Two musical giants are reuniting again in '09. Steve Winwood and Eric Clapton are touring the U.S. this June after a very successful set of Madison Square Garden shows last year. Winwood and Clapton were in a band together back in 1969 called Blind Faith that combined blues and rock. The band didn't stay together for very long but the two musicians remained friends ever since. 2009 marks the 40th anniversary of Blind Faith and 40 years since the two performed to over 100,000 people in Hyde Park, London.
Steve Winwood's Nine Lives and Eric Clapton's compilation album Complete Clapton were both released in 2008.
Stephen Lawrence "Steve" Winwood (born 12 May 1948 in Handsworth, Birmingham) is an English singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. In addition to his solo career, he was a member of the bands the Spencer Davis Group, Traffic, Blind Faith, and Go. His deep singing voice is frequently mistaken to be that of a black musician.
Eric Patrick Clapton CBE (born 30 March 1945) is an English blues-rock guitarist, singer, songwriter and composer. He is "probably most famous for his mastery of the Stratocaster guitar." Clapton has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Yardbirds, of Cream, and as a solo performer, being the only person to be inducted three times. Often viewed by critics and fans alike as one of the greatest guitarists of all time, Clapton was ranked fourth in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" and #53 on their list of the Immortals: 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.