Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood are Musical Chameleons
Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood play together, just like their Blind Faith days. See more shots in our slide show.
Clapton began his career with the bluesy stylings of The Yardbirds and then segued into John Mayall's Blues Breakers. In his days with Cream, he slid headfirst into psychedelic rock and later even touched on reggae. To Winwood's credit, he led a similar trek, dabbling in the blue-eyed soul of the Spencer Davis Group and psychedelic rock with Traffic. Both musicians, who boast an ample body of solo work as well, eventually collaborated, along with drummer Ginger Baker and bassist Ric Grech, on the self-titled Blind Faith album, mixing their influences to create yet another Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame-worthy sound.
On Friday night at Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, the duo showed all their colors of their past, taking turns at vocals. Clapton and Winwood came to town on a commercial roll, given the recent release of a CD and DVD documenting their 2008 Madison Square Garden performances. Like the recorded offering, their voices harmonized flawlessly with a rich, mature sound, recapturing the spirit of Winwood and Clapton's original pairing.
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