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EC Kicks Off Tokyo Residency. John Mayer Sits In For Encore!

Published // 13.Apr.19

What a first night in Toyko for Eric Clapton and His Band! Eric kicked off a 5 night run at the Nippon Budokan with a high-energy performance that wowed the audience. The set was a mix of Eric's worldwide hits, blues and back-catalog gems which included the return of electric "Layla."

The concert started with a firm fan-favorite: "Pretending" - with lots of wah-wah - from 1989's Journeyman. Two more songs from the album were featured in the set: "Running On Faith" was a standout in the acoustic set mid-show while "Before You Accuse Me" was the last song before the encore. Also back in the set was "Wanna Make Love To You" which had not been performed live since 1989. Left off of Eric's 1986 album, August, it was later released on the Crossroads box set in 1988.

For the encore, there was a special treat for the sold-out crowd. John Mayer, who performed at the Budokan on April 10 and 11, joined in for a raucus "Cocaine".

Eric, the band and crew are back at the venue April 15, 17, 18 and 20. In May and June, there are dates in London, Berlin, Vienna, Mannheim, and Dresden. Eric wraps up his 2019 performance schedule in September with the two-night Crossroads Guitar Festival in Dallas.

Eric Clapton & His Band
13 April 2019 Set List

01. Pretending
02. Key To The Highway
03. Wanna Make Love To You
04. Hoochie Coochie Man
05. I Shot The Sheriff
06. Driftin'
07. Running On Faith
08. Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out
09. Tears In Heaven
10. Layla
11. Badge
12. Wonderful Tonight
13. Crossroads
14. Little Queen Of Spades
15. Before You Accuse Me
16. Cocaine (encore) - with John Mayer

The Band:
Eric Clapton – guitar, vocals
Doyle Bramhall II - guitar, vocals
Chris Stainton – piano, keyboards
Paul Carrack - organ, keyboards, vocals
Nathan East – bass
Sonny Emory – drums
Katie Kissoon – backing vocals
Sharon White – backing vocals