By Philip Cosores
With a tour on the immediate horizon, Rolling Stone points out Edgar has released a statement on Facebook about his brother and how the upcoming Rock ‘n Blues Fest Tour will be reconfigured to pay tribute to Johnny:
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.
The upcoming tour will now feature a selection of songs typically associate with Johnny, performed by all involved, which includes the Edgar Winter Band, Vanilla Fudge, Rare Earth member Peter Rivera and Savoy Brown’s Kim Simmonds.
Johnny Winter collaborator Rick Derringer will guest on the tour’s final two nights.
Below is the complete itinerary for what is now a must-see event for fans of Johnny Winter, both to celebrate his legacy and to say goodbye.
7/31 Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
8/01 Westbury, NY @ NYCB Theatre at Westbury
8/02 Rockland, ME @ Harbor Park
8/03 Red Bank, NJ @ Count Basie Theatre
8/05 Glenside, PA @ Keswick Theatre
8/06 Cohasset, MA @ South Shore Music Circus
8/07 New Brunswick, NJ @ State Theatre
8/08 Englewood, NJ @ Bergen Performing Arts Center
8/10 Waukegan, IL @ Genesee Theatre
8/13 Melbourne, FL @ King Center For Performing Arts
8/14 Jacksonville, FL @ Florida Theatre
8/15 Fort Lauderdale, FL –@ Broward Center for the Performing Arts
8/16 Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckerd Hall
8/21 San Jose, CA @ City National Civic of San Jose
8/22 Anaheim, CA @ City National Grove of Anaheim
8/23 Las Vegas, NV @ Cannery Casino Hotel
8/24 Snoqualmie, WA @ Snoqualmie Casino