Eric Clapton Completes First Leg Of 2011 Tour

Eric Clapton and His Band closed out the first leg of the guitarist’s 2011 World Tour with a second performance at the Gibson Amphitheater in Los Angeles on 9 March, the same day in which the guitarist’s third benefit auction for Crossroads Centre took place across the continent in New York City. The set list featured songs from his most recent album, Clapton, his back catalog as well as blues standards. Amongst the concert’s strongest numbers were "Hoochie Coochie Man," "Old Love" and the perennial fan-favorite, "I Shot The Sheriff." "Before You Accuse Me" was back in the set, having been replaced by "Tell The Truth" the previous night. One of the fans in attendance told Where’s Eric!, "Eric lit up the stage with his fierce guitar playing and singing in fine form. He was in good spirits due to the fact that the auction held earlier in the day had gone well and so for the last night of the tour he came and played his heart out … the band played superbly with the trio of solos between Eric, Tim Carmon and Chris Stainton."

On the road this year with Eric are musicians Chris Stainton (keyboards), Tim Carmon (keyboards), Willie Weeks (bass), Steve Gadd (drums), Michelle John (backing vocals) and Sharon White (backing vocals). Los Lobos opened on all North American dates.

As the crowd exited the venue, Eric’s road crew were hard at work breaking down the stage and stowing all the gear so it could be shipped back to the UK for when the tour resumes in early May. For those dates, Andy Fairweather Low And The Low Riders will open. But before then, Eric will be in New York City for three shows in early April with jazz icon Wynton Marsalis at the Rose Theater, the first of which serves as the annual fundraising gala for Jazz At Lincoln Center.

9 March 2011 – Universal CityWalk Amphitheatre Set List
01. Key To The Highway
02. Going Down Slow
03. Hoochie Coochie Man
04. Old Love
05. I Shot The Sheriff
06. Driftin’
07. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out
08. River Runs Deep
09. When Somebody Thinks You’re Wonderful
10. Same Old Blues (song by JJ Cale)
11. Layla
12. Badge
13. Wonderful Tonight
14. Before You Accuse Me
15. Little Queen Of Spades
16. Cocaine
17. Crossroads

For a complete list of upcoming Eric Clapton Concerts, click here

For set lists and fan reviews from all 2011 shows to date, click here


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