Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood recently performed an awesome show in Dallas. The crowd was blown away, myself included. A lot of blues were played, ala Derek and the Dominos, which was just fine with this audience. The Blind Faith songs sent a chill up my spine, especially when they launched into “Can’t Find My Way Home.”
The Traffic songs “Dear Mr. Fantasy,” “Glad” and “Pearly Queen” were sheer delight. Winwood’s vocals are just as warm as ever.
The big surprise of the night came when Steve Winwood let loose with a haunting rendition of “Georgia On My Mind,” stirring up soulful memories of Ray Charles. An acoustic set fit in nicely afterwards, giving the band a short rest, while Steve and Eric pulled up chairs and six-string acoustic guitars to pick and pluck their way down memory lane.
The touring band with Clapton and Winwood were superb! Chris Stainton on keyboards, Abe Laboriel Jr. on drums, Willie Weeks on bass, with Sharon White and Michelle John on backup vocals.
The stage setup was sparse, but more than ample to pull off two-and-a-half hours of musical bliss for an almost sold-out crowd at the huge American Airlines Center in Dallas. The large, multi-screen video display behind the stage presented larger-than-life close ups of Steve and Eric, including hand movements, which thrilled all the musicians watching the show. I always love to watch the masters at work!
And this show was definitely a masterful performance by two of rock’s biggest living legends. Thankfully it wasn’t a hit parade of their biggest sellers, but a thoughtfully crafted tribute to some of classic rock’s most meaningful songs. These lyrical legends were demonstrated during “Presence of The Lord,” “Well Alright,” a crowd-pleasing acoustic version of “Layla,” and a stirring version of “Voodoo Chile.”
A big Thank You goes to the guy who offered me his spare tickets for less than face value. This show was definitely worth it! I just had to marvel at the very diverse age groups that made up the audience. It reminded me of a Paul McCartney concert, where you might see two or three generations of fans, both old and new.
More info on this tour can be found on whereseric.com/
The recently released concert DVD was filmed and recorded during a sold-out-three-night-stand at Madison Square Garden in February 2008. The shows made history, as Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood performed together for the first time since their partnership with Blind Faith in 1969. The 2 DVD Set features exclusive documentary, interviews, rare video footage, and photographs of Blind Faith, Cream and Traffic. The bonus track is an acoustic soundcheck of the Robert Johnson standard “Rambling On My Mind.”
Monday, June 29th, 2009
Written by: Mike Withrow
Posted in Blues, Classic Rock, Concert, Guitars, Video