Monday, May 21, 2007

Gotta Have Faith

Just last week, in a story about the re-breakup of Cream, I mentioned that I would now have to hold out hope for a Blind Faith reunion. Well, my friends, it looks like I wished upon the right star! Can a tour be next?

It’s a rare day when Eric Clapton decides to sit-in with another band without much pomp and circumstance. But, this Saturday, Slowhand did just that, dusting off his guitar and joining one of his former bandmates for a handful of songs at Berkshire, UK’s Countryside Rocks. Halfway through his former Blind Faith bandmates’ performance, Eric Clapton joined Steve Winwood for a series of songs from the supergroup’s heyday, including "Presence Of The Lord, "Can't Find My Way Home” and "Had To Cry Today.” Clapton also helped Winwood through a pair of Robert Johnson covers, "Crossroads” and "Little Queen Of Spades,” as well as Winwood’s "Gimme Some Lovin'." The Johnson covers are no doubt familiar to longtime Clapton fans: the guitarist recorded the former song with Cream and the latter number on his 2004 album, Me and Mr. Johnson.

The UK gig marked the first time the former bandmates have played together in decades and the first time Clapton has tackled material from Blind Faith’s self-titled album in some time. Clapton and Winwood are expected to collaborate again at Chicago’s Crossroads festival this summer.


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