------------------------------------------ VOLUME 108, sent October 23, 1997 Topics in this issue: 1. Making it clear.- 2. PRIMUS 3. Easton show 4. Top 5 5. Book 6. Soul of the Road 7. J7 reaction 8. Schenectady show 9. Traffic tree 10. Easton show 11. SW etc 12. CD giveaway 13. UNICEF, canceled concerts, and GQ 14. RE Ellie-Bootleggers ------------------------------------------ 1*1*1*1*1*1*1*1*1*1*1*1*1 From: "Elena Iglio"
Subject: Making it clear.- Date sent: Sun, 19 Oct 1997 19:34:49 +0200 Ok, I think I must make it clear that I am absolutely against "purely commercial" music - even if, living the business from within, I must, alas, disillusion all those who believe in the absolute artistic integrity on any musician's part - what artist doesn't want success, acclaim, people to buy his/her record or his artistic expression being praised and acknowledged? - Those who deny that are hypocrites. I was happy and satisfied Steve acted the way he did when not taking into account moneymaking in his artistic choices, but I can't agree when he inexplicably stopped some interesting and creative artistic projects, plus in many cases acting in a totally selfish way, ignoring his bandmates, people he started projects with, their artistic expression and collaboration, while at the same time telling the press things like "I don't dictate". Of course he was free to go his own way and record such jewels as "Second Hand Woman" or "It was happiness", but anybody will agree sometimes his ARTISTIC choices seemed at least questionable. Though firmly convinced that they still give me the creeps after 16 years, I respect Anthony's opinion about the synths on "Arc of a Diver" and "Talking Back...". I was always democratic and very respectful of minorities' rights;-) Yours truly Ellie 2*2*2*2*2*2*2*2*2*2*2*2*2 From: "Elena Iglio" Subject: PRIMUS Date sent: Sun, 19 Oct 1997 19:37:02 +0200 Primus are a very interesting US band, played Lollapalooza - I guess American SPers know about this very famous yearly open air festival organized since 1992 by Perry Farrell, ex Jane's Addiction and Porno For Pyros' singer- some of you could have seen him on Woodstock 94 - and their bass player, Les Claypool, is considered one of the best today. They are collaborating actually with Alice in Chains's guitarist Jerry Cantrell in the making of his first solo album. Wow, Berk, you're young, you should know this more than me or Winwood!!!:- ) Ellie 3*3*3*3*3*3*3*3*3*3*3*3*3 From: Shaft51@aol.com Date sent: Sun, 19 Oct 1997 16:24:03 -0400 (EDT) Subject: Easton show On Friday, Oct. 17, I caught Steve Winwood at the State Theater in Easton, PA. First of all, the theater was obviously turn of the century and restored to its original beauty. Gorgeous place for a show. The show started a little after 8 p.m., and when it started cooking, it didn't stop. Steve was truly outstanding, in every song. I like the new guitar solo on "While You See a Chance" and the sax parts in "The Finer Things." I also enjoyed hearing "Freedom Overspill" and "Can't Find My Way Home." The J7 tracks sounded fantastic, particularly "Let Your Love Come Down," "Gotta Get Back to My Baby" and "Spy." (I don't care what anyone says, I think that's a great song). The one thing that never ceases to amaze me about Steve is he graciousness. Here's a guy who's been performing most of his life, and yet seems almost shy while addressing the crowd and yet so genuinely touched with the ovation he received. I wish critics would lay off and give him a break. He performs pleasant sounding, well-played music, and to top it off, he's a nice guy. Let's credit him with that and being a fine performer. Chuck 4*4*4*4*4*4*4*4*4*4*4*4*4 From: Bill Burns Subject: Top 5 Date sent: Sun, 19 Oct 1997 17:48:33 -0400 I've been a Winwood fan since 1986 when I heard "Back in the High Life Again". I grew up in Montana, therefore never envisioned myself getting the opportunity of seeing him live. I saw Winwood and Capaldi in 1994. Capaldi has seen better days......one too many Traffic gigs of old creeping up on the ol' boy. At any rate, they sounded tight, and I was overwhelmed. Now after ten years of enjoying the "Back in the High Life" album I will see them October 26th in Cleveland, OH. Can't wait to here his solo stuff. I noticed someone said he didn't play "Valerie". That would be tuff, as it is my favorite tune. I've put a lot of thought into my top five list and here it is: #1 - Valerie (the original version.....enough said) #2 - There's A River (the harmony part makes for deep spiritual undertones) #3 - Back In The High Life Again" (James Taylor & the mandolin make this a classic) #4 - Running On (the Hammond Organ I believe is SW's trademark) #5 - Georgia On My Mind (I think he made this recording when he was 16.....if you close your eyes you can't determine whether it's Winwood or Ray Charles) I know this list is late.......but I wanted to put some effort into it. I have front row balcony seats for the show in Cleveland. If any of you are going let me know. If not you can't miss my buddy (6'6 300 lbs - offensive lineman). Come up and we'll b.s. I have one request.........a documentary of Winwood....or better yet- a Biography of him on A&E. Someone with connections needs to get busy. God Bless, Bill Burns 5*5*5*5*5*5*5*5*5*5*5*5*5 Date sent: Mon, 20 Oct 1997 11:40:42 +1000 From: PETER NUTTALL Subject: Book I also have a copy of Back In The High Life, it's definitely worth a read, a must for all Winwood fans. Peter. 6*6*6*6*6*6*6*6*6*6*6*6*6 Date sent: Mon, 20 Oct 1997 11:48:58 +1000 From: PETER NUTTALL Subject: Soul of the Road From the line up of the band and the set list, I would guess this show is earlier than listed. I saw Traffic in early '71 and Rick Grech had already joined by that time, so 1970 is probably closer to the mark. Peter. 7*7*7*7*7*7*7*7*7*7*7*7*7 From: "ROB" Date sent: Tue, 21 Oct 1997 12:07:26 -0700 Subject: J7 reaction Thank you for the recent updates you have forwarded to me. Last night I finally got a chance to buy the new CD, Junction Seven. I was really impressed. I think the thing that impressed me most was the diversity of the album. It had some different styles in it that usually don't accompany SW. I really enjoyed "Angel of Mercy, Gotta get Back to my Love", Plenty Lovin', And Real Love." Rob 8*8*8*8*8*8*8*8*8*8*8*8*8 From: "Charles R. Paul" Date sent: Tue, 21 Oct 1997 15:59:51 -0400 Subject: Schenectady show Caught SW's J7 tour at Proctors in Schenectady this past Saturday. Proctors is a refurbished theater of 1940's vintage with superb acoustics. Typically it hosts touring companies of Broadway shows and the like. The band and play list were as previously reported in SP. I really enjoyed the show! A Steve Winwood concert is like sex-- The worst I ever had was great!! A few observations; 1. The average age in attendance was at least 35. Probably due to, A. This is his audience. B Fiona Apple was across town and C Tickets were $35 . 2. SW seemed more relaxed than in previous concerts I have attended over the last 25 years. 3. This band is mediocre at best. The only non-SW highlight was the trumpet solo on Low Spark. 4. SW is like every other musician I've dealt with , they play what and how they like. For my part I wish SW would realize his voice is the thing people want to hear not an avalanche of drums, percussion and rhythm guitar. Perhaps he should take a page from Rod Stewart and due an acoustic (UNPLUGGED) set mid concert. I could provide the playlist. I know the time is long since passed that you were looking for Top 5 but I'd like to offer mine. In no particular order 1. Nobody Loves you... SDG. Ray Charles never sounded so good! I've actually made money betting on this. 2. 40,000 Headmen This is where it began for me. 3. No Face, No Name... This is how good he can sound. 4. I Will Be Here.... The spiritual/gospel roots and the overall message are simply delicious. 5. Freedom Overspill Great Groove and lots of space. Charles [My thanks to Charles, who emailed the Times-Union review, which I uploaded onto the web-site. --BG] 9*9*9*9*9*9*9*9*9*9*9*9*9 From: "Gary Ames" Date sent: Tue, 21 Oct 1997 21:24:45 +0000 Subject: Traffic tree The tree is now closed , but I will need a few days to finalize... I'm swamped at work and the tree has proved a bit difficult as people have signed up and also come to me from the tree page , few have specified whether they want to be branches or leaves - it will be a strange looking tree!! Cheers! Gary 10*10*10*10*10*10*10*10*10 From: "Cathi & Jim Kinsky" Subject: Easton show Date sent: Tue, 21 Oct 97 23:00:59 PDT State Theatre, Easton, PA October 17, 1997 It's been three years since the Traffic tour, and six years since the last solo tour, so I was completely jazzed to have the J7 tour come to my hometown of Easton, PA! The State Theatre is an historical landmark, and is a big draw in our town. I got tickets the day the show was announced, and lucked out with 2nd row seats on the center aisle. After two long months of waiting the day of the show was finally here! I wore an outfit I bought especially for the event (long sleeved red silk shirt and black pants) and as I was unaware of the tour wardrobe, had a good laugh when Steve walked onstage wearing the same outfit!. The show started about a half hour late, and no introduction was made. Steve and the band simply walked on stage and flew into "I'm a Man." They played several songs without stopping, then finally paused to receive a thunderous ovation from the crowd. I could tell that this type of venue and the crowd was more restrained and sedate than say, NYC or Philly. I wanted to stand and dance the entire show, but resigned myself to chair-dancing and singing until I was hoarse. The following is the set list, which has remained basically the same throughout this tour: I'm a Man Roll With It Freedom Overspill While You See a Chance Angel of Mercy Spy in the House of Love Let Your Love Come Down Gotta Get Back to My Baby Plenty Lovin' Can't Find My Way Home Low Spark Glad Finer Things Family Affair Just Wanna Have Some Fun Higher Love Encore: Back in the High Life Again Gimme Some Lovin' The band really grooved, and I was jamming and singing along the whole show, but I could tell that not many were into the new stuff. I think maybe so many new songs in one chunk tends to weigh down the show instead of helping it to soar. Out of the whole crowd, I was the only one who brought flowers, and placed them on the stage where he could see me. I really wanted to jump onstage and grab a tambourine and join in, but that, my friends, will get you tossed out on your ear! As I guess has always been his way, Steve seems so shy about being a front man, and instead likes to blend in with the back up band. There were some shining moments where he seemed to forget himself and become totally absorbed in the music, such as: the piano solo on Low Spark, the soulful Angel of Mercy, and when he began to dance (yes, actually dance!) during the instrumental jam on Back to My Baby. It is these beautifully sweet moments where his true soul shines through and touches you. It is these brief moments that make the long waits between tours worthwhile! The show peaked with Higher Love, as this was the only time Steve came out to the edge of the stage. This encouraged people to their feet and got them dancing in the aisles. This show was a great success, and to a first timer I'm sure it was totally mesmerizing. I, like others, had hoped for a few rare ones as special treats, although I do appreciate the work on J7. The new songs sound great live. Steve has such a tremendous body of work to choose from, I guess it is difficult to decide on a set list that will give something to the widest range of people. I think the smaller venue shows give a much more personal edge to the performance than an arena show, and until he invites us all to Cotswold for a private concert, I guess we'll have to be satisfied. After the show, the theater held a raffle to win a poster and go backstage to meet Steve, and have it autographed. Unfortunately, I didn't win. (Boo Hoo!) I bought the tour shirt with him on the front standing next to a car. My only dislike about the show is why no tourbooks??? With the strict rules and security at venues these days, it's so hard to sneak in a camera and actually get some pics. I wish that they would lighten up! Until then, the only other alternative is a collector tourbook. I have books from 86, 88, 91, and 94, and really wanted one from this tour. How about dropping the $25 hats, and providing fans with a worthwhile keepsake? All in all, I had an excellent time and I'm so glad to have other fans to share my thoughts with. Thanks Steve for all you give to us, and thanks Genia for your generosity in sharing your husband with the rest of the world! Keep Shining! Dawn S. 11*11*11*11*11*11*11*11*11*11 From: Operanut@aol.com Date sent: Tue, 21 Oct 1997 19:13:37 -0400 (EDT) Subject: SW etc Thanks for getting your Internet connection straightened out. Thanks for being so conscientious about sharing your obsession with the rest of us SW nuts. About Ellie & SW's unpredictable band-leaving: Doesn't she need to cool her jets? So what if SW doesn't care about making money? There are plenty of stresses to being a star that we anonymous folks can only guess at. Like not being able to go grocery shopping, go out in public without being bothered and hassled. I have bad days too when I get grumpy and rant and rave about stuff that really isn't my problem. I think Ellie is taking it way too personally. IMHO. I was thoroughly amazed that he let In Style take pics of his estate, his wife, his horses and his kids, since rich folks are paranoid these days about the public (with good reason-- Princess Di's death being the horrible example). Well, I tracked down tickets for Austin (I can buy them in Houston even tho Ticketmonster isn't doing it) so I won't have to drive to Ft. Worth, and my daughter will be on a Girl Sprout camping trip that weekend, so I can go to Austin which is closer, without worrying about taking her along. Besides, I have things to do on the Barbara Jordan project in Austin (like hit the LBJ School of Public Affairs and the State Cemetery) so I can mix biz and pleasure. Ahhh! Things are going to work out after all. And I might have money left over for a wild luxury weekend at Motel 6. Hope I see some other SP subscribers there so I can meet somebody on the mailing list. Is anyone else you know planning on going to the Austin concert on Nov. 7th?? Thanks. Sharon Gray 12*12*12*12*12*12*12*12*12*12 Date sent: Tue, 21 Oct 1997 21:06:56 -0700 From: thesonics Subject: CD giveaway hi bobbi; just want to let you know, mobile fidelity will be sponsoring a traffic gold cd giveaway. one cd for one winner, possibly up saturday night! jay 13*13*13*13*13*13*13*13*13*13 From: "BobbieG." Date sent: Tue, 21 Oct 1997 23:05:21 -0700 Subject: UNICEF, canceled concerts, and GQ Garth Brooks, Celine Dion, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Shawn Colvin, Steve Winwood, George Michael, the Fugees and others will appear Dec. 10 at New York City's Beacon Theatre to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the US Committee for UNICEF. "The Gift of Song" concert, to be carried live on the TNT network, will raise funds for the US Committee and the United Nations Children's Fund. The event will be produced by Ken Ehrlich, the man behind a similar concert at the United Nations in 1979. That "Gift of Song" event, which included the Bee Gees, Rod Stewart and Donna Summer and was subsequently marketed via a double album, has raised more than $10 million to date. An Alert Subscriber informed me that the concerts for Oct 21, 22, and 24 were canceled because Steve is ill. Has anyone else heard this, or is anyone else effected? Full refunds are promised, which makes it probable that the venues will not be re-scheduled. For those of you with no web-access, the Official Site recently reported that Steve recently performed at the Second Annual Gentleman's Quarterly "Men of the Year" celebration. Along with David Bowie, Steve provided the musical entertainment for such honorees as Tom Cruise and Peter Jennings. The event was held at Radio City Music Hall in New York. Steve played "Higher Love" and "Back in the High Life Again." Bobbie 14*14*14*14*14*14*14*14*14*14 Date sent: Thu, 23 Oct 1997 10:47:15 +1000 From: PETER NUTTALL Subject: RE Ellie-Bootleggers I can understand your concerns at making certain material available. Maybe it would be possible to differentiate between the sort of material, e.g.. "bootlegs\recordings" already available through general release and recordings acquired by other means, such as TV and radio shows. The first category could be made available to all, this would give people the opportunity to get hold of stuff which is just hard to find nowadays. The second category would only be shared on a one-to-one basis, and left totally to the discretion of the provider. This comes purely down to a matter of trust, one would have to decide what material would be made available and to whom, the list may differ person to person. This may demand a lot of goodwill in the case of the provider (not to mention heaps of work, though the receiver should be patient and grateful) but we are talking about a non-profit operation here. This may not be an ideal solution to the problem, I do hope it provides food for thought. Peter ------------------------------------------ END OF SMILING PHASES, VOL 108