After their historic three nights at New York’s Madison Square Garden, Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood announced an exclusive 14-city U.S. tour beginning June 10. Their tour will make a stop in Las Vegas to perform at the MGM Grand Garden Arena Saturday, June 27. The concert is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.
After a stunning collaboration at the Chicago Crossroads Guitar Festival in July 2007 and much speculation, Clapton and Winwood announced three eagerly anticipated concerts at Madison Square Garden. Those shows featured the artists performing together in a varied set list including Blind Faith classics and solo hits from each artist. Critics cited the shows as historic and some of the best work ever for both Clapton and Winwood. The tour promises more of the same collaborative musicianship that made these men legendary award-winning artists.
Clapton and Winwood both 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 and ended August 24. Since that final show, Clapton and Winwood have remained friends, but have performed together only a few times for an occasional song at a charity event. The 2008 Madison Square Garden shows were the first full Clapton-Winwood concerts in 40 years.
Clapton’s compilation album Complete Clapton was released in 2008 on Reprise Records. Winwood is currently signed to Columbia Records and released a new album, NINE LIVES in 2008. 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.
Tickets priced at $175, $89.75 and $55, not including applicable service charges and taxes, go on sale Saturday, Feb. 28 at 10 a.m. at all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (select Smith’s Food and Drug Centers and Ritmo Latino). Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com.