The Johnny Winter Story

Johnny Winter's Lifer and Career during 1990

Johnny Winter Timeline 1990

Rumours: Johnny Winter did short "draw" gigs for small places for about $450.

This page covers Johnny Winter performances, concerts and tours during the year 1990, quickly jump to the year: 1990 , 1991 , 1992 , 1993 , 1994 , 1995 , 1996 , 1997 , 1998 , 1999 .


19-25 Feb 1990: King Biscuit Flower Hour

The King Biscuit Flower Hour week of 19 Feb until 25 Feb 1990 with Johnny and Edgar Winter

Promo: "Keep Playing that Rock 'n' Roll" on the King Biscuit Flower Hour with Johnny and Edgar Winter. You'll hear the Edgar Winter Group doing their classic: Frankenstein and Johnny Winter with "Jumping Jack Flash" and "Johnny B. Goode". Johnny and Edgar Winter Recorded live concert for the King Biscuit.

Johnny Winter King Biscuit Flower Hour 1990

Friday, 6 April 1990: Barrymore's, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

  1. Sen-sa-shun
  2. Mother-in-law blues
  3. I'm good
  4. Red house
  5. Don't take advantage of me
  6. Good morning little school girl
  7. Mojo boogie
  8. Stranger blues
  9. Johnny B. Goode
  10. succotash [first time that Johnny uses this song as a closing set; played in the same way as used since March 84 till last 89's concerts, with "hideaway" in the middle but with some lyrics - "I want you love me" repeated many times]

Saturday, 7 April 1990: Spectrum Club, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

  1. Sen-sa-shun
  2. Mother-in-law blues
  3. Don't take advantage of me
  4. Good morning little school girl
  5. V-8 Ford Blues
  6. Mojo boogie
  7. Stranger blues
  8. Ain't just like a woman
  9. Johnny B. Goode
  10. encore: Wildwood flower

Monday, 9 April 1990: Diamond Club, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

  1. Sen-sa-shun
  2. You're humbuggin' me
  3. Don't take advantage of me
  4. Red house
  5. I'm good >Hey Joe (superb version!)
  6. Mojo boogie >Stranger blues
  7. It's all over now
  8. Johnny B. Goode
  9. Wildwood flower

Tuesday, 10 April 1990 or 1991: Entex, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

  1. Sen-sa-shun
  2. I'm good
  3. You're humbuggin' me
  4. Last night
  5. Serious as a heart attack (with different lyrics!)
  6. You don't love me
  7. Hey joe
  8. Mojo boogie
  9. Johnny B. Goode
  10. Okie dokie stomp

Friday, 18 May 1990: Palau D'esports, Barcelona, Spain

Available on a bootleg CD "Barcelona Boogie / Barcelona Blues" as well as on Video (DVD)

  1. Instrumental Introduction,
  2. Don't Take Advantage Of Me,
  3. Give It Back,
  4. You're Hummbuggin' Me,
  5. Mojo Boogie,
  6. Stranger Blues,
  7. Johnny B.Goode.
  8. Serious as a heart Attack
  9. Okie Dokie Stomp
  10. Jumpin' Jack Flash

Sunday, 20 May 1990 - Barcelona, Spain, Venue unknown

  1. Sen-sa-shun
  2. You're humbugging me
  3. Don't take advantage of me
  4. Red house
  5. Serious as a heart attack
  6. Rock'n'roll hoochie koo
  7. Mojo boogie
  8. Stranger blues
  9. Johnny B. Goode
  10. 1st encore: Jumpin' jack flash
  11. 2nd encore: Hey Joe [superb!]

Monday, 18 June 1990: Le Rendezvous, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

  1. Sen-sa-shun
  2. Boot hill
  3. I'm good
  4. Be careful with a fool
  5. Don't take advantage of me
  6. Mojo boogie
  7. Stranger blues
  8. Johnny B. Goode
  9. encore: Serious as a heart attack

Tuesday, 26 June 1990 - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

    Set List:
  1. Sen-sa-shun
  2. I'm good
  3. Red house [great version, also with bass solo]
  4. Don't take advantage of me
  5. Good morning little schoolgirl
  6. Mojo boogie
  7. Stranger blues
  8. Ain't just like a woman
  9. Boot hill
  10. It's all over now
  11. Encore: Johnny B. Goode


Guitar Extra, Summer 1990, vol 1 number 2

Blues guitar early influences by Johnny Winter. Two pages of licks and comments.


Friday, 13 July 1990: Tramps, New York

Danny Gatton was playing Tramps in NYC. Towards the end of his second set he saw Johnny Winter and coaxed him( along with the crowd) to come up and do a song. Johnny borrowed Danny's telecaster and Danny's band provided the backup.

Saturday, 28 July 1990: Club Bene.

Friday, 3 August 1990: Chestnut Cabaret, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  1. Sen-Sa-Shun
  2. Give It Back
  3. You're Humbuggin' Me
  4. Crossroads(cut maybe songs missing)
  5. Mojo Boogie
  6. Rock And Roll Hoochie Koo
  7. Okie Dokie Stomp

Saturday, 4 August 1990: The Channel Rock Club, Boston, Massachusetts

  1. hideaway
  2. get love if you want it
  3. give it back
  4. Outside Woman Blues - this song is very well known by the Cream from their second album "Disraeli Gears". It's written by "Reinolds" and several old blues guys have recorded it long before Cream.
  5. red house
  6. mojo boogie
  7. she moves me
  8. you're humbugging me

Saturday, 11 August 1990 : Capitol Theatre, Portchester, New York

  1. Sen-sa-shun [hot version]
  2. Give it back
  3. You're humbugging me
  4. Outside woman blues
  5. Mojo boogie
  6. Kind hearted woman
  7. Johnny B. Goode
  8. It's all over now
  9. 1st encore: Red house
  10. 2nd encore: Okie dokie stomp

Tuesday, 28 August 1990: Charlottesville High School

Special Guest: Bob Margolin

Johnny Winter Charlottesville High School

Thursday, 6 September 1990: The Palace, Kok Taylor, B.B. Chung King

Johnny Winter, Koko Taylor and B.B. Chung King at The Palace 1990

Saturday, 22 September 1990: Warfield Theatre, SF

...opening act was Jeff Healey, Robben Ford.

Jeff Healey, Johnny Winter, Robben Rord




Tuesday, 25 September 1990: Reno Nevada.

Thursday, 27 September 1990: Boulder Theater, Colorado

Announcement: Texas Guitar Slim "Johnny Winter with special guests: Anson Funderburgh and the Rockets with Sam Myers

Vintage annoucement post of Johnny Wnter at Boulder Theater

Guitar School, Nov. 1990

The Immortal Hendrix - Special Tribute To Jimi!

Picture of Johnny on page 22

Tribute to Jimi by Johnny on page 26-27

"Steve Paul, who was my manager, owned a club called The Scene which was the big happening rock club in New York in 1968. All the nice looking groupies were there, and the musicians were there because the chicks were there. It worked out nice for everybody. There were a lot of real interesting jams there, though how good they were would depend on how inebriated the musicians were.

"Now, of course, as soon as I'd heard Jimi's first record I was in love with his band, so it was a natural thing for me to want to play with him. He was real interested in playing slide, so he seemed to enjoy playing with me. He never really made much of an effort to learn slide, though. As good as he was, I'm sure he could've done it.

"I think he had time booked at the Record Plant every damn night, and when the Scene would close down he'd get a bunch of people together and go over the Record Plant and jam. Then he'd listen to the results the next day when he'd be straighter, and hopefully get ideas from them.

"By the time we met we both had our styles, but you can always learn from other people. I'm sure that there are little things in my playing that I don't even think about anymore that came from Jimi.

"Jimi was really familiar with the blues - Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters - he could play good straight blues. That's what he was really-a great electric blues player. He just stretched it out. He had more chords, but his playing was all blues. He had so much feeling, and he expanded it with the electronics. Some people call them gimmicks, but they're hard to work with. I get all goofed up when I start using that stuff, but Jimi would hook up all these different things together and know how to work them. It was like he was playing a different instrument. It was really amazing what he could do with effects. He was creating a 21st Century music. There'll never be anybody that will equal what he did.

"You asked what he was like as a person? Well, his main focus was on music and chicks. He really didn't talk about politics or his past. He'd be friendly, but kind of distant. He wasn't the kind of guy you'd tell your problems to. When you're that big, you just can't open yourself up to everybody. That's one of the reasons he liked Billy Cox - Billy knew him and grew up with him. He knew Hendrix before his success. See, once you've made it, everybody feels like they know you, and it can be very lonely. Jimi didn't have anybody looking out for him. That was one of his main problems. Everybody wanted something. It's too bad that Jimi wasn't looking out for Jimi, either.

"If only he'd had somebody to say, 'Hey man, put yourself in the hospital for a while, get away from the dope, and think about what you want to do.' It would have made a lot of difference. But in those days drugs were thought of as something good, and Jimi was considered the king of the whole thing. Jimi and Janis Joplin were the king and queen of the drug culture. They almost had to die, because you can't have a culture based on drugs. Toward the end, every time I'd see him he looked more and more depressed."

- Gene Santoro

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