Eric Clapton Kicks Off Solo Tour In Pittsburgh
Right on the heels of a four-city mini-tour with Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton kicked off his solo U.S. tour in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on 25 February 2010. Unlike the recent shows with Jeff Beck, Eric opened his 15 song set "plugged in" with "Going Down Slow". The middle third of the show was "unplugged" and included "Running On Faith" from 1989's Journeyman CD and "I've Got A Rock 'N Roll Heart" which has been re-popularized due to it's use in the U.S. advertising campaign for T-Mobile's Fender Smartphone. Plugging back in for "Badge", EC finished up the main part of the show with "Wonderful Tonight" and "Cocaine." The encore was "Crossroads."
One fan who checked in with Where's Eric! from the venue shortly after the show ended said, "Opening night was a solid show. The highlights were Old Love and Little Queen of Spades, which featured a compact but very good solo from Eric. Was a bit surprised that EC's set was only 90 minutes."
Eric's band for these dates features Chris Stainton (keyboards), Walt Richmond (keyboards), Willie Weeks (bass), Steve Gadd (drums), Michelle John (backing vocals) and Sharon White (backing vocals). The tour stops in 11 cities including Nashville, Memphis, Tulsa, Atlanta and New Orleans. Click on the "Tour" button above for a complete itinerary.
Roger Daltrey (The Who) opened with a 45 minute solo set that began promptly at 7:30PM. Eric's set began at 8:45PM.
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