Billy Gibbons, Others Remember Johnny Winter
Johnny Winter . I attribute half my hearing loss to him .— Colleen Fischer (@e4thequeen) July 17, 2014
Winter himself remembered Houston venues like the Act III and Rockefeller's when talking to the Houston Press this past February. Colleen Fischer, former booking agent for Rockefeller's, shared a number of memories of Winter via Twitter, such as "first guy to stack his speakers so high at Rockefeller's people in the balcony could set their drinks on them."
"Loudest band ever at Rockefeller's that it sounded better across the street at Club Hey Hey," read another.
Houston's The Big Easy Social & Pleasure Club also remembered Winter in this message on Facebook, posting the message "Goodbye for now, Johnny. Give our regards to Uncle John Turner."
"Very sad to hear that Texas blues legend Johnny Winter died at age 70 in Zurich amid European tour," a message on Eric Clapton's Facebook page said.
Just two weeks ago, Clapton also posted another message touting his appearance on Winter's forthcoming duets album, Step Back, due in September. The two guitarists square off on "Don't Want No Woman," while Winter and Gibbons tussle on "Where Can You Be." Other guests on the album include Ben Harper, Aerosmith's Joe Perry, Mountain's Leslie West, Joe Bonamassa and Brian Setzer.
"Rest in Peace Johnny Dawson Winter III," Bonamassa said on Facebook. "A son of Texas and a son of the Blues. There will never be another one like you. Thanks for teaching me to play the slide and to use the front pickup. A giant loss for Blues guitar and all music in general."
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