Steve Winwood:: Nine Lives in the states

Steve Winwood, will stage a series of East Coast concert performances in January. Winwood’s upcoming East Coast concert dates mark the first U.S. headline tour since 2007 for the legendary rock superstar, who last toured the states with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers in the summer of 2008. Winwood is currently enjoying the success of his most recent album, Nine Lives, Eric Clapton, Winwood’s former bandmate in Blind Faith, rock’s original “supergroup,” lent his signature guitar work to ” Dirty City ,” the album’s first single. Nine Lives arrived in the wake of a live collaboration between Winwood and Clapton at the Chicago Crossroads Guitar Festival in July 2007. The pair’s on-stage chemistry in Chicago led to three historic Steve Winwood & Eric Clapton concerts at New York ‘s fabled Madison Square Garden in February 2008. All three of Winwood’s MSG shows with Clapton sold-out within minutes.

Winwood (who turned 60 on May 12, 2008) was perhaps the youngest member of the original British pop music invasion of the mid-1960s. A prodigious guitarist and keyboard player in the Birmingham R&B scene by his mid-teens, Winwood cut his musical chops as a back-up musician for an impressive array of American rock & roll and blues pioneers — including Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Howlin’ Wolf, B.B. King, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley — during their UK tours. In 1962, Steve and his older brother, Muff Winwood, began playing with Spencer Davis and drummer Pete York in The Rhythm & Blues Quartet, an ensemble which would eventually morph into the Spencer Davis Group. An intensely powerful and emotional vocalist and formidable songwriter, Steve Winwood launched an enormously influential “blue-eyed soul” movement with hits like “Keep On Runnin’,” “Somebody Help Me,” and, especially, the massively successful pop-soul anthem, “Gimme Some Lovin’.” Originally released in 1966, “Gimme Some Lovin'” entered the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1996. Winwood left the Spencer Davis Group in 1967 to form the groundbreaking jazz-rock ensemble Traffic. In 1966, as “Gimme Some Lovin'” transformed the pop landscape, the 18-year-old Steve Winwood entered into his first collaboration with Eric Clapton, recording three songs — “Steppin’ Out,” “Crossroads,” and “I Want To Know” — as the Powerhouse (a group which also included future Cream bassist Jack Bruce). Winwood and Clapton would join forces again in 1969 to create Blind Faith, one of pop music’s first bona fide supergroups, with drummer Ginger Baker and bassist Rick Grech.

Steve Winwood – US Tour – January 2009
15, 16 – New York, NY – United Palace
17 – Mashantucket, CT – MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods
19 – Baltimore, MD – Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
20 – Montclair, NJ – Wellmont Theatre
22 – Lancaster, PA – American Music Theatre
23 – Niagara Falls, NY – Seneca Niagara Casino Theatre
24 – Kingston, NY – Ulster Performing Arts Center

Traffic: “The Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys” (Live 1972)

“Dirty City”


Blind Faith: “Presence Of The Lord” (Live Hyde Park 1969)

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