Still Can’t Find His Way Home

25299068_1629929333719383_470901464150882816_nThe first time I heard Steve Winwood sing Can’t Find My Way Home live was July 1969 at Madison Square Garden. He was a member of the short-lived super-group Blind Faith with members Winwood, Eric Clapton, Ric Grech and drummer Ginger Baker. In fact I made a comment in my high school year book early in my senior year of high school (fall 1969) that I liked Blind Faith and hence the item, Ardent follower of Blind Faith, appears under my yearbook photo. Alas, by the time the yearbook was published in the spring of 1970, Blind Faith was no more. The band was great in concept, but had no sticking power. That show was their only one at the Garden and they performed “in the round” on a revolving stage. Kind of bizarre, and didn’t realize at the time that the show would be one of their last.

Winwood and Clapton obviously have had mega careers, which continue today.

So, when Steve Winwood announced a short U.S. tour a few months ago, I jumped on tickets. Interestingly, as I mentioned, though I have seen Blind Faith live (a feat few can claim), I never attended a  Traffic concert in the 70s. My Winwood concert going picked up again in the 80s, as did his career. On this “Greatest Hits” tour, he played the Tower Theater in Upper Darby (Philadelphia) last Friday evening, and I heard Can’t Find My Way Home yet again, almost 49 years after the first time. Sounded great again too.

This was the third leg of the Strum Old Guys Rock Legends Concert Tour with Bob Weir/Phil Lesh on March 2, David Byrne on March 3 (Dead, Heads Weekend) and Steve Winwood on March 9.  More than 285 years of rock and roll between the 4 of them. Alas this leg of my concert tour is now over. Kind of fun to see so many shows in a short window. Sort of like the summer of 1971 when I would see 4-5 shows at week, largely in Central Park.

What’s great about Steve Winwood is that his music sounds crisp, his distinctive voice remains strong, and there’s not a bad song in the show. Steve Winwood will turn 70 this May and his career spans more than 50 years from the mid-60s as teenage child prodigy lead singer of the Spencer Davis Group. In fact he opened and closed his show with Spencer Davis tunes, I’m a Man and Gimme Some Lovin’, respectively. Here’s the full set list from Friday’s show:

I’m a Man (The Spencer Davis Group song)

Pearly Queen (Traffic song)

Them Changes (Buddy Miles cover)

Can’t Find My Way Home (Blind Faith song)

Had to Cry Today (Blind Faith song)

The Low Spark of High Healed Boys (Traffic song)

Empty Pages (Traffic song)

Domingo Morning (with drum and percussion solo)

Roll With It (with Lilly Winwood)

Higher Love (with Lilly Winwood)


John Barleycorn (Must Die) (with Lilly Winwood)

Dear Mr. Fantasy (Traffic song)

Gimme Some Lovin’ (The Spencer Davis Group song)

After a break for a few months, my rock legends concert tour resumes in June and July with appearances by Dead & Company, Doobie Brothers/Steely Dan, and another David Byrne show. Yes, I am showing my age, but there’s nothing like hearing great live music that stands the test of time.

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