The Johnny Winter Story

Johnny Winter Concerts and Tours during 2001

Jon Paris, Johnny Winter, Edgar Winter, unknown

Johnny Winter Timeline 2001

This page covers Johnny Winter performances, concerts and tours during the year 2001, quickly jump to the year: 2000 , 2001 , 2002 , 2003 , 2004 , 2005 , 2006 , 2007 , 2008 , 2009 , 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

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Sunday, 7 January 2001, Johnny's Dad dies:

John D. Winter Jr., 91, of Beaumont died Jan. 7, 2001, at Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital. A graveside service will be at 3 p.m. today at Evergreen Cemetery in Orange under the direction of Broussard's Mortuary in Beaumont.
A native of Leland, Miss., he lived in Beaumont 54 years and was a retired home builder and World War II U.S. Army veteran. Survivors include his wife, Edwina Holland Winter of Beaumont; sons, John D. "Johnny'' Winter III of Conn., and Edgar Winter of Calif.

 

Friday, 23 February 2001: The Birthday Show, Northampton, Massachusetts

    Setlist:
  1. Hideaway
  2. Got my mojo working
  3. Sick and Tired
  4. She likes to boogie
  5. Blackjack Game
  6. The Sun is Shining
  7. Going Down
  8. Johnny Guitar
  9. Drop the Bomb

 

The Johnny Winter Birthday Show, Northampton 2001

 

26 Feb 2001 Harper's Ferry in Allston, Mass

Hi I checked out Your website-Excellent! I just wanted to let You know I that I saw Johnny Winter in concert last night at Harper's Ferry in Allston, Mass. which is in Boston. His guitar work was unbelievable! The only thing I didn't like was that the guitar drowned out his voice-You couldn't hear what He was singing. He started off with the Laser and did most of the tunes off Live in N.Y.C. including Black Jack,Boogies real low, Mojo working, Johnny Guitar, and then He played a copuple of slide tunes on the Gibson Firebird! I was hoping He would play more of this guitar. He played for about an hour and twenty minutes. I was a little concerned with His looks. He looked very frail and had to be helped on to the stage with using a cane. I have seen Him three times, this was the first I ever saw Him have to use a cane. He also was on a stool at least half of the show. Is He suffering from some thing or did He have a stroke? He looks like He has aged very fast. I hope He is alright, Johnny Winter will always be one of My favorite guitar slingers!
Take care, Bob P.

 

Friday, 2 March 2001: The Stone Pony, New Jersey

 

Friday, 6 April 2001: Royal Oak Michigan

Royal Oak Michigan

I attended the April 6, 2001 concert at the Royal Oak Music Theatre. As mentioned in previous reviews, Johnny indeed looked frail and had obvious trouble walking onto the stage. He used a cane to walk and had to be assisted by a companion with a flashlight whenever he moved. He appears to be suffering from a prior hip injury and his vision is obviously compromised. Unfortunately, I think that this deterioration of his physical condition leads many people to believe that his musical skills are slipping as well. I am not of that opinion. Although I am not a guitar aficionado, I do know my Johnny Winter music and can say, aside from a few miscues in the first song (due to nerves?), that Johnny's guitar work was superb. He appeared almost effortless on stage while playing in a manner that few musicians could duplicate. To me, that was impressive. The song selections consisted for the most part of the "typical" concert repertoire featured and listed in recent reviews with the addition of the rock standard "Going Down" during which his drummer supplied the primary vocals. The only disappointing aspects of the evening for me were the terrible acoustics of the Royal Oak Theatre and his return for only a single encore. The solid stone walls and ceiling of the building reverberated throughout the evening and lessened the quality of his performance. The crowd was extremely enthusiastic and appreciative of his efforts. Most stood in front of the stage throughout the entire 80 minutes he was on stage. I would have hoped that Johnny would have responded in kind with another encore number, but he did not. Johnny sat for much of the concert on a stool and didn't sing as much as I would have expected so it may have simply been a question of endurance. All in all, an excellent evening with Johnny Guitar.
ED FISHER

Johnny Winter Royal Oak Michigan 2001 
Johnny Winter Royal Oak Michigan 2001 
Johnny Winter Royal Oak Michigan 2001 
Johnny Winter Royal Oak Michigan 2001 
Johnny Winter Royal Oak Michigan 2001 
Johnny Winter Royal Oak Michigan 2001 
Johnny Winter Royal Oak Michigan 2001 
Johnny Winter Royal Oak Michigan 2001 
Johnny Winter Royal Oak Michigan 2001 
 

Tuesday, 17 April 2001: Legends, Victoria

Legends, Victoria

I just saw Johnny Winter for the third or was it the fourth time, at Legends in Victoria, BC, Canada (April 17, 2001). Two of us taped, and one took pictures from 4 feet back of the stage. I went to see one of the 9 best guitar players I've ever seen (I've seen Hendrix, Zappa, Clapton, Beck, Page, McLaughlin, DiMeola, Vai, not to mention many other greats) and I was shocked and saddened. The legend was there in front of us but - what happened? He had lost it almost totally. The sound was there from the Firebird and the Laser, but the word I got was that he had had a stroke last November and that he was on tour against doctor's orders. That would be the only explanation for his playing and singing. I've been a fan since I heard first pressings of Progressive Blues Experiment and Johnny WInter, and when I saw him in the seventies and eighties..wow!! But two nights ago, he could barely play, he found the main notes only sometimes on guitar and barely kept time with his great rhythm section. His vocals weren't as gravelly as usual, they were distant and listening to the tapes out of tune too. The phenomenal picking was gone, and the rhythm section had to lead the song arrangement as he could hardly move to look at them.. Johnny, everyone who went to the show loves you and wishes you a speedy recovery. We're glad you came to Victoria. Get better, and even if you don't, we'll always remember you for who you were. Godspeed, you've been the greatest blues player, all the best.

Fred

Wednesday, 18 April 2001: Commodore Ballroom/ HOB, Vancouver

Commodore Ballroom/ HOB, Vancouver

I just saw Johnny Winter at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver and was completely saddened by it. Johnny's place in the world of blues/rock guitar is secure. No one who saw him at his peak could argue otherwise. I had the privilege of opening for him in 1997 at the Commodore and the man was still on top of his game. However, seeing him in the shape he is in was very disheartening.

First, he should not be on the road charging money to see him play when in fact he can't any longer for what ever the reasons. Yes, he has had life long addiction problems and I am sure a variety of other aliments, but that cannot be used as an excuse to go out and charge people money. Whoever is responsible in allowing this to happen (I.a. his manager) knows full well that his fans are being ripped off big time and the mans dignity is being destroyed. It is obvious to anyone that he is beyond his playing abilities and should not allow his legendary status to be tarnished by uncaring music business types.

I am and will continue to consider myself a Johnny Winter fan, but I will never attend another show. If his management really wants what's best for Johnny, then call together his many friends in the music world and have a fund raising benefit for him. The who's who of the guitar world would be there in a second for this man who has given us so much.
Matt Steffich

Fri 20 Apr 2001 Portland, Oregon

Johnny played the Aladdin Theater in Portland, Oregon on April 20 to a near sell-out crowd, who paid $30 each to get in. I've been a big fan since the late sixties, but hadn't seen him play live in close to fifteen years. What I saw was not what I expected, and I was shocked by Johnny's condition. His eyesight was always marginal, but now he is also very frail and hunched over, could only walk very slowly with a cane, and sat motionless on a stool for most of the show. My impression was that he has had a stroke or other serious debilitating illness. His singing was weak and although his guitar tone was good (mostly due to the equipment he was using), his guitar playing was only a shadow of its former glory. The speed and the blazing solos were gone, his timing was way off, and he frequently missed notes--either hitting entirely wrong notes or missing the hammer-ons and hammer-offs, fast triplets, etc. All he really appeared able to still do on guitar was riff the chord changes on rhythm. To his credit, the young rhythm section he had with him was hot, and carried the show. The only real bright spot in the show were the couple songs that he played slide on his Firebird, and a respectable version of his theme song, Johnny Guitar. In the end, I was more saddened than disappointed. I completely agree with Matt and Fred, who reviewed the two BC shows: Johnny's legendary status is secure, but I think he's being misrepresented by his management, who shouldn't be charging fans the kind of money they're asking to see him play, without any forewarning regarding his current health and condition. I've seen Muddy Waters , Johnny Shines, Robert Jr. Lockwood, and other well known blues artists when they were either ill or past their prime, but I always went to those shows more or less knowing what to expect, and as a result those artists were treated with the respect they deserved and maintained their own dignity in the process. If Johnny really needs the money that badly, there are plenty of musicians who owe their careers to Johnny's groundbreaking style of electric Texas blues-rock, who should be more than willing to donate their talents to benefit Johnny.
-Randy Albright

21 Apr 2001 Ballard FireHouse, Seatle

 

Caught the tail end of JW's performance at the Ballard FireHouse in Seattle last night (Sat, April 21, 2001). Let me fling out some random observations since I did not catch the whole show. Physically, yes, there's some real problems there: the glass cane, the on-stage/off-stage help required; the scary lack of affect, the spuer-frail luminous frame; something is going on against doctors orders. I've got to agree with Matt - who saw JW in Canada just a few days before...

Musically: yes, missed notes and some uncoordinated playing. But here's the mysterious thing (and I think I am echoing just about every review posting from 1997 onwards): even playing slow and safe and bit awkward, JW is wonderful to listen to. I know classical, rock, jazz and latin musicians and they all have a code word to describe guitar playing they respect: "musical". Is it "musical?" the all ask. In other words does it flow, is it free, is it techincally accomplished, is it imaginative and - does in combine all of these to send you to a special space - that, I think, is the musician's definition of "musical." Johnny is nothing if not musical.

Compared to Johnny, the millions of notes laid down by Al, Joe, Steve, seem like so much sound. It must be really frustrating for these guitarists to attain such technical mastery of the guitar and then find themselves so often incapable of seducing their audience. Yeah I know, we're supposed to like them, and like every guitar lover, I do. (I even wonder if the guitar is cut out to be a single note, high-octane, high-volume, bob-scale solo instrument - aren't the sax and the violin better cut out for this? - the guitar's real strenth seems to be in polyphony...but that's another subject)But Johnny's got the duende (the Spanish word for magical guitar imp/demon that makes listeners fall in love with the player).

Back to the concert: if you want to see Niagra falls, don't go. If you want to contemplate a small beautiful creek (or even a small fountain!), go.

Das

 

 

Friday, 20 April 2001: Aladdin Theatre Portland, Oregon

Saturday, 21 April 2001: Ballard FireHouse, Seatle

 

Saturday, 2 June 2001: Katalin, Uppsala, Sweden

    Setlist (partial)
  1. Hideaway
  2. Boogie Real Low
  3. Going Down
  4. Johnny Guitar
 

I have been a fan of Johnny's music for about ten years, and own and love many of his albums. He has not visited Sweden for a long while, so this was my first opportunity to se him live. Despite the rumors surrouding his health and playing, and a ticket price of $ 35, I decided to go. He's playing about 5 gigs in Sweden, one of them an extra concert in Stockholm, as the first show there was sold out. The first 2 shows, in Gothenburg and Stockholm, got really bad reviews, so I was forewarned that he might not be so good. The club, Katalin, was sold out, so there was a big and enthusiactic audience. It seems like Johnny has always been popular in Sweden, and he still has quite a following here. Johnny and the band came on stage a quarter past ten, but I missed the first number, Hideaway, as my friend fainted and I had to carry him out and wake him up. It was very warm in the club. Anyway, we were back in the hall as the first number ended. Johnny looked really weak, he barely moved and was all stiff in the face. It seems pretty clear that he is suffering from Parkinson's decease. But I was pleasantly surprised by his performance. He followed Hideaway with Mojo Working, and although he plays a lot slower than before, he still plays with impeccable taste and he still sounds like himself. His vocals were a bit weak at times, but as sleazy as on the records. I think he followed Mojo Working with She likes to boogie real low. That is one of my favorites, and he performed it well. The guitar work was tentative at first, but got good in the latter part of the song. Then he moved to the side of the stage and the roadie helped him change guitar and the band played The sun is shining. His slide work was fine, although he sang out of tune on this number and played a bit out of tune towards the end. This happened a couple of more times during the show, but was not so noticeable. They ended with Johnny Guitar, and Johnny just went to one side of the stage before the encore, some kind of instumental with the Fast life rider riff thrown in. I enjoyed the show and was happy to see one of my favorite artists live. It is true that he plays far below his previous standards, but this must be because of his medical problems. He still plays with taste and feeling, and I did not think it was a tragic performance. The band was very good too, supportive and tight. Johnny does look shockingly frail, perhaps he shouldn't tour any more, it cannot be good for his health. But it does seem like he enjoys playing; he smiled now and then and a big grin was visible on his face during the encore

peter strömbäck.

 

 

 

Tuesday, 5 June 2001: Amager Bio, Copenhagen, Denmark

Tuesday, 5 June 2001:
5 June 2001, Amager Bio, Copenhagen, Denmark
Photos By Rene Aagaard
 
5 June 2001, Amager Bio, Copenhagen, Denmark 
5 June 2001, Amager Bio, Copenhagen, Denmark 
5 June 2001, Amager Bio, Copenhagen, Denmark 
5 June 2001, Amager Bio, Copenhagen, Denmark 
5 June 2001, Amager Bio, Copenhagen, Denmark 
5 June 2001, Amager Bio, Copenhagen, Denmark 

5 June 2001, Amager Bio, Copenhagen, Denmark.

I went to the concert with my son, Morten, age 17. He was enthusiastic, and so was I ! Johnny went on stage at 22:15 by the help of a roadie and a transparant plastic-cane. He looked very fragile and walked on stiff legs with small steps. On stage was a stool, which he used frequently during the concert. Johnnys first song was HIDEAWAY, and he did'nt play it very well ! He seemed tired and unconcentrated, and he played a lot of wrong notes. Still, standing in the first row to the stage, it was fantastic to wach him.

During the second song, 15 minutes in the concert, some jerk threw the contents of a full half litre beer at Johnny, hitting him, his hands and guitar, so Johnny dripped from beer ! Johnny was for half a second a bit shoked, but went on playing with beer all over the fingers and neck of the guitar. At the end of the number, he said: "Who was that motherfucker, who threw beer at me ?" And the bass-player said: "It's all-right, Johnny, he has been thrown out"

Johnny had to clean his fingers and guitar, that was all sticky from beer, and I said to myself, whoops - is he going to leave the concert, like he did on Roskilde Festival about 15 years earlier, when idiots threw beer-cans and bottles at him ? Luckily he did'nt - credits to you, Johnny ! I'm glad, that you choose not to let one idiot spoil the expectations of the rest of the crowd !

The concert went on, and Johnny became better and better, still not as good as before, but he had the spirit and still som of his greatness from the years before !

I think the concert was OK for me and particually for my son, who loved every minute, though he can play HIDEAWAY with a lot more correctness. But he don't have the feeling of an old guy, who had played the blues for allmost 50 years. And Johnny had two great guys to back him up, the drummer and the bass-player. Good work following him up, guys !

The crowd loved it, and at the end, after giving an extra song, Johnny seemed quite pleased - despite of the beer-incident He walked away with his stick - a little man with a GIANT inside.

Thank You Johnny, you still got the blues, and me and my son wishes you the best for the future - look after yourself !

Michael Madsen, Denmark

Blues News Jul-Sep 2001

The German magazine "Blues News" published 7 full pagres article with a biography and discography of Johnny Winter. Trivia: this magazine mentions the fîrst Johnny Winter's website URL: www.home.ch/°spaw1203/Music/winter.html

German Blues News Magazine 2001 
German Blues News Magazine 2001 
German Blues News Magazine 2001 
German Blues News Magazine 2001 
German Blues News Magazine 2001 
German Blues News Magazine 2001 
German Blues News Magazine 2001 
 

 

25-27 Aug 2001 - 5th Bishop's Court Festival, cancelled due to illness

Tuesday, 28 August 2001: Blues guitarist Johnny Winter

pulled out of a concert due to illness. He went on stage to apologise to more than 5,000 fans before going to a nearby hospital. Winter, 57, was suffering from numbness on his right side, called radial nerve palsy, and was unable to perform at Monday's concert, according to organisers of the Bishopstock Festival in Devonshire, southern England. A festival spokesman said Winter was at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital and that his condition was not considered serious.

Aug 2001 - Interview with Michael Buffalo Smith:

Johnny Winter is a legend. Sure, that title gets tossed around in rock and roll like a Frisbee in the park on Sunday, but this time, it is an accurate description. From the '60's onward, with landmark albums like "Johnny Winter And," "The Progressive Blues Experiment," "Still Alive and Well," "Saints and Sinners," "Let Me In," and "Captured Live," along with endless touring, Winter captured and kept a loyal audience who still, to this day, speak his name in reverence. We spoke with Johnny by phone, and while this may not be one of the most in depth interviews we have ever done, it is definitely one of the most important, because this man is a true rock and blues icon. A guitar slinger admired by players and fans around the world. We feel lucky to have shared a few minutes with Johnny Winter.

Thanks for speaking with us, Johnny. It's really a pleasure.

The pleasure is mine.

How have you been doing since your hip surgery? Pretty well. I've just about recuperated, but I still get a little sore once in a while. But I'm doing pretty good.

How was your recent European tour?

It went real well. We always like playing Europe.

How would you compare audiences in Europe to those in the USA?

Well- there's not a lot of difference. But it seems like the European fans are a little more tuned in to the blues. It seems like the blues are bigger over there. There's just a larger audience for it over there I believe.

What's your favorite place to play in Europe?

I don't know. I like a lot of it, but Copenhagen was real nice. And I like Stockholm.

I hear you are working on a new album. How's that coming along?

Yes. We've got two tracks finished. We have most of the material chosen for the rest of it. There are two new songs on the record, written by a guy named Tom Hambridge. There's also a T-Bone Walker song and a Magic Sam song. I think they are planning on putting it out the second week of January.

We certainly look forward to it. We really enjoyed the new video compilation you have out, "Pieces and Bits." Do you have more material that you plan to put out later?

I don't think so. I think we used just about everything that we had, but you never can tell, Sometimes stuff comes up, and you might run into some more material on the road.

I've always loved the rock albums you did in the past, especially "Still Alive and Well" and "Saints & Sinners." What drives you to do primarily blues instead or rock and roll?

I just seem to like playing the blues better. It's what I love. Some of the old style rock and roll I like a lot too though.

Speaking of the blues. The world just lost a great one in John Lee Hooker. I wonder if you'd share your thoughts on John Lee?

Oh, yeah. He lived a good long life, and it seems he said everything that he had to say. It was a shame to see him have to go, though. There will never be another one like him.

Who were your major influences in music? Who made you want to get out there and play?

Oh man. I listened to every blues record I could find, you know? I bought every blues record I could find. It wasn't just a couple of people that I liked a lot, it was the blues in general. People like Muddy Waters , of course, he was one of my favorites. And Robert Johnson, and Little Walter. Those were some of my favorites. Bobby Bland was great too.

How do you feel about the state of blues music in the 21st century? There seems to be a resurgence with artists like Jonny Lang and Susan Tedeschi.

Yeah, there are a lot of good young people coming up. I think it continues to thrive and grow. I don't think the blues will ever die, but I don't think there will ever be any more like Muddy Waters though, and Howlin' Wolf. The ones that are gone, it'd be pretty hard to find people to replace them.

I loved the records you did with Muddy Waters . What was he like as a person? He

was a great guy. He was like a father figure to me. One of the high points of my career was working with Muddy.

Do you think you'll do any more work with your brother Edgar anytime soon?

I don't know, I might use him on this album. I might have him come in and do some keyboards. I don't know yet. I don't know how he's doing on time- if he's got time to do it.

When you listen to music yourself, do you listen to strictly blues, or do you listen to other stuff too?

Mostly blues. I like Dr. John a whole lot. He's pretty bluesy, but he does some rock and roll too. I don't listen to much of the new music. I like the old stuff better.

The new Double Trouble record is really good. Do you think you'll ever play with Tommy Shannon again, or Uncle John Turner?

Yeah. They're both pretty busy right now. The last time I played with them was on the Alligator Records. They played on four cuts on the last Alligator record that I did.

A lot of that was just reissued on a double-disc compilation.

Yeah.

What's next on your agenda, Johnny?

Well, the new album is the main thing I'm doing right now. And we're gonna keep to touring to. So with touring and making a record, I'm gonna be pretty busy.

Thanks fo

Vintage Guitar Magazine, Nov 2001

In Novmber 2001 the Vuntage Guitar Magazine publishes and extenstive interview of Johnny Winter by Tom Guerr, This interview is called: "Still Alive and Well"

r your time, and thank you for all the great music all these years.

Well, thank you.

Gitarre und Bass (Germany), Sep 2001

Johnny Winter ist der Prototyp des modernen Blues-Rock-Gitarristen, der virtuos und vielseitig dem guten alten Zwölftakter Ende der 60er Jahre neues Leben einhauchte. Heute ist Winter längst eine lebende Legende, dessen Name für energetischen Texas-Blues steht. Stevie Ray Vaughan, Rory Gallagher, Walter Trout, Michael Katon, Popa Chubby, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Jonny Lang - sie alle gehör(t)en zum Typus des Rock-beeinflussten Blues-Musikers, dessen Spielweise in der Tradition von Johnny Winter steht. Als Komponist tat sich Winter so gut wie kaum hervor. Er beschränkte sich auf den vorhandenen großen Pool an Blues-Stücken und machte diese Songs in elektrifizierter Version populär - und vielleicht auch erst damit einem Rock-Publikum zugänglich, das eher weniger an Blues interessiert war. Trotz der Härte und musikalischen Offenheit seines Spiels ist Johnny Winter allerdings bis heute immer noch der Blues-Tradition verbunden ...

   

 

 

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