Johnny Winter Tubeworks

The great Johnny Winter appeared on the very informal “Tubeworks” television show in Detroit, MI, following his appearance at the Ann Arbor Blues Festival. This footage was shot at 4 a.m.! It aired on Sunday, Dec 13, 1970 at a more reasonable 9 p.m. This nearly-hour-long interview/performance is a must-watch for all Johnny Winter fans. A note: In 2010, during a photoshoot with rock photographer Ross Halfin (I brought a white Gibson Firebird for Johnny to play during the shoot), I mentioned to Johnny the knee-high black leather boots he was wearing during the 1970 Tubeworks broadcast. I said, “I dug those white lightning bolts on the sides of the boots,” and he looked at me, paused for a second and looked away, and then looked back and said, “They were GOLD!”

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