There is an immense, veritable pig pile of reasons to love guitar wizard Eric Johnson. Tinnitus is but one. It was 1996, and the G3 concert tour, featuring Johnson, Steve Vai and Joe Satriani was all the rage. It came to the Aragon Ballroom, and Johnson was wrestling with hearing complexities related to tinnitus. As Johnson said during an interview in Guitar Player magazine, "I'd run two Marshall stacks onstage and crank the monitors. I started using Fender Deluxe Reverb amps and 50-watt Marshalls around '97, after I started having some problems with tinnitus. It was my own doing -- being irresponsible and thinking I was invincible."
7:30 p.m. Thursday at House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn St.; $39.05; livenation.com
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