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Eric Clapton Headlines Greenwich Town Party

Published // 27.May.18

"The Core" made it's first US set list appearance since 1978. Watch the video! Plus, Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi were special guests.

On Saturday, May 26, Eric Clapton & His Band headlined the 8th annual Greenwich Town Party, organized exclusively for the residents and business owners of the Connecticut town. Also on the bill at the day-long music festival were the Tedeschi Trucks Band (making their third Town Party appearance), the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Trout Steak Revival, an award-winning string band from Colorado. 

EC's band was Doyle Bramhall II, Nathan East, Chris Stainton, Walt Richmond, Sharon White, Sharlotte Gibson and newcomer Sonny Emory on drums.

Eric took the stage at 8:10pm and kicked things off with "Somebody's Knockin'" from his most recent studio album, I Still Do. As the sun set on the hot humid day, he treated the crowd to the blues classics, "Key To The Highway" and "Hoochie Coochie Man" followed up by his only U.S. number one, "I Shot The Sheriff." The set list followed the format of last year's US concerts and the January gig in Paris.

Eric saved the fireworks for the second half of the show, with extended versions of "Got To Get Better In A Little While" and "The Core." The significance of "The Core's" appearance in the set list after an absence of forty years was largely lost on the suburban audience.

The main part of the gig wrapped up with "Little Queen of Spades" and "Cocaine." For the encore, Eric invited Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi to join in on "Crossroads." Susan shared vocals with Eric, while all four guitarists took extended solos to close out the night.

Next up for Eric and his band are July gigs in Cologne, Hamburg and London's Hyde Park. He heads back to the east coast of the U.S. in October for two concerts at Madison Square Garden. Tickets available from ticketmaster.com

TOWN STAGE
11:05 – 11:30am  Footprints
11:40 – 12:05pm  Brunswick Music Improv
12:20 – 12:45pm  Jack & Honey
1:40 – 2:10pm  Afternoon Men
3:20 – 3:45pm  Swirl
5:15 – 5:50pm  Vinegar Mother
7:30 – 8:05pm  8-Track Band

MAIN STAGE
11:00am  Pamela Kuhn
12:50 – 1:35pm  Charlie Scopoletti & The Truth
2:15 – 3:15pm  Trout Steak Revival
3:50 – 5:10pm  Preservation Hall Jazz Band
5:55 – 7:25pm  Tedeschi Trucks Band
8:15 – 10:00pm  Eric Clapton

ERIC CLAPTON & HIS BAND:
Eric Clapton - guitar / vocals
Nathan East - bass
Sonny Emory - drums
Doyle Bramhall - guitar
Chris Stainton - keyboards
Walt Richmond - keyboards
Sharon White - vocals
Sharlotte Gibson - vocals

SET LIST:
01. Somebody's Knockin'
02. Key To The Highway
03. Hoochie Coochie Man
04. I Shot The Sheriff
05. White Room
06. Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out
07. Lay Down Sally
08. Layla
09. Tears In Heaven
10. Got To Get Better In A Little While
11. Wonderful Tonight
12. The Core
13. LIttle Queen Of Spades
14. Cocaine
15. Crossroads (Encore) - with Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi

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