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. Key To The Highway
03. Got To Get Better In A Little While
04. Little Wing
05. Motherless Children
07. Outside Woman Blues
08. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out
09. Running On Faith
10. Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad
11. Little Queen Of Spades
12. Further On Up The Road
13. Wonderful Tonight
16. Crossroads (encore)
Review by Yuichiro Ogawa
I was wrong…completely wrong. Eric kept his word. Last night Eric played Little Wing, and Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad? at last!! Me and many Japanese fan’s dreams come true. And Eric played Further On Up The Road! I got the impression that this song was played as on "Just One Night" album and "The Last Waltz" of The Band. We were so lucky to see reproduction of legendary scene. Thanks Eric for long long Japan tour! Please come back to Japan soon. We’re always ready when you are.
Review by Tsuzuki Hiroyuki
Tonight another big surprise has happened. The band did play " Why dose love got to be so sad". I thought " Little wing " was the one and only surprise. But Eric presented another Dominos number to the Japanese audience. I deeply appreciate his kindness! Budokan is bearing great resemblance to the Fillmore East. The Japanese people are luckiest in the world, being able to hear various songs.
Review by Jii Aoi
The news had already spread around. There was an air of anticipation in the house when Eric started to gently play the opening chords which would lead to Little Wing. And then the Budokan exploded with a welcome roar, cries and screams reaching as high up as the ceiling…
I was back on the road in Tokyo after three weeks’ absence. Now the tour was coming close to the end.
Among the lesser known EC repertoires, Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad has always been one of the most cherished and talked-about by his Japanese aficionados. There is something in this song that deeply touches us Japanese, a melancholy-embracing nation. It was quite something to hear this song live for the first time, and, to talk about a personal matter, when my longtime relationship with you-know-who was finishing. Never had the tune rung so true, so poignant to me. Indeed, love can be sad, so sad…
A minor surprise was Outside Woman Blues. While I was away from the shows, there was a certain change — now It was re-worked and played on the ‘stomp’ beat, reminiscent of Rollin’ And Tumblin’ and If I had A Possession Over Judgement Day.
The audience tonight was treated to one of the best versions of Little Queen Of Spades on this tour. As Eric was adding the final touches to finish the performance, he gave everything, and then some, as if he was squeezing every bit of emotions out of the barrel. When the performance ground to a halt, nothing was left behind. Also noteworthy is that Doyle played a Flying V here instead of the usual Les Paul, albeit rather clumsily but totally eye-catching it was to see.
When the show was over, there was a horde of excited fans outside, amazed that they could hear not one but two of the rarely played Dominos’ jems, which has made this one a favorite gig for many. And that alone was worth every Yen I spent for the trip.