Clapton & Winwood at "The Shot": 15 June 2009
Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood and their supporting musicians pulled into Columbus, Ohio for a one-night sold out performance at the Schottenstein Center on 15 June 2009. Like all previous shows on the tour, the 21 song set kicked off with Blind Faith's "Had To Cry Today" right around 8:15 PM. Each succeeding show seems to have more energy than the previous one, as incredible as that sounds.
Clapton and Winwood continue to tweak the set list - "Crossroads" was dropped and "Split Decision" was brought back. Notably Winwood performed "There's A River" in place of "No Face" and that "Nobody Knows You" was dropped in favour of "How Long Blues." This news is updated from what was originally posted as more fans check in in the hours following the shows completion. This page (and the relevant concert review page in the Tour section) will be updated as further news arrives.
The acoustic "sit down" portion of the concert continues to get high marks from those in attendance. "Layla" is greeted nightly with a roar of approval, which only grows louder when Steve takes the final solo on the song. The Blind Faith classic, "Can't Find My Way Home," is another favorite during this part of the show.
One fan told Where's Eric!, "EC always plays well here in Columbus, probably because it's like a homecoming with lots of family around. Tonight, with Stevie Winwood was no exception - EC played like a man possessed. I knew Stevie was a tremendous keyboard player, but whoa ... his guitar playing was amazing!!! The concert was a mind-blowing experience from the time the lights went down. Wish I could go to more shows on the tour now! My favs were 'Glad', 'Pearly Queen' and 'Voodoo Chile'."
Another fan who sent a quick note right after the show ended said, "Killer concert. It's unbelievable how two extraordinarily accomplished guitar players can each play a Fender Stratocaster and yet sound so different! Winwood gives Clapton a run for his money on guitar. EC's tone is downright nasty and dirty and I LOVE IT! He's really working the fretboard. Abe [Laboriel, Jr.] on drums - - great add. He's in lockstep with Willie [Weeks] and can play super-heavy and drive a song, yet has a light touch on the skins when needed."
Next stop is the United Center in Chicago on Wednesday, 17 June.
Clapton / Winwood Set List - 15 June 2009
Schottenstein Center, Columbus
01. Had To Cry Today
02. Low Down
03. After Midnight
04. Presence of The Lord
05. Sleeping in the Ground
07. Well Alright
08. Tough Luck Blues
09. Pearly Queen
10. There's A River
11. Little Wing
12. Forever Man
13. Georgia On My Mind - Steve Winwood solo
14. Driftin' - acoustic
15. How Long Blues
16. Layla - acoustic version
17. Can't Find My Way Home
18. Split Decision
19. Voodoo Chile
21. Dear Mr. Fantasy
Eric Clapton - guitar, vocals
Steve Winwood - vocals, Hammond B3, guitar
Chris Stainton - keyboards
Willie Weeks - bass
Abe Laboriel, Jr. - drums
Michelle John - backing vocals
Sharon White - backing vocals
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