Venue: Royal Albert Hall
City: South Kensington, London
Country: United Kingdom
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
The Kick Horns (Simon Clarke – baritone saxophone, Roddy Lorimer – trumpet, Tim Sanders – tenor saxophone)
Robert Cray Band
Robert Cray – guitar / vocals*
02. So Tired
03. Got To Get Better In A Little While
04. Lost And Found
05. I Shot The Sheriff
07. Back Home
08. I Am Yours
09. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out
10. Milkcow’s Calf Blues
11. Running On Faith
12. After Midnight
13. Little Queen Of Spades
14. Everybody Oughta Make A Change
15. Motherless Children
16. Wonderful Tonight
19. Crossroads (encore)*
Review by Darryl Tallantyre
The Royal Albert Hall is, well, home. For the thousands of fans that follow EC on each tour, the majority plan (or would like) to make the ‘pilgrimage’ to the RAH. It’s beauty, sound and uniqueness are unrivaled by any venue worldwide.
The expectations of any show at the RAH have the same grandness as the venue itself. Eric’s show last night was no exception. The band did not disappoint. Even from the opening bars of ‘Pretending’ a ripple of excitement and tension spend its way around the Albert Hall like a mexican wave. A lot of the bands family were in the audience and that always makes a special performance.
It was clear the band were enjoying themselves. Eric was all smiles, like during ‘Pretending’ when Derek Trucks took a solo, and during ‘Motherless Children’ when Eric was about to take a solo – only to be beaten to it by Derek again – a la ‘candy from a baby’.
After seeing Eric on his arena tour I’d forgotten how intimate a venue the Royal Albert Hall is. My seat for last nights show was excellent – 4th row. A big thank you to ecaccess for this.
The setlist was the same as some of the previous nights, songs that are now really worked into a solid groove. There seemed to be more of a visual rapport between Doyle Bramhall and Derek Trucks than during previous shows since they were constantly passing comments to each other. Whenever Eric would call out to Doyle to take a solo (and there were many!), Doyle would do his bit then glance or give the nodd to Derek to take his turn. Although this was probably scripted it seemed like a very generous gesture.
Other than calls to other band members and thanks at the end of each song, Eric spoke little to the audience – although he did introduce ‘So Tired’ by saying “this one’s for Julie and Rose”. His playing was ‘spot-on’ taking more solos than some of the arena shows. Some notable highlights were ‘I Shot The Sheriff’, ‘After Midnight’ and the still ever so awesome 13 minute version of ‘Little Queen Of Spades’.
I was standing outside the stage door before the show, where Roddy Lorimer (from the Kick Horns) was waiting for his family. A ticket tout approached him and said “Do you want tickets for tonight? – I can get you the best seats in the house.”. Roddy replied “I’ve already got the best seats in the house!”.
Review by Olivier Schmid / Geneva (Switzerland)
My first objective after landing in London City yesterday morning was to visit the Royal Albert Hall and hopefully have the opportunity to see the rehearsals… I had missed the ones for Cream last year and wanted to take a chance…
When I arrived at the Hall, the tour guide informed me that the tours were closed and that Eric was not there… “He doesn’t need to rehearse” was the guide’s reaction… He was so right!!
A very special evening was waiting for me! It was the first time that I had tickets to be in the Arena where I would be sitting only a couple of rows away from stage.
When Eric and his band appeared, Eric was cool and calm. The concert was a magical voyage through his past albums. I could not have dreamt of anything better than that! Once again, Eric shared with the audience his genius, while staying in total cohesion with his group. No word is strong enough to describe the show… Two hours of pure emotions…
Little Queen of Spades, Back Home, I Shot the Sheriff… (always followed by his unique “Thank You !!!”) The collaboration between Eric, Derek and Doyle was great! The energy and good humour of all of the musicians on stage was amazing!!
Towards the end of the concert, when Layla started, the best was yet to come… time to go to the front of the stage and stand only one meter away from the Master… His humbleness and wisdom will always impress me!! (even by being that close…difficult to say whether or not I was listening to THE Blackie…)
I look forward to seeing the concert again this summer in Locarno!
Eric, you are my Heaven!