Saturday, November 19, 2005
Johnny and Edgar Winter were born in Beaumont, Texas rather than Port Arthur as I had previously posted here. I went to see them Thursday night at the Beaumont Civic Center. They hadn't been onstage together in twenty-four years and it was well worth the wait.
Johnny's performance was nothing short of spiritual. While Edgar is rock and jazz, Johnny is a pure blues man. He is in fragile health and was seated before the lights came up and left the stage after the lights went down. Rumors included a broken hip and problems with his vision. Watching his performance was like watching the magic of a hummingbird delicately hovering in mid-air while at the same time furiously beating his wings. While Johnny beautifully hovered above us on the stage, his hands and fingers furiously beat his guitar strings, and us, into submission.
Edgar, on the other hand, was a ball of energy twirling and running all over the stage. Watching him perform Frankenstein was one of the most incredible concert moments I have ever experienced. He played synthesizer, keyboard (hanging by a guitar strap around his neck), saxophone and drums. He also joined Johnny onstage with his sax for a couple numbers. Regarding the guitar strapped keyboard, Edgar says he invented that after being tired of staying trapped behind a keyboard in concerts while everyone else was running around and having all the fun.