Music Review | Eric Clapton/Steve Winwood: An inspired night of...

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One branch of a finely detailed classic-rock history was center stage last night when Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood brought the fourth date of their partnership to Value City Arena.
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Freddy

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Jun 15, 2009
 
Overly long Voodoo Child? That was one of the great concert experiences I've ever had.
Nolan Martin

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Jun 16, 2009
 
Great, Great show!!! From the moment these two walked on stage, it was magical. From the opening of Had To Cry Today, to the final notes of Dr.Mr.Fantasy, you knew you were in the prescence of two guys who knew how to play their instruments and do it right. This is the second time I've seen Eric Clapton in concert and watching him play guitar is mesmerizing. The acoustic version of Layla had the sold out crowd singing along, Windwood's take on Ray Charles's "Georgia" was as intimate and beautiful. Cocaine was rocking and the incredible explosion of feedback that came from Clapton's Black Fender when he finished the song proved that despite being 63, that London prophet was right when he nicknamed Clapton God.
Kent

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Jun 16, 2009
 
I agree with Freddy. No way Voodo Chile was too long. Absolutely fantastic show. The only thing I'd have asked for was maybe a little more in the acoustic set but that's quibbling. I can definitely cross 'see Clapton' off my bucket list.
Greg

Columbus, OH

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Jun 16, 2009
 

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SMOKIN SHOW! If you like the blues, this was a show for the ages. Prescence of the Lord was Awesome! Fifth time I've seen Clapton and this show was right up there. Vodoo Child did Hendrix justice. Clapton thanked his family and the crowd roared,as they all felt he's a Columbus son by marriage. You won't see many shows like this again. The collaberation of these two giants was a one time treat.
Ryan

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Jun 16, 2009
 
Man it was truly a awesome concert. One of the best one's ever. Both Clapton and Winwood played some sweet guitar. To me drifting Blues was the highlight man.
Mary W

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Jun 16, 2009
 
If checking this review, it should also be mentioned that Eric gave
a good 10 or 15 minutes to some stunning acoustic blues.
From a person that was up in the nosebleed section - the show did not disappoint in any way.
Jeff

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Jun 16, 2009
 
Great show. If you want to "re-live" the show, I recommend the recently released DVD of Winwood/Clapton at Madison Square Garden (show was last year, DVD finally came out last month I think). Very similar setlist and great performance similar to last night, you will definitely enjoy.

They sure haven't lost anything...voices as strong as ever, playing as strong as ever, fantastic to have been there!
justw

Columbus, OH

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Jun 16, 2009
 
The correct name of the tune is " Voodoo Chile" and it was hardly dull or overly long. From where I sat we thought it could have gone on all night! Jimi would have been proud. Winwood pushed Clapton to the extreme. Proving, once again, Clapton Is God!
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Jun 16, 2009
 
All in all, an absolutely incredible show. But I have to agree with the reviewer: Voodoo Chile was a flat point. That performance came off like something you'd see during a PBS fund raiser--sterile and generally uninspired. Aside from that, a great concert, indeed.
tommy p

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Jun 16, 2009
 

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Dullsville. Very generous review.
tommy p

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Jun 16, 2009
 

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I just read some of the posted reviews and I'm stunned. This was as un-inspired and limp show I've ever seen. I took my 17 year old son and he also thought it boring. No fire,no sweat,no fun.Sterile and ho-hum. Are you people just rationalizing and justifying because you spent your money and got a wet noodle? Be serious.
John C

Columbus, OH

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Jun 16, 2009
 
The show was incredible, could only have been better with a more astute audience imo. The performers were fresh, and put tremendous fire into the performance. Eric, steve, the band, the backup singers...all of them showing major league chops..and fresh from touring...

The audience if anything, is what lacked. If I may be so critical of my hometown, the place was filled with dullards, and generally speaking..most in attendence were quite ignorant musically. I'd say a full 80% were nothing but that typical 'show-goer' that this city is full of; one who goes to the"big" shows, yet understands/appreciates very little of what's going on... It may as well have been opening day for Shrek III, or 'Idol'.
This generally doesI think, and did to some degree, put out a strange vibe...despite the cheering.
"There might as well be cows in the audience", I thought at one point.. but there were, I think enough of those real music fans in house to make up for what lacked...an amazing show.
the VC is a big arena after all...aside from the terrible acoustics, it's not a bad place to see a concert of this magnitude.
And hats off to all of the parking attendents, and the shuttle drivers ...they did a superb and efficient job imo.
Bob

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Jun 16, 2009
 
Great show. All I could think about was how many stories the two of them could tell after years on the road and still playing together. Maybe Clapton could have shared some of them on stage. Great Concert. Brought me back "in the day"
Patrick B columbus

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Jun 16, 2009
 
I told my wife i want to see two more show's,becuse i've seen so many show,including clapton with muddy waters,in '77'.This lived up to one of one of my greatested show's i've see,and i've had front row to Steavie Ray Von.If you think this show was dullsville or boring,maybee you should go see Hanna Montana since you have no understanding of great music
Greg

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Jun 16, 2009
 
I, too was at the "77 Slowhand" show with Muddy Waters, and the " Nothin but the Blues" show in 94. This concert ranked right up there with both, Perhaps some should just stick to the Midland Theater shows, and not drive to Columbus.
Kevin

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Jun 16, 2009
 
Maybe it was all of the beers, but frankly I didn't know that Voodoo Child was even played last night. I am a huge musical fan and certainly enjoyed the many covers of the song that have been attempted. I was absolutely amazed last night by the talent up on stage, not just Clapton but Winwood as well. They most certainly showed me that for guys in their 60s, they have retained all of their musical skill sets. However, I did have a few problems with the show. I really expected more interaction from the musicians to the fans. Bottom line is this: that interaction in part of any concert you will ever go to. Maybe I was naive to think Eric would be a warm, friendly, outgoing guy (especially to a city he now calls home). It was my first Clapton show. I think he spoke a maximum of ten words the entire night. Get a crowed engaged for God's sake, tell a story, tell a joke. I also felt Winwood played too big a role in last night's performance. Don't get me wrong I love his stuff and respect him as a fine musician and song writer, but I was there for Clapton. In terms of songs, solos, and musical involvement the concert should have been "Steve Winwood w/ Eric Clapton". Lastly, I think they could've incorporated more of Clapton's hits without necessarily compromising the Bluesy, guitar-based set list that made the concert so jaw-dropping to experience. Make no mistake, this concert was unbelievable and a privilege to experience. I just needed a little more of Eric.
Steve from WestChester

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Jun 16, 2009
 
Well, I definitely appreciated the legends in the house and they are better musicians now than ever. It was the 3rd time seeing GOD and the second for Mr. Winwood and I would have liked to hear Tales of Brave Ulyesses (sp) Sunshine of Your Love Bell Bottom Blues and Lay Down Sally Badge White Room and such but it was not to be. I LIKE the blues but don't LOVE the blues so was a little disappointed in the mellowness of the selections. Having said that it was still a magical night and I was glad I was there to witness it. The lights definitely left something to be desired as they had super bright spots that made looking at the stage impossible a large part of the time.....next time lose those spots.....still an awesome night!
Steve from WestChester

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Jun 16, 2009
 
Oh yeah, I had never seen so many morons visiting the concessions stands all concert long and then leaving early. I mean they could have just gone to Wendy's and pigged out all night for a lot less money and freed up some prime seats for true music lovers...I just couldn't understand how anyone would leave even for one chord let alons multiple times. My ass didn't leave the chair all night and I was still standing there waiting for encore #2....which sadly never came......
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Jun 16, 2009
 
Great show, not dullsville nor boring. Knowing my Rock History, I was in awe seeing two legends put on a very strong show with their considerable talents. The high point for me was "Little Wing". Also liked it when they did a bit of Buddy Holly's "Well All Right." No complaints from me; all good. Just happy to have been there.
Connie

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Jun 16, 2009
 
I agree with Kevin I went to see Eric Clapton and was very disapointed he did not sing more of his own songs. Eric can definately jam but I didn't know half of the stuff they were playing and neither did anybody around me. We were so bored we left early... was not worth the money I spent on the tickets. The Bob Seger concert I went to a couple years back beats Claptons hands down and he didn't have any frills it was just him sitting there singing.

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