Beloved Alabama Rock Band Reunites for Shows in 2022, Full Tour in 2023
They scored rock radio hits. Shot with Van Halen, Aerosmith and Robert Plant. And they’re probably the biggest, baddest hard rock band to ever come out of Alabama.
And now 90s favorites Brother Cane are back. Singer/guitarist Damon Johnson and the band’s original bassist Glenn Maxey are reuniting for gigs this year. The new line-up also includes Aerosmith touring musician Buck Johnson on keyboards and backing vocals, and Johnson’s solo band drummer Jared Pope.
The first announced show is for 8 p.m. on April 22 at the Northern Lights Theater in Milwaukee. Tickets start at $20 and go on sale at 3 p.m. March 3 via paysbig.com/shows/brother-cane.
At the time, the Midwest was an important market for Brother Cane. Johnson has maintained those ties for decades, during an impressive career that included playing guitar in Alice Cooper’s touring band and as a late-day member of Thin Lizzy. Last year, Johnson got the call to play guitar for Southern rock heroes Lynyrd Skynyrd, replacing original member Gary Rossington, who is recovering from heart problems.
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Johnson tells AL.com he plans to add Brother Cane gigs later this year for Birmingham, the city where the band was founded, and Nashville, where he currently resides. Maxey is a resident and native of Huntsville.
Brother Cane released their self-titled debut album in 1993 on Virgin Records. Sonically, the music evoked a mixture of Black Crowes and Guns N’ Roses. Brother Cane’s signature hit: the metallic boogie ‘Got No Shame’, powered by Birmingham blues legend Topper Price’s searing harmonica. Other hits from the first album included the soul ballad “Hard Act To Follow”, “That Don’t Satisfy Me”. In addition to Johnson and Maxey, Brother Cane’s debut album and tour lineup included drummer Scott Collier and rhythm guitarist Roman Glick.
After their 22 shows, a full Brother Cane tour will follow in 2023, coinciding with the 30th anniversary of the band’s debut album, as well as new music from the band. “I’m just over the moon about it,” Johnson said. “Brother Cane fans are some of the most passionate I’ve encountered in all my travels.” I’m certainly proud of all these songs, and the guys and I can’t wait to bring them to the public once again.
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By the band’s second album, “Seeds” in 1995, they parted ways with Maxey, moved Glick to bass and brought Huntsville guitarist Dave Anderson into the fold. “Seeds” spawned the number one rock hit “And Fools Shine On”. This second line-up remained intact for Brother Cane’s third and (so far) final album, “Whishpool”. This LP found the band significantly modernizing their sound, as heard on the rock radio chart “‘I Lie In The Bed I Make’.”
After the “Wishpool” touring cycle, Brother Cane disbanded. Glick then joined the southern hard rock band Jackyl. Anderson joined the classic rock band Atlanta Rhythm Section. Maxey drifted away from music, working in industrial electronics for 28 years before reemerging in 2021 to join the solo band of Travis McCready, former frontman of rising Mississippi band Bishop Gunn. Johnson did Brother Cane’s final shows in 2012, with a lineup that included Anderson, Collier and bassist Flip Cooper.
The Brother Cane 2022 show setlist will rely heavily on the debut album, which turns 30 next year. Johnson says the set will include songs the band hasn’t played since the original era, deep cuts they’ve never performed live, as well as hits from “Seeds” and “Wishpool.”
In addition to tours with Cooper, Lizzy and Skynyrd (with whom Johnson will play again in 2022), Johnson has co-written songs recorded by stars like Sammy Hagar and Stevie Nicks. Johnson has also built a solid solo career. In 2020, he released his strongest solo effort to date, Damon Johnson & The Get Ready’s “Battle Lessons” album, which found Johnson, who grew up in Monroeville and Geraldine, returning to his hard-hitting roots. rock.
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