With the recent passing of Johnny Winter, the future of this summer's Rock 'N' Blues Fest tour was in question.
Johnny Winter was scheduled to headline the festival along with his brother's Edgar Winter Band, Vanilla Fudge, Peter Rivera of Rare Earth and Kim Simmonds of Savoy Brown.
On Tuesday, brother Edgar put out a press release saying that the tour will continue as a salute to Johnny. "My wife and I are shocked at the suddenness of Johnny's passing, especially since I was so looking forward with such joy and anticipation to seeing him again and playing together. Johnny has always been, is now, and will forever remain my greatest musical hero of all time. But more than all that, he's my brother - in family, in music, in life and beyond. I will do my best to carry on in honor of his memory and the Winter name.
The set lists for all the artists will be changing a bit as they have vowed to play many of the songs that were identified with Johnny like Good Morning Little Schoolgirl, Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo and Johnny B. Goode.
The tour dates:
- 07/31 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
- 08/01 – Westbury, NY – NYCB Theatre At Westbury
- 08/02 – Rockland, ME – Harbor Park
- 08/03 – Red Bank, NJ – Count Basie Theatre
- 08/05 – Glenside, PA – Keswick Theatre
- 08/06 – Cohasset, MA – South Shore Music Circus
- 08/07 – New Brunswick, NJ – State Theatre
- 08/08 – Englewood, NJ – Bergen Performing Arts Center
- 08/10 – Waukegan, IL – Genesee Theatre
- 08/13 – Melbourne, FL – King Center For Performing Arts
- 08/14 – Jacksonville, FL – Florida Theatre
- 08/15 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Broward Center For The Perf. Arts
- 08/16 – Clearwater, FL – Ruth Eckerd Hall
- 08/21 – San Jose, CA – City National Civic Of San Jose
- 08/22 – Anaheim, CA – City National Grove Of Anaheim
- 08/23 – Las Vegas, NV – Cannery Casino Hotel
- 08/24 – Snoqualmie. WA – Snoqualmie Casino