Vic Johnson (musician)

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Vic Johnson
Vic Johnson with Sammy Hagar on July 12, 2008 at the Moondance Jam
Background information
Genres Rock, hard rock, heavy metal
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1980 - present
Associated acts Sammy Hagar

Vic Johnson is a rock guitarist best known for playing guitar with The Busboys and later with Sammy Hagar and the Waboritas.


Vic Johnson grew up with music and was influenced by Jimi Hendrix. He soon began playing guitar and played in several bands throughout high school around the Colorado Springs, Colorado area. Originally from Security, Colorado, he moved to Los Angeles, California in the 1980s to enter the Hollywood club scene, and he soon joined the Bus Boys, a predominantly African-American rock band. The band appeared on the film "48 Hours", performed on Saturday Night Live, and recorded several albums with Arista Records.[1]

Johnson also took on several side projects during this decade including Sound Barrier, an all-black heavy metal band which was to sign with MCA in the middle of the 1980s. Sound Barrier evolved into Total Eclipse, which recorded for Taboo/A&M Records, and played clubs like the Whisky A Go Go and the FM Station in Hollywood and toured across the country. During the 1990s Vic became a session musician, but in 1997 he auditioned for Sammy Hagar's new band, and soon joined Sammy on the Marching to Mars world tour. Johnson continues to tour with members of Hagar's Waboritas and others.