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  posted on 2/11/2009 at 09:29 PM
Steve Winwood and Eric Clapton Announce 14 City US Tour - It Kicks Off 10 June in New Jersey

News entry published on 11 February 2009

After their historic three-nights at Madison Square Garden, Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood announced today an exclusive 14 city U.S. tour beginning June 10, 2009.

After a stunning collaboration at the Chicago Crossroads Guitar Festival in July of 2007 and much speculation, Steve Winwood and Eric Clapton announced three eagerly anticipated concerts at New York's Madison Square Garden. Those shows featured the artists performing together in a varied set list with Blind Faith classics and solo hits from each artist. Critics acclaimed the shows as historic and some of the best Clapton Winwood work ever. The tour promises more of the same collaborative musicianship that made these men legendary award-winning artists.

Both Winwood and Clapton have long and prestigious musical careers with countless honors and awards to their names. Their musical paths connected in 1969 with the formation of Blind Faith, a group that pioneered the fusion of rock and blues into tremendous studio and stage success. Despite critical and popular acclaim, the band was short-lived with only one album and a brief 1969 tour that debuted July 12 at Madison Square Garden and ended August 24th in Hawaii. Since that final show, Winwood and Clapton have remained friends, but have only performed together a few times over the years for an occasional song at a charity event. The 2008 Madison Square Garden shows were the first full Winwood-Clapton concerts in 40 years. Additionally, 2009 marks the 40th anniversary of Blind Faith and 40 years since they performed to over 100,000 people in Hyde Park, London.

Steve Winwood is currently signed to Columbia Records and released an album of new music, NINE LIVES in 2008. Eric Clapton's compilation album Complete Clapton was released in 2008 on Reprise Records. The duo's captivating performance at the 2007 Crossroads Guitar Festival in Chicago can be seen as part of a 2-disc DVD available now from Rhino Entertainment. A forthcoming 2-disc DVD/CD of the duo's Madison Square Garden shows will be released this Spring.

Ticket On-Sale Information: Check local listings. Tickets available at ticketmaster.com.

2009 TOUR SCHEDULE:

June 10 East Rutherford, NJ Izod Center
June 12 Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Center
June 13 Washington, DC Verizon Center
June 15 Columbus, OH Schottenstein Center
June 17 Chicago, IL United Center
June 18 St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
June 20 Omaha, NE Qwest Center
June 21 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
June 23 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
June 24 Houston, TX Toyota Center
June 26 Glendale, AZ Jobing.com Arena
June 27 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Arena
June 29 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena
June 30 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl


 
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  posted on 2/11/2009 at 09:31 PM
Who's going to be in Clapton's band?

 

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  posted on 2/11/2009 at 09:32 PM
This looks awesome, but those of us who don't have AmEx will probably get the shaft one more time. I am really beginning to hate that company!
 

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  posted on 2/11/2009 at 09:33 PM
Well I'll be. Guess I'm glad I did it last yr since no southern dates (ok, TX) are shown. I would do it over again if it hit Atlanta.
 

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  posted on 2/11/2009 at 09:42 PM
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Who's going to be in Clapton's band?


Don't know, but here's the previous lineup, which was great, nice and simple:

http://www.whereseric.com/news/2008/02/steve-winwood-eric-clapton-band-for- madison-square-garden-february-2008.html

 

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  posted on 2/11/2009 at 10:31 PM
ALRIGHT!
 

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  posted on 2/11/2009 at 11:13 PM
YES!! I saw this on pollstar.com & I thought I was reading it wrong, but I guess I wasn't. I'm in Dallas, so I'm glad they're including it on this short tour!! I hope I can get tickets to the show, because this looks like it will sell out quick.
 

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  posted on 2/11/2009 at 11:48 PM
Hey, what about the southeast??
 

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  posted on 2/12/2009 at 12:16 AM
I had great seats last year and thoroughly enjoyed. Winwood was great.-- I dont think I'll be making any attempts this year but if you get the chance to see this show- do it!


 

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  posted on 2/12/2009 at 08:23 AM
NJ on sale 2-21 at 10am. Nothing yet on the others.

http://www.whereseric.com/ecfaq/concerts/clapton-future-concert-appearances -concert-calendar-tour-schedule.html

 

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  posted on 2/12/2009 at 08:44 AM
OY! Would really love to catch this one!! Right on the tail of an already planned, booked, and scheduled camping trip with friends. Hope I can make this happen!!!

 

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  posted on 2/12/2009 at 08:50 AM
Yeah, I think I may have to go to this.
 

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  posted on 2/12/2009 at 10:13 AM
Get your tickets at TicketsNow. Only $1000
 
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  posted on 2/12/2009 at 12:00 PM
I'm going to try to get tickets to the Washington, DC show

 

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  posted on 2/12/2009 at 12:38 PM
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Get your tickets at TicketsNow. Only $1000


hahahahaha

That sounds about right!!!

 

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  posted on 2/12/2009 at 03:54 PM
Here are all of the on-sale dates:

DATE CITY VENUE ON-SALE DATES
June 10 East Rutherford, NJ Izod Center 2/21 at 10am
June 12 Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Center 2/28 at 10am
June 13 Washington, DC Verizon Center 2/20 at 10am
June 15 Columbus, OH Schottenstein Center 2/21 at 10am
June 17 Chicago, IL United Center 2/28 at 10am
June 18 St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center 2/28 at 10am
June 20 Omaha, NE Qwest Center 2/28 at 10am
June 21 Denver, CO Pepsi Center 2/21 at 10am
June 23 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center 2/28 at 10am
June 24 Houston, TX Toyota Center June 2/28 at 10am
June 26 Glendale, AZ Jobing.com Arena 2/23 at 10am
June 27 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Arena 2/28 at 10am
June 29 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena 3/2 at 10am
June 30 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl 2/22 at 10am

 

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  posted on 2/12/2009 at 03:55 PM
Caught them last February at the Garden and glad I did; I am not interested in the Izod Center at all...

 

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  posted on 2/12/2009 at 04:20 PM
Caught them last February at the Garden and glad I did; I am not interested in the Izod Center at all...

SAME HERE. HATE THE MEADOWLANDS. I ALWAYS WONDER WHO THOUGHT ONE ROAD IN AND OUT WOULD BE SUFFICIENT. NO ADEQUATE MASS TRANSIT. HATE THAT PLACE

 

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  posted on 2/12/2009 at 04:20 PM
If you want to see the show for the appeal of having seen half of Blind Faith before, then that's one thing. But to be completely honest, I would think twice before you sign over $250 plus to Ticketmaster. I was at the opening night of last year's MSG gigs and while it was cool to see the duo play Can't Find My Way Home, Well Alright, Had to Cry Today, and Presence of the Lord, I thought it was underwhelming. I'll come out and say that Derek Trucks has completely ruined my desire to see Clapton anymore. Between the Winwood shows and the tour last summer, it just doesn't do it for me to see Clapton play Tell the Truth or Layla without Derek. Even worse is watching Doyle Bramhall The Second attempt to make up for his absence. I'd really like to know what both Clapton and Derek see in Doyle that I am missing. I really would. I literally can't stand listening to him butcher another solo. Sorry for the rant, but I really think that people who saw the 06-07 Clapton tour are in for a bit of a rude awakening.
 

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  posted on 2/12/2009 at 04:23 PM
I will disagree a bit. Loved Clapton?winwood. Didn't see him tour with Derek. Have hated EC solo. I've always said some horses like Secretariat can run when ahead by 30 lengths. EC needs someone of high talent to push him out of his lethargy. Derek does; Winwood did too. By himself he mails in the performance
 

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  posted on 2/12/2009 at 04:28 PM
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If you want to see the show for the appeal of having seen half of Blind Faith before, then that's one thing. But to be completely honest, I would think twice before you sign over $250 plus to Ticketmaster. I was at the opening night of last year's MSG gigs and while it was cool to see the duo play Can't Find My Way Home, Well Alright, Had to Cry Today, and Presence of the Lord, I thought it was underwhelming. I'll come out and say that Derek Trucks has completely ruined my desire to see Clapton anymore. Between the Winwood shows and the tour last summer, it just doesn't do it for me to see Clapton play Tell the Truth or Layla without Derek. Even worse is watching Doyle Bramhall The Second attempt to make up for his absence. I'd really like to know what both Clapton and Derek see in Doyle that I am missing. I really would. I literally can't stand listening to him butcher another solo. Sorry for the rant, but I really think that people who saw the 06-07 Clapton tour are in for a bit of a rude awakening.



I gotta say that I COMPLETELY DISAGREE with gibsonsg1275's take on the Winwood/Clapton show. I thought last year's MSG show was one of the best shows I've had the opportunity to witness. Winwood is one of the greats of all-time. Still at the top of his game. Having caught the Cream reunion and the EC wi/ Derek tour, I wasn't expecting too much from Clapton. But I thought Winwood really lit a fire in him. Best I've seen Clapton play in years. Setlist was great. I would encourage anybody and everybody to see this tour if it comes anywhere near your neighborhood. And for what its worth, Well Alright wasn't on last year's setlist and the only two guitarists on the stage were Winwood and Clapton. Great, GREAT show.

 

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  posted on 2/12/2009 at 04:33 PM
I agree 100% that Clapton needs someone to push himself. He always has. He left all his early bands (Mayall and earlier) because he wasn't being pushed. He thrived in Cream, Blind Faith, Dominos ("Jim Gordon is the best drummer I have ever played with"), and even Delaney pushed him to start singing more. I agree 100% that he plays exceedingly better when pushed. And I think that Clapton/Winwood shows are going to be far better than a solo show like this summer. However, I think that it has the potential to be a bit of a letdown to folks who saw the tour with Derek. The energy on those shows was ridiculously high, and for me, I just didn't think Clapton even came close to matching his solos on Crossroads, Cocaine etc with Winwood playing organ on the side. That said, there were some amazing moments from that show (Georgia on My Mind, Voodoo Child, Forever Man, Double Trouble to an extent)
 

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  posted on 2/12/2009 at 04:39 PM
http://www.whereseric.com/tour/special-gigs/25-February-2008_steve-winwood- eric-clapton-madison-square-garden-new-york-ny.html

Well Alright came after Glad, which was also amazing, I might add. I dunno, I just went into that concert with ridiculously high expectations (which is admittedly a stupid thing to do before a concert) so I'm just trying to bring it a little bit back down to Earth.

 

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  posted on 2/12/2009 at 04:53 PM
Why do these big tours always seem to ignore the southeast? I mean, Omaha, NE, but no Atlanta?

 

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  posted on 2/12/2009 at 05:08 PM
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Why do these big tours always seem to ignore the southeast? I mean, Omaha, NE, but no Atlanta?
We didn't get the love in this neighborhood last tour, though, and I'm thinking the south did.

gibson - respectfully disagree with your take on Clapton. First saw him play with Cream in '68 and have seen him a few times over the years since and he's still one of my faves who I will return to see again (as is Steve Winwood - 1st saw him with Traffic many moons ago). Looking forward to seeing Eric and Steve again, not because I'm looking for a 'half of Blind Faith' experience but because both of these men are great musicians - loved them onstage together at last Crossroads fest. And I love Derek, too - seeing him in a couple of weeks. But can't imagine I'll be let down by Mr. Clapton and Mr. Winwod.

 

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