Clapton, Winwood Announce London Gigs

Apparently six nights at London’s Royal Albert Hall are not enough for Eric Clapton as Slowhand adds a couple more dates, this time featuring his Blind Faith cohort Steve Winwood.

Clapton had already slotted six May shows at the Royal Albert – 17-18, 20-21 & 23-24. The newly announced dates with Winwood are May 26-27.

Formed in 1968, Blind Faith was one of the first bands to be labeled a “supergroup.” Along with Clapton and Winwood, the band’s lineup included Cream drummer Ginger Baker and bassist Ric Grech. The band’s only studio album is the self-titled 1969 effort that included a cover of Buddy Holly’s “Well All Right” and the now-classic rock tune, “Can’t Find My Way Home,” written by Winwood. Other tracks included Clapton’s “Presence Of The Lord” and the Winwood-penned “Sea Of Joy.”

Clapton and Winwood toured together in 2009 and jammed together this year at Clapton’s in Illinois. Winwood toured with Santana during summer 2010.

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Crossroads Guitar Festival, Toyota Park, Bridgeview, Ill.

Tickets went on sale Oct. 4. For more information, click here for Eric Clapton’s website and here for Steve Winwood’s digital abode.