Two of the industry's most elite guitar players Eric Johnson and Joe Satriani have announced that they will be teaming up for special performances this spring as part of Satriani's "Super Colossal" US Tour. For a select number of dates only, Johnson will appear as Satriani's special guest, performing songs off his recent Grammy nominated album "Bloom" as well as such fan -- favorites as the Grammy Award winning song "Cliffs Of Dover."
Johnson, who spent the majority of last year touring behind "Bloom" which was released Jun. 14th, 2005 through Favored Nations, is considered to be one of the most technically-proficient live performers on the scene today. In fact, Pollstar called his last routing 'One of the best live shows of a rock guitarist of our time'.
Johnson will kick off his performances with an exclusive headlining gig at Club Congress in Tucson, AZ on Mar. 30th just before his March 31st appearance at the Tempe Music Festival celebrating Fender Musical Instruments 60th Anniversary with Jeff Beck and other guitar greats. He will then hit the road with Satriani on "The Super Colossal Tour" for a series of dates that begin in Denver on Apr. 1st and continue through the middle of May.
An avid live performer, Johnson says that he doesn't mind all of the touring, even after spending almost a year and half straight on the road. In fact, he is so focused on making his live performances accessible to his audience that he recently released two new DVDs -- "The Art Of Guitar," an instructional video by the master himself, and "Live from Austin Texas," a never-before-released DVD and CD (New West Records) that captures the essence of the guitarist's legendary Dec. 14th, 1998 performance on Austin City Limits! Live from Austin Texas includes many of Johnson's hit recordings from his Grammy nominated "Ah Via Musicom" and the first release of two fan favorite Jimi Hendrix covers -- "Love Or Confusion" and "Are You Experienced."
"I prefer playing live because I can take the music and expand it through improvisation," he said. "It's also great to see how the audience receives it." If these shows are anything like his last, it's safe to say that the fans will be eating it up, after all as Pollstar wrote, "If you love rock guitar you'll love the energy of his show. Don't miss him on this tour."
The official dates for Johnson's appearances include:
03/30 - Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress
04/01 - Denver, CO @ Ogden Theater
04/02 - Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater
04/03 - Omaha, NE @ Orpheum Theatre
04/05 - Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues
04/07 - Greensburg, PA @ Palace Theatre
04/08 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre & Ballroom
04/10 - Buffalo, NY @ SUNY-Center For The Arts
04/14 - Boston, MA @ Berklee Performance Center
04/17 - Baltimore, MD @ Ram's Head Live
04/18 - Sayerville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
04/19 - Upper Darby, PA @ Tower Theatre
04/21 - Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House Of Blues
04/22 - Boca Raton, FL @ Mizner Park Amphitheatre
04/24 - Tampa, FL @ Tampa Bay Perf. Arts Center
04/25 - Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
04/26 - New Orleans, LA @ House Of Blues
04/27 - Grand Prairie, TX @ Nokia Theatre
04/28 - Austin, TX @ Paramount Theatre
04/29 - The Woodlands, TX @ C.W. Mitchell Pavilion
05/01 - Albuquerque, NM @ Kiva Auditorium
05/02 - Las Vegas, NV @ House Of Blues
05/03 - Anaheim, CA @ The Grove Of Anaheim
05/04 - San Diego, CA @ Humphrey's By The Bay
05/05 - Phoenix, AZ @ Celebrity Theatre
05/06 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern LG