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davido's picture
La Grange, Texas
Oct 2007
Today

I realize this is a Texas thang, but there are more than a few of us on vanderbilly I wanted to share this...BTW the Recent concert in Dallas they refer is when VB~ Doc and I saw EJ.. I can guarantee you he IS experenced! :cool:

GUITAR LEGEND CELEBRATES THE END OF RECORDING NEXT STUDIO ALBUM WITH
PERFORMANCES WITH HIS IMPROVISATION-BASED TRIO.

(Austin, TX) The record summer temperatures in the Lone Star State are
bound to get even hotter when Grammy-winning musical artist Eric Johnson
and his band Alien Love Child with bassist Chris Maresh and drummer Bill
Maddox hit the road for a round of four special Texas shows in Austin,
Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. The mini-tour comes in the wake of
finishing the recording of his next studio album. Johnson will now be
giving various tracks to three of the top engineers in contemporary music
to mix: George Massenberg, Gary Paczosa and Andy Johns. they have spent the
last year and a half in the studio, and I really want to get up on stage
and do some playing, says Johnson. After a recent one-off Alien Love Child
show in Dallas, the band was sounding better than ever, so I want to keep
that going. Hailed as one of the most respected guitarists on the planet
by Guitar Player magazine, Johnson formed Alien Love Child in the mid-1990s
while recording his Venus Isle album to enjoy performing spontaneous music
live as a break from and counterpoint to working in the studio. The band
began with every other week club gigs in an Austin club and quickly drew
packed houses of enthusiastic and appreciative fans, taking on a life of
its own within Johnson's varied and distinguished career. They recorded a
live album in January 2000 at Antones nightclub in Austin, Live and
Beyond, that was released later that year on Steve Vais Favored Nations
label. Amazon.com hailed it for capturing the trio at the peak of its
power and its groove-laden, flavorful yet delicate playing, and the
band's tight, fluid jams. The disc earned a Best Pop Instrumental Grammy
nomination for the song an to go alongside Johnson's Best Rock
Instrumental Performance award and five other nominations.The majority of
the music we make is spontaneous and fueled by the emotion of the three of
us playing together, Johnson says. But the fun and the vehicle is a really
cool way to just make music.
The tourdates are as follows:
August 25 - Aztec Theater - San Antonio,TX
August 26 - House of Blues - Houston, TX
August 27 - House of Blues - Dallas, TX
August 29 - Tim's Porch - Austin, TX (Its possible Richard Jessee is gonna open this show)

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randy's picture
St. Louis
Dec 2007
1 month ago

Davido, ya gonna make all the shows?

zendriveseven's picture
New Jersey
Mar 2008
1 day ago

You read my mind. I was just about to post it for you lucky Texas dwellers after reading about it online. I really hope you guys go see the shows!

A new EJ (studio) album is like Christmas for me. :D

I'm very curious to see his approach to his tone on this album. Bloom was a great album, but his tone has changed slightly since Avia Musicom and Venus Isle. More bass-mid-rangy with less high end frequency. Also, not as saturated when it comes to distortion. Still amazing, but not the same as he used in the 90's during the "Austin City Limits" DVD. With that said, I can't wait to hear this album!!! I know Eric will deliver the goods.

I caught his show live a few years ago in NYC and it was around 2 hours long with 4 or 5 Hendrix encores. I also met him but was so damn nervous I only got out a few words. Favorite players come and go, but after 20 or so years I always end up back to Eric Johnson.

davido's picture
La Grange, Texas
Oct 2007
Today
Originally Posted by randy

Davido, ya gonna make all the shows?

Just Austin...I got friends ;)

Tom Its spooky meeting your guitar idol...for me its kinda like talking to blonds at least when i was younger :) the "owrds" just get distorted :) now well idgas

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SIXSTRING63's picture
upstate New York
May 2008
2 days ago

I went to see him in '94 I think it was in Rochester NY in a small club with my soon to be wife. He was great and played unbelievable but it was kinda boring ,no energy at all,stood like a statue and I know that is his deal. I was always a huge Steve Morse fan and had seen him a few years before that and got to meet him and talk a little shop after the show. Steve's shows were balls out with a lot of energy and power. A little more raw I guess with the 3 piece and the monster Dave LaRue on bass.

Originally Posted by zendriveseven

You read my mind. I was just about to post it for you lucky Texas dwellers after reading about it online. I really hope you guys go see the shows!

A new EJ (studio) album is like Christmas for me. :D

I'm very curious to see his approach to his tone on this album. Bloom was a great album, but his tone has changed slightly since Avia Musicom and Venus Isle. More bass-mid-rangy with less high end frequency. Also, not as saturated when it comes to distortion. Still amazing, but not the same as he used in the 90's during the "Austin City Limits" DVD. With that said, I can't wait to hear this album!!! I know Eric will deliver the goods.

I caught his show live a few years ago in NYC and it was around 2 hours long with 4 or 5 Hendrix encores. I also met him but was so damn nervous I only got out a few words. Favorite players come and go, but after 20 or so years I always end up back to Eric Johnson.

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zendriveseven's picture
New Jersey
Mar 2008
1 day ago
Originally Posted by SIXSTRING63

I went to see him in '94 I think it was in Rochester NY in a small club with my soon to be wife. He was great and played unbelievable but it was kinda boring ,no energy at all,stood like a statue and I know that is his deal. I was always a huge Steve Morse fan and had seen him a few years before that and got to meet him and talk a little shop after the show. Steve's shows were balls out with a lot of energy and power. A little more raw I guess with the 3 piece and the monster Dave LaRue on bass.

I can see your point Mike. It became most apparent during the "G3" shows I saw with Satch, Vai and Eric. He just seemed like he wasn't having fun. Same goes for the G3 DVD. I happened to catch him on a good night at BB Kings where he was really in to it. I had a chance to see the Dregs many years ago but couldn't make it. Bummer! I do wish Eric would take the Jeff Beck approach and just have some fun out there.

Here's a cool clip of a very pissed off Eric playing "Desert Rose". Eric starts it off way too fast and the drummer keeps slowing it down during the chorus. He plays great when he's angry. :D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxuEFUKJQwk

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