Venue: Molson Amphitheatre
Eric Clapton - guitar, vocals
Doyle Bramhall II - guitar, backing vocals
Chris Stainton - keyboards
Pino Palladino - bass
Ian Thomas - drums
Michelle John - backing vocals
Sharon White - backing vocals
The concert at the Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto was the first of two Canadian shows on Eric Clapton's short summer 2008 tour. The set list was identical to the one performed at The Borgata in Atlantic City, NJ on Sunday 25 May.
Robert Randolph - pedal steel *
01. Motherless Children
02. Key To The Highway
03. Hoochie Coochie Man
04. Little Wing
05. Outside Woman Blues
06. Double Trouble
07. Don't Knock My Love
09. Rockin' Chair
10. Motherless Child
11. Travelling Riverside Blues
12. Running On Faith
13. Tell The Truth
14. Little Queen of Spades
15. Before You Accuse Me
16. Wonderful Tonight
19. I've Got My Mojo Working (encore) *
Review by Michael B / Toronto, ON
The Band and Setlist was the same as the previous show. The cool weather and my first time seeing Clapton at an outdoor venue made for a tremendous and unique, experience last night. Despite the cold weather blowing in off Lake Ontario, the crowd at the sold out Toronto show, as always, was content to sit on their hands for most of the show. In fact, I was told to sit down when I stood to dance when I heard Eric play the opening notes of Motherless Children. Thankfully, we were all dancing on our feet during the conclusion of the show’s classic rock anthems: Layla and Cocaine. We stayed on our feet during Mojo.
Despite my complaint about the crowd, the show was great. Eric’s voice and guitar sounded great. The acoustics at the amphitheatre are great; much better than our indoor concert venues. Doyle sounded great last night too, making the interplay between Doyle and Eric fun to listen to. Highlights of the show were ‘Little Wing’ and ‘Double Trouble’. Clapton sounded reminiscent of the 1970’s during these songs. ‘Running on Faith’ was fantastic, but ‘Tell The Truth’ was the showstopper. In fact, my increasingly Clapton-knowledgeable wife has stamped ‘Truth’ as her favorite song. I can’t disagree. Beyond the music, another highlight of the night includes the improved memorabilia shop. I purchased a retro Dominoes tour t-shirt with ‘Layla’ on the front. All in, it was a great night in Toronto. Thanks Eric. Come Back Soon!
Review by Matthew N / Owen Sound
A frozen Molson Amphitheatre did not stop Clapton and band from putting on a fantastic show. Clapton was dressed in a jacket and could be seen putting his hands in his pockets near the end of the show to keep warm. It was that cold. Doyle was dressed in a jacket, scarf and hat. Considering the cold, the crowd, at least in my section, was really into the show, one lady dancing up and down the aisle for the last half of the concert. I noted to my friend that it isn’t often you see a 16-year-old and 60-year-old dancing at the same concert. But that’s a Clapton show for you, drawing from so many generations. I had fears that the cold would slow down the band and at the very least, Clapton’s playing. But it was quickly evident the boys were prepared to keep the outdoor arena warm with their music alone. Little Wing stole the show. Amazing solo. I also thought Double Trouble, Motherless Children, Before You Accuse Me, Running On Faith and Little Queen Of Spades were fantastic. And what a good idea it was for Clapton to open with Motherless Children like he did in the mid-80’s; this up-tempo song got the crowd on their feet and into the show. Tell The Truth fit much better into the set near the end of the show and yes, it was a very good version. In fact, there was not a weak number. All in all, a great show considering the band was half-frozen. Here’s hoping Crossroads 3 is not too far away, and a little warmer!
Review by Adam De Rocco
Me and my dad went to this concert, it was my first concert and i was just blown away from it! It was a very cold night but Eric Clapton’s music heated most people up. The music sounded amazing from our seats but I was pleased to move closer to the stage for the last couple songs of the night. The songs I enjoyed were Travelling Riverside Blues, Hoochie Coochie Man, Little Wing, Outside Woman Blues, Drifting, Running on Faith and my favourites of the night were Tell The Truth, Cocaine,Layla, Wonderful Tonight and Before You Accuse Me.
Review by Indran Kumaraguru – Seremban, Malaysia
This was my second time watching the guitar legend Eric Clapton in concert. I first watched Eric perform in Singapore in January 2007 and it was absolutely the best concert I’ve ever gone to. This time, I braved a 23 hour flight to get to Toronto and the superb Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto to catch the show. This was the new high watermark for me in terms of concerts. The acoustics were great, the atmosphere was very cold but his performance certainly warmed the hearts of his die-hard fans, myself included. I had checked out his recent setlists from his performances in Florida and was prepared for the blues songs. My personal favourites were Key to the Highway, Little Wing, Double Trouble, Tell the Truth and Cocaine. Robert Randolph did a great job warming up the crowd and I wished he could have done more songs with Eric and the band and not just the encore. I’m now proudly parading my Eric Clapton "Blackie" t-shirt back in Malaysia, knowing quite securely that I’m probably the person who flew the farthest to see him perform in Toronto.