22 May 08
22 May 2008 marked Eric Clapton’s first appearance in New Jersey in 16 years and his first at the PNC Bank Arts Center since 28 June 1985 (back then, in the days before corporate sponsorship, it was called the Garden State Arts Center). The capacity crowd of 17,500 braved the unseasonably cool weather at the outdoor summer shed. Eric and his band took the stage at 8:40 PM performing a 19 song set. The show lasted about two-hours.
The opening act was New Jersey’s own, Robert Randolph and the Family Band. They are serving as tour support for all U.S. and Canada dates, which run through 5 June.
Eric’s next concert also takes place in New Jersey on Sunday 25 May at The Borgota, in Atlantic City.
22 May 2008 Set List / PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ:
01. Tell The Truth
02. Key To The Highway
03. Hoochie Coochie Man
04. Little Wing
05. Outside Woman Blues
06. Double Trouble
07. Don’t Knock My Love
09. Rockin’ Chair
10. Motherless Child – EC used a 12 string Martin in open tuning with a capo at the 4th fret
11. Travelling Riverside Blues – EC used a black strat in an open tuning. The guitar was set up for slide.
12. Running On Faith
13. Motherless Children
14. Little Queen of Spades
15. Before You Accuse Me
16. Wonderful Tonight
19. I’ve Got My Mojo Working (with Robert Randolph)
For much of the night, EC played his signature stratocasters painted Ferrari Grigio Silverstone.