Eric Johnson is Metallica’s tour manager, and was the first-ever crew member & tour manager for both Soundgarden and Pearl Jam. He’s also worked with Neil Young over the last two decades as Neil’s right-hand man. Eric has forgotten more stories than most people will ever be able to tell from the formative and pivotal years when Seattle’s most notable bands were just scrappy kids putting together what would become some of the most classic albums and performances of our lifetimes. We dig into a few of these tales in this week’s AQP episode…
During the pandemic downtime Eric started Eberticus Comix with friend Regan Hagar – a scrappy-by-design comic/zine hybrid that would fit well on the shelf between Mad Magazine, Cracked and Pop Smear. It’s sociopolitically biting, wildly imaginative, and turns a dark-comedy flamethrower on the staggering amount of nonsense we’ve had to deal with over the last couple years (get it at goaheadmerch.com). The ads are some of the best parts of the damn thing – but I don’t want to spoil the surprise.
Hijinks on the road and behind-the-scenes moments in legendary times make for some fantastic stories – it’s an honor to share this conversation with Eric Johnson for episode 60.
Listen to AQP#60 – Eric Johnson, Tour Manager below:
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