Thursday, December 11, 2008

Johnny Winter Band To Play 2009 Sweden Rock Festival

If there is a living legend today, it would have to be Johnny Winter. The man from Texas who turns 65 on February 23rd is known as music history's most famous albino, but also and most importantly as one of the most influential blues guitarists in the latter half of the 20th century. Ever since his debut in 1969 he has represented vintage blues - not least his own personal hero Muddy Waters - and sometimes ventured into harder rocking domains, like on his biggest commercial success "Johnny Winter And Live" (1970) with none other than Rick Derringer on second guitar. Winter's latest album "I'm a Bluesman" (2004) was nominated for a Grammy and proved that "the greatest white blues guitarist of all times" was still a force to be reckoned with. Marked by a tough life, Winter nowadays executes his live performances sitting down - something which does not weaken the intensity of his playing in the least.

The annual festival, to be held June 3-6 2009 in Sölvesborg, Sweden will also feature performances from Heaven & Hell, Marillion, Motörhead, Uriah Heep, Dream Theater, Foreigner, Blackfoot, Riot, Lita Ford, The Outlaws, In Flames, Europe, Soilwork, Hammerfall, The Tubes, Eric Sardinas with more to be announced soon.

Johnny Winter live at the Canyon Club,Agoura Hills, Calif., June 22, 2007

1 comment:

Joanie said...

You know, I waited so long to see Johnny and was glad I finally got the chance. Not only did he walk out on stage on his own, but he was smokin' hot that night. I get chills just thinking about it.

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