As the Smoking Section reported yesterday, the Blind Faith duo of Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood are reuniting again for a 2009 tour. Last year the pair kept their shows limited to New York's Madison Square Garden, but this time around the pair are hitting the road, starting with a June 10th show in East Rutherford, New Jersey and wrapping up with a June 30th performance at Los Angeles' storied Hollywood Bowl.
Clapton has been reconnecting with former bandmates recently. He hooked up with Cream a few years back for a successful string of concerts, then reunited with Winwood last year — and next he'll share the stage with fellow Yardbird Jeff Beck for a pair of concerts in Japan on February 21st and 22nd.
"It's a great, enjoyable thing for me to play with Eric," Winwood told Rolling Stone at last year's MSG show when asked about 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." That night's set featured five out of the six tracks from Blind Faith's lone album, as well as a cover of Jimi Hendrix's "Voodoo Child" and "Little Wing."
If you missed last year's performance at MSG and for some reason can't make it to any of the 2009 dates, there is a silver lining: A CD/DVD documenting the 2008 Clapton/Winwood shows is due out this spring.
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