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Steve Winwood announces headlining 2015 tour dates


Following another stint serving as Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' opening act, Steve Winwood has announced a string of solo headlining dates. Winwood's concerts showcase every era of his amazing 50-year career; including his classics with the Spencer Davis Group, Blind Faith, Traffic, and on his own.

Winwood has always included new material in his concert setlists, but he promises that he'll never be one of those performers that ignores his classic hits in concert: "I mean, let's not fool ourselves, a part of what I do is what is known as the heritage music business. But I do try and reinvent some of those old songs as well, I mean I do them in the style of band that I've got, so that we get a bit of a world-music slant, which songs like 'Gimme Some Lovin',' 'I'm A Man,' lend themselves to. We do a slightly Latin-ized version of 'Higher Love.'"

Just announced: Steve Winwood tour dates (subject to change):

April 17 – Minneapolis, MN – The State Theatre
April 18 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre
April 19 – Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theatre
April 21 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore Detroit
April 23 – Westbury, NY – The Space At Westbury
April 24 – Port Chester, NY – The Capitol Theater
April 27 – New Brunswick, NJ – State Theatre
April 28 – Baltimore, MD – Modell Performing Arts Center At The Lyric
May 2 – Birmingham, AL – University of Alabama at Birmingham

Side Notes:

Steve Winwood, Tom Petty, Elvis Costello, Ann Wilson and Nancy Wilson of Heart, Steve Miller, and Cyndi Lauper are among the artists who have made the shortlist for the 2015 Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Among the other songwriters vying for a spot on the final ballot are Kenny "Babyface" Edmunds, Cat Stevens, Toby Keith, Gloria Estefan, Vince Gill, and Harry Wayne "K.C." Casey of KC & The Sunshine Band.

The final inductees will be announced later this month with the gala induction set for June in New York City.

Fast Facts:

In 2011, Steve Winwood released a career-spanning four-CD collection called Revolutions: The Very Best Of Steve Winwood. The set covers Winwood's Grammy-award-winning solo career, along with his work with the Spencer Davis Group, Blind Faith, and Traffic.

A single-disc version featured such Winwood classics as "Keep On Running," "Gimme Some Lovin'," "I'm A Man" with the Spencer Davis Group; "Paper Sun," "No Face, No Name, No Number," and "Dear Mr. Fantasy" with Traffic; "Can't Find My Way Home" by Blind Faith; as well as his '80s solo hits "While You See A Chance," "Valerie," "Higher Love," "Back In The High Life," "Roll With It" — and the recent "Dirty City" featuring Eric Clapton from his 2008 Nine Lives collection.

In 2012, Winwood's second solo album, 1980's Arc Of A Diver, was given the deluxe reissue treatment including a second bonus disc including rare tracks, along with the BBC Radio 2 documentary entitled Arc Of A Diver: The Steve Winwood Story.

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