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Konigsplatz, Muenich - Germany
  • The stupendous, powerful duet gathered the best possible accompaniment

    • by grandilo
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      “It’s already written that today will be one to remember…” This is the opening line of “Had To Cry Today”, written by Steve Winwood. Exceptionally complementing Clapton & Winwood cunningly performed the song just few minute after forecasted beginning at eight o’clock. The air in astonishing setting of historic Konigsplatz, over flown with tremendous sound of giants of rock, evoked curling hairs on my back and my eyes virtually dampened due to indescribable extent of emotions. Being the only open-air event of their tour, the concert was extra magical, situated in enchanting atmosphere of graceful, monumental place in the center of Muenich. Perhaps it was somewhat awkward in the beginning, with sun still high and bright, but the twilight improved the feeling.

      Second song was “Low Down”, not one of


      very famed hits, but enthusiastically approved by heated audience; then followed by “After Midnight” and glorious “Presence Of The Lord”. Here, my knees went explicitly weak. Audience was alive and kicking through “Glad”, “Well Alright”, “Tuff Luck”, “While You See A Chance”, “Key To The Highway”, Midland Maniac”, mythical “Crossroads”, to nostalgically heartbreaking “Georgia”, featuring Winwood’s singing ability in all his glamour. Clapton’s acoustic Martin guitar slowed down the tempo in the course of “Driftin”, “How Long” and “Layla”, to my uppermost (but only) disappointment, as I was ardently yearning to hear it finally live in original, electrified version. From “Can’t Find My Way Home” we came to “Gimme Some Lovin’” and highlighting “Voodoo Chile”,tempestuously chilling the atmosphere into conclusive “Cocaine”. Fervently demanding an encore, the roaring audience soon brought the ...

      • band back on the stage, to be richly awarded with superbly performed “Mr. Fantasy”.

        The stupendous, powerful duet gathered the best possible accompaniment. Steve Gadd on drums, along with bass master Willie Weeks, composed the insuperable rhythm section; magnificently skilled and irreplaceable Chris Stanton on keyboards contributed at his best, while backing vocals of Michelle John and Sharon White matched the voices of two leaders to perfection.

        Eric Clapton played with extraordinary potential; his “Sea Foam Green Stratocaster” (along with other beauties from Fender family) trashed and roared like on fire. Winwood followed equally with his Hammond organ and piano mightily and dynamically; his voice better than ever. Moreover, he is startlingly accomplished guitarist, too. Sharing a kind of unnatural telepathy, the pair pleasantly surprised the audience with several ingenious guitar actions.

        Both Eric and Steve seem to get on with each other very well. The evident chemistry between them made the event very special. The role of front man kept moving from one genius to another with sparkling lightness, and a look on the stage revealed two friends, enjoying themselves and having the time of their life. It was marvelous. The spectacle was remarkable, unforgettable documentary of giants at work. It gave the very best of Blind Faith, Traffic, Yardbirds, Cream, Clapton, Winwood… everlasting era of rock music. Besides, it truly clarified the ground and the meaning of London graffiti from 1965: »Clapton Is God«.

        Overall, the concert at awesome Konigsplatz was well-organized. Refreshments and toilets were sufficient and easy accessible, security effective but non-intrusive and helpful. I wish I could rate this event 20.




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