Eric Clapton Kicks Off Summer Tour In Tampa Bay

On Saturday 3 May 2008, Eric Clapton kicked off the U.S. / Canada portion of his tour. Opening night was at the Ford Amphitheatre in Tampa Bay, Florida. Eric’s band for this summer tour has both new personnel and familiar faces: Doyle Bramhall II (guitar / vocals), Chris Stainton (keyboards), Pino Palladino (bass), Ian Thomas (drums), Sharon White (backing vocals) and Michelle John (backing vocals). The show, which lasted about two-hours, included many of Eric’s well-known songs including, "Tell The Truth", "Little Wing", "Double Trouble", and "Running On Faith".

Eric and his band now move on to the Seminole Hardrock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida for a concert on Monday 5 May. Then, there’s a short break in the tour until 22 May when the band performs at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey. The U.S. and Canada dates wrap up 5 June in Wantagh, New York. All dates are in the eastern regions of the U.S. and Canada. The European gigs take place later in June and in August.

Check out what long-time Where’s Eric! Magazine Contributor, Andy Zwick, thought of opening night in the Tour Section of  He’ll be writing a more thorough piece about opening night for the magazine, too.

3 May 2008 Set List / Ford Amphitheatre, Tampa Bay, FL:

01. Tell The Truth
02. Key To The Highway
03. Hoochie Coochie Man
04. Little Wing
05. Double Trouble
06. Don’t Knock My Love
07. Outside Woman Blues
08. Nobody Knows You
09. Rockin’ Chair
10. Motherless Child
11. Travelling Riverside Blues
12. Running On Faith
13. Motherless Children
14. Little Queen of Spades
15. Before You Accuse Me
16. Wonderful Tonight
17. Layla
18. Cocaine
19. Crossroads (with Robert Randolph)

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