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    This is a show I'd like to see.



    Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood soar again
    BY JIM FARBER
    DAILY NEWS MUSIC CRITIC
    Tuesday, February 26th 2008, 4:00 AM
    Rothenberg for News
    Blind Faith's Steve Winwood (l.) and Eric Clapton rock the Garden Monday night.
    They didn't actually bill themselves as Blind Faith.

    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.

    While the classic-rock pair in question - Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood - teased the world with a quickie warmup set at the Crossroads guitar festival in Chicago last July, they had not shared a stage for an entire evening since the dying days of Blind Faith in 1969.

    The two appear again tonight and Thursday with their unnamed band at the Garden. No other dates are scheduled.

    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 reunion from December.

    So did the night live up to the epic expectations? In places, definitely.

    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.")

    They opened the nearly 2-1/2-hour show with "Had to Cry Today" with both stars taking fierce leads.

    Throughout the night, Winwood offered the more trenchant guitar work, hewing closer to the tune, while Clapton spun fancifully around it.

    Winwood's voice showed no loss of its choirboy purity. The range of his vocals - the wind he can whip up - still dazzles.

    On the Faith material, the players - which also included bassist Willie Weeks, keyboardist Chris Stainton and 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.

    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.
    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.

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    Michelob commercial?
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    For more than 20 years I have endeavored-indeed, I have struggled-along with a majority of this Court, to develop procedural & substantive rules that would lend more than the mere appearance of fairness to the death penalty endeavor.


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    The path the Court has chosen lessens us all. I dissent.

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    • #3
      I bet the ticket prices were through the roof
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      • #4
        Originally posted by ElviswasaBluesFan View Post
        I bet the ticket prices were through the roof
        And I would have paid it...

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        • #5
          I saw Steve Winwood in Austin a few years ago. He's aged remarkably well.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by ppg shg View Post
            Michelob commercial?
            Good one.

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            • #7
              The fact that Winwood can keep up with Clapton on the guitar shows how far God's skills have deteriorated.
              His mind is not for rent, to any god or government.
              Pointless debate is what we do here -- lvr

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              • #8
                Originally posted by moedrabowsky View Post
                The fact that Winwood can keep up with Clapton on the guitar shows how far God's skills have deteriorated.
                Winwood is no slouch on guitar, but he's no Clapton either.

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                • #9
                  This belongs in Birdo's thread.
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                  We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Burrito Brother View Post
                    Winwood is no slouch on guitar, but he's no Clapton either.
                    Just so there's no mistake, I put Clapton on the Mt. Rushmore of guitar players.
                    His mind is not for rent, to any god or government.
                    Pointless debate is what we do here -- lvr

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                    • #11
                      I think Clapton's guitar playing is overrated. Few agree with me.

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                      • #12
                        Steve Winwood is opening for Tom Petty's tour this summer. They'll be at Riverport, or whatever they call it these days, Aug. 7. I'll be there.....but b/c it's a tom petty concert
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                        • #13
                          Hard to believe there was a review of Clapton/Winwood doing a Blind Faith reunion concert with no mention of Can't Find My Way Home.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by jack jones View Post
                            I think Clapton's guitar playing is overrated. Few agree with me.
                            Post 1975 it is.

                            But he was a pioneer, and one of the most technically skilled players ever. His chops have declined a lot, though.
                            His mind is not for rent, to any god or government.
                            Pointless debate is what we do here -- lvr

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