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  posted on 1/19/2006 at 12:20 PM
Latest news is Derek Trucks is in Claptonís touring band, and is featured on Claptonís new record, produced by JJ Cale, due out latter in year. The tour will start in Europe, then US in Fall. It will run into 2007. Not sure what this means for the ABB at this current time.

This is exciting news, as Derek is the 3rd member of the Allman Brothers to support Clapton, after Duane Allman and Chuck Leavell.

Derek will push EC to new heights, and Clapton will push Derek, so this potentially makes it the Concert series of the year. If you havenít seen Clapton live lately, now is the time. He is playing like he was with Cream in the 60ís.

His pairing with pedal steel guitar whiz, Robert Randolph, on his last tour, was considered by many to be the best tour of 2004.

 
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  posted on 1/19/2006 at 12:36 PM
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Derek will push EC to new heights, and Clapton will push Derek, so this potentially makes it the Concert series of the year. If you havenít seen Clapton live lately, now is the time. He is playing like he was with Cream in the 60ís.
Chuckels, I like both of these guys and look forward to seeing them if they're together in the U.S.

I wouldn't say Eric "is playing like he was with Cream in the 60ís," though. Well, maybe, if you don't count the Cream's best performances. Based on seeing last year's London Cream video and hearing some of the American stuff, I'd say Eric is playing Cream songs but not with the personal guitar approach and techniques that he displayed with the Cream at its best. There is so much that is different now.

 

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  posted on 1/19/2006 at 12:39 PM
Having seen Clapton with Cream in October I would say that he is not playing in the same ballpark as he was in Cream of the 1960s. However, I share the enthusiasm for the Derek & Eric pairing and I hope that it is a rewarding job for DT. Derek deserves all the rewards that he has coming.

 

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  posted on 1/19/2006 at 01:00 PM
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He is playing like he was with Cream in the 60ís.


A change in geeters would do him well imhoo. I'm tired of hearing Crossroads with just a little bit more balls than Lay Down Sally.

 

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  posted on 1/19/2006 at 01:19 PM
I would suggest to Mr. Clapton that it's time to pee or get off the pot. If he's going to tee it up with Mr. Derek, he runs the risk of being completely overshadowed as far as creative playing. He took the same risk over 35 years ago, with results that are still celebrated to this day. I would assume he looks forward to the endeavor with the same attitude of challenge and collaboration he brought to the table in 1970--after all, he called Derek. This could be the best thing that's happened to him since, oh--1970. And, as happened for his collaborator in 1970, a wider audience becomes aware of this one.
 
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  posted on 1/19/2006 at 01:24 PM
The first time I saw Derek tour with the Allmans ( Dickey days), it seemed as if Derek was holding back. I'd seen DTB a few times and heard his great playing. I hope he just totally zones and lets it fly with Clapner.

 

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  posted on 1/19/2006 at 01:27 PM
The real question is does Eric let Derek fly, or does he pull back on the reins?

My guess would be that Derek is turned way down. I hope Im wrong.

 

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  posted on 1/19/2006 at 01:35 PM
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The real question is does Eric let Derek fly, or does he pull back on the reins?

My guess would be that Derek is turned way down. I hope Im wrong.



I hope its not one of these " You gotta play a Strat" concert series. I like strats, but an army of geetar players one after another playing them gets really stale.
Man I'm opening myself up for assasination with that line!
I would think that Clapner would let Derek do his thing and only give him praise.

 

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  posted on 1/19/2006 at 01:37 PM
Well, it is called the Eric Clapton Tour, after all... Then again, why would you invite a phenom to join in, only to have him quietly assimilate into the overall sound of the band?

Something's gotta give here1

 

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  posted on 1/19/2006 at 01:49 PM
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Well, it is called the Eric Clapton Tour, after all... Then again, why would you invite a phenom to join in, only to have him quietly assimilate into the overall sound of the band?

Something's gotta give here1



Nothing should or most likely will give, I'm sure everyone will let 'er rip.
Please take one of those Gibsons out of the closet Eric.

 

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  posted on 1/19/2006 at 01:52 PM
I could be wrong, but it seems like this tour with EC presents nothing but positives for Derek. He is going to be seen and heard by thousands upon thousands of people who might not otherwise do so.

Is EC going to "allow" Derek the spotlight?? Do any of us really know the answer to that question?? It has always seemed to me that Derek does not need the spotlight to shine. I, for one, am going to give Clapton credit for recognizing Derek; at the very least, there will be at least a few fans walking out of one of Eric's shows positively raving about..........................that "other" Guitar Player.

 

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  posted on 1/19/2006 at 01:54 PM
Good post Bobo.

 

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  posted on 1/19/2006 at 01:55 PM
This should signal the end of the small club days for derek.
 

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  posted on 1/19/2006 at 01:58 PM
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This should signal the end of the small club days for derek.



Alot of people might not "get it".

 

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  posted on 1/19/2006 at 02:02 PM
and they won't be hearing the DTB... so weather they give Derek apart from EC a chance, who knows...

 

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  posted on 1/19/2006 at 02:07 PM
According to Derek, himself, he is going to open some shows and just in Europe. This from a previous post. I'm a little leery of some one named chuckles (the clown maybe.) Also Buppalo1 I hate to doubt you, but Clapton is the man, always has, always will! There are absolutely none of the artists that we know and like that wouldn't break a leg getting there if Clapton called. None including the ABB! Clapton while maybe not breaking any ground recently still sounds great and surrounds himself with top-notch musicians. On the Crossrads DVD, he seemed more than willing to share the stage with Doyle Bramhall II. Contrast this with one time I saw him with Albert Lee in his band and Albert was regulated to strumming. Strumming! Clapton can and does command $100.00 + for tix with or without anybody opening - be it Coltrane or Boy George. And make no mistake about it Clapton could single handedly push this current thang we've been digging for 16 years over the top single handedly by his participation. My .02.

 

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  posted on 1/19/2006 at 02:14 PM
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Also Buppalo1 I hate to doubt you, but Clapton is the man, always has, always will!

Lay Down Sally, and rest here in my arms.

 

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  posted on 1/19/2006 at 02:18 PM
Damn, Muleinlouisville--I hadn't thought of that!! Robert Randolph went from $2500 to $25,000 after opening for EC. And it was non-negotiable.

Now, logic tells me that Clapton wants to bring back the Dominoes concept, much like he did with Cream. The arrangements the ABB and DTB have been doing from Layla are the same as the originals. Certainly, the final product varies greatly from night to night, but the overall structure stays pretty close. To do justice to the original album, two powerful guitars are required. To bring someone of Derek's stature on board and then to have him sit in the back of the bus would bring heaps of criticizm on EC from a wide range of pundits, and he knows this. After all, Derek occupies the same spot with the ABB as his predecessor on the original. I believe Eric has enough confidence in his own ability to go toe-to-toe with someone who "gets" the original concept of the music.

I wonder if Pattye will make it to any of the performances. Maybe somebody will get her impressions right after a show.

 
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  posted on 1/19/2006 at 02:36 PM
Though I won't be seeing any of these shows, I certainly hope to hear some. Until I do and hear otherwise, I'm riding the positive rail:

Eric knows damn well how good Derek is (that's why he extended the invite) and will encourage him to give it his all on stage. Inspired by both what he's hearing and what he can remember hearing from another Southern brother, Eric will bust loose with a level of playing like we haven't heard from him in years.

 

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  posted on 1/19/2006 at 03:08 PM
Eric will let Derek play.I've seen EC too many times to count,& I rem. on the couple of tours w/ALBERT LEE in his band,Albert played about as many rides as Eric. I'm a huge Derek Trucks fan,but I don't think Eric is going to have to "bring his A game" just because of Derek.I think his "A" game is there every time he picks up his guitar. I expect them to both be inspired by each other,& really turn out some incredible music...can't wait,myself...

 

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  posted on 1/19/2006 at 03:16 PM
I thnk the choice of JJ Cale as producer is interesting....great singer, songwriter and picker but to me production isn't one of his strengths. Too laid back, with very little emphasis on the guitar.

Maybe that'll change with this record....at least it's not the awful Simon Climie, Clapton's Svegali for his last few records, some of the most godawful of his career...and unfortunately some of his most successful from a sales standpoint.

 

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  posted on 1/19/2006 at 03:21 PM
I know Derek says that he's only joining Eric on the European part of the tour, but keep in mind, US dates aren't announced yet. It would be very unlikely that if he is in the band for the European tour that they change it up for the US tour. It'd be too much of a change in chemistry.

 

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  posted on 1/19/2006 at 03:22 PM
Boy, do I know where they can get some great production, in the tradition of Tom Dowd. It's been tossed around.
 
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  posted on 1/19/2006 at 03:23 PM
Those ticket prices just kill me. $100+....insane !
 

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  posted on 1/19/2006 at 04:48 PM
I love Derek's playing...but, I'm going have to pass.

 

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