Steve Winwood Opens 2017 Tour With Survey of Hits

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Steve Winwood performing on April 20, 2017

On opening night of his 2017 tour, at The Space at Westbury, in Westbury, N.Y. on April 20, Steve Winwood gave his fans a tour of his entire career. His 13-song set featured the two big hits that launched his career as a teen prodigy with the Spencer Davis Group, “Gimme Some Lovin’” and “I’m a Man,” and continued into his days with Traffic (a full six songs, including “Dear Mr. Fantasy,” “Pearly Queen” and “Empty Pages”), Blind Faith (“Had to Cry Today” and “Can’t Find My Way Home”) and his solo career (“Higher Love”).

Winwood, born May 12, 1948, opened the show with a solo favorite, “Back in the High Life Again”

The musician has many songs in his repertoire that can be considered signature tunes. One of these is a Blind Faith classic.

Watch Winwood performing “Can’t Find My Way Home” at the tour-opening show

Winwood, who played both guitar and keyboards, in addition to singing, also threw in a cover of Buddy Miles’ “Them Changes,” made famous when the late drummer was part of Jimi Hendrix’s Band of Gypsys.

Watch him perform the song later in that same tour

Winwood’s daughter, Lilly Winwood, opened the show, as she did on all of the tour dates.

Steve Winwood Westbury Set List (with original artists in parentheses)

Back in the High Life Again (from Winwood’s Back in the High Life album)
I’m a Man (Spencer Davis Group)
Pearly Queen (Traffic)
At Times We Do Forget (from Winwood’s Nine Lives album)
Can’t Find My Way Home (Blind Faith)
Them Changes (Buddy Miles cover)
The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys (Traffic)
Had to Cry Today (Blind Faith)
Light Up or Leave Me Alone (Traffic)
Empty Pages (Traffic)
Higher Love (from Winwood’s Back in the High Life album)

For his encore, he reached back to two crowd favorites from his early career

Watch Winwood perform “Dear Mr. Fantasy” at Westbury

Dear Mr. Fantasy (Traffic)
Gimme Some Lovin’ (Spencer Davis Group)

Watch the finale from a few night’s later

When Winwood tours next, tickets will be available here and here.

Related: Winwood released his debut solo album more than 40 years ago

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