By Philip Cosores
With a tour on the immediate horizon, Rolling Stone points out Edgar has released a statement on Facebook about his brother and how the upcoming Rock ‘n Blues Fest Tour will be reconfigured to pay tribute to Johnny:
My wife, Monique, and I are shocked at the suddenness of Johnny’s passing, especially since I was so looking forward with such joy and anticipation to seeing him again and playing together. I know his body is departing this physical realm, but his presence, his music, and his spirit are undiminished, and alive as ever in my heart.
Johnny has always been, is now, and will forever remain my greatest musical hero of all time. But more than all that, he’s my brother–in family, in music, in life and beyond. I will do my best to carry on in honor of his memory and the Winter name.
The upcoming tour will now feature a selection of songs typically associate with Johnny, performed by all involved, which includes the Edgar Winter Band, Vanilla Fudge, Rare Earth member Peter Rivera and Savoy Brown’s Kim Simmonds.