Steve Winwood, 5/22/12

Written by Mark Robbins / Photos by Mark Robbins

June 13, 2012

Steve Winwood
nTelos Wireless Pavilion
Portsmouth, VA
May 22, 2012

 

 

Question: What do The Spencer Davis Group, Traffic and Blind Faith have in common?  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  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.

 

Setlist

 

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 
(Traffic), Empty Pages 
(Traffic), Pearly Queen 
(Traffic),
Light Up or Leave Me Alone 
(Traffic), Back In The High Life, Higher Love
Encore: Dear Mr. Fantasy 
(Traffic), Gimme Some Lovin’ (Spencer Davis Group)

 

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