Final Traffic Tour Captured On DVD
The first live DVD from famed rock act Traffic will hit stores Sept. 20 via Epic.The first live DVD from famed rock act Traffic will hit stores Sept. 20 via Epic. "The Last Great Traffic Jam" tracks the on-again-off-again British band through its 1994 reunion tour, which featured principal songwriters and band leaders Steve Winwood and Jim Capaldi accompanied by four backing musicians.
The film delivers of collage of candid backstage and tour bus footage, formal interviews and live performances of Traffic's greatest hits as well as several rare songs. Late Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia makes a guest appearance, playing guitar on "Dear Mr. Fantasy" at Chicago's Soldier's Field.
Playing Beatles influenced pop-rock, Traffic scored a series of British hits during the late 1960s before temporarily breaking up. Aborting an attempted solo album, Winwood reformed the band with Capaldi and struck out in a more progressive, improvisational direction. Traffic finally made its mark in the United States with 1970's "John Barleycorn Must Die," the first of four top 10 albums.
The band disbanded in 1975, with both Winwood and Capaldi embarking on solo careers. Winwood eventually became a platinum-selling solo artist thanks to albums such as 1986's "Back in the High Life."
A Traffic reunion tour was in the works August 2004, but had to be called off due to Capaldi's battle with stomach cancer. The disease claimed his life in January at the age of 60.
Here is the track list for "The Last Great Traffic Jam":
"Walking In the Wind"
"Dear Mr. Fantasy"
"Gimme Some Lovin'"