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  posted on 11/5/2011 at 04:23 AM
Well i was pleasantly surprised with Johnny Winter's show last night at the Parkstad Theatre in Heerlen, Netherlands. It was only a 25 minute train ride so i couldn't resist.
First show of this leg of his Roots Tour 2011. Through the years i have seen him more than once struggling with his voice and playing due to his declining health and without a doubt last nights show was a far cry from his glory years but i liked it much better than 2 or 3 other shows i saw in the last 10 years. It kinda looked and sounded like he played with more confidence and bravoure after a few songs in. Well his setlists haven't changed much in recent years but i really enjoyed his playing. Not faultless but he still has the chops. Among the songs played were "Hideaway, Sugar Coated Love, I've Got My Mojo Workin', Johnny B Good, Jumping Jack Flash, All Over Now
(played standing!), Bonie Meronie, Dust My Broom and Highway 61 Rev.".

And for the icing on the cake i got to meet Johnny in his Tour Camper after the show! With a little help from Paul Nelson who i met inside the theatre at the merch stand.
He told me to go round the back to the loading deck were Johnny's camper was parked.
I got my copy of "Raisin' Cain" (Mary Lou Sullivan's outstanding book on Johnny) signed by Johnny. We had some chit chat. Even relaxed in his camper he looked fragile but also in good spirits and patient (he had to interupt watching a Demi Moore movie on his laptop!).

 

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  posted on 11/5/2011 at 08:34 AM
every time iv'e seen him the past 6 years he seems to be getting stronger
 
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  posted on 11/5/2011 at 08:42 AM
I saw Johnny three years ago; as feeble as he is the part of his brain (even after a stroke) that moves his fingers still has it. He needs to be in a controlled environment. Unfortunately because his vision and hearing is so bad it just doesn't work when he sits in as a guest
 

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  posted on 11/5/2011 at 09:44 AM
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I saw Johnny three years ago; as feeble as he is the part of his brain (even after a stroke) that moves his fingers still has it. He needs to be in a controlled environment. Unfortunately because his vision and hearing is so bad it just doesn't work when he sits in as a guest


If you read Raising Cain, you'll find that there was no stroke.

 

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  posted on 11/5/2011 at 11:03 AM
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I saw Johnny three years ago; as feeble as he is the part of his brain (even after a stroke) that moves his fingers still has it. He needs to be in a controlled environment. Unfortunately because his vision and hearing is so bad it just doesn't work when he sits in as a guest


If you read Raising Cain, you'll find that there was no stroke.


Yeah, i can't remember reading about a stroke either. Years of methadone and prescription drug abuse were the biggest health issue. He was on Klonopin and Risperdal for many years. Those drugs had nasty side effects (anxiety attacks and tremors) and the wodka didn't help either. Paul Nelson helped Johnny to get of all that medication. 2 broken hips took their toll too. And radial nerve palsy in one of his hands/wrists. His vision is bad since birth due to being an albino.

 

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  posted on 11/5/2011 at 02:38 PM
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I saw Johnny three years ago; as feeble as he is the part of his brain (even after a stroke) that moves his fingers still has it. He needs to be in a controlled environment. Unfortunately because his vision and hearing is so bad it just doesn't work when he sits in as a guest


If you read Raising Cain, you'll find that there was no stroke.


Yeah, i can't remember reading about a stroke either. Years of methadone and prescription drug abuse were the biggest health issue. He was on Klonopin and Risperdal for many years. Those drugs had nasty side effects (anxiety attacks and tremors) and the wodka didn't help either. Paul Nelson helped Johnny to get of all that medication. 2 broken hips took their toll too. And radial nerve palsy in one of his hands/wrists. His vision is bad since birth due to being an albino.


Yeah, the author pointed out that two of the drugs he had been on for years were the same that killed Anna Nicole Smith's son.

His several rehab stays and the nerve palsy led to RUMORS of a stroke to explain his condition.

I had thought he had a stroke until reading the book.

 

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  posted on 11/6/2011 at 06:34 AM
I've seen Johnny a few times over the past five years...generally,despite his physical limitations I have enjoyed his shows a lot...
Not quite the performer he was in his prime but he still delivers a powerful punch.....

 

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  posted on 11/7/2011 at 03:42 PM
I had the pleasure of interviewing Paul Nelson and he related the whole story of getting Johnny back from the abyss. It was a mess. I got to meet Paul and Johnny at BB King's in NYC back in January. Johnny tore it up. His fingers don't know how old he is, they just go. As for his eyesight, it seemed he couldn't see very well and almost never looked at the guitar. It's crazy that that he still plays at the level he does.

here's a link for anyone interested in the interview. it's lengthy but Paul covered a lot of ground.
http://www.ameriblues.com/2011/01/18/paul-nelson-%E2%80%93-keeping-the-blue s-alive-and-well/

 

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  posted on 11/7/2011 at 05:19 PM
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  posted on 11/7/2011 at 05:58 PM
I'm glad to see a good review of Johnny.

 

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