10 Oct 06
On 9 October 2006, Eric Clapton and his band performed a two-hour set at Philadelphia’s Wachovia Center. Helped by a great sound system and good acoustics, it was easy to hear some of the more subtle touches by the musicians. Doyle Bramhall stood out in this regard this particular this night, adding some lovely fills during numerous songs.
One fan at the venue commented to Where’s Eric! that he was mesmerized by Doyle. Doyle is left-handed, strings his guitars with the E string at the top but some guitars have left handed necks and others right handed. If you’re headed to a show, look at the tuning pegs on the strats and you’ll notice this difference.
The setlist, after remaining static for the first few weeks of the tour, changed slightly this evening. "Anyday" remained in first half while "Further On Up The Road" returned. "Let It Rain" was dropped. "Further On Up The Road" allowed the show to flow better following "Little Queen of Spades". The short "sit-down acoustic set" included "Back Home", two Dominos’ tracks: "Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out" and "I Am Yours", and a gorgeous "Running On Faith".
Eric took solos right out of the box, starting off with the evening’s opener, "Pretending." His playing was more adventurous in the first half of the show. Robert Cray joined the band for "Old Love" and his extended solo edged out the other guitarists. "Motherless Child" featured Eric, Derek and Doyle all on slide guitar. Other highlights from the Wachovia Center were "Got To Get Better In A Little While" (with a terrific bass solo from Willie Weeks", "After Midnight" and "Little Queen of Spades" which featured jaw-dropping solos from both Derek Trucks (on slide) and Doyle Bramhall II.
Philadelphia Set List:
I Shot The Sheriff
Got To Get Better In A Little While
Old Love (with Robert Cray)
I Am Yours
Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out
Running On Faith
Little Queen Of Spades
Further On Up The Road
Crossroads (encore with Robert Cray)
The band now heads to Washington DC for a concert at the MCI Center on 10 October 2006. The Robert Cray Band opens.