Steve Winwood’s new album, Nine Lives, touches and expands on all the many phases of Winwood’s lustrous career, bristling with his pure joy of music-making. The new single, “Dirty City”, features a guest appearance by Eric Clapton.
In July 2007, Winwood shared the stage with Eric Clapton, in Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival. Among the songs they played together were "Presence of the Lord" and "Can't Find My Way Home" from their Blind Faith days. Winwood played several guitar leads in a 6 song set. The two old friends and bandmates continued their collaboration with a sold-out three night stand at Madison Square Garden in February of 2008. On February 19, 2008 Winwood and Clapton released a collaborative EP through iTunes titled Dirty City.
Steve is now slated to tour with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers during Petty's summer 2008 tour. He also has two concerts with his own band - Jose Neto (guitar), Richard Bailey (drums), Paul Booth (sax, flute and organ), Karl van den Bosch (percussion) - at the Blender Theatre, New York May 4th and Berklee College of Music May 8th. He will also be receiving an Honorary Doctorate there May 10th.