Rod Stewart is heading out on the road in North America next spring, and he’s bringing Steve Winwood with him for support.
The two rock legends will kick off the “Live the Life” tour on April 10 at the United Center in Chicago, and the tour is scheduled to run through a May 1 show at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. Other cities the pair will hit include Philadelphia, Boston, Montreal, New York and Atlanta.
“I’m thrilled to be touring with Steve Winwood, he is truly part of rock and roll’s enduring tapestry,” said Rod Stewart in a statement that definitely sounds like you’d expect a press release statement to sound.
Recently, Stewart has been celebrating the success of his latest release, Merry Christmas, Baby. The album, which is his first holiday record, landed Stewart his 16th top 10 album on the Billboard 200 albums chart. He also climbed to the top of the Adult Contemporary singles chart (once again) with his new rendition of “Let It Snow.”
The new album capped off quite the year for Stewart that started with him being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame along with the Faces. Stewart had previously been inducted into the Hall as a solo artist.
After a summer tour with Stevie Nicks, Stewart released his first memoir – “ROD: The Autobiography.” The book made the New York Times best-seller list. And if all that weren’t enough, he also continued his residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
Steve Winwood, also a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, is known as an integral part of several bands, including Traffic, Blind Faith, Spencer Davis Group and Go. He is known as the singer of songs including “Gimme Some Lovin’,” “Higher Love” and “Can’t Find My Way Home.”
Legendary rocker Steve Winwood has announced that he will take to the road for a U.S. tour of the east coast and Midwest.
The 13-date tour will begin on May 11 in Milwaukee and will run through June 2 when it culminates in Boston. In between, Winwood will play in Minneapolis; St. Louis; Chicago; Detroit; Portsmouth, Va.; New York; Westbury, N.Y.; Red Bank, N.J.; Vienna, Va.; Philadelphia and Canandaigua, N.Y.
The English-born singer and multi-instrumentalist has been working professionally in music since he was joined the Spencer Davis Group when he was 15. He is perhaps best known as a member of Traffic, and also has played with Eric Clapton in Blind Faith.
After leaving the Spencer Davis Group, Winwood formed Traffic with Jim Capaldi, Chris Wood and Dave Mason, and the group created a unique brand of psychedelic rock. The band was active from their formation in 1967 until 1974, with a break at the end of the 1960s while Winwood worked with Blind Faith.
Winwood would launch his solo career with a self-titled debut album released in 1977, and follow that up with 1980’s Arc of a Diver. That album contained the hit “While You See A Chance,” which peaked at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and propelled the album to peak at number three on the Billboard 200 albums chart.
The single and album launched his solo career and he had another top ten hit with his 1986 album, Back in the High Life. The album featured collaborations with James Taylor and Chaka Khan, and earned Winwood three Grammy Awards. He won Record of the Year and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for the single “Higher Love,” and the album as a whole won Best Engineered Album, Non Classical.
Winwood’s most recent album, Nine Lives, was released in 2008.
Steve Winwood and Eric Clapton still haven’t made their way home. Instead they will be playing 12 dates this fall in Japan.
The former Blind Faith bandmates will be kicking off their Japan outing in Sapporo and will wrap the tour up in Tokyo with a multiple night stand.
The tour starts on November 17 at Hokkaido Prefectural Sports Center in Sapporo. They will also play at Yokohama Arena and Osaka for two nights- Castle Hall on November 21 and Jo hall on November 22. On November 24 the pair will visit Fukuoka, on November 26 they will be in Hiroshima, on November 28 in Kanazawa and on November 30 in Nagoya, before heading to Tokyo to perform at Budokan Hall for four nights on December 2-3 as well as December 6-7.
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It seems Steve Winwood enjoys pair up with his legendary contemporaries when he tours as evident with last year’s run with Eric Clapton. This year he is cozying up with Carlos Santana for a wave of summer dates, covering 22 cities in amphitheaters across North America. Everything gets underway on July 1 at Milwaukee’s Summerfest and runs through August 1 at West Palm Beach, Florida. Santana will be priming the engine by playing a string of dates in Vegas (April 21-May 2) before bringing on Winwood to tour properly. For a full list of tour dates, see the list below.
Santana’s Las Vegas dates are part of a deal he’s signed with the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas that commits him to playing 36 shows per year at the hotel casino combo. Santana is rumored to be at work on an upcoming album which would mark his first studio release since 2005s “All That I Am.” Santana was ranked number 15 on Rolling Stone’s greatest guitarist of all time in 2003. He has 10 Grammy Awards to his name as well as 3 Latin Grammys.
Steve Winwood last album was “Nine Lives” released in April 2008. It reached up to 12 on the Billboard Album Charts marking his highest album debut.
2010 Carlos Santana Concert Tour
21-22, 24-25, 28, 30 – Las Vegas, NV – The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel
1-2 – Las Vegas, NV – The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel
30 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
1 – Milwaukee, WI – Summerfest
3 – Sioux City, IA – Saturday in the Park
4 – Kansas City, MO – Starlight Theatre
6 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
7 – Noblesville, IN – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
9 – Tinley Park, IL – Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
10 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
11 – Toronto, Ontario – Molson Amphitheatre
15 – Montreal, Quebec – Bell Centre
17 – Bethel, NY – Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
18 – Wantagh, NY – Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
20 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
21 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun
23 – Mansfield, MA – Comcast Center
24 – Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center
25 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
27 – Virginia Beach, VA – Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheatre
28 – Charlotte, NC – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
29 – Atlanta, GA – Chastain Park Amphitheatre
31 – Tampa, FL – Ford Amphitheatre
1 – West Palm Beach, FL – Cruzan Amphitheater