Venue: Ice Palace Arena
Country: United States
Eric Clapton – guitar / vocals
Andy Fairweather Low – guitar / vocals
Billy Preston – hammond organ
David Sancious – keyboards / guitar / vocals
Nathan East – bass / vocals
Steve Gadd – drums
Doyle Bramhall II & Smokestack
01. Key To The Highway
03. Got You On My Mind
04. Tears In Heaven
05. Bell Bottom Blues
06. Change The World
07. My Father’s Eyes
08. River Of Tears
09. Going Down Slow
10. She’s Gone
11. I Want A Little Girl
12. Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight
13. Travelin’ Light
14. Hoochie Coochie Man
15. Stormy Monday
17. Wonderful Tonight
19. Sunshine Of Your Love (encore)
20. Somewhere Over The Rainbow (encore)
Review by Barbara Sherbune
They were playing some TDF before the concert as people were getting their seats. Speaking of seats, why don’t people stay in them? It must be the little beer guy going up and down the aisles and then people having to go to the restrooms after that. Anyways, Doyle received a standing ovation after his set. The sound was much better than at RAH.
As Eric entered the stage he had a big smile on his face (which he had most of the evening). The crowd cheered as he sat down and started to play Key To The Highway. He got a standing ovation on the first three songs that he played. He was wearing a light blue shirt and baggy pants with those red sneakers. There were three gold rings on his right hand.
Reptile was next and the lights were going round and round the audience. Next up was Got You On My Mind. It was here that EC broke a string on the Martin. But, where oh where was his guitar tech? No where to be found…and Eric was looking around. Eric basically ripped upward the broken string. What was very funny was that Eric was looking around for the guitar tech as he was singing "I’m wondering where you are and wondering why you had to go". Finally, after that song, the two found each other and was given another guitar. Next up was Bell Bottom Blues and the crowd was going wild with big smiles from Eric. Then Tears in Heaven. When he played this song, the large screens turned to black and white instead of color.
Change The World was next up with the pretty guitar he’s been playing with as of late. Another standing ovation. Next was My Father’s Eyes and he was on FIRE! River of Tears really got the crowd simply mesmerized. On Going Down Slow he was doing a lot of index finger picking. Maybe he’s done this before and I never noticed, but he was brilliant at it. My favorite song here lately has been She’s Gone and he played this so incredibly well. I had chills at this point. Next up was I Wanna Little Girl, which was okay but after the brilliant playing on She’s Gone, this seemed to give Eric a little rest, which I’m sure was well needed. Travelin’ Light was next with Hoochie Coochie Man next. The crowd roared on Hoochie Coochie Man, but not nearly as much as on Stormy Monday!!! I had never heard him play this song live and what a treat it was. With David Sancius and Billy Preston playing marvelous solos on the keyboards. Okay, we knew it would happen. Out comes the black strat and Cocaine, with Eric leaving the last word of cocaine to be sung by the audience instead of him. Everyone was standing and dancing to the music at this point and EC was grinning from ear to ear.
Then we had the old standard Wonderful Tonight. People mostly sat down and there were some people dancing and that’s about all I have to say about this song. Layla was next with everybody, and I mean everybody in that building up on there feet. Eric was smiling and looked like a happy little kid. The band did their usual bow and off the stage they went, with the crowd just going nuts. Lighters seemed to be everywhere waiting for our man to come back. He did, naturally.
Back they come with Sunshine Of Your Love and the place was just in a frenzy by this time. The last song was For All We Know. After EC sang the first line…"For all we know we may never meet again", the crowd literally sighed. Seriously, you could hear people say "Oh no!" It was almost as if he was really trying to tell us this would be the last time he saw us. I had heard the song before but couldn’t remember where. It was sung by Nat King Cole.
All I can say is that this was Eric Clapton at his absolute best! A great time was had by all.