Rock'n'Blues Fest is now titled “Rock’n’Blues Fest - A Tribute to Johnny Winter” featuring Edgar Winter Band, Vanilla Fudge, Peter Rivera formerly of Rare Earth and Savoy Brown’s Kim Simmonds at DTE Energy Music Theatre on Thursday, July 31 at 7:30 p.m. See the news release from the tour below~
"ROCK'N'BLUES FEST - A TRIBUTE TO JOHNNY WINTER"
TO FEATURE EDGAR WINTER BAND, VANILLA FUDGE,
PETER RIVERA formerly of RARE EARTH AND SAVOY BROWN'S KIM SIMMONDS
IN TRIBUTE TO THE LATE, GREAT, LEGENDARY BLUES GUITARIST
ON STRING OF SHOWS BEGINNING THURSDAY, JULY 31
The music world lost a legend last week with the passing of Johnny Winter, one of the best Blues guitarists the world has ever known...
What was originally slated as Rock'n'Blues Fest to be headlined by Johnny Winter will now be a tribute in his honor featuring brother Edgar, Vanilla Fudge, Peter Rivera (formerly of Rare Earth) and Savoy Brown's Kim Simmonds for a dozen dates beginning Thursday, July 31 (see current itinerary below).
Edgar Winter and his wife, Monique, express their sentiments as follows:
"My wife, Monique, 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. I know his body is departing this physical realm,
but his presence, his music, and his spirit are undiminished, and alive as ever in my heart.
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."
Blessings, Peace & Love,
Edgar and Monique
"Rock'n'Blues Fest - A Tribute to Johnny Winter" will mark the third annual version of the tour with a show that will feature separate performances by all of the artists who will be performing their greatest hits interspersed by a selection of Johnny Winter songs.
Rick Derringer, a longtime friend of Johnny Winter and a veteran of the Rock'n'Blues Fest tours, will be a special guest at the final two performances in Las Vegas, Nevada (8/23) and Snoqualmie, Washington (8/24).
Of course, Derringer's biggest solo hit, "Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo," was originally recorded by Johnny Winter, with a band that featured Derringer.
All of the artists appearing on this newly announced tribute are looking forward to sharing some of Johnny Winter's memorable music with fans.