In 2008, while performing a sell-out show at New York’s iconic Madison Square Garden, Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood delivered a mindbending cover of Jimi Hendrix hit ‘Voodoo Chile’.
Winwood, who worked as a session musician for Hendrix in the late 1960s, famously provided the organ section of ‘Voodoo Chile’ on Hendrix’s famed Electric Ladyland album in 1968. While enjoying a successful solo career of his own, Winwood returned to team up with Clapton later in his career and worked on four of his recent albums after previously crossing paths in the ’60s.
In 2008, however, the duo returned to the mainstage with prolific effect and made their Madison Square Garden shows the first full Winwood-Clapton concerts in almost 40 years. Subsequently, the performance was recorded and released as the Live from Madison Square Garden album a year later.
The band, made up of Willie Weeks on bass, Ian Thomas on drums and Chris Stainton on keyboards, rolled through a mammoth 21-song set which included covers of J.J. Cale, Robert Johnson, Buddy Holly and, of course, Jimi Hendrix.
Below, enjoy the 16-minute epic cover of ‘Voodoo Chile’, Hendrix’s longest and most iconic studio recording.