Eric Clapton Opens US Tour In Columbus

Eric Clapton opened his 2022 series of U.S. concert dates on September 8 at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio.

On the day on which the U.K.’s longest reigning monarch passed away ending a 70 year era of British history, Eric opened the show by playing “God Save The Queen” alone in tribute to Queen Elizabeth II. At the start of the acousitic set, prior to “Driftin,” Eric also spoke about his memories of the Queen as a young lad.

The show contained a few big suprises “Tearing Us Apart” as the opening song with the full band, a funky “After Midnight” in the acoustic set and “The Sky Is Crying” which has not been a part of the set list since the January 1984 tour.

Eric’s band was Doyle Bramhall II, Paul Carrack, Nathan East, Sonny Emory and Chris Stainton with Sharon White on backing vocals.  All shows have Jimmie Vaughan as special guest.

The complete opening night set list was:

01. God Save The Queen
02. Tearing Us Apart
03. Key To The Highway
04. River Of Tears
05. Hoochie Coochie Man
06. I Shot The Sheriff
07. Driftin’
08. After Midnight
09. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And out
10. Layla
11. Tears In Heaven
12. Badge
12. Wonderful Tonight
14. Crossroads
15. The Sky Is Crying
16. Cocaine
17. Before You Accuse Me – with Jimmie Vaughan (Encore)

Band Lineup:
Eric Clapton – guitar / vocals
Nathan East – bass / vocals
Sonny Emory – drums
Doyle Bramhall – guitar / vocals
Chris Stainton – keyboards
Paul Carrack – organ / keyboards / vocals
Sharon White – vocals

Get tickets for all shows at

September 10            Detroit, MI                   Little Caesars Arena
September 12            Chicago, IL                  United Center
September 13            Chicago, IL                  United Center
September 16            Boston, MA                 TD Bank Garden
September 18            New York, NY              Madison Square Garden
September 19            New York, NY              Madison Square Garden

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