If you are scratching your head, wondering how important this Steve Winwood character is, consider this.
He's recently announced that post-production on his forthcoming studio-album is taking a bit longer to complete than usual and would he mind postponing a show or two (US and Canada). The main act on these shows? Rod Stewart - you might have heard of him. THAT is how important Steve Winwood is - he can keep Rod Stewart waiting.
He's also been keeping his ardent followers waiting too. It's been five years since his last studio album, the acoustically-flavoured "Nine Lives" and even longer since he 'rocked' out, something he has been hinting at on his website. The new as-yet-untitled studio set will appear later this year and continues Winwood's expansive career which began as far back as the '60s with Traffic, then super-group Blind Faith (with Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and Ric Grech) then a whole load of session work with, let me see, Lou Reed, Marianne Faithfull, Robert Palmer, Talk Talk and Paul Weller.
Meanwhile, his solo career has done him proud, from his self-titled debut in 1977, past the excellent "Arc of a Diver", through some hit-making years with "Higher Love" and "Valerie" and now, in 2013, with new material. And a tour.
Before joining in on Rod's rampage across the States and Canada, Winwood will be performing shows over here. Cambridge is the first stop on 17th June, followed by Brighton, Shepherd's Bush, Bristol, Salford and Margate on the 30th. There is a reasonable chance that he'll announce a few more shows, given the gaps in the schedule.
[TICKETS: 22/2/2013 9:00], ranging from £27.50 to £32.50, depending on venue. The dates are likely to sell out fairly quickly.