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  posted on 1/20/2007 at 03:29 PM
These setlists keep getting better. Also a great review of the Thailand show from a few days ago, from the whereseric.com site:

Setlist: 1/15/2007 Impact Arena, Muang Thong Thani, Bangkok, Thailand

01. Tell The Truth
02. Key To The Highway
03. Got to Get Better in A Little While
04. Little Wing
05. Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad?


Sit Down Set
06. Driftin' Blues (EC Solo)
07. Outside Woman Blues
08. Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out
09. Running On Faith


10. Motherless Children
11. Little Queen of Spades
12. Anyday
13. Wonderful Tonight
14. Layla


Encore
15. Cocaine
16. Crossroads

Review by Curtis Winston / The Nation Newspaper

The Impact was all Eric's - and Derek's - on Monday as Clapton lined up Dominos favourites from the '70s and blissfully gunned them down

In 1970, when Eric Clapton first took the stage with his new band - players plucked from Delaney & Bonnie - they were mistakenly introduced as Derek and the Dominos, though there was no one in the group named Derek.

Now there is. Derek Trucks, one of the hottest American rock and blues guitarists on the scene today, brought Clapton's show on Monday night back home. The bulk of the playlist on Clapton's tour over the past year have come from the Derek and the Dominos album "Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs".

On that seminal release, "Slowhand" Clapton traded guitar solos and soulful vocals with the late, great Duane Allman.

It's a sound that Trucks, 27, grew up listening to as the nephew of Butch Trucks, drummer and founding member of the Allman Brothers Band. And though he was born eight years after Duane died, the younger Trucks has grown into one of the best - if not the best - slide guitarists since Duane Allman.

More sounds from the past come from another guitarist in Clapton's current band, left-handed Texan Doyle Bramhall II, who demonstrated an otherworldly style of soloing.

Bramhall, 38, who started out playing with the Fabulous Thunderbirds, is in the Texas blues guitar tradition of such players as Albert King and Stevie Ray Vaughn.

From the blistering opening of "Tell the Truth" from the "Layla" album, the band moved into the blues standard "Key to the Highway", featuring the man himself, Clapton, 61, taking the first solo.

The rapport among the band members was cheerful and loose. It was the second show on the Asia-Australia leg of a world tour that opened on Saturday in Singapore. Early on there was a mix-up between Clapton and Bramhall on who was singing what verse, but they laughed it off and kept playing.

Bassist Willie Weeks and powerful drummer Steve Jordan showed what they were made of on a funkified arrangement of the Dominos' "Got to Get Better in a Little While", a song eventually released on Clapton's 1988 "Crossroads" boxed set.

Weeks and Jordan locked into a groove, with Clapton chicken-scratching a rhythm pattern, and it built up from there into a barnburner.

The mood rose to ethereal with the Dominos' arrangement of Jimi Hendrix's mournful "Little Wing", which featured solos by all three guitarists.

And to answer the question "How can they top that?" they asked another question with the pleading "Why Does Love Got to Be So Sad?", which boosted the tempo once more, but then ended with a drawn-out, meditative solo by Clapton.

Then Slowhand sat down alone and gave his acoustic guitar a workout on "Driftin' Blues".

He was joined on "Outside Woman Blues" with Trucks on a steel-resonator guitar, Bramhall on acoustic 12-string, Weeks on semi-acoustic bass and Jordan astride a box, slapping it with some brushes.

The stomping, gut-bucket sound could have been coming from a front porch on a lazy afternoon in the Mississippi Delta.

But this was Impact Arena, and after a couple more "sit-down" numbers - "Nobody Knows You" and "Running on Faith" - the band plugged in again and got back into arena-rock mode, joined by pianist Chris Stainton, organist Tim Carmon and vocalists Michelle John and Sharon White.

With a drum solo opening, there then came the triple slide-guitar attack of "Motherless Children" from Clapton's solo album "461 Ocean Boulevard".

"Queen of Spades" showcased the piano work of Stainton, who Joe Cocker fans will remember as the "Foxy Prince of Roll" on the "Mad Dogs and Englishmen" album. There were solos from Trucks, who stuck with his trusty Gibson SG all evening, and Bramhall on a Gibson Les Paul. (Except for the acoustic numbers, he'd played a variety of Fender Stratocasters.)

"Anyday", also from "Layla", was offered before Clapton got into "Wonderful Tonight". This is where the capacity crowd came unhinged. If the majority of the show was for die-hard Clapton fans, this was a song for the radio listeners.

One fan planted himself in the centre aisle in front of the stage and swooned before Clapton. He was probably the same wag who spray-painted "Clapton is God" graffiti around London in the mid-1960s. As the song was ending, the man threw his shirt on the stage as an offering to the guitar god, before being escorted away.

Then came the closing number, the often-heard title cut from the Dominos' album, "Layla". Hardly a day goes by without it being cranked out at some beer bar somewhere in Thailand, but how many times can you hear it played live, by Clapton and two other hot lead guitarists, complete with the piano solo coda?

The camera-phone toting fans packed the centre aisle in front of the stage and swayed.

That closed out the show, and left the crowd restless for more. After enthusiastic cheering, the band came back and fired up "Cocaine". Meanwhile, a scent of something that was not cocaine wafted from the front row.


This was followed by the Robert Johnson standard "Crossroads", and there was, really, no better way to close out the two-hour show, except perhaps "Further on Up the Road". But for that, fans had to head out to their cars and pop in a CD, because Clapton and company had to take it to the highway for their next gig in Hong Kong.

Still, they left Bangkok a better place, and in light of the events on New Year's Eve, it's an affirmation that good things do happen here, and that the blues aren't necessarily so sad.


 
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  posted on 1/20/2007 at 04:03 PM
"On that seminal release, "Slowhand" Clapton traded guitar solos and soulful vocals with the late, great Duane Allman."

The soulful vocals were traded with Bobby Whitlock, not Duane but why fact check?

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  posted on 1/21/2007 at 12:23 PM
Doug, that review's on the whereseric.com site, which is about as big a site for Eric as there is, so it's bound to get corrected soon.

Or maybe not. Meanwhile, here are a few other corrections they can make!
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In 1970, when Eric Clapton first took the stage with his new band - players plucked from Delaney & Bonnie - they were mistakenly introduced as Derek and the Dominos,
They called themselves that as a goof, but it wasn't an M.C.'s mistake.
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the Texas blues guitar tradition of such players as Albert King and Stevie Ray Vaughn.
(1) It's spelled "Vaughan."
(2) Albert King never lived in Texas, and his style was not exactly so-called Texas blues guitar, even if Stevie Ray, Doyle, and other Texans have emulated Albert.
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the Dominos' "Got to Get Better in a Little While", a song eventually released on Clapton's 1988 "Crossroads" boxed set.
Sure, but it was released 15 years earlier on the In Concert double LP.
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He was probably the same wag who spray-painted "Clapton is God" graffiti around London in the mid-1960s. As the song was ending, the man threw his shirt on the stage as an offering to the guitar god,
I wish I could read an Eric bio or review without the writer bringing up that stupid graffiti. That was over 40 years ago!
So, this writer brings it up not disapprovingly and then compounds the offense by calling Eric a "guitar god."

Anyday, I mean anyway, thanks, sheep! Here's the page, which has several fan reviews, too, such as one by Naphon Chockchaipermpoonphol :
http://www.whereseric.com/tour/far-east-tour-2007/15-January-2007_eric-clap ton-his-band-impact-arena-bangkok-thailand.html

 

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  posted on 1/21/2007 at 02:53 PM
Thanks, Seth. Excellent review, despite the nitpicking by others. Can't wait for 3/18.

 

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  posted on 1/21/2007 at 03:08 PM
Heard the recent hong kong show on sugarmegs---sound was not the best but ok---the setlist & intensity of the playing was excellent!

 

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  posted on 1/21/2007 at 04:01 PM
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Thanks, Seth. Excellent review, despite the nitpicking by others. Can't wait for 3/18.


I'm not nitpicking but really, Bobby's vocals are integral to the sound and I think it should be known and acknowledged.

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  posted on 1/23/2007 at 12:36 AM
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Thanks, Seth. Excellent review, despite the nitpicking by others. Can't wait for 3/18.
I'm not nitpicking but really, Bobby's vocals are integral to the sound and I think it should be known and acknowledged.

Doug
Rob, Doug's correction was the most important by far, but with my bunch of "nitpicks" added in, that means like half the historical background given by the writer was wrong! Hardly an "excellent review."

This makes me question the writer's accuracy and even judgment overall. So, the guy is praising Eric and Derek and Doyle, but does that make a review "excellent" or just a rave from a fan? Knowing he's not an excellent reporter, it makes me wonder what he's leaving out or misreporting about the show.

 

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  posted on 1/23/2007 at 05:08 AM
two weeks...14 days...336 hours...20160 mins...1209600 secs.

 

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  posted on 1/23/2007 at 10:04 AM
Little Wing - damn, he didn't have that in the set when I saw him a few months back. Would have loved to heard that...

 

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  posted on 1/23/2007 at 12:35 PM
The review is flawed for sure but the setlist get better all the time.

Now if they had the ABB backing them for entire run through Layla, I would travel far.

 

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  posted on 1/23/2007 at 01:00 PM
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The review is flawed for sure but the setlist get better all the time.

Now if they had the ABB backing them for entire run through Layla, I would travel far.



That's really a tremendous idea, having EC backed by the ABB. For two acts that have toured so much in recent years, I bet a pairing like that would bring in a pretty penny.

 

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  posted on 1/23/2007 at 09:44 PM
Wow, anyone would be lucky to catch this tour. Are they planning on another leg for the U.S. tour?
 

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  posted on 1/24/2007 at 01:00 AM
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Wow, anyone would be lucky to catch this tour. Are they planning on another leg for the U.S. tour?


28 Feb 2007 (Wed) American Airlines Arena, Dallas, TX
2 March 2007 (Fri) Toyota Center, Houston, TX
3 March 2007 (Sat) SBC Center, San Antonio, TX
5 March 2007 (Mon) Ford Center, Oklahoma City, OK
7 March 2007 (Wed) Pepsi Center, Denver, CO
8 March 2007 (Thu) Delta Center, Salt Lake City, UT
10 March 2007 (Sat) MGM, Las Vegas, NV
11 March 2007 (Sun) America West Arena, Phoenix, AZ
14 March 2007 (Wed) Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
15 March 2007 (Thu) ipay One Center, San Diego, CA
17 March 2007 (Sat) The Pond, Anaheim, CA
18 March 2007 (Sun) HP Pavilion, San Jose, CA
20 March 2007 (Tue) Arco Arena, Sacramento, CA
22 March 2007 (Thu) Key Arena, Seattle, WA
23 March 2007 (Fri) General Motors Place, Vancouver, BC
25 March 2007 (Sun) Rexall Place, Edmonton, AB
26 March 2007 (Mon) Pengrowth Saddledome, Calgary, AB
28 March 2007 (Wed) MTS Centre, Winnipeg, MB
30 March 2007 (Fri) Fargodome, Fargo, ND
31 March 2007 (Sat) Qwest Center, Omaha, NE
2 April 2007 (Mon) Kemper Arena, Kansas City, MO
3 April 2007 (Tue) Mark of the Quad Cities, Moline, IL
5 April 2007 (Thu) The Palace of Auburn Hills, Detroit, MI
6 April 2007 (Fri) Schotenstein Center, Columbus, OH

 

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  posted on 1/25/2007 at 07:40 AM
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The review is flawed for sure but the setlist get better all the time.

Now if they had the ABB backing them for entire run through Layla, I would travel far.



That's really a tremendous idea, having EC backed by the ABB. For two acts that have toured so much in recent years, I bet a pairing like that would bring in a pretty penny.


agreed...although it would be nice if the ABB could embrace Claptons worldwide touring concept rather than just sticking to home soil!

 

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  posted on 1/25/2007 at 08:32 AM
this post reminded me of what a great show I saw with these guys last year in Orlando. I hope a live album comes out of this. One of the best concerts I ever saw.
 

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  posted on 1/25/2007 at 09:12 AM
my son and I saw eric back in '06 at one of his boston shows...just fantastic guitar work all around...after seeing the set lists from the far east tour i'm really hoping that he will swing up the east coast again with that set list...
 

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  posted on 1/25/2007 at 10:25 AM
I am going to the March 11th show in Phoenix. Luckily, Derek will still be playing that show. My wife put the tickets in a stocking at Christmas. That was rather cool. I am looking forward to this show. The setlists do look outstanding.
 

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  posted on 1/26/2007 at 12:03 PM
Looks like the setlist is staying the same. That's not a bad thing.

23 January 2007
84th Show '06 / '07 Tour
Olympic Gymnasium No.1, Seoul, Korea


The Band:
Eric Clapton - guitar, vocals
Doyle Bramhall II - guitar
Derek Trucks - guitar
Chris Stainton - keyboards
Tim Carmon - keyboards
Willie Weeks - bass
Steve Jordan - drums
Michelle John - backing vocals
Sharon White - backing vocals


Setlist:

01. Tell The Truth
02. Key To The Highway
03. Got to Get Better in A Little While
04. Little Wing
05. Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad?


Sit Down Set
06. Driftin' Blues (EC Solo)
07. Outside Woman Blues
08. Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out
09. Running On Faith


10. Motherless Children
11. Little Queen of Spades
12. Anyday
13. Wonderful Tonight
14. Layla


Encore
15. Cocaine
16. Crossroads

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3 April 2007 (Tue) Mark of the Quad Cities, Moline, IL


I wonder what caliber my wife would use to shoot me with if I announced that the day after returning from NYC, I was off on a roadtrip across IL to catch Eric.

Anyone have a breakdown of what's considered fatal vs. non-fatal?

 

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  posted on 1/26/2007 at 12:57 PM
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Wow, anyone would be lucky to catch this tour. Are they planning on another leg for the U.S. tour?
I would love to be able to catch one of these shows (enjoying the Road to Escondido CD). Unfortunately (and I don't really count this as misfortune!) I'll be in NYC catching a Beacon ABB when EC is in my neck of the woods. I've been lucky to see Eric a few times over the years (once with Cream, a few times in various EC incarnations) but I've never been to the Beacon...

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Anyone have a breakdown of what's considered fatal vs. non-fatal?
LOL - you should be able to answer this question by now! I was looking at this one, too, Droogie - have attended a lot of shows at the Mark over the years. We are taking the last NYC to Chicago flight on 4/3, though, and don't think I can get us to Moline in time for this one. Enjoy if you go and let us know a) what you think and b) the answer to that fatal/non-fatal question!

 

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