Talk:Eric Johnson

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Bill Hicks?[edit]

Not quite sure what the reference to Bill Hicks brings. Bill Hicks wasn't a notable guitarist or guitar expert and I just don't understand why it matters what Bill Hicks thought of Eric Johnson's playing. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Tpoore1 (talkcontribs) 12:10, 9 August 2011 (UTC)

'Who is Eric Johnson?' Guitar Player magazine[edit]

FYI, I have that 'Who is Eric Johnson?' Guitar Player magazine and I also have the floppy record that came with it. The version of 'Cliffs' is not the same version he played on Austin City Limits btw. Leo Guidolin

Picture[edit]

Someone out there, let's get a good picture of Eric to go into the info box! --Kwan-Trill 17:34, 11 April 2007 (UTC)

http://static.last.fm/proposedimages/original/6/1007684/41201.jpg i like this one! -Mr T.

I don't think the current main picture is very professional. The others seem to all be copyrighted. - C.

It's the only free use picture on Wikipedia. It can only be replaced by another, better, free use image. Images that are found on the internet can't be used. Book, magazine and album covers can't be used because they violate policy WP:FAIR. The only way for anyone to add a better picture is if they take the picture themeselves and upload it with verifiable metadata and proper fair-use rationale in place. 156.34.221.33 (talk) 04:19, 3 January 2008 (UTC)

Changes[edit]

I changed text on two lines describing his early years. I'm sitting next to Eric Johnson's brother, and just learned that they were brothers. We came to wikipedia, and Bill (Eric's brother) disavows ever having started his own band in high school. Also, he (Bill) speaks of his father as someone who had a good voice, but was more enthusiastic about (and better at) whistling than singing. 148.142.66.110 (talk) 14:53, 26 March 2010 (UTC)Someone who does not edit wikipedia.

I am responsible for changing the article; I hope everyone likes it. I wanted to write an article that does Eric justice, consequently, I added pictures and greatly expanded his bio to sound more "encyclopedic" and not "gear-headdy." Discuss and enjoy. --Kwan-Trill 03:08, 10 March 2006 (UTC)


Somebody should perhaps incorporate information about Eric Johnson's connection to the prog rock band U.K. - but you'll have to chase down the Guitar Player magazine (circa 1986) which confirms all of this. I used to have it years ago, and it has a big cover article on Johnson. At the time, it was practically all the information you could find on him, and it even contained a soundsheet featuring Eric's classic Austin City Limits performance of "Cliffs Of Dover".

As a quick aside: Remember soundsheets? (also sometimes called soundpages): a little plastic, square-shaped record complete with a little circle by the spindle hole indicating where you're supposed to place a penny to weigh the soundsheet down if it slips on your turntable.

This is the Guitar Player article which generated the above quote about Eric being able to tell what brand of battery is in an FX pedal. As for U.K., I forget the exact details, but I believe that Johnson was actually a member of the band for a while before Allan Holdsworth joined, but no recordings survive.Thistle172 11:00, 28 April 2006 (UTC)

--First, let me say that I am responsible for rewriting the article (except for citations, albums, awards, etc) in its current form.

I am indeed aware that Eric has several vague connections to different bands at different times; Dixie Dregs and U.K. are just a couple that have been mentioned over the years. However, there is no evidence that Eric was a member of either band. In fact, I have read a couple of different sources that say he turned down membership in both. In any event, I don't think it's noteworthy enough for inclusion.

Neither, quite frankly, is Eric's purported bat-like sonic detecting abilities (or lack thereof, if you count his ongoing battle with tinnitus.) It's not that things like this are cool in a quirky, trivial sort of way; it's just that they don't belong in an encyclopedia, in my opinion.

Could the article you are referencing possibly be the '86 Guitar For The Practicing Musician rather than the Guitar Player? I have the former, and if I remember correctly, it has a blurb that says something like "Who is Eric Johnson?" on the cover. I haven't read that for quite a while. I'll have to go dig it out. :) --Kwan-Trill 18:45, 4 May 2006 (UTC)

Somebody removed the information about Eric's signature Strat he designed. This is very useful information to an EJ fan. Why did they remove it?

I removed it because as it was written and placed, it didn't flow well with the rest of the article. Just because something appears to be noteworthy to "an EJ fan" doesn't mean it belongs in an encyclopedia. If you want to include information about EJ's guitars, etc., then give it a separate subheading and please--PLEASE--do not make it sound like it was written by a "gearhead." If that happens--Kwan-Trill 20:29, 12 March 2007 (UTC)

Somebody removed "Vocal rock" and returned genres to just "Instrumental Rock". This is inaccurate, Eric composes and records not just instrumentals but also vocal rock pieces, e.g. Desert Rose, "Nothing Can Keep me From You", "High Landrons" and "Forty Mile Town" from the "Ah Via Musicom" album.

Phenomenal guitarist"[edit]

What's this?

"Eric Johnson is a phenomenal guitarist, musician, and person." 72.192.135.223 01:14, 9 September 2007 (UTC)

Just Fix it! ~ WikiDon (talk) 21:20, 8 June 2008 (UTC)

"Guitar hero"[edit]

"By the time Johnson released his Capitol Records debut Ah Via Musicom in 1990, he was a bona fide "guitar hero,"

Please god, don't mention Eric Johnson and Guitar Hero in the same sentence, and the pun sucked too. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 71.244.113.5 (talk) 20:29, 8 June 2008 (UTC)

Just Fix it! ~ WikiDon (talk) 21:20, 8 June 2008 (UTC)

Avenue[edit]

When I first saw Eric Johnson on "Austin City Limits" (I believe it was early 1980s), his band was called "The Avenue", I think. But there is no mention of it here in the article.

Can anybody elaborate? Or am I mistaken (I've been known to be ... lol).

--Atikokan (talk) 19:57, 21 November 2009 (UTC)

EJ himself confirms this (inasmuch as he does not refute it when asked about it) in this email interview on a site dedicated to him. http://www.ericjohnson.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=42&Itemid=9 Anarchangel (talk) 19:14, 24 February 2012 (UTC)