Guitar man Eric Johnson announces Yorkshire date

Guitar man: Eric Johnson will embark on a five date UK tour when he plays Holmfirth Picturedrome on Friday, July 5.
Guitar man: Eric Johnson will embark on a five date UK tour when he plays Holmfirth Picturedrome on Friday, July 5.

ERIC Johnson, the celebrated American electric guitarist and hailed by Joe Bonamassa as “one of the greatest guitar players of all time”, will launch his first UK tour in Yorkshire.

He will embark on a five date tour when he plays Holmfirth Picturedrome on Friday, July 5.

The 5-date tour will showcase material from his current album Up Close, and from his rich back catalogue.

Planet Rock will start a ticket pre-sale on Wednesday, March 7, followed by a ticket pre-sale from Ents24 on Thursday, March 8.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, March 9, via the 24-hour box office: 0844 478 0898 www.thegigcartel.com.

Johnson is also a respected acoustic, lap steel, resonator and an accomplished pianist and vocalist. He’s best known for his diverse array of music genres evidenced by many different styles incorporated in his studio and live performances, including rock, blues, jazz, fusion, folk, New Age and country music.

Guitar Player magazine called Johnson “one of the most respected guitarists on the planet”.

His critically acclaimed, platinum-selling 1990 recording Ah Via Musicom produced the single Cliffs of Dover, for which he won the 1991 Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance. Cliffs of Dover also appeared in Guitar Hero 3 – Legends of Rock.

In 1996 he joined forces with Joe Satriani and Steve Vai for the original and legendary G3 tour that garnered a worldwide audience with the platinum selling CD and DVD release.

Johnson is best known for playing stock Fender Stratocasters and Gibson ES-335 electric guitars through a triple amp setup that consists of vintage Fender and Marshall amplifiers.

He plays vintage Stratocasters, including his ‘Fender Signature Stratocaster’ model, which is one of the best selling instruments in the Fender catalogue.

Eric Johnson’s July 2012 UK Tour dates are: Holmfirth Picturedrome (Friday 6 July); Glasgow O2 ABC (Saturday 7 July); The Sage Gateshead (Sunday 8 July); Bath Komedia (Monday 9 July); London Leicester Square Theatre (Tuesday 10 July).