This page covers Johnny Winter performances, concerts and tours during the year 2004 , quickly jump to the year: 2000 , 2001 , 2002 , 2003 , 2004 , 2005 , 2006 , 2007 , 2008 , 2009 , 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Johnny Winter's band members in 2004 are:
Monday, 19 January 2004 Aqua Nightclub, Citrus Heights, CA
Wednesday, 21 January 2004 House Of Blues, Hollywood, CA
Saturday, 24 January 2004 The Bottom Line Club closes
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Bottom Line, the legendary New York music club where for nearly 30 years stars like Bruce Springsteen and Miles Davis took the stage, has hit the finish line over a rent dispute.
The eclectic Greenwich Village club, whose acts also included singer Stevie Wonder and blind country-folk guitarist Doc Watson, owed landlord New York University nearly $200,000 (139,000 pounds) in back rent and could not agree on a new long-term lease. It closed for good on Thursday.
Co-owners Allan Pepper and Stanley Snadowsky, childhood friends who opened the club in 1974, posted a farewell note on the club's Web site that said, "The Bottom Line has always been about the music, and we find fulfilment in knowing that we have stayed the course and remained true to our vision."
The venue's final shuttering came six weeks after a judge's deadline for the owners to pay back rent or face eviction. The university had proposed a new lease that would have raised the $11,000 monthly rent. The owners vacated the property and were not evicted, according to the New York Times.
Pepper had said that the Bottom Line's business dropped off after the September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Centre.
The closure came three weeks before the 400-seat club was to celebrate its anniversary with Kris Kristofferson, David Johansen, David Bromberg, Doc Watson and Loudon Wainwright III among those lined up to perform.
The 12 February 1974, opening night at the Bottom Line featured singer Dr. John, who was joined on stage by Stevie Wonder and Edgar Winter. Mick Jagger, Carly Simon, Bette Midler and Charles Mingus were among the celebrities in the audience.
Thursday 12 Feb 2004: Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto
Johnny played the Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto to a full house, estimated by an employee to be "near a thousand".
The concert, though pretty much to recent form, exceeded all those expectations.
The proceedings got off well. Two Canadian bands got the crowd pumped. The lead-in band, David Gogo, was very good, though I appreciated him most for the references and tributes to Johnny that he made between almost every song. My only disappointment is that he did not play "Dallas", a song that he covered on an album a few years ago.
Another tribute came when it was time for the show - the introduction was made by the lead guitarist from the Conan O'Brian show band, Jimmy Vivano, who is in town to tape some shows. Then came the first surprise - Johnny walked straight to his chair, no cane, no flashlight, no help at all. He still walks with a slight lean forward at the waist and a noticeable favouring of one side, but he walked strongly and unassisted.
Hideaway kicked things off - a little tentatively throughout. One could tell that he was a bit rusty. The second song, Sugar Coated Love, provided the next surprise. As soon as Johnny started to sing my friend and I looked at each other and said "wow". His vocals are much, much stronger than even 14 months ago. This is not the same powerful voice as before, but rather a more soulful, mellow voice, much stronger than in recent years. Throughout the night Johnny sang very, very well. For me, the vocal highlights included Blackjack and Sick and Tired - these were done with much more authority than in 2002.
His playing seemed to improve with each and every song. Sick & Tired (the 7th song) was played with confidence, accuracy and gusto. The only blip that I heard, after Hideaway, was during Messin' with the Kid, from which he recovered quickly. However,all night long you could feel the confidence and authority improve. Johnny was kicking ass. The guitar highlight for everyone, I think, was the encore - Mojo Boogie. His slide playing was simply ferocious.
At the end, he stood up, picked up the cane that had been lying there all night long, and pointed it at the crowd with a huge smile as he walked off stage.
For the record, here is the setlist: Hideaway; Sugar coated love; Boogie real low; Good time Charlie; Blackjack; Tore down; Sick & tired; Mona; Messin' with the kid; Sen-sa-shun-got my mojo working; Johnny guitar; (Encore) Mojo boogie
Friday 13 Feb 2004: The Honest Lawyer, London, Ontario
Winter blues to blast London
In the middle of our true winter of 2004, the great white bluesman cometh.
He is Johnny Winter, guitar god, prince of Texas blues and, in his own words, "the best white blues player around."
Winter turns 60 this month. That means it's been 45 years since a youthful band named Johnny and the Jammers ripped through Schoolday Blues, and 35 years since he initially shot from Texas clubs to rock stardom in the U.S.
"I've done a lot of things I wanted to do, like working with Muddy (Waters, a Chicago blues star)," Winter says from his Connecticut home.
"That is one of the high points of my career, working with Muddy," he says of producing Waters, one of his heroes, during Muddy's "comeback" in the 1970s.
Due to various ailments, Winter is seated on stage these days as he sings the blues and plays his fiery guitar. It is only one chapter in his thrilling blues life, which has seen Grammy honours, hit records and songs written for him by John Lennon and the Rolling Stones.
He is intent on adding to the legend in 2004. He is working with a writer on his autobiography. It is nearly complete. "We got a new record coming out in April or May," he says. It will be called I'm a Bluesman.
"I'm going to stay with the blues," Winter smiles about his own future.
Even if several of the songs on I'm a Bluesman seemingly demand it, Winter is not touring with a second guitarist. It may be Winter is still chilled at the memories of former bandmate, second guitarist and full-time exhibitionist Rick Derringer, jumping all over the place.
Winter gives a mixed review to The Blues, the recent Martin Scorsese-helmed tribute to the music's past and present glories. Scorsese and his allies somehow failed to do for the blues what Ken Burns' Jazz did for another great American gift to to the world, he says.
"It could have been better," Winters says. "There weren't enough blues piano players on it."
Winter knows his keyboard players, starting with his flashy, rock-minded brother Edgar.
He also knows his blues guitarists. His road manager is Paul Nelson, who co-wrote several tunes, including the title track, on I'm a Bluesman, and also plays on five of the new tracks.
Winter smiles. "He's a (terrific) guitar player."
It must warm a winter night on the road to hear that from a boss who knows what he is talking about.
Sat/Sun 21-22 February 2004: HOUSE OF BLUES RADIO HOUR
ELWOOD BLUES JOHNNY WINTER's BIRTHDAY PARTY 2004.
ARTISTS AND SONGS: JOHNNY WINTER: Rock & Roll Hootchie Koo, Rollin' & Tumblin', Mean Town Blues, Highway 61 Revisited, Hustled Down in Texas, Still Alive and Well. MUDDY WATERS: Mannish Boy SONNY TERRY: I Think I Got The Blues JOHN LEE HOOKER: Susie WAYNE BAKER BROOKS: It Don't Work Like That
Sunday, 16 May 2004 The Rythum Room Phoenix, AZ
Tuesday, 18 May 2004 Galaxy Concert Theater Sanata Ana, CA
Review of Johnny Winter at Galaxy Concert Theater Sanata Ana
Tuesday night at the Galaxy Theater in Santa Ana will be one night I will remember and cherish always. I hooked up with some good friends and together we had one helluva evening!
After some 33 years since I first heard Johnny playing "Good Morning Little School Girl" on a Woolworth Monoaural Phonograph on the "And Live" album in a little one-car garage in San Francisco, and about 26 years since I last saw him live on stage, I finally got to meet the Grand Master of Blues! The Guru of Swing! The Ruler of all Guitar Slayers! I was indeed in the presence of Greatness.
The Show was tremendous! Johnny was tremendous! Johnny walked on stage unassisted. Sat down, smiled, and said hello to everybody in the audience, and asked how we were. Then he went into his ever famous tune-up chop on his white Laser. As usual, he started his set with Hideaway. His set included some tunes from his upcoming new CD, I'm A Bluesmen. Johnny was having a great time, and sounded awesome.
His tone. HIS TONE! What phat tones he had Tuesday night. And as always, it was magical! It was captivating. He, James Montgomery, and the rest of the band did a nice long killer version of Hoochie Koochie Man. James was really animated when he sang Hoochie Koochie Man! The entire show was a show to die for! Johnny sounded as soulful as ever - perhaps even more so. When he started playing 'Black Jack' it'd just sent chills down my spine! About two- thirds' way into his show, many of the audience had already filtered down into the pit to shuffle their feet and dance. By the end of the show, the pit was just filled with shoe shufflers and beep-boppers having a grand ol' time, both YOUNG and old! I was getting Goosebumps throughout the night. At the close of the show, Johnny came out for an encore performance with his Firebird, his slide, and done up a version of Mojo Boogie that was right as rain. It was a night to remember.
I've waited some 26 years, and traveled literally a thousand miles to see Johnny live on stage. And I'll tell you that it was well worth it! And it was GRAND to say the least. I hope you all make it to one of Johnny's upcoming shows. It will be a blast!
Wednesday, 19 May 2004 Belly Up Tavern Solana Beach, CA
I saw Johnny Winter at the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach, CA 19 May 2004. I had seen Johnny Winter previously in the early 80's and of course it was amazing - unbelievable - and I have quite a collection of Johnny Winter shows which I've traded for through the years. I wanted to go see him when he came around 5 or 6 years ago but at the time I was studying for a CPA exam which was to happen the day after his show in my area. I was very torn about whether or not to go because of studies, but Steve Foster encouraged me to be happy with the memories I had from seeing Johnny Winter in the 80's and warned me that Johnny's playing was not quite what it used to be. I took his advice and passed the opportunity to see the show at that time. Well last May I found out the Johnny Winter would be playing the Belly Up so I had to go. My friend/bandmate-guitar player Jimmy Head came with me -Jimmy had never seen Johnny Winter live but in the early years of Jimmy's learning of guitar, Johnny Winter was one of his biggest influences. Throughout high school (in the 70's) we played in bands together and Bony Moronie, It's All Over Now, and several other of Johnny Winter's tunes were staples in our set. We were really excited to see Johnny Winter but I warned Jimmy of what I had heard from Steve several years before about Johnny Winter not quite playing like he used to. Setlist-Belly Up in Solana Beach, CA 5/19/04: HIDEAWAY, BOOGIE REAL LOW, GOOD TIME CHARLIE, SICK AND TIRED, LETS START ALL OVER AGAIN, BLACKJACK, I'M TORE DOWN, HOOCHIE KOOCHIE MAN, MESSIN' WITH THE KID, SEN-SA-SHUN -GOT MY MOJO WORKING, JOHNNY GUITAR, MOJO BOOGIE. It was great to see Johnny Winter of course, and although he doesn't quite play like he used to, his trademark style stills shines through. The highlight for me was when he came out with the firebird for the encore and played the slide on Mojo Boogie. Don't get me wrong, Johnny Winter is still amazing! Most impressive is the love the fans showed for Johnny Winter music. The crowd was loud and appreciative and gave Johnny Winter standing ovations. The back up band was really good too, especially the bass player who not only tore it up, but really kept the pace of the songs for Johnny. It is only because I was an avid follower of Johnny Winter's earlier career when his playing was at it's peak, that now it is a little saddening to see that Johnny Winter is not as fluent of a player as he was. However Johnny Winter's playing is undeniably magic and even now his music is miles above most!
Friday, 21 May 2004 Konocti Harbor Resort Showroom Kalanyville, CA
Saturday, 22 May 2004 Harrah's South Shore Room Lake Tahoe, CA
Sunday, 23 May 2004 The Independent San Francisco, CA
Tuesday, 25 May 2004 The State Theatre Modesto, CA
Wednesday, 26 May 2004 The Roadhouse Sacramento, CA
The Johnny Winter Band in June 2004
Thursday, 27 May 2004 House of Blues Los Angelos, CA
In June 2004 can not travel outside the USA due health issues and treatment by two USA physicians
Thursday, 10 June 2004 Cabooze in Minneapolis.
Tuesday, 15 June 2004 The CD: I'm a Bluesman released
15 June 2004 Is the release date of Johnny Winter's latest studio album: "I'm a Bluesman"
June 19 - Claro Hall (Rio de Janeiro) Brazil
Johnny Winter's planned tour in Brazil is cancelled because of health problems, which limits his travel within North America
Friday, 2 July 2004 Downtown Farmingdale, LI
Saturday, 3 July 2004 Enfield Town Green Enfield, CT
Thursday, 8 July 2004 Magic Bag Detroit, MI
Friday, 9 July 2004 House of Blues Chicago, IL
Johnny came on after a pretty raucous set by the warm up act, Eric Sardinas who was way too loud and in spite of the fact that he is a really good guitar player his sound was so overbearing that it was not too enjoyable. Eric played a National Steel through some kind of delay/chorus/flange effects pedal and a full Marshall stack so it didn't much have that National Sound. His drummers kick drum about ran us out of the room everytime he kicked it and the bass player was so loud it reminded me of some of the cars that pull up behind you at a red light with their systems blaring nothing but bass. Other than that and Eric saying that Johnny Winters will be out soon, they were pretty good. I guess.
When the curtain opened again there was Johnny sitting center stage in a comfortable looking wing back chair (much classier and more comfortable than the metal folding chair I saw him sitting on in Nashville a few years back).
The fans immediately erupted into applause hoots, hollers, and whistles. No question who everyone was here to see and I was certainly no exception. I just love the way that Johnny fans love Johnny. Johnny said his "Hey how's everybody doing and they launched right into Hideaway. Ahhh yes, here I was in my comfort zone again, finally. Its been two years since I've seen Johnny and pretty much everything I've heard (from those who actually know) about Johnny appears to be true. He is playing quite a bit better than last time I saw him and he definitely gets around better. He probably won't be beating Armstrong in the Tour De France this year but I was very glad to see him walk around without a cane and he appeared to be very alert and in no pain.
James sang Start All Over Again which he co wrote with Johnny for the new record and then Johnny WALKED himself back to where stood his Gibson Firebird, strapped it on and just tore up Mojo Boogie. Of course I was hoping for Highway 61 too but I certainly wansn't dissapointed that he didn't play it. No one else appeared to be either as again the crowd was going wild. There were two couples sitting next to us who looked to be in their mid to late 20s and judging from their applause they were having just as much fun as this old fan was.
A few of the people I was there with went on the bus afterwards and I would have loved to have too, but, we had our children back at the hotel so we left immediately after the show. Sure hope that Johnny does do a national tour in support of I'm a Bluesman as the offical site suggests. If he does and he comes anywhere near here, I'll let you know how that show goes as well.
Bottom line is, you wanna know if Johnny is as good as he used to be? Right? Well, I'll put it like this, I used to see Johnny play live and it made me very happy. Seeing him play last Friday night made me very happy. What more could anyone ask of a performance?
Wednesday, 14 July 2004 BB Kings Club New York, NY
Saturday, 17 July 2004 13th Annual New York Rytham & Blues Festival Clinton Square Park, Syracuse, NY ( New York State Budweiser Rhythm "in" Blues Festival)
Tuesday, 20 July 2004: House of Blues, North Myrtle Beach
Friday, 23 July 2004 Starland Ballroom Sayerville, NJ
Friday, 23 July 2004: Bluesman' Winter still storms on guitar, Article in the Boston Herald
When harmonica ace James Montgomery began the New England Blues Society Medical Fund to help poor, underinsured blues musicians, a wealthy star like Johnny Winter was not who he had in mind.
Although Winter, 60, did not need financial help, he was a perfect candidate for a new doctor and a radically different healthregimen.
``We hooked Johnny up with our main doctor, who cut down drastically on all his prescribed medications. It was a dramatic change: His lifestyle habits changed, too. The difference is unbelievable,'' said Montgomery, who is a full-time member of Winter's band in addition to pursuing his own music. ``Johnny is in the best health he's been in for a long time.''
If you see Winter when the famed guitar-slinger comes to Arlington's Regent Theater tomorrow night, you will not see a man in robust health. After major hip surgery three years ago, Winter walks with difficulty using a cane, and sits for all performances.
``I can't stand up more than five minutes at a time. In airports I use a wheelchair. It was a successful operation: They mended my hip. But I just can't walk much,'' Winter said in a telephone interview last week.
Johnny Winter is a survivor. In the '70s, when Winter's blues-rock albums were in the Top 40, narcotics addiction was a significant problem. That troubled period is long gone.
``I used to joke that his best friends were Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin, and he's doing a lot better than them,'' said Montgomery, who has known Winter for 30 years.
Despite his hip problems, Winter has been touring frequently in recent years, and while his cult American audience is dedicated and most of his shows sell out, in Europe he is a gigantic draw. Winter's old 1970s rep as the world's greatest white bluesman was supplanted by Stevie Ray Vaughan in the '80s. Yet in many parts of the world, the albino guitarist is still considered a legend.
His new album, the first in nearly eight years, ``I'm a Bluesman'' (Virgin/EMI), has a distinct New England stamp. It was recorded in South Boston and Stamford, Conn., and in addition to Montgomery on harmonica, the co-producer is Boston's Tom Hambridge and Boston-area musicians Mike Welch and Sal Baglio make appearances.
``I'm a Bluesman'' has been called a return to pure blues for this onetime rocker. Yet Winter does not concur. He says he has always played blues, especially since 1984, when he began recording a series of CDs on Chicago's Alligator label.
``The two other albums I've made for Virgin have also been blues albums. This one is just called `I'm a Bluesman' because that's the name of the (title) song,'' he said.
The answer is pure Winter, a man who avoids big statements and, in interviews, rarely answers a question with more than a short phrase. Ask him how it felt to play guitar with and produce albums for Muddy Waters, and he'll just say ``great!''
A follow-up question gleans this: ``I wanted to make Muddy sound like he sounded in the '50s.''
In 1977, Winter produced Waters' album ``Hard Again'' and spearheaded a Waters revival, presenting the legend in a visceral yet still relatively traditional electric blues setting. It was the best gift Winter could have bestowed upon his boyhood hero. The album set Waters up for a triumphant old age, and the Winter-Waters team followed it up with ``I'm Ready'' in 1978, and Waters' last studioalbum, ``King Bee,'' in 1981. The albums won three Grammys, and have just been released on CD by Sony Legacy, with additional songs. They've aged very well.
It's hard to get Winter to open up about the experience, however. Ask him if working with Waters changed his guitar style or influenced his own music, and he'll just say ``No.''
His pal Montgomery, meanwhile, is effusive. ``Muddy Waters called Johnny his son,'' he said. ``It was a close relationship. With all of Johnny's amazing blues experiences, there are few people in the world like him today.''
The big yearly event in Montgomery's life is coming up Aug. 8: the Reel Blues Fest at the Cape Cod Melody Tent in Hyannis, a benefit for the Blues Society Medical Fund. The fund has helped dozens of underinsured blues musicians find free medical care.
Dickie Betts and Koko Taylor will headline, and Montgomery will play with guitarist G.E. Smith and special guests to be named later. Entrain is also on the long bill. The show starts at 4 p.m.
Saturday, 24 July 2004 Regent Theatre Arlington, MA
A Night With Johnny Winter
July 24, 2004-Arlington, Mass.
I had the pleasure of seeing a blues legend perform last night. John Dawson Winter III, well known as Johnny Winter, got the 600 seat Regent Theater in Arlington, MA into a steamy red-hot groove with a career encompassing set along with some smokers from his latest recording I'm A Bluesman .
Before Winter played on into the humid July evening, there was a young and vibrant talent that set foot onstage to warm up the crowd-a guitar slinger in the mold of Eric Johnson named Julien Kasper
When they were setting up before Winter came on, the stage crew put a chair right in the middle of the stage, which bewildered many in attendance. Johnny is still recovering from major hip surgery and he is walking around gingerly at this point in his recovery, so he sat down for the entire evening and commenced to blow us all away with some guitar licks that would have made his adopted musical father, Muddy Waters, proud. Standing up or sitting down, at 60 years old, this man has not lost a step in his guitar mastery, he has lost a bit in the vocal department, but it's still da blues, and Winter remains a respected talent in blues worldwide.
Winter's good friend and mine, Paul Nelson, who also co-wrote and played on the new album, was there to make sure we got into our seats, which were as good as they get, and he treated myself and my wife like we were royalty. I did not expect this at all, but it was certainly a welcome pleasure indeed. Paul is also playing with Johnny on tour but on this night, he was busy doing some other things for the band. Nelson is a classy guy and he really made the evening very special for us by arranging a meet and greet with Johnny after the show. Watch for more smokin' licks from Nelson on a studio album at some point after the tour is over
The incredibly entertaining James Montgomery, a blues legend in his own right, played the harp and sang his heart out (most notably on "Hoochie Coochie Man") complimenting Johnny wonderfully. The drummer Wayne June can belt out a tune as well; he found his groove on the classic "Tore Down," covering it as if he owned it. The only member of the band that did not sing was the bass player Scott Spray, who played his bass like a man on a mission in an eternal Winterized chill out; he kept in perfect step with June all night. When I saw Spray on the tour bus he was very cordial and all smiles, he seemed genuinely happy to be part of Winter's entourage, what musician wouldn't be? Winter is a sweet guy and he was a pleasure to chat with.
Johnny has managed to put together another crackerjack band, doesn't he always? They are really cookin' live and I felt privileged to witness a blues legend in action. When he launched into "Blackjack" and " Johnny Guitar," the crowd went into a frenzy, all 600 blues fans were living their own personal glorious once-in-a-lifetime evening with Johnny. I sure felt that way after I left, knowing that I witnessed something special I never would forget.
Sunday, 25 July 2004: Grand Auditorium, Ellsworth
It was Christmas in July when Johnny Winter and Pam Baker played the Grand Auditorium in Ellsworth Sunday July 25th. The doors opened at 7pm, but fans began lining the sidewalk long before for the general admission concert that capped the promotional tour for I’m a Bluesman the newest album from the legendary Texas bluesman and Virgin Records.
Saturday, 2 October 2004: Riverfront Park Little Rock, AR
Thursday, 7 October 2004: B.B. King Blues Club & Grill - New York, NY
Wednesday, 13 October 2004: Belly Up Tavern - Solana Beach, CA
Friday, 15 October 2004: Coach House - Capistrano - San Juan Capistrano, CA
Saturday, 16 October 2004: Ventura Theatre - Ventura, CA
Sunday, 17 October 2004: The Vault 350 , 350 Pine Avenue The Vault, Long Beach, CA
Wednesday, 20 October 2004: Fox Theatre , 2001 H Street 1412 17th Street, Suite 464, Bakersfield, CA
Wednesday, 10 November 2004 Mechanics Hall ,321 Main Street P.O. Box 41,Worcester, MA
Friday, 12 November 204: Stadium Theatre Performing Arts Centre, 1 Monument Sq. 28 Monument SquareWoonsocket
Saturday, 13 November 2004: State Theatre - Falls Church, VA
Sunday, 14 November 2004: Peabody's Down Under 2083 East 21st Street Cleveland, OH
Friday, 19 November 2004: Paradise Club - Boston, MA
Saturday, 20 November 2004: Toad's Place, 300 York Street P.O. Box 20060,New Haven, CT
Wednesday, 29 December 2004: Ram's Head On Stage,33 West Street Kris Stevens,Annapolis, MD