Fender Bender

By: Jim Minge Email
By: Jim Minge Email
What: Eric Johnson

When/Where: Wednesday, August 13th – 5 p.m. meet-and-greet at 402 Arts Collective, 6051 Maple Street, Omaha; 8 p.m. performance at the Waiting Room, 6212 Maple Street

Tickets: $25 in advance, $30 at the door; $40 for the VIP tickets

Web: waitingroomlounge.com and 402artscollective.org

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In the early 1990s I went through a "guitar guys" phase, listening to guys who played with no (or hardly any) vocals. Their guitars did the singing. Joe Satriani, Pat Metheny, Eric Johnson, George Benson, those types.

In the case of Johnson, widely regarded as one of the all-time great electric rock guitarists, it was his blistering fret-buster "Cliffs Of Dover" that got the most play on my stereo. Loved that tune. Still do.

That’s what will get me to the Waiting Room on Wednesday, August 13th when Johnson is set to play. What will keep me there will be the rest of the Austin, Texas ax-grinder's impressive licks, which span an impressive 45 years.

The show is a special sit-down affair with VIP tickets available to those who want to join a meet-and-greet with Johnson prior to the show at the 402 Arts Collective next door.

You can get an inside look at what you're in for by watching a 10-minute live version of Johnson, who favors Fender Stratocasters guitars as his weapon of choice, scaling the "Cliffs Of Dover." Click here to see it (the juicy stuff begins at about the three-minute mark).

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