Clapton In Cardiff: Two Nights
Eric Clapton performed 14 and 15 May at Motorpoint Arena Cardiff (formerly known as Cardiff International Arena). The set list, a mix of blues, hits, and a tribute to Gary Moore, was the same for both performances. Here's what some of the concert-goers told Where's Eric! about the shows:
Eric strode on stage with his signature daphne blue Fender Stratocaster and got straight into Key To The Highway. Having attended around 40 of Eric’s live performances you get a feeling for how Eric’s evening is going from the first couple of bars of the opening number. Eric appeared very relaxed and in good spirits. Playing brilliant solos and fills through the first few numbers. Old Love was a real highlight – Eric’s singing on this song was much more laid back than in the past. For me his singing is now really peerless and matches the intensity and brilliance of the solos singing from the guitar. A funky I Shot The Sheriff with blinding solo led into the sit down acoustic set.
- Ieuan Rees / 14 May
Eric in his workaday casuals was understated, flawless and professional. There was no banter with the audience but we’ve learned to expect this. The arrangements of Crossroads, Layla and I Shot the Sheriff in particular showed how well he still adapts songs to keep them fresh and interesting. He gave good space to his keyboard soloists who took their opportunities fulsomely. Praise too for the big screen camera work on Eric's right hand picking.
- Pete Gaskell / 14 May
His playing is as ever mysteriously outstanding, how does he continue to do it after such a long time? And his voice is impressive too. With no second guitarist this time, Eric is doing all the hard work, singing, rhythm and lead all played with an intensity that is remarkable, seemingly unfazed with those that got up for a fresh pint while he was playing Layla during the acoustic section. ... With one too many keyboard players on stage, there were too many keyboard solos. Chris Stainton is always excellent. Tim Carmon's style is an acquired taste, but Eric indulges them both a little too much. Little Queen of Spades at times felt interminable. However, the show was a cracker with a good mix of songs, though he kept me guessing. The chords of Have You Ever Loved a Woman, morphed into the lyrics of Crossroads for the encore.
- Darryl Lane / 14 May
This was a great show, but the highlight by far was Eric’s version of Still Got The Blues. I wouldn’t have thought it possible to turn something so well known for its soaring, electric solos into such a beautiful acoustic ballad.
- Niall McDonald / 14 May
Went to the second Cardiff show and travelled from Leicester to see it. Was well worth the six hour round trip as Eric was as good as ever. The set list had not changed from previous nights. However, the songs seemed refreshed especially Driftin which was an excellent version in my view. Always enjoy the sit down session and to me this highlighted Eric's excellent guitar playing. Often simple but very effective.
- Richard Walker / 15 May
Next on EC's schedule is 11 nights at London's Royal Albert Hall starting Tuesday, 17 May. Six solo concerts at the venue will be followed by five performances with Steve Winwood. Tickets remain for select performances, check the tour dates page for purchase details. Support for all UK dates is Andy Fairweather-Low and The Low Riders.
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