R.I.P. Andy Johns

Apr 9 2013

The band and crew were saddened to hear the news of Andy Johns sudden passing on Monday, April 8, 2013. He was a true talent that will be missed by all! Each band member had a few words to share below:

Joe Satriani: Very hard to put into words how I feel about losing Andy Johns so suddenly. We spoke just a few weeks ago about working together on a few movie soundtracks that he had been commissioned to produce, he sounded upbeat, enthusiastic and as usual full of ideas. He brought real musical magic to "The Extremist" and "Chickenfoot" records, experiences I will always treasure. As an engineer and producer he changed the sound of rock music for all time. He was a musical giant who's presence will be missed, and I will miss him very, very much.

Sammy Hagar: Very sad news this morning about the passing of the great Andy Johns. Having had the pleasure of seeing him do his magic drum thing with Chad and Alex on two of my favorite CDs in my musical life, I'm not sure there's anyone else that can get that sound much less entertain the troops the way ole Andy could. My love to Annette and family. A big loss to rock music.

Mike Anthony: Just heard about the passing of my friend and producer, Andy Johns. Words cannot express my sadness upon hearing this. Those of us who had the pleasure of knowing and working with Andy, you know what I'm saying. I loved you brother. Annette, you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Chad Smith: I was so excited when I heard he was going to record the 1st Chickenfoot record. It was a pleasure and an honor having Andy record my drums. He's the one who got what most consider the greatest drum sound of John Bonham. Here's the man who recorded and help produce some of the best rock records of all time. Free,The Stones, Led Zep...and boy could he could tell great stories! I will miss his laugh, funny dance, dry wit, and creativity. Sail on brother Andy.

Kenny Aronoff: Andy Johns, producer and engineer (Stones, Zeppelin, Van Halen) and many many more bands and artists died today... I had the opportunity to work with him many times... He will be missed.. but his recordings will last forever...