Vic Johnson (musician)

Vic Johnson

Vic Johnson with Sammy Hagar on July 12, 2008 at the Moondance Jam
Background information
Birth name Victor L. Johnson
Genres Rock, hard rock, heavy metal
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1980 - present
Associated acts Sammy Hagar
Notable instruments
PRS Guitars[1]

Vic Johnson is a rock guitarist best known for playing guitar with The BusBoys and later with Sammy Hagar and the Waboritas.


Vic Johnson was influenced by Jimi Hendrix. He played in several bands throughout high school around the Colorado Springs, Colorado area. Originally from Security, Colorado, he moved to Los Angeles, California in the 1980s, where he joined The BusBoys, a predominantly African-American rock band. The band appeared in the film 48 Hrs., performed on Saturday Night Live, and recorded several albums with Arista Records.[2]

Johnson also took on several side projects during this decade including Sound Barrier, an all-black heavy metal band. Sound Barrier evolved into Total Eclipse, played clubs such as the Whisky a Go Go in Hollywood, and toured across the country. During the 1990s Johnson was a session musician, but in 1997 he joined Sammy Hagar's band on the Marching to Mars world tour. Johnson continues to tour with members of Hagar's Waboritas.

Hagar also called Johnson for his supergroup The Circle, along with bassist Michael Anthony (whom Hagar met in Van Halen and who also played occasionally with The Waboritas), and drummer Jason Bonham.[3]


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