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Clapton, Winwood to perform in Romania next June

On the heels of a stunning collaboration at Madison Square Garden which earned them two U.S. Grammy nominations, Steve Winwood and Eric Clapton announced an eagerly anticipated European tour. The tour will start May 18 in Birmingham UK and travel across Europe to finish June 13 in Istanbul, Turkey. In Romania, the two will perform on June 11 on the rugby stadium in Bucharest. Both Winwood and Clapton 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 at Madison Square Garden and ended August 24th in Hawaii. Since that final show, Winwood and Clapton have remained friends, but have only performed together a few times over the years for an occasional song at a charity event. The 2008 Madison Square Garden shows were the first full Winwood-Clapton concerts in almost 40 years. Steve Winwood and Eric Clapton’s three amazing nights at Madison Square Garden were captured on DVD in the recent release Live From Madison Square Garden available from Rhino Entertainment.


Born on March 30, 1945, Eric Patrick Clapton is one of the best known English blues-rock guitarists, also a singer, songwriter, and composer. Clapton has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Yardbirds, of Cream, and as a solo performer, being the only person ever to be inducted three times. Often viewed by critics and fans alike as one of the greatest guitarists of all time, Clapton was ranked fourth in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” and #53 on their list of the Immortals: 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.


Born in May 1948, Steve Winwood is also an iconic blues-rock musician. He sings with a tenor voice and is a multi-instrumentalist who plays Hammond organ, guitar, bass, and other string instruments. In addition to his solo career, he was a member of the bands the Spencer Davis Group, Traffic, Blind Faith, and Go. He has won multiple Grammy Awards. In 2008, Rolling Stone ranked Winwood #33 in its 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.

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