Johnny Winter, 6/21/12

Written by Mark Robbins / Photos by Mark Robbins

June 28, 2012

Johnny Winter
Jewish Mother
Virginia Beach, VA
June 21, 2012

 

 

The calendar may have said it was summer, but on a recent night at Virginia Beach’s Jewish Mother, it was all about winter — Johnny Winter and his trio.  Looking frail and requiring assistance to get to his onstage chair, many in the room did not know what to expect from he man that is recognized as one of the top 100 guitarists of all time. Once he sat down and strummed the opening chords to Freddie King’s “Hideaway,” it was safe to say that all fears subsided.

Playing to a sold out crowd of mostly gray haired rockers, standing in homage for the entire show, Winter’s husky voice and agile fingers delivered on every song.  “Good Morning Little School Gir”l took the crowd back to the days when we all in the crowd grooved without pain.

Backed by Vito Liuzzi (drums), Paul Nelson (guitar) and Scott Spray (bass), the band steamed through a set of old blues/rock standards that had young and old singing along. For the last song of the set, “It’s All Over Now,” Winter stood as tall as he could, physically and verbally thanking the raucously appreciative the filled room before being helped off stage.

Knowing an encore was coming, no one moved, and to their delight, when Johnny reappeared, he strapped on his old Gibson Firebird and treated them to a ripping “Dust My Broom” and subsequent raw rendition of Dylan’s “Highway 61.”

For those 75 minutes, on a hot muggy night in Virginia Beach, especially when closing one’s eyes, everything was just things were 40 years ago. It was good.

 

Setlist

 

Hideaway, Good Morning Little School Girl, Got My Mojo Working, Johnny B. Goode, Black Jack, Tore Down (Vito on vocals), Don’t Take Advantage of Me / Gimme Shelter, Boney Moroney, It’s All Over Now

Encore: Dust My Broom, Highway 61

 

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