Eric Clapton to Play London With Santana, Winwood

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What a lineup!

On June 7, 1969, Blind Faith famously made their live debut at London’s Hyde Park. And next summer, one-time bandmates Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood will return nearly 50 years later. Today (Nov. 27), the British Summer Time concert series announced that Clapton will headline a very special concert there on July 8, 2018. Joining him will be Santana, Winwood and Gary Clark, Jr. The announcement promises even more acts will be added to the classic rock bill.

The organizers note that Clapton returned to the Royal Park in 1996, recording a classic live concert that raised money for The Prince’s Trust, and performed there again in 2008. “I have happy memories of performing in Hyde Park in the past,” said Clapton, “and I’m really looking forward to playing there again – the whole atmosphere is very special.”

Eric Clapton at Madison Square Garden, March 19, 2017 (Photo: George Chin; used with permission)

Tickets are available here and on StubHub.

Since the British Summer Time series’ inception in 2013, such stars as the Rolling Stones, Carole King and Stevie Wonder have performed there. One of 2017’s concerts was headlined by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers–the only U.K. performance of their 40th Anniversary tour–with support by Stevie Nicks.

Related: Petty and Nicks shared the Hyde Park stage on July 9, 2017

Clapton has previously announced that he’s done with extensive touring, preferring to do occasional performances without the rigors of full-length tours. In 2017, he played three concerts at London’s Royal Albert Hall, and four each in New York and Los Angeles.

Related: Our review of Clapton’s March 19, 2017 concert at Madison Square Garden

The British Summer Time series has previously announced 2018 concerts featuring Roger Waters (July 6), Michael Buble (July 13) and Bruno Mars (July 14).

Related: That time Blind Faith made its live debut in Hyde Park

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