Traffic Tour Archive

(updated 10/30/2011)

Background

This is a website dedicated to the archival of Traffic tour dates from the April 1970 until December 1974. Over time we hope this archival collection will include setlists, photos, ticket stubs, posters, performance reviews and of course details of each concert date, including location, venue, headlining/support acts, number of shows, cancellations,etc. We will only achieve this with your help. So that is why we have included links to the Traffic Tour Archive as it exists today.

 

History

 

Traffic began in 1967 with Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi, Chris Wood and Dave Mason. The group was part of a wave of British psychedelic pop bands and had a high-level of success in the U.K. but was not as well known in the U.S. They recorded two albums “Mr. Fantasy” (Dec 1967 in the UK and Apr 1968 in the US) and “Traffic” (Oct 1968) and began touring the US in late 1968. However, egos clashed as Winwood and Mason’s relationship was strained, with Mason leaving the band for good in early 1969. Winwood would form the short-lived supergroup Blind Faith while Capaldi, Wood and Mason would form the equally short-lived Wooden Frog. Following the break up of Blind Faith in late 1969, Capaldi, Wood and Winwood would reform Traffic as a three-piece and recorded “John Barlycorn Must Die” which was released in July 1970.

 

After the first of two tours of the US in 1970, the band added Rick Grech (Blind Faith) on bass August 1970, and then added Jim Gordon (Derek & The Dominos) on drums and Rebop Kwaku Baah on percussion in May 1971. Dave Mason joined again but only lasted a few gigs and the live album “Welcome to the Canteen.” He departed for good (except for some future guest appearances at live shows) and the band went into the studio in July and August 1971 to record “The Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys.” Following completion of the album they played a handful of UK dates and then embarked upon a short tour of the US. As preparation was underway for a full-blown tour to support “The Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys” album, both Grech and Gordon departed in early December 1971. Muscle Shoals session men David Hood (bass) and Roger Hawkins (drums) were recruited and the postponed US tour began on January 11, 1972 in New Haven, Connecticut. Early on however, Steve Winwood developed peritonitis and the tour was aborted.

 

In late 1972, the band recorded “Shoot Out at the Fantasy Factory” in Jamaica and then went on a tour of the US and Europe to support the album. This incarnation of Traffic broke up in September 1973. In late 1973, the three-piece Traffic (Capaldi, Wood and Winwood) reformed with Rebop and Rosko Gee on bass. They toured the UK and continental Europe in early 1974 and recorded their final album (“When the Eagle Flies”) during June and July 1974.  Following the recording of the album they headlined the Reading Festival on August 24, 1974 and then embarked on a final tour of the US.

 

In 1994, Capaldi & Winwood (without Chris Wood who had died in 1983) reformed Traffic to support the Grateful Dead’s summer tour.

 

Tour Archive

 

This archive is just a beginning. If you have additional tour dates, venues, support acts, set lists, scans of ads or reviews, or more importantly corrections or modifications to any of the information presented here, please email me at TourArchive@aol.com.

 

The following sites have valuable information relating to Traffic concerts during 1970 – 1974:

 

Steve Winwood fan

John Martyn 70’s Gig List

Marmalade Skies

 

See The Tour Archive for additional bands and venues