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Clapton Concert News: Portland 28 February 2011

Published // 02.Mar.11

News has been slow coming in from the American Northwest, but never fear ... Eric Clapton & His Band turned in another top-flight show in Portland on 28 February. The echoing refrain has been that although the set list is fairly static, fans should not be put off the tour. There's plenty going on in the arrangements to satisfy the most hardened fan and Eric's playing just gets better and better. One fan who checked in about the Portland gig, told Where's Eric!, "I really can't add much to what has been said about the Seattle and Vancouver shows, except WOW! This was the first time that I had ever been able to hear Eric play live, and I was just in awe. Like a lot of people, I play a little bit of guitar, and I can see what he's doing and hear what he does and understand the music theory, but no, I cannot do it, (although I'm going to try) and think that background amplifies my appreciation and enjoyment. I was just in awe. Sometimes I would almost laugh with delight like a little kid (OK, I'll confess, I'm only a few years younger than Eric and grew up hooked on his music.) I can also appreciate hearing things that he played a little bit differently; some songs that I've heard many times, came across with a slightly different and very sweet flavor. A couple of times the soloing on the organ got a little too much for my poor old ears, but again, I can really enjoy the music and talent." Night after night on this tour, the standout has been "Old Love". "Sheriff", "Little Queen Of Spades," and "Badge" have also been getting raves.

Next on EC's itinerary is a gig tonight (2 March) at San Jose's HP Pavilion, followed by stops in Sacramento (3 March), Las Vegas (5 March), San Diego (6 March) and Universal City (8 and 9 March). California and Nevada fans ... we're counting on you! Send set lists, reviews and photos to info@whereseric.com.

Set lists, fan reviews and band information from all 2011 concerts can be found here.
Upcoming dates with official ticket purchase information can be found here.

SET LIST: ROSE GARDEN ARENA, PORTLAND (28 FEBRUARY 2011)
01. Key To The Highway
02. Going Down Slow
03. Hoochie Coochie Man
04. Old Love
05. I Shot The Sheriff
06. Driftin'
07. Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out
08. River Runs Deep
09. When Somebody Thinks You're Wonderful
10. Same Old Blues (song by JJ Cale)
11. Layla
12. Badge
13. Wonderful Tonight
14. Before You Accuse Me
15. Little Queen Of Spades
16. Cocaine
17. Crossroads

CALLING ALL CLAPTON FANS!!!!
Please remember that the Where's Eric! Team is made up of a very small number of fan-volunteers. It is impossible for the staff to be at all shows on a tour (although it would be great!). The Where’s Eric! Team tries to get set lists and reviews posted as quickly as possible after a show, but we need your help. It also helps the Where's Eric! team create and maintain an accurate concert archive. Even if you don't have the time to write a full-fledged review, feel free to participate in this project by sending the complete set list to info@whereseric.com. After all, WE! couldn't do it without YOU!

Most importantly, it doesn’t matter if it’s your 1st Eric Clapton concert or your 101st – everyone’s perspective is welcome! Thousands of EC's fans from all over the world will visit whereseric.com daily to check out what songs are played and read what other fans have to say about the shows. Here's how you can help keep your fellow fans informed:

After you attend an EC Concert, email the following details to info@whereseric.com:
- Show date and venue name
- The complete set list
- Your review
- Be sure to include your name and city so it can be featured with your review (no aliases or anonymous submissions, please. Upon request, we will use your first name and surname initial only.)
- Feel free to include information about EC's guitars, amps and effects pedals
- You can also send your photos from the concert or of memorabilia. Things like tickets, handbills, programmes, posters or local concert advertising (the best photos may be even be published in Where's Eric! Magazine). All photos should be at least 500K in file size; sending your original, unedited images is best.

Due to space limitations, all reviews may not be used on whereseric.com, but we'll do our best. When sending images, only submit photographs you have personally taken. All reviews and set lists submitted will be hosted permanently in the 2011 Tour Archive Section of whereseric.com


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