World-renowned guitarist Eric Johnson will be coming to Bremerton this week, performing at the Admiral Theatre Friday night as part of his extensive U.S. tour that includes 45 shows.
Johnson is also a vocalist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist and is most known for his hit song Cliffs of Dover, an instrumental piece that shows off Johnson’s impressive plucking skills. The track won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance. The song gained even more notoriety among teens after it was included in the video game Guitar Hero III, where it was deemed one of the more difficult songs to play.
Aside from that song, Johnson has plenty of other noteworthy work that spans the genres of rock, blues, jazz, fusion, soul, folk, new-age, classical, and country music.
“It really boils down to the music and the song at the end of the day,” Johnson said via admiraltheatre.org. “If it doesn’t have that it gets boring for me. The most important thing for me is to grow musically and make a more expansive and meaningful artistic statement with every new project.”
Johnson is set to release his newest album dubbed EJ Vol II, which comes after the previous album EJ, an all-acoustic set of songs from 2016. The album showcased nine original compositions and four covers. The tour he’s currently on will feature his latest project along with work from throughout his long career.
Guitar Player magazine has called Johnson “one of the most respected guitarists on the planet.” In the ’70s and ’80s, he began working as a session guitarist for some well-known acts such as Cat Stevens, Carole King, and Christopher Cross.
Tickets for Friday night’s event range from $15 to $52. Doors will open at 6 p.m. with the show starting at 7:30 p.m. Dinner, dessert, and cocktails will be available for those sitting on the main floor.