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Eric Clapton Chicago Concert Review

Published // 21.Sep.06

Whenever Eric Clapton performs in Chicago, you can place a sure bet: it will be a terrific concert with lots of blistering blues. Last night (20 September 2006) was no exception. He delivered a set of old and new material that filled the United Center with the sound of his hallmark guitar solos.

One of the evening's many highlights was "Little Queen of Spades;" a Robert Johnson blues which Eric recorded for his 2004 tribute album "Me and Mr. Johnson." Following exceptional guitar solos by Eric, Doyle Bramhall II and Derek Trucks, Chris Stainton wowed the audience with a phenomenal piano solo near the end of the number. "Motherless Children", "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out", "Further On Up The Road" and "Crossroads" were other favorites of the blues-loving residents of the Windy City. And, as has become habit, Robert Cray joined Eric for "Old Love" and "Crossroads".

The set list was:

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)

The current leg of the US Tour will visit cities in the eastern half of the country, along with two dates in Canada. Additional US concerts will be announced later. Clapton's current tour will continue through early 2007.