Sunday, July 20, 2008

Musicial heros getting older

Some musicans grown old gracefully and still on top of their musical game, like BB King. Others aren't that lucky. And it's sad to see your musical heros get old and ill, and just aren't even close to manage something to their old

Case in point, Johnny Winter. He's a mean guitar player and a great musician, and his contribution to the blues and rock'n'roll is of historic significane. He did play in Norway a couple of years ago, but I opted not to go see him. I think it would have been too sad, as he's haunted by health issues which has clearly affected his playing. I represent exhibit A, Highway 69 live, the first his the legendary perfromance at Bob Dylan's 30th Anniversary Concert in 92 (check the guitarist on the left, G.E. Smith, with a big grin as he looks over to JW and checks out his licks). The second clip is the same song from the Crossroads Guitar Festival in 2007. I love the man and his music, but this is just sad. Those 15 years have really taken their toll.



7 comments:

Wilhelm said...

Damn! That's messed up. Poor guy - I sincerely hope he's laid aside enough money to live well his remaining years.

Dude was a great guitar player - I'll totally give him that.

Mike said...

Johnny was the best then and is still alive and well, rocking the world .... we all will get old, give him a break. froogie

Mike said...

Johnny was the best then and is still alive and well, rocking the world .... we all will get old, give him a break. froogie

Wilhelm said...

With all due respect; it sure doesn't look like he is well in this clip.

All I'm saying is that I sincerely hope he still gigs because he wants to, not because he's forced to for pecuniary reasons

Anders said...

I heard that Johnny's health has improved, but I still haven't seen any proof of that. Hope the rumours are true.

But Mike/froogie, me saying that it's sad that JW has health issues and Wilhelm saying that he hope he has enough cash to live well and not being forced to go on the road (just to feed himself and pay the medical bills) isn't excatly "not giving him a break".

Mike said...

maybe I would take you a little more serious if you new that significane does not exsist in the english language.

Mike said...

maybe I would take you a little more serious if you new that significane does not exsist in the english language.