One of the most memorable concerts of last summer was the Steely Dan/Elvis Costello show at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa. The sound mix was awful for Costello’s set, but the Dan was exquisite, playing impeccable renderings of songs from all eras of their very long career.
Steely Dan be back again at the same venue Thursday evening.
This time, the opening act is Steve Winwood. He’s had a few middle-of-the-road hits as a solo artist, but his work with his bands in the ’60s and ’70s — the Spencer Davis Group, Traffic and Blind Faith — was much more exciting. Jon Herington, the phenomenal guitarist who’s been playing with Steely Dan for the past 15 years or so, said Winwood’s sets have been great on this tour.
“He’s been going back and playing things from Blind Faith, and even Spencer Davis,” Herington said. “His voice can still reach the stratosphere, just like when he was 16.” (Winwood was still a teenager when he wrote and sang such hits as “Gimme Some Lovin’.”)
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Steely Dan is still touring with the same lineup as last year, Herington said, and the show should be pretty similar. The set list changes from show to show, but it’s still a mix of the band’s best-known hits and album tracks that Steely Dan connoisseurs love.