Johnny Winter’s Death: Rockers React on Social Media
Though 70, Winter didn’t appear to be slowing down a bit. He died Wednesday in a hotel room in Zurich, Switzerland, having just played a festival in Austria on Saturday. A new album entitled ‘Step Back,’ featuring Eric Clapton, ZZ Top‘s Billy Gibbons and Aerosmith‘s Joe Perry, is due for release on Sept. 2.
His sudden passing — a cause of death still hasn’t been announced — sent several of Winter’s most famous fans to social media to express their grief, shock and lasting admiration:
Rest in peace #JohnnyWinter. We all knew him. TJ got his first Firebird from Johnny in NYC in '73! Cool guy, Incredible guitar player!
— The Doobie Brothers (@TheDoobieBros) July 17, 2014
— Nikki Sixx (@NikkiSixx) July 17, 2014
We are really sad to hear that Johnny Winter has passed away. The world has lost a true legend and good man. Rest… http://t.co/aUCMqbtD3r
— FOGHAT (@FOGHAT) July 17, 2014
RIP JOHNNY WINTER. We have lost one of the absolute greats. What a player. Thank you for all the fire. pic.twitter.com/wzBlyKuW3g
— Paul Stanley (@PaulStanleyLive) July 17, 2014
god bless johnny winter. R.I.P.
— Flea (@flea333) July 17, 2014
Firebirds, slide & national steel…Just some of Johnny Winters influence on me. He changed my playing… http://t.co/IY9XX9tTzR
— Tom Keifer (@TomKeiferMusic) July 17, 2014
— Fred Coury (@fredcoury) July 17, 2014
— Paul Wickens (@WixWickens) July 17, 2014
— Official Dio (@OfficialRJDio) July 17, 2014