Posted by: Bill Jones | February 29, 2008

Blind Faith Reunion or What??

Some people have billed it as a Blind Faith reunion, but it was just Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood opening-up their 3 night stay at MSG on February 25th. They opened up with a Blind Faith tune however; “Had To Cry Today.” Throughout their 20 song set the entire “A-side” of Blind Faith’s only album aptly titled Blind Faith was represented.

clapton_winwood.jpgWhile rehearsing in London with their All-Star lineup backing band, bassist Willie Weeks, drummer Ian Thomas, and keyboardist Chris Stainton, they decided to take tryout each other’s previous works. “There’s some perspective material that’s quite intricate and tricky and has got a lot of stuff going on,” Winwood had said before the show at MSG. “And in some ways it’s 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 we’ve kind of erred a little bit on the simpler side. There’s a shed-load of material and we don’t have time to do all. We’ve honed it down and kept things that are better and more enjoyable to play.”

At the 1st show, at least, they touched on Steve Winwood’s stints in Traffic, an eargoggles favorite-check out Welcome to the Canteen, by busting out “No Face, No Name, No Number,” “Dear Mr. Fantasy,” and “Pearly Queen,”on which Winwood laid down an appropriately dirty guitar solo. Clapton sang the blues on “Crossroads,” “After Midnight” and “Forever Man.” They also played some 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. So, 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.

“It’s a great, enjoyable thing for me to play with Eric,” Steve Winwood said, before adding that his opinion on the hoopla surrounding these historic gigs. “It’s a little bit surprising, the way there seems to be this big amount of anticipation — but I’m certainly very excited about it.”

As always Eric Clapton brings the best out of all types and levels of musicians. We are sure that the next two nights were as good if not better. Our selection this fine Leap Day is a Live Show that is Legendary in Clapton circles.

Eric Clapton Los Angeles Forum, LA August 14th, 1975

Special Guests Carlos Santana, Keith Moon and Joe Cocker

Disc 1
1) Layla
2) Further On Up the Road
3) Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door
4) Carnival
5) Can’t Find My Way Home
6) Tell the Truth
7) Stormy Monday
Disc 2
1) Why Does Love Got to Be So Sad
2) Teach Me to Be Your Woman
3) Badge
4) Eyesight to the Blind
Here are your files part1 part2 part3
Read Eric Clapton books here
Buy Steve Winwood music here
**comments always welcome
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