Clapton's U.S. Tour Continues: News from Kansas City and Memphis
Eric Clapton's 2010 U.S. reached it's midpoint with shows in Kansas City (3 March) and Memphis (5 March). The setlist touches on all aspects of EC's storied recording career with material from Cream, Derek and the Dominos and his 70s to 90s solo material, particularly touching on EC's blues roots. Although the setlist has remained fixed, fans have been raving about EC's blistering guitar work on both electric and acoustic. The tour wraps 13 March at the Amway Arena in Orlando. Before that, they visit New Orleans (6 March), Raleigh (8 March), Atlanta (9 March), and Sunrise (11 March). EC then takes a two-month hiatus before he hits the road with Steve Winwood for a European Tour in May and June.
Roger Daltrey is Eric's special guest and kicks things off with a 50 minute set.
Here are a few quick quotes from fans in attendance:
From the first note of the opening number "Going Down Slow" to the final note of the encore "Crossroads" EC was on his game. His solo on "Old Love" alone was worth the price of admission, but every solo was truly innovative, showing the speed, precision and clarity that created the guitar legend. The beauty of a Clapton concert is the songs while classics aren't re-hashed versions of what has been previously recorded.
Old Love from Journeyman was next. However, this one did not disappoint. This was probably the strongest number of the night. In terms of Clapton’s guitar playing and even his vocals, this one could not have been better. His solo in the middle of the song was quite extended and was simply amazing. No wonder this song continues to appear in the set list!
EC in fine form and a great mood. Lot of laughing and other banter during the show. One highlight was Chris Stainton...he did an extended solo on Cocaine (longer than his usual solo for the song's conclusion). He was rocking so well that EC let out a loud "YEA!!!" as Chris was banging on the keyboards. The entire band was jamming and jamming hard on the classic.
Roger Daltrey and his band’s set was a fitting tribute to a classic night of maximum rock n’ roll. Relaxed and confident as the opening act, Daltrey handled classic Who, cover, and solo songs with ease. It was a joy to see Daltrey and his band (including Simon Townsend) give everything in their all too brief set.
EC was in prime form as he entered the FedEx Forum. His playing is fresh and innovative and the tour contains an interesting song selection. The band is tight, in the groove, and as most reviewers mentioned the only downside is the short nature of the set (clocking in at 90 minutes). Clapton’s soloing was some of the best I’ve heard. And, although the crowd wanted more what they got was pure A-1 Clapton.
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