Last Thursday I had the chance to see Eric Johnson on the first stop of his 2011 “UP CLOSE” Tour.
The only other time I have seen Eric Johnson play live was at the NAMM show a couple of years ago and I was anxious to see him again.
Note that ticket price? $22.00 plus A $6.75 ticket fee – what a steal!
I have always been a fan of the man behind the “golden tone” and he did not disappoint me.
(Last December I wrote about the upcoming “UP CLOSE” CD. Read it again by CLICKING HERE.)
Since the tour was named after the “UP CLOSE” CD, I assumed that much of the music would be from the CD and it was…with a few bonus tracks thrown in as well.
Songs included: “FatDaddy”, “Dear Prudence” (Beatles Cover), “Gem”, “Mr. P.C.”, “Vortexan”, A “Les Paul cover” (sorry – don’t remember the name), “Vortexan”, “Hard Times”, an untitled song called “Title”, “Like a Rolling Stone” (Bob Dylan Cover), “Anthem for Today”, “When the Sun meets the Sky”, “Cliffs of Dover” and a killer (LOUD) closer… “Are You Experienced” (Jimi Hendrix”).
I know I got my twenty-two bucks worth and I know my concert buddy RWG did too. Our ears were ringing for several hours.
His touring band includes Chris Maresh on bass and Wayne Salzmann on drums. A very tight – high energy group.
Today I came across this YouTube video of the 3 of them “gearing up” for the tour… ENJOY!