Clapton At The Budokan: Night Two

Night two of Eric Clapton’s five show run at Tokyo’s Nippon Budokan was another solid show. The set list was unchanged from night one – a mix of blues, Eric’s worldwide hits, back catalog gems sprinkled with songs from his forthcoming album, I Still Do.

With no guest artist sitting in, it was all about Eric and his band. In the programme for the concerts, Eric wrote that he’s still experimenting with music. “I’ve invited a friend from the USA to join us, he plays all kinds of instruments and is really exciting to listen to. His name is Dirk Powell and I know he will bring another dimension to the music! Everyone else is coming from the UK and you will already know all of them I’m sure! Andy Fairweather Low, Dave Bronze, Henry Spinetti, Chris Stainton, Paul Carrack and of course, the lovely girls; Michelle John and Sharon White.”

One long-time fan told WE! that “the acoustic part was brilliant” and “Dirk Powell’s contributions on accordion, mandolin, guitar and fiddle throughout the show were a fantastic addition giving familiar songs a new edge.”

Like night one, “Gin House” with vocals by Andy Fairweather Low and solo by EC, was truly outstanding, which is the case whenever they perform it. In Andy’s repetoire since his Amen Corner days, it first appeared in EC’s set 9 November 1999 at the Budokan. Other favorites from this performance were “Crossroads” – with the intro getting a particular nod from fans – “I Shot The Sheriff” and “Little Queen of Spades.”

Eric, the band and crew have 3 shows left at the Budokan on 16, 18 and 19 April. These are Eric’s only concerts in 2016.

Were you at the show? What did you think of it? Share your opnion with fans around the world! Send your review to where it will be published in the Eric Clapton Tour Archive for this date. Photos welcome too!

Eric Clapton & His Band
15 April 2016 Set List
Nippon Budokan, Tokyo Night 2

Eric Clapton & His Band
15 April 2016 Set List
Nippon Budokan, Tokyo Night 2
01. Somebody’s Knockin’ *
02. Key To The Highway
03. Hoochie Coochie Man
04. Next Time You See Me
05. I Shot The Sheriff
06. Circus Left Town
07. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out
08. I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine *
09. I Will Be There *
10. Cypress Grove *
11. Sunshine State
12. Gin House
13. Wonderful Tonight
14. Crossroads
15. Little Queen Of Spades
16. Cocaine
17. High Time We Went (encore)

* From EC’s forthcoming album, I Still Do. Available 20 May. Click to pre-order

The Band:
Eric Clapton – guitar, vocals
Andy Fairweather Low – guitar, vocals
Chris Stainton – piano, keyboards
Paul Carrack – organ, keyboards, vocals
Dave Bronze – bass
Henry Spinetti – drums
Dirk Powell – multi-instrumentalist
Michelle John – backing vocals
Sharon White – backing vocals

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