Steve Winwood at Humphrey’s by the Bay

Steve Winwood
Humphrey’s by the Bay – San Diego, CA

Steve Winwood Humphrey's by the Bay - San Diego, CA 8/19/2008

Steve Winwood on his Hammond B3 Organ

Steve is out supporting his newest release, Nine Lives. It debuted on the #12 position on the Billboard 200 Charts when it dropped in late April of 2008.

The legendary Steve Winwood played Humphrey’s by the Bay on Tuesday to a near sold out crowd and the fans that stayed in their dingies in the bay to hear the show.

Steve Winwood Humphrey's by the Bay - San Diego, CA 8/19/2008

The night was amazing as Steve kicked the show off on the B3 organ which he played on for the first three songs of the night. Then (to everybody’s joy) he backed off from the organ and picked up his baby blue Fender guitar. Each song of the night, whether it was a new song off Nine Lives or a classic hit, received standing ovations. Steve vocally delivers the songs as good live as they are on the albums.

This was my first Steve Winwood concert and I am one of those fans that didn’t really know he played guitar. I am a fan of Steve’s music from the 80’s, thus me being the 80’s child. The guitar solos were amazing. Each of the four musicians on stage carried long solos and switched instruments between songs. The stamina of the band was mind-boggling. The sound of the bass guitar was also mind-boggling since there was no bass guitar on stage. Four of us came to a conclusion that either Steve or one of the two percussionists used a bass pedal that simulated a bass guitar.

The one song I wish he played was from 1986: “Back in the High Life Again.” I really can’t complain because he did play “Higher Love” and one of his oldest hits “Gimme Some Lovin’ “(from The Spencer Davis Group circa 1966). I’ll just have to catch him next time he rolls into town.

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Tour Dates:

2008-08-26 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Selma, TX
w/ Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
2008-08-27 American Airlines Center Dallas, TX
w/ Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
2008-08-29 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Woodlands, TX
w/ Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
2008-10-03 Tripod Dublin, Ireland
2008-10-05 The Arches Glasgow, UK
Box Office: 0141 565 1000
2008-10-06 The Sage Gateshead , UK
2008-10-07 Wulfrun Hall Wolverhampton, UK
2008-10-09 Laeiszhalle Hamburg , Germany
2008-10-16 Vaerket Randers, Denmark
2008-10-17 Ancienne Belgique Brussels, Belgium
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