The Johnny Winter Story

Johnny Winter in 1986

Johnny WInter Timeline 1986

In early 1986 Johnny Winter tours Europe to promote the album: "Serious Business". In 1986 Johnny Winter also re-unites with Tommy Shannon and Uncle John Turner to record the album: "Third Degree". 1986 is the only time Johnny visits Australia

 This page covers Johnny Winter in 1986, use the links below to quickly jump to the year: 1980 , 1981 , 1982 , 1983 , 1984 , 1985 , 1986 , 1987 , 1988 , 1989 .

 

 

Monday, 13 January 1986: Kulttuuritalo, Helsinki, Finland.

Kulttuuritalo is the official Finnish name of the place. In Swedish (which is the second official language in Finland) the name is "Kulturhuset", that means "Culturehouse" is English.

    Setlist:
  1. Succotash
  2. Don't take advantage of me [great guitar solo; reminded me "all along the watchtower"]
  3. Unseen eye
  4. Bony moronie (with drum solo)
  5. My time after a while
  6. Serious as a heart attack
  7. Highway 61 revisited [superb version! The guitar solo is incredible, completely different of any other]
  8. Murdering blues
  9. Johnny b. goode
  10. It's all over now

Wednesday, 15 January 1986 - Gota Lejon, Stockholm, Sweden

    Setlist:
  1. Succotash
  2. Ddon't take advantage of me
  3. My time after awhile
  4. Mad dog
  5. Serious as a heart attack
  6. Highway 61 revisited
  7. Murdering blues
  8. Johnny b. goode
  9. Boot hill
  10. It's all over now
  11. Bony moronie [with drum solo by Moe Potts]
  12. Wildwood flower

Friday, 17 January 1986: Konserthuset, Goeteborg (Gothenburg), Sweden

Monday, 20 January 1986: Kassel, Germany (setlist incl. "Let it bleed")

Tuesday, 21 January 1986: Offenbach, Germany

Johnny Winter with special guests: Jack Bruce Band

This concert is available on the bootleg "It's Only Blues" , supporting act was "The Jack Bruce band"

    Setlist
  1. Honky Tonk
  2. Don't Take Advantage Of Me
  3. My Time After A While
  4. Mad Dog
  5. Highway 61 Revisited
  6. Murdering Blues
  7. Johnny B.Goode
  8. Boot Hill
Johnny Winter 1986 Offenbach Germany

 

Friday, 24 January 1986: Duesseldorf, Germany

Johnny Winter Dusseldorf 1986

Monday, 27 January 1986: Saarbruecken, Germany

    Setlist:
  1. Succotash
  2. Sound the bell
  3. Unseen eye
  4. Don't take advantage of me
  5. My time after awhile
  6. Highway 61 revisited [superb!]
  7. Johnny b. goode [with drum solo]
  8. Serious as a heart attack
  9. Boot hill
  10. It's all over now

 

 

Johnny Winter Saarbrukcne 27 Jan 1986

 

Wednedsday, 29 January 1986: Metropol, Berlin, Germany

  1. Hideaway
  2. Sound the bell
  3. My time after a while
  4. Don't take advantage of me
  5. Unseen eye
  6. Highway 61 revisited
  7. Murdering blues
  8. Johnny b. goode
  9. Serious as a heart attack

NZZ - Neuer Zuricher Zeitung 30 Jan 1986

Johnny Winter bleibt Meister Doppelkonzert zweier Rockgitarristen Jahrelang zählten Johnny Winter und der Bassist Jack Bruce zu den weltbesten Rockgitarristen am vergangenen Wochenende bot sich im ausverkauften Schützenhaus Albisgürtli willkommene Gelegenheit, anlässlich eines Doppelkonzertes diese Reputation auf ihren neuesten Stand hin zu überprüfen. Während der Schotte Bruce und seine dreiköpfige Band sich für ein eher retrospektives und in der Gestaltung ziemlich anbiederndes Programm entschieden, zogen der Texaner Winter und seine beiden Mitmusiker den scheinbar zeitlosen Status quo seiner aggressiven, dem urbanen Blues verwurzelten Rockmusik vor. Dadurch verhinderten beide Formationen zwar jegliche Enttäuschungen, aber auch Überraschungen. Ebenfalls beiden Darbietungen gemeinsam war die äußerst große Lautstärke, die allerdings nur wenige der klapp zweitausend Zuschauer zu beeindrucken schien. I Feel Free als Zugabe und weitere Kompositionen aus der Zeit der Cream, als deren Mitglied Bruce weltberühmt wurde, bildeten den Mittelpunkt des einstündigen ersten Teiles, bevor Johnny Winter sieben Titel aus seinem Repertoir zum besten gab. Seine Musik, seine fast schon sprichwörtlich flüssige Spielweise, sein rauher Gesang und sein durch Krankheit und Drogen beeinträchtigtes Aussehen haben in den letzten zwei Jahrzehnten nur unwesentlich geändert. Auch heute noch steht der Albino in Musikalität, Ausdrucklkraft und Engagement vielen seiner schwarzen Vorbildern in nichts nach, übertrifft seine unzähligen weißen Berufskollegen hingegen in vielem. So fiel denn auch der direkte und statthafte Vergleich zwischen Bruce und Winter eindeutig zugunsten des letzteren aus- zu durchsichtig und einfallslos waren die Blueskopien des Briten. Johnny Winter, dessen pünktlich zur Tournee erschienene neue Langspielplatte Serious Business seine eigenen hohen Ansprüche unterstreicht, brillierte wie bei seinen früheren Auftritten auch diesmal wieder mit seiner Interpretation des Chuck -Berry -Klassikers Johnny B.Good.

 

Thursday, 30 January 1986: Hamburg, Germany

    Setlist:
  1. Honky Tonk
  2. Don't take advantage of me
  3. Unseen eye
  4. Sound the bell
  5. My time after while
  6. Bony maronie [briefly cut in, for a tape flip]
  7. Drum solo
  8. Bony Moronie [closing section]
  9. Highway 61 revisited [Johnny's guitar is absent for long minutes in the middle; guitar problems, maybe? Served a showcase for excellent Jon Paris abilities on bass]
  10. Johnny B. Goode
  11. encore: It's all over now

Friday, 31 January 1986: Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Setlist:
  1. Honky tonk
  2. Don't take advantage of me
  3. My time after while [great version]
  4. Serious as a heart attack
  5. Bony Moronie (w/ drum solo)
  6. Highway 61 revisited
  7. Sweet Papa John [in a blues shuffle rhythm, not usual slow blues]
  8. Johnny B. Ggoode
  9. Boot Hill
  10. It's all over now

Monday, 17 February 1986: Helsinki, Finland

Tuesday, 21 January 1986: Stadthalle, Offenbach, Germany

    Setlist:
  1. Honky Tonk
  2. Don't Take Advantage Of Me
  3. My Time After A While
  4. Mad Dog
  5. Highway 61 Revisited
  6. Murdering Blues
  7. Johnny B. Goode
  8. Boot Hill

Feb 1986: Chestnut Cabaret, Phila PA

  1. Hideaway
  2. Sound The Bell
  3. My Time After Awhile
  4. Unseen Eye
  5. Don't Take Advantage Of Me
  6. Bonie Moronie
  7. Johnny B Goode
  8. Serious As A Heart Attack

Monday, 3 March 1986: Hunt's Tavern, Burlington, Vermont

    Setlist:
  1. Honky tonk
  2. Serious as a heart attack
  3. My time after a while
  4. Don't advantage of me
  5. Highway 61 revisited
  6. Murdering blues
  7. Johnny b. goode

Goldmine, 28 Mar 1986

 

Johnny Winter on the Cover Story Goldmine

 

Goldmine, 11 Apr 1986

Article: Johnny Winter, Blues Guitar Giant

 

Wednesday, 16 July 1986: Sweetheart's Cabramatta, Sidney, Australia

    Setlist:
  1. Hideaway
  2. Sound the bell
  3. I smell trouble
  4. Don't take advantage of me
  5. Bony moronie
  6. Drum solo /
  7. Bony moronie reprise
  8. Mojo boogie
  9. Murdering blues
  10. Johnny b. goode
  11. It's all over now

Saturday, 19 July 1986: Selina's, Coogee Bay, Sidney, Australia

    Setlist
  1. Honky tonky
  2. Don't take advantage of me
  3. Third degree
  4. I'm good
  5. Mad dog
  6. Bonie moronie
  7. Drum solo
  8. Murdering blues
  9. Highway 61
  10. Johnny b. goode
  11. It's All Over Now

Sunday, 20 July 1986: The Palace, Melbourne, Australia

Johnny Winter travelled to Australia only in 1986. Also the set list proves it. in this show Johnny says "my next record ,Third Degree"

  1. Set List:
  2. succotash
  3. sound the bell
  4. boot hill
  5. brown eyed handsome man
  6. I smell trouble
  7. don't take advantage of me [Johnny had some problems and end this song while the guitar solo was progressing very well; then he announces the drum solo]
  8. drum solo
  9. murdering blues [Jon Paris starts a blues jam on bass & harp with Tom Compton. Johnny is absent on the stage on the first 2 minutes and a half, then enters in the song playing slide guitar]
  10. mojo boogie
  11. johnny b. goode
  12. encore: it's all over now

Sunday, 24 August 1986 - Chene Park, Detroit, Michigan

    Setlist:
  1. Succotash
  2. Don't take advantage of me
  3. Third degree
  4. Serious as a heart attack
  5. Mad dog
  6. Mojo boogie
  7. Shake your money maker
  8. Johnny b. goode
  9. It's all over now

Guitar Player, October 1986

In Guitar Player of October 1986 review: 3rd Degree

 

Wednesday, 1 October 1986: Chestnut Cabaret, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  1. Hideaway
  2. Third Degree
  3. Sound The Bell
  4. Don't Take Advantage Of Me
  5. Bony Moronie
  6. Serious As A Heart Attack
  7. The Sun Is Shining
  8. Boot Hill (into)
  9. Oh Baby, Honey Whats Wrong With You
  10. I'm Good

Sunday, 5 October 1986: Atlanta, Capri Theatre

Johnny Winter 5 Oct 1986 Capri Theatre

 

 

 

Tuesday, 28 October 1986: Live at The Stone, San Francisco, CA

  1. Hideaway (fades in at beginning) 7:46
  2. Sound the Bell 6:53
  3. Don't Take Advantage of Me / Purple Haze 13:33 (Complete version of Purple Haze -- Ooh, baby!!)
  4. Third Degree (Jon Paris on harmonica) 17:40
  5. I'm Good 9:12
  6. Mojo Boogie (Jon Paris on harmonica) 7:49
  7. Highway 61 Revisited 10:51
  8. Jumping Jack Flash 6:18

 

Wednesday, 29 October 1986: Johnny Winter Interview for Alligator Records

Alligator Records interview with Johnny Winter approx 15 mins.

Alligator Records interview with Johnny Winter approx 15 mins.

 

Guitar Player, Nov 1986

Article: Johnny Winter Plays the Blues. Johnny Winter by Jas Obrecht. Big & Nice interview. Third Degree period.

When the interviewer asked: "Do consider yourself a Texas Guitarist" - Winter answered: "Yeah, I guess so. But I never thought I'm gonna play this because I'm from Texas, and this is the way Texas guys play.

Johnny Winter Guitar Player Magazine 1986
Johnny Winter in Guitar Player Magazine November 1986
 

 

Alligator Records interview with Johnny Winter approx 15 mins.

14 Nov 1986: Capital Theater, Passaic, New Jersey

 

Guitar Player, December 1986

Article: Big Guitars from Austin - mentions Johnny

Thursday, 4 December 1986: New Heaven

    Setlist:
  1. Honky tonk
  2. Ssound the bell
  3. Don't take advantage of me
  4. Third degree
  5. I'm good
  6. Mojo boogie
  7. Highway 61 revisited
  8. Johnny B. Goode
  9. Jumpin' jack flash

Thursday, 4 December 1986: oads Place, New Haven, Connecticut

    Setlist:
  1. Honky tonk
  2. Bony moronie
  3. Help me
  4. Please come home for Christmas [long version]
  5. Run Rudolph run
  6. Boot hill
  7. Don't take advantage of me
  8. Serious as a heart attack
  9. Slow blues [?name?]
  10. Sun is shining
  11. I'm good

Friday, 5 December 1986: Poughkeepsie, New York

    Setlist
  1. Honky tonky
  2. Sound the bell
  3. Don't take advantage of me
  4. Third degree
  5. Serious as a heart attack
  6. Mojo boogie
  7. Jumping jack flash
  8. Boot Hill
  9. Please come home for christmas
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