Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood: Live From Madison Square Garden
Preview of Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood: Live From Madison Square Garden

Long-time friends and former band mates Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood team up for a once-in-a-lifetime reunion concert in Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood: Live From Madison Square Garden Thursday, May 28 at 8 p.m. (ET) on THIRTEEN’s Great Performances on PBS (check local listings). Presented in 5.1 digital surround sound on PBS HD, the special telecast captures Clapton and Winwood at New York’s Madison Square Garden performing songs from their short-lived Blind Faith collaboration, including “Presence of the Lord,” “Can’t Find My Way Home,” “Well All Right,” along with hits from their respective solo careers.

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“I was 15 or 16 and he was 18 or 19, and he definitely looked after me,” Winwood recounts of his blossoming friendship with Clapton, at the top of the telecast. “[We] played records and talked about music. From very early on, he took on a brotherly [role].” As their friendship solidified, Clapton and Winwood – with drummer Ginger Baker and bassist Ric Grech – formed Blind Faith. They disbanded in 1969 after releasing only one chart-topping, self-titled album.

The spotlight, however, hasn’t dimmed on either Clapton or Winwood’s careers – Clapton has won 18 Grammy Awards and honored with 3 different inductions into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame; Winwood has won Grammy Awards for record of the year and best male vocal performance for his work on “Higher Love.” As for the decision to play a reunion concert, Clapton wanted to recreate “the romance and beauty of [the music] played in the past” The pair take viewers back to rock’s glory days as they perform songs by Jimi Hendrix (Little Wing), Clapton’s catalogue (Forever Man), and tracks from Winwood’s band Traffic (Pearly Queen) – rounding off the performance with hits from their Blind Faith album– which, for fans old and new, is an evening not to be forgotten.

Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood: Live From Madison Square Garden also features Willie Weeks on bass, Chris Stainton on keyboard, and Ian Thomas on drums.

A production of Parallel 28 Equipe Inc., Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood: Live From Madison Square Garden is directed by Martyn Atkins and produced by John McDermott, James Pluta and Scooter Weintraub; John Beug, Michael Eaton, Peter Jackson and Tom Whalley are executive producers. The special was recorded live in performance at Madison Square Garden in February 2008. For Great Performances, Bill O’Donnell is series producer; David Horn is executive producer.

The telecast marks Clapton’s most recent appearance on Great Performances. In 2004, Great Performances broadcast highlights from Clapton’s three-day guitar festival from Dallas in Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival, as well as a follow-up Crossroads Festival concert from Chicago in 2006. Clapton also appeared in the series’ presentation of Cream Reunion Concert (2005) and Concert for George (2003).

The DVD of Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood: Live From Madison Square Garden is distributed by Warner Strategic Marketing.

Great Performances is funded by the Irene Diamond Fund, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, public television viewers, and PBS.

  • Bruce

    I went to one of those Garden shows, and it was a RIP!

  • den

    Some of the best rhythm, lead guitar and Hammond organ on the planet… Music for the Soul.

  • Tom Milot

    First a Cream reunion. And now pairing these two for a Blind Faith/Traffic revisiting. Who says dreams do not come true?

  • Rikkor

    This sounds great. It must be pledge week.

  • RicFan

    Why is this GP show not scheduled on Iowa Public Television?

  • Sandy Steele

    Counting the days down to going to yet another INCREDIBLE Eric Clapton concert, this time DOUBLE PLEASURE with Steve Winwood!!!

  • allen levi

    see everyone at the clapton/winwood show on june 13 at verizon center…………..dc………

  • Jools

    Why is this not scheduled for WVIZ Ideastream?

  • donna

    how can I purchase the c d of this performance


    Donna – You can support THIRTEEN and get Clapton/Winwood cds, dvds and concert tickets here. Enjoy:

  • TJTele

    When these guys get together the sum is great than the parts…

    It’s as good as it gets…


    Saw the garden show with some friends.
    #@^&*$#*&)(!!!!!!!AWSOME SHOW!!!!!!!!!
    Definately going in June.This time with the wife. Can’t wait!!

  • Jeff says:

    Was at the 2007 Crossroads festival in Chicago. Clapton&Windwood were great! Looking foward to seeing them at the Xcel in ST.Paul. June 18th.

  • Rick

    Clapton still rules, and Winwood not only #1 on the B3, he plays an awesome strat on Dear Mr. Fantasy, and picks up a telecaster on Can’t Find My Way Home” GREAT SHOW!!!!

  • Diane Kaufman

    I would like to buy a cd of this video

    Clapton/Winwood at madison sq garden

  • Susan

    Meant to give this show a 5 star rating, but clicked 4 by mistake. Grew up on the music of these two masters and Blind Faith’s first album was simply a delight! They sound just as good today and I loved how they “mixed things up a bit.” The two Hendrix tunes were a great bonus. I would have preferred seeing interviews as ONE separate segment up front so that the music could be uninterrupted, but this was a great show nonetheless. So excited that I will be at their June 10 concert at the Izod Center!



  • Nancy

    Any chance of a rebroadcast? Please?

  • Lori

    Very moving concert — looking forward to a rebroadcast soon! Thank you, PBS!

  • wayne

    tuned in last night per indicated time on HD – no program. just a childrens book solicitation of some kind. typical – and not the first time this has occured.

  • Madeline

    I was very excited to see this was going to be shown, but then discovered it would air at 2:30 AM in Boston!!!! Give me a break pbs! I’m a long time viewer and supporter. Give us what we want at a reasonable hour! Instead of another rerun of “DooWop Kings”.

  • Jeanne

    I missed this show! When will it be on again???

  • Tommy

    I missed it also , want to see it real bad.

  • Kara

    June 12th, 8PM, Philadelphia. Have tickets in hand, and wishing it was already Friday. Saw Eric Clapton last year, in May. It was an awesome show, and this year we get Steve Winwood added to the mix? So cool…..

  • Russ

    Is this the same video that EC’s fanclub is selling?

  • Mike

    The scheduling of this show is horrible. My local Boston affiliate aired this show one time at 9:00 p.m., the other times are at 2:00 or 3:00 a.m., when people are sleeping. Instead they air other concerts or older programs, some that are years old during prime time hours. One time I saw this show scheduled at 11:00 pm, then when I went to watch it, something else was shown. I’m not sure where PBS is coming from on this one (show), but they really dropped the ball in my opinion. I do not think Eric Clapton would be very pleased either…


    so when is the next time this is showing—–!!!!!your site is REALLY too complicated —-after 15 min (yes I have high speed) I stil;l need to go to thwe newspaper…..SO WHEN IS THE NEXT SHOWING 8/13/09 6am

  • darth

    well it wasnt 70 since he did delaney and bonnie after blind faith and derek and dominos and then solo. so its 69 for what u saw. the only tour that blind faith did.

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