Venue: Nippon Budokan
Eric Clapton – guitar / vocals
Doyle Bramhall II – guitar / vocals
Derek Trucks – guitar
Chris Stainton – keyboards
Tim Carmon – keyboards
Willie Weeks – bass
Steve Jordan – drums
Michelle John – backing vocals
Sharon White – backing vocals
01. Tell The Truth
02. Five Long Years
03. Got To Get Better In A Little While
04. Old Love
05. Motherless Children
07. Key to The Highway
08. Outside Woman Blues
09. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out
10. Running On Faith
11. After Midnight
12. Little Queen Of Spades
14. Wonderful Tonight
17. Crossroads (encore)
Review by Tsuzuki Hiroyuki
Two regular numbers of Dominos are getting more fitted to the band. But I feel Eric’s solo is still short. " Got to get better in a little while " will be much splendid like "In Concert " if he takes second solo after Willie’ , Doyle’ and Derek ‘s solos.
I guess the resurrection of Dominos numbers represents Eric’s strong will to get back to early days when he was hungry for new imaginative sound. His design seems to be successful in this band, moving the audience deeply. He sings and plays the guitar vigously. Other two young guitarists might provoke him to play more sharp-edged guitar.
Tonight I fortunately appreciated the show sitting in the sixth row seat situated in the middle of the arena. Eric was standing about 10 meters ahead. He was taking solo in "Old love "with his eyes closed and mouth half open as if he was in ecstasies over his guitar tune. Willie was playing the bass near the drums set, casting his eyes on Steve and smiling each other. Derek and Doyle were somtimes talking while Eric was taking solo.
"Little queen of spades " is one of the highlight of the show. Eric plays the guitar in an ecstasy. Doyle plays Les Paul twisting his lips. Derek calmly slides the bar with feed back noise. Chris plays the keyboard with his long hair flowing. Each musician is in a merry mood because of a fine performance.
Review by Michael Fink – Tokyo Japan
I was fortunate enough to catch yet another great EC show last night at the Budokan. It is well known that the Budokan is one of Eric’s favorite venues and I am sure he must be pleased to see that night after night he continues to pack the house. It was all but impossible to find an empty seat anywhere in the 13,000 capacity martial arts hall.
I have been to a show or two at almost every tour Eric has done in Japan since the 70’s. I was at the Budokan for the recording of "Just One Night", and who would have thought back then that Eric would some day be the record holder for most shows played at the Budokan by any foreign artist! This tour marks Eric’s 79th show there on Dec. 9th. Way to go!
I am always totally blown away by an Eric Clapton show, and tonight’s was no disappointment! As others have pointed out, it was more like watching a jam session than a typical EC concert, and Eric chose to spotlight his fellow band members many times during the evening, and it seemed as though he was feeding off the energy they produced and it pushed his playing to an even higher level.
Thank you Eric!!!