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Clapton Wraps Up European Tour In Helsinki

Published // 01.Aug.06

Eric Clapton and his band have been on the road in Europe for the second leg of his World Tour since 7 July 2006. This portion of the tour included stops in Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Czech Republic, Denmark before arriving in Finland for the final night. The tour was to wind up with a massive ourdoor concert in Moscow's Red Square on 3 August, but the event was cancelled late last week by Russian authorities.

Both legs of the European tour featured an expanded band with some familiar faces and some new personnel. Bandmembers were Doyle Bramhall II (guitar), Derek Trucks (guitar), Chris Stainton (keyboards), Tim Carmon (keyboards), Willie Weeks (bass), Steve Jordan (drums), The Kick Horns - Simon Clarke, Roddy Lorimer and Tim Sanders (brass), Michelle John (backing vocals), and Sharon White (backing vocals).

The set list from Helsinki's Hartwall Arena on 31 July included songs from Eric's back catalog, such as "Pretending", "Got To Get Better In A Little While", "Motherless Children", and "Everybody Oughta Make A Change". A short acoustic set included the title track to EC's most recent CD, "Back Home", "Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out" and "I Am Yours." Blistering guitar work from Eric, Doyle and Derek thrilled concert-goers on numbers like "Little Queen of Spades" and "Cocaine".

Clapton's 2006 / 2007 World Tour picks up again on 16 September in the United States.

31 July 2006 - Set List

Pretending
I Shot The Sheriff
Got To Get Better In A Little While
Old Love (with Robert Cray)
Everybody Oughta Make A Change
Motherless Children
Back Home
I Am Yours
Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out
Running On Faith
After Midnight
Little Queen Of Spades
Further On Up The Road
Wonderful Tonight
Layla
Cocaine
Crossroads (Encore with Robert Cray)

Pirjo Virtaintorppa, who was lucky enough to attend the concert told Where's Eric!, "Personally I loved most Nobody Knows You When You Are Down And Out as well as Running on Faith. They had the feeling in them."

Don't forget ... If you're heading to any of the gigs throughout the 2006 / 2007 World Tour, the Where's Eric! Team wants to hear from you! Share your Clapton Concert Experience with fans around the world by sending the set list and your concert review to info@whereseric.com. Set lists and fan reviews for all shows can be found in the Tour Section of whereseric.com.