Edgar Winter Unleashes a Monster

Edgar Winter

w/Special guest Rick Derringer

The Plaza Live

Wednesday, March 15, Orlando, FL

Edgar Winter and Rick Derringer on the same evening? Is this 1975?

edgar winter (693) vgNo man, it is now; and they are freakin’ wonderful.

These two have a lot of shared history, so it’s fitting they continue to share a bill. Rick Derringer fronting a trio kicked off the party and played through all the numbers you’d want to hear. “Rock And Roll, Hoochie Koo,” “Somebody Loan Me a Dime,” and “Hang On Sloopy.” With “Sloopy,” Derringer rather proudly, (and rightfully so), related the story about how The McCoy’s hit song is the only rock song to be the official state song anywhere in the union. Ohio claims the distinction, as any Buckeye would be able to tell you.

Throughout the set, Derringer showed he still commands an effortless brilliance on the fretboard which mad him such an in demand player. He was gracious and appreciative of the audience which has followed him for length of his career.

Edgar Winter took the stage fronting a four piece of young, aggressive players. Early on in the set, Derringer joined him onstage to play on “Free Ride.” Winter, tall and spry, showed no signs of slowing down as he took ownership of the stage. The singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist was here to entertain. The band was loose and easily followed Winter’s lead. Recently deceased brother and guitar legend, Johnny was mentioned in the introduction of edgar winter (691) vg“Tobacco Road.” The band vamped on “Nobody’s Fault but Mine” and unexpectedly, on The Who’s “Won’t Get fooled Again.” “We All Had A Real Good Time,” “The Power Of Positive Drinkin,’” and Texas Tornado” were performed with purpose and gusto. And it wouldn’t be a show without the epic instrumental “Frankenstein.” The song lurches deceptively before becoming impossibly funky, and building upon itself repeatedly.

Johnny Winter was once again invoked during the encore. “We’re going to do one of my brother’s songs. But which one?” with this guitarist Doug Rappaport tore into the meaty riff of “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” and positively burned through it.

Both Winter and Derringer seem to have plenty of gas left in the tank as far as performing goes. Whether it’s your first time or hundreth, there’s no good reason to miss them on this tour.