The album “When the Eagle Flies,” released in 1974, was yet another Top Ten album in the USA, and moderately successful in the UK. However, a subsequent tour of the USA, while successful in terms of ticket sales, was emotionally exhausting for the band. Capaldi later recalled “Rosko Gee and I were the only ones in anything like normal shape. Steve was having recurrent problems with the peritonitis, and Chris’s body was suffering from chemical warfare.” Winwood ultimately passed his boiling point, walking off the stage in the middle of what would prove the band’s final show, in Chicago. The following day he left the tour without a word to anyone, leaving the rest of the band waiting for him at the venue for that night’s scheduled performance. Feeling Winwood had been integral to Traffic’s music, the remaining members opted not to continue the band without him.
Traffic’s break-up was followed by two compilations from United Artists (Heavy Traffic and More Heavy Traffic), both of which only drew from the first half of their output.
Steve Winwood embarked on a solo career, while Rosko Gee and Rebop Kwaku Baah joined German band Can. Kwaku Baah died in 1983, and Capaldi dedicated his solo album Fierce Heart to his memory. Chris Wood also died that year from pneumonia.
Winwood and Capaldi, 1994
All the still living members of Traffic’s most recent lineup reunited in 1994 for a one-off tour, after a fan left a voice mail message at Bob Weir’s (of the Grateful Dead) hotel in Chicago during the 1992 “Scaring the Children” tour, and suggested it would be cool if Traffic toured with the (then Grateful) Dead. Traffic opened for the Grateful Dead during their summer tour. The flute/sax role on the tour was played by Randall Bramblett, who had worked extensively with Steve Winwood. Mike McEvoy joined the line up playing keyboards, guitar and viola, and Walfredo Reyes, Jr. played drums and percussion. Winwood and Capaldi recorded and released a new Traffic album, Far from Home, with no involvement from the other four members. It broke the top 40 in both the UK and USA. The Last Great Traffic Jam, a double live album and DVD released in 2005, documents the band’s 1994 reunion tour. (by wikipedia)
And here´s a souboard recording from theier 1994 tour … it must bei a real great tour !
Listen and enjoy !
Randall Bramblett (flute, saxophone, keyboards)
Jim Capaldi (drums, percussion, vocals)
Rosco Gee (bass)
Michael McEvoy (keyboards, guitar)
Walfredo Reyes, Jr. (percussion, drums)
Steve Winwood (vocals, guitar, keyboards)
Jerry Garcia (guitar on 11.)
01. Riding High (Winwood/Capaldi) 6.24
02. Some Kinda Woman (Winwood/Capaldi) 5.22
03. Medicated Goo (Miller/Winwood) 5.31
04. Mozambique (Winwood/Capaldi) 6.55
05. Rock And Roll Stew (Capaldi) 7.09
06. Rainmaker (Winwood/Capaldi) 7.59
07. Empty Pages (Winwood/Capaldi) 4.24
08. Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys (Winwood/Capaldi) 13.43
09. Light Up Or Leave Me Alone (Winwood/Capaldi) 13.19
10. John Barleycorn (Traditional) 7.54
11. Dear Mr. Fantasy (Winwood/Capaldi/Wood) 8.03