Steve Winwood - NewsThe latest news from Steve Winwoodhttp://www.stevewinwood.com/news2015 Spring Tour Dates<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/stevewinwood/media/10/08/images/assets/medium.L4mridcnPk-eFOjyZZN_3usKvh0ffeERPW7-95MYRGE.jpeg" /><br /><p style="margin: 0px; font-size: 12px; font-family: Helvetica;">Steve has announced a Spring 2015 US Tour across the Midwest, Southeast, and East Coast - with dates in Minneapolis, Chicago, Milwaukee, Detroit, Atlanta, Baltimore, Birmingham, New York, and New Jersey!</p> <p style="margin: 0px; font-size: 12px; font-family: Helvetica;"></p> <p style="margin: 0px; font-size: 12px; font-family: Helvetica;">Pre-sales for Chicago, Detroit, and Minneapolis are now live. Tickets for all dates will go onsale to the public this Friday, December 12th.</p> <p style="margin: 0px; font-size: 12px; font-family: Helvetica;"></p> <p style="margin: 0px; font-size: 12px; font-family: Helvetica;">Visit our <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/events">events</a> page for a full list of dates with venue links, and stay tuned to SteveWinwood.com for all the latest updates and news about the Spring 2015 Tour!</p> <p style="margin: 0px; font-size: 12px; font-family: Helvetica;"></p> <p style="margin: 0px; font-size: 12px; font-family: Helvetica; min-height: 14px;"></p> <p style="margin: 0px; font-size: 12px; font-family: Helvetica;">Date<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span> City<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span> Venue<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></p> <p style="margin: 0px; font-size: 12px; font-family: Helvetica; min-height: 14px;"></p> <p style="margin: 0px; font-size: 12px; font-family: Helvetica;">April 17 Minneapolis, MN State Theatre</p> <p style="margin: 0px; font-size: 12px; font-family: Helvetica; min-height: 14px;"></p> <p style="margin: 0px; font-size: 12px; font-family: Helvetica;">April 18 Chicago, IL Chicago Theatre</p> <p style="margin: 0px; font-size: 12px; font-family: Helvetica; min-height: 14px;"></p> <p style="margin: 0px; font-size: 12px; font-family: Helvetica;">April 19<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span> Milwaukee, WI Riverside Theatre</p> <p style="margin: 0px; font-size: 12px; font-family: Helvetica; min-height: 14px;"></p> <p style="margin: 0px; font-size: 12px; font-family: Helvetica;">April 21<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span> Detroit, MI<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span> The Fillmore</p> <p style="margin: 0px; font-size: 12px; font-family: Helvetica; min-height: 14px;"></p> <p style="margin: 0px; font-size: 12px; font-family: Helvetica;">April 23<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span> Westbury, NY<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span> The Space At Westbury</p> <p style="margin: 0px; font-size: 12px; font-family: Helvetica; min-height: 14px;"></p> <p style="margin: 0px; font-size: 12px; font-family: Helvetica;">April 24<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span> Port Chester, NY<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span> The Capitol Theater</p> <p style="margin: 0px; font-size: 12px; font-family: Helvetica; min-height: 14px;"></p> <p style="margin: 0px; font-size: 12px; font-family: Helvetica;">April 27 New Brunswick, NJ State Theatre</p> <p style="margin: 0px; font-size: 12px; font-family: Helvetica; min-height: 14px;"></p> <p style="margin: 0px; font-size: 12px; font-family: Helvetica;">April 28<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span> Baltimore, MD<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span> Lyric Theatre</p> <p style="margin: 0px; font-size: 12px; font-family: Helvetica; min-height: 14px;"></p> <p style="margin: 0px; font-size: 12px; font-family: Helvetica; min-height: 14px;">May 1 Atlanta, GA Fox Theatre</p> <p style="margin: 0px; font-size: 12px; font-family: Helvetica; min-height: 14px;"></p> <p style="margin: 0px; font-size: 12px; font-family: Helvetica;">May 2<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span> Birmingham, AL<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span> U of A at Birmingham</p> <p style="margin: 0px; font-size: 12px; font-family: Helvetica; min-height: 14px;"></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Mon, 08 Dec 2014 06:57:00 -0800http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/2349232014 Tour Blog<p>Check out the new tour blog for an insiders look at life on the road - and go backstage with Steve & the crew on the summer 2014 tour!<a href="http://www.stevewinwoodtourblog123.tumblr.com">http://www.stevewinwoodtourblog123.tumblr.com</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Thu, 26 Jun 2014 07:06:00 -0700http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/216373New Summer Tour Dates Announced<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/stevewinwood/media/13/10/images/assets/medium.AxHog2wciAitp4d6mV6bOtoCTcc_AtJxKu3Zy73stxA.jpg" /><br /><div> <p>Steve has announced 12 solo concert dates across the US this summer. Visit our <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/events">events</a> page for an updated list with ticket info - and stay tuned to SteveWinwood.com for the latest news.</p> </div> <p></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Wed, 21 May 2014 06:15:00 -0700http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/211803Steve to Tour with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/stevewinwood/media/02/05/images/assets/medium.W4IWBBh10hX30ZkWJKdUCAbrcRGqZfj-t17XksNcuYI.png" /><br /><p>STEVE WINWOOD JOINS TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS FOR MAJOR SUMMER / FALL TOUR ACROSS THE U.S. AND CANADA</p> <p>TICKETS GO ON SALE BEGINNING MAY 31</p> <p>May 20, 2014-- TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS today announced their 2014 North American tour and the July 29th release of their first new studio album in four years on Reprise Records, Hypnotic Eye. The tour, featuring very special guest Steve Winwood, will begin in San Diego, CA on August 3rd.</p> <p>Tickets to many of the 2014 concerts will go on sale at Ticketmaster.com and other select ticketing services on Saturday May 31. The full list of tour cities, venues and dates are listed below. Full onsale information is available at<a href="http://www.tompetty.com">TomPetty.com</a> and <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/events">SteveWinwood.com/events</a></p> <p>Members of Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers Highway Companions Fan Club will be able to participate in special ticket presales. Members will also receive a CD copy of Hypnotic Eye plus a digital copy of an exclusive new live album, Live 2013, that features eleven tracks recorded during the Heartbreakers 2013 Theatre residencies in New York and Los Angeles, plus tracks recorded at last years Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival all hand-picked by Tom Petty. For more information on the Highway Companions Club, please visit HighwayCompanions.com.</p> <p>TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS 2014 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES</p> <p></p> <p>Aug 03 San Diego, CA Viejas Arena</p> <p>Aug 05 Boise, ID Taco Bell Arena</p> <p>Aug 07 Eugene, OR Matthew Knight Center</p> <p>Aug 12 Portland, OR Moda Center</p> <p>Aug 14 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena</p> <p>Aug 15 George, WA The Gorge</p> <p>Aug 17 Edmonton, AB Rexall Place</p> <p>Aug 19 Calgary, AB Scotiabank Saddledome</p> <p>Aug 21 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre</p> <p>Aug 23 Chicago, IL United Center</p> <p>Aug 26 Toronto, ONT Air Canada Centre</p> <p>Aug 28 Montreal, QC Bell Centre</p> <p>Aug 30 Boston, MA Fenway Park</p> <p>Sep 06 Arrington, VA Festival</p> <p>Sep 07 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake PAC</p> <p>Sep 10 New York, NY Madison Square Garden</p> <p>Sep 13 Hartford, CT XL Center</p> <p>Sep 15 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Arena</p> <p>Sep 18 Raleigh, NC PNC Arena</p> <p>Sep 20 W. Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheater</p> <p>Sep 21 Tampa, FL Tampa Bay Times Forum</p> <p>Sep 23 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena</p> <p>Sep 25 Houston, TX Toyota Center</p> <p>Sep 26 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center</p> <p>Sep 28 Tulsa, OK BOK Center</p> <p>Sep 30 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center</p> <p>Oct 01 Lincoln, NE Pinnacle Bank Arena</p> <p>Oct 07 Anaheim, CA Honda Center</p> <p>Oct 10 Los Angeles, CA The Forum</p> <p>For more information on Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers plus details of their new album Hypnotic Eye and upcoming North American tour, please visit www.tompetty.com</p> <p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Tue, 20 May 2014 04:29:00 -0700http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/211553Aspen Jazz Festival Date Announced<p>Jazz Aspen Snowmass festival announced that Steve Winwood will be headlining on June 21st, 2014 in the Benedict Music Tent.</p> <p>Tickets go on sale January 6th, click <a href="http://www.jazzaspensnowmass.org/jazzfestival/june-jazz-festival.html">here</a> for more details.</p> <p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Mon, 30 Dec 2013 01:50:00 -0800http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/196263Headlining Tour Dates Announced.<p>Steve Winwood this morning announced a handful of additional headlining tour dates during his US support tour with Rod Stewart.</p> <p></p> <p>Oct 21: Palace Theatre, Louisville, KY</p> <p>Oct 25: Murat Theatre, Indianapolis, IN</p> <p>Dec 06: Carnegie Music Hall, Oakland, PA</p> <p>Dec 12: Filmore Silver Spring, Silver Springs, MD</p> <p></p> <p>Pre Sale starts 10am on August 21st with general sale following on August 23rd.</p> <p>Tickets and further details: <a href="http://www.ticketmaster.com/search?tm_link=tm_homeA_header_search&user_input=steve+winwood&q=steve+winwood">www.ticketmaster.com</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Tue, 20 Aug 2013 01:32:00 -0700http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/171343Allman Brothers Tour Announced!<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/stevewinwood/media/10/04/images/assets/medium.F4EAnC-kLGEr17P3ubOvvFKPfhm6lXHw9iFBJM52i6w.jpg" /><br /><p>The <a href="http://www.allmanbrothersband.com/">ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND</a> wrapped up their ninth annual Wanee Festival this past weekend in Live Oak, FL (April 18-20) and have announced a short select late summer tour, launching with two evening with nights in Chicago August 20-21, following their August 16-17 performances at their second annual Peach Festival in northeast Pennsylvania. On the ten amphitheater shows that follow, the group will be joined by their pal STEVE WINWOOD for six shows (August 23-30) and GRACE POTTER & THE NOCTURNALS for four nights (September 2-7).</p> <p>The live rock icons--GREGG ALLMAN (vocals and keyboards), BUTCH TRUCKS (drums and tympani), JAIMOE (drums), WARREN HAYNES (vocals, lead and slide guitar), DEREK TRUCKS (slide and lead guitar), OTEIL BURBRIDGE (bass) and MARC QUINONES (congas and percussion)--are touring selectively as the band members tour with their various side projects. Of the upcoming tour, Gregg Allman said, This will be a good little run. ve always loved Steve and weve been listening to a lot of Graces stuff, so I imagine were going to have a bunch of fun together. The ABB are known for their version of the Spencer Davis Groups t Want You No More as well as occasionally performing the Steve Winwood-penned t Find My Way Home.</p> <p>Steve Winwood // Allman Brothers Band Tour Dates are as follows:</p> <p>8/23 Darien Ctr, NY // Darien Lakes Perf. Arts Ctr</p> <p>8/24 Hartford, CT // Comcast Theatre</p> <p>8/27 Gilford, NH // Meadowbrook</p> <p>8/28 Saratoga Springs, NY // Saratoga Perf. Arts Ct</p> <p>8/30 Raleigh, NC // Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion</p> <p>8/31 Charlotte, NC // Verizon Wireless Amph.</p> <div></div> <p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Mon, 03 Jun 2013 15:45:00 -0700http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/154701Steve Winwood Announces UK Tour<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/stevewinwood/media/12/10/images/assets/medium.OyiXlJxWMzUNhn5fCCS0iVRCSWYZIXvxbH6DEtAHhQQ.jpg" /><br /><p>Steve Winwood announced this morning the following UK headline dates:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Monday, June 17th, 2013</strong>- Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge</li> <li><strong>Wednesday, June 19th, 2013</strong> -Brighton Dome, Brighton</li> <li><strong>Thursday, June 20th, 2013</strong> - Shepherds Bush Empire, London</li> <li><strong>Saturday, June 22nd, 2013</strong> - Colston Hall, Bristol</li> <li><strong>Monday, June 24th, 2013</strong> - Lowry, Manchester</li> <li><strong>Sunday, June 30th, 2013</strong> - Winter Gardens, Margate</li> </ul> <p>Presale starts Wednesday February 20th @ 9am, click the following link for tickets:</p> <p><a href="http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/promo/xctlw4" target="_blank">http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/promo/xctlw4</a></p> <p>General sale starts on February 22nd @ 9am,</p> <p><a href="http://www.livenation.co.uk/artist/steve-winwood-tickets" target="_blank">www.livenation.co.uk/artist/steve-winwood-tickets</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Tue, 19 Feb 2013 02:55:00 -0800http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/130351Rod Stewart Tour Postponed<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/stevewinwood/media/04/08/images/assets/medium.2nVMYxf4x6ewBwk5ecQrzV5JGwmxhantWCtlIxnsXH0.jpg" /><br /><p>To accomodate the finishing pre-production and spring promotion of his first original rock studio album in almost 20 years, Rod Stewart has pushed back his Spring tour with Steve Winwood - this will now begin in October.</p> <p>Please hold on to your tickets, they will be honored at the rescheduled concert.</p> <p>Refunds available at point of purchase until February 22 (2 weeks from today).</p> <p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Fri, 08 Feb 2013 11:30:00 -0800http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/128171US West Coast Tour<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/stevewinwood/media/09/01/images/assets/medium.7fedID2h-zYscUaREgkzp2xe04QG80zvRxh9peqO2SU.png" /><br /><p>Steve Winwood has announced that he will be continuing on from his earlier East coast visit to the US with a West coast tour. The tour will start in Las Vegas at the Pearl concert theatre on November 9th and make stops in San Francisco (11/10), Seattle (11/12), Vancouver (11/13), Portland (11/14), Los Angeles (11/16), Indio (11/17), Tucson (11/18), Denver (11/20), Thackerville (11/23), Tulsa (11/24), Austin (11/25), San Antonio (11/27) and Houston (11/28). More details to follow soon.</p> <p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Thu, 30 Aug 2012 01:30:00 -0700http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/94651Nashville Walk of Fame<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/stevewinwood/media/08/03/images/assets/medium.fe3rZiScBd11rrCpaEPB1C3iu6sC0BEj6qXOaEUEP_c.jpg" /><br /><p>Nashville, Tenn. - Music City, Inc. has announced the newest inductee into the Music City Walk of Fame, presented by Gibson Guitar, to be rock roll legend Steve Winwood. The two-time Grammy-winning composer, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist will participate in an official ceremony, including the unveiling of a commemorative sidewalk marker on Tuesday, June 5, beginning at 12:30 p.m. in Walk of Fame Park. The induction ceremony, sponsored by Great American Country (GAC), is free and open to the public. Durango Boot Company and Black River Entertainment are also supporting sponsors of the event.</p> <p>"We are pleased to induct music icon Steve Winwood into the Music City Walk of Fame, as he is a perfect example of the diverse music that comes out of Nashville," said Butch Spyridon, president of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau. "It is the immense talent and creative contributions by Mr. Winwood and the inductees before him that make Nashville, Music City."</p> <p>The Music City Walk of Fame, created in the fall of 2006 on Nashvilles Music Mile, is a landmark tribute to those from all genres of music who have made significant contributions to preserving the musical heritage of Nashville and have contributed to the world through song or other industry collaboration. With the addition of Winwood, the Walk of Fame boasts 59 stars.</p> <p>A permanent sidewalk medallion with Winwoods name displayed in a star-and-guitar design will be installed in the sidewalk along the Music Mile. Winwoods plaque will be inlaid in Walk of Fame Park on Demonbreun, between 4th and 5th Avenues South.</p> <p>The Music City Walk of Fame is an official project of Music City, Inc., the charitable foundation of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau (NCVB), and is produced with the support of presenting sponsor Gibson Guitar and sponsors GAC, Durango Boot, Black River Entertainment, the City of Nashville and Metro Parks.</p> <p>Nominations are open to the public and are accepted in the categories of Artist, Musician, Songwriter, and Producer/Music Industry Executive. Application forms are reviewed by the Music City Walk of Fame anonymous selection committee.</p> <p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Wed, 06 Jun 2012 02:10:00 -0700http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/82481Steve Winwood on DeliRadio<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/stevewinwood/media/02/11/images/assets/medium.dFwgjuiu17aB5WGw_xOqSZGzBmdNGXSEwaMPClsiRn4.jpg" /><br /><p>Steve Winwood joins deliradio, <a href="http://www.deliradio.com">click here</a> to launch the player and listen to career spanning selected cuts, or create your own radio station no matter where in the world you are.</p> <p><a href="http://www.deliradio.com">www.deliradio.com</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Fri, 20 Apr 2012 06:50:00 -0700http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/73351Concert to Benefit Radnor Lake<p>Steve Winwood fan club members have a limited time to pre-order the Patron Package which includes a preconcert cocktail reception at the Fontanel Mansion, meet & greet with Steve Winwood and VIP parking.</p> <p>The presale password is: SWFORL2012</p> <p>Packages can be ordered here:<a href="http://stevewinwood.com/events/87651" target="_self">http://stevewinwood.com/events/87651</a></p><p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Fri, 16 Mar 2012 20:00:00 -0700http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/66681Only UK Show Announced<p></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 12.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue';"><strong>Announcing: Steve Winwood atJazz Festival</strong></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 12.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue';">Organisers of Cheltenham Jazz Festival have today announced a new addition to the 2012 line-up legendary singer and songwriter Steve Winwood.</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 12.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue';">Since rocketing to stardom as a teenager with the Spencer Davis Group, Steve Winwood has gone on to lead a hugely successful career both as a solo artist and as a member of groups such as Traffic and Blind Faith. He has also collaborated with some of the worlds greatest musicians including Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix and James Brown.</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 12.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue';">Winwood has won numerous Grammy awards, has been included in there list as one of the greatest singers of all time by Rolling Stonerecently won the Ivor Novello award for outstanding song collection.Along the way his music has incorporated a varied mix of R&B, blues, jazz and rock.</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 12.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue';">In aexclusive, Steve Winwood will open the 2012 Cheltenham Jazz Festival on Wednesday 2<sup>nd</sup>May ahead of his spring tour of theUSA. The Cheltenham concert will feature some of Winwoods most iconic hits including<em>Gimme Some Lovint Find My Way Homem a Man</em>. Steve and his wife,are patrons of Cheltenham Festivals, and he is donating all profits for this concert to <a href="http://www.jubileetribute.org/#&slider1=1" target="_blank" title="jubillee">The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust</a>.</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 12.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue';">Jazz Festival DirectorIan Georgeis thrilled with the latest addition to the line-up;</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 12.0px 48.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue';"><em>It is fantastic to be able to have Steve perform at the festival given his association with the area and his incredible pedigree as an artist. It looks like this will be the only chance to catch Steve in theUKthis year so a great treat for fans.</em></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 12.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue';"><strong>Tickets for this exclusive concert go on sale toFestivals Members on Monday 12<sup>th</sup>March, ahead of public booking from Wednesday 14<sup>th</sup>March.</strong></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 12.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue';">Steve Winwood is the latest addition to the Jazz Festival programme. This years stellar line-up features the return of jazz superstar Jamie Cullum as Guest Director, an exclusive live broadcast ofBBCRadio 2s Friday Night is Music Nightcelebrating the life and music of Ray Charles, the sultry vocals of starlet Melody Gardot and 1940s glamour from The Puppini Sisters. The full programme is available to book and download at<a href="http://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/" target="_blank" title="nam fest"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">cheltenhamfestivals.com</span></a></p> <p></p><p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Wed, 07 Mar 2012 06:10:00 -0800http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/65481Steve Winwood announces US tour<p>Steve Winwood announces a three week tour of the US East coast, starting in Milwaukee on May 11th and ending at Hunter Mountain, NY on June 3rd.</p> <p>The tour will also inlcude stops in Chicago, New York, Detroit and Atlantic City as well as taking in two festivals at Hunter Mountain and Gulf Shores</p> <p>Tickets on sale from March 1st & 2nd</p> <p>Check the <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/events" target="_self" title="tour">tour</a> section of the website for full details.</p> <p><a href="http://stevewinwood.com/events">5/11/12 - Milwaukee, WI (PRESALE 2/29/12 @ 10am CST)</a></p> <p><a href="http://stevewinwood.com/events">5/12/12 - Minneapolis, MN(PRESALE 2/29/12 @ 10am CST)</a></p> <p><a href="http://stevewinwood.com/events">5/14/12 - St. Louis, MO(PRESALE 2/29/12 @ 10am CST)</a></p> <p><a href="http://stevewinwood.com/events">5/15/12 - Chicago, IL(PRESALE 3/01/12 @ 10am CST)</a></p> <p><a href="http://stevewinwood.com/events/87641">5/16/12 - Detroit, MI(PRESALE 2/28/12 @ 10am EST)</a></p> <p><a href="http://stevewinwood.com/events">5/22/12 - Portsmouth, VA(PRESALE 2/29/12 @ 10am EST)</a></p> <p><a href="http://stevewinwood.com/events">5/23/12 - New York, NY (PRESALE 2/29/12 @ 10am EST)</a></p> <p><a href="http://stevewinwood.com/events/87701">5/26/12 - Westbury, NY(PRESALE 2/28/12 @ 10am EST)</a></p> <p><a href="http://stevewinwood.com/events/87711">5/27/12 - Red Bank, NJ(PRESALE 2/28/12 @ 10am EST)</a></p> <p>5/29/12 - Vienna, VA (PRESALE TBA)</p> <p><a href="http://stevewinwood.com/events">5/30/12 - Philadelphia, PA(PRESALE 2/29/12 @ 10am EST)</a></p> <p><a href="http://stevewinwood.com/events">6/01/12 - Canandaigua, NY(PRESALE 2/29/12 @ 10am EST)</a></p> <p><a href="http://stevewinwood.com/events">6/02/12 - Boston, MA(PRESALE 2/29/12 @ 10am EST)</a></p><p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Mon, 27 Feb 2012 05:10:00 -0800http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/64091Music City Roots Appearance<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/stevewinwood/media/15/02/medium.g8l9oxho853u.jpg" /><br /><p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue';">Steve recently made a guest appearance at Music City Roots along side his daughter Lilly Winwood. He sat in on Lilly's latest release 'Could've Fooled Me' and a cover of Christina Aguilera's 'Pray' which features a sample from 'Glad'.</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; min-height: 14.0px;"></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue';"><span style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 18px;"> <p style="font: normal normal normal 12px/normal 'Helvetica Neue'; margin: 0px;">The footage link can be found<a href="http://www.facebook.com/LillyWinwood?sk=app_124090390972541" target="_blank" title="Footage">here</a>, show date was February 8th.</p> <p style="font: normal normal normal 12px/normal 'Helvetica Neue'; margin: 0px;"></p> <p style="font: normal normal normal 12px/normal 'Helvetica Neue'; margin: 0px;">Lilly's latest release 'Could've Fooled Me' can be downloaded from iTunes<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/couldve-fooled-me/id500578061?i=500578065" target="_blank" title="Track">here</a></p> </span></p> </p><p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Mon, 13 Feb 2012 06:10:00 -0800http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/60331Hangout Festival Announced<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/stevewinwood/media/01/13/medium.8ablajpf6ng2.jpg" /><br /><p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue';">Steve Winwood is confirmed to play at the Hang Out Fest, May 20 2012 on the Gulf Shores, Alabama. Tickets (on sale Friday) and more event info can be found<a href="http://www.hangoutmusicfest.com" target="_blank" title="festival">here</a>.</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue';"></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue';"></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue';">The Hangout Music Festival is the first and only festival of it's kind. Located directly on the white sandy beaches surrounded by palm trees, the festival treats guests to a unique festival experience and features a diverse selection of top touring artists. Beach-front condos line the sand to the east and west of the festival grounds, many within walking or biking distance, perfect for a morning swim to kick off the day! The Shaka Island Kids Zone at Hangout is designed with families in mind and provides a full schedule of family-friendly activities for all ages.</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue';"></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue';">Other artists confirmed to play are</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue';"></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue';">Dave Matthews Band // Jack White // String Cheese Incident // Wilco // Skrillex // The Flaming Lips // Chris Cornell // Gogol Bordello // Paul Oakenfold // Michael Franti and many more....</p> <p></p><p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Tue, 07 Feb 2012 03:20:00 -0800http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/59821Mountain Jam Festival<p></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 16.0px 0.0px; font: 13.0px 'Helvetica Neue';">Steve Winwood is confirmed to play at the <a href="http://mountainjam.com/" target="_blank"><span style="color: #85969b;">Mountain Jam Festival</span></a>, Hunter Mountain NY. Festival dates are May 31st to June 3rd, 2012. </p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 16.0px 0.0px; font: 13.0px 'Helvetica Neue';">Enter <strong>WINWOOD</strong> when buying tickets for your chance to watch the show from the photo pit front of stage. Click <a href="http://mountainjam.com/" target="_blank"><span style="color: #173aee; text-decoration: underline;">here</span></a>for more event info & tickets. </p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 16.0px 0.0px; font: 13.0px 'Helvetica Neue';">Winners will be selected on May 1st, 2012.</p> <p></p><p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Thu, 26 Jan 2012 08:50:00 -0800http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/58531Classic Rock Award<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/stevewinwood/media/12/00/images/assets/medium._Qc__9YO1gNxgaYEwNz6oUK2l6GzBRP_U_mynO3-BnM.jpg" /><br /><p><span style="font-weight: bold;">The former Traffic man wins the inaugural Musicians Union Award</span></p> <p>For the first time, the Classic Rock Roll Of Honour has teamed up with the Musicians Union to create a unique award that gives its 30,000+ members the opportunity to honour one of their peers for their contribution and dedication to music.</p> <p style="outline: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-size: 13px; font-family: inherit; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;">The shortlist included Don Airey, Bill Bruford, Phil Manzanera and Mike Rutherford but Winwood came out on top.</p> <p style="outline: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-size: 13px; font-family: inherit; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;">Steve says: "Im very honoured to be the recipient of this years Classic Rock Musicians Union Maestro Award. ve been a member of the MU for the majority of my professional career, spanning some 40-plus years now, I can safely say that even though the industry may change, its good to know that there is a constant throughout, supporting musicians and musicians rights. Once again thank you."</p> <p style="outline: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-size: 13px; font-family: inherit; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;">Classic Rocks Chris Ingham adds: "Steve Winwood has had an incredible career. From the Spencer Davis Group to Traffic to Blind Faith. Through collaborations with Jimi Hendrix, Dave Gilmour and George Harrison. To a hugely successful solo career. Steve Winwood is a true icon. In short, he is a musicians musician, and a worthy winner of this inaugural award."</p> <p style="outline: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-size: 13px; font-family: inherit; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;">The Classic Rock Roll Of Honour awards take place at the Roundhouse in London next Wednesday.</p> <p style="outline: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-size: 13px; font-family: inherit; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;"><a href="http://www.classicrockmagazine.com/" target="_blank">http://www.classicrockmagazine.com/</a></p> <p style="outline: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-size: 13px; font-family: inherit; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;"><a href="http://awards2011.classicrockmagazine.com/" target="_blank">http://awards2011.classicrockmagazine.com/</a></p> <p></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Tue, 08 Nov 2011 01:50:00 -0800http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/51331Winwood / Cropper Collaboration<p>As the original guitarist of Stax Records house band Booker T & The M.G.'s, Steve Cropper has had a storied career. Voted No 36 on Rolling Stones 100 Greatest Guitarists of all Time, Cropper has worked with blues legends such as Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett and the Blues Brothers Band. </p> <p>'Dedicated' is released August 9th, 2011 on 429 Records</p> <p></p><p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Thu, 21 Jul 2011 03:10:00 -0700http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/40691Ivor Novello win for Steve Winwood<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/stevewinwood/media/04/07/medium.02fxlli401qm.jpg" /><br /><p>The awards either celebrate artistic excellence in a specific work, exceptional performance figures in the award year or recognise the outstanding achievements of a particular songwriter or composer throughout their career.</p> <p>The Ivors continue to be acknowledged as the most widely coveted awards for British songwriters and composers in the world.</p> <p>They are judged and presented by the songwriting and composing community.</p> <p>Other winners this year include: Plan B, Muse, Paul Rodgers and Dizzie Rascal</p> <p>For the full list of winners visit the <a href="http://www.theivors.com" target="_blank">Ivors website</a></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p><p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Thu, 19 May 2011 07:50:00 -0700http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/34531Australian and New Zealand Tour<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/stevewinwood/media/00/04/images/assets/medium.JQrulBP6wITIIe2LHd_E6raDNLWMqAxMvBTacj6nCrQ.jpg" /><br /><div style="color: #000000; font: normal normal normal 12px/1.5em 'Lucida Grande', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: #ffffff; font-family: Times; font-size: medium; margin: 8px;"> <div><span style="line-height: 1.5em;">The multi-Grammy winning artists will play arena conerts in Sydney, Melbourne, Christchurch and Auckland along with several gigs at A Day On The Green events in both countries</span></div> <div></div> <div></div> <div>The tour kicks off in Perth on October 19</div> <div></div> <div></div> <div></div> <div>Steely Dan made their first tour of Australia in 2007 while Winwood, singer and multi instrumentalist in iconic bands the Spencer Davis Group, Traffic and Blind Faith, has not played Down Under in over a decade.</div> <div></div> <div></div> <div></div> <div>For full listings <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/events" target="_blank">click here</a></div> <div></div> <div>For tickets at Australian venues <a href="http://www.ticketmaster.com.au/" target="_blank">click here</a> or in New Zealand <a href="http://www.ticketmaster.co.nz/" target="_blank">click here</a>.</div> <div></div> <div>Tickets on sale May 23rd</div> </div> <p></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Sun, 15 May 2011 10:10:00 -0700http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/34261Growing up in Public<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/stevewinwood/media/03/09/images/assets/medium.uGvWKgiAjv_mcAP6w5oWiAhchw5zKSnPvShcJOIIx8U.png" /><br /><p>HIS chic and utterly unique brand of blue-eyed soul may have made him one of the biggest stars of the Eighties, but Steve Winwood originally found his musical feet fronting what is now widely considered to be the ultimate hippie rock band, Traffic.<br style="vertical-align: top; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: auto; padding: 0px;" /> <br style="vertical-align: top; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: auto; padding: 0px;" /> Formed in 1967 after Winwood who had had huge hits including Keep On Running and Gimme Some Lovin as the teenage frontman of R&B outfit, the Spencer Davis Group decided he wanted to make more sophisticated album-orientated music, Traffic famously moved into a remote cottage in the Gloucestershire countryside.<br style="vertical-align: top; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: auto; padding: 0px;" /> <br style="vertical-align: top; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: auto; padding: 0px;" /> You would probably think that rock music is an urban phenomena, but the main reason for doing it in 68 was so that we could play music very loud any time of the day or night without getting complaints from the neighbours, recalls Winwood, laughing at the memory.<br style="vertical-align: top; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: auto; padding: 0px;" /> <br style="vertical-align: top; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: auto; padding: 0px;" /> People were complaining constantly when we were living in a flat in West London, so we moved out to this place which had no electricity and where we got water out of the well. I suppose the first Traffic album was what came out of living and working together at the cottage.<br style="vertical-align: top; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: auto; padding: 0px;" /> <br style="vertical-align: top; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: auto; padding: 0px;" /> We worked very hard, and all we wanted to do was make music, but we had a great time doing it. A lot of musicians like Jimi Hendrix, Pete Townshend and Eric Clapton used to come down there all the time just to hang out. Although drugs were freely available, it wasnt our mission to bring drugs to the world; we were there to bring music to the world.<br style="vertical-align: top; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: auto; padding: 0px;" /> <br style="vertical-align: top; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: auto; padding: 0px;" /> The story of the Sixties is often re-written in an absurdly over romantic light, but the harsh reality is that many of the decades most talented and iconic stars didnt get to live beyond their late 20s, something that Winwood is all too aware of, looking back with the benefit of hindsight.<br style="vertical-align: top; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: auto; padding: 0px;" /> <br style="vertical-align: top; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: auto; padding: 0px;" /> Here we were supposedly changing the world for the better in the Sixties, but as we get 40 years further down the line, we realise that some of those changes such as the drugs probably werent all that great or sensible, he says, shaking his head.<br style="vertical-align: top; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: auto; padding: 0px;" /> <br style="vertical-align: top; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: auto; padding: 0px;" /> It was all about social experiments. I was very lucky that I didnt end up going down the same dangerous road as some people I knew, because many of them ended up dying as a result of their over-indulgence.<br style="vertical-align: top; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: auto; padding: 0px;" /> <br style="vertical-align: top; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: auto; padding: 0px;" /> One of the highest profile casualties of that hedonistic counter-culture was Jimi Hendrix, who unlike Winwood, didnt come out on the other side. In between his duties with Traffic, in 1968, Winwood found time to appear on Hendrixs classic song, Voodoo Chile.<br style="vertical-align: top; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: auto; padding: 0px;" /> <br style="vertical-align: top; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: auto; padding: 0px;" /> I was in New York at the time, and Jimi asked me to come down and play on this song. We talked it through and played it three times, and that was it. I was only in the studio for a couple of hours. It was a great buzz, but you dont always think at the time youre actually doing these things. Make no mistake, Jimi was an amazing musician, but I wasnt sitting there thinking Oh gosh... were all going to be millionaires or this is gonna be remembered in 50 years time.<br style="vertical-align: top; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: auto; padding: 0px;" /> <br style="vertical-align: top; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: auto; padding: 0px;" /> Having released three albums, Traffic disbanded in 1969, leaving Winwood time to form the short-lived supergroup Blind Faith with Clapton. Winwood immediately began work on what was originally intended to be his first solo album, although somewhere along the way, it turned into Traffics comeback, 1970s John Barleycorn Must Die, now widely considered to be their definitive album.<br style="vertical-align: top; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: auto; padding: 0px;" /> <br style="vertical-align: top; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: auto; padding: 0px;" /> Most of the Traffic stuff stands the test of time pretty well. All of those albums are like my children, so I really cant pick a favourite, but in many ways, John Barleycorn is the core of what Traffic is, and it could be the most definitive album we did.<br style="vertical-align: top; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: auto; padding: 0px;" /> <br style="vertical-align: top; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: auto; padding: 0px;" /> After a handful more albums, Traffic called it a day, leaving Winwood to finally embark on a solo career in 1977, just as punk was taking hold. Well, punk was really a reaction against people like me, wasnt it? he chuckles. Punk was more based on social change than on music, so it didnt bother me too much. It wasnt really a musical threat.<br style="vertical-align: top; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: auto; padding: 0px;" /> <br style="vertical-align: top; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: auto; padding: 0px;" /> He proceeded to release records every couple of years from that point, and although he enjoyed continued commercial and critical success in equal measures, nobody could have predicted what happened by the time it came to 1986s globetrotting Back In The High Life album.<br style="vertical-align: top; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: auto; padding: 0px;" /> <br style="vertical-align: top; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: auto; padding: 0px;" /> Funnily enough, I had actually been thinking of giving up music altogether and doing something else around that time in the Eighties. I was 38 or something, Id been doing music all my life and Id had a lot of success, so I think I really just fancied a change. I suppose its like does a footballer quit when hes ahead in the game, or does he start to play down the lower leagues?<br style="vertical-align: top; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: auto; padding: 0px;" /> <br style="vertical-align: top; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: auto; padding: 0px;" /> Needless to say, Winwood didnt retire, and Back In The High Lifes perfectly formed fusion of blue-eyed soul and polished pop went on to become by far the biggest album of his career: Although I think there was a perceived change in direction, in fact, I was still doing what Id always done trying to incorporate elements of jazz, rock, folk and ethnic stuff into the music. Back In The High Life did sell millions and my record sales are definitely down since then, but its not just me... everyones record sales are down.<br style="vertical-align: top; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: auto; padding: 0px;" /> <br style="vertical-align: top; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: auto; padding: 0px;" /> Obviously, the Sixties was a time when everyone wanted to experiment, and then everything became very formulated and corporate, so artists tended to get pushed into a kind of pattern. Now, I think that has continued with the emergence of televised talent shows like X Factor. They certainly help sell millions of records, and its very easy for the TV stations and the record companies because theyre getting free coverage, but I think theyre doing themselves a disservice because theyre actually destroying the quality of the music theyre promoting.<br style="vertical-align: top; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: auto; padding: 0px;" /> <br style="vertical-align: top; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: auto; padding: 0px;" /> The record industry may have changed beyond all recognition since Winwood first burst onto the airwaves in 1965, but after a couple of hours in his company, you are left in absolutely no doubt that he is still fizzing with the same enthusiasm that he started out with over 40 years ago.<br style="vertical-align: top; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: auto; padding: 0px;" /> <br style="vertical-align: top; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: auto; padding: 0px;" /> I wouldnt say Im so enthusiastic about the music business itself, but I am still incredibly excited by music, Steve Winwood beams as we say our goodbyes. m still learning, and it never really ceases, and I think thats why I still have such an interest in it even though Im now in my 60s. I still havent cracked it, and there is no such thing as perfection, and thats what keeps me going. Music is my life... its running through my blood.<br style="vertical-align: top; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: auto; padding: 0px;" /> <br style="vertical-align: top; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: auto; padding: 0px;" /> The Deluxe Edition of Traffics John Barleycorn Must Die is released through UMC/Island Records on <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/John-Barleycorn-Must-Die-Traffic/dp/B004G5VFOU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1298454273&sr=8-1" target="_blank" title="record">February 28</a> in the UK and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/John-Barleycorn-Must-Die-Traffic/dp/B004G5VFOU/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1298454393&sr=8-4" target="_blank" title="cd">March 8th</a> in the USA.<br style="vertical-align: top; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: auto; padding: 0px;" /> <br style="vertical-align: top; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: auto; padding: 0px;" /> Read the original article <a href="http://www.express.co.uk/entertainment/view/230611Growing-up-in-public-An-interview-with-Steve-Winwood#ixzz1Em197LTz" target="_blank" title="article">here</a></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Wed, 23 Feb 2011 01:30:00 -0800http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/25321Album Review: John Barleycorn<p></p> <p>Traffic had a string of pop-folk hits in the late 1960s, most notably Paper Sun and Hole In My Shoe, but the band were never entirely happy with their commercial musical direction and went their separate ways as the decade ended. However, their leading light Steve Winwood was still under contract to produce two further albums for Island Records. So in 1970 he came to the studio, planning to record a solo album where he intended to sing and play all instruments himself. No mean feat considering he was only 22 at the time!</p> <p style="margin-top: 15px; margin-right: 5px; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 5px; position: relative;">Winwood had laid down just one track before he tired of working on his own and decided to bring in his former Traffic bandmate and writing partner. One further track was recorded and the pair boosted their sound by inviting Chris Wood to join them. And so it was that the Steve Winwood solo album became the relaunch of the Traffic band and brand.</p> <p style="margin-top: 15px; margin-right: 5px; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 5px; position: relative;">Things were different this time round, though: the group quite sensibly focussed on Winwoods unique vocals and considerable keyboard skills. The resulting album, John Barleycorn Must Die, has rightfully become one of the most respected jazz-rock recordings, drawing from a wide range of influences. The title track, based on the traditional folk poem of the same name, shows the more traditional side of Traffic, with acoustic guitar and mandolin. Freedom Rider shows off the powerful combination Winwoods piano and organ skills with his soulful voice: the opening of the track sounds contemporary even forty years on. Capaldis saxophone on that track, and also , set the tone for many such riffs throughout the 70s, and helped Traffic find their unique sound. Empty Pages is much lighter in tone, reminiscent of how Winwood would sound in his later poppier solo career.</p> <p style="margin-top: 15px; margin-right: 5px; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 5px; position: relative;">This fully remastered edition from Universal brings together the original six-track album with a second CD of interesting pieces. There are three alternative takes of the original tracks; really only of interest to die-hard fans (although the first take of John Barleycorn provides an interesting view into the development of the piece). The remainder is taken up with a US concert recording from November 1970 (originally planned for release as a live album at the time), showing the expanded touring band in great form as they try out their new pieces and old favourites on the road.</p> <p>Really benefitting from the remaster, with tight bass and crisp acoustics, this reissue of Traffics cornerstone moment will be appreciated by anyone keen to discover what happens when jazz, folk and rock first came together.</p> <p>8 out of 10</p> <p style="margin-top: 15px; margin-right: 5px; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 5px; position: relative;"></p> <p></p><p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Thu, 03 Feb 2011 04:40:00 -0800http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/23001SW Facebook store now open.<p></p> <p>Our<a href="http://www.facebook.com/stevewinwood?v=app_7146470109&ref=sgm" title="FB Store" target="_blank">facebook</a>store is now open, keep a look out for featured items and special offers.</p> <p></p><p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Thu, 27 Jan 2011 09:40:00 -0800http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/22421John Barleycorn Deluxe Edition<p></p> <p>Originally a project where Steve Winwood planned to play every instrument himself, he began recording in the Autumn of 1969. Then, after taking time out in January 1970 to participate in Ginger Bakers Airforce, Winwood returned to his solo album in February. The next piece to be committed to tape was , a jazz influenced instrumental based upon a piano part that Winwood had been toying with for some time. With the input of Jim Capaldis drumming and Chris Woods saxophone, the piece took upon a new lease of life. It was obvious to all of us that we should really give Traffic another go, said Winwood soon after.</p> <p></p> <p>Songs like and Freedom Rider reflect Winwoods time with Blind Faith, more improvised, jazzier and more expansive than anything on Traffics earlier albums. The real surprise package, however, was the inclusion of the acoustic, seventeenth century traditional folk song John Barleycorn Must Die</p> <p><em></em></p> <p><em>John Barleycorn Must Die </em>was the album that Traffic had always threatened to make and where they truly fulfilled their promise. It was released in July 1970 and was a Top Five album in America, easily their most successful album there, reaching No. 11 in the UK. </p> <p></p> <p>In support of the album, Traffic toured America where their shows at the Fillmore East, New York, on November 18th and 19th were taped. A scheduled <em>Live -November 70 </em>album, mixed down from the Fillmore East, was never released. These much bootlegged recordings are now officially released for the first time on Disc Two of this new deluxe edition along with alternate takes of John Barleycorn Must Die, Stranger To Himself and Every Mothers Son</p> <p></p> <p>Traffic began as a collective of Birmingham based musicians in April 1967 who defined the concept of getting it together in the country in the way they prepared their debut album, <em>Mr Fantasy </em>(1968), their second album, simply titled <em>Traffic</em> (1969), reflected a band torn between pop and more serious musical ambitions and intentions. When Steve Winwood left Traffic to join Blind Faith in January 1969, the group split up, Island released a third album, <em>Last Exit</em>, which rounded up left over live recordings and studio material. </p> <p></p> <p><em>John Barleycorn Must Die </em>set a template for a rejuvenated Traffic which, with an expanded and fluctuating line up, continued to record and tour successfully, making their final appearance at the Reading Festival in August 1974.</p> <p></p> <p>DISC ONE THE ORIGINAL ALBUM REMASTERED</p> <p>01: Glad ( 6:59 )</p> <p>02: Freedom Rider ( 5:30 )</p> <p>03: Empty Pages ( 4:34 )</p> <p>04: Stranger To Himself ( 3:57 )</p> <p>05: John Barleycorn Must Die ( 6:27 )</p> <p>06: Every Mothers Son ( 7:08 )</p> <p></p> <p>DISC TWO ALTERNATE TAKES & LIVE Previously Unreleased</p> <p>01: Stranger To Himself Alternate mix ( 4:10 )</p> <p>02: John Barleycorn Must Die First version ( 5:10 )</p> <p>03: Every Mothers Son Alternate mix ( 7:01 )</p> <p>04: Back Stage and Introduction ( 1:44 ) *</p> <p>05: Medicated Goo Live ( 4:38 ) *</p> <p>06: Empty Pages Live ( 5:03 ) *</p> <p>07: Forty Thousand Headmen Live ( 4:50 ) *</p> <p>08: Who Knows What Tomorrow May Bring ? Live ( 5:21 ) *</p> <p>09: Every Mothers Son Live ( 7:08 ) *</p> <p>10: Glad / Freedom Rider Live ( 14:40 ) *</p> <p>*Recorded Live at The Fillmore East 18th and 19th November 1970</p> <p></p><p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Thu, 13 Jan 2011 09:50:00 -0800http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/21091Clapton+Winwood: Royal Albert Hall<p><strong>SteveWinwood.com has reserved seats in the first 20% of the house for members of Steve's fanclub, and these tickets are onsale now at SteveWinwood.com.</strong><a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/events" target="_self"><strong>Click here to buy tickets.</strong></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/events" target="_self"></a>Due to popular demand, Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood have added an additional show at London's Royal Albert Hall on June 1st, 2011. This is in addition to the four May dates they will be performing together on the 26th, 27th, 29th and 30th of May 2011.</p> <p>Meeting in the Sixties, their musical paths first connected with their formation of Blind Faith with Ginger Baker and Rick Grech. Although the band was short-lived, the men remained friends. After reuniting on stage in 2007, Clapton and Winwood performed three now-historic concerts at New York's Madison Square Garden in February 2008, which were captured on DVD. The duo followed it up with two critically acclaimed tours of the US in 2009 and the UK / Europe earlier this year. These just announced intimate concerts at the Royal Albert Hall promise more of the same: Blind Faith classics, solo hits from each, and songs they just love to play live.</p> <p>Stay tuned for more information and breaking news.</p><p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Thu, 16 Dec 2010 07:50:00 -0800http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/19061Steve Signs A Strat<p> <p><strong>Today Steve Winwood signed a Fender Stratocaster guitar for the winner of our 'Can't Find My Way Home Contest', Brenna Fitzgerald. Congratulations to Brenna!</strong><a href="http://www.youtube.com/stevewinwoodvideos#p/f/15/q4FId2Sy2fk" target="_blank"><strong>Watch her video here.</strong></a></p> <p><strong><a href="http://stevewinwood.com/media/photos/4821" target="_self">Click here to see more pictures</a></strong></p> </p><p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Thu, 09 Dec 2010 13:00:00 -0800http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/19071European Tour: Fan Reviews<p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> <p><strong>Steve has just finished up a tour of Europe with his band - Monday night in Dublin was the last show of this tour. Check out the<a href="http://www.dubjae.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">blog</a>from the road.</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/12502" target="_self">Click here to read fan reviews and song requests</a>from the Autumn 2010 EU Tour.</strong></p> </strong></p><p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Tue, 26 Oct 2010 05:40:00 -0700http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/13001Fender 'Revolutions' Contest Winners<p>AUTUMN TOUR + FENDER CONTEST WINNERS</p> <p>On the heels of two highly-anticipated summer tours with longtime friends Eric Clapton and Carlos Santana, Steve Winwood and band are set to embark on an Autumn European Tour which will kick off on September 29th at Vienna's Konzerthaus. The tour includes stops in Italy, Switzerland, Germany, France, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, England and Ireland. There are a limited number of tickets still to be had -<a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/events" target="_self">click here to check availability.</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/events" target="_self"></a><br />We are also very pleased to announce that John Thomas of the UK is the lucky winner of the Revolutions Fender Competition. John will receive a Fender strat personally signed by Steve Winwood!</p> <p><br />Three runners-up have each won a Fender G-DEC amplifier: Colin Duport of France, Kate Johnson of the USA, and Kevin Lacour of the USA. We will contact you guys separately to get your prizes to you.Big thanks to our friends at Fender for providing these fantastic prizes.</p> <p><br />Island Records released '<em>Revolutions - The Very Best of Steve Winwood'</em>on June 7th. Featuring stunning, high-definition remasters from the original analogue master tapes at 24-bit, 192k resolution in 2010, the retrospective is currently available in two formats: a deluxe 58-track 4 disc box set, and as a single disc "Best Of".<a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Revolutions-Very-Steve-Winwood-Standard/dp/B003HO0RCW/ref=ntt_mus_ep_wlb_dpt" target="_blank">Click here to order your copy.</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Revolutions-Very-Steve-Winwood-Standard/dp/B003HO0RCW/ref=ntt_mus_ep_wlb_dpt" target="_blank"></a><br /><strong>For full tour listings, tickets, news updates, media, and more information - stay tuned to SteveWinwood.com</strong></p> <p></p> <table> <tr> <td> <p>29/9/10</p> </td> <td> <p>Vienna, Austria</p> </td> <td> <p>Konzerthaus</p> </td> <td> <p></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>30/9/10</p> </td> <td> <p>Budapest, Hungary</p> </td> <td> <p>Petofi Hall<em>- Show Cancelled</em></p> </td> <td> <p></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>2/10/10</p> <p>3/10/10</p> </td> <td> <p>Milan, Italy</p> <p>Rome, Italy</p> </td> <td> <p>Teatro Arcimbaldi</p> <p>Roma Auditorium Parco della Musica</p> </td> <td> <p></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>5/10/10</p> </td> <td> <p>Zurich, Switzerland</p> </td> <td> <p>Kaufleuten</p> </td> <td> <p></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>6/10/10</p> </td> <td> <p>Frankfurt, Germany</p> </td> <td> <p>Alte Oper</p> </td> <td> <p></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>7/10/10</p> </td> <td> <p>Paris, France</p> </td> <td> <p>Bobotan</p> </td> <td> <p></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>9/10/10</p> </td> <td> <p>Berlin, Germany</p> </td> <td> <p>Tempodrome</p> </td> <td> <p></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>11/10/10</p> </td> <td> <p>Helsingoer, Denmark</p> </td> <td> <p>Kulturvaerftet</p> </td> <td> <p></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>13/10/10</p> <p>14/10/10</p> </td> <td> <p>Rostock, Germany</p> <p>Utrecht, Holland</p> </td> <td> <p>Stadthalle</p> <p>Leidserijn</p> </td> <td> <p></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>16/10/10</p> </td> <td> <p>Brussels, Belgium</p> </td> <td> <p>AB</p> </td> <td> <p></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>18/10/10</p> </td> <td> <p>London, UK</p> </td> <td> <p>The Roundhouse</p> </td> <td> <p></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>19/10/10</p> </td> <td> <p>Cambridge, UK</p> </td> <td> <p>Corn Exchange</p> </td> <td> <p></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>20/10/10</p> </td> <td> <p>Bristol, UK</p> </td> <td> <p>Colston Hall</p> </td> <td> <p></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>22/10/10</p> </td> <td> <p>Liverpool, UK</p> </td> <td> <p>Academy</p> </td> <td> <p></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>24/10/10</p> </td> <td> <p>Cork, Ireland</p> </td> <td> <p>Cork Jazz Festival, Palace Theatre</p> </td> <td> <p></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>25/10/10</p> </td> <td> <p>Dublin, Ireland</p> </td> <td> <p>Olympia</p> </td> <td> <p></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td><br /></td> <td><br /></td> <td></td> <td><br /></td> </tr> </table><p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Wed, 08 Sep 2010 12:30:00 -0700http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/12438Winwood + Santana: Fan Reviews<p><strong>Sunday night was the last show of the 2010 Santana+Winwood Universal Tone Tour, in West Palm Beach, Florida. Were you at one of the shows? We want to hear from you.</strong><strong><a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/12117" target="_self">Share your experiences with us.</a></strong></p> <p><strong>PRNewswire-- "The Carlos Santana Universal Tone Tour 2010 gets underway on June 30 with an initial North American leg running through early August. Carlos and the Santana Band will be joined on the road by special guest Steve Winwood, who will open the dates. Following the kick-off concert at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN, the tour travels through the Midwest and Canada for the first half of July, and then heads to the East coast.</strong></p> <p><strong>Highlights along the way include shows at Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park, IL (7/9); Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto, ON (7/11); Bell Centre in Montreal, QC (7/15); Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, NY (7/18); Comcast Center in Mansfield, MA (7/23); Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheatre in Virginia Beach, VA (7/27), and Cruzan Amphitheater in West Palm Beach, FL (8/1). </strong></p> <p><strong>The Universal Tone Tour 2010 will feature hits from Santana's four-decade-long career, as well as songs from a brand new studio album that Carlos Santana is currently putting finishing touches on. Santana's most recent release was the 2010 reissue of Supernatural as a 2-CD Legacy Edition featuring 11 previously unissued bonus tracks in celebration of the classic nine-time GRAMMY-winning album's 10th anniversary."</strong></p> <p><strong>Steve Winwood released a multi-disc career retrospective on June 7th entitled Revolutions The Very Best Of Steve Winwood. It is a portrait of one of the most influential British musicians in rock history; a singer-songwriter, peerless vocalist, guitarist and keyboard player.</strong></p> <p><strong>Revolutions: The Very Best Of Steve Winwood is available in two high quality formats: a single CD for the casual fan and a four CD deluxe box set including 60 page book for the connoisseur, with sleevenotes by writer Dylan Jones. </strong></p> <p><strong>Stay tuned to SteveWinwood.com for more breaking news, ticket info, and updates.</strong></p><p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Mon, 02 Aug 2010 03:00:00 -0700http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/12263Exclusive Photo Gallery and Tour Blog<p><strong>Check out this</strong><a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/media/photos/3054" target="_self"><strong>new photo gallery</strong></a><strong>from the Santana + Winwood concerts at Bethel and Jones Beach.</strong><strong><a href="http://www.dubjae.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">Click here to read the latest tour blog from the road.</a></strong></p> <p></p><p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Fri, 23 Jul 2010 08:50:00 -0700http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/12212Revolutions: Onsale Now<p><strong><strong><a href="http://www.stevewinwoodrevolutions.com" target="_blank">Click here to order.</a></strong></strong></p> <p>Island Records released the definitive career retrospective of one of the all-time greats of the UK music scene on June 7th, 2010. Revolutions The Very Best Of Steve Winwoodit is a portrait of one of the most influential British musicians in rock history; a singer-songwriter, peerless vocalist, guitarist and keyboard player.</p> <p>With tracklistings selected from Steve's five decade career, Revolutions: The Very Best Of Steve Winwood will be available in two high quality formats: a single CD for the casual fan and a four CD deluxe box set including 60 page book for the connoisseur, with sleevenotes by writer Dylan Jones. </p> <p>A child prodigy, Winwood first performed live on stage at the tender age of 8 in his fathers trad jazz band, and joined the Spencer Davis Group at 14. His stunning vocal style was compared to Ray Charles. He left Spencer Davis to form Traffic then later teamed up with Eric Clapton in Blind Faith at the tail-end of the Sixties. Arguably his biggest successes came with his solo work from the Seventies on. </p> <p>In his teens Winwood played in pick-up bands for touring blues legends including Muddy Waters, BB King, Chuck Berry, Howlin Wolf, John Lee Hooker and Bo Diddley.</p> <p>In a career lasting nearly 50 years he has sold over 50 million albums and several of his songs have become standards, notably Gimme Some Lovin (memorably covered in The Blues Brothers film), Keep On Running, , The Low Spark Of The High Heeled Boys and Higher Love.</p> <p>He has been awarded multiple Grammy awards for Gimme Some Lovin and Higher Love (a US no 1 in 86)</p> <p>In 2008 Rolling Stone ranked him no 33 in the 100 Best Singers Of All Time.</p> <p>Throughout his career, Steve Winwood has remained an in-demand session player, and has contributed to landmark albums by a huge array of artists including Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Joe Cocker, Lou Reed, George Harrison, Toots & The Maytals, Marianne Faithfull, John Martyn, David Gilmour, Tina Turner, Billy Joel, James Brown, Etta James, Talk Talk, Paul Weller, and Christina Aguilera among many others.</p> <p>Steve Winwood is currently preparing for a World Tour with Eric Clapton. UK shows will be: Birmingham NEC (May 18th), and two Wembley Arena shows (May 20, 21).</p> <p>Revolutions: The Very Best Of Steve Winwood full UK tracklistings are below:</p> <p></p> <p><strong>Revolutions: The Very Best Of Steve Winwood Single CD</strong></p> <p></p> <p>Keep On Running</p> <p>Somebody Help Me</p> <p>Gimme Some Lovin</p> <p>Im A Man</p> <p>Forty Thousand Headmen</p> <p>Paper Sun</p> <p>No Face, No Name, No Number</p> <p>Dear Mr Fantasy</p> <p>Cant Find My Way Home</p> <p>While You See A Chance</p> <p>Valerie</p> <p>Spanish Dancer</p> <p>Higher Love</p> <p>Back In The High Life</p> <p>Roll With It</p> <p>Dirty City</p> <p></p> <p>Revolutions: The Very Best Of Steve Winwood 4 CD Box Set</p> <p></p> <p><strong>CD 1</strong><strong></strong></p> <p></p> <p>Keep On Running</p> <p>Somebody Help Me</p> <p>Gimme Some Lovin</p> <p>I'm A Man</p> <p>Paper Sun</p> <p>Coloured Rain</p> <p>No Face No Name No Number</p> <p>Heaven Is in Your Mind</p> <p>Smiling Phases</p> <p>Dear Mr Fantasy</p> <p>Pearly Queen</p> <p>Forty Thousand Headmen</p> <p>No Time To Live</p> <p>Who Knows What Tomorrow May Bring</p> <p>Shanghai Noodle Factory</p> <p>Medicated Goo</p> <p>Withering Tree</p> <p>Well Alright</p> <p>Can't Find My Way Home</p> <p>Presence Of The Lord</p> <p></p> <p><strong>CD 2</strong><strong></strong></p> <p></p> <p>Stranger To Himself</p> <p>John Barleycorn (Must Die)</p> <p>Glad</p> <p>Freedom Rider</p> <p>Empty Pages</p> <p>The Low Spark Of The High-Heeled Boys</p> <p>Rainmaker</p> <p>Shoot Out At The Fantasy Factory</p> <p>Something New</p> <p>Walking In The Wind</p> <p>When The Eagle Flies</p> <p>Mozambique</p> <p></p> <p><strong>CD 3</strong><strong></strong></p> <p></p> <p>Vacant Chair</p> <p>While you See A Chance</p> <p>Arc Of A Diver</p> <p>Spanish Dancer</p> <p>Night Train</p> <p>Valerie</p> <p>Higher Love</p> <p>Freedom Overspill</p> <p>Back In The High Life Again</p> <p>Don't You Know What the Night Can Do</p> <p>Spy In the House Of Love</p> <p>Different Light</p> <p>Dirty City</p> <p></p> <p><strong>CD 4</strong><strong></strong></p> <p></p> <p>This Hammer</p> <p>Waltz For Lumumba</p> <p>When I Come Home</p> <p>Love</p> <p>In The Light Of Day</p> <p>There's A River</p> <p>Hold On</p> <p>The Morning Side</p> <p>Far From Home</p> <p>Holy Ground</p> <p>State Of Grace</p> <p>Why Can't We Live Together</p> <p>Domingo Morning</p> <p></p> <p></p> <p>Stay tuned to SteveWinwood.com for updates and breaking news</p> <p></p><p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Mon, 07 Jun 2010 02:30:00 -0700http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/11911BBC Concert and Documentary<p><strong><strong> </strong></strong></p> <p><strong><strong> </strong></strong></p> <p><strong><strong> </strong></strong></p> <p><strong><strong> </strong></strong></p> <p><strong><strong> </strong></strong></p> <p><strong><strong> </strong></strong></p> <p><strong><strong> <p>UPDATE:Steve Winwood's Radio 2 concert at the BBC's Maida Vale Studios in London is available for streaming online via the<strong><a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00sspp3/Radio_2_In_Concert_Steve_Winwood/" target="_blank">BBC</a></strong></p> </strong></strong></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p>A brand-new documentary on Steve Winwood premiered June 18th at 9pm BST on BBC4. <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00srj7k" target="_blank">Click here for broadcast schedules and more info.</a></p> <p><strong><strong> <strong><strong><strong><strong> </strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></p> <p><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong> </strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></p> <p><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong><strong> <p><strong><strong><strong><strong> </strong></strong></strong></strong></p> <strong><strong><strong><strong> <p>"From childhood prodigy to veteran master, Steve Winwood's career is like a map of most of the major changes in British rock 'n' roll and R&B from the 1960s to the present. This profile reveals a master musician blending Ray Charles and English hymnody into his own unique brand of English soul, from the Spencer Davis Group, through Traffic and Blind Faith to a solo 1980s career. It features interviews with Winwood, Eric Clapton, Paul Rodgers, Paul Jones, Paul Weller, Muff Winwood and Dave Mason."</p> </strong></strong></strong></strong> <p></p> <p>Stay tuned to SteveWinwood.com for updates regarding additional broadcasts.</p> </strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></p> <p></p> <p></p><p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Sun, 06 Jun 2010 16:20:00 -0700http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/12049Clapton + Winwood: Fan Reviews<p>Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood have just completed a tour of Europe together, backed by an all-star band consisting of Willie Weeks, Steve Gadd, Chris Stainton, Michelle White, and Sharon John.</p> <p>June 13 was the final show of the EC/SW European Tour in Istanbul. Check out the<a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/media/photos/2908/47579" target="_self">set list</a>from Vienna</p> <p>Fans have been treated to many rarities, including 'Midland Maniac' from Steve's 1977 solo debut album, and 'The Shape I'm In', a classic from The Band.</p> <p><strong>Did you attend the shows?</strong></p> <p><strong><strong><a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/11834" target="_self">Share</a></strong><strong>your experiences with us! We want to hear from fans<a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/blogs" target="_self">around the globe</a>.</strong></strong></p><p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Tue, 18 May 2010 17:50:00 -0700http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/11834US Solo Tour: Video, Photos, & Blogs<p><strong>Check out this<a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/media/videos/1368" target="_self">exclusive video montage</a>from the February 2010 US Tour,</strong><strong><a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/media/photos/1701" target="_self">backstage photoblog</a>, and</strong><strong>blog from the<a href="http://dubjae.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">tour crew</a>.</strong></p> <p></p> <p>Were you at the shows? Share your experiences here!</p><p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Wed, 24 Feb 2010 16:40:00 -0800http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/7521Two Grammy Nominations for 2010<p>Breaking News:</p> <p>The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards Nominee List has just been announced.</p> <p>Steve Winwood and Eric Clapton were nominated for two Grammys: 'Best Rock Album' for the 'Live from Madison Square Garden' release, and 'Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals' for the song 'Can't Find My Way Home'.</p> <p>Read the Announcement Here:</p> <p><a href="http://www.grammy.com/grammy_awards/52nd_show/list.aspx">http://www.grammy.com/grammy_awards/52nd_show/list.aspx</a></p><p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Sun, 13 Dec 2009 00:00:00 -0800http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/6238Music Producers Guild Awards 2010<p><strong>"London, UK</strong>: The Music Producers Guild (UK) today announced the shortlist for its 2010 Awards, which takes place at Londons Cafe de Paris on February 11th 2010.</p> <p></p> <p>Rapidly becoming an annual highlight on the music industrys calendar, the Music Producers Guild Awards recognises the enormous contribution made by recording professionals to the success of the UKs music industry.</p> <p>The winner of the Music Producers Guilds Producer of the Year Award also receives a BRIT Award for Best Producer, and both awards will be presented at the Music Producers Guilds Awards ceremony.</p> <p>After receiving nominations from audio industry for qualifying people in each category, the shortlist was drawn up by voting members of the Music Producers Guild. Those chosen will now be put before a final judging panel, with the winners being announced at the awards ceremony.</p> <p></p> <p><strong>Best Live album, sponsored by Shure:</strong></p> <p>Buena Vista Social Club <em>At Carnegie Hall</em></p> <p>Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood <em>Live at Madison Square Garden</em></p> <p>Van Morrison Astral Weeks <em>Live at the Hollywood Bowl</em></p> <p></p> <p>Tickets for the Music Producers Guild Awards are now on sale at a cost 80 plus VAT for Balcony standing tickets and 105 plus VAT for Balcony seated tickets. An early bird discount is available, reducing the cost to 60 and 85 plus VAT respectively, so book now to avoid disappointment. To reserve your ticket, please telephone 0207 287 4655. Email<a href="mailto:sue@bubblesqueak.co.uk">sue@bubblesqueak.co.uk</a>"</p> <p></p> <p></p><p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Tue, 08 Dec 2009 00:00:00 -0800http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/6415Worldwide Exclusive Video<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/stevewinwood/media/10/15/medium.5xf3k9z127mm.png" /><br /><p></p> <p>We have just posted a new video from Steve introducing the Contest<a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/contests" target="_self">here</a></p> <p></p><p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Thu, 03 Dec 2009 00:20:00 -0800http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/6307Welcome!<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/stevewinwood/media/03/02/medium.xs31v5dyl9t3.jpg" /><br /><p>We are very pleased to welcome you to the all-new Steve Winwood.com</p> <p>This website redesign effort has been many months in the making, and we are excited to share some of the new features with you.</p> <p>Check it out: while you're here, you can customize your profile, create your own blog, speak your mind in the forum, and network with fans around the world.</p> <p>We encourage you to browse our collection of rare and vintage videos, audio, photos, and extensive historical press clippings. Find hidden treasures in the comprehensive discography section. There are many new features to explore, and many more to come. We hope you enjoy what you find.</p> <p>Stay tuned!</p> <p></p> <p>Here's how to get 'under the hood' of your new membership to: Create and manage your own blog, Change what triggers emails (Notification Preferences), and Monitor your social networking stats all in one place.</p> <p><strong>login </strong>to the site at the top right of the website banner</p> <p>click on <strong>dashboard</strong> at the top right of the website 'banner' photo</p> <p>after logging in click <strong>manage account</strong> at the top center portion of the screen</p> <p>select '<strong>Avatar</strong>' and click the <strong>edit</strong> button express yourself!</p> <p>webmaster note: dashboard is everything you'll need to get 'under the hood' of your new membership. Create and manage your own blog (!), change what triggers emails (Notification Preferences), and monitor your social networking stats all in one place...here</p> <p></p> <p><strong>All Access Features:</strong></p> <p>- Social Networking: All Access Forum and Message Boards<br />- Complete Discography Section with 40 Second Previews<br />- Media Section with Rare and Vintage Audio, Photos, and Videos<br />- Extensive News Archive<br />- 'Can't Find My Way Home' Performance Contest</p> <p><strong>WinWeb Member Exclusives:</strong></p> <p>- Access to Pre-Sale and VIP Ticketing Before the General Public<br />- Exclusive Access to Limited Edition Merchandise and Meet & Greet Opportunities<br />- The Steve Winwood Digital Newsletter<br />- Members-Only Blogs<br />- Steve Winwood's Official Blog<br />- Point-Based Rewards System for Member Participation, Redeemable @ Holiday Event<br />- Custom Member Profiles with Avatars, Signatures, and Instant Messaging System<br />- Members-Only Downloads for iPhone and iPod<br />- Exclusive Access to the Vault: Premier Multimedia Galleries with Rare and Vintage Photos, Audio and Video Spanning Steve's Legendary Four-Decade Career</p><p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Thu, 03 Dec 2009 00:20:00 -0800http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/6025Review of Cropredy Festival<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/stevewinwood/media/01/01/medium.b2t3wk1tr90p.jpg" /><br /><p><span style="font-family: verdana, helvetica, sans;">Time No Barrier As Cropredy Fest Rocks On And On</span></p><p style="font-family: verdana, helvetica, sans; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 0px; padding: 0px;">By Jeremy Gaunt</p><p style="font-family: verdana, helvetica, sans; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 0px; padding: 0px;">CROPREDY, England (Reuters) - Simon Nicol, the last original member of folk rock band Fairport Convention, admits he's not into numbers, which may be why no one is quite sure what milestone just passed in this rural English village.</p><p style="font-family: verdana, helvetica, sans; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 0px; padding: 0px;">Billed as Britain's friendliest music festival, Fairport's Cropredy Convention ended its annual show on Saturday night in typical style, with a rollicking set by Fairport and friends, this year including the former Cat Stevens, now known as Yusuf.</p><p style="font-family: verdana, helvetica, sans; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 0px; padding: 0px;">But was it the 29th such event or the 30th, or even a bit more than that?</p><p style="font-family: verdana, helvetica, sans; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 0px; padding: 0px;">The problem -- if it is one -- is that Fairport have been performing at Cropredy (pronounced crop-ur-dee) in one form or another for so long that it is all suitably blurred into the folk rock mists of time.</p><p style="font-family: verdana, helvetica, sans; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 0px; padding: 0px;">Formed in the 1960s, the band started playing at the southern English village fete in the 1970s because some members lived there. In 1977, they moved to farmland for the concerts. Then in 1979 they had a farewell concert, but liked it so much they had a reunion in 1980 and have done it every year since.</p><p style="font-family: verdana, helvetica, sans; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 0px; padding: 0px;">So somewhere in there began the tradition.</p><p style="font-family: verdana, helvetica, sans; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 0px; padding: 0px;">"It has just grown despite ourselves," Nicol told Reuters backstage, accompanied by his splendidly patient dog Leonard. "I'm not big on numbers, myself."</p><p style="font-family: verdana, helvetica, sans; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 0px; padding: 0px;">What is clear is that the village fete jam has now turned into a cult event bringing 20,000 people from across Britain and beyond to hear everything from traditional folk to hard rock.</p><p style="font-family: verdana, helvetica, sans; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 0px; padding: 0px;">Acts at this year's three-day fest ranged from the frantic fiddle rock of Seth Lakeman to the angst-ridden folk of Ralph McTell by way of the throbbing dub, techno, reggae that is Dreadzone.</p><p style="font-family: verdana, helvetica, sans; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 0px; padding: 0px;">Along the way was a crowd-pleasing set from punk folkers the Bad Shepherds -- think the Clash as played by the Chieftains -- and what was surely the festival pinnacle, a truly breathtaking jazz-rock set by Steve Winwood, once of Traffic and Blind Faith.</p><p style="font-family: verdana, helvetica, sans; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 0px; padding: 0px;">INCLUDE ME</p><p style="font-family: verdana, helvetica, sans; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 0px; padding: 0px;">Cropredy is not Glastonbury. Indeed many of the crowd would have been more likely to have gone to Woodstock -- the original one, in 1968.</p><p style="font-family: verdana, helvetica, sans; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 0px; padding: 0px;">But it is nothing if not inclusive. Youth was out in force among the oldies, attracted by both the mix of music and, in some cases, by the fact that they had been brought there by their parents as babies.</p><p style="font-family: verdana, helvetica, sans; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 0px; padding: 0px;">Dedications from the stage included a fifth birthday, a 20th and 60th, and a 40th wedding anniversary.</p><p style="font-family: verdana, helvetica, sans; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 0px; padding: 0px;">Tee-shirts also told the tale, from a tribute to 1970s progressive rockers Gong, to an announcement that the bearer had seen Leonard Cohen, to the more down to earth "Sex, drugs and sausage rolls."</p><p></p><p style="font-family: verdana, helvetica, sans; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 0px; padding: 0px;">Food was eclectic, from organic vegetarian through Goan fish curry to burgers endorsed by celebrity chef Rick Stein, and facilities ran from children's games, through massage, to mobility buggy rentals.</p><p style="font-family: verdana, helvetica, sans; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 0px; padding: 0px;">The sole bar, naturally serving folk-pleasing English real ale, added to the democratic nature of it all by forcing the acts to mingle with the crowd if they want a drink.</p><p style="font-family: verdana, helvetica, sans; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 0px; padding: 0px;">Fairport round off the "friendly festival" atmosphere by making sure the local villages get something other than an annual invasion.</p><p style="font-family: verdana, helvetica, sans; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 0px; padding: 0px;">Help for a new cricket pavilion and two bells -- one called The Fairport Convention Festival Bell -- for Cropredy's St Mary's Church are among the results.</p><p style="font-family: verdana, helvetica, sans; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 0px; padding: 0px;">"The festival is good for the village and the village is great for the festival," Nicol said.</p><p style="font-family: verdana, helvetica, sans; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 0px; padding: 0px;">MORE PLEASE</p><p style="font-family: verdana, helvetica, sans; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 0px; padding: 0px;">Croppers, as the festival-goers have been called, are a dedicated lot. Nicola Baker, who works for the University of Exeter, is one example, attending for 5 out of the past 6 years.</p><p style="font-family: verdana, helvetica, sans; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 0px; padding: 0px;">"This is the only festival we come to," she said, sitting back in a camp chair next to her husband, Michael. She said it was safe and easy to deal with, particularly with only one stage for all the music.</p><p style="font-family: verdana, helvetica, sans; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 0px; padding: 0px;">Nearby, Bushy Bennun from Chudleigh in Devon, said he had been coming since 1979. He noted the generations passing through, including the fact that ex-Fairporter and folk rock godfather Richard Thompson had sung on stage this year with daughter Kamila.</p><p style="font-family: verdana, helvetica, sans; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 0px; padding: 0px;">"People who came in 1979 are now bringing their grandchildren," Bennun said.</p><p style="font-family: verdana, helvetica, sans; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 0px; padding: 0px;">Thompson played a blistering set at his first appearance on the weekend and then turned up to help his old bandmates close out the show by backing Yusuf on "Peace Train."</p><p style="font-family: verdana, helvetica, sans; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 0px; padding: 0px;">Which is good news for Nicol and the other Fairporters. Although the festival cannot expand beyond its current size, it needs to keep attracting new blood.</p><p style="font-family: verdana, helvetica, sans; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 0px; padding: 0px;">"We need to refresh our audience," Nicol said. "The core audience is thinking that perhaps it's a bit late to go camping."</p><p style="font-family: verdana, helvetica, sans; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 0px; padding: 0px;">There was not much evidence of that being a problem at this year's 29th -- or is that 30th - gathering.</p><p style="font-family: verdana, helvetica, sans; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 0px; padding: 0px;">(Editing by Paul Casciato)</p><p></p><p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Thu, 05 Nov 2009 01:00:00 -0800http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/1383Ginger Baker's 70th Birthday<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/stevewinwood/media/05/12/medium.zt6d02jgoq8o.jpg" /><br /><p>November 4th, 2009</p> <p>Steve is headed to London tonight for Ginger Baker's 70th Birthday bash.</p> <p>The two were bandmates in the classic supergroup Blind Faith. Rumour has it that an all-star band will rock the house tonight. We hope to post media of the event here shortly....stay tuned!</p><p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Wed, 04 Nov 2009 08:10:00 -0800http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/5975Guitar Chords: John Barleycorn Must Die<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/stevewinwood/media/06/15/medium.545u7b1k20k2.jpg" /><br /><p></p> <pre>capo 7th fret D C G Am A5 Am A5 D C G Am A5 Am A5 <br /></pre> <pre> D Am C G Am A5 Am A5 There were three men came out of the west D C G Am Am A5 Am A5 Their fortunes for to try D Am C G Am A5 Am A5 And these three men made a solemn vow D C G Am A5 Am A5 John Barleycorn must die</pre> <pre><br /></pre> <pre><br /></pre> <pre>C Am Am7 Am They've plowed, they've sown, they've harrowed him in C D Esus4 E Esus4 E Threw clods upon his head Dm Am C G Am A5 Am A5 And these three men made a solemn oath D C G Am A5 Am A5 John Barleycorn was dead</pre> <pre><br /></pre> <pre> D C G Am A5 Am A5 (repeat 3 times)</pre> <pre>They let him lie for a very long time Till the rains from heaven did fall And little Sir John sprung up his head And so amazed them all They let him stand 'til mid summer's day 'til he looked both pale and wan And little Sir John's grown a long, long beard And so become a man They've hired men with scythes so sharp To cut him off at the knee They rolled him and tied him by the waist Serving him most barbarously They've hired men with sharp pitch forks Who pricked him to the heart... And the loader he has served him worse than that For he's bound him to the cart They've wheeled him around and around in the field 'til they came onto a barn And there they made a solemn oath On poor John Barleycorn They've hired men with the crab tree sticks to cut him skin from bone And the miller he has served him worse than that For he's ground him between two stones And little Sir John and the nut brown bowl And his brandy in the glass And little Sir John and the nut brown bowl Proved the strongest man at last The huntsman, he can't hunt the fox Nor so loudly to blow his horn And the Tinker he can't mend kettle nor pots Without a little Barleycorn</pre> <p></p> <pre>WARNER-TAMERLANE PUBLISHING CO BMI</pre> <p></p><p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Fri, 04 Sep 2009 18:50:00 -0700http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/6126International Songwriting Competition<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/stevewinwood/media/05/12/medium.kh9pmqo472a8.jpg" /><br /><p>"The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) has extended its deadline for entering until Dec. 2. ISC accepts entries from all levels of songwriters, both amateur and professional, and gives away more than $150,000 in cash and prizes (including a grand prize of $25,000 cash and $20,000 in music equipment and other prizes).<br /> <br />The judging panel is ISC's most impressive to date and includes 56 high-profile judges such as Steve Winwood, Kings of Leon, Tom Waits, Rob Thomas (Matchbox 20), Timbaland, Journey, McCoy Tyner, Wynonna, Michael W. Smith, Youssou N'Dour, Robbie Williams, and many more.</p><p>The ISC's judges select all winners, offering an unprecedented opportunity for aspiring songwriters and musicians to have their songs heard by a panel of iconic, influential artists and industry decision-makers."</p><p><span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; line-height: 14px; color: #5a5354;"><a style="text-decoration: none;" href="http://www.songwritingcompetition.com/" target="_blank">http://www.songwritingcompetition.com</a></span></p><p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Wed, 02 Sep 2009 17:40:00 -0700http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/5931Oxford Times Review of Cropredy Festival<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/stevewinwood/media/00/13/medium.5rhy17d9c747.jpeg" /><br /><p>Fairport's Cropredy Convention</p> <p>The Oxford Times Aug 21, 2009</p> <p>By Reg Little</p> <p>Yusuf, the man millions loved as Cat Stevens, declared from the stage that it had been 37 years since he appeared at a festival. It was easy to see why Cropredy was the one that tempted him to step in front of a 20,000 plus crowd again. On Saturday he was surrounded by old friends in Fairport Convention, including his former drummer Gerry Conway who provided a moving introduction, while this most relaxed of audiences meant the man who walked away from superstardom to dedicate himself to Islam could ease himself back into the big time.</p> <p>Understandably nervous, he opened with two songs from his second comeback album Roadsinger, the sheer delicacy of All Kinds of Roses accentuating the sense of Yusufs vulnerability. But there was courage, too. No crowd pleasing Father and Son or Wild World; instead fine interpretations of Ruins and Lilywhite, lapped up by early-seventies Cat connoisseurs. Richard Thompson, who also famously embraced Islam, played guitar on Peace Train to give the festival an unforgettable memory. Thompson, who was on brilliant form for a solo Friday set, also turned in some seriously good guitar heroics as he performed with Fairport, then with the briefly reformed super pub band the GPs, formed with Dave Pegg, Dave Mattacks and Ralph McTell.</p> <p>The early evening set by McTell (pictured) and the unique reggae sound of Dreadzone, all bubbling electronics and dance beats, made for one of the best Saturdays for some time. Fairport themselves contributed a nicely balanced set, drawing on material produced over four decades, while allowing Chris Leslie, now the bands main songwriter, to excel as both vocalist and multi-instrumentalist.</p> <p>Yet for many the 2009 festival will be remembered for the long-awaited Cropredy appearance of Steve Winwood, fresh from his acclaimed reunion with his old Blind Faith pal Eric Clapton. The ex-Traffic man opened with Im a Man and instantly showed why he has long been regarded as the ultimate musicians musician. Members of his top band were given all given opportunity to indulge in lengthy solos, with the man himself seemingly as brilliant on guitar as keyboards. Thankfully the sound system was worthy of such high-class musicianship as Winwood opened wide a stunning back catalogue with electrifying performances of Higher Love, Dear Mr Fantasy, Gimme Some Lovin and Low Spark of High Heeled Boys.</p> <p></p><p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Fri, 21 Aug 2009 00:10:00 -0700http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/1384A Thank You to Steve and Eric<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/stevewinwood/media/07/02/medium.823n8p00p7p0.jpeg" /><br /><p>I had to write with a huge THANK YOU to Steve & Eric. I could not afford either tickets or the trip to any of the upcoming live shows, so when my daughter invited me to the Indy Kerasotes as consolation/birthday gift, I was surprised to learn of the sole theatre performance. I had been pretty down, as the Chicago show was to be on my b'day, and Steve Winwood has always been my absolute favorite artist (& Clapton is my boyfriend's)...after weeks of searching for affordable tickets, & dreading the all-night drive home, the "live" film was amazing, wonderful, and made the greatest early birthday gift I can imagine.</p> <p></p> <p>Thanks to everyone who made the screening possible...what a great option for those of us without the resources to afford those expensive, far-away venues. (& what a wonderful, thoughtful daughter!)</p> <p></p> <p>Happy not to brave the crowds here in Madison, IN!</p> <p>-Kelly Knight</p> <p></p><p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Tue, 28 Jul 2009 00:00:00 -0700http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/957Barry Beckett Passes Away<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/stevewinwood/media/12/13/medium.j84gjm37iv87.jpeg" /><br /><p>17th June 2009.</p> <p>We were saddened to hear of the passing of Barry Beckett, one of the core musicians in The Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section. Fans of Traffic will know that Barry, together with David Hood, Roger Hawkins and Jimmy Johnson played on many of the soul hits that came out of the American deep south in the 60's and 70's in particular for the likes of Aretha Franklin, Percy Sledge and Etta James amongst many others. And of course with Jim Capaldi for his Oh how we danced' album and Traffic on Shoot Out at the Fantasy Factory' and the Traffic on the Road' albums as well as touring as part of Traffic at that time (1972/1973).</p> <p>-From the <em>Coloured Rain E-Zine</em></p><p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Wed, 17 Jun 2009 19:10:00 -0700http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/5625Fan Review of Winwood/Clapton Show<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/stevewinwood/media/12/10/medium.l24go53t8mta.jpeg" /><br /><p>By Scott Serota</p> <p>Fans of rock legends Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood flocked to the Izod Center in East Rutherford, NJ on Wednesday to witness opening night of their 2009 summer US tour. Flanked by an all-star band consisting of Willie Weeks on bass, Abe Laboriel, Jr. on drums, Chris Stainton on keys, and with Michelle John and Sharon White holding forth on backup vocals, the team journeyed effortlessly through the four-plus decades of musical history that had made them bona fide legends, unearthing no less than 22 cuts from Traffic, Derek and the Dominoes, and Blind Faith's catalogs- to classic solo material from their seminal 70s and 80s periods along with some rare surprises.</p> <p>For those lucky enough to have witnessed the duo's reunion last February at Madison Square Garden, a rare and special show in its own right, opening night of the 2009 tour in New Jersey offered a world of refinements for even the most discriminating listener. This concert added a compelling and intimate new dimension to their formidable prowess that somehow Madison Square Garden couldn't facilitate.</p> <p>Blind Faith may have lasted barely seven months at their apex, but the group's debut (and farewell) album remains a de facto masterpiece of classic rock even by today's standards. Precious few archival recordings exist of their now mythical US tour in July and August 1969, and even fewer written accounts have been published.</p> <p>So it came as no surprise when more than 16,000 roaring devotees filled the stadium on a Wednesday night in New Jersey for the chance to witness the historic reunion.</p> <p>'It's already written that today will be one to remember...'- "Had To Cry Today", Blind Faith, 1969</p> <p>Pitch-perfect, crystal clear, and full of youthful energy, as if four decades had only reinforced the power and character of his voice since first committing those words to tape as a 21-year old in 1969 - as soon as Steve Winwood delivered that opening line, a veritable electric current went through the stadium. It was the sound of a voice that had not only survived the 60s miraculously unscathed and intact, but also one whose character had evolved and matured in the decades that followed.</p> <p>The two icons went on to nail the entire side-A of their debut album before this sold-out stadium, replete with extended jams and vintage '60s goodness, interspersed with Winwood's "Glad" "Split Decision" "Dear Mr. Fantasy" and a stunning version of "Georgia on My Mind" that would make Ray Charles proud, with masterful vintage B-3 organ licks swirling out of the rotating Leslie speakers and into the New Jersey night. Winwood sang the song as if it were a prayer: full of grace, power, and reverence. This was more than just a love song to Georgia.</p> <p>The fans were feeling it too. As Clapton returned to the stage, three chairs were arranged in a half-circle. There was a unique sense of intimacy in the air, and as if in response Clapton delivered a gorgeous and mellow "Driftin" with Steve and Willie on acoustic. That kicked off a set of cuts from Clapton's famed Unplugged album, including "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out," and a rare acoustic "Layla" which was not performed at MSG, with Steve and Eric trading verses and solos.</p> <p>Even for those who had dutifully memorized every note of the Unplugged album seventeen years before, to watch Clapton deliver his acoustic revelation before a mesmerized stadium of 16,000, to hear each meticulously crafted note in splendid detail was nothing less than incredible. He seemed to be accessing a richer palette of colors than previously evidenced on the original live masterpiece, breathing new life into his distinguished catalog.</p> <p>As the two launched into the hypnotic intro section of their trademark "Can't Find My Way Home," trading mellifluous lines, smiling, and reveling in the roar of the crowd, one got the sense that the two were veterans, brothers in arms- that the night was not only a celebration of the music itself but also of surviving history together.</p> <p>In that spirit, the duo paid homage to their friend, collaborator, and mentor Jimi Hendrix with a spellbinding, passionate "Little Wing" and "Voodoo Chile". Drummer Abe Laboriel, Jr. seemed to simultaneously channel Mitch Mitchell and Buddy Miles, Winwood expertly conjured up the B3 voodoo as he did on the original Electric Ladyland, and Clapton exercised some legendary magic. transforming the arena into something of a sance. There were moments towards the end of "Voodoo Chile" wherein 16,000 people became completely hushed. Lighters aloft, they sat enraptured at every muted note, each lightly tickled key- a collective prayer of gratitude for the genius of Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Steve Winwood.</p> <p>Clapton then delivered a blistering "Cocaine", firing on all cylinders as if he had just taken the stage. It was hard to imagine that the 130-minute set was drawing to a close, but the band took a bow and left the stage amid thunderous applause, returning moments later to deliver the epic "Dear Mr. Fantasy," an encore that left the crowd energized and hungry for more.</p> <p>As the throngs filtered out of the arena, through the cavernous maze of pedestrian tunnels and out into the summer night, the air buzzed with admiration and praise. Fans clustered around RVs blasting the MSG concert DVD in HD and surround sound, drinking beer and swapping stories of how they had traveled six hundred miles to be at the first show. They were fifty and they were fifteen, from all walks of life, old hippies and young hipsters, and for one night in Jersey <em>we were all there.</em></p><p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Tue, 16 Jun 2009 00:00:00 -0700http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/1099Fan Review of Winwood/Clapton Tour: Ken Kirsh<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/stevewinwood/media/10/00/medium.6825vyduqygn.jpeg" /><br /><p>June 12, 2009</p> <p>Reviewed by Ken Kirsh</p> <p>I walked into the Izod Center in Rutherford, NJ for the Clapton Winwood concert hoping but not expecting to see a great show. I walked out feeling I actually experienced something quite special.</p> <p>While both men are in their 60s they played and sang with the same passion, energy and quality as when they were teenagers. Individually their talents are amazing; together they are staggering. Its clear, too, that their place in rock is occupied by not only by innovation but also a high degree of intelligence and feel.</p> <p>It has always been about the music for Clapton and Winwood. No fireworks, no wasted motion, no inane remarks or overstated gratitude which would only have cheapened their presentation and conveyed the sense that they actually thought more of themselves than their audience. They dont talk up or down to you, they simply share what they have, least of which is something to prove.</p> <p>The set list was as masterfully chosen as the material itself, with great pace and precision, hit after hit. (Truth be told, it was nearly identical to their three show micro-tour at Madison Square Garden last year, before the two decided to turn that short stint into a real tour this year.) Together with Chris Stainton (Keyboards), Willie Weeks (bass) and Abe Laboriel, Jr. (Drums), they delivered solid blues rock tunes that never overstayed their welcome.</p> <p></p> <p>Though their voices are very different, they blend well on every tune. They traded solos and even lead vocals within a number of songs which gave the material a fresh sound and demonstrated just why these guys work so well together. Its hard to argue theres been a better guitarist/keyboardist pairing in blues, rock or pop in the last forty years.</p> <p></p> <p>Their own songs are masterfully crafted and those they cover are arranged and put across with their own inimitable styles. Seeing a one-of-a-kind-performer is something; seeing two one-of-a-kind performers is something else.</p> <p></p> <p>I get the impression Clapton is very much in control, the older brother as Winwood has described their relationship. The arrangements had a very organized structure to them, very locked-in, enhanced by Stainton, Weeks and Laboriel incredibly tight, musical support, yet there were ample opportunities for improvisation. A kind of control and balance that enhanced the experience.</p> <p></p> <p>Those of us who were around to hear Blind Faiths music when it first came out knew it was special but could never had imagined just how well it would hold up four decades later. (Truth is, those of us who were there probably didnt think beyond the weekend much less years later.)</p> <p></p> <p>Every song was a standout and well played, and the sonic fabric they created,</p> <p>instrumentally and audio-wise, was warm, even and easy on the ears. I dont think these legendary artists have lost anything and have probably gained. </p> <p></p> <p>Seeing them play the Blind Faith repertoire since its release 40 years ago this summer, was less nostalgic than it was natural. Perhaps this is because the idea of the tour was organic, borne of Winwoods appearance at Claptons 2007 Crossroads concert. Without the over-anticipation that surrounds talk of other reunions, theres little speculation and hype, no pressure or expectation. This tour eventually had to be; it just didnt have to be talked about. That the NJ show took place just three days after the 40th anniversary of the legendary Hyde Park Concert, added a kind of poetic quality.</p> <p></p> <p>Steve Winwood, with too many credits to single any out here, still gets highest honors for playing the most soulful keyboardwhether on piano or organ. </p> <p>Winwood is an alchemist with the Hammond, as evidenced throughout the show and particularly during his unaccompanied and hypnotic performance of Georgia. </p> <p></p> <p>Whatever the song, its not Winwoods keyboard technique per se thats remarkablewhile its plenty good as it needs to beas much as the notes he chooses, arriving and departing from each one with equal finesse. Whats really scary though is that he more than holds his own on guitar playing next to one of the greatest icons of the guitar in Eric Clapton. There just isnt anyone in all of rock music who compares with Steve Winwoods multi-dimensional fluency and feel on both keys and guitar, depth and breadth of songwriting, and unique high tenor voice that takes you to church, the backstreets and another world all at the same time.</p> <p></p> <p>Winwood has been playing from John Barleycorn Must Die on the Hammond which has been unsatisfying the past several I've seen him. That we got to hear him play it this time on piano, though we did miss the sax parts that were adequately covered by Clapton and company, was a real treat. These are iconic blues piano riffs that still sound like nothing else.</p> <p></p> <p>Clapton chose to play a few of the JJ Cale songs he made famous, all of which sounded crisp and with renewed energy (especially Cocaine, which closed out the set). His versions of Hendrixs Little Wing and Voodoo Child, played toward the very end of the night, were among the jammiest of the night and the times when Clapton really went for it, taking the nearly 20,000 people in the arena with him.</p> <p></p> <p>His playing was loose yet precise, very melodic and with just the right amount of technique to say what he wanted to without the overpowering clutter and technique found in so many guitaristsimitators and otherwise. When Eric Clapton plays the guitar, he actually makes you feel something. Is that really so rare these days? I think so.</p> <p></p> <p>The unexpected choice of the evening was Winwoods Split Decision (co-written with Joe Walsh) from the 1986 album Back in the High Life Overshadowed by the hits on that collection, Grammy-winning Higher Love among them, the band helped Winwood really put across the blue-eyed soul hes known for in this overlooked gem found toward the end of that album. The song had feel out the ass and was shrewdly placed toward the end of the show, just before the Hendrix tunes.</p> <p></p> <p>In a nutshell, these guys rocked the way high quality blues rock should. They work so well as a team 40 years later, its as if they've never stopped playing together.</p><p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Fri, 12 Jun 2009 00:00:00 -0700http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/958Autographed Guitar Winner<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/stevewinwood/media/06/01/medium.us1k7r3st6bn.jpeg" /><br /><p>June 1, 2009</p> <p>We are pleased to announce that Richard Maloney of Massachusetts is the winner of our Live at Madison Square Garden pre-order contest. The winner receives a guitar autographed by Steve Winwood. Congratulations and enjoy, Richard!</p><p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Mon, 01 Jun 2009 22:00:00 -0700http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/884Clapton/Winwood CD/DVD Details<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/stevewinwood/media/03/04/medium.39f6fcqjwrdm.jpeg" /><br /><p>April 12th, 2009</p> <p>LIMITED EDITION 2-DISC CD/DVD FEATURING THEIR CAPTIVATING MADISON SQUARE GARDEN PERFORMANCE AVAILABLE MAY 19, 2009 FROM REPRISE RECORDS</p> <p>(New York, NY) - After their extraordinary sold-out three-nights at Madison Square Garden last year, Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood are set to release a 2-disc CD/DVD of their amazing performances on May 19, 2009 from Reprise Records.</p> <p>The rock legends took the stage together for just three concerts in a highly anticipated collaboration, performing a string of hits that included Blind Faith's "Presence of the Lord," and "Can't Find My Way Home," in addition to Clapton's classics "After Midnight" "Tell the Truth" and "Crossroads" and Steve Winwood's "Dear Mr. Fantasy" and "Glad." The limited edition CD/DVD set also includes "The Road to Madison Square Garden," an exclusive documentary which features interviews with both men, as well as rare footage and photographs of Cream, Traffic and Blind Faith. Bonus performances on the DVD include "Lowdown," "Kind Hearted Woman" and "Crossroads."</p> <p>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 had 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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>CD Disc One<br />1. Had To Cry Today <br />2. Low Down <br />3. Them Changes <br />4. Forever Man <br />5. Sleeping In The Ground<br />6. Presence Of The Lord <br />7. Glad <br />8. Well Alright <br />9. Double Trouble <br />10. Pearly Queen<br />11. Tell The Truth <br />12. No Face, No Name, No Number</p> <p>CD Disc Two<br />1. After Midnight <br />2. Split Decision <br />3. Rambling On My Mind <br />4. Georgia On My Mind<br />5. Little Wing <br />6. Voodoo Chile <br />7. Can't Find My Way Home <br />8. Dear Mr. Fantasy <br />9. Cocaine</p> <p>DVD Disc One<br />1. Had To Cry Today <br />2. Them Changes <br />3. Forever Man <br />4. Sleeping In The Ground <br />5. Presence Of The Lord <br />6. Glad <br />7. Well Alright <br />8. Double Trouble <br />9. Pearly Queen <br />10. Tell The Truth<br />11. No Face, No Name, No Number <br />12. After Midnight <br />13. Split Decision <br />14. Rambling On My Mind <br />15. Georgia On My Mind <br />16. Little Wing <br />17. Voodoo Chile <br />18. Can't Find My Way Home<br />19. Dear Mr. Fantasy <br />20. Cocaine</p> <p>DVD Disc Two<br />The Road To Madison Square Garden, an exclusive documentary featuring new interviews with Eric and Steve, together with rare footage and photographs of Cream, Traffic and Blind Faith.</p> <p>Rambling On My Mind: The final preparation for the three legendary performances highlighted by an acoustic soundcheck performance by Eric of the Robert Johnson standard "Rambling On My Mind."</p> <p>Plus Bonus Madison Square Garden Performances of "Low Down," "Kind Hearted Woman" and "Crossroads."</p> <p></p><p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Tue, 19 May 2009 01:20:00 -0700http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/5612Clapton/Winwood Theatrical Premiere<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/stevewinwood/media/15/07/medium.i6z4e0gx540k.jpeg" /><br /><p>May 5th, 2009</p> <p>D&E Entertainment Selected to Theatrically Distribute and Market Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood 'Live From Madison Square Garden'</p> <p>Presenting in Digital Cinemas</p> <p>(Hollywood, CA) May 5, 2009--Through their partnership with Reprise Records D&E Entertainment, the leader in theatrical distribution and marketing of Alternative Content, will be distributing and marketing the theatrical premiere of Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood's 'Live from Madison Square Garden' concert film documenting their amazing performance at the world famous venue. The film will be premiered in over 40 cinemas in the US on May 18 and in the UK on May 19 on May 18 (UPDATED).</p> <p>'Live From Madison Square Garden' captures Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood as the rock legends took the stage together for just three concerts in a highly anticipated collaboration. They performed a string of hits that included Blind Faith's "Presence of the Lord," and "Can't Find My Way Home," in addition to Clapton's classics "After Midnight" "Tell the Truth" and "Crossroads" and Steve Winwood's "Dear Mr. Fantasy" and "Glad."</p> <p>D&E's digital cinema presentation captures the spectacular live footage of the shows, giving fans the best seat in the house. Shot in pristine Hi-Def with superb 5.1 surround-sound and projected in digital cinemas, the highest quality in cinemas today- the big screen debut will be the ultimate experience for the senses.</p> <p>D&E Entertainment partners Evan Saxon and Doug Kluthe stated, "We are ecstatic to oversee the theatrical distribution and marketing for this amazing film. D&E will implement a highly effective campaign that incorporates press, radio, online, retail and in-theatre exposure, while letting the fan experience the concert like they are in the front row at Madison Square Garden. At D&E Entertainment we understand the vision of the artists and content owners, and meld this with our great theatre partners."</p> <p>For more information on Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood 'Live From Madison Square Garden' or to purchase tickets for the Theatrical Premiere Event, visit: DandEentertainment.com, EricClapton.com or SteveWinwood.com.</p> <p>On May 19, 2009 Reprise Records will release a 2-disc CD/DVD of their amazing performances.</p> <p>D&E ENTERTAINMENT:<br />ABOUT D&E ENTERTAINMENT: Innovators in theatrical marketing and distribution of alternative content and films. Artists, record labels, managers, filmmakers and studios rely on D&E Entertainment to market, brand, distribute and deliver worldwide digital cinema premieres of today's leading artists. The marketing and distribtuion company's arsenal of captivating HD events for breakthrough and superstar artists include Pearl Jam, Iron Maiden, Tom Petty/Peter Bogdanovich, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Marley, Duran Duran, Morrissey, Ramones, The Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, My Morning Jacket, Slipknot, The Who, Sigur Ros, Led Zeppelin and many more.</p> <p>'Live From Madison Square Garden' is playing in the following US and UK locations:</p> <p>United States Theatres:</p> <p>Apple Valley UltraStar Apple Valley<br />Bay area/Oakland Brenden Concord 14<br />Benton Harbor Celebration! Cinema Benton Harbor<br />Birmingham Rave Patton Creek 15<br />Boston The Regent Theatre<br />Buffalo McKinley 6 Theatres<br />Chicago Kerasotes City North 14<br />Chicago Kerasotes Webster Place 11<br />Chicago/Naperville Kerasotes Showplace 16<br />Chicago/New Lenox Kerasotes Showplace 14<br />Chicago/Niles Kerasotes Showplace 12<br />Chicago/Orland Park Orland Park Cinemas<br />Chicago/Schereville Kerasotes Showplace 12<br />Chicago/Skokie Kerasotes Village Crossing 18<br />Columbus Rave Polaris 18<br />Dallas/Fort Worth Rave Northeast Mall 18<br />Denver Kerasotes Cherry Creek 8<br />Denver/Aurora Kerasotes Chinese 16 at Arapahoe Crossing<br />Detroit Emagine Canton<br />Fort Lauderdale Trademark Coral Square 8<br />Grand Rapids, MI Celebration! Cinema South<br />Indianapolis Kerasotes ShowPlace 16 and IMAX<br />Kalamazoo Celebration! Crossroads Cinema<br />Lake Havasu UltraStar Lake Havasu 10<br />Lansing Celebration! Cinemas Lansing IMAX<br />Las Vegas Brenden Theatres and IMAX<br />Little Rock Rave Colonel Glenn 18<br />Long Island, NY Clearview Port Washington - Main St<br />Los Angeles Mann Chinese 6<br />Madison, WI Kerasotes Star 18<br />Madison, WI Marcus Point UltraScreen Cinema<br />Memphis Paradiso Theatre<br />Miami/Palm Beach Cobb Theatres<br />Middlebrook, NJ Clearview's Middlebrook Cinema 10<br />Milwaukee Marcus Ridge Cinemas<br />Minneapolis/Coon Rapids Kerasotes ShowPlace 16<br />Minneapolis/Inver Grove Kerasotes Showplace 14<br />Minneapolis Riverview Theatre<br />Muskegon Cinema Carousel<br />New Jersey Clearview Parsippany 12<br />New York Clearview's Chelsea Cinemas<br />Omaha, NE Marcus Village Pointe Cinemas<br />Omaha/Council Bluffs Kerasotes Star 16<br />Philadelphia Clearview's Anthony Wayne<br />Phoenix UltraStar Surprise Pointe Cinema<br />San Diego UltraStar Mission Valley<br />San Diego/Del Mar UltraStar Del Mar Highlands 8<br />San Diego/Oceanside UltraStar Mission Marketplace<br />Springfield, IL Kerasotes Showplace West 12<br />Springfield, IL/Edwardsville Kerasotes Showplace 12<br />United Kingdom Theatre:</p> <p>London Odeon Covent Garden</p> <p></p><p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Tue, 05 May 2009 18:20:00 -0700http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/5614Band Lineup for Winwood/Clapton Shows<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/stevewinwood/media/02/07/medium.5bsin37g58w6.jpeg" /><br /><p>Feb 15, 2009</p> <p>Steve Winwood and Eric Clapton are pleased to announce the musicians who will join them on their upcoming tour.</p> <p>The lineup consists of:</p> <p>Steve Winwood</p> <p>Eric Clapton</p> <p>Chris Stainton (Keyboards)</p> <p>Willie Weeks (Bass)</p> <p>Abe Laboriel, Jr. (Drums)</p> <p></p><p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Sun, 15 Feb 2009 18:20:00 -0800http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/5613Steve Winwood and Eric Clapton<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/stevewinwood/media/04/06/medium.4697iei0k1xr.jpeg" /><br /><p>February 13th, 2009</p> <p>On Heels of Three Exclusive Shows at MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, Duo Announce A Special 14-City U.S. Tour This Spring</p> <p>(New York, NY) - 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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>Ticket On-Sale Information<br />Check your local listings for tickets. Tickets can be purchased via ticketmaster.com.</p> <p>2009 TOUR SCHEDULE:<br />June 10 East Rutherford, NJ Izod Center<br />June 12 Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Center<br />June 13 Washington, DC Verizon Center<br />June 15 Columbus, OH Schottenstein Center<br />June 17 Chicago, IL United Center<br />June 18 St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center<br />June 20 Omaha, NE Qwest Center<br />June 21 Denver, CO Pepsi Center<br />June 23 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center<br />June 24 Houston, TX Toyota Center<br />June 26 Glendale, AZ Jobing.com Arena<br />June 27 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Arena<br />June 29 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena<br />June 30 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl</p><p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Sat, 14 Feb 2009 18:10:00 -0800http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/5610Congratulations, James!<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/stevewinwood/media/09/00/medium.90t027ryms2o.jpeg" /><br /><p>February 13th, 2009</p> <p>We just received word from James Towler that he was named Recording Engineer of the Year by The Music Producers Guild for his work on <em>Nine Lives.</em> The ceremony was held last night at London's Cafe de Paris. For more information on the award and organization, click here.</p> <p>Congratulations to James for the well-deserved honor!</p><p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Fri, 13 Feb 2009 06:10:00 -0800http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/5611Award Nomination for Nine Lives Engineer<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/stevewinwood/media/08/10/medium.azffbfq9q2u9.jpeg" /><br /><p>Congratulations to James Towler, recording engineer for Steve Winwood's Nine Lives. The Music Producers Guild has nominated Towler for Recording Engineer of the Year. The guild's awards ceremony will be held on February 12th 2009 at London's Cafe de Paris.</p> <p>According to its website, the Music Producers Guild Awards "aims to recognise the enormous contribution recording professionals make to the success of the UK's music industry." You can find out more about the Music Producers Guild and its awards ceremony by visiting http://mpg.org.uk/news_stories/112.</p> <p>Best of luck to James!</p><p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Sun, 01 Feb 2009 06:00:00 -0800http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/5609At 60, Steve Winwood Remains A Talented, Powerful Musician<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/stevewinwood/media/10/07/medium.8ug15w2q1xlj.jpeg" /><br /><p>At 60, Steve Winwood Remains A Talented, Powerful Musician</p> <p>By Jeff Miers</p> <p>NEWS POP MUSIC CRITIC</p> <p>Buffalo News</p> January 24, 2009 <p>NIAGARA FALLS You know immediately when youre in the presence of greatness. There are pop stars, there are rockers who command your attention while theyre on the stage, and there are bands you love even though you realize you ought to know better.</p> <p>Then there are those performers you come into contact with who simply floor you with the sheer weight of their talent. Some people were clearly born to be musicians. Steve Winwood is one of them.</p> <p>On Friday, Winwood performed before a full house inside the Events Center at the Seneca Niagara Casino, and he pulled compositions from throughout his entire career. Thats a stock reviewers statement, but with Winwood, it actually means something. A child prodigy, the multi-instrumentalist and singer was a sensation in his teens, fronting the Spencer Davis Group and singing like the closest thing the Caucasian strain was ever going to place in the Ray Charles sweepstakes.</p> <p>Hopefully, you all know the story. Winwood formed Traffic, made several close-to-flawless records, knocked up against Eric Clapton and formed Blind Faith, and then laid low as a session musician, before emerging to become a pop-R&B-soul crossover smash in the 80s.</p> <p>Winwood has emerged from what might seem an exile, with a new album in Nine Lives, and some rather high-profile gigs with Eric Clapton and a briefly reunited Blind Faith over the past 24 months. At 60, he remains pretty much peerless in terms of vocal power, and as a songwriter, he continues to refine the rock-folk-jazz- R&B-world music hybrid he pioneered 40 years ago.</p> <p>Last summer, Winwood played a short set opening for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers at Darien Lake, but as good as he was there, the Events Center show really drove home the enduring power of the mans music. Winwood with the help of sax/flute/keyboard man Paul Booth, percussionist Karl van den Bosch, guitarist Jose Neto and drummer Richard Bailey simply killed em on Friday, and the assembled made their gratitude plain.</p> <p>He opened, seated behind the Hammond B3 organ, with m A Man, all 60s white soul and British R&B. The ensembles sound was thick, round, fat, proper. Tellingly, the new material sat proudly next to the songs that made Winwood a legend throughout the evening, beginning with the Nine Lives blues corker Hungry Man, and continuing through Dirty City, the Nine Lives song, which reunited him with Clapton. Now, Winwood handles the guitar playing, and deftly, moving through taut blues phrases that echo the manner in which he forms vocal lines.</p> <p>Of course, everyone hopes for the songs they fell in love with (and to) as younger folks, and Winwood was not stingy with them. Blind Faiths t Find My Way brought the first of many standing ovations, and it must be noted that, even at 60, Winwood is singing with the full range and soulful power he exuded as a young man.</p> <p>Traffics Low Spark of High Heeled Boys was probably the pinnacle, its modal jazz core</p> <p>providing an ample soloing bedrock for saxophonist Booth and guitarist Neto.</p> <p>Winwood did play some of his more pop-oriented 80s fare, but the band displayed new arrangements for this stuff, and it certainly benefited from the reconsideration. Higher Love, the dance-soul song that pushed Winwood to the top of the charts in the late 80s, was granted a sexy Latin form, and it wore it well.</p> <p>The encores included Gimme Some Lovin and Dear Mister Fantasy, even in stripped-down trio format, came across with all its power.</p> <p>Concert Review</p> <p>Steve Winwood</p> <p>Friday night in Seneca Niagara Events Center, Niagara Falls.</p> <p></p><p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Sat, 24 Jan 2009 00:00:00 -0800http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/1444Concert Preview: Steve Winwood<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/stevewinwood/media/07/03/medium.vvqy8o8q7m89.jpeg" /><br /><p>By Ross CAT</p> <p>NIGHTLIFE Magazine / Rock Rapport January 21, 2009</p> <p>STILL IN THE GAME.. Few artists have had the integral impact in the music cosmos asSTEVE WINWOOD.The Rock and Soul Pioneer whose suave voice and unparalleled instrumental prowess are woven into the fabric of four decades of musical history.<br /> The 2004 <em>Rock Roll Hall of Fame</em> inductee began his extraordinary musical journey with the SPENCER DAVIS GROUP in 1965 at the age of sixteen.<br /> Following a successful stint through the mid-sixties Winwood,along with longtime collaborator JIM CAPALDI, CHRIS WOOD and DAVE MASON would form the influential Hall of Fame band TRAFFIC.<br /> In between TRAFFIC jams in 1969 Winwoodwould join forces with ERIC CLAPTON, GINGER BAKER and RICK GRECH to conceive one of Rock Rolls first BLIND FAITH. While the endeavor would only produce one album, it would be one for the ages delivering the expansive jams t Find My Way Home</em> and <em>Presence of the Lord</em>.<strong><br /> </strong>Winwood's contributions were far from over with the halting of TRAFFIC in 1974 as he would embark on a distinguished solo career with his self-titled release in 1977.<br /> His career continued to ascend throughout the next three decades with chart topping hits that include: <em>While You See a Chance</em>, <em>Higher Love</em>, <em>The Finer Things</em> and t You Know What the Night Can Do, </em>to name just a few.<br /> The New Year finds Steve Winwood "<em>Back in the High Life</em> <em>Again</em> with his recent release <em>Nine Lives</em> which charted at number twelve on the Billboard Charts, his highest U.S. debut ever.<br /> He also was most recently recognized in the Rolling Stone Top 100 Greatest singers of all time chiming in at number thirty-three.<br /> The Rock Rapport had the delightful opportunity to chat with Steve Winwoodas he gets ready to <em>Roll with It</em> inside the Events Center at the Seneca Niagara Casino this Friday Night.<br /> Hello Steve thanks so much for taking some time out for the <em>Rock Rapport </em>its truly an honor to speak with you.</p> <p><strong><br /> WINWOOD-<em>No problem at all its a pleasure.</em></strong></p> <p><strong><em></em><br /> Ross CAT</strong>- If Im not mistaken your last visit to the <em>Buffalo </em>was this past summer and included quite the electrical storm complete with a few power outages during the PETTY<strong>/WINWOOD</strong> summer tour at Darien Lake.</p> <p><strong><br /> WINWOOD-<em>Thats right I do remember that evening quite well, we played on and the fans were great for hanging in there for the show despite the downpour.</em></strong></p> <p><strong><em></em><br /> Ross CAT-</strong> Congratulations on an exceptionally auspicious 2008 with the release of <em>Nine Lives</em> your ninth solo studio album which garnered both critical and commercial success.</p> <p><strong><br /> WINWOOD- <em>Thank you very much. Yes Im extremely proud that the new music is still reaching people.</em></strong></p> <p><strong>Ross CAT</strong>-Is that great cover photo on the new disc a young STEVE WINWOOD playing guitar in his fathers band?</p> <p><strong> WINWOOD-<em>Thats exactly right, I believe I was about eight or nine years old when that photo was taken. In those days every wedding or birthday party would include a live band so my father would play all the classics from the 30s and 40s.<br /> After my brother MUFF and I where born Rock Roll began to rear its ugly head and stir in the bosom of Jazz and Dance musicians, so as young men we where roped into playing all different styles of music.<br /> Of course growing up having to learn the dance music from my fathers era it managed to stay with me and found its way into what I do.</em></strong></p> <p><strong><em></em><br /> Ross CAT</strong>- Lets talk about the world music sounds of <em>Nine Lives</em>, what is the writing process like for a dexterous multi-instrumentalist like yourself; do you arrange most of the songs from the piano or from the strings?</p> <p><strong><br /> WINWOOD-<em>Really for me its different every time, at the end of the day there are no formulas for song writing. Even if you do find one particular way that you like to work you end up trying to change things up again to explore a different direction.<br /> For me the music materializes universally, it could be a beat or a groove or even a chord progression, Ive even worked from the title of a song.<br /> The adage is that music is 5% inspiration and 95% perspiration and very often it is. Its not always in those particular proportions but there is always an element of perspiration in trying to knock the songs into shape.</em></strong></p> <p><strong><em></em><br /> Ross CAT</strong>-As you mentioned creating music can be very laborious, being such a prolific musician and songwriter what are your feelings on the Reality Talent shows that seem to create superstardom overnight?</p> <p><strong><br /> WINWOOD-<em>There are some very talented people in these televised talent shows. I think in some ways its created a renaissance for some of the 60s and 70s music through each of the pop oriented contestants.</em></strong></p> <p></p> <p><strong><em> </em>Ross CAT</strong>-Lets get back to <em>Nine Lives</em> one of the several stellar songs is the ethereal track <em>Dirty City</em> which sees you reunited with your one time BLIND FAITH band mate ERIC CLAPTON joining in for a feverish guitar solo. How did that long overdue collaboration arise?</p> <p><strong><br /> WINWOOD-<em>Our paths have most certainly gone in slightly different directions since we played together in BLIND FAITH. I had the pleasure to reconnect with ERIC again a few summers back as he kindly invited me to play with him at the Crossroads Festival. It really turned out to be a great success; it was a real honor for me to play with musicians of that caliber.<br /> ERIC and I had so much fun playing together again we decided to play some more shows which subsequently culminated with the three concerts at Madison Square Garden not quite a year ago.<br /> I happened to be working on Nine Lives while we where rehearsing arrangements and putting together set lists for those shows; at the time I couldnt quite figure out the end portion of the song Dirty City, it occurred to me that ERIC would be the perfect fit, and indeed he was.<br /> Interestingly enough I asked him if he wanted me to send him the song so he could get a listen to it and he said He just wanted to step in and play the first idea that came into his head which is exactly what he did. I think its fantastic and I truly think its some of the best guitar work hes done in a long time.</em></strong></p> <p></p> <p><strong><em> </em>Ross CAT</strong>-Thehad the absolute thrill of making the road trip to Madison Square Garden to witness one of the entrancing performances with CLAPTON, what was that experience like rekindling that on stage spirit after so many years?</p> <p><strong><br /> WINWOOD- <em>It was a great experience, what really captivated me in sharing the stage with ERIC again is how hes developed as an artist. What I mean by that is back in the BLIND FAITH days ERIC didnt sing; he didnt really want to sing, he had no desire to be a band leader he left that to me.Of course since then hes become a fabled singer and band leader in his own right.<br /> It really was a pleasure to sing together this time around seeing how our voices blended and meshed together.</em></strong></p> <p><strong><em></em><br /> Ross CAT</strong>-Please tell me that those momentous Madison Square Garden shows where captured for DVD release.</p> <p><strong><br /> WINWOOD-<em>Yes they certainly were, weve just recently been looking at some final edits so that should be out early in 2009.</em></strong></p> <p><strong><em></em><br /> Ross CAT</strong>- I recently read the CLAPTON autobiography a must read by the way; what a fascinating history youve shared with him not just artistically but on a personal level.<br /> On numerous occasions in the book he describes what a pivotal role you played in his sometimes precarious youth.<br /> At one point CLAPTON even lobbied to have you join CREAM as it was coming apart at the seems, stating in his book: <em>I had been thinking a lot about STEVE WINWOOD who I had heard left TRAFFIC, when I was first having my doubts about CREAM it used to cross my mind that he was the only person I knew with the musicianship and power to keep the band together. If the others had shared my interest and let him I, CREAM could have evolved into a quartet with STEVE as the front man, a role for which I lacked not the capability but the confidence.</em></p> <p><em></em><strong><em><br /> </em> WINWOOD-<em>Our relationship started in the mid-sixties, I was only sixteen at the time and ERIC was a few years older then me, he really took me under his wing in the London music scene. I would go out with him to clubs and hed introduce me to his friends and wed jam together. He really helped open up some doors for me early on.</em></strong></p> <p><strong><em></em><br /> Ross CAT</strong>-With the reunion of sorts with CLAPTON and reflecting back on your unprecedented career; do you think that the influential bands you where part of early on like SPENCER DAVIS, BLIND FAITH and TRAFFIC where so far ahead of their time musically that they where destined to be short lived?</p> <p><strong><br /> WINWOOD-<em>Well perhaps, I mean each situation was slightly different. I was very young when joining the SPENCER DAVIS GROUP and we were just really copying the music that we were hearing on the radio. In essence we just wanted to spread the wonderful American R & B music to the world that we were being influenced by.<br /> Of course I soon realized that I couldnt be MUDDY WATERS, JOHN LEE HOOKER or HOWLIN WOLF so I had to then create my own way of getting that music across.<br /> With TRAFFIC we really made a concerted effort to combine all the elements of Jazz, Rock, Blues and R & B what ultimately became the term World Music.<br /> BLIND FAITH was so short lived for a lot of complicated reasons, first and foremost was the financial pressures put on the band. There where a lot of demands put on us both in the studio as well as in our live performances.<br /> Also in reading ERICS book you will see that it was a transitional time in his life. That being said, I too had some different changes going on in my life as well, so we just kind of drifted apart. Im very glad to say that we did get back together again in recent times and its been a great thrill for me.</em></strong></p> <p></p> <p><strong><em> </em>Ross CAT</strong>-<em> </em>Lets delve into your impressive solo catalog, you took the term quite literally with the release of <em>Arc of a Diver</em> and <em>Talking Back to the Night</em> in the early 1980s.<br /> Was it your intent from the onset of recording these particular records to play every instrument on both albums?</p> <p><strong><br /> WINWOOD-<em>Yes because the technology at the time was allowing that and so I wanted to exploit and explore the technology as a tool for making music.<br /> Ive always thought that there are two distinct ways to make records, I liken it a little bit to cinema and theatre.<br /> When making a film you shoot pieces all at different times and then put it together so that it makes a story. You can actually do the same when making an album by recording everything at different times and then bringing it all together.<br /> The other technique as in the case of a theatre production where all the actors or musicians collaborate on stage simultaneously with the performance having a beginning and end; which I would say is the traditional way of making a record.</em></strong></p> <p></p> <p><strong><em> </em>Ross CAT</strong>-Lets talk about your longstanding synergy with the late great percussionist JIM CAPALDI; it reaches as far back as the SPENCER DAVIS GROUPS classic m a Man</em> and is evident through all the various stages of your career, talk about the chemistry you shared with him.</p> <p><strong><br /> WINWOOD-<em>JIMS talent as a percussionist was and is unprecedented, what is all too often overlooked was his tremendous abilities as a songwriting lyricist.<br /> He is truly missed by the music masses; he was an inspiration to work with musically and its an honor to have called him a friend.</em></strong></p> <p><strong><em></em><br /> Ross CAT</strong>-With such an incredible body of work to chose from what goes into selecting a set list for a show outside of presenting new material?</p> <p><strong><br /> WINWOOD-<em>Good question; we try to play a little bit of something form all the different periods of my career going all the way back to the SPENCER DAVIS GROUP through BLIND FAITH as well as the three different chapters of TRAFFIC. Then we delve into the early solo work in the eighties on through to the present day records About Time and Nine Lives.</em></strong></p> <p><strong><em><br /> </em></strong> The <strong><em>Rock Rapport</em></strong> would like to Thank <strong>STEVE WINWOOD</strong> as well as <em>Susan Cistone</em> from Sony BMG for making this interview possible.</p> <p></p> <p></p><p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Wed, 21 Jan 2009 00:00:00 -0800http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/1443Winwood deftly blends old, new at Foxwoods<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/stevewinwood/media/04/04/medium.64ws81av89hu.jpeg" /><br /><p>BY STEPHEN PETERSON SUN CHRONICLE STAFF</p> <p>Monday, January 19, 2009 11:21 AM EST</p> MASHANTUCKET, Conn. - There are few rock musicians who have had such a varied and storied career as Steve Winwood. <p><br /> Winwood, 60, out with his first studio album since 2003, put on a show Saturday night at the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods.<br /> <br /> Having been a key member of pioneer 1960s and early '70s rock bands Spencer Davis Group, Blind Faith and Traffic, the British Winwood and a highly talented band performed songs from those groups along with some of his newer and older solo material.<br /> <br /> Besides Winwood's keyboards and at times guitar, the band featured two drummers, a saxophone player and guitarist.<br /> <br /> Opening with the lengthy "I'm a Man" from his Spencer Davis years when he was just a teenager - the song was also covered by Chicago and others, Winwood didn't waste any time getting into newer songs with "Hungry Man." The reggae-like song on the new album, "Nine Lives," is about African starvation. The album is appropriately named as it is Winwood's ninth and has nine songs.</p> <p>The deep soulful singer/songwriter has always blended a variety of genre: rhythm and blues, rock, folk and even world music. Traffic, which had its run from 1967-74 and also had Dave Mason and James Capaldi as members, was heavy on jazz and psychedelic music and influenced Steely Dan, Fleetwood Mac and the Grateful Dead.<br /> <br /> Winwood picked up his guitar for Blind Faith's 1969 "Can't Find My Way Home." The tune led to the first of a few standing ovations. The saxophonist sat behind Winwood's organ for this number. Blind Faith also featured Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker from Cream and is considered rock's first supergroup despite just lasting a year.<br /> <br /> Winwood stuck to guitar for another new piece, "Dirty City," which Clapton plays on for the album. It is the CD's first single.<br /> <br /> It was back to his organ for "Pearly Queen," a hard-driving Traffic song, which the saxophonist played a mean flute on. Band members played solos on "Lighten Up or Leave Me Alone," also from Winwood's Traffic days.<br /> <br /> "Higher Love," a No. 1 song off his 1986 Grammy Award-winning and triple platinum "Back in the High Life," wrapped up the main set. The record of the year that has a slew of popular tunes involved James Taylor and Chaka Kahn on vocals.<br /> <br /> For the encore, it was another Traffic song, "Dear Mr. Fantasy," which Winwood also played guitar on, and another Spencer Davis Group classic, the soul anthem "Gimme Some Lovin" from 1966.<br /> <br /> Although the concert had just a dozen songs, several were extended. Missing were Winwood's hit solo tunes "While You See A Chance," "Back in the High Life," "Freedom Overspill," "Finer Things" and "Roll With It."</p> <p></p><p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Mon, 19 Jan 2009 00:00:00 -0800http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/1442Steve Winwood's Musical Lives<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/stevewinwood/media/03/12/medium.6356882u951x.jpg" /><br /><p>Steve Winwood's Musical Lives</p> <p>Sunday News,Lancaster, PA</p> <p>January 18, 2009</p> <p>by John Duffy</p> <p><br />To the radio-listening public, Steve Winwood is best remembered as that guy who had a string of sleek pop hits in the mid-1980s: "Back in the High Life Again," "Roll With It," "Valerie," "Higher Love."</p> <p>But in a music career that spans five decades and several genres and includes stints with two of the most influential groups in rock history, Winwood's hit parade accounts for only a few years.</p> <p>To students of British blues, he remains the 15-year-old Ray Charles sound-alike who belted out the hits "Gimme Some Lovin'" and "I'm a Man" for the Spencer Davis Group in the mid-1960s - songs oozing with heavy soul and characterized by Winwood's aggressive organ.</p> <p>To stoners and jam-band followers, he will be forever remembered as the guy who founded and led Traffic, whose perennial favorites "Feelin' Alright," "The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys," "Dear Mr. Fantasy" and "John Barleycorn" represented the earliest and most successful fusion of psychedelic and progressive rock blended with folk, jazz improvisation and what we now call world music.</p> <p>In the short-lived supergroup Blind Faith, he contributed classic- rock staples such as the acoustic, soulful "Can't Find My Way Home."</p> <p>With the discovery and mastery of synthesizers in the early '80s, he reached mainstream pay dirt with the massive hit "While You See a Chance," a song that, for as much as it plays in the dentist's office, remains one of the truly soulful songs of the new-wave era.</p> <p>So in the mid-'80s, when Top 40 embraced him so warmly, many older fans saw it as a major departure. Some have criticized the music of that period as being too ambitiously commercial, but Winwood disputes that notion.</p> <p>"I've always been interested - going all the way back to Spencer Davis - in combining many different types of music and bringing in different elements," he said in a telephone interview from his home in Wales, in advance of his performance Thursday, Jan. 22, at American Music Theater on Lincoln Highway East.</p> <p>His willingness to experiment included embracing the slick production style of the 1980s.</p> <p>"And it certainly sounds like [those songs] come from the 1980s, but from a musical perspective, I really feel that period was part of the continuation, even if it does represent a flirtation with a sort of global corporate element of music."</p> <p>It is true, a song like "Higher Love" featured wheezy synthesizers and background vocals from Chaka Khan, but it also boasted a distinctly Afro-Cuban beat. And "Back in the High Life" was probably the only song on Top 40 radio at the time that featured both accordion and mandolin.</p> <p>Aside from a brief Traffic reunion, the 1990s were drier times for Winwood, who recorded on his own only sporadically and with little success. He spent a lot of time collaborating on world music projects.</p> <p>Early last year, Winwood released "Nine Lives," his most critically and commercially well-received effort since the heady days of synthesizer-driven arena pop. The album takes the best of Winwood's pop period - the tunefulness and accessibility - and adds touches of the heavier psychedelic and world music of his earlier years. The result is a laid-back brand of soul rock that neither demands nor confronts. Make no mistake: This is not smooth jazz.</p> <p>Winwood's voice sounds as good as ever, though these days he has to plan more carefully how he sings. "What you did with pure brawn when you were 25 you have to do more with your head at my age."</p> <p>Such is the case with album-opener "I'm Not Drowning," which features only Winwood's soulful tenor, his acoustic guitar and hand claps. The power is in his restraint. He continues to earn, here, his No. 30 ranking on Rolling Stone's list of all-time great rock- 'n'-roll singers.</p> <p>Though understated on this date, Winwood's Hammond organ remains distinctive, rushing under the congas and saxophone on "Fly." The relentless instrumental searching of his Traffic/Blind Faith days are behind him, and Winwood appears to be on more of a spiritual quest on "Nine Lives," wherein he sings of a world "too beautiful to bear."</p> <p>Old mate Eric Clapton even visits with a sick-sounding solo on "Dirty City," the track most played by radio.</p> <p>At his home studio, on an expansive farm where he spends his off time planting trees and restoring native grasslands, Winwood recorded "Nine Lives" with his five-piece touring band, which, he said, made the album a more complete recording.</p> <p>"I've done albums where I've played everything myself, and I've made records with everyone in the same room. It's like the difference between theater and cinema."</p> <p>Many of the songs on "Nine Lives" were inspired by the very people who played on it, Winwood said. Standout players include Winwood's co-writer, guitarist Jose Pires de Almeida Neto, drummer Richard Bailey and percussionist Karl Vanden Bossche.</p> <p>"It was time for me to do it this way again," he said. "It gives the album a completeness."</p> <p>Also clearly evident on the album is the influence of Jim Capaldi, Winwood's longtime Traffic partner, who died in 2005. "It was a great loss. He was a great partner. There are so many things he brought to Traffic as a percussionist that remain with me today."</p> <p>Influential musicians, like Capaldi, tend to leave a mark on their collaborators, infecting their sound.</p> <p>"I've always felt music should have a sort of bacteria to it," Winwood said.</p> <p>The percussion and flute that characterized so much of Traffic's music sprawls across "Nine Lives." And without Capaldi, Winwood said, there will never be another Traffic.</p> <p>"We had an agreement that without both of us involved, there would be no Traffic. But his spirit is there on 'Nine Lives,' absolutely. His influence is alive."</p> <p>Steve Winwood will perform at American Music Theatre, 2425 Lincoln Highway East, at 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22. For ticket information, call 397-7700.</p> <p></p><p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Sun, 18 Jan 2009 00:40:00 -0800http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/6060Daily News: Tour Puts Steve Winwood 'Back In The High Life'<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/stevewinwood/media/05/09/medium.j39948v4hv60.jpeg" /><br /><p>Tour puts Steve Winwood 'back in the high life'</p> <p>BY PHIL ROURA <br />DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER</p> <p>Sunday, January 11th 2009</p> <img src="http://assets.nydailynews.com/img/2009/01/10/amd_winwood.jpg" alt="Steve Winwood plays Foxwoods this week. " /> <p>Steve Winwood plays Foxwoods this week.</p> <p>The grounds around Steve Winwood's 300-year-old manor house in Gloucestershire, England,are covered with a glistening coat of ice that has turned the area into a winter postcard scene.</p> <p>"It's called hoar's frost - that is h-o-a-r, so you won't be making a mistake," Winwood explains with a mischievous laugh over the phone. "It is actually quite nice."</p> <p>Soon, however, he will be defrosting inwith a couple of concerts before starting a tour of the Eastern Colonies in support of his hit CD, "Nine Lives."</p> <p>One of his biggest gigs will be at the MGM Grand At Foxwoods on Saturday in the Grand Theater. It's one of the area's most-awaited concerts. Winwood also plays the United Palace in upperManhattan on Thursday and Friday and the Wellmont in Montclair, NJ, on the 20th.</p> <p>But on this day it is about relaxing.</p> <p>"The [four] children are home from school, so it's been a good holiday," says Winwood as the family dog barks for attention. "We've just returned from visiting some friends down the road. It is bitterly cold outside, but I have a roaring fire going and everything is toasty warm. I love this place. My wife and I have lived here for the past 40 years."</p> <p>Some people have wondered about the new album's title. Could this possibly be a swan song?</p> <p>"You mean that maybe I've used up all of my nine lives?" he asks. "No, not at all. I still have a lot to say. It's just that this is my ninth studio album and it has nine songs on it."</p> <p>The focus? "I like to look at it as a collection of fairly unrelated songs that are a bit like a book of short stories."</p> <p>The common thread? "It is the music, I think - rock, folk, jazz, R&B and world music. They are things I have been comfortable with since I first started."</p> <p>That was at 15, when he and his brother Muff joined the Spencer Davis Group, co-writing "Gimme Some Lovin' " and "I'm a Man." He left to form Traffic, and in 1969, he met Eric Claptonand a connection clicked. They formed the supergroup Blind Faith, and the bond has endured to this day, with Clapton appearing on the compelling "Dirty City" track on "Nine Lives."</p> <p>"I wanted to address urban problems - you know, crime and teenage hooliganism," he explains.</p> <p>Such as what sometimes breaks out at a soccer game?</p> <p>"That's a good example. England is a very tribal country and English football is particularly tribal," he explains. "For example, just 20 miles down the road you can find people whose looks and accents are different. They embrace their teams and follow them with tremendous passion."</p> <p>Asked if he thinks music can bring social changes, Winwood says, "That's a very interesting question.Neil Youngsays he doesn't think music can change the world anymore, and I kind of agree with him. Maybe it did in the '50s, '60s and '70s, but I'm not actually convinced of that. I mean, recycling our garbage helps more than writing a song about recycling our garbage, doesn't it?"</p> <p>But writing a song about a social condition "can also highlight it" so it can be improved. And that's what Winwood says he tries to do with "Raging Sea" and "Hungry Man," through which he looks atwith a heavy heart. "Here is this beautiful land with such a massive, rich culture, and it is so ironic that it is also so troubled," says Winwood with a sigh. "So much poverty. So many conflicts."</p> <p>"Nine Lives" debuted at No. 12 on theBillboard 200last May. The Daily News' music critic,Jim Farber,wrote that "Winwood's voice retains its choirboy resonance and spiraling wind power throughout the disk. An amiable and engaging example of a master back in his element."</p> <p>Still, Winwood frowns on being labeled. "So much nowadays is about putting people in pigeonholes," he says. "I always like to take a mixture of ingredients and make some kind of rich soup out of them. I'm just lucky enough to still be around to do it."</p> <p>On a cold winter's night, that's not a bad thing.</p> <p></p> <p></p><p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Sun, 11 Jan 2009 00:00:00 -0800http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/1441Jose and Co. Reinvigorate Winwood<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/stevewinwood/media/01/03/medium.20q5u5990308.jpeg" /><br /><p>By Richard Amey</p> <p>Worthington Herald</p> <p>December 11, 2008</p> <p></p> <p>Being born to sing is talent specific and generous enough. But also to play several instruments, stringed and keyed and vocalise at the same time, is special let alone to compose superb material to boot.</p> <p>But when full organ is the main one of those instruments, you have a phenomenon in any sphere of music.</p> <p></p> <p>Brummie Steve Winwood threw off writing and singing top 10 hits with the Spencer Davis Group from the age of 15.</p> <p></p> <p>He played Hammond organ then, so at the age of 60 this year, "after all these years" it is easy for us to take for granted that he plays with both hands, fills the absent bass guitar player's role with his left foot on the pedal board, and controls the volume with his right and still with the apparently intact blues-soul voice that has tingled spines since the 60s.</p> <p></p> <p>Being born to sing? Taureans can't help it. It's the great vocal star sign and Winwood shares it with another English singer from the almost exactly same stable and with a similar versatility Sheffield's Paul Carrack. Both are in this nation's top rank at what they do.</p> <p></p> <p>Music keeps one young, and Winwood, from the stalls seats, scarcely looked older than 40. His longevity allows him the luxury of crowd-pleasing nostalgia and of the 14 songs filling two unbroken hours, eight were from his 60s and 70s days in SDG, Traffic and Blind Faith. And he finished with two encores more than 40 years old.</p> <p></p> <p>Mr Fantasy he sang, played and soloed on pale blue Fender Stratocaster, accompanied just by his wind player Paul Booth deputising on organ and his kit drummer Richard Bailey. Then multi-percussionist Karl Van Den Bosch and guitarist Jose Neto rejoined them for Gimme Some Loving.</p> <p></p> <p>If one were puzzled or cynical that the richest "second period" Winwood material of the 80s and 90s was represented by only one number the big hit Higher Love, from Back In The High Life one needed to legislate that his "third period", that began with his About Time album in the middle of this present decade, is a return to live music making from his 20 years of mainly isolated solo studio creating.</p> <p></p> <p>The key to this modern phase is Latin American rhythm and percussion that is now as much Winwood's modern style as world music became Peter Gabriel's influential stamp. That is why Van Den Bosch is there, but the firelighter in the music is now 53-year-old star man, Neto.</p> <p></p> <p>He's Brazilian. Like Pele, he has a full name Jose Pires de Almeida Neto. He has a beautiful sculpted Paradis guitar by Swiss luthier Rolf Spuler. On show this night was his natural wood one, although he also picked up a white Strat for some numbers, which visually broke the spell a little.</p> <p></p> <p>He is an exceptional rhythm guitarist, and also the main mover in the act because the rest of the band are tied either to seats or a microphone. And with bandana and broad-striped trousers, he is a magnetic visual presence and and a solidifying one musically.</p> <p></p> <p>Winwood discovered Neto at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in London and he is a jazz player - but fluent in other styles, including in the studio using classical guitar. Like several top experts such as trailblazers Mark Knopfler, Jeff Beck, he does not use a plectrum.</p> <p></p> <p>He contributed several key-point solos of different kinds, which threw into relief the dated guitar work of Winwood himself. Of course, that was never Winwood's arresting bowstring, but he gave a full-bent guitar hero account on Mr Fantasy.</p> <p></p> <p>Different Light, ironically the only cherry picked from About Time, had kicked everything off. I'm A Man (SDG) maintained the pace and led into Hungry Man, one of three tracks from the new album this year, Nine Lives.</p> <p></p> <p>The congas of Van Den Bosch and the ever-varied rhythms of Nato pervaded and drove the evening, and that instrumentation opened up welcome updated takes on all the older material, bar Mr Fantasy. The arrangements were free with lots of room for improvisation, and there was bags of colour and attack from Booth's tenor and soprano saxes, flute and low Celtic whistle.</p> <p></p> <p>An ultimate irony, the Spencer Davis Group were due soon in town, with the Troggs, on their retro show tickets. Winwood is a long way on from that.</p> <br /> <p></p><p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Thu, 11 Dec 2008 12:00:00 -0800http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/1440New Steve Winwood Press Release<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/stevewinwood/media/10/10/medium.0705n91063mf.jpeg" /><br /><p>December 5th, 2008</p> <p>Below is the text of a recent press release from Columbia Records:</p> <p>Steve Winwood -- Recently Named One of Rolling Stone's '100 Greatest Singers of All Time' - Celebrating the New Year with Select East Coast Concert Performances in January 2009</p> <p>NEW YORK, Dec. 1 -- Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Steve Winwood, recently named one of Rolling Stone magazine's "100 Greatest Singers of All Time," will ring in the New Year with 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.</p> <p>Winwood is currently enjoying the success of his most recent album, Nine Lives, which entered the Billboard 200 at #12 last May, bringing the artist his highest chart debut, and best first week's sales, of the SoundScan era. 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, which held the #1 added single spot for three weeks in a row and peaked at the overall #2 spot on AAA Radio.</p> <p>Nine Lives has also earned Winwood some of the most laudatory press of his stellar career:</p> <p>"The miracle of Steve Winwood's voice in the Sixties, on his churning R&B hits with the Spencer Davis Group and in the bucolic psychedelia of the first Traffic records, was that a white English teenager could sound so black and adult," wrote Rolling Stone's David Frick. "The wonder of ... his new album, is that Winwood, almost 60, sings the fighting words with the ecstatic force of his youth. His voice is a deeper, huskier shade of British blues, but it's consistent in its strength and optimism all over Nine Lives."</p> <p>"Winwood's bluesy, soulful voice has lost none of its power," raved Paste magazine's Andy Whitman, praising Nine Lives as "...a warm, expansive slow burner of an album, and a welcome return to classic form."</p> <p>"Winwood's voice retains its choirboy resonance and spiraling wind power throughout the disk. His trademark Hammond B3 organ exudes tenderness and fire," observed Jim Farber in the New York Daily News noting that Nine Lives offered "...an amiable and engaging example of a master back in his element."</p> <p>Released April 29, 2008, Nine Lives is the first full-length Steve Winwood studio album since the artist released About Time on his own independent label, Wincraft, in 2003.</p> <p>Each of the nine tracks on the aptly-titled Nine Lives paints a musical portrait of spiritual transformation as Winwood continues the exploration of soul, rock, blues and world music which began in 1957, when, at the age of 9, he played guitar in his father's band in Birmingham, England.</p> <p>Nine Lives arrived in the wake of a transcendent live collaboration between Winwood and Clapton at the Chicago Crossroads Guitar Festival in July 2007. The pair's staggering 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.</p> <p>"Steve Winwood has had a most successful solo career for over a quarter century, beginning in 1981 with Arc of a Diver through 2003's About Time," wrote Doug Collette in Glide magazine (April 25, 2008). "Yet no album has so accurately reflected his versatile talents or vividly echoed the pinnacles of his past as Nine Lives."</p> <p>* * * * *</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>Following the break-up of Traffic in 1974 (they would reform and successfully tour in the 1990s), Steve Winwood launched a successful solo career which reached an apogee in the mid-1980s with the release of four classic albums in a row: Arc of a Diver (1981, platinum); Talking Back To The Night (1982); Back In The High Life (1986, 3x platinum), which featured the #1 smash, "Higher Love," which earned Winwood a trio of Grammys including "Record of the Year"; and the #1 Billboard chart-topping "Roll With It" (1988, 2x platinum).</p> <p>Through his unparalleled five-plus decades career, Steve Winwood has remained an in-demand session player, contributing his signature sound to an amazing variety of projects for artists including Jimi Hendrix (Electric Ladyland), Joe Cocker (With A Little Help From My Friends), Leon Russell (Leon Russell), Lou Reed (Berlin), George Harrison (Dark Horse, George Harrison), Toots & the Maytals (Reggae Got Soul), Marianne Faithfull (Dangerous Acquaintances), David Gilmour (About Face), Tina Turner (Break Every Rule), Billy Joel (The Bridge), James Brown (Gravity), Rosanne Cash (King's Record Shop), Jimmy Buffett (Hot Water), Phil Collins (But Seriously), Etta James (Right Time), Paul Weller (Stanley Road), and Christina Aguilera (Back To Basics), among many others.</p> <p>The private Steve Winwood is an outdoorsman who loves hiking and walking, and a dedicated family man who spends his Sundays playing the organ and singing in his church choir.</p> <p>With Nine Lives and his upcoming concert tour, Steve Winwood opens up his world and gives his fans, old and new, a cornucopia of reasons to celebrate the life and music of this ageless, and still prodigious, musical treasure.</p> <p>* * * * *</p> <p>Steve Winwood - US Tour - January 2009</p> <p>15, 16 - New York, NY - United Palace</p> <p>17 - Mashantucket, CT - MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods</p> <p>19 - Baltimore, MD - Meyerhoff Symphony Hall</p> <p>20 - Montclair, NJ - Wellmont Theatre</p> <p>22 - Lancaster, PA - American Music Theatre</p> <p>23 - Niagara Falls, NY - Seneca Niagara Casino Theatre</p> <p>24 - Kingston, NY - Ulster Performing Arts Center</p><p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Fri, 05 Dec 2008 04:50:00 -0800http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/5608Nine Lives Tour Press Release<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/stevewinwood/media/06/10/medium.y9oz34327x53.jpg" /><br /><p>"Steve Winwood -- Recently Named One of Rolling Stone's '100 Greatest Singers of All Time' - Celebrating the New Year with Select East Coast Concert Performances in January 2009."</p> <p><br />PR Newswire. December 1, 2008</p> <p><br />NEW YORK -- Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Steve Winwood, recently named one of Rolling Stone magazine's "100 Greatest Singers of All Time," will ring in the New Year with 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.</p> <p>Winwood is currently enjoying the success of his most recent album, Nine Lives, which entered the Billboard 200 at #12 last May, bringing the artist his highest chart debut, and best first week's sales, of the SoundScan era. 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, which held the #1 added single spot for three weeks in a row and peaked at the overall #2 spot on AAA Radio.</p> <p>Nine Lives has also earned Winwood some of the most laudatory press of his stellar career:</p> <p>"The miracle of Steve Winwood's voice in the Sixties, on his churning R&B hits with the Spencer Davis Group and in the bucolic psychedelia of the first Traffic records, was that a white English teenager could sound so black and adult," wrote Rolling Stone's David Frick. "The wonder of ... his new album, is that Winwood, almost 60, sings the fighting words with the ecstatic force of his youth. His voice is a deeper, huskier shade of British blues, but it's consistent in its strength and optimism all over Nine Lives."</p> <p>"Winwood's bluesy, soulful voice has lost none of its power," raved Paste magazine's Andy Whitman, praising Nine Lives as "...a warm, expansive slow burner of an album, and a welcome return to classic form."</p> <p>"Winwood's voice retains its choirboy resonance and spiraling wind power throughout the disk. His trademark Hammond B3 organ exudes tenderness and fire," observed Jim Farber in the New York Daily News noting that Nine Lives offered "...an amiable and engaging example of a master back in his element."</p> <p>Released April 29, 2008, Nine Lives is the first full-length Steve Winwood studio album since the artist released About Time on his own independent label, Wincraft, in 2003.</p> <p>Each of the nine tracks on the aptly-titled Nine Lives paints a musical portrait of spiritual transformation as Winwood continues the exploration of soul, rock, blues and world music which began in 1957, when, at the age of 9, he played guitar in his father's band in Birmingham, England.</p> <p>Nine Lives arrived in the wake of a transcendent live collaboration between Winwood and Clapton at the Chicago Crossroads Guitar Festival in July 2007. The pair's staggering 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.</p> <p>"Steve Winwood has had a most successful solo career for over a quarter century, beginning in 1981 with Arc of A Diver through 2003's About Time," wrote Doug Collette in Glide magazine (April 25, 2008). "Yet no album has so accurately reflected his versatile talents or vividly echoed the pinnacles of his past as Nine Lives."</p> <p>* * * * *</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>Following the break-up of Traffic in 1974 (they would reform and successfully tour in the 1990s), Steve Winwood launched a successful solo career which reached an apogee in the mid-1980s with the release of four classic albums in a row: Arc of a Diver (1981, platinum); Talking Back To The Night (1982); Back In The High Life (1986, 3x platinum), which featured the #1 smash, "Higher Love," which earned Winwood a trio of Grammys including "Record of the Year"; and the #1 Billboard chart-topping "Roll With It" (1988, 2x platinum).</p> <p>Through his unparalleled five-plus decades career, Steve Winwood has remained an in-demand session player, contributing his signature sound to an amazing variety of projects for artists including Jimi Hendrix (Electric Ladyland), Joe Cocker (With A Little Help From My Friends), Leon Russell (Leon Russell), Lou Reed (Berlin), George Harrison (Dark Horse, George Harrison), Toots & the Maytals (Reggae Got Soul), Marianne Faithfull (Dangerous Acquaintances), David Gilmour (About Face), Tina Turner (Break Every Rule), Billy Joel (The Bridge), James Brown (Gravity), Rosanne Cash (King's Record Shop), Jimmy Buffett (Hot Water), Phil Collins (But Seriously), Etta James (Right Time), Paul Weller (Stanley Road), and Christina Aguilera (Back To Basics), among many others.</p> <p>The private Steve Winwood is an outdoorsman who loves hiking and walking, and a dedicated family man who spends his Sundays playing the organ and singing in his church choir.</p> <p>With Nine Lives and his upcoming concert tour, Steve Winwood opens up his world and gives his fans, old and new, a cornucopia of reasons to celebrate the life and music of this ageless, and still prodigious, musical treasure.</p> <p><br /> * * * * * <br /> <br /> Steve Winwood - US Tour - January 2009 <br /> 15, 16 - New York, NY - United Palace <br /> 17 - Mashantucket, CT - MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods <br /> 19 - Baltimore, MD - Meyerhoff Symphony Hall <br /> 20 - Montclair, NJ - Wellmont Theatre <br /> 22 - Lancaster, PA - American Music Theatre <br /> 23 - Niagara Falls, NY - Seneca Niagara Casino Theatre <br /> 24 - Kingston, NY - Ulster Performing Arts Center</p><p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Mon, 01 Dec 2008 12:10:00 -0800http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/6066Steve Winwood on "The 100 Greatest Singers of All Time" List<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/stevewinwood/media/11/11/medium.vkpp9q5ya33v.jpeg" /><br /><p>November 12th, 2008</p> <p></p> <p>In the new issue of<em>Rolling Stone</em>, Steve Winwood is ranked 33rd on the magazine's list of the top 100 greatest singers of all time.</p> <p><a href="http://www.rollingstone.com/" target="NEW">Visit the<em>Rolling Stone</em>website</a></p> <p></p><p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Wed, 12 Nov 2008 04:50:00 -0800http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/5607The Argus Review: Dome Concert Hall, Brighton UK, Nov 10, 2008<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/stevewinwood/media/12/12/medium.47715c18esj1.jpeg" /><br /><p>Steve Winwood, Dome Concert Hall, Brighton, Nov 10, 2008</p> <p>By Simon Copeland</p> <p>The Argus</p> <p>It must be tough when you produce your best work at the age of 60 but everybody prefers to hear hits from 40 years earlier.</p> <p>But if Steve Winwood was miffed his terrific new album Nine Lives didnt get the same cheers at the Dome as his old stuff, he was too much of a professional to say.</p> <p>Winwood may not trouble the charts these days, but his two-hour show proved hes at the top of his game.</p> <p>Hes ditched the slick pop for a latin-jazz sound and its given him a new lease of life.</p> <p>Winwood was superb on Hammond organ and guitar and was backed by what must be the best band hes played with. And, as always, his voice lifts your heart.</p> <p>Traffic classics such as Light Up Or Leave Me Alone, Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys and Empty Pages were stunningly revamped. There were also thumping versions of Im A Man and Gimme Some Lovin.</p> <p>Among the excellent new songs was one called At Times We Do Forget. Very appropriate too because its easy to forget how good Winwood is.</p> <p></p><p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Mon, 10 Nov 2008 07:00:00 -0800http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/1439Photos From Brussels: October 17th, 2008<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/stevewinwood/media/12/14/medium.76478y6w9e7j.jpeg" /><br /><p>October 17th, 2008</p> <p>BluesMagazine.nl has posted some great photos from Steve's recent show at Ancienne Belgique in Brussels.</p> <p><a href="http://www.bluesmagazine.nl/foto-verslag-concert-steve-winwood-17-oktober-2008-ab-brussel" target="NEW">Click here to see the photos</a></p><p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Fri, 17 Oct 2008 03:40:00 -0700http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/5606Chris Wood Album<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/stevewinwood/media/01/00/medium.544udq6529r9.jpeg" /><br /><p>October 9th, 2008</p> <p>We wanted to pass along some info on a very special release later this month: the album Vulcan from the late Chris Wood, one of the founding members of Traffic.</p> <p>The following text comes from the website of Esoteric Recordings:</p> <p>Esoteric Recordings are proud to announce the release of the album "Vulcan" by the late Chris Wood, founder member of the legendary TRAFFIC and flautist and saxophonist extraordinaire.</p> <p>Recorded just after the demise of Traffic in 1974, "Vulcan" was begun for Island records but shelved in 1978. The sessions featured contributions from Steve Winwood and members of The Wailers, along with a live recording of Traffic performing the title track in 1974, but due to a change in musical fashion with the advent of Punk, the album failed to see the light of day. Island boss Chris Blackwell returned the tapes to Chris Wood in the late 1970's.</p> <p>Following Chris' untimely death in 1983 the tapes were passed on to his sister, Stephanie. Now, 25 years later, and after three years of research and preparation, Esoteric have pieced together the sessions in co-operation with Stephanie Wood to bring you "Vulcan".</p> <p>To purchase Vulcan, please visit the Esoteric Recordings website.</p><p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Thu, 09 Oct 2008 03:50:00 -0700http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/5605Interview: Changing Tastes, Newcastle Journal October 6th, 2008<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/stevewinwood/media/04/05/medium.4l6x5y30y47s.jpg" /><br /><p><br />"Culture: The same, but different; Steve Winwood will be giving us some lovin' tonight - but nothing like we've had before. Barbara Hodgson talks to the singer-songwriter about changing tastes."</p> <p>The Journal (Newcastle, England)</p> <p>October 6, 2008</p> <p>The same but different could sum up Steve Winwood's approach to going back on the road again.</p> <p>That tour road is certainly a much-travelled one for the man whose 40-year career has taken in groundbreaking bands the Spencer Davis Group and Traffic, collaborations with artistes ranging from Eric Clapton to Christina Aguilera and solo success. Now 60, he's on his Nine Lives tour - named after his new album - which brings him to The Sage Gateshead tonight.</p> <p>"This isn't a very long tour," he points out. "But there are two sides to touring: one is the playing music and one is getting there!"</p> <p>"So we try to make it work for us."</p> <p>This means that he likes to slot in a few days back home with his family in Gloucestershire, in between gigs.</p> <p>"I've never played The Sage before," he adds. "But I've heard all about it and I'm looking forward to it."</p> <p>Fans will be too because, alongside the new stuff will be much-loved favourites - such as Gimme Some Lovin' - but with a twist.</p> <p>"We try to keep the music interesting," he explains.</p> <p>"We'll be doing songs from Nine Lives and we rearrange some of our old songs - we might give them more jazz or rock."</p> <p>"We'll do songs from very early on in the Spencer Davis Group, Traffic songs, solo stuff from the 80s.</p> <p>"And to some extent we rearrange them all.</p> <p>"There's quite a large body of music we can draw from."</p> <p>That's no exaggeration. He started out as a 15-year-old singer in the Spencer Davis Group in the early 60s where he co-wrote and recorded its signature hits Gimme Some Lovin' and I'm A Man.</p> <p>The psychedelic rock group diversified their sound (Winwood plays an assortment of instruments) and then there followed bands Traffic - which re-released Gimme Some Lovin' in a live, nine-minute version in 1971 - and Blind Faith before he went solo.</p> <p>Nine Lives expands on the many changing phases.</p> <p>Explaining its title, he says: "It's nine songs and my ninth album: a bit like nine unrelated short stories from a book.</p> <p>"It's nothing to do with using up my nine lives or that there aren't things to come," he laughs.</p> <p>"Hopefully there'll be a 10th!"</p> <p>That too will offer something new as Steve is nothing if not versatile, mixing and matching the musical styles with a deftness nothing short of inspired.</p> <p>When I ask about Brazilian influence on his work, he says: "I've been working with Jose Neto (a Brazilian guitarist) for 10 years.</p> <p>"He grew up in Brazil and, interestingly enough, his influences, as well as Brazilian music, were of Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin who just lived an hour away from me."</p> <p>It inspired a collection of work combining those different elements - and more.</p> <p>"We try to mix all these ingredients; some folk, some jazz, a bit of Celtic music."</p> <p>"It's something I've always strived to do since the early days of Traffic after I left the Spencer Davis Group.</p> <p>"Our band had tried to copy music we had heard like R&B and blues.</p> <p>"We copied things in order to try to bring the new music we'd discovered to a wider audience but, after that, toward the end of the Spencer Davis Group, I kind of started developing my own take on that music."</p> <p>Then he joined Traffic, joining forces with Eric Clapton, for a short-lived spell of inventive music brought to a close with the 1974 hit When the Eagle Flies.</p> <p>"I wanted to combine all these elements of music at a time when there was no such thing as world music.</p> <p>"I'm still doing the same thing now, 40 years later!"</p> <p>He has teamed up with Clapton again who plays on Nine Lives gritty track, Dirty City.</p> <p>The pair met up last year, then again in February to play at Madison Square Garden in New York.</p> <p>"We've worked together a long time," says Winwood.</p> <p>"We strayed apart but in the last couple of years we got back together and started new things.</p> <p>"With Nine Lives, it just occurred to me that it would be great for Eric to play on.</p> <p>"I asked him and he immediately agreed. I said, 'Do you want to listen to the song first?' and he said no.</p> <p>"He's kind of like me: he just wants to go, hear it for the first time and play. Just like me; I just like to play my reaction."</p> <p>"There's a freeness about that. If you know something inside out, you can know it too well."</p> <p>Is the song about any particular city?</p> <p>"No, not really," he says. "It's about any city problems which a lot of parents face and how we, and our children, deal with them."</p> <p>Being a father of four has coloured his work, he admits and says of his family: "They're all musical.</p> <p>"I listen to their opinions about music. They might be too polite to say about mine but they like some better than others!"</p> <p>Steve works in schools, helping give young people a freedom he never enjoyed.</p> <p>"At school, although I liked music, it wasn't the music I was supposed to like," he explains.</p> <p>"It's not like that now - students are in rock bands - but in the early 60s no headmaster would allow rock."</p> <p>He thinks it was because rock was associated with rebelliousness and massive social change.</p> <p>"I think rock and roll was an accompaniment to massive change but hasn't necessarily caused it."</p> <p>"I came to it as a musician which is slightly different in as much as what was interesting to me was the different combinations that made music."</p> <p>Someone once told him there is a big difference between musicians and music lovers.</p> <p>He says: "My wife is a music lover and listens to music in the kitchen and in the car. But I don't really listen to music for fun or enjoyment.</p> <p>"I listen to see what I can get out of it and how other people are doing things."</p> <p>Is there any type of music he couldn't get something out of?</p> <p>"I can't see using rap," he says, but then adds he's currently thinking about Sixth and Seventh Century music.</p> <p>"It's a bit like monks chanting melodies. I'm finding that quite interesting," he says.</p> <p>Steve Winwood plays Hall One of The Sage Gateshead tonight at 7.30pm</p> <p></p><p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Mon, 06 Oct 2008 12:30:00 -0700http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/6068Steve Winwood @ Berklee College of Music<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/stevewinwood/media/08/14/medium.wm5vpzzp9lrl.png" /><br /><p>May 30th, 2008</p> <p>Berklee College of Music, Office of Communications</p> <p>By Lesley Mahoney</p> <p>With a grandfather who sang and played the church organ and fiddle; a grandmother who played Victorian parlor songs; a father who played saxophone, clarinet, bass, and drums; and three musician uncles, Steve Winwood couldn't exactly help but take a liking to music.</p> <p>"I started to pick up tunes, using various instruments left around the house: double bass, drum kit, piano," he told a packed audience at an afternoon clinic held at Cafe 939-one of several appearances during his visit to Berklee. That evening, he played a sold-out gig at the Berklee Performance Center, the next night, he joined student Rebecca Muir onstage to perform his hit "Roll with It" during the commencement concert, and at the commencement ceremony the following morning he received an honorary doctorate from the college. Winwood, who is currently on tour for his new album Nine Lives with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, told the rapt group at the clinic how he got into the business.</p> <p>Growing up near Birmingham, England, he pursued guitar and piano lessons. But playing dual instruments didn't sit well with the principal of the Birmingham Midland Institute, which Winwood attended briefly. "He didn't like the fact that I was playing piano and guitar," Winwood recalled. When asked what kind of music he liked, Winwood got an even icier reception. "I said, 'I like Igor Stravinksy, Fats Domino, and Ray Charles.' In Europe and England, music education was very traditional. It was quite frowned upon to even consider the seriousness of anyone like Fats Domino or Ray Charles. Now, it's probably OK, but in the early '60s, it was not accepted. [The principal] said, 'Either forget Fats Domino and Ray Charles or leave the college."</p> <p>That was Winwood's cue to do the latter. "As it happened, I had a few gigs around town. It was just what I needed to get out," he said. Winwood, of course, had an early start to his career, joining the Spencer Davis Group at age 15, then going on to form Traffic and later Blind Faith, and ultimately launching a wildly successful solo career, which continues to this day.</p> <p>Having experienced a confining music education program, Winwood appreciates the breadth that Berklee has to offer. "The reason I'm very happy and honored to come here and talk to you today is because when Lawrence Berk started this school, he was probably in the same situation that I was. I think Berklee offers a fantastic opportunity for young people to learn," he said. "There's a wealth of wonderful music in the serious classical world, but I think there's an absolute necessity for an alternative. So I'm very happy that Lawrence Berk created this school, what is now an internationally known school for contemporary music."After recounting his beginnings in the business, Winwood fielded questions from the audience and the moderator, graduating senior Jared Braverman. The result was valuable advice culled from his wide-ranging career, a warm-up to his BPC concert and honorary doctorate acceptance.</p> <p><strong>On collaborating:</strong></p> <p>"I spent a lot of time in the '70s working on other people's projects. I had a wilderness period of my own during that time. I learned a lot about making records, the constructions of songs and music, ways to play. Jimi Hendrix [with whom Winwood collaborated] had a background of backing up people, of being an accompanying musician. That's very valuable in enabling you to then take the front. I think you need to have the knowledge of how the rest of it works before you take the front."</p> <p><strong>On getting a degree</strong>:</p> <p>"[Coming to Berklee] is full circle for me. It's the most marvelous thing that could happen. The music industry has changed a lot. I've been very lucky. When I started, there was probably a lot less competition in the world. So that enabled me to get a foothold in playing with a lot of bands."</p> <p><strong>On his recent album <em>Nine Lives:</em></strong></p> <p>"The album was written and conceived in an old-fashioned way: getting musicians together in the studio and recording it. I came to songwriting because I'm a musician first and foremost. Because of the time in the late '60s/early '70s, it was necessary to write songs as a vehicle for us to play. It's still pretty much the same."</p> <p><strong>On songwriting:</strong></p> <p>"There are some things that don't change, and I think songwriting is one of them. There's never any formula for writing songs. Whenever you think you've cracked it and know how to write these songs, something will teach you that you actually don't. There's always going to be another way of writing a song. I think it's good to be familiar with all different avenues of songwriting, because if one doesn't work, you've always got another one."</p><p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Fri, 30 May 2008 01:20:00 -0700http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/5628The Guardian: May 23, 2008<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/stevewinwood/media/14/12/medium.69131061f4u2.jpeg" /><br /><p>Steve Winwood</p> <p></p> <p>John L. Walters</p> <p> <p>The Guardian, 2008-05-23</p> <p></p> <p>A quiet legend before he was even out of his teens, Steve Winwood is one of a handful of musicians who shaped the way rock sounds. His hits with the Spencer Davis Group, Traffic and Blind Faith repurposed blues and soul with pop tunes and structures; his influence can be heard in anything from Prince to Paul Weller. Yet unlike peers such as David Bowie, Eric Clapton, or Lou Reed, he has never been public property. Now 60, he just gets on with making music. His latest release, Nine Lives, is an album with the feel-good looseness of his 1960s heyday and the melodic appeal of his 1980s solo hits.</p> <p>Winwood takes the Scala stage with a band diverse in age and race. Brit-jazz saxophonist Paul Booth is the rookie, turning in gutsy performances on tenor and taking over Winwood's keyboards when the leader plays guitar.</p> <p>Their set includes a generous dose of new material written with former Metro lyricist Peter Godwin: the African-influenced Hungry Man, the backyard guitar blues of I'm Not Drowning, the jazz-dance groove of Secrets, the mellow, radio-friendly Fly, and the slow and heavy Dirty City, with guitarist Jos Neto happily blasting out the parts that Clapton plays on the album.</p> <p>Drummer Richard Bailey (once Jeff Beck's secret weapon) switches easily between rock, Afrobeat and Caribbean rhythms, while Karl van den Bossche's congas supercharge the grooves. Winwood rocks, but there is always space to breathe.</p> <p>There is something magical and spine-chilling about the blend of his high voice - raw but never ragged - with the swelling richness of his Hammond organ chords. The simple, thrilling techniques that worked in early hits such as Keep On Runnin' still sound sweet in the new songs. And the closing Gimme Some Lovin' brings the house down.</p> </p><p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Fri, 23 May 2008 03:00:00 -0700http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/1438Winwood Creates Music That Is Distinctively His Own<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/stevewinwood/media/12/02/medium.5ar63f5xz72t.jpeg" /><br /><p>By John Wirt</p> <p>2theadvocate.com</p> <p>May 23, 2008</p> <p>Steve Winwood is a classic rock artist who transcended that description even while he was making music that later would be tagged classic rock.</p> <p>A British singer, organist and guitarist who found fame in the 1960s via the Spencer Davis Group hits Gimme Some Lovin and m A Man, Winwoods singing is as vital on his ninth solo album as it was all those years ago with Davis, succeeding groups Traffic and Blind Faith, and 80s solo hits.</p> <p>As he did in the jazz-rock bent Traffic, Winwood synthesizes genres in his new songs, creating something thats distinctively his own. Nine Lives begins with the contemporized acoustic country blues of m Not Drowning, an echo of Winwoods early love for American blues. Raging Sea successfully blends Winwoods soulful singing and Hammond organ with Brazilian native Jose Netos guitar.</p> <p>Dirty City, a track that would fit Traffics classic 70s album, Low Spark of High Heeled Boys, adds a guitar solo from Winwoods old pal, Eric Clapton. African pop influences the soul-rock of Hungry Man by way of sparkling guitar and percussion.</p> <p>Winwoods Hammond organ colors At Times We Do Forget, a song that recalls his hit 1986 album, Back in the High Life album. Playing organ throughout Nine Lives, Winwood provides so much musical character through so few notes. Hes in great form for Nine Lives.</p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p><p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Fri, 23 May 2008 02:00:00 -0700http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/1437Nine Lives Review: Rolling Stone<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/stevewinwood/media/07/08/medium.ac4m7x1xrhd4.jpeg" /><br /><p>May 15th, 2008</p> <p>By David Fricke</p> <p>Rolling Stone</p> <p>The miracle of Steve Winwood's voice in the Sixties, on his churning R&B hits with the Spencer Davis Group and in the bucolic psychedelia of the first Traffic records, was that a white English teenager could sound so black and adult. The wonder of "I'm Not Drowning," the acoustic, rolling blues that opens his new album, is that Winwood, almost 60, sings the fighting words with the ecstatic force of his youth. His voice is a deeper, huskier shade of British blues, but it's consistent in its strength and optimism all over Nine Lives. "I'm Not Drowning" is a kind of overture to the rest of the album, on which Winwood revives the airy funk and reflective jamming of Traffic's 1971 classic, The Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys. He charges songs like "Fly" and the Afro-delic "Hungry Man" with his signature Hammond-organ flourishes (stabbing, angular chords; rippled sustain), while the combination of guest guitarist Eric Clapton's crusty, coiled-blues soloing over Winwood's final vocal surge in "Dirty City" is more of what they achieved together at their recent live reunion in New York - and another good reason why they should keep going.</p><p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Thu, 15 May 2008 02:00:00 -0700http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/5598Happy Birthday!<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/stevewinwood/media/03/05/medium.c84ly884t81e.jpeg" /><br /><p>May 12th, 2008</p> <p>Steve Winwood turns 60 today. If you would like to send Steve a birthday message, please visit his MySpace page and post a comment.</p> <p>For a multimedia tour of Steve through the years, check out our Media section.</p><p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Mon, 12 May 2008 03:20:00 -0700http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/5602Steve Winwood Song in Brothers and Sisters<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/stevewinwood/media/12/13/medium.yfe0bu500dc9.jpeg" /><br /><p>This Sunday, the ABC showBrothers and Sisterswill feature the Steve Winwood song "I'm Not Drowning" from Nine Lives. The show, which stars Calista Flockhart and Sally Field, will air Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 10/9c.</p><p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Sun, 11 May 2008 00:30:00 -0700http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/5594A Conversation With Steve Winwood<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/stevewinwood/media/06/04/medium.v3d54y865ng1.jpeg" /><br /><p>SteveWinwood.com recently held a contest, giving fans the chance to "win" a phone conversation with Steve. Werner Wingen was our winner, and he kindly sent us an article about the experience.</p> <p>***</p> <p>Steve Winwood Interview - Friday, May 9, 2008, 11:30 a.m. EST<br />Interview by Werner Wingen of Atlanta, GA</p> <p>(Steve is interviewed by phone during his stay in Boston, I believe at the 4 Seasons Hotel)</p> <p>Columbia/Sony Records Marketing (NYC) called me on May 7 to tell me that I won the "Conversation with Steve" contest which I entered when I saw him with Eric Clapton at Madison Square Garden on Feb. 28, 2008. We set up a time for 11:30 am EST on Friday, May 9. I called the AT&T conference line at the time specified and a minute later Steve's manager picked up and said "Yes, hi Werner, let me pass you over to Steve" and that was that. For the next 15 minutes it was me and one of my musical heroes Steve Winwood having a nice little chat, just between the two of us. What a treat! Obviously I was well aware that Steve was on a 2-week U.S. promotional blitz that started with the release of his album and includes appearances on both Letterman and The View and a live show in Boston the night before my talk with him. I'm sure Steve had to do countless interviews with the media in advance of his 3-month long Tom Petty U.S. tour, so 15 minutes with a humble fan (me!) who's been listening to his music since his early SDG/Traffic days in the late 60's were greatly appreciated.</p> <p>The first thing - after him congratulating me on winning the contest and me saying what pleasure it is to talk to him- Steve asked me a question: "Where are you from Werner?" So I told him that originally I'm from Munich, Germany, but moved to the U.S. (Atlanta) about 25 years ago. I told him that I saw Traffic (for the first and only time) at the museum hall (the old Kongress-saal that sadly no longer exists) in Munich in 1974. Steve slowly repeated the words Munich and "museum halle" as if (perhaps?) reflecting on times and events almost 35 years ago when he was only 25.</p> <p>So let me briefly run down to the main Q&A we went through in our 15 minutes. The wording is not exactly as he spoke them (I didn't tape it), but I try to state what Steve said as accurately as possible.</p> <p>Q: Steve, congratulations on Nine Lives. My favorite song on the album is "Raging Sea" but there are many other great songs on it like "Dirty City," "At Times We Do Forget" - there really isn't a bad song on the album, I listen to it all the time.</p> <p>A: Thank you very much Werner.</p> <p>Q: How did you and Eric go about picking songs from the 3 MSG (Madison Square Garden) shows in February?</p> <p>A: We really focused on "simple" songs because it can be difficult to get the more complicated songs right with only 3 shows. When you have a longer tour you can experiment and fine tune the songs a lot better.</p> <p>Q: So we can expect a wider variety of songs from your 200-song catalog on the Tom Petty tour?</p> <p>A: Absolutely, I will probably play some different songs on different nights. I have 60 to 75 minutes when playing on the Tom Petty tour and can go deeper into my catalog, not just Traffic and the new album Nine Lives but also some of my 70's, 80's, and 90's material.</p> <p>Q: Do you agree with me that the audience on the TP tour may be on average almost 10 years younger than on the MSG dates with Eric Clapton? What does that mean for what you'll be playing on the TP tour?</p> <p>A: Well, I don't think the age difference will be 10 years but, yes, I'll play not just Traffic songs but also more songs from the 70's all the way to the new album. When I played MSG, the new album wasn't even out yet, so I really couldn't play anything from it.</p> <p>Q: How did you pick your (Traffic/solo) songs on the MSG dates? Excluding Blind Faith material, you only really were able to pick 6 songs from your own back catalogue. (WW note: the songs were "Pearly Queen," "No Face No Name No Number," "Glad," "Dear Mr. Fantasy," "Split Decision," "Georgia on My Mind")</p> <p>A: It's mostly Eric who picked some of his favorite songs of mine, and I picked some of Eric's songs.</p> <p>Q: Congratulations on the honorary doctorate degree you received.</p> <p>A: I'll actually get it tomorrow Saturday (May 10) at Berklee in Boston. This is pretty exciting for someone who left school at age 15.</p> <p>Q: Will you meet Al Kooper?</p> <p>A: I know Al Kooper teaches at Berklee but I don't know if I'll meet him.</p> <p>Q: (At this time I told Steve a short story of me seeing his ex-Traffic band mate Jim Capaldi in Atlanta with Dave Mason in 1998 and Dave didn't show up until midnight so Jim proceeded to play a long solo set which was highly enjoyable.)</p> <p>A: (Steve laughed at my story) Yes, Jim is sadly missed.</p> <p>Q: Do you ever see Spencer Davis these days?</p> <p>A: No, not much really. Do you know that Spencer Davis was a German professor? He now lives out in California. (WW: Yes, I knew that)</p> <p>Q: The first album of yours that I purchased was The Best of Spencer Davis Group, on Fontana, back in 1968.</p> <p>A: Yes, some of the songs weren't hits in the U.S., for example "Somebody Help Me" and "Keep On Running," but "Gimme Some Lovin'" and "I'm a Man" became huge hits here in the U.S.</p> <p>Q: When will you be going back to the U.K.? Will you be back home on your 60th birthday (Monday, May 12)</p> <p>A: Yes, I'll fly back to the U.K. on Sunday (May 11). I've been living in Gloucestershire for almost 40 years.</p> <p>Q: Congratulations on a fantastic new album Steve and looking forward to see you in Atlanta on July 9.</p> <p>A: Yes, thank you very much Werner and congratulations on winning the contest. I'll see you in Atlanta soon.</p> <p>Throughout the interview Steve was in a very friendly and personable mood and even as I approached the 15 minute cut-off, he didn't try to push me off quickly so he can do undoubtedly the next interview. Thanks Steve for a fun 15 minutes and best of luck with the tour and album! And also thanks to the nice folks at Columbia Marketing for picking me as a winner!</p> <p></p><p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Fri, 09 May 2008 07:30:00 -0700http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/5603Nine Lives Debuts at #12 on Billboard 200<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/stevewinwood/media/04/08/medium.re1emfly8x04.jpeg" /><br /><p>May 9th, 2008</p> <p>Steve Winwood's new album, <em>Nine Lives</em>, debuted at #12 on the Billboard 200, which tracks sales in the U.S.</p> <p>For a review of the week's top sellers, check out Billboard.com</p><p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Fri, 09 May 2008 03:20:00 -0700http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/5601Press Release: Tom Petty Tour, May 7, 2008<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/stevewinwood/media/10/12/medium.8vsonppvmo8h.jpg" /><br /><p>Legendary Music Superstar Launching Tour with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers On May 30</p> <p>NEW YORK- May 7, 2008</p> <p>PRNewswire -- Legendary singer-songwriter-multi- instrumentalist Steve Winwood's new album, "Nine Lives," his first for Columbia Records, has just entered the Billboard Top 200 at #12, giving the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer his highest chart debut, and best first week's sales, of the SoundScan era.</p> <p>News of "Nine Lives" chart success comes on the eve of Winwood's extensive North American summer tour with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, launching May 30 at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan (please see itinerary following).</p> <p>Eric Clapton, Winwood's former bandmate in Blind Faith, lends his signature guitar work to "Dirty City," the album's first single, which held the #1 added single spot for three weeks in a row and peaked at the overall #2 spot on AAA Radio.</p> <p>Released on April 29, the much-anticipated "Nine Lives" is Winwood's first full-length studio album since the artist released "About Time" on his own independent label, Wincraft, in 2003.</p> <p>Each of the nine tracks on the aptly-titled "Nine Lives" paints a musical portrait of spiritual transformation as Winwood continues the exploration of soul, rock, blues and world music which began in 1957, when, at the age of 9, he played guitar in his father's band in Birmingham, England.</p> <p>Songs on "Nine Lives" include "I'm Not Drowning," "Fly," "Raging Sea," "Dirty City," "We're All Looking," "Hungry Man," "Secrets," "At Times We Do Forget," and "Other Shore."</p> <p>"Nine Lives" arrived in the wake of a transcendent live collaboration between Winwood and Clapton at the Chicago Crossroads Guitar Festival in July 2007. The pair's staggering 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.</p> <p>"Steve Winwood has had a most successful solo career for over a quarter century, beginning in 1981 with 'Arc of A Diver' through 2003's 'About Time.'," wrote Doug Collette in Glide Magazine (April 25, 2008). "Yet no album has so accurately reflected his versatile talents or vividly echoed the pinnacles of his past as 'Nine Lives.'"</p> <p>Winwood (who turns 60 this year) 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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>Following the break-up of Traffic in 1974 (they would reform and successfully tour in the 1990s), Steve Winwood launched a successful solo career which reached an apogee in the mid-1980s with the release of four classic albums in a row: "Arc of a Diver" (1981, platinum); "Talking Back To The Night" (1982); "Back In The High Life" (1986, 3x platinum), which featured the #1 smash, "Higher Love," which earned Winwood a trio of Grammys including "Record of the Year"; and the #1 Billboard chart-topping "Roll With It" (1988, 2x platinum).</p> <p>Through his unparalleled five-plus decades career, Steve Winwood has remained an in-demand session player, contributing his signature sound to an amazing variety of projects for artists including Jimi Hendrix ("Electric Ladyland"), Joe Cocker ("With A Little Help From My Friends"), Leon Russell ("Leon Russell"), Lou Reed ("Berlin"), George Harrison ("Dark Horse," "George Harrison"), Toots & the Maytals ("Reggae Got Soul"), Marianne Faithfull ("Dangerous Acquaintances"), David Gilmour ("About Face"), Tina Turner ("Break Every Rule"), Billy Joel ("The Bridge"), James Brown ("Gravity"), Rosanne Cash ("King's Record Shop"), Jimmy Buffett ("Hot Water"), Phil Collins ("But Seriously"), Etta James ("Right Time"), Paul Weller ("Stanley Road"), and Christina Aguilera ("Back To Basics"), among many others.</p> <p>The private Steve Winwood is an outdoorsman who loves hiking and walking, and a dedicated family man who spends his Sundays playing the organ and singing in his church choir.</p> <p>With "Nine Lives," Steve Winwood opens up his world and gives his fans, old and new, nine new reasons to celebrate the life and music of this ageless, and still prodigious, musical treasure.</p> <p><br /> Steve Winwood Summer Tour 2008 w/Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers <br /> <br /> 2008-05-08Berklee Performance Center Boston, MA (w/o Petty) <br /> 2008-05-19The Scala London, UK (w/o Petty) <br /> 2008-05-30Van Andel ArenaGrand Rapids, MI <br /> 2008-05-31The Palace of Auburn Hills Auburn Hills, MI <br /> 2008-06-03Air Canada Centre Toronto, ON <br /> 2008-06-05Wachovia CenterPhiladelphia, PA <br /> 2008-06-06Wachovia CenterPhiladelphia, PA <br /> 2008-06-08Nissan PavilionBristow, VA <br /> 2008-06-10Post-Gazette Pavilion Burgettstown, PA <br /> 2008-06-11New England Dodge Music Center Hartford, CT <br /> 2008-06-13TD Banknorth GardenBoston, MA <br /> 2008-06-14Tweeter Center Mansfield, MA <br /> 2008-06-17Madison Square Garden New York, NY <br /> 2008-06-18Prudential Center Newark, NJ <br /> 2008-06-21Darien Lakes Performing Arts Darien Center, NY <br /> 2008-06-22Blossom Music Center Cuyahoga Falls, OH <br /> 2008-06-25Hollywood Bowl Los Angeles, CA <br /> 2008-07-02United Center Chicago, IL <br /> 2008-07-03Verizon Wireless Music Center Noblesville, IN <br /> 2008-07-05Marcus AmphitheaterMilwaukee, WI <br /> 2008-07-08Riverbend Music Center Cincinnati, OH <br /> 2008-07-09Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Atlanta, GA <br /> 2008-07-11Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Charlotte, NC <br /> 2008-07-12Walnut Creek Amphitheatre Raleigh, NC <br /> 2008-07-15BankAtlantic CenterFt. Lauderdale, FL <br /> 2008-07-16St. Pete Times Forum Tampa, FL <br /> 2008-07-19Mile High Music Festival Denver, CO <br /> 2008-07-20Quest Center Omaha Omaha, NE <br /> 2008-07-22Sprint Center Kansas City, MO <br /> 2008-07-23Target Center Minneapolis, MN <br /> 2008-07-25Harris ParkLondon (w/o Petty) <br /> 2008-07-26Empire Square Live Belleville (w/o Petty) <br /> 2008-08-07Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Maryland Heights, MO <br /> 2008-08-09MTS Centre Winnipeg, MB <br /> 2008-08-11Pengrowth Saddledome Calgary, AB <br /> 2008-08-12Rexall Place Edmonton, AB <br /> 2008-08-15The Gorge George, WA <br /> 2008-08-16The Gorge George, WA <br /> 2008-08-20Jobing.com Arena Glendale, AZ <br /> 2008-08-22Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Irvine, CA <br /> 2008-08-23Golden Gate Park San Francisco, CA <br /> 2008-08-26Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Selma, TX <br /> 2008-08-27American Airlines Center Dallas, TX <br /> 2008-08-29Cynthia Woods Mitchell PavilionWoodlands, TX</p><p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Wed, 07 May 2008 00:40:00 -0700http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/6059Berklee Honorary Award Interview<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/stevewinwood/media/04/06/medium.48689lqa4sm9.jpg" /><br /><p>Higher education; Steve Winwood gettin' some lovin' from Berklee.</p> <p><br />The Boston Herald, May 6, 2008<br />By Jed Gottlieb</p> <p>At long last, Steve Winwood has been vindicated. A paltry 45 years after getting booted from music school for claiming "Roll Over Beethoven" was as awesome as, well, Beethoven, Winwood - who turns 60 on Monday - is getting his degree. Not from his former school in Birmingham, England, but from Berklee College of Music.</p> <p>Two days after his sold-out Berklee Performance Center gig Thursday, Winwood will receive an honorary doctorate of music at Berklee's commencement ceremony along with fellow honorees Philip Bailey and Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire; "The Lord of the Rings" composer Howard Shore; and Brazilian artist Rosa Passos.</p> <p>No word on whether Winwood and EWF (or Howard Shore) will be crashing Wally's for an after-hours jam. But Winwood, at least, will be back opening for and jamming with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (on June 13 at TD Banknorth Garden and June 14 at the Tweeter Center, Mansfield).</p> <p>"As someone who left home and school at age 15, I'll take anything I can get," Winwood said of the Berklee honors from his home studio in Gloucestershire. "I did go to music college for a little while. Music education in Europe at that time, in the late '50s, early '60s, was quite different than it is in the United States today. Anything other than serious music was considered quite frivolous.</p> <p>"Handel and Bach was the musical heritage of Europe," he continued. "But at the time I was going to school, the American musical heritage was becoming Chuck Berry. One day I was brought to principal's office and asked what I liked. I said Stravinsky, but also said Chuck Berry, Fats Domino and Ray Charles. I was told to forget about that or leave."</p> <p>For Winwood, it was an easy choice. At 14, he was already gigging in local blues and jazz clubs. Just a year later, he would join his bass-playing older brother, Muff Winwood, in the Spencer Davis Group and go on to co-write monster hits "Gimme Some Lovin' " and "I'm a Man."</p> <p>"I had some pocket money so I thought, `Thanks very much, but I'm leaving,' " he said. "Now it's possible, you can do a degree on Fats."</p> <p>Well, at least at Berklee it is.</p> <p>If you ignore the whole flunking out of music school thing, Winwood's an ideal candidate for a Berklee doctorate. After graduating from the r & b of the Spencer Davis Group, he founded Traffic, an experimental band that covered almost everything in Berklee's curriculum from rock, blues and pop to jazz, folk and world.</p> <p>Now, after a decade-plus diversion that pulled him toward adult contemporary, Winwood has spent time returning to his roots. His new album, "Nine Lives," is a summation of his musical incarnations that mixes his '70s experiments with his '80s pop and, with an impressive guitar cameo by Eric Clapton, also nods to his short-lived '60s supergroup Blind Faith.</p> <p>Think of "Nine Lives" as a dissertation on "The History and Evolution of the music of Steve Winwood." Winwood's old school masters probably wouldn't think of it that way. But, hey, if they still can't get into "I'm a Man," does anyone care what they think?</p> <p></p><p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Tue, 06 May 2008 00:00:00 -0700http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/6063Music Review: Nine Lives<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/stevewinwood/media/09/11/medium.wrci92s2zev4.jpeg" /><br /><p>April 30th, 2008</p> <p>By Donald Gibson, Blogcritics Magazine</p> <p>In 1965, the Spencer Davis Group issued its first single, "I'm A Man," which introduced the world to a rhythm and blues wunderkind named Steve Winwood. An innately soulful vocalist and musician - particularly on the Hammond organ - Winwood would, over the next four decades, play an eminent role on a range of seminal albums including those made with Blind Faith, Traffic, and under his own name.</p> <p>When he performed with former Blind Faith comrade Eric Clapton this past February at Madison Square Garden, Winwood fared particularly well with his more diverse Traffic material. In playing songs like the blues-heavy "Pearly Queen," the cryptic "No Face, No Name, No Number," and the surrealistic "Dear Mr. Fantasy," he bore out the spectrum of his versatility.</p> <p>From that eclectic spirit comes his latest solo album, Nine Lives, which finds Winwood drawing on an amalgam of styles and influences. Loose, spiraling rhythms and percussion give much of the music a fusion sound tinged with jazz and Latin subtleties. "We're All Looking" and "Dirty City" - the latter featuring a boiling Clapton solo - jangle and surge to kinetic, tumultuous grooves. The presence of flute and saxophone, both beautifully played here by Paul Booth, adorn lilting songs like "Other Shore" and "Fly," imparting an ambient mood that sprawls across the album.</p> <p>This music's unfailing and most rewarding element, as one would hope and expect, is Winwood's singing as well as his work on the Hammond, both of which resound mightily here. His vocal phrasing and fluidity often turn out lyrics as inflections, as on "Raging Sea" and "Secrets," evoking something ultimately more affecting than the words themselves. When his voice ascends to reach the organ's sanctified strains on "At Times We Do Forget," the synergy is, quite simply, exhilarating.</p> <p>In ways both appreciable and mystifying, Nine Lives encompasses the breadth and scope of Steve Winwood's musicality. The songs recall the progressive phases of his late-sixties and seventies endeavors, yet they come across as neither dated nor unoriginal. To the contrary, the music sounds challenging and inspired, making for a solid album that will - forty-three years after his first release - give further credence to Winwood's longevity.</p> <p></p><p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Wed, 30 Apr 2008 01:50:00 -0700http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/5597Nine Lives Review: USA Today<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/stevewinwood/media/13/07/medium.9829884shm74.jpeg" /><br /><p>April 28th, 2008</p> <p>By Mike Snider</p> <p>USA Today</p> <p>Steve Winwood has crafted a stellar solo career since his Spencer Davis Group/Traffic/Blind Faith heyday. But when he sees a chance for a high-profile collaboration, he takes it.</p> <p>In February, he joined Eric Clapton for three sold-out nights at New York's Madison Square Garden. Next month, just as Winwood turns 60, he begins a new alliance and joins Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers on one of summer's top tours. He'll perform a one-hour set and join Petty on stage during the Heartbreakers' headlining set.</p> <p>"I'll be changing up the repertoire on each show," Winwood says. Petty, who regularly works Spencer Davis Group tunes into his Buried Treasure show on XM Radio, "has very kindly invited me to do some stuff with him."</p> <p>Winwood's already-long playlist expands with the release today of his ninth solo album, Nine Lives. It's his first since 2003's About Time, which he released on his own Wincraft Music label. Since then, he has toured extensively and played on others' albums, including Christina Aguilera's Back to Basics (2006).</p> <p>Though Nine Lives isn't a stylistic return to Winwood's commercial outings of the 1990s, he has teamed with a major label (Columbia). He says the one-album deal gives him "a certain degree of independence" during a time of strife in the music industry. "I suppose if I was really sensible, I would now be going on an independent label," Winwood says.</p> <p>Rather than recruiting prominent contributors such as Quincy Jones and James Taylor, who appeared on his best-selling album, 1986's triple-platinum Back in the High Life, Winwood chose to work with his well-knit touring band of recent years: Brazilian guitarist Jos Neto, lyricist on About Time, and drummer Richard Bailey, who as a teen played drums for Bob Marley, Johnny Nash and Jeff Beck.</p> <p>"The material actually came out of what the band played during jams and sound checks," Winwood says. "It made it a lot more organic."</p> <p>A new accomplice is ex-New Waver Peter Godwin, who wrote most of the lyrics with Neto assisting.</p> <p>"When we had a basic form and musical sound, we'd talk about what it expresses to us, how the music speaks to us, and (Godwin) would come up with a couple ideas," Winwood says. "He'd say, 'If that's no good, try this one that's completely different.' "</p> <p>Nine Lives' accessibility hinges on Winwood's clean delivery, while his Hammond B3 organ brings the ballast. Traffic-styled jams are spiced with Caribbean, Latin and South African rhythms. Hungry Man has a vibe akin to Paul Simon's international forays. Fly and At Times We Do Forget flow with a Dave Matthews Band-like lilt.</p> <p>Clapton came to Winwood's studio in the rural English countryside to record the guitar god solo that drives Dirty City, the first single.</p> <p>"It has a bit more of that rock thing," Winwood says. "My whole thing since the early days has been to combine all folk, rock, jazz, R&B and blues and to try to create something that is unique, or peculiar is probably a better word, and this (album) is no exception."</p> <p>He and Clapton filmed the New York concerts for possible high-definition home video release and may have more collaborations in store this year. "We've both got a busy schedule in the summer. Since we're both getting on now, we've decided we need a bit of rest after that. So we'll take a breather and perhaps think of doing something after that."</p> <p>Winwood, who is married and has four children, considers himself "semi-retired" these days, but that means "I just kind of carry on doing what I want to do."</p> <p>"I'm actually quite lucky and fortunate that I've been able to do that so far."</p><p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Mon, 28 Apr 2008 02:20:00 -0700http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/5599Glide Magazine: Nine Lives Review<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/stevewinwood/media/01/13/medium.e7tivoxgjvmj.jpeg" /><br /><p>April 25th, 2008</p> <p>By Doug Collette</p> <p>Steve Winwood has had a most successful solo career for over a quarter century, beginning in 1981 with A<em>rc of A Diver</em> through 2003's <em>About Time</em>. Yet no album has so accurately reflected his versatile talents or vividly echoed the pinnacles of his past as <em>Nine Lives</em>.</p> <p>Traffic's <em>John Barleycorn Must Die</em> and T<em>he Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys</em> come to mind at the first sounds of the initial track, "I'm Not Drowning," where bluesy acoustic guitar, congas and timbales surround the effortless soul of Steve's voice. On "Fly"--an ode to optimism if there ever was one--the haunting sound of flute (which reappears on the penultimate track, "Raging Sea," to impart a sense of logic to the album) follows sweet strains of harmonica and grand swells of Hammond B3 organ.</p> <p>The appearance of Eric Clapton's fiery guitar on "Dirty City" adds an ominous air appropriate to the song's title. At the same time, Slowhand's sound disrupts the homogeneity threatening the album at that point, even as his presence also injects a positive tension to keep the band cooking.</p> <p>A distinctly balmy air otherwise permeates the music here, an atmosphere that turns positively tropical on "Hungry Man," during which horns float on the reggae-tinged rhythm above fluid electric rhythm and lead guitar. When the level of intensity rises, approximately a minute before that track closes, "Secrets" then achieves a most appropriate transition: its easy rolling rhythm fortifies the structure of the song.</p> <p>"Other Shore" is the most personal tune on the album, its one-to-one message referencing the passage of time and geography. Steve might well have played some electric guitar himself in the time allotted a saxophone solo in the middle of the track: the horn sounds simply too conventional for its own good, reminding that this man has made some decidedly commercial concessions in the past.</p> <p>Yet the bulk of <em>Nine Lives</em>, by contrast, is a fresh and invigorating rediscovery of Winwood's roots and his personal style that, like his recent concert collaborations with Clapton, bodes well for his continued vitality.</p><p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Fri, 25 Apr 2008 01:20:00 -0700http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/5595A Chat With Steve Winwood: Bullz-Eye Magazine<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/stevewinwood/media/05/09/medium.1v5lee5506tg.jpeg" /><br /><p>April 24th, 2008</p> <p>During the course of a career that has lasted for over four decades (and counting), Steve Winwood has gone from the Spencer Davis Group's 15-year-old keyboard player to a member of Traffic and Blind Faith - and then a solo star in his own right, scoring platinum sales in the 80s with albums such as Arc of a Diver, Back in the High Life, and Roll With It. Fresh from three nights of packing Madison Square Garden with his old friend Eric Clapton - and on the eve of the release of his latest album, Nine Lives, and a summer tour with Tom Petty - Winwood took time out for a chat with Bullz-Eye's Jeff Giles.</p> <p><br />Bullz-Eye: Mr. Winwood! How are you?</p> <p>Steve Winwood: Jeff! I'm fine.</p> <p>BE: I realized today that it's been 22 years since the album that was my first Steve Winwood experience, Back in the High Life, was released. Does that feel as strange for you as it does for me? How do you feel knowing you have fans whose first exposure to your music caught you midstream, so to speak?</p> <p>"I didn't exactly have a deadline to meet, so I just worked on it until I felt it was ready."<br />SW: Well, of course that was 20 years into my career, and I was well into my 40s then. Yeah, it's been a long road, but it's been an enjoyable road! And I'm fine with all that. You know, I've got young children - I've got a boy who's 16, and he's into stuff like Zeppelin, Hendrix, and Traffic, so I think there's a kind of cyclical part of it. Interestingly enough, when I was on my last tour, for the first time in many, many years, and on more than a couple of occasions, I had fights break out in the audience. It was very interesting, because we've kind of picked up this jam band audience, which is a lot younger, and likes to stand up and dance, and express themselves - which is great. And then I've got this 50-60 year-old audience, which after a good dinner likes to sit down and relax and listen to music. Of course, the two don't go along well together, especially if you've got the younger standing up in front of the older - a lot of friction can break out. It brings home to me just what a cross-section it is I'm reaching.</p> <p>BE: Your last album, About Time, certainly helped you pick up that jam band crowd. The albums that you made for Virgin were each more produced - and mellower - than the last, and then with About Time, you stripped all that back and made a rock record. How conscious was that decision?</p> <p>SW: Well, I'm always searching for that element of discovery, whether I'm making music, or just generally. I suppose I found that when I did About Time, it was a huge departure for me, and it was the first time I made a record when I wasn't committed to make one, contractually or on any level; I just made a record because I wanted to, and I made the record I wanted to. Because of that, I think it came out like it did. I tried to make this new album, Nine Lives, a continuation of About Time. In fact, for a while, I was going to call it About Time 2. But as I was making it, I realized that it's different - although the format and the sound are similar in many respects, and it's got many of the same musicians on it, but the music of Nine Lives was based on the music that the players themselves were playing, in jams or during soundchecks, and it kind of inspired me to write stuff around what they actually played. That wasn't the case with About Time, because it was a new band. This new album has a more organic feel, and of course, it was cut live in the studio. We were all playing together, and it's the same band I'll be going out on tour with; I was trying to keep a strong connection between the two.</p> <p>BE: Nine Lives just showed up here yesterday, actually, and I've been playing it more or less nonstop since it arrived. The review copy didn't come with any credits, but I had planned on mentioning that it certainly sounds live.</p> <p>SW: Yes, it's got Jose Neto on guitar, who's great - he was on About Time - and Rich Bailey and Karl Vanden Bossche, who both played percussion on About Time. On Nine Lives, Richard played drums and Karl played percussion. And then we've got Paul Booth, who's sort of the new boy - he's a young lad - and he plays saxophone, flute, keyboards...he's very useful to have around.</p> <p>BE: There is a certain sonic similarity between Nine Lives and About Time, but the new album might even breathe a little more. It sounds like there was a lot of interaction between the members of the band.</p> <p>SW: Absolutely. I was inspired by what the band played. Whereas with About Time, since it was a new band, I just got the guys in the studio and explained the types of things I wanted them to do, and they did a brilliant job. Now, the band has a life of its own, and the music that comes out is what the musicians themselves play. It's much more organic - although I'm not a big fan of the word "organic." I can't think of another word to say.</p> <p>BE: You made About Time without label involvement, but for Nine Lives, you dealt with Columbia Records. How did that affect the process?</p> <p>SW: Well, About Time was a success for us, and it did go very well. It was a great experience being an independent label like that. But the record business is changing a lot, and I don't think to the detriment of music - I think, if anything, it's helping music. It's to the detriment of the business in some aspects. In many ways, you might say this is not the time to be going back to the majors, it's the time to be leaving them, which is a good point, but we just felt that we put a lot into the making of the record, and ultimately, we want to reach as many people as possible. We thought we'd give it a try on a major label, and I don't have a long contract - it's only for one record, and it's a licensing arrangement with them, so it isn't like I'm tied into the label at all. I want to see how it works. If it doesn't, who knows?</p> <p>BE: How long did it take the songs on the new album to come together?</p> <p>SW: It was over a period of time, basically because we were doing a lot of things in between - a lot of shows, and actually a lot of the material came out of the band playing. I'm also now of the belief that, you know, it's important to play regularly and often, because it just helps your playing, it helps your relationship with the musicians, it just makes everything better. So we played around the world, and put the songs together at various points. I didn't exactly have a deadline to meet, so I just worked on it until I felt it was ready.</p> <p>BE: How did you decide on the album's title?</p> <p>SW: Well, it's nine songs, and it's my ninth album, and it was cut pretty much live, so...it's got nothing to do with cats! (Laughs) In fact, I was thinking about having a dog on the album cover.</p> <p>BE: Clearly, you've been in the mood to play with other musicians lately, but you also went through a period when you handled all the instruments on your albums yourself. Can you see yourself switching back again at any point?</p> <p>SW: Yeah, I mean, it's quite a valid way to work. There are different benefits to working that way. But then, there are also many benefits to working with musicians, and playing at the same time. I'd never say never to either one, because there may be a situation for both. The good thing about playing with other musicians is that it's much easier to make the translation to playing live. It's much more difficult if you're trying to take something you've overdubbed alone on stage. But again, there are some benefits.</p> <p>"Well, it's nine songs, and it's my ninth album, and it was cut pretty much live, so...it's got nothing to do with cats! (Laughs) In fact, I was thinking about having a dog on the album cover."<br />BE: I've always loved the story about how you accidentally erased the drums on the introduction to "While You See a Chance," and subsequently ended up with the now-famous synth intro.</p> <p>SW: Right, yeah. You know, a lot of things like that end up being happy accidents. The mother of invention in music is necessity, not Frank Zappa!</p> <p>BE: Right, and I enjoy that story because I've known a lot of musicians who record that way - who play all the instruments on their albums - and it's very easy to lose track of yourself and get bogged down in making sure everything is "perfect," rather than letting those happy accidents happen.</p> <p>SW: Right. It's also very easy when you're working on your own - especially for a musician - to make a stupid mistake like that! And of course, those were in the days when it was all recorded to tape. These days, if you do something like that, you can just hit the "undo" button. Unfortunately, back then, there was no "undo" button.</p> <p>BE: Getting back to playing with other musicians, you just finished a three-night stand at Madison Square Garden with Eric Clapton. How was it?</p> <p>SW: Absolutely wonderful, magical. Eric's such a generous person and a generous musician, it was great. We had a scaled-down band, which certainly made me work a little outside of the box. It was fantastic, I think - a great success.</p> <p>BE: Have you read Clapton's autobiography?</p> <p>"The mother of invention in music is necessity, not Frank Zappa!"<br />SW: Yes! I have, and it's interesting, because I think I actually learned some things about his relationship with me from reading his book that I didn't realize at the time. Eric and I were out of touch for a long time during the 80s, and so I learned quite a few things from reading it. It's a great book, and it shows what a great person he is to lay his life out like that. No punches pulled.</p> <p>BE: On behalf of everyone who wasn't able to make it to one of the shows, please tell me there are plans to release a CD or DVD. Or both.</p> <p>SW: Yeah. Well, I don't know that the plans have necessarily been made yet, but it was certainly shopped, and we recorded them for our own archives. We'll look at it and see what we think, and probably something will come out.</p> <p>BE: Excellent. And now you're getting ready to hit the road with Tom Petty...</p> <p>SW: Yes, that tour starts at the end of May and runs through the end of August. If you're able to come to a show, be sure to come back and say hello!</p> <p></p><p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Thu, 24 Apr 2008 01:40:00 -0700http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/5596Steve Winwood To Receive Honorary Doctor of Music Degree<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/stevewinwood/media/09/07/medium.x5xbpp6c2y24.jpeg" /><br /><p>Philip Bailey and Maurice White of Earth Wind & Fire, Steve Winwood, Howard Shore, and Rosa Passos, to Receive Honorary Doctor of Music Degrees at Berklee's Commencement, May 10</p> <p>Winwood Performs in Concert, May 8</p> <p><br />BOSTON, MA- April 8, 2008 - Berklee College of Music President Roger Brown will present Philip Bailey and Maurice White of Earth Wind & Fire; Steve Winwood; film composer and Berklee alumnus Howard Shore; and Brazilian artist Rosa Passos with honorary doctor of music degrees at Berklee College of Music's Commencement on Saturday, May 10, 10:00 a.m., at the Agganis Arena at Boston University. Commencement speaker Philip Bailey will address more than 800 Berklee graduates and invited guests at the 7,000-seat venue.</p> <p>This year's honorary doctorate recipients are being honored for their achievements in the world of music, and for their enduring contributions to American and international culture. Past recipients include Duke Ellington (the first, in 1971), Dizzy Gillespie, Patti LaBelle, Steven Tyler, Aretha Franklin, Tito Puente, Nancy Wilson, David Bowie, Michel Camilo, Chaka Khan, Loretta Lynn, Quincy Jones, Bonnie Raitt, and Ahmet Ertegun.</p> <p>Steve Winwood, a pioneer of rock whose music has influenced generation of musicians, will be performing a special concert of his career-spanning hits, in the intimate space of the Berklee Performance Center on Thursday, May 8, at 7:30 p.m., in appreciation of receiving the honorary degree. The Berklee Performance Center is located at 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, MA. Tickets, on sale April 9 at the BPC box office and ticketmaster.com, are $35, $50, and $70.</p> <p>On commencement eve, as is Berklee's tradition, students will pay tribute to the honorees by performing music associated with Bailey, White, Winwood, Shore, and Passos at the Agganis Arena. The commencement concert and ceremony are not open to the public.</p> <p>Philip Bailey, a percussionist and singer with an amazing four-octave vocal range, joined Earth Wind & Fire in 1971, and helped solidify the groundbreaking band's reputation as one of the most electrifying live and recorded acts in pop music. In addition to fronting the multi-Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum selling group, Bailey recorded three jazz albums and four gospel albums, including the Grammy Award-winner, Triumph. He also released four pop albums, including the 1984 release Chinese Wall, produced by Phil Collins and featuring their hit duet, "Easy Lover." Earth Wind & Fire's 2006 concert tour - dubbed "The Illuminate Love Tour" - supported an awareness campaign for The Philip Bailey Music Is Unity Foundation, an organization that invests in the education of young people who have been emancipated in the foster care system.</p> <p>Maurice White founded Earth Wind & Fire in 1969 intending to abolish the lines between musical genres. The group succeeded with a winning combination of soul, funk, gospel, blues, jazz, rock, and dance music that melded to become pop. Their 1971 debut netted the band a loyal following and many hit albums followed, including That's the Way of the World, Spirit, Faces, and Powerlight. Earth Wind & Fire have earned eight Grammy Awards, four American Music Awards, eight double platinum/Top 10 pop albums, eight #1 R&B singles - including "Shining Star," "Serpentine Fire," "September," and "Let's Groove," - induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and Lifetime Achievement honors from the NAACP, ASCAP, and BET. White also released a solo album; produced artists including Barbra Streisand, Neil Diamond, Ramsey Lewis, Grover Washington, Jr., and Deniece Williams; founded Kalimba Records; and co-authored the off-Broadway musical Hot Feet, with Maurice Hines.</p> <p>Steve Winwood was a teenager when he gained fame as the singer of the Spencer Davis Group. The band scored hits with "Gimme Some Lovin,'" and "I'm a Man," and Winwood's singing drew comparisons to his idol Ray Charles. In 1967, he formed Traffic with Jim Capaldi, Chris Wood, and Dave Mason. The group produced some of the most inventive and durable works of the late60s. In 1969 Winwood and Eric Clapton formed Blind Faith with Ginger Baker and Rick Grech. A re-formed Traffic later released acclaimed albums including John Barleycorn Must Die, and The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys. Winwood launched his solo career in 1977 with a self-titled album. Arc of a Diver, Talking Back to the Night, Back in the High Life - which won two Grammy Awards - and Roll With It followed, producing hits like "While You See a Chance," "Valerie," and "Higher Love." Winwood has collaborated with musicians from around the globe, including Jimi Hendrix, David Gilmour, James Brown, Muddy Waters, Toots & the Maytals, Phil Collins, Christina Aguilera, Tito Puente and the Fania All Stars, Japanese innovator Stomu Yamashta, and African percussionist Remi Kabaka. Winwood tours with Tom Petty this summer in support of his new album, Nine Lives.</p> <p>Howard Shore is among today's most respected, honored, and active film composers and music conductors. Setting the standard for evocative and expressive film scores, Shore creates music that is instantly recognized and resonates long past the life of the film. His work with Peter Jackson on The Lord of the Rings trilogy stands as his most towering achievement to date, earning him three Academy Awards, four Grammys, and three Golden Globes. After attending Berklee, Shore recorded and toured with the group Lighthouse from 1969 to 1972. He then served as the original musical director on Saturday Night Live, conducting the broadcasts from 1975 to 1980. At the same time, he began collaborating with David Cronenberg, and has scored 12 of the director's films, including The Fly, Dead Ringers, Naked Lunch, and A History of Violence. Shore continues to distinguish himself with a wide range of projects, from Martin Scorsese's The Departed, The Aviator, and Gangs of New York, to Ed Wood, Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia, and Mrs. Doubtfire.</p> <p>Rosa Passos is a Brazilian singer and songwriter known for keeping traditional Brazilian jazz alive with all of its mystery, rhythm, and romance intact. Fans all over the world know her to be loyal to her Afro-Brazilian culture, maintaining the soulful cool of bossa nova without commercial compromise. On stage and in her recordings, she sings in a sweet, warm voice that the Los Angeles Times reports as, "sounding a bit like the legendary Elis Regina but with the rhythmic articulation of Ella Fitzgerald." Passos released her first recording in 1979, and her music has since become internationally recognized. Kenny Rankin and Diana Krall are among many who have recorded her songs. She worked with Ivan Lins and Chucho Valdez on a Cubadisco show in Havana, and collaborated with legendary bassist Ron Carter on the album Entre Amigos/Among Friends. Passos also sang and played guitar on Yo-Yo Ma's Grammy Award-winning Obrigado Brazil, leading to a world tour and a follow-up live recording. Her recent releases include Amorosa for the Sony Classical label, Rosa Por Rosa, and a self-titled 2006 album.</p> <p>Berklee College of Music was founded on the revolutionary principle that the best way to prepare students for careers in music was through the study and practice of contemporary music. For over 60 years, the college has evolved constantly to reflect the state of the art of music and the music business. With over a dozen performance and nonperformance majors, a diverse and talented student body representing over 70 countries, and a music industry "who's who" of alumni, Berklee is the world's premier learning lab for the music of today - and tomorrow.</p> <p></p><p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Tue, 08 Apr 2008 01:30:00 -0700http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/5593Steve in Relix Magazine<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/stevewinwood/media/05/09/medium.f5gln061197a.jpeg" /><br /><p>April, 2008</p> <p>Steve is featured in the April/May issue of <em>Relix</em>. For a link to purchase the magazine as well as read other recent articles on Steve, please visit:</p> <p><a href="http://www.relix.com">www.relix.com</a></p><p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Sat, 05 Apr 2008 00:10:00 -0700http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/5592Steve in Performing Songwriter Magazine<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/stevewinwood/media/12/15/medium.18i4qkp79aw2.jpeg" /><br /><p>March 19th, 2008</p> <p>Steve is featured in the March/April issue ofPerforming Songwriter. For a link to purchase the magazine as well as other compelling articles, check out www.performingsongwriter.com</p><p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Wed, 19 Mar 2008 01:50:00 -0700http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/5589Last Night At The Garden (Show Report)<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/stevewinwood/media/05/07/medium.0n23ru9q9qr9.jpeg" /><br /><p>By Scott Tribble</p> <p>March 5th, 2008</p> <p>'And then New York drowns as we hold hands.'</p> <p>Toward the end of Thursday's show at Madison Square Garden, Steve Winwood sang this line from another time, another place, and another famed collaborator. But, on this particular evening, the lyric spoke to Winwood's chemistry with longtime friend Eric Clapton. The two had performed together only sporadically since their Blind Faith days, but last week joined forces for three historic concerts in New York City. The moon did not turn fire red, but nevertheless the musicianship of these two legends lit up the arena and thrilled the capacity crowd.</p> <p>The final show began as the previous two had, with Blind Faith's "Had To Cry Today." Winwood and Clapton each took turns on the propulsive guitar riff, with the latter tearing through the initial solos. As on the album version, the two played different leads during the dizzying outro, but, nearly forty years later, the shrieking and wailing notes still intertwined uncannily. Willie Weeks and Ian Thomas simultaneously provided a hefty bottom end, with the latter's heavy foot supplying-as it would all evening-a driving and powerful stomp.</p> <p>Early crowd favorites included an urgent "Forever Man"- which featured a potent mix of crackling guitar, heated Hammond organ, as well as funky electronic keyboards from Chris Stainton-and "Changes," performed as a tribute to the late Buddy Miles. Winwood delivered a particularly energetic vocal on the latter song, and, in a rare sight indeed, briefly stopped playing his guitar while belting out the frenetic melody.</p> <p>During the middle numbers, the two stars stretched out during several lengthy instrumental passages. With Winwood laying down chords on the organ, Clapton explored the various twists and turns of the Traffic classic "Pearly Queen," while both ably recast the saxophone parts of "Glad" on piano and guitar. Clapton took center stage for the haunting blues of "Double Trouble," while Winwood served up his own otherworldly fare in a rare performance of Traffic's eerie "No Face, No Name, No Number."</p> <p>After powering through "Split Decision," the band briefly left the stage, with Clapton tendering a solo version of "Kind Hearted Woman Blues" on acoustic guitar. After allowing his bandmate proper due, Winwood took over on the Hammond and offered a memorable rendition of "Georgia On My Mind." While driving the organ from brooding bassy tones to swirling church-like pipes, Winwood delivered an impassioned vocal that brought the Garden crowd to its feet.</p> <p>The concert concluded with a string of dramatic performances. The band presented Jimi Hendrix's "Little Wing" in triumphant Domino fashion, while a second Hendrix cover, "Voodoo Chile," saw Clapton deliver one searing guitar line after another. On the latter tune, Winwood recreated his imaginative organ fills from the original recording, while channeling Hendrix's mystic soul in his vocal. The two stood front and center for the next number, Blind Faith's "Can't Find My Way Home," with Clapton's gentle guitar fills perfectly complementing Winwood's soulful yet vulnerable vocals. The stirring classic, which has evolved into something of a hymn over the years, ended with still more dynamic interplay on guitar.</p> <p>A boisterous version of Clapton's "Cocaine" closed the set, but the band quickly returned for a final encore. On "Dear Mr. Fantasy," Winwood and Clapton once again traded lengthy solos, but, rather than dueling, the guitars were entirely simpatico. Fluid rather than forced, the exchanges seemed borne of mutual respect, forged decades earlier and only deepened through the passage of time. Indeed, the Garden shows were all about chemistry, and longtime fans can only hope that Winwood and Clapton have still more experiments in store.</p><p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Wed, 05 Mar 2008 03:40:00 -0800http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/5587Interview: About.com March 5, 2008<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/stevewinwood/media/09/06/medium.axr46v2f673l.jpeg" /><br /><p>About.com Classic Rock:</p> <p>I'm curious about why "Dirty City" was chosen as the first single release from the upcoming album.</p> <p><strong>Steve Winwood:</strong><br /> They don't even call it a single anymore ... I think they call it the 'focus track.' Really, for me, when I've finished a record, I'm happy for whichever one to be the focus track. I think if there's any great significance for me, it would be thatEric Clapton is on there and I have just finished the shows with him, and if the decision was made for the right reasons it was because it was considered to be the best track rather than I had just finished the shows with Eric.</p> <p><strong>About.com Classic Rock:</strong><br /> The album is titled<em>Nine Lives</em>. Interestingly, there isn't a song with that title on the album, and several of the songs have distinctly spiritual themes. Would you call this a concept album?</p> <p><strong>Steve Winwood:</strong><br /> There is a concept to it, certainly, but I'm not sure that it's a concept album in the traditional sense of the word. The concept, for me, is that it has nine songs and it's my ninth album, and it's recorded live in the studio [rather than laying down individual parts separately] the old-fashioned way, everybody playing together. Although that sounds fairly obvious it's just that records aren't really done like that anymore.</p> <p>Originally I intended it to be a continuation of my last album,<em>About Time</em>... but as soon as I started to work on it I realized that many of the songs on<em>Nine Lives</em>were actually inspired, and came out of, many of the songs that the band had played in jams and sound checks. It turned out quite differently because it was inspired by what the guys in the band had been playing anyway. And I think that gave a more organic feel to the whole album, and the fact that it was recorded live by the same band that would be going out and playing it.</p> <p><strong>About.com Classic Rock:</strong><br /> Would you characterize<em>Nine Lives</em>musically as being more like what we might think of as "traditional Steve Winwood" or would it be more in the vein of the more esoteric things that I believe your late Traffic colleague, Jim Capaldi once referred to as your "headless horseman music"?</p> <p><strong>Steve Winwood:</strong><br /> (laugh) Yeah, I would like to think that the two are not too far away from each other, actually. Obviously, I did go through a period in the 80s when I was identified a bit more with the pop world, but I'd like to think that I've kept contact with my Traffic roots and combining different elements of music together, you know, folk, rock, jazz, ethnic music.</p> <p><strong>About.com Classic Rock:</strong><br /> Our reviewer who was at youropening night MSG concert with Clapton, described the interaction between the two of you as "confident, grateful smiles and nods of mutual acknowledgment, kinship and respect."</p> <p><strong>Steve Winwood:</strong><br /> I'd say that's very well put.</p> <p><strong>About.com Classic Rock:</strong><br /> You guys go back a long way.</p> <p><strong>Steve Winwood:</strong><br /> We do, yeah, but actually there's been a long period when we didn't play together. We got back together [when] Eric very kindly invited me to play at the Crossroads Festival in Chicago [in July 2007] and that was the first time in a while that we'd played in America. We had done one show earlier [in 2007] in England ... at a benefit which was to bring awareness to rural issues. And then, fortunately, Eric called and wanted me to come and play, me and my band [at Madison Square Garden] and that really rocked.</p> <p><strong>About.com Classic Rock:</strong><br /> You've played the dates with Clapton, the new album comes out at the end of April, you're going out on tour this summer withTom Petty and The Heartbreakers. Does this mean you're going to keep the engine running in high gear over here in the States for a while?</p> <p><strong>Steve Winwood:</strong><br /> Interestingly enough, [the tour with Petty] is taking the place of some shows we were going to do in Europe. Since<em>About Time</em>it's opened up a market to me in Europe because we wove in some jazz elements and that seems to go over very well in Europe. So we haven't been doing as much in America because we usually spend the summer playing Europe, but I guess we can do that another time!</p> <p><strong>About.com Classic Rock:</strong><br /> Everything about you and your career suggests that, for you, it's more about the music than the money.</p> <p><strong>Steve Winwood:</strong><br /> Over the decades, the music industry got very corporate, and I've had concerns about the financial end of the music industry. Even now it's going through a lot of changes, not all of them bad, I don't think. There are some good elements to what's happening in music. Actually, the music will benefit and, to me, it's about making music, yeah.</p> <p><strong>About.com Classic Rock:</strong><br /> I always ask this question because even though it's really dumb, it seems to always get interesting responses. If you could go back and change anything in your career, choose one thing you could do over, is there one, and, if so, what would it be?</p> <p><strong>Steve Winwood:</strong><br /> There are two answers to that, I suppose. On the one hand, I've been very lucky and very blessed to be able to playso many people and to playso many people, and that I have a vocation that I really love to do, so I actually have no complaints at all.</p> <p>But then on the other hand, I suppose there can always be improvements, so I can't say that I've done everything as perfectly as it could have been done. I'm sure there are things I could have done a little better at the time. I can't think of a specific one right offhand, but as it happened, I did what I did and what I live with now is what I've done in the past and I can't complain.</p> <p><em>Interview date: March 5, 2008</em></p><p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Wed, 05 Mar 2008 02:00:00 -0800http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/1436Winwood/Clapton MSG Review<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/stevewinwood/media/06/09/medium.3zw0o67035ho.jpeg" /><br /><p>New York, New York</p> <p>February 28, 2008</p> <p>Steve Winwood and Eric Clapton's three nights of shows at Madison Square Garden in New York City at the end of February 2008 constitutes flying under the proverbial radar. In the wake of the rumor mill working overtime on further Led Zeppelin touring, and the latest installment of the hype fest for The Police reunion, these two venerable British rockers generated no media overkill, legitimate or contrived, with their February 2008 run.</p> <p>It was in keeping with this low profile that the duo, with a compact and tight band in tow, wisely rendered a setlist containing surprises for every "I told you so" moment. But in keeping with the deceptive nature of a mere tally of tunes, Winwood and Clapton spent two and a half hours surpassing expectations in unforeseen ways.</p> <p>Notwithstanding the stillborn nature of their 1969 collaboration in Blind Faith, it requires only watching these men perform on the same stage to realize what complementary talents they are. Nullifying the question of whether Steve Winwood's voice has changed at all in four decades, much less lost any range whatsoever, the emotion seemed to pour forth whenever he opened his mouthnot just during his solo spot on "Georgia On My Mind."</p> <p>Winwood's singing is every bit the expressive tool that is Eric Clapton's guitar work, and on Thursday, the latter more than once demonstrated why he is the ultimate role model for guitar heroism. Playing Otis Rush's "Double Trouble," a slow blues he's been performing since his days with John Mayall's Bluesbreakers over forty years ago, Clapton's solos and fills around his emotive singing had the intensity of an exorcism of multiple demons (understandably so, given his document of same so ineffectually depicted in his autobiography).</p> <p>The aptly-nicknamed "Slowhand" (he never does seem to play fast, no matter how high-speed the flurry of notes) was also a man possessed during the late-set exploration of Jimi Hendrix' "Voodoo Chile." Not coincidentally standing closer to Winwood's keyboards stage right than he did all evening, Clapton made all too apparent the solace gained from his bandmate's presence: Winwood, in fact, played a deceptively crucial role in elevating his partner's performance (not to mention his own debt to the late guitar icon with whom he played on the original 1968 recording, from <em>Electric Ladyland</em>, Experience Hendrix, 1993). The lyrics, rife with interplanetary imagery, he delivered as if an incantation.</p> <p>The founder of Traffic is self-effacing to the point of seeming shy yet is arguably the more talented of the pair, in his own versatile way, playing organ, piano and guitar with elegant and soulful facility. The ghostly atmosphere Winwood generated with his singing throughout much of the show became a hush over the arena audience with his almost-whispered take on Traffic's "No Face No Name No Number," that seemingly ageless voice gently and gracefully traversing the contours of its exquisite melody.</p> <p>That performance alone was an act of musicianly wisdom representative of the careful means by which Winwood and Clapton devised their choice of songs. The dual frontmen, as equally and fairly as possible, highlighted their own history, their respective talents and the latent desires of the (third in a row) sold-out crowd. For every questionable choice like "Split Decision," there was a "Pearly Queen," with its gnarly extended guitar coda. Likewise, Eric's scalding solo made "After Midnight" worth hearing again because it no doubt reminded his longstanding faithful fans why they were originally so impressed with the deep passion and deceptive simplicity in his playing.</p> <p>"Cocaine" might have been an all-too-predictable set closerscarcely more or less so than "Crossroads" from the first nightbut with "Dear Mr. Fantasy" as an encore, leaving the image of Steve Winwood last in the memories of the concertgoers, the two stars offered one more example of respectful deference to one another during the course of their time on stage (and could there have been a more gracious gesture than for Clapton to surrender top billing to Winwood?there are, after all, levels of stardom). And that's not to mention the gratified smiles of satisfaction exchanged between the two principals, expressions visible to all on the video screens hanging on either side of the stage. Even if the lighting had been less perfunctory and more stylish, the theatrical effects would still have been superseded by the drama of Steve Winwood and Eric Clapton side-by-side playing Jimi Hendrix' "Little Wing."</p> <p>The up-tempo close to "Mr. Fantasy" might well have taken the quintetincluding bassist Willie Weeks, keyboardist Christ Stainton (once of Joe Cocker's original Grease Band), and drummer Ian Thomasinto the previously-noted Robert Johnson tune but, as it was, the sequence in which the set progressed left room for creative options within the choice of songs and illuminated a dynamic interplay in the relationship between Winwood and Clapton. Coupling Traffic's instrumental "Glad" with Buddy Holly's "Well Alright" (from the Blind Faith album) made musical sense and underscored the earthy undercurrent of that group's sole recording: Clapton's fascination at the time with The Band's <em>Music From Big Pink</em> was a prime motivation for his formation of the new group with Winwood after leaving Cream, and it was here that the elements of country and gospel at the heart of the instrumental lineup were most apparent.</p> <p>Eric's solo blues performance of "Kind Hearted Woman" might some day be part of an extended acoustic interlude with Steve that would contain a pure acoustic version of "Can't Find My Way Home"-different from the semi-electric arrangement near set's end this night. And certainly Winwood and Clapton's affinity for the blues is one of their more fundamental bonds: on the Blind Faith outtake, "Sleeping in the Ground," the band moved at a jaunty rhythm below the acerbic guitar and knowing vocals.</p> <p>Such shared sense of history in the roots of their music extends to the natural chemistry of the two principals. Clapton has taught himself to be a fairly good singer over the years, and he sang with uncommonly unself-conscious abandon across the stage from Winwood, particularly when the latter joined him on the cull from Derek and the Dominos' <em>Layla</em> "Tell the Truth." Its ringing riff the ideal opening, "Had to Cry today" found Winwood and Clapton engaging in guitar crosstalk that radiated the joy of improvisation as well as professional redemption. And "Them Changes," their funky homage to Buddy Miles, who had died two days prior (on their opening night the 26th), was celebratory rather than elegiac.</p> <p>It's only natural to hope for additional collaboration from these two headliners, if for no other reason than that, more than once during this performance, the larger-than-life monitored images caught an admiring glance from one man to the other.</p> <p>More importantly, there's room for the two to grow as a creative partnership, so that the spark of inspiration that caught fire this third mid-winter Manhattan night, rescued from the suffocating embers of personal friction and management snafus in its first incarnation, might flourish in full on a recurring as well as enduring basis.</p> <p></p> <p></p><p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Thu, 28 Feb 2008 02:00:00 -0800http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/1432MSG Party<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/stevewinwood/media/02/09/medium.ghn9v424j89r.jpeg" /><br /><p>February 28th, 2008</p> <p>After the third and final show at Madison Square Garden, Steve and Genia Winwood hosted a special party for friends and family at a New York City pub. In addition to hailing the historic concerts with Eric Clapton, the Winwood family celebrated daughter Mary Clare's birthday as well as Steve's upcoming 60th birthday.</p><p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Thu, 28 Feb 2008 00:00:00 -0800http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/5590MSG: 2/26/08 & 2/28/08<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/stevewinwood/media/05/05/medium.kmp9b4ju0n2n.jpeg" /><br /><p>Set List, 2/26/2008:</p> <p>Had To Cry Today<br />Low Down<br />Forever Man<br />Changes<br />Sleeping in the Ground<br />Presence of the Lord<br />Glad/Well All Right<br />Double Trouble<br />Pearly Queen<br />Tell the Truth<br />No Face, No Name, No Number<br />After Midnight<br />Split Decision<br />Ramblin' On My Mind<br />Georgia On My Mind<br />Little Wing<br />Voodoo Chile<br />Can't Find My Way Home<br />Cocaine<br />Dear Mr. Fantasy (Encore)</p> <p>Set List, 2/28/2008:</p> <p>Had To Cry Today<br />Low Down<br />Forever Man<br />Changes<br />Sleeping in the Ground<br />Presence of the Lord<br />Glad/Well All Right<br />Double Trouble<br />Pearly Queen<br />Tell the Truth<br />No Face, No Name, No Number<br />After Midnight<br />Split Decision<br />Kind Hearted Woman Blues<br />Georgia On My Mind<br />Little Wing<br />Voodoo Chile<br />Can't Find My Way Home<br />Cocaine<br />Dear Mr. Fantasy (Encore)</p> <p>In The Press:</p> <p>"The founder of Traffic is self-effacing to the point of seeming shy yet is arguably the more talented of the pair, in his own versatile way, playing organ, piano and guitar with elegant and soulful facility. The ghostly atmosphere Winwood generated with his singing throughout much of the show became a hush over the arena audience with his almost-whispered take on Traffic's "No Face No Name No Number," that seemingly ageless voice gently and gracefully traversing the contours of its exquisite melody."<br />--Doug Collette, All About Jazz [Full Review]</p> <p>"The fact that two old friends in their fifties backed by a band only put together for these three gigs could accomplish this is astounding. It's as much a testament to the band as it is an example of how music can withstand the ravages of time if tapped into under the right conditions. Having two masters like Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood together created a rare, once-in-a-lifetime magical experience, comprised as much from loving brotherhood as from musical excellence."<br />--Michael Peranteau, JamBase</p><p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Tue, 26 Feb 2008 03:30:00 -0800http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/5586Clapton and Winwood Break Out Blind Faith, Hendrix at First Supergig 2/26/08, 11:55 am EST<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/stevewinwood/media/00/13/medium.0f26hg6j2k2y.jpeg" /><br /><p>Clapton and Winwood Break Out Blind Faith, Hendrix at First Supergig</p> <p>2/26/08</p> <p>Rolling Stone</p> <p></p> <p>It wasnt billed as aBlind Faith reunion, but Steve Winwood andEric Clapton kicked off their three-night stand at New Yorks Madison Square Garden Monday night with Had To Cry Today. And through the course of their twenty-song set theyd cover the entire A-side of 1969<em>Blind Faith</em> the only album by the supergroup hitting t Find My Way Home, Well All Right and Presence of the Lord.</p> <p>When Clapton and Winwood converged in London last week for rehearsals with an all-star backing band consisting of bassist Willie Weeks, keyboardist Chris Stainton and drummer Ian Thomas they decided to choose songs from each others catalogs to jam on. s some perspective material thats quite intricate and tricky and has got a lot of stuff going on, Winwood told<em>Rolling Stone</em>before the gig. And in some ways its best to head for simpler territory and then let the performance take over.Otherwise you spend all your time trying to remember bits and remember parts. So weve kind of erred a little bit on the simpler side. Theres a shed-load of material and we dont have time to do all. Weve honed it down and kept things that are better and more enjoyable to play.</p> <p>At MSG they touched on Winwoods stints in Traffic, busting out No Face, No Name, No Number, Pearly Queen and Dear Mr. Fantasy, on which Winwood laid down a nasty guitar solo. Clapton sang the blues on Forever Man, After Midnight and They also played three tracks by their mutual friend Jimi Hendrix. The fourth song of the night was from<em>Band of Gypsys</em>, and later in the set they offered the one-two punch of Little Wing and Voodoo Child, with Clapton offering blistering solos. In the middle of the set, Clapton appeared alone, singing On My Mind, which he first recorded with John Mayalls Blues Breakers in 1966. Following that, Winwood took the stage by himself, pumping his B3 organ and wailing Georgia on My Mind, which he first recorded with theSpencer Davis Group in 1965.</p> <p>s a great, enjoyable thing for me to play with Eric, Winwood told<em>RS</em>, when asked about the hoopla surrounding these historic gigs. s a little bit surprising, the way there seems to be this big amount of anticipation but Im certainly very excited about it.</p> <p></p> <p></p><p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Tue, 26 Feb 2008 02:00:00 -0800http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/1435Clapton, Winwood Soar Again: NY Daily News 2/26/08<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/stevewinwood/media/06/09/medium.j3y9tnnz3759.jpeg" /><br /><p>Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood soar again</p> <p>Tuesday, February 26th 2008</p> <p>By Jim Farber</p> <p>New York Daily News</p> <p>They didn't actually bill themselves as Blind Faith.</p> <p>But the band that played the Garden Monday night boasted the two most esteemed players from that sanctified '60s act, and they featured its signature material.</p> <p>While the classic-rock pair in question - Eric Claptonand Steve Winwoodteased the world with a quickie warmup set at the Crossroads guitar festival in Chicagolast July, they had not shared a stage for an entire evening since the dying days of Blind Faith in 1969.</p> <p>The two appear again tonight and Thursday with their unnamed band at the Garden. No other dates are scheduled.</p> <p>As such, the Garden shows have as much importance by definition as Cream's reunion concerts from two years ago, if not quite the earth-shattering resonance of the Led Zeppelin reunionfrom December.</p> <p>So did the night live up to the epic expectations? In places, definitely.</p> <p>Especially the Blind Faith songs. The rub is, there aren't many of them. The band produced only six in all (one a jam). Last night, the band offered four, adding a fifth piece left off the original LP (the rote "Sleeping in the Ground," instead of the far more revelatory "Sea of Joy.")</p> <p>They opened the nearly 2-1/2-hour show with "Had to Cry Today" with both stars taking fierce leads.</p> <p>Throughout the night, Winwood offered the more trenchant guitar work, hewing closer to the tune, while Clapton spun fancifully around it.</p> <p>Winwood's voice showed no loss of its choirboy purity. The range of his vocals - the wind he can whip up - still dazzles.</p> <p>On the Faith material, the players - which also included bassist Willie Weeks,keyboardist Chris Staintonand drummer Ian Thomas- cohered as an organic band. But in much of the rest, it seemed more like stars sitting in on each other's songs.</p> <p>That quibble didn't hinder a rash of highlights. Winwood's highflying vocals added soul to Clapton's "Tell the Truth." The latter's solos brought Traffic's "Pearly Queen" to fuller fruition. And for Jimi Hendrix's"Little Wing," they both fell utterly into sync.</p> <p>Peaks that stellar allowed the show's more workmanlike moments to be forgiven, and made one hope we don't have to wait another 40 years to see these two hook up again.</p><p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Tue, 26 Feb 2008 02:00:00 -0800http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/1434Opening Night at MSG: 2/25/08<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/stevewinwood/media/08/14/medium.c2gga6219c55.jpeg" /><br /><p>Opening Night At MSG: 2/25/08</p> <p>Set List:</p> <p>Had To Cry Today<br />Low Down<br />Forever Man<br />Changes<br />Sleeping in the Ground<br />Presence of the Lord<br />Glad/Well All Right<br />Double Trouble<br />Pearly Queen<br />Tell the Truth<br />No Face, No Name, No Number<br />After Midnight<br />Split Decision<br />Ramblin' On My Mind<br />Georgia On My Mind<br />Little Wing<br />Voodoo Chile<br />Can't Find My Way Home<br />Dear Mr. Fantasy<br />Crossroads (Encore)</p> <p>In The Press:</p> <p>"The musicians, who formed Blind Faith after Cream and Traffic dissolved, opened the show with Had to Cry Today, from the 1969 supergroup's sole, self-titled album. Vocally, Winwood took the lead with his keening tenor and embellished Clapton's muscular riffing with his own lyrical guitar work. Winwood was again at the fore on Blind Faith's Presence of the Lord."<br />--Elysa Gardner, USA Today</p> <p>"Winwood's highflying vocals added soul to Clapton's "Tell the Truth." The latter's solos brought Traffic's "Pearly Queen" to fuller fruition. And for Jimi Hendrix's "Little Wing," they both fell utterly into sync. Peaks that stellar allowed the show's more workmanlike moments to be forgiven, and made one hope we don't have to wait another 40 years to see these two hook up again."<br />--Jim Farber, New York Daily News</p> <p>"At MSG they touched on Winwood's stints in Traffic, busting out "No Face, No Name, No Number," "Pearly Queen" and "Dear Mr. Fantasy," on which Winwood laid down a nasty guitar solo. Clapton sang the blues on "Forever Man," "After Midnight" and "Crossroads." They also played three tracks by their mutual friend Jimi Hendrix: The fourth song of the night was "Changes," from Band of Gypsys, and later in the set they offered the one-two punch of "Little Wing" and "Voodoo Child," with Clapton offering blistering solos. In the middle of the set, Clapton appeared alone, singing "Ramblin' On My Mind," which he first recorded with John Mayall's Blues Breakers in 1966. Following that, Winwood took the stage by himself, pumping his B3 organ and wailing "Georgia on My Mind," which he first recorded with the Spencer Davis Group in 1965."<br />--Rolling Stone</p> <p></p><p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Mon, 25 Feb 2008 03:20:00 -0800http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/5584USA TODAY: Clapton, Winwood finally find their way home<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/stevewinwood/media/14/05/medium.6140c50bev48.jpeg" /><br /><p>By Elysa Gardner</p> <p>USA Today</p> <p>Location: Madison Square Garden, New York</p> <p>Attendance: A sellout crowd of 18,000</p> <p>February 25th, 2008</p> <p></p> <p>The event:The former Blind Faith bandmates paired up Monday night for the opening of a three-show gig at the Garden, their first full concerts together in almost 40 years. When Winwood and Clapton appeared last July at the Crossroads Guitar Festival in Chicago, it was the first time they'd been on stage together since 1982.</p> <p>The crowd:A classic rock audience, heavy on boomers, with a smattering of kids and families.</p> <p>Rock on:Mary Pat Glauber, 48, of St. Louis, surprised her husband Jim, 50, with tickets. "My wife is going through a midlife crisis," Jim jokes. "She isn't," protests son Kevin, 15, who wore his Grateful Dead T-shirt and "appreciates incredible guitarists," says his mom. "We've never done anything like this before," says Jim. "It's very exciting. This is our first trip to Manhattan."</p> <p>"We love the blues," says Hector Florencia Jr., 46, of Rockwall, Texas, who brought his kids Hector III, 11, and Giovanna, 13. "Eric Clapton is an icon and also an example of how someone can recover from drugs and alcohol."</p> <p></p> <p>Up first:The musicians, who formed Blind Faith after Cream and Traffic dissolved, opened the show with<em>Had to Cry Today</em>, from the 1969 supergroup's sole, self-titled album. Vocally, Winwood took the lead with his keening tenor and embellished Clapton's muscular riffing with his own lyrical guitar work. Winwood was again at the fore on Blind Faith's<em>Presence of the Lord</em>.</p> <p>No chitchat:The two largely limited their banter to thank-yous and polite acknowledgements of the crowd, preferring to let the music do the talking. Finally, Clapton told fans: "I've been looking forward to it for a very long time. I think we're enjoying it I'm enjoying it, so I hope you are."</p> <p>Boomer chic:Dressed casually but neatly in jeans and untucked, button-front shirts, Clapton, 62, and Winwood, 59, made no attempt to look like rock bad boys. In fact, they looked pretty much like their middle-aged fans.</p> <p>Dual guitars:The two harmonized and shared bluesy guitar interplay on<em>Low Down</em>, clearly relishing the camaraderie on stage.</p> <p>Lots of Jimi Hendrix:<em>Little Wing</em>(trading off vocals) and a lengthy version of<em>Voodoo Chile</em>. Another key cover: Winwood on Ray Charles' signature<em>Georgia on My Mind</em>.</p> <p>Interesting instrumental:<em>Pearly Queen</em>.</p> <p>The Clapton catalog:Clapton played flamboyant lead guitar for his own<em>Forever Man</em>, with Winwood on exuberant keyboards. What really got the fans roaring: The same teaming on<em>After Midnight.</em></p> <p>Winding down:Near the end, two big crowd-pleasers Blind Faith's<em>Can't Find My Way Home</em>and Traffic's<em>Dear Mr. Fantasy</em>, which became both a showcase for Winwood's virtuosity and a friendly guitar skirmish, with the two axemen swapping riffs.</p> <p>Last song of the night:<em>Crossroads</em>.</p> <p>The merchandise:Cheaper choices included $5 buttons, $15 coffee mugs and $25 knit skull caps. Programs were surprisingly reasonably priced at $20. On the higher end: a $75 black hooded sweatshirt with white lettering.</p> <p>Next dates:They're back at the Garden on Tuesday and Thursday nights.</p> <p></p><p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Mon, 25 Feb 2008 03:00:00 -0800http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/1433MSG Band Announced<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/stevewinwood/media/07/00/medium.ngv8b1c488vf.jpeg" /><br /><p>February 15th, 2008</p> <p>Former Blind Faith bandmates, Steve Winwood and Eric Clapton will perform together on 25, 26 and 28 February at Madison Square Garden. These two rock legends have put together a stellar lineup of musicians for what will certainly be amongst the "must see" shows of the decade. Winwood and Clapton will be joined on stage in New York City by Chris Stainton (keyboards), Willie Weeks (bass) and Ian Thomas (drums). All three were part of the band which played behind Winwood and Clapton at the Crossroads Guitar Festival in July 2007.</p> <p><br />Chris has been an integral part of Clapton's touring and recording bands for much of the last 30 years, except for a hiatus between 1988 and 1992 and again from 1998 - 2001. Bass legend Willie Weeks joined Clapton's touring outfit in 2006. Ian Thomas has worked with Winwood previously.</p> <p>Pete Townshend will not be appearing at the concerts.</p> <p>New York's Madison Square Garden is an appropriate venue for the first full-scale Winwood / Clapton concerts in almost 40 years. The Garden played host to opening night of Blind Faith's only tour on 12 July 1969. The tour ended in Hawaii on 24 August 1969. Blind Faith was formed by Clapton and Winwood, along with Ginger Baker and Rick Grech. The band lasted less than a year and released one self-titled album.</p> <p>There is no opening act. The concerts begin promptly at 8PM.</p><p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Fri, 15 Feb 2008 01:50:00 -0800http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/5583Steve to Tour With Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/stevewinwood/media/08/10/medium.8dg48670yczz.jpg" /><br /><p>January 25th, 2008</p> <p>STEVE WINWOOD JOINS TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS FOR MAJOR SUMMER TOUR ACROSS THE U.S. AND CANADA</p> <p>TICKETS GO ON SALE FEBRUARY 4, 2008</p> <p>January 25, 2008 - Legendary musician STEVE WINWOOD will join TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS on an upcoming tour through the U.S. and Canada. Most tour tickets will go on sale February 4th, the day after Tom and the Heartbreakers perform at the Super Bowl. For more information, fans can go to stevewinwood.com, tompetty.com or purchase tickets at ticketmaster.com.</p> <p>Winwood, slated to open every show, will perform songs from Nine Lives, his highly anticipated new studio album. Nine Lives, slated for release on Tuesday, April 8, represents Winwood's first effort for Columbia Records, his new label. The tour with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will come on the heels of Winwood's historic performances at Madison Square Garden on February 25, 26 and 28, 2008. Tickets for all three of these shows-which pair Winwood with former Blind Faith bandmate Eric Clapton-sold out within minutes of their release.</p> <p>Winwood has logged one of the most esteemed careers of the rock era, spanning more than 40 years. As a solo artist and as a member of such celebrated bands as the Spencer Davis Group, Traffic and Blind Faith, Winwood has established himself as nothing short of a musical force, with chart-topping and platinum-selling albums, numerous Grammy awards, and collaborations with everyone from George Harrison and Jimi Hendrix to Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker. Steve Winwood has truly done it all.</p> <p>Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers released their debut album in 1976. Since that time they have sold more than 50 million records. Between the Heartbreakers' recordings and his solo work, Tom Petty has received 18 Grammy nominations. Honored with lifetime achievement awards including Billboard's Century Award, MTV's Video Vanguard Award, and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Tom Petty, with the Heartbreakers at his side, has achieved the status of rock and roll icon among his fellow musicians and listeners worldwide. For more information on Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, their upcoming tour, and the Highway Companions Fan Club please visit www.tompetty.com and www.highwaycompanions.com.</p><p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Fri, 25 Jan 2008 01:40:00 -0800http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/5582Steve & Eric in 20th Century Guitar Magazine<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/stevewinwood/media/04/03/medium.4c2i7y6hp58m.jpeg" /><br /><p>January 18th, 2008</p> <p>Steve Winwood and Eric Clapton are featured in the cover story of20th Century Guitar'sFebruary 2008 issue. Steve talks about his forthcoming studio album,<em>Nine Lives</em>, as well as his upcoming performances at Madison Square Garden with Eric.</p><p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Fri, 18 Jan 2008 01:50:00 -0800http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/5577Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood: Crossroads<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/stevewinwood/media/03/03/medium.2k087zp867fi.jpeg" /><br /><p>The best of live 2007: You had to be there</p> <p>December 28, 2007</p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong></strong></p> <p><strong></strong></p> <p><strong></strong></p> <p><strong> <p></p> <p>Greg Kot</p> <p>Chicago Tribune</p> <p></p> <p>As the year winds down, the shows just keep on coming. In the next few days, the Waco Brothers will rev up their moonshine-punk (Friday-Saturday at Schubas), the Chamber Strings will preview songs from their forthcoming album (Saturday at the Empty Bottle), and Robbie Fulks will rock FitzGerald's (Sunday). Bringing in the new year on Monday will be Jon Brion (Harris Theatre in Millennium Park), Pegboy (the Note) and Spoon (Metro). But before 2008 arrives, here's one last look at my favorite concerts of 2007:</p> <p>----</p> <p>7. Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood at the Crossroads Festival in Toyota Park, July 28: The 11-hour festival climaxes with the long-awaited reunion of Clapton and Winwood, who last played together in Blind Faith during the '60s. Winwood sings like he hasn't lost a step on "Presence of the Lord" and "Can't Find My Way Home," and then delivers a guitar solo for the ages on "Dear Mr. Fantasy."</p> </strong></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p><p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Fri, 28 Dec 2007 02:00:00 -0800http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/1431Press Release: Steve Winwood and Eric Clapton<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/stevewinwood/media/15/03/medium.r9q7eo1o20gq.jpeg" /><br /><p>November 5th, 2007</p> <p>Steve Winwood and Eric Clapton</p> <p>Three Nights Only at Madison Square Garden, New York</p> <p>February 25th, 26th, 28th, 2008</p> <p>(New York, NY) -- On the heels of a stunning collaboration at the Chicago Crossroads Guitar Festival in July of 2007 and after much speculation, Steve Winwood and Eric Clapton announced today three eagerly anticipated concerts at New York's Madison Square Garden. In what will be one of the must see shows of this decade Winwood and Clapton will perform together February 25th, 26th, 28th, 2008.</p> <p>"I'm very excited about these upcoming shows with Eric. Blind Faith was a long time ago and we have both come a long way since then. It was a wonderful experience for me to play at Crossroads this summer and I'm really looking forward to exploring some more music together in February," said Winwood.</p> <p>"I have wanted to play with Steve for a long time. I consider him a friend and a truly gifted musician. Our set at the Crossroads Festival this summer was a real treat, so I expect these shows will be good fun for us and for the fans," said Clapton.</p> <p>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 2007 Madison Square Garden shows will be the first full Winwood-Clapton concerts in almost 40 years. The duo has said that no set list has been discussed and they will spend rehearsal time deciding which songs will be featured at these shows.</p> <p>Steve Winwood is currently signed to Columbia Records and will have a new album out in early 2008. Eric Clapton's current album Complete Clapton is available now on Reprise Records.</p><p>From <a href="http://www.stevewinwood.com/">www.stevewinwood.com</a></p>Mon, 05 Nov 2007 01:00:00 -0800http://www.stevewinwood.com/news/5576