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  posted on 3/8/2007 at 09:47 AM
Rock, blues legend Clapton delivers flawless evening


By the time he got around to the epic "Layla," the once subdued crowd had turned energetic and deafening. His voice is strong, but the night belonged to his guitar.

By John Wenzel
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Article Last Updated: 03/08/2007 02:28:38 AM MST


Few living musicians require less introduction than Eric Clapton, a guitarist who has dipped his feet in nearly every subgenre of rock and blues, inventing a few along the way.

He may be turning 62 later this month, but his passion and inventiveness remain. Clapton's blues-heavy performance at the Pepsi Center on Wednesday night added layers of meaning to his already legendary career.

Smoking slide player Derek Trucks and southpaw Doyle Bramhall II formed the corners of the guitar pyramid - the youngsters impressively holding their own alongside Slowhand.

With barely a word or pause between songs, Clapton and his players - a bassist, drummer, two keyboard players and two backup singers - made short work of traditional-leaning songs such as "Got to Get Better in a Little While" and "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out."

Standing on a Persian rug in bluejeans, sneakers and a shortsleeved black shirt, the bespectacled and graying Clapton effortlessly picked out searing, twisting notes. Better-known songs such as "Wonderful Tonight" and "Little Wing" or the encore of "Cocaine" and "Crossroads" (the latter sung by opener Robert Cray) were the exception of the set, which had an overall roots-blues feel.

The sellout crowd reacted mildly at first, preferring to remain seated. Eventually, such songs as "Running on Faith" and especially the epic "Layla" brought them to their feet, their screams becoming deafening by the end of the night.

That last song, in particular, sounded spectacular - faithful to the original without being slavish. Never having seen Clapton before, this reviewer was racked with considerable chills during the famously extended solo.

Quieter songs, as when Clapton sat with his acoustic guitar, illustrated the continuing strength of his voice, but make no mistake the night belonged to guitar solos. Not the self-indulgent or flashy sort (even if Bramhall's tone often felt too shrill) but the warranted, genuinely virtuoso kind.

Clapton's credentials are unquestionable - Blind Faith, the Yardbirds, Derek and the Dominos, Cream - but his astounding skills ensure he'll never have to rest on his laurels. There are few near-flawless shows these days, but Clapton delivered one.



7 March 2007
99th Show '06 / '07 Tour
Pepsi Center, Denver, CO


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. Anyday


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. Further On Up The Road
13. Wonderful Tonight
14. Layla


Encore
15. Cocaine
16. Crossroads (with special guest Robert Cray)



 

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  posted on 3/8/2007 at 10:53 AM
Fascinating, sounds like another great Clapton show, hopefully someone was able to tape it and it is offered soon......
 

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  posted on 3/8/2007 at 11:46 AM
So I'm seeing the Seattle show ( Derek won't be there.) Do you think he'll add another guitarist or just go on without hih? I'm bummed derek won't be there & I just hope it's still an epic show!!
 

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  posted on 3/8/2007 at 12:28 PM
I am going to Phoenix Saturday and seeing Clapton (with Derek) on Sunday. I cant wait. The setlists look great. I will review Monday when I get back.

The San Antonio show is on Dime for those who want it. It is a very good aud recording.

 

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  posted on 3/8/2007 at 01:48 PM
Thanks for the review. Has anyone run across a recording of the Birmingham show?

 

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  posted on 3/8/2007 at 01:55 PM
I am going to see Clapton in Anaheim on St. Patrick's Day. The San Diego Sports Arena is possibly The worst musical Venue in So. California. What a Toilet. "But they remodeled it"...Okay, it's a toilet with a new lid. I'm going to try to get my recording "Stuff" into the Anaheim show. We'll see.....

[Edited on 3/8/2007 by BIGV]

 

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  posted on 3/8/2007 at 02:42 PM
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I am going to see Clapton in Anaheim on St. Patrick's Day. The San Diego Sports Arena is possibly The worst musical Venue in So. California. What a Toilet. "But they remodeled it"...Okay, it's a toilet with a new lid. I'm going to try to get my recording "Stuff" into the Anaheim show. We'll see.....

[Edited on 3/8/2007 by BIGV]


I'm bummed. I was trying to get tickets for the Anaheim show (since I live only a couple of miles from the Pond...uh, I mean Honda Center) with no luck. Now, my own band has been booked for that night in a small seedy bar on the other side of town.

I sure hope you can get your "stuff" in to record it, too.

Since his set list is completely different than the last couple of tours I wonder if he's going to officially record/film one of the remaining shows for CD/DVD release? (It would have to be one that included Derek).

So, comparing EC's remaining schedule and the ABB's upcoming schedule, I guess that Derek isn't going to be rejoining Eric's band before EC's tour ends?


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  posted on 3/8/2007 at 03:40 PM
Thanks for posting the review Eric. I guess the reviewer didn't notice Derek much, lol. I was at the show and thought it was great-just flawless. Eric has not sounded this alive in a while (I was getting tired of paying for 'blues classics' tours that were mellow to the point of boring.) He gave plenty of solos to everyone else, and they slipped from one style to another every couple of songs.
I actually prefer Derek in his band or the ABB so his solos are extended more, but this was a great show and I am glad I went (despite not liking arena shows because of the small seats etc.).

 

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  posted on 3/8/2007 at 04:31 PM
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So, comparing EC's remaining schedule and the ABB's upcoming schedule, I guess that Derek isn't going to be rejoining Eric's band before EC's tour ends?
Seems like I've read that Derek will not be touring with Eric later this year (he'll be doing ABB gig and I believe I heard that he and Susan are going to be touring together this yearm, also). I think he might be there for Eric's Crossroads guitar fest, though.

 

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  posted on 3/8/2007 at 04:46 PM
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I am going to Phoenix Saturday and seeing Clapton (with Derek) on Sunday. I cant wait. The setlists look great. I will review Monday when I get back.

The San Antonio show is on Dime for those who want it. It is a very good aud recording.


Have a good trip in - I'll be at the show on Sunday as well. Love the setlist. I saw two of these shows in Italy last summer and I can't wait to see it again. Little Queen of Spades will be the highlight of the show. It smokes!!!!

 

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