14 Aug 06
On 13 August 2006, Eric Clapton surprised the audience by stepping on stage with Jimmie Vaughan at Cooper Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Vaughan was one of the opening acts for Bob Dylan.
Mark Mirek emailed Where’s Eric! shortly after the concert ended. He said,
"My wife and I were at Cooper Stadium in Columbus, Ohio last night to catch Dylan. It was a beautiful summer evening. Music started at 6:30 with three fine opening acts. The third band was Jimmie Vaughan with Lou Ann Barton. They were laying down some great blues and the crowd was pretty much quietly grooving with them while anticipating Bob’s appearance. Two thirds of the way through Vaughan’s set he says, "We have a surprise for you tonight. Here’s my good friend, Eric Clapton!" It was like a lightning bolt struck the crowd. Everyone was instantly on their feet wondering if this was a joke. Then Eric ambles unto the stage with his guitar. I am still too dazed to remember if he did three or four songs. I’m old (56) and have been at many great shows, but this stands at the pinnacle."