Edgar Winter Vows to Make Rock 'N' Blues Fest Tour a Tribute to Brother Johnny Winter

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.
Rick Derringer has been added as a special guest for the last two nights of the tour in Las Vegas and Snoqualmie, WA.

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


Rockin Rod Petersen said...

First and foremost my deepest sympathys go out to the Winter familys. We have truly lost a legend, that will be missed by many. Secondly we purchased tickets to see the show at the Gennessee theatre in Waukeegan as soon as they went on tour knowing this may be the last chance to see the Living Legend. Then my wife told me the sad news of his passing. I know Johnny would have wanted the tour to go on. I hope that the Great blues players of our time will join in this tour to make it the best way to honor his memory. This is a call out to the Joe Bonamassa's and Joe Satriani's of the world. You will be on a mission from god.

Anonymous said...

FYI, this show is not happening at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank.

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