Edgar Winter has spoken out about the death of his older brother Johnny Winter on July 16 at the age of 70.
Winter issued a statement saying that, "My wife, Monique, and I are shocked at the suddenness of Johnny's passing, especially since I was looking forward 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. But more than that, he's my brother, in family, in music, in life and beyond. I will do my best to carry on in honour of his memory and the Winter name."
The younger Winter and his band will take over the headline spot on this year's Rock'n'Blues Fest tour, which he was scheduled to share with Johnny. The tour begins July 31 in suburban Detroit with Vanilla Fudge, Rare Earth's Peter Rivera and Savoy Brown's Kim Simmonds also on the bill; the tour is now sub-titled "A Tribute to Johnny Winter," and all of the artists will perform some of Winter's songs during their sets.
Longtime Winter associate Rick Derringer will join the lineup for the tour's final two shows in Las Vegas and Snoqualmie, Wash.