The Johnny Winter Story

Johnny Winter's Life during 1989

Johnny Winter in 1989 with White Lazer Guitar

Johnny Winter Timeline of 1989

Highlights for Johnny Winter in 1989 include the "The Winter of '88/'89 Tour" and a European tour

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

 

Wednesday, 18 January 1989: Grosse Freiheit 39 Club, Hamburg, Germany.

He played 60 mins each and did 10 songs.

Hamburg, Große Freiheit

ME/Sounds (Germany), probable begin 1989

Review of the concert at the "Grosse Freiheit", in Hamburg.
Jon Paris (bass), and Tom Compton (drums)

 

Grosse Freiheit 39 Club, Hamburg, Germany

DIE EINSAMKEIT DES BLUES STEIGERT ALBINO WINTER BIS ZUM

INFERNALISCHEN GITARREN-FEUERWERK.DER MANN UND SEINE GITARRE ERZEUGEN IMMER NOCH DAS PURE GEFÜHL. HAUCHEN AUCH AUSGELAUGTEN BLUES-STANDARDS IMMER WIEDER NEUES LEBEN EIN.

Die Frage, ob Weiße den Blues spielen können, ist ebenso alt wie langweilig. Johnny Winter, einst eines der größten Idole des Blues-Rock, dürfte diese Problematik nie einen Deut geschert haben, sonst würde der heute nicht mehr auf Tournee gehen und so brettharte Konzerte hinlegen wie jüngst in der "Großen Freiheit".Mit dem Album "WINTER OF ,88 hatte er sich studiotechnisch vollwertig zurückgemeldet, und eigentlich konnte live auch nichts schiefgehen, denn seit Jahren sind er und seine beiden Compadres Jon Paris (b) und Tom Compton (dr) unterwegs, höchstwahrscheinlich um den Rekord im Dauer-Touren zu brechen.

Um so sympathischer, dass die drei trotzdem keine seelenlose Routine-Band sind, denn immerhin benötigen Winter & Band gut und gerne eine halbe Stunde um sich warm zu spielen. Sachte, aber unaufhaltsam, wie ein riesiger Lastwagen, der auf große Fahrt geht, kam Johnny Winter auf den Siedepunkt, und spätestens nachdem er seine abgrundhässliche Gitarre gegen eine ordendliche vertauscht hatte, bretzelte er so los, wie man es von ihm schon lange nicht mehr gehört hatte. Schneidend, jede Note ein Blitzstrahl , gestochen scharfe Melodie Linien, die sich im nächsten Augenblick zu Akkorden ballen und wie große Feuerräder aus den Boxen kullern- seltsam, es ist also doch noch möglich, mit Virtuosität heiße, pure Faszination zu erzeugen.

Während sich Winter taumelnd, krähend und in den Hüften federnd von einem Break zum nächsten hangelt, passt Jon Paris genau auf, dass alles klappt und kramt zur Steigerung auch mal die Mundharmonika hervor. Der heimliche Zeremonien-Meister? Nein, der sitzt hinterm Schlagzeug. Tom Campton spielt wie "Das Tier" aus der Muppet- Show, ein wiedergeborener Keith Moon, unglaublich präzise und präsent. Ein ZZTop-Feeling bar jeder Brutalität, ein fließendes Inferno organischer Drum-Disziplin. Selten, sowas.

Je mehr ihr Set fortschritt, um so dichter und kochender wurde die Musik der Winter-Band. Und zu keiner Sekunde fiel störend auf, dass der texanische Flinkfinger eigentlich nur Standards spielte, von wenigen eigenen Songs wie "Hustling Down In Texas" mal abgesehen. Ein Interpret- aber einer von ganz eigenen, unvergleichlichen Maßstäben.

Dieses Feuerwerk an solider, schnurgerader Spielfreude hätte gern etwas länger dauern dürfen als die kargen 70 Minuten, aber was soll's :es gibt wenig Konzerte dieser Art, die man in besserer Erinnerung behält.

WERNER THEURICH

 

Thursday, 19 January 1989: Stadtpark, Hamburg, Germany.

    Setlist:
  1. Succotash
  2. Rock me baby
  3. Love me with a feeling
  4. Don't take advantage of me
  5. Mojo boogie
  6. Stranger blues
  7. Ain't just like a woman
  8. Johnny b. goode
  9. 1st encore: It's all over now
  10. 2sd encore: Boot hill
  11. 3rd encore: Hideaway [a rare song as encore; played after persistent request an audience member since from the middle of the show in every songs breaks]

Saturday, 21 January 1989: Muenster, Germany

Wedndesday, 25 January 1989: Liederhalle, Stuttgart, Germany

  1. Succotash
  2. I'm good
  3. Mother earth
  4. Don't take advantage of me
  5. Ain't just like a woman
  6. Mojo boogie
  7. Stranger blues
  8. Looking for trouble
  9. Johnny b. goode
  10. It's all over now
  11. Boot hill

 

 

johnny winter stuttgart 1989

 

Thursday, 26 January 1989: Neu-Isenburg - Hugenottenhalle; Germany

Johnny Winter Concert-Poster Thursday, 26 January 1989: Neu-Isenburg - Hugenottenhalle; Germany

Saturday, 28 January 1989: Musensaal, Mannheim, Germany

Tuesday, 31 January 1989: Duesseldorf, Germany

    Setlist
  1. Succotash
  2. I'm good
  3. Mother earth
  4. Ddon't take advantage of me
  5. Jumpin' jack flash
  6. Bony moronie
  7. Drum solo
  8. Bony moronie [conclusion]
  9. Serious as a heart attack
  10. Johnny b. goode
  11. 1st encore: Mojo boogie
  12. 2nd encore: Stranger blues
Johnny Winter Musensaal Mannheim 1989

 

 

Thursday, 2 February 1989: Kurhalle Oberlaar, Vienna, Austria

    Set List:
  1. Succotash
  2. I'm good
  3. Mother earth
  4. Don't take advantage of me [superb version, with "gimme shelter"]
  5. Mojo boogie
  6. Stranger blues
  7. Just like a woman
  8. Serious as a heart attack [with drum solo]
  9. Johnny b. goode
  10. 1st encore: It's all over now
  11. 2nd encore: Boot hill

Saturday, 4 February 1989: Deutche Museum, Munchen, Germany

Monday, 6 February 1989 - La Cigalle, Paris, France

    Setlist:
  1. Honky tonk
  2. I'm good
  3. Mother earth
  4. Don't take advantage of me
  5. Aain't just like a woman
  6. Serious as a heart attack
  7. Bony moronie (with drum solo)
  8. Johnny B. Goode
  9. Mojo boogie
  10. Stranger blues

 

Monday 6 Till 10 February 1989: NBC Radio

Johnny Winter on NBC Radio Legends of Rock

Johnny Winter NBC Radio Entertainment 1989
The program of the Legends of Rock Radio show  
Legends of Rock Radio show Legends of Rock Radio show

 

 

 

Monday, 20 February 1989: Westwood One Radio Broadast

    Songs:
  1. Open with the blues
  2. I'm Good
  3. Mojo Boogie
  4. Stranger Blues
  5. Blue-Fyed Man
  6. Johnny B. Goode
1989: Westwood One Radio Broadast 1989: Westwood One Radio Broadast

 

BreakOut Magazine (Germany ) - 3 1989

Guitar for the practician musician, March 1989

A poster feature...+ full transcription of Rock & Roll Hoochie Koo

 

Johnny Winter the Last in Line

Guitar World Volume 10 No 3 March 1989

Features include: Slash and Izzy Stradlin of Guns N' Roses, Johnny Winter, Roy Orbison, Dickey Betts of The Allman Brothers, Scott Henderson ... Profiles on: Duke Robillard, Fareed Haque, Pat Buchanan ... Columns with Stu Hamm and Frank Gambale, as well as solo transcriptions to: "Jessica" by the Allman Brothers, and "Ain't That Just Like A Woman" byFeatures include:
Slash and Izzy Stradlin of Guns N' Roses, Johnny Winter, Roy Orbison,
Dickey Betts of The Allman Brothers, Scott Henderson ... Profiles on: Duke
Robillard, Fareed Haque, Pat Buchanan ... Columns with Stu Hamm and Frank
Gambale, as well as solo transcriptions to: "Jessica" by the Allman Brothers, and
"Ain't That Just Like A Woman" by Johnny Winter

 

Guitar World 1989 Johnny Winter

Interview by Bill Milkowski. A block with Jon Paris (bass player). Transcription of "Ain't that just like a woman" in the Trading Licks section of the mag. The complete article of the Guitar World Magazine can be found here

This is a note for note transcription. A brief description on the song comes with the tab. Transcribed by Dave Whitehill. The article is by Claude Demitrus & Fleecie Moore.

 

Saturday, 4 March 1989: Warner Theater, Washington DC

Johnny Winter only played about 20+ minutes or so, never moved, just rattled off riff after riff.

Tuesday, 14 March 1989: Diamond Club, Toronto, Ontario

    Set List:
  1. Succotash
  2. I'm good
  3. Love her with a feeling
  4. Don't take advantage of me
  5. Bony moronie [with drum solo]
  6. Mojo boogie
  7. Stranger blues
  8. Johnny b. goode
  9. Boot hill
  10. Wildwood flower

Wednesday, 15 March 1989: Diamond Club, Toronto Canada

  1. Hideaway
  2. I'm good
  3. Mississippi blues
  4. Serious as a heart attack
  5. Jumpin' jack flash
  6. Mmojo boogie
  7. Stranger blues
  8. Red house
  9. Johnny b. goode
  10. encore: Ain't just like a woman

Saturday, 18 March 1989: The Spectrum, Montreal, Canada

Local blues-rock harmonica man Jim Zeller opened with his band.

  1. Succotash
  2. Rock me baby
  3. V-8 ford blues
  4. Mojo boogie
  5. Stranger blues
  6. Bony moronie [with drum solo]
  7. Serious as a heart attack
  8. Johnny b. goode
  9. encore: It's all over now

Friday, 24 March 1989: The Warehouse, Rochester, New York

    Setlist:
  1. Honky tonk
  2. Rock me baby
  3. Serious as a heart attack
  4. Love me with a feeling
  5. Ain't just like a woman
  6. I'm good
  7. Mojo boogie
  8. Stranger blues
  9. Johnny B. Goode

Thursday, 30 March 1989: Chestnut Cabaret, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Setlist
  1. Hideaway
  2. Rock Me Baby
  3. Love Her With A Feeling
  4. Don't Take Advantage Of Me
  5. Bony Moronie, drum solo
  6. Mojo Boogie
  7. Stranger Blues
  8. Johnny B Goode
  9. It's All Over Now

Friday, 31 March 1989: Hammerjacks, Baltimore.

Guitars et Claviers no 95 April 1989 (France )

 

Saturday, 1 April 1989 Stone Pony Asbury Park NJ

  1. Hideaway
  2. I'm Good
  3. Don't Take Advantage Of Me
  4. Love Her With A Feeling
  5. Bony Moronie
  6. Mojo Boogie
  7. Stranger Blues
  8. Johnny B Goode
  9. It's All Over Now

Wednesday, 3 May 1989: Tramps, Texas

    Setlist
  1. Honky tonky
  2. Rock me baby
  3. I'm good
  4. Love her with a feeling
  5. Don't take advantage of me
  6. Help me
  7. Bonie moronie
  8. Drum solo
  9. Bonie moronie reprise
  10. Serious as a heart attack
  11. Johnny b. goode
  12. Mojo boogie
  13. Stranger blues

Circus, 27 May 1989

Article: Instruments of the Stars: Johnny Winter

Guitar player, special issue on Texas guitar player (around 1989)

This issue does not have any Winter songs or article, itÆs mostly about ZZ Top, SRV and Eric Johnson, Johnny Winter write the introduction. He talks about all the bluesmen from Texas that did influences all the others. (2 full pages).

Billboard, 10 Jun 1989

pg 34 Pic: Johnny and Bruce Willis at Mic

People, 12 Jun 1989

Picture: pg 64 Johnny and Bruce Willis at mic

 

Sunday, 25 June 1989: Greatwoods Amphitheater, Mansfield, Mass

Moe Potts on drums

  1. Succotash
  2. I'm good [Johnny announces "don't take advantage of me" but a cut leads directly to the next song]
  3. Love her with a feeling
  4. Serious as a heart attack
  5. Mojo boogie
  6. Stranger blues
  7. I'm tore down [great version]
  8. 1st encore: it's all over now
  9. 2nd encore: boot hill

 

Tuesday, 27 June 1989: Peabody's Downunder, Cleveland, Ohio
    Setlist:
  1. Honky tonky
  2. I'm good
  3. Rock me baby
  4. Red house
  5. Don't take advantage of me
  6. Help me
  7. Serious as a heart attack
  8. Mojo boogie
Backstage Pass for Johnny Winter Shows in 1989

Tattoo 1989

"Tattoo". No. 14 Summer 1989. The cover has a box on the lower left side with a picture of Johnny playing slide on a steel bodied acoustic that says "Johnny Winter, the ultimate Tattoo Fan!" Open the cover and there is a photo over both pages of him playing the same guitar. The Article inside is about 8 pages, with at least 10 photos of Johnny showing his different tatoos. All his tatoos, on his legs and arms where you usually can't see. Even one of him with his pants off, hand over his crotch,(yeah, it's white there too) showing a tatoo on his leg.

 

 

Johnny Winter Tattoo Magazine, Easy Riders Magazine of Skin Art 1989
Johnny Winter Tattoo Magazine, Easy Riders Magazine of Skin Art 1989
Johnny Winter Tattoo Magazine, Easy Riders Magazine of Skin Art 1989
Tattoo Magazine
Johnny Winter Tattoo Magazine, Easy Riders Magazine of Skin Art 1989
Johnny Winter Tattoo Magazine, Easy Riders Magazine of Skin Art 1989

We arrived at San Juan Capistrano's Coach House to a Sold out sbow, talked our way past the girl at the Boxoffice window, secured a table dose to the steige, stocked every inch of its meager surface wich boiler makers and settled into an evening of paint blistering blues according to Johnny Winter. Fronting a new, stripped down band (bass and drums), he delivered over an hour of power blues cranked up to brutal volume. Which was just fine with the crowd; they stomped and hollered and danced in the aisles, where there were aisles. By the end of the show tbe entire house was on its feet wailing right along with Johnny Winter's pegged-at-maximum-volume guitar. When the set ended it was hard to teil if the band or audience had worked themselves into a sweatier frenz'. The dressing rooms at the Coach House turned out to have been built for Tom Thumb's little brother, so we had to use the bus for the photo set and interview. Ted Keedick, road manager for the "Winter of '88" tour, found us after the show and hustled us past a shivering group of fans, die hards all huddled together against a chilling coastal rain. We got comfortable around a few beers and a moment later Johnny Winter emerged from the aft section of the bus. He picket-rail thin, tall and wire. Even in the dim light inside the tour bus his tattoos are vibrant

Johnny Winter Tattoo Magazine, Easy Riders Magazine of Skin Art 1989
Johnny Winter Tattoo Magazine, Easy Riders Magazine of Skin Art 1989
Johnny Winter Tattoo Magazine, Easy Riders Magazine of Skin Art 1989
Johnny Winter Tattoo Magazine, Easy Riders Magazine of Skin Art 1989
Johnny Winter Tattoo Magazine, Easy Riders Magazine of Skin Art 1989
 

Sunday, 2 July 1989: Joe Sheldon Park, Humbolot, Iowa

    Setlist:
  1. Honky tonky
  2. Rock me baby
  3. Red house
  4. I'm good
  5. Help me
  6. Serious as a heart attack
  7. Jumping jack flash
  8. Mojo boogie
  9. Stranger blues
  10. It's all over now
  11. Johnny B. goode
  12. Boot hill
  13. Wildwood flower
Johnny Winter On a Japanese Postcard

Friday, 11 August 1989: Stone Pony

    Setlist
  1. Hideaway
  2. Sound The Bell
  3. Don't Take Advantage Of Me
  4. Red House
  5. Memory Pain
  6. Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
  7. Mother Earth
  8. Mojo Boogie
  9. Serious As A Heart Attack
  10. Johnny B Goode
  11. It's All Over Now

Friday, 18 August 1989: Hollywood, California

Monday, 4 September 1989: Bumbershoot Festival Seattle Center Mural Amphitheatre Seattle

Comments: The Seattle Center is a physical site in the city of Seattle,WA. There are many venues on the grounds of this site.

This show has been released on the bootleg album "Live at Mural Amphitheatre, Seattle"

    Setlist:
  1. Honky tonk
  2. I'm good
  3. Don't advantage of me
  4. Love her with a feeling
  5. Serious as a heart attack
  6. Bony moronie / drum solo / bony moronie
  7. Mojo boogie
  8. Stranger blues
  9. Johnny b. goode
  10. It's all over now
  11. Wildwood flower

Saturday, 9 September 1989 - SF Blues Festival : Fort Mason, San Francisco, California

    Setlist
  1. Succotash
  2. I'm good
  3. Don't take advantage of me
  4. Love me with a feeling
  5. Sserious as a heart attack
  6. Mmojo boogie
  7. Stranger blues
  8. Boot hill
  9. It's all over now

Saturday, 16 September 1989: Bacchanal, San Diego

Friday, 20 October 1989: Davenport, Iowa

    Setlist:
  1. Honky Tonk
  2. Rock Me Mama
  3. Don't Take Advantage of me (with "Sunshine of your love" riffs)
  4. Third Ddegree
  5. Serious as a Heart Attack
  6. Mojo Boogie
  7. Stranger Blues
  8. Johnny B. Goode
  9. Ain't That Just Like a Woman
  10. Wildwood Flower
  11. Boot Hill

Monday, 23 October 1989: Mississippi Nights, St. Louis, Missouri

Thursday, 26 October 1989: Kansas City, Missouri

    Setlist:
  1. Honky tonk
  2. rock me baby
  3. don't take advantage of me
  4. third degree
  5. serious as a heart attack
  6. mojo boogie
  7. stranger blues
  8. johnny b. goode
  9. ain't that just like a woman
  10. Boot Hill

Nov 1989: A hot Winter was cooled off a little early last night.

Comments: not sure whether this article is authentic, as the dating seems incorrect

Legendary blues guitarist Johnny Winter was forced to cut his set short by a song after tempers flared at Dallas on Barton Street East where he played to a sold-out crowd of 750.

The 45-year-old Texan wasn't hurt or endangered in any of the three scuffles that occurred during his encore, but his road manager played it safe and had Winter escorted back to his tour bus, protected by a bevy of bodyguards, after he finished his second number of a three song run.

The situation was quickly brought under control by Dallas staff, but when you think about it, the blues is the most selfishly indulgent type of music around—a genre where the musician calls his own shots; a music that incites passion.

The blues is an art form that one doesn't perform as much as own. It's that personal stamp that fosters reputations, and Winter's two-decade status as one of the hottest American guitarists was proven in a combustible tally of firebrand licks and steamy grit.

For a little over an hour Winter and sidemen Jon Paris on bass and harp and Tom Compton on drums cooked up a storm, with fast, furious blues licks and the thundering roar of Winter’s harsh vocals. After initially heating things up with a jam, the show really clicked when Winter launched into Boney Maronie, an old standard he's played since the early ‘70s.

Winter reached even further back into the vaults for Chuck Berry’s Johnny B. Goode, but built up the solo to a point where it stood on its own as an almost different song.

The differences between Winter and his opening act, local blues unit Guitar Mikey And The Real Thing, were almost as dramatic In fact, Mikey was downright polite about the whole thing, and although he was technically perfect and proved him-self to be an above-average instrumentalist, his hour-long set was a little too clean and pure. But he is a fine guitarist, and his venturing into the crowd for an elongated solo was a welcome diversion from the routine of watching an artist stand frozen behind a microphone all night long.

Guitar Mikey should also be commended for his dynamic range of louds and softs that highlighted his sensitivity. It was the only thing lacking in Winter’s otherwise perfect set.

Yes indeed, Johnny Winter is still alive and will, thank you very much

Saturday, 9 December 1989: The Bayshore, Sundance, Long Island, N.Y

  1. Sen-sha-shun [very hot version]
  2. Unknown
  3. Just a little bit
  4. Be careful with a fool [with bass solo]
  5. Fire [rare rendition of the Hendrix classic, superb guitar solo! ]
  6. Mean town blues [Tom starts speediest than Johnny; he must stop and go again, now slowest to follow Johnny's beat]
  7. Lleavin' blues / slide guitar jam / guitar & bass duel
  8. Mean town blues [conclusion]
  9. It's my life [forgotten for about five years]
  10. Please come home for Christmas
  11. Suzie Q
  12. Gloria [Van Morrison classic]
  13. Seventh son
  14. Wildwood flower

Friday, 15 December 1989: Club Bene, Morgan, New Jersey

  1. Sen-sa-shun
  2. Don't want no woman [Bobby Blue Bland classic]
  3. Good morning little school girl
  4. Don't take advantage of me
  5. Be careful with a fool
  6. ??? [a funk guitar in Snooks Eaglin vein, as "drop the bomb" or "illustrated man" -
  7. Bony moronie [with drum solo]]
  8. Mojo boogie
  9. Please come home for Christmas
  10. Rock'n'roll hoochie koo
  11. Encore: Boot hill

Saturday, 16 December 1989: Chestnut Cabaret, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Setlist
  1. Sen-Sa-Shun
  2. Mother-In-Law Blues
  3. Be Careful With A Fool
  4. Don't Take Advantage Of Me
  5. Bony Moronie, drum solo
  6. Mojo Boogie
  7. Stranger Blues
  8. Please Come Home For Christmas
  9. Johnny B Goode 10
  10. It's All Over Now

Friday, 29 December 1989: The Ritz, New York, New York

Live at San Francisco 1989 DVD

This DVD contains rare footage of Johnny Winter during his "Captured Live" tour from 1976 and 1989 from San Francisco, CA. First up is Johnny Winter recorded during his 1976 World Tour stop in SF on 4/30/76. These two songs were filmed in black & white and have a digital counter. Songs performed are Johnny B. Goode and Jumpin' Jack Flash. Also included is a segment recorded in France for television and contains live performances as well as interviews with Johnny Winter. The interviews are most interesting as he touches on such topics as Floyd Radford, being a second guitarist in the band and wanting to do one album and a tour combining his own band and the Edgar Winter Group (this did happen and resulted in the Johnny and Edgar Winter "Together" album). Songs performed are Boney Maronie and Something's Gone Wrong. Band members for the '76 tour were Floyd Radford on second lead guitar, Randy Jo Hobbs on bass and Richard Hughes on drums. The interplay between Johnny and Floyd on lead guitars is quite extraordinary. Also included is a 1984 clip of Johnny with Jon Paris on bass and harmonica on the blues classic Treat Her Right. The final offering features Johnny's performance at the San Francisco Blues Fest on 9/9/89 during his North American tour. Performing with Johnny are Jeff Gans and Tom Compton. Songs performed are instrumental, I'm Good, Don't Take Advantage of Me, Love Her with a Feeling, Serious as a Heart Attack and Mojo Boogie, which features Johnny on slife on his Gibson Firebird. NOTE: This was an outdoor performance and the footage contains glare from the sun.

DVD with Johnny Winter videos from the 80s

Johnny Winter - Live through the 80s, this movie offers performances from New Hampshire (1984); Bromma, Sweden (1987); and Pistoia, Italy (1988), among other locations. Among the songs included on Live Through The '80s are such fan faves as "Sweet Papa John," "Good Times Woman," "Mojo Boogie," Bob Dylan's "Highway 61 Revisited," the classic Sonny Boy Williamson song "Unseen Eye," and Winter's trademark take on Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode."

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