Friday, June 19, 2009

Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood=Amazing Musical Moment in My Life.

I have today off thanks to my agency's summer hours and am not running somewhere for the weekend so I finally have the time to post. 

Last night was one of the most amazing moments of my life. I saw Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood in concert and for a classic rock music junkie like me this was a big check off the bucket list. I've loved Eric Clapton since before I could speak. Ask my parents and they'll tell you I knew the entire Crossroads and Journeyman albums at the age of 4. I could do a mean rendition of "Pretending "on my toy guitar. His music has influenced my musical tastes from an early age on, so when I told my parents he was coming to town it only made sense we went as a family.

There was no opening band, no formal introduction. You were just instantly hooked the second the guitars were hooked up and Clapton and Winwood struck the first chord. For two hours and 30 mins it was the classics, a few amazing covers, and one hell of an encore. 

My personal playlist of what I hoped to hear was not dissapointed. Clapton and Winwood belted out "After Midnight", played a beautiful acoustic set including "Layla", Winwood played a church organ for his cover of the Ray Charles' classic "Georgia", and Clapton brought the house down with his cover of "Voodoo Chile." He's the only living guitarist left of the guitar rock gods (Hendrix, Vaughn, and Clapton) thus the only one who should ever be allowed to play it. 

Ending the overall set with Voodoo Chile, the baby boomer crowd demanded an encore with a mix of old school/new school methods. Bic lighters and Blackberrys. Clapton and Winwood not to disappoint the crowd, despite a 3-wk non-stop cross country tour while in their 60's, strolled back on stage and brought the sold out Xcel to its feet with Cocaine. 

It was Legen-wait for it-dary!