Edgar Winter has announced the Rock n' Blues Tour that originally was to include his late brother Johnny Winter will now continue in his memory, according to a statement released July 22. The tour, which will kick off July 31, was to feature both Johnny Winter and his brother Edgar Winter, Vanilla Fudge, Peter Rivera formerly of Rare Earth and Savoy Brown's Kim Simmonds.
"My wife and I are shocked at the suddenness of Johnny's passing, especially since I was so looking forward with such joy and anticipation to seeing him again and playing together,” Winter said in a statement. “Johnny has always been, is now, and will forever remain my greatest musical hero of all time. But more than all that, he's my brother -- in family, in music, in life and beyond. I will do my best to carry on in honor of his memory and the Winter name."
The tour will feature songs that Winter made classics, including "Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo," "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl" and "Johnny B. Goode." It will begin in Clarkston, Michigan, and will wind its way through the country with stops in New York, Maine, New Jersey, Florida, California, Nevada and Washington.
Rick Derringer, a longtime friend of Johnny Winter and also a veteran of past Rock'n'Blues Fest tours, will be a special guest at the final two performances in Las Vegas, Nevada, and Snoqualmie, Washington. Derringer was a member of Johnny Winter And plus has played with Edgar Winter as a member of The Edgar Winter Group and Edgar Winter's White Trash.
Johnny Winter, who was known for his high-energy blues-rock albums and live performances in the late 1960s and 1970s, died July 16 in Zurich, Switzerland at age 70. A member of the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame, he was ranked by Rolling Stone magazine 63rd in its list of “The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time."