11 Mar 10
MORE PHOTOS ADDED! Fans have been checking in with Where’s Eric! following the recent Clapton concerts in New Orleans (6 March), Raleigh (8 March) and Atlanta (9 March). Eric, his band and crew are now on their way to Florida for the final two shows of the tour in Sunrise (11 March) and Orlando (13 March). For this short tour, Eric’s band features Chris Stainton (keyboards), Walt Richmond (keyboards), Willie Weeks (bass), Steve Gadd (drums), Michelle John (backing vocals) and Sharon White (backing vocals).
Here are some quick quotes for each of these shows:
New Orleans – 6 March
Since seeing Eric for the first time in 1990 with the Journeyman Tour at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum (Biloxi), I have been trying to get back up to the first few rows for one of his shows. After 9 previous tries, I was able to be on row 5 last night at The New Orleans Arena. There were all ages in attendance – everything from kids 10 years old to grandparents pushing their mid 80’s. EC didn’t disappoint anyone in the Arena. Thank you Eric for, once again, allowing us to view the incredible talent and skill you have mastered. I become even more impressed each time I’m able to watch, and with you being the only six string on stage last night it was hard to focus on anything else.
Raleigh – 8 March
[Eric’s] guitar playing was absolutely explosive and his vocals were spot on all night. The band is ridiculously tight and they have some extremely nice interplay going on between the piano and the B3. The Gadd/Weeks rhythm section is on the money (as one would expect from the two of them) and the backing vocalists are great as well. I’ve seen Clapton several times before, and at the other shows he’s always had another guitarist, and I really enjoyed seeing this one-guitar version of the band. It really gave Eric the chance to shine, and shine he did!
Atlanta – 9 March
In all of the Clapton concerts of recent years that I have attended, Eric Clapton was very generous in sharing the spotlight. They were great concerts but I always left wishing I had seen more of Clapton’s amazing guitar skills. Last night did not disappoint. Eric Clapton was awesome. It was great to see a stripped down band and he was the only guitarist. The only disappopintment was that he didn’t play Layla which was on his set list in previous concerts on this tour.
WERE YOU THERE? HAVE PHOTOS? If you were at these shows, or will be attending one of the final two shows of the U.S. Tour, consider sending the setlist, your review and / or photos to [email protected]? It doesn’t matter if it was your 1st Clapton concert or your 101st – everyone’s perspective is welcome! The Where’s Eric! Team is made up of a very small number of fan-volunteers. It is impossible for the staff to be at all shows on a tour. We invite our fellow fans to assist in building an accurate concert archive by submitting set lists and details from each tour stop. Even if you don’t have time to write a full-fledged review, feel free to participate by sending the complete set list or brief impressions. Did one song really stand out for you? Tell us why! Thousands of Eric’s fans from all over the world visit whereseric.com daily to check out what songs are played and read what other fans have to say about the shows. No aliases or anonymous submissions, please. Upon request, we will use your first name and surname initial only.