Steve Winwood, 5/22/12
nTelos Wireless Pavilion
May 22, 2012
Question: What do The Spencer Davis Group, Traffic and Blind Faith have in common? Â Answer: Steve Winwood.
Making a stop in Portsmouth, the 64 years wise Winwood proved that one should never judge his ability to rock based upon age alone. Fronting a ferocious quartet of Jose Neto (guitar), Cafe’ de Silva (percussion), Richard Bailey (drums) and Paul Booth (reeds, organ), Winwood led a nonstop charge through his legendary history — covering tunes he’s played from the days of The Spencer Davis Group through his latest recording, Nine Lives.
The group jammed, rocked, and jazzed through a setlist that has been heard a thousand times before, will be heard a thousand times again and will still be loved Â as much as it was the first night it was crafted. Winwood knows what his audience wants and gives it to them in spades. Highlighted by a fiery exchange between Neto and deSilva during “Low Spark of High Heeled Boys,” Winwood eventually took to the guitar for “Dear Mr. Fantasy” while Paul Booth took over organ duty; once again, everything old was new again.
I’m a Man (Spencer Davis Group), Fly, At Times We Do Forget, Can’t Find My Way Home, Dirty City, Low Spark of High Heeled Boys â€¨(Traffic), Empty Pages â€¨(Traffic), Pearly Queen â€¨(Traffic),
Light Up or Leave Me Alone â€¨(Traffic), Back In The High Life, Higher Love
Encore: Dear Mr. Fantasy â€¨(Traffic), Gimme Some Lovin’ (Spencer Davis Group)
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— Honest Tune Magazine (@HonestTuneMag) June 13, 2012