Venue: Royal Albert Hall
City: South Kensington, London
Country: United Kingdom
Eric Clapton – guitar, vocals
Doyle Bramhall II – guitar, vocals
Greg Leisz – pedal steel guitar, mandolin
Chris Stainton – piano, keyboards
Paul Carrack – organ, keyboards
Willie Weeks – bass
Steve Jordan – drums
Michelle John – backing vocals
Sharon White – backing vocals
Gary Clark, Jr.
Gary Clark, Jr. *
01. Hello Old Friend
02. My Fathers Eyes
03. Tell The Truth
04. Gotta Get Over
05. Black Cat Bone
06. Got To Get Better In A Little While
07. Come Rain Or Come Shine (EC & Paul Carrack – vocals)
08. I Shot The Sheriff
09. Driftin’ Blues
10. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out
11. It Ain’t Easy (Paul Carrack – vocals)
13. Wonderful Tonight
14. Lay Down Sally
15. Tears in Heaven
16. Blues Power
17. Love In Vain
19. Little Queen Of Spades
21. Sunshine Of Your Love (encore)
22. High Time We Went (encore)
Review by Ken Duffin
Just back from Monday & Tuesdays shows (20 and 21 May). I thought Gary Clark Jr was magnificent, in fact he played the best guitar solo of the two days on Tuesday during Bright Lights.
As for Eric, Monday’s show was not one of his best, in fact I did not think the show really sparkled until Got To Get Better In A Little While.
I also thought his solo on Sheriff was a little bit, dare I say it, BORING!!!! The duet between Eric & Paul Carrack on Come Rain Or Come Shine was very good, in fact Eric’s vocals all through were good, but his guitar didn’t shine enough. The acoustic set was nice, and I thought Wonderful Tonight sounded much better than normal in the acoustic setting, but with 7 acoustic songs this section went on too long.
After the acoustic set, the real playing began, Blues Power & Little Queen Of Spades were the best numbers with some really good work all round
Then came the encores, a nice Sunshine, which exploded when Gary Clark Jr came on, everybody pulled their socks up and showed what they really could do. Eric must have felt that he hadn’t really performed as he did not wait for any bows after the encores.
On Tuesday, from the start you could feel this was a different show. Eric appeared happier and played with more gusto. Again the vocals were great, but this time the solo’s were top notch too. Instead of Sheriff, they played Badge, and Eric’s solo exploded, to much applause. The acoustic set was shorter and benefitted from that, but even here the guitar work was crisper and to me much more pleasing. Again, Blues Power was a highlight, but this time Crossroads was up there with it and Little Queen, and then during Cocaine Chris Stainton’s keyboard work was again much better than the previous night.
The encores of Sunshine and High Time We Went were as Monday great. We were treated to bows at the end of the night, so Eric must have felt better about it all too. All in all, Monday was a good night, but Tuesday was one of the best I have seen since the Pilgrim tours.
Review by Nadja Teichert
Night 2 at the RAH was a most splendid experience. A great setlists with no less than 4 changes from the night before. I have seen many Clapton concerts and this one is in my top 5 list. Eric and the band were in excellent form, delivering the songs with great punch, ferocity and aching restraint when needed. As the whole concert is a highlight it is difficult to pick favorites so I’ll mention just a few. GTGBIALW, Sheriff, Blues Power, Tell the Truth, LQoS in such a beautiful slow burning version with excellent solos by Chris, Doyle and Eric, fast-paced Crossroads, Sunshine and High Time We Went. The songs not mentioned were also performed to perfection. The only way to top such a show is with the inclusion of The Core.
Review by Andrew Churchill
A storming night, brilliantly opened by Gary Clark Jr who also joined the band for Sunshine of Your Love and High Time. Eric looking relaxed in blue jeans and polo shirt. My highlights were Gotta Get Better in a Little While with amazing playing and vocals from Eric and Driftin’ Blues from the acoustic set. Blues Power also had us rocking and Little Queen of Spades the blues knockout for solos all round. Thanks Eric and company for a great night!