Clapton Concert Details: Rainbow Hall 22 November 2003

Eric Clapton performed at Rainbow Hall in Nagoya on 22 November as part of his 2003 Japan Tour. The complete set list was:

01. When You Got A Good Friend
02. Crossroads
03. I Shot The Sheriff
04. Bell Bottom Blues
05. Reconsider Baby
06. Can’t Find My Way Home
07. White Room
08. I Want A Little Girl
09. Got My Mojo Working
10. Hoochie Coochie Man
11. Change The World
12. Five Long Years
13. Badge
14. River Of Tears
15. Lay Down Sally
16. Wonderful Tonight
17. Cocaine
18. Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door
19. Layla
20. Sunshine Of Your Love (encore)
21. Somewhere Over The Rainbow (encore)

Band Line Up:
Eric Clapton – Vocals, Guitar
Nathan East – Bass
Steve Gadd – Drums
Andy Fairweather Low – Guitar
Chris Stainton – Keyboards

Concert Review by Jii Aoi

Can we expect one more miracle after a couple? Well, reality was gonna rear its ugly head…

This was a typical "promising at the beginning, stalling hereafter" EC show. The solo on "Sheriff" was real outstanding, better than any of the Osaka shows according to one observer. The noise-tinged solo on "White Room" was devastating. The doodling solo towards the end of "Change the World" was both teasing and exhilarating.

After "Five Long Years", Eric went straight into "Badge", without doing "Kindhearted Woman Blues"-the incredible shrinking setlist indeed.

Before the bridge (or badge for that matter) section, boomy noise hadn’t died down for some while, and Eric was seen to discuss the trouble with the other guys (yes, in that few second interval!). Then the return of the autopiloted solo.

Enter the spare multicoloured Strat, which was the main axe of the Japanese leg of the Reptile tour. From "River of Tears" till the end, Eric used it.

The rest of the show was, in short, Eric "on auto pilot" Solos were suspended somewhere between the inventive and the autopiloted. Eric looked like he wanted to finish the show as soon as possible, fade-out ending of "Lay Down Sally" short, no teasing phrases before "Sunshine" played. Nonetheless It lasted two hours flat.

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