Solo gigs from Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood are rare enough these days, but like buses they often all come along together. Now we can announce that the two acclaimed rock guitarists are actually going to appear together on stage for the first time since 2009's successful tour.
Tacked onto the end of Eric's London dates next year, the ex-Blind Faith collaborators will join musical forces for just two dates on 26th and 27th May 2011 at the Royal Albert Hall. Tickets are on sale now priced at £65/£75 plus fees. Expect much touting of solo work, a swath of Blind Faith and maybe a hint of Cream and Traffic to boot. It will be very special.
Solo-wise, Mr Winwood is preparing for his short UK hop later this month, for which the Roundhouse and Bristol dates have sold out and Cambridge (19th - £17.50) and Liverpool (22nd - £28.50) are shifting quickly.
Mr Clapton, on the other hand, has the small matter of The Princes Trust concert to deal with (17th Nov - sold out) and a string of dates next year to ready himself for including Dublin, Belfast and Glasgow (still available - approx £50), Cardiff (14th sold out, 15th £60) and a six-night solo residency at the Royal Albert Hall. Currently the latter's ticket situation looks like this: 17th / 18th May both have Restricted Circle seats left at £45 each, 20th / 21st are sold out completely (save for a few resales) and 23rd/24th has a few £65 seats left.
Going by how speedily fans snapped up solo concerts by these two, the double-bills are also likely to cause a few servers to tingle over the next few days.