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  posted on 3/15/2013 at 06:45 AM
Set list says it all.

Clapton Set list Phoenix

1. Hello Old Friend
2. My Father's Eyes
3. Tell The Truth
4. Gotta Get Over
5. Black Cat Bone
6. Gotta Get Better
7.Tempted
8. I Shot The Sheriff
9. Drifting
10. Nobody Knows You
11. Tears in Heaven
12. Goodnight Irene
13. Wonderful Tonight
14. How Long
15. Stones in My Passway
16. Love in Vain
17. Crossroads
18. Little Queen of Spades
19. Layla
20. Cocaine
21. Sunshine of Your Love
22. High Time We Went




[Edited on 3/19/2013 by chuckels]

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  posted on 3/15/2013 at 07:22 AM
yeah the setlist says clapton lied and pulled back out "tears in heaven" and "my fathers eyes", 2 songs he stated in 2001 he retired after the reptile tour
 

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  posted on 3/15/2013 at 08:06 AM
that must have been a long show. EC typically plays 16-18 songs. Any set list with Got To Get Better sounds good to me. Wht doesn't he play The Core?
 

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  posted on 3/15/2013 at 08:16 AM
Very different setlist from past years...given EC's great band for this tour,I'd love to hear this....
 

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  posted on 3/15/2013 at 09:43 AM
I wish he would retire Wonderful Tonight, Crossroads, Layla, Cocaine, and Sunshine of Your Love. His set list from '94 tour was good:
8 November 1994 - Eric Clapton & His Band
The Fillmore San Francisco, CA
Eric Clapton – guitar / vocals
Andy Fairweather Low – guitar
Chris Stainton – keyboards
Dave Bronze – bass
Andy Newmark – drums
Jerry Portnoy – harmonica
The Kick Horns (Simon Clarke – baritone saxophone, Roddy Lorimer – trumpet, Tim Sanders – tenor saxophone)

01. Motherless Child
02. Malted Milk
03. How Long Blues
04. Kidman Blues
05. County Jail
06. Forty Four
07. Blues All Day Long (Blues Leave Me Alone)
08. Standing Around Crying
09. Hoochie Coochie Man
10. It Hurts Me Too
11. Blues Before Sunrise
12. Third Degree
13. Reconsider Baby
14. Sinner’s Prayer
15. Can’t Judge Nobody
16. Early In The Morning
17. Every Day I Have The Blues
18. Someday After A While
19. Tore Down
20. Have You Ever Loved A Woman
21. Crossroads
22. Groaning The Blues
23. Five Long Years
24. Ain’t Nobody’s Business

 

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  posted on 3/15/2013 at 10:12 AM
Thanks Chuckels! I can't wait to see Eric Clapton in CT next month!

 

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  posted on 3/15/2013 at 10:14 AM
Nice. Hoping to see EC @ the Crossroads festival next month!

 

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  posted on 3/15/2013 at 12:22 PM
I'm seeing him in Dallas next Tuesday night!!!!!!!! If he does this setlist, it will be awesome!!
 

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  posted on 3/15/2013 at 12:29 PM
Thank you Chuckles. I too will be seeing EC in something like 13 sleeps!
 

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  posted on 3/15/2013 at 12:34 PM
Looks like it was a great show! I, too, am tire of Wonderful Tonight, Cocaine & My Father's Eyes and most definitely agree on Got To Get Better in A Little While - love that tune.

 

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  posted on 3/15/2013 at 01:01 PM
What can I add. When EC wants to play look out. Band is excellent, Paul Carrack
brings back the Keyboard player who can really sing, which eric really enjoys.

Here is review from Arizona Republic.

Eric Clapton eased into the opening night of his tour in support of the just-released “Old Sock” at US Airways Center on Thursday, March 14, gently strumming acoustic guitar on “Hello Old Friend,” a laid-back track from “No Reason to Cry,” at the helm of a nine-piece band.

That mellow vibe continued on “My Father’s Eyes,” a reggae-flavored easy-listening hit from “Pilgrim.” But he’d strapped on an electric by the third song, “Tell the Truth” by Derek and the Dominos, squeezing out sparks on the first of several awe-inspiring solos, a series of fluid, well-phrased runs that really hit its stride when Clapton leaned into the bent notes at the end of certain lines and let them ring out. There was no shortage of stunning guitar work, of course, both by Clapton and second guitarist Doyle Bramhall II, by the time they’d closed the proper set with an epic “Cocaine” and then returned to start the encore strong with “Sunshine of Your Love.”

The man has assembled quite the cast of players for this tour, from the undeniable rhythm section of drummer Steve Jordan and bassist Willie Weeks, to Paul Carrack of Squeeze on Hammond B-3 organ and piano. On several occasions, the groove that rhythm section worked was as impressive as the soloing (see “Tell the Truth” and “Black Cat Bone,” which really swung). And Bramhall more than held his own against the master, while those female backup singers, Sharon White and Michelle John, added goosebump-raising gospel-flavored soul to the proceedings. They pretty much carried the vocals on “I Shot the Sheriff” and their wailing made the “Old Sock” original “Gotta Get Over” an unexpected highlight of the early set.

Clapton was good about sharing the spotlight, allowing for excellent solos from Bramhall, Carrack, pedal-steel guitarist Greg Leisz (who tore it up on “Black Cat Bone” by Albert Collins) and a second keyboard player, Chris Stainton. That also meant Carrack was able to sing a few, including Squeeze’s “Tempted,” Ace’s “How Long” and an encore-closing cover of the old Joe Cocker hit, “High Time We Went” (which Stainton co-wrote).

Early highlights included a slinkier reading of “I Shot the Sheriff,” which featured an epic Clapton solo that ended with him mirroring the melody on his way to restating the opening riff really high on the neck of his guitar, and a wah-guitar-driven rendition of “Got to Get Better in a Little While,” a funky, gospel-flavored gem by Derek and the Dominos.

Clapton returned to acoustic guitar for a mid-show mini-set of quieter material that started strong with “Driftin’ Blues” before making its way through a version of “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out” that sounded more like Bessie Smith’s rendition than the one by Derek and the Dominos, a breezy, reggae-flavored “Tears In Heaven,” “Goodnight, Irene” and “Wonderful Tonight” (with Bramhall supplying the signature guitar line and Clapton recasting the tale in future tense for no apparent reason).

After Carrack took the mic for “How Long” with Clapton supplying a really nice solo, the concert turned into a Robert Johnson tribute, including a hard-grooving slide-guitar-driven “Stones in My Passway,” a swaggering “Love in Vain,” Clapton’s Cream staple “Crossroads,” which earned the most enthuastic audience reaction of the night to that point, and some of Clapton’s sweetest bends on “Little Queen of Spades.”

They pulled out of the Johnson mini-set with “Layla,” White and John taking the high notes on the chorus hook and Clapton turning in another epic solo. A pregnant pause at the end of his last solo made it feel like they were skipping the piano coda, but they didn’t, to their credit. There were moments were they seemed a little lost on that part, but this was the opening night of the tour, and they more than made up for the sense that they hadn’t quite practiced that section enough with moments of transcendence. Clapton could closed the set with that. Instead, he stuck around for “Cocaine,” stretching it to twice the length it is on “Slowhand” with rousing gospel vocals, yet another brilliant Clapton solo, a Carrack organ solo and a spotlight-stealing explosion of notes from Stainton working his way up the keys with a combination of reckless abandon and savage intensity.

Starting the encore with one of Cream’s best songs was an excellent way to build on the momentum of those last two numbers. And “High Time We Went” was a spirited (and playful) way to say goodnight. Just when you thought it was over, Jordan brought it back to life with some powerful drumming, Clapton grinning as he waved goodbye the final time the chorus rolled around, as though to say, “No, really, it’s high time we went.”

The Wallflowers opened the show with a well-received set that included "6th Avenue Heartache" and seemed to peak with a rousing rendition of the even hit "One Headlight." But then, Jakob Dylan took it up a notch with a spirited cover of Elvis Costello's cover of Nick Lowe's Brinsley Schwarz song "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding" before closing with another track from "Bringing Down the Horse," "The Difference."

Also, Dylan's really looking like his dad these days. Of course, it may just be the hat.


 

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  posted on 3/15/2013 at 05:55 PM
Hey all, Long time!

I got to see this show last night, too. I was really pleased with the line-up and the set list. I was afraid it was going to be a let down after the last Clapton shows I attended (one with Winwood and several others w/ D. Trucks back in 2006/2007). The set list was a great mix, loved the accoustic stuff once again. He can't do a show without Wonderful Tonight, etc. - that's what most of the audience is there to hear. I was really surprised to hear Little Queen of Spades again - that was a treat although I missed Derek Trucks on that and Layla.
Layla was confusing during the coda - not sure Doyle Bramhall or Greg Leisz knew what part they were supposed to play. Doyle looked either hung over or very, very tired the entire night but played well. Not sure how well Tempted and How Long fit into the night but Paul Carrack still has a great voice - he looked and played inspired.
All in all, a great night with some nice surprises. We had great seats and a great view. I kept thinking this may be the last time I see him - heard he wants to retire in a couple years.

 

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  posted on 3/15/2013 at 05:59 PM
Great pictures, chuckels!!

 

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  posted on 3/15/2013 at 07:58 PM
Hey "Wonderful Tonight" has been getting guitar players laid for over thiry years now. Keep it in the set! I'd love to hear "Peaches And Diesel" Anybody think that one maybe about Duane???

 

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  posted on 3/15/2013 at 08:40 PM
Would love to hear that setlist!

 

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  posted on 3/15/2013 at 09:17 PM
It would be nice if the fans could send the message that he doesn't need to play Cocaine and Wonderful Tonight anymore. Other than that, I'm really enjoying the new CD. Got to Get Over, one of only two new songs, has a nice feel to it, with the dual guitar interaction. One of his better new songs in quite a while.

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  posted on 3/15/2013 at 10:26 PM
Concert review: Phoenix crowd glad EC was here
March 15, 2013
By: Ted Hansen
Rating for Eric Clapton, March 14, 2013, Phoenix, Arizona

5 out of 5 Stars

It was billed as the opening night of Eric Clapton’s 50th Anniversary Tour. If this is Clapton’s golden anniversary of performing, then he must have joined The Roosters and The Yardbirds back in 1963 at age 3 (he was actually 17). Clapton’s performance on Thursday, March 14, 2013 at the U.S. Airways Center in Phoenix was neither tired nor old, as a fifty year celebration might suggest. Clapton wowed the near capacity crowd and did nothing to dispel the graffiti writing found in 1967 in an English Underground station that “Clapton is God.”

Sandwiched in between hello (“ Hello Old Friend”) and goodbye (“High Time We Went”), Clapton and his all-star band showcased his fifty year career. There were songs from his group days such as Derek and the Dominoes’ “Tell the Truth,” “Layla,” and “Nobody Knows When You’re Down and Out” plus Cream’s “Sunshine of Your Love.” There were his early solo career hits such as “I Shot the Sheriff” and “Wonderful Tonight.” His “unplugged” resurrection in the 1990’s gave the evening “Tears In Heaven.” Clapton’s love affair with the blues and especially, blues man Robert Johnson, was evident by his four song mini set of Johnson’s tunes including “Crossroads” and “Love in Vain.”

Clapton took the stage for his over two hour set, acoustic guitar in hand, opening with the mellow and inviting, “Hello Old Friend,” which had the standing audience quickly sitting back down to enjoy the evening. Although the audience remained seated most of the night, it seemed appropriate. With a multitude of blues oriented tunes, Clapton would have been just at ease playing a small blues nightclub rather than a large arena. For a good portion of the night, all that was missing was the rise of cigarette smoke and a bottle of whiskey on an uneven table.

The best seem to push their ability by surrounding themselves with the best. Clapton’s band would be any performer’s dream. Grammy award winning, Blue Brothers member, Steve Jordan handled drums. Long time touring vet and session man Willie Weeks performed his magic on bass. Greg Leisz, a master sideman, dominated with his pedal-steel guitar work all night long. Sought after guitarist, Doyle Bramhall II supplied second guitar. Expert piano was conjured up by long time Clapton keyboard player and former member of Joe Cocker’s band, Chris Stainton. Former Ace, Squeeze and Mike and the Mechanics vocalist Paul Carrack played keyboards as well. As they have on Clapton’s tours for the past many years, Michelle John and Sharon White added their sweet backup vocals.

When you are a three time inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, you have earned the right to change up the tempo of your songs and Clapton did just that. “Tell the Truth,” had a much more 1950’s rock and roll style to it than the song has been recorded. “I Shot the Sheriff” was less reggae and more rock.

Clapton had no problem sharing the spotlight with his band. Leisz and Bramhall were given numerous solos. Carrack’s vocals spiced up the night with his rendition of “Tempted." With “How Long,” Carrack managed to pull back a crowd that Clapton seemed on the verge of losing after a five song “unplugged” set.

Momentum built with “Crossroads,” which took on an almost revivalist flair. Having a robed choir filter through the aisles would not have seemed out of place. With “Little Queen of Spades,” everybody in the band seemed to cut loose. Stainton and Bramhall had nice solos. No longer was the performance one of quaint blues associated with an intimate nightclub. This was beginning to become a full blown soul revue.

With the audience now standing, Clapton tore into “Layla,” with roars of approval from the crowd. As masterful of the blues as Clapton is, and he truly is, this is what the crowd came to see. Adding to the frenzy was the set closer, “Cocaine,” which was the first true audience sing-a-long of the night. Carrack, Stainton and Clapton all performed solos and there was no doubt the crowd wanted more.

The now up tempo evening continued with the encore as Clapton burst into the familiar chords of “Sunshine of Your Love.” Once more, the crowd sang the chorus, almost drowning out the vocals. To end the night, Clapton again handed the vocal reigns over to Carrack as the band performed Joe Cocker’s “High Time We Went,” a tune co-written by Stainton. Although Clapton waived goodbye, the audience wasn’t ready to give him up.

Starting off the evening was a tight, forty five minute set by Jakob Dylan’s, The Wallflowers. Knowing they were limited on time, the band raced through a solid set, highlighted by their hit “One Headlight.” Gina Romantini provided some blazing violin work to go along with Dylan and company’s outing. A note to Wallflower fans. Show up on time. They began their set precisely at the announced 7:30 start time.

After fifty years it’s doubtful that those who might have witnessed a Clapton performance in the 1960’s, good or bad, could remember it today. But what they will remember is that after fifty years, Clapton still can sing and wow, can he still play.

On behalf of the majority of the crowd who was not close enough to watch Clapton command his fret board, a special thanks to the cameramen who focused on Clapton’s hands during his numerous solos allowing them to be shown on the big screens above the stage. Clapton’s unmatched ability can still make something so difficult seem to be so smooth and effortless. After this night’s performance, there might arise some new graffiti on the Phoenix light rail walls reaffirming Clapton's deity status.

 

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  posted on 3/16/2013 at 11:39 AM
Wow....anyone know if The Wallflowers are opening act the whole way through the tour?

Set list is looking good.

 

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  posted on 3/17/2013 at 10:20 AM
I read a review of last night's show in Houston. He didn't play Layla last night. I hope he puts it back into the setlist for Dallas on Tuesday night.
 

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  posted on 3/18/2013 at 02:30 AM
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I read a review of last night's show in Houston. He didn't play Layla last night. I hope he puts it back into the setlist for Dallas on Tuesday night.


Layla back in and Lay Down Sally added for Austin show.

Jimmie Vaughn jammed on Albert Collins "Black Cat Bone" "

[Edited on 3/18/2013 by chuckels]

 

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  posted on 3/18/2013 at 03:40 PM
I wonder if he'll throw a few different songs into tomorrow's show in Dallas. It'd be cool to hear No Alibis & White Room.
 

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  posted on 3/18/2013 at 03:51 PM
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I read a review of last night's show in Houston. He didn't play Layla last night. I hope he puts it back into the setlist for Dallas on Tuesday night.


Layla back in and Lay Down Sally added for Austin show.

Jimmie Vaughn jammed on Albert Collins "Black Cat Bone" "

[Edited on 3/18/2013 by chuckels]


I'll bet that was great!

Thank you so much, Chuckels for all the reviews, pictures and posts. I really appreciate them. There are many EC fans here. I've been one since my brother introduced me to Cream when I was still in elementary school.

 

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  posted on 3/18/2013 at 07:11 PM
Three words I've not seen in any review ... since around 1975:

Ace's "How Long"

 

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I read a review of last night's show in Houston. He didn't play Layla last night. I hope he puts it back into the setlist for Dallas on Tuesday night.


Layla back in and Lay Down Sally added for Austin show.

Jimmie Vaughn jammed on Albert Collins "Black Cat Bone" "

[Edited on 3/18/2013 by chuckels]


I'll bet that was great!

Thank you so much, Chuckels for all the reviews, pictures and posts. I really appreciate them. There are many EC fans here. I've been one since my brother introduced me to Cream when I was still in elementary school.


Thank you, you are most welcome!

 
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