Eric Clapton & His Band Rock The Motor City
One week after his outstanding Crossroads Guitar Festival, Eric Clapton wrapped his 2010 U.S. Tour at Detroit's DTE Energy Music Theatre. The summer shed - formerly Pine Knob Pavilion - was a fairly regular stop for Eric in the 80s and last night's gig marked his first return visit to the venue since 1990. One Detroit area fan, called the tour-closer "terrific" and noted that EC has "never played better." She also told Where's Eric! that EC performed at the venue exactly 25 years ago on 2 and 3 July 1985. Another area fan said, "[Eric] put himself into that zone that proved to those in attendance that he can still bring it and go head to head with any guitar slinger out there. This one rates as one of the top three performances I've ever seen of his." Another reported, "A great performance, nice variety of his work in the set list and just incredible guitar work throughout the night."
Still another wrote in, ""Tuff Luck Blues" was an outstanding display of Eric's utter virtuosity. He really shines on the slow blues numbers, and this was no exception. He brought out all the tricks and per usual, you could spend hours analyzing his playing on these slow blues and still miss countless details. There's just a tremendous amount of subtlety to much of his playing that is so easily missed given the transient nature of the medium, and again, it was all on display here. His vocals on this tune in particular were noteworthy as well. A slower blues number at this point in the set might have been lost somewhat on the crowd if not for such an outstanding vocal performance that brought out the uncontrollable smiles that come when you know something truly great just happened."
Warming up the crowd was Roger Daltrey, who performed a solid 50+ minute set.
The next issue of Where's Eric! Magazine will have complete U.S. summer tour coverage plus exclusive reporting and photos from the Crossroads Guitar Festival. Learn more about the magazine here.
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Eric Clapton Set List 3 July 2010
DTE Energy Music Theatre
01. Going Down Slow
02. Key to the Highway
03. Tell The Truth
04. Tuff Luck Blues
05. I Shot the Sheriff
07. Nobody Knows When You're Down and Out
08. I've Got a Rock and Roll Heart
10. When Somebody Thinks You're Wonderful
12. Wonderful Tonight
13. Before You Accuse Me
14. Little Queen of Spades
16. Crossroads (encore)
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