with the same set, lack of spontaneity, etc. There is also concern about JW's health as there has been for years. Although never the picture of health, the speculation (rumors) now revolves around his possible drug use and other addictions. His official site states "anxiety medication" and bouts with "carpal tunnel syndrome". Do you have any insight or more directly, do you know if JW is in need of an intervention to clean him up. If so, why doesn't Slatus management help the man. It has grown painfully apparent to me that he is in trouble. Any insight would be helpful. Signed: Johnny's #1 fan - concerned for his life.
Sat, 29 May 1999 06:41:04 -0500
Thanks for taking the time to collect all the information needed to put together a very informative, broad-based, and very appreciated site. I especially like the links to the places where the music may be obtained. At this point, (I just recently discovered your site) I have not researched all the material you have posted, but i look forward to doing so.
I am 46 and I grew up in the memphis area. my memories of rock and roll began with, of course, Elvis. When I was a kid, I once watched an episode of "Ed Sullivan" and this wild man on stage named Jerry Lee Lewis performed. that set the tone for my true genisis into rock. Elvis was great, but Jerry had the attitude.
Years later, i walked into the living room, turned on the tube and as the picture begain to appear, i began to see and hear something. It was Johnny Winter on "Don Kirschner's Rock Concert" and i was mezmerized! He had the trademark hair and wore a white outfit with all the fringe. I did not know it at the time, but i saw what i believed to be the best rock and roll guitar "performer" of all. at that time i remember thinking, "if jerry lee played the guitar, i think this is what he would sound like." I appreciate the different tunes johnny has done, but that night i believe he did the song "Rock and Roll" that is on "still alive and well." that was the hook. that was the sound. no one and i mean no one since that night has ever done a tune on an electric guitar/slide technique that has come close to that " lightning." And today when i leave, now in or around 30 years later, i will get into my ride and if there are any cd's in it (always!) that one is there.
Johnny has played at the "Memphis in May/Beale Street Blues Festival" not too many years ago. what a treat! We memphians are somewhat familiar with blues (understatement!). I had a thought at how appropriate it would be to see a club near "BB KINGS" or the "KINGS PALACE" possibly named "Johnny Winter's 'Still alive and Well Cafe'" to broaden the scope of what Johnny's presence in blues history really means. his manifestation of blues is one that has yet to be honored as it should on Beale street. Beale is a street that does not begin or end in memphis, it just passes through. we were fortunate to have this history and tradition here. Johnny represents a blues to a younger generation. He needs to have a place there too.
Thanks for the site. Thanks for letting me share the thoughts.
Fri, 28 May 1999 06:29:00 -0500
Thanks to Johnny for being the great influence of my life. I have played for
30 years now and he was my idol in high school and beyond. When I lived in Germany
I drove all the way to Nuremburg to see him only to find the concert cancelled.
Saw him in Kansas and Oklahoma though and he is great. I did a studio date with
a guy from New York who said he thought Johnny's health was not so good at the
moment. Hope he is okay and still rocking.
Fri, 7 May 1999 23:33:47 EDT
I saw johnny years ago in Tulsa at the Cains ballroom. Stood next to him in front of his amp. The greatest white bluesman ever - in my opinion, SRV couldn't carry Johnny's jock - god rest his soul.
Fri, 26 Mar 1999 14:30:27 -0500
I'm 46,and I'm a fan of Johnny since the early seventies.It all began when I first heard the album "Second Winter".Wow,his special way of playing the guitar. And since I've never stop playing Winter's albums.I was wondering if I would see him once in my life.Surprise,I saw him last summer at the International jazz festival of Montreal.This hour show was something,even if he does not move or groan onstage.Anyway,we do not have the chance to see a living legend like him very oftenly in our life.I noticed that his health was frail,but he played well anyway.
Now I have a question:WHERE CAN WE GET VIDEOS OF JOHNNY(ESPECIALLY THOSE OF
THE SEVENTIES)? If somebody has an answer please. I hope he will come back next
summer,you can be sure that I'll be there. JOHNNY YOU BROUGHT ME A LOT OF PLEASURE
DURING ALL THESE YEARS WITH YOUR MUSIC.
Fri, 15 Jan 1999 22:31:05 -0500
I had a very interesting encounter with Johnny one time in Oklahoma City in
that I had gone to a concert where Johnny Winter And had played.(Around 1970
or 71) His opening act was a band named Curved Air. Curved Air was a painfully
LOUD band with a violinist with a fuzztone. I very much enjoyed the concert
and still remember the encore "Rock Me" (till my back got no bone.) After the
concert my sister and I went around to the back of the Civic Auditorium and
chatted with Johnny through the window which was down at ground level and the
dressing room on the inside of the building was down in the ground so I could
look Johnny and Rick Derringer
in the eyes as my sister and I looked through the barred windows. Johnny and
Rick were very cordial and playful. I remember Johnny smoking his Winston 100's
all the way to the filter. I also had an exact replica of the jacket Johnny
wore on the cover of the Johnny Winter And live album which I was strutting
around in which my girlfriend at that time sewed me. Well to add to the story,
not long before the concert my brother David had returned from military duty
in Frankfurt, Germany and when he got off the plane there at Will Rogers International
Airport he pulled out seven 100 dollar bills and on one of the bills was Johnny's
autographs. My brother had just gone to a Johnny concert in Germany and the
sad part of the story was that Johnny came running out in grand fashion as he
did then and no one had told him or showed him how short the stage was and he
ran and fell on top of the first row and hurt himself. That wasn't funny and
it's bad enough for regular people to see with spotlights in their eyes but
Johnny's eyes I'm sure are more sensitive. Well, anyway, Johnny remembered my
brother and the 100 dollar bill. I have always enjoyed his music and I never
get tired of it - EVER. Its's in my truck right now (CDs). Thanks for the nice
Wed, 13 Jan 1999 09:36:01 +0100
I live in France and I am a fan of Johnny since about 20 years. I discovered him when the Essen's Rockpalast show was broadcasted on French TV. In fact it was a triple J. Geils Band / Patti Smith / Johnny Winter performance and Johnny's gig was really terrific. I remember that Patti came on the stage when Johnny was playing and she did some disturbing gesticulation behind him. Johnny gave a show in Paris at the same period (at the " Palace " night club) but I was too young to attend it.
The first time I could see him real live was in November 1st, 1983. The show took place at the " Espace Ballard " concert hall in Paris. A French bluesman called Patrick Verbecke opened for him and did a very nice show, exploring various blues styles on electric guitar and dobro. Then Johnny went on the stage with a white Firebird. He was wearing dark clothes and a stetson on his head, he started to play a little chorus and tuned his amp. And the show went on.. An incredible rock'n'roll performance, very similar to the style of the " Captured Live " album. He started with Bony Moronie and played titles like Rock'n'Roll Hootchie Koo and Highway 61. During this last song he used also a white Firebird and played the entire song in open tuning (on the Captured Live version he changes his guitar to play the final chorus). He played only one long slow blues, and in the middle of the show the drumer (Bobby Torello?) took a long and bothering break. I remember that Johnny and John Paris were standing apart on both sides of the stage, arms crossed and smiling, waiting for the end of the crazy drum solo. During the encore johnny played a furious version of Johhny B Goode and did some kind of dancing for the first time of the show! It was really the best concert I've ever seen.
Few years later, maybe in 85 or 86, Johnny gave another show in Paris, at the famous " Olympia " club. The club was full house and I could not get a ticket to see the show. I could just read the reviews in music magazines and I remember one which was particularly destroying for Johnny, describing a pitiful performance. I remember also that the guy who wrote this review made an easy joke between Johnny's skillness and " It's all over now ", the song he played during the encore. Not really friendly..
The second and last time I could see him was in 1992, in a small concert hall called " La Cigalle " in Paris. It was a different Johnny and a different style of show. An Irish blues guitarist, called Samuel Eddy and largely inspired by Rory Gallagher's style opened for him. Surprisingly his show lasted longer than Johnny's one. Nevertheless, Johnny's show was excellent, more bluesy than in the past. He was playing his white Erlewine lazer stick and he looked very frail like everybody could notice in his recent concerts. He played titles like Illustrated Man, She likes to Boogie Real Low, Johnny Guitar and again a long inspired slow blues. For the last title of the show he took a wood-color Firebird and played Highway 61 on slide. During this song, the sound was awfull and it was really hard to recognize even the music or the lyrics. After this title Johnny left the stage and never came back for the encore. Only Jeff Ganz went back on stage (with Tom Compton) and gave us an excellent (but short) demonstration of his bass playing skillness. When they left the stage, the people in the audience became very angry, calling for an encore with Johnny, but Johnny never reappeared again.. And the end of the show was a concert of whistles of disapproval. I was sad for Johnny who should have meritted better thanks. Since that time, Johnny never came back to rock the French scene again (and I'm afraid that he will never tour again in Europe in the future).
Mon, 11 Jan 1999 23:43:02 -0500
First of all, nice job on the web site. This is for the "fried brain" guy from Beaumont, TX. It was the Eastown theater. Like so many others in the area, it was a movie theater, turned into a concert hall. The first time I saw Johnny Winter, it was at Cobo Arena in Detroit. Believe it or not, the ONLY reason I was fortunate enough to see him at that time, he was playing with his brother (White Trash). And they were a substitute for Fleetwood Mac because Welsh left the group and they split up for awhile. I couldn't have asked for a better "back-up" band. Derringer and St. Croix were with the band then. That was in '73. So, Frankenstein and Rock n' Roll Hootche Coo you knew you would hear, along with some get up off your seat blues. The "lead" act was The Faces for the Every Picture Tells a Story tour. Man, music non-stop for three plus hours. From my memory bank, I think we brought them back twice and in one of the fastest stage setups in my 300 plus concerts, The Faces were playing in less than 15 minutes. Anyway, to Johnny, I hope to see you in Detroit soon. Although the weather is real bad, by May the snow should be gone. I hope. Have a great New Year and keep the faith.
If it ain't the blues, it ain't worth listening to,