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Raising The Roof At The Garden: MSG Night Two

Published // 30.Sep.06

Night one at MSG was a high-energy show and the second night (Friday 29 September 2006) was no different. Eric's new band lineup is hot hot hot! Fans are reporting that this may be the finest solo band Eric has ever worked with. Steve Jordan (drums) and Willie Weeks (bass) drive the band along with complex rhythms. Doyle Bramhall II and Derek Trucks are outstanding and are equally competent at playing rhythm guitar or stepping into the spotlight to take a solo. However, it is Eric who never ceases to amaze the audience. With the support of brilliant players, his star shines even brighter.

Second night highlights according to those in attendance were "I Shot The Sheriff", "Got To Get Better In A LIttle While", "Motherless Children", and "I Am Yours." Tim Carmon delivered a show-stopping solo in "Old Love", while Chris Stainton delivered incredible solos in both "Little Queen of Spades" and "Further On Up The Road". If you're attending a concert on this tour, be sure to listen for Doyle Bramhall's fine guitar work at the outset of "Further On Up The Road." Backing vocalists Michelle John and Sharon White are also outstanding.

Robert Cray again joined in on "Old Love" and the encore, "Crossroads" on which he shares vocal duties with Eric. As the tour continues, Cray also plays more like "part of the band" than merely a guest performer.

The full set list for this second Madison Square Garden Concert 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)

Some quick quotes from concert-goers:

Same set list as night 1. Better than night one. The playing was more energetic, more precise and proficient, yet the band seemed more at ease than night one. Great show, start to finish, one for the books. -- Ned Newhouse

OK, that's it. If there is going to be a CD or DVD of the tour then tonight was the night it should be! Outstanding on so many levels; the same setlist as last night but many notches up in terms of quality in way I didn't think possible. - Ian Thompson

Setlists and full length reviews and photos can be found in the Tour Section of whereseric.com for all shows of the 2006 / 2007 Eric Clapton World Tour. And don't forget ... if you're heading to any of Clapton's gigs, the Where's Eric! Web Team wants to hear from you! Share your Clapton Concert Experience with fans around the world by emailing the set list and your review to info@whereseric.com.