Rock Producer + Engineer Andy Johns Dies at 61
One of rock music’s most prolific producers / engineers has passed away at the age of 61. Andy Johns, who had worked on albums from Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Van Halen, Godsmack and many more, was hospitalized last week with reported liver issues. Sadly, Johns died in the hospital shortly after admittance.
The news of Johns’ death was confirmed by former L.A. Guns guitarist Stacey Blades, who was working on a yet-untitled project with the famed producer. Blades reports to Rolling Stone that Johns was suffering from “liver trouble,” which was one reason why the producer was brought to the hospital.
RIP Andy Johns. 1 of the great engineer/producers of our time; Free, Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, the list goes on. He will be sorely missed.
— Slash (@Slash) April 8, 2013
RIP Andy Johns..made some of my favorite all time records.
— Chad Smith (@RHCPchad) April 8, 2013
There is something intangible that makes a recording magical. Andy Johns in many cases was the intangible… fb.me/1dqPa63MF
— Tracii Guns(@traciiguns) April 8, 2013
Farewell Andy Johns.brianmay.com/brian/brianssb…Sad.Bri
— Dr. Brian May (@DrBrianMay) April 8, 2013
RIP Andy Johns. thanks for the amazing music you gave us all.
— Michael Wilton (@MikeoftheRyche) April 8, 2013
Andy Johns engineered Exile On Main St, , Zep IV, & tons of other stuff including Cinderella & LA Guns. Met him briefly once. RIP Andy
— Eddie Trunk (@EddieTrunk) April 8, 2013
Andy Johns was a Rock Star. The real deal. He was a huge inspiration 2 me. He would be there til the end to make sure the song was right RIP
— DOUG ALDRICH (@Douglas_Aldrich) April 8, 2013
Andy Johns engineer/producer has left us way too soon. RIP
— Peter Frampton (@peterframpton) April 8, 2013
Andy Johns’ musical credits include engineering several Led Zeppelin and Rolling Stones albums, as well as producing or engineering a number of Van Halen releases. Johns also produced the Godsmack album ‘IV,’ while mixing the band’s compilations ‘Changes’ and ’Good Times, Bad Times: 10 Years of Godsmack.’
We’d like to extend our best wishes to the family and friends of Andy Johns. Rest in Peace.