(London, UK) -- On the heels of a stunning collaboration at Madison Square Garden which earned them two U.S. Grammy nominations, Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood announced today an eagerly anticipated European tour. The tour will start May 18 in Birmingham UK and travel across Europe to finish June 13 in Istanbul, Turkey.
Both Clapton and Winwood have long and prestigious musical careers with countless honors and awards to their names. Their musical paths connected in 1969 with the formation of Blind Faith, a group that pioneered the fusion of rock and blues into tremendous studio and stage success. Despite critical and popular acclaim, the band was short-lived with only one album and a brief 1969 tour that debuted July 12 at Madison Square Garden and ended August 24th in Hawaii. Since that final show, Clapton and Winwood have remained friends, but have only performed together a few times over the years for an occasional song at a charity event. The 2008 Madison Square Garden shows were the first full Clapton-Winwood concerts in almost 40 years.
Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood’s three amazing nights at Madison Square Garden were captured on DVD in the recent release Live From Madison Square Garden available from Rhino Entertainment. The artists can be found at www.ericclapton.com and www.stevewinwood.com.
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Tuesday, May 18 - Birmingham, UK - NEC
Thursday, May 20 - London - Wembley Arena
Sunday, May 23 - Antwerp, Belgium - SportPaleis
Thursday, May 25 - Paris, France - Bercy
Friday, May 28 - Dusseldrof, Germany - Phillips Halle
Saturday, May 29 - Arnhem, Netherlands - Gelredome Stadium
Monday, May 31 - Malmo, Sweden - Malmo Arena
Wednesday, June 2 - Berlin, Germany - 02 World
Thursday, June 3 - Hamburg, Germany - Colorline Arena
Saturday, June 5 - Munich, Germany- Konigsplatz
Monday, June 7 - Vienna, Austria - Stadthalle
Wednesday, June 9 - Belgrade, Serbia - Arena
Friday, June 11 - Bucharest, Romania - Rugby Park
Sunday, June 13 - Istanbul, Turkey - Santral Istanbul
It was announced earlier this week that British guitar legends Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck would be performing at Madison Square Garden on 18 February 2010. A second show has been added at the venue on 19 February. Tickets for both shows will be available to American Express cardmembers in a special pre-sale beginning Monday 7 December 2009 at Noon through Friday 11 December at 10PM. If tickets remain, they will go on sale to the general public on Saturday, 12 December at 10AM. Tickets for the Madison Square Garden shows are $64.50 to $254.50 plus applicable surcharges.
Nominations for the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards were announced in the U.S. on the evening of 2 December 2009 by The Recording Academy. Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood received two nominations. "Live From Madison Square Garden" was nominated in the Best Rock Album category. Eric and Steve are up against "Black Ice" by AC/DC; "21st Century Breakdown" by Green Day; "Big Whiskey And The Groogrux King" by Dave Matthews Band; and "No Line On The Horizon" by U2.