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Buddy Guy In Concert - Detroit, MI
At 15, Jonny Lang made a blues album, 1997's "Lie to Me," which went platinum and hit No. 1 on Billboard's New Artist chart. At 17 he made another, "Wander This World," which earned a Grammy nomination. Today, at age 32, he can't listen to them. "It's like torture," he says. "It's like going back and looking at your high school yearbook or something. But no, I wouldn't change anything. It's all a part of where you are presently as a person."
Fans of the teen blues-guitar phenom, as he was frequently called in those days, didn't know he was spending those early glory years succumbing to the usual show-business demons. Everybody saw him jamming with heroes like Buddy Guy and B.B. King, touring with the Rolling Stones and Aerosmith, playing before President Bill Clinton at the White House, but few saw what happened backstage. "I was on the road constantly, playing with musicians twice my age in places where they check your ID at the door," he wrote years later. "But it didn't matter how old I was because I was the headliner."
Read the full Jonny Lang interview
8 p.m. Saturday at Rialto Square Theatre, 15 E. Van Buren St., Joliet; $40-$95; 815-726-6600 or rialtosquare.com
February 27, 2013