Venue: Royal Albert Hall
Country: United Kingdom
Eric Clapton – guitar / vocals
Andy Fairweather Low – guitar / vocals
Chris Stainton– keyboards
Tim Carmon – keyboards
Willie Weeks – bass
Steve Gadd – drums
Michelle John – backing vocals
Sharon White – backing vocals
The Arc Angels
Night 5 of 11 at the Royal Albert Hall 2009 run of shows.
01. Going Down Slow
02. Key To The Highway
03. Old Love
04. Anything For Your Love
05. I Shot The Sheriff
06. Three Little Girls
08. Nobody Knows You (When You’re Down And Out)
09. Not Dark Yet
10. Anytime For You
11. Somewhere Over The Rainbow
13. Little Queen of Spades
14. Before You Accuse Me
15. Wonderful Tonight
17. Crossroads (encore)
Review by Mike / Milton Keynes
Wow, what a concert! Just got back from the Albert Hall after a great evening. I have seen Eric many times before and whilst I have a massive love for the Derek and the Dominoes tunes which have featured heavily in Eric’s sets over the last few years, it was nice to hear the variety in Eric’s music.
The place rocked and everyone seemed to be on great form – very tight rythmn section with Willie and Steve, Andy provided great support with a fantastic extended solo in Cocaine, Chris was awesome – particularly his solo on Queen of Spades and I also really enjoyed great keyboard work from Tim with the girls singing their hearts out too! And that leaves Eric who delivered some great guitar work, spurred on no doubt by the presence of his lovely daughters back stage who I spotted dancing to Crossroads at the end.
Well done Eric and band – a great night and I can’t wait for the next gig!
Review by Anthony Craig
Just about come down from last night’s high at "the Albert" and what a show it was! As an EC / RAH follower of 20 years, he can certainly still come up with the goods.
I wasn’t sure what to expect after reviews of the first night in Dublin but it definitely didn’t disappoint. A particular highlight and surprise was Old Love that I’ve not heard EC do for some years. The solo built up slowly before reaching a tremendous climax. It wasn’t all over yet as Tim Carmon’s solo followed, on a par with the DVD version from Madison Square Garden in 1999 but played over a completely different rhythm. The solo on I Shot The Sheriff took things to even greater hights before things quietened down for the acoustic section. Nice to hear Three Little Girls for the first time and notable for the fact that some years back, Eric would have been singing Tears In Heaven at this point. Just shows how much his life has changed for the better over the last 10 years. Later on during Cocaine, at least two of the subjects of that song were seen dancing and thoroughly enjoying themselves at the side of the stage by Lee Dickson, with Dad waving at them during Andy Fairweather Low’s solo. He clearly must be a happy man these days, deservedly so, throwing his arms around his girls as he walked off stage.
There were fantastic solos all round, but I would particularly mention Chris Stainton on Little Queen of Spades and Andy Fairweather Low on Cocaine, which judging from previous reviews, seems to be a regular highlight every night!
Review by Nadja T / Bonau, Switzerland
Tonight’s gig was phenomenal. EC was in fantastic form, delivering breathtaking solos. Almost all the songs were highlights.
Going Down Slow started the gig with a great groove; Key to the Highway gave all the band members time for solos with Tim on the Hammond sounding very nice. Old Love started with a gentle intro and continued on with EC tearing through two more solos and Tim contributing a very good synth solo; as noted before, I’m not a particular fan but it fitted very well. I Shot the Sheriff sounded great with the audience waiting for EC to start the solo in the latter part of the song. Andy laid a great rhythm and wah-wah for Sheriff.
The sit-down session started with a surprise Three Little Girls and continued with a superbly extended acoustic Layla with solos for everyone. Next up was a very cool sounding Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out. The so sad Not Dark Yet follows as one of my favorite songs of this tour. Lifting the spirit somewhat with Anytime for You despite the lyrics, sounding just like in a great blues bar tune. Somewhere Over the Rainbow closed the sit-down set.
Badge proved to be another audience favorite with EC’s solos and EC giving Tim free reign for his Hammond solo. EC’s intro to Little Queen of Spades promised great stuff to come and it did; EC, Chris, EC, Tim and EC again contributing solos for a fantastic version of this song. Before You Accuse Me sounded fresh with Andy and Chris soloing and EC stepping out of the spotlight to allow Tim soloing on the Hammond. A tight, short Wonderful Tonight lead to a loud Cocaine with Andy’s extended wah-wah solo. A powerful Crossroads ended this fantastic gig.
Review by Stephen Gull
I was blessed at this year’s Albert Hall concerts. I got second row arena seats in the centre. I have never seen Eric this close before and it was truly amazing.
I had already been to Sunday’s (17 May) show, so knew I was in for a treat. I love the way some of the songs are started this time, by having an instrumental intro, this worked particularly well with the opening "Going Down Slow" and "Cocaine" later in the set.
The set list was basically the same as previous shows. I liked the change in running order since Sunday. Bringing forward "Key to the Highway" and "Old Love" and then having "Anything for your Love" worked so much better than before. "Old Love" is a true highlight, the song never fails to disappoint with Eric’s playing ranging from the subtlest bends to meteoric runs and crescendos. I also enjoyed Tim Carmon’s "Marmite" solo which you either love or hate.
I loved hearing "Three Little Girls", it is such a sweet song. Eric ended it by saying "hello girls" and later in the show his daughters were at the side of the stage dancing and clapping along to "Cocaine". Eric saw them, gave them a little wave and a big hug when he went off stage. It was a lovely sight.
Eric’s playing was sublime as always and being so close made it extra special. If I never get to be that close again I will still die a happy man!
Review by Alessandro Vailati / Cremona, Italy
What a wonderful gig! My first night in my life at the RAH had an incredible surprise: Three Little Girls performed live! It’s one of my favourite songs in EC and JJCale album and even if the 3 little girls were present,I had never thought to listen to this beautiful track. Eric was happy and made great solos,especially on Goin Down Slow and I Shot the Sheriff. Very good also Anytime for You and Before You Accuse me. Excellent Nobody Knows,but i would have preferred Lay Down Sally. I like Willie and Steve rythm section and Tim solos.