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Around 4 pm every show day, Steve Winwood and his band sound check onstage.
Some days, they work on songs for their set; other days, they just jam.
Whether it’s material from Spencer Davis Group, Traffic, Blind Faith or his solo career, Winwood’s opening set has been outstanding every night and warmed up the crowd perfectly for the Heartbreakers. In Winnipeg, “Dear Mr. Fantasy” was the highlight of their hour-long set, with Winwood taking two blistering extended guitar solos that brought the Canadian crowd to its feet.
That side of Tom and the band’s musical personality was pressed to wax with Mojo, and it was again on full display Tuesday night at the Saddledome with a snarling cover of “Baby Please Don’t Go,” the often-covered blues standard credited to Delta bluesman Big Joe Williams.
Tom embodies the conflicted storyteller role, and the band rages behind him, Mike Campbell firing nasty, brain-rattling guitar leads in between verses.
So You Want To Be A Rock ‘n Roll Star (The Byrds cover)