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  posted on 3/20/2009 at 11:18 PM
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  posted on 3/21/2009 at 12:32 AM
I hate doing this, but I just have to...that was my favorite show of all time ever!

I had a feeling that night 2 of Eric Clapton could be better than the 1st and it was. The 19th will always have a special quality to it, but after getting their feet wet together tonight was just completely off the charts.

But first, what an amazing first set. I mean right from the start with Oteil on Little Martha. Oteil was STRONG tonight, really shined. And when is Derek not on fire? This was a clear Derek night in the first set. Warren became more prominent in the 2nd set, but the 1st set was Derek jaw dropping moment to Derek's next jaw dropping moment. The Mt Jam, 44 Blues, one other one he lit up, might have been Gamblers Roll can't remember. Most excellent set, heck I'll even take the Midnight Rider. Wasted Words was thumping.

So I was already beyond primed with that great opening set. And then #2 started. Melissa is ok, always good to see Gregg up and playing guitar, but it is what came next that began setting this show apart. Loved Leave My Blues at Home and then No 1 To Run With - things were really starting to smoke and everyone knew it was only going to get hotter. Somewhat of a delay before EC rejoined the group. Key to the Highway might have just been a slight disappointment due to them playing it Thursday, but that wore off pretty quick. During Dreams it became very apparent how much more comfortable Eric was and later it was clear how much fun he was having. He looked much more at home. There was a much more relaxed vibe coming off the stage between songs. I really enjoyed Dreams more tonight and especially with Warren taking his turn on the 2nd solo. I felt Eric was better on Dreams tonight. Again major props for him to take on a song like that (and then later Liz Reed, kidding me right, man he knocked that one out of the park big time). Stormy Monday? How much more perfect could this night get? Oh yes Little Wing - again KILLER and Elizabeth Reed. W O W

Gotta say Layla encore was somewhat anti-climatic. Show deserved a double encore, thought they might play it, house lights stayed out longer than normal and no exit music for a while, but alas no. Still, this night has changed me forever. I am still in awe of what I witnessed.

I've got 4 more nights of this? Can it really keep getting better?

Heaven.

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  posted on 3/21/2009 at 05:44 AM
Very nice review, I thank you, and I am obscenely jealous. Fortunately a friend has Moogis so I'll get to catch these Clapton shows. And speaking of Clapton, WHERE ARE ALL YOU CLAPTON BASHERS? I hope you are here, reading Nebish' review.

 

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  posted on 3/21/2009 at 06:09 AM
I am happy this is coming off so well and i have always loved Eric's jamming Cream is the school yard for jamming bands..

 

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  posted on 3/21/2009 at 06:20 AM
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I hate doing this, but I just have to...that was my favorite show of all time ever!

I had a feeling that night 2 of Eric Clapton could be better than the 1st and it was. The 19th will always have a special quality to it, but after getting their feet wet together tonight was just completely off the charts.

But first, what an amazing first set. I mean right from the start with Oteil on Little Martha. Oteil was STRONG tonight, really shined. And when is Derek not on fire? This was a clear Derek night in the first set. Warren became more prominent in the 2nd set, but the 1st set was Derek jaw dropping moment to Derek's next jaw dropping moment. The Mt Jam, 44 Blues, one other one he lit up, might have been Gamblers Roll can't remember. Most excellent set, heck I'll even take the Midnight Rider. Wasted Words was thumping.

So I was already beyond primed with that great opening set. And then #2 started. Melissa is ok, always good to see Gregg up and playing guitar, but it is what came next that began setting this show apart. Loved Leave My Blues at Home and then No 1 To Run With - things were really starting to smoke and everyone knew it was only going to get hotter. Somewhat of a delay before EC rejoined the group. Key to the Highway might have just been a slight disappointment due to them playing it Thursday, but that wore off pretty quick. During Dreams it became very apparent how much more comfortable Eric was and later it was clear how much fun he was having. He looked much more at home. There was a much more relaxed vibe coming off the stage between songs. I really enjoyed Dreams more tonight and especially with Warren taking his turn on the 2nd solo. I felt Eric was better on Dreams tonight. Again major props for him to take on a song like that (and then later Liz Reed, kidding me right, man he knocked that one out of the park big time). Stormy Monday? How much more perfect could this night get? Oh yes Little Wing - again KILLER and Elizabeth Reed. W O W

Gotta say Layla encore was somewhat anti-climatic. Show deserved a double encore, thought they might play it, house lights stayed out longer than normal and no exit music for a while, but alas no. Still, this night has changed me forever. I am still in awe of what I witnessed.

I've got 4 more nights of this? Can it really keep getting better?

Heaven.




I have to agree with you, man.

What an incredible evening.

I was completely blown away - never expected to get hit with Liz Reed and Stormy Monday along with everything else. This was outstanding, stellar, spectacular.
As you already said, sheer HEAVEN! Every minute of it!

I'm going again tonight and can't see how they're gonna come close to topping that!

4 hours sleep and I still have a big smile on my face!

Many thanks to Lana and Rowland for presales and everything else!



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  posted on 3/21/2009 at 06:45 AM
really fantastic, from the moogis POV. would've loved to have been in the house but I'm so pleased with the Moogis experience.

Night 2 with Cedric Clampton (on Eric's tshirt in an old picture in Creem magazine) was great - more relaxed as well. Eric laughed out loud a couple times when he slightly missed a cue.

Liz is not easy to jump in and play and I was surprised and pleased to hear them break it out.

noticed he avoided the diminished riff in Liz - left that to W and D...and leaned on Derek to give the outcue riff after his solo. No worries not a criticism, it's always great to hear Liz Reed (I think it might be my single favorite song if I had to choose one). And with Clapton? fuggitaboudit...

Six more nights to go...too, too much.

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  posted on 3/21/2009 at 07:07 AM
Everyone is right about this show. Clapton looked really relaxed and having fun
 

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  posted on 3/21/2009 at 08:50 AM
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Very nice review, I thank you, and I am obscenely jealous. Fortunately a friend has Moogis so I'll get to catch these Clapton shows. And speaking of Clapton, WHERE ARE ALL YOU CLAPTON BASHERS? I hope you are here, reading Nebish' review.


I've never been a Clapton worshiper yet have always loved the work he did in groups like Cream, D&D, Blind Faith, and Mayall. I have been less of a fan of his solo work. I think he is at his best when he is surrounded by new and different musicians, something I believe came through the last 2 nights.

Despite some of our personal likes and dislikes, many got a new appreciation for EC during the time he and Derek toured together and now on top of these Beacon performances his most legendary career and ability will be secure in the hearts and minds of all ABB fans.

Just thinking about the show still, Warren really stepped it up in the entire 2nd set. Everyone was just outstanding really.

 

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  posted on 3/21/2009 at 08:59 AM

Nebish, I agree w/ just about everything you said! It's among my favorites for sure. I think it can't be overstated how GREAT the first set was!! Just smooth and seamless. The solos were amazing and few breaks b/t songs. They just seem to be clicking from the beginning. The ABB always do a good job with the songs, but when the whole set hangs together and chugs along it's extra special. When that happens, the songs they chose become less important to me. Like you said, even Midnight Rider felt better than usual. Gregg was jazzed up and sounded great like he has the whole run, Oteil was on fire, and like you said, the solos by Warren and derek were just perfect.
I loved Oteil playing Little Martha, and then the Mt jam sandwich was just the right call to mix it up last night. I personally love the deep bluesy stuff so 44 blues and Gambler's roll were awesome. Aint wastin' Time No more has never been among my favorite ABB tunes, but when they are grooving like that, they can play anything it soars for me.
They may have been the best Leave My Blues at Home I've ever heard, and there have been a lot of good NOTRW's on this run, but last night's ws right up there at the top.
I agree also, any disappointment with the song repeats w/ Clapton disappeared as soon as those songs got going....They wee all having fun and sounding great. Amazing. Gregg on stormy Monday......wow!!And those D&D tunes never get tiresome to me! IMOER was a shocker, and it was off the charts!
It hard to feel like that wsn't a grand finale of sorts...can't believe they play again tonight!Here is hoping the Dickey rumors are true for my show on Monday!!
Moogis!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

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  posted on 3/21/2009 at 09:11 AM
Yeah the Mt Jam sandwich was really great. As much as I love the Dazed and Confused version, I kind of feel like that one has run it's course after 2 years. I hope to catch another full length one-piece Mt Jam before I go home, but if not I'll be plenty happy with last nights version.

I'm with you on Leave My Blues at Home, although I can't call it my favorite over the years, but hardly matters much -it was a great take at a great time with everything great contained with in it.

A show that contains Mt Jam, Wasted Words, No One to Run With, Stormy Monday, In Memory of Elizabeth Reed, Little Wing, etc - hell that show would have been destined for greatness just on paper. But they delivered in a big way, exceeding any expectations that I could have ever had. I still haven't recovered from it, guess that is why I'm still here talking about it.

 

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  posted on 3/21/2009 at 11:04 AM
Being there last night I'll add my take.

From the opening notes of Mt. Jam it was clear that Eric was probably still in the house; and blues was the tone of the day. Everything in the first set was a kick-ass blues drenched rendition of the song. Trouble no More, etc. were all played at that tempo. Derek accassionally brought in some Psychedelia/Jazz on Mt. Jam. Warren teased either Take 5 or a Show tune in the intro Mt. Jam - can't remember which. There was an incredible Little Martha tease coming back into Mt. Jam

So, I was thinking, this is not going to be Layla night. Eric was here for the blues.

The second set started the same way as the first. The hard driven Blues versions of the songs. NLTRWA was driving, smoking; not the 3 minute encore (we're late) version. Then holy **** ; Clapton on Stormy Monday, Dreams, Key to the Higheway, IMOER. Unreal. And, Layla too for the encore. Although like 3/19 it was perhaps the weakest number but played at an upbeat Bluesy tempo with Derek calling out duan'es solo.

Perhaps my favorite show ever. Not just for EC. Hard driving blues/rock with an emphasis on blues. What first drew me to the ABB in 1971

 

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  posted on 3/21/2009 at 11:09 AM
I'm a vet of too many beacon shows to count. It broke my heart last night that I didn't make it in. I'm holding for the 3/26 show and hoping for something special and maybe down the road another chance at seeing the ABB/EC bring back Derek and the Dominoes......

A jealous salute to all who were there !!!

 

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  posted on 3/21/2009 at 12:13 PM
I was a litlle critical/disappointed right after 3/19, probably a result of crazy high expecatations.
After careful re-listening to both nights - WOW. (Thanks Moogis)
3/20 was clearly the more memorable performance, but each night had highlights.
Stormy Monday was the top of the Mtn for me but there were plenty of peaks.

I personally prefer the 3.21.03 & 3.21.05 (w/ Chuck) Layla's but any Layla is a great Layla.

Unbelieveable musicianship.

 

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  posted on 3/21/2009 at 02:07 PM
'Stormy Monday' with EC was the highlight of the run for me so far. It doesn't get any better than that IMO.

 

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  posted on 3/21/2009 at 02:35 PM
What a night. Best Brothers show that I have seen in 30 years last night and outside of the Zep show in 2007, haven't witnessed any better. the atmosphere, the crowd the theater and the music. Talk about hitting the note. Duane and Berry would have been very proud of the boys last night. Clapton was on fire and brought Warren and Derek along for the ride. All were smiling, pickin and grinnin. The rumour he was there was somewhat deflated by the night before's performance, however, I did have the great fortune of running into Dana Dowd at the intermission and she was backstage and made it clear Clapton was there. Looking forward to tonight...........

 

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  posted on 3/21/2009 at 02:55 PM
I was totally knocked sideways. To think you know they're going to jam is one thing and then when they did it was another. There was just a beauty about it because it wasn't just a musician guesting, it was a peer who has had a career that winds along similar terrain. So when EC plays on Dreams or Elizabeth Reed, he had a frame of reference to draw from and likewise when ABB played on Why Does Love Got to Be So Sad or Layla, the same. It was chemical.

The other thing I really noticed that since Derek wasn't EC's employee last night, there was a little more of him in the licks. I really liked that. I don't think I'll recover (and don't want to!) from the entwining lines on Why Does Love Got to Be So Sad, it's like the magic between Duane and Eric or Eric and George on While My Guitar Gently Weeps.

It was an incredible night and I'm amazed and proud to have been in attendance.

 

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  posted on 3/21/2009 at 02:57 PM
I wasn't at the show...but I have to agree with the double encore comment.

It would've been a nice touch to a great show

 

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  posted on 3/21/2009 at 08:09 PM
I'd still like to seek out and hear from the Clapton bashers, to be honest with ya'll.

 

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  posted on 3/21/2009 at 08:13 PM
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I'd still like to seek out and hear from the Clapton bashers, to be honest with ya'll.



we've heard enough from them

And,now EC has "responded"(MUSICALLY!!) in a most emphatic & powerful way that should shut the bashers up...but it won't & since it's free country they will take advantage of their freedom

 
 


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