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9 March 2010 - Eric Clapton & His Band

Location

The Arena at Gwinnett Center Atlanta , GA
United States
Georgia US
Band Lineup: 

Eric Clapton - guitar / vocals
Chris Stainton - keyboards
Walt Richmond - keyboards
Willie Weeks - bass
Steve Gadd - drums
Michelle John - backing vocals
Sharon White - backing vocals 

Support: 
Roger Daltrey
Set List: 

01. Going Down Slow
02. Key To The Highway
03. Tell The Truth
04. Old Love
05. I Shot The Sheriff
06. Driftin' Blues
07. Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out
08. Running On Faith
09. I've Got A Rock N Roll Heart
10. Badge
11. Wonderful Tonight
12. Before You Accuse Me
13. Little Queen of Spades
14. Cocaine
15. Crossroads (encore)

Fan Reviews: 

Were you there? Send your review and / or photos to info@whereseric.com. Please be sure to include your name; anonymous reviews or those using an alias will not be published.

Review by Ted Pewitt
Clapton is such a seasoned pro that it's staggering. I love how relaxed he is while at the same time so deeply in tune with his craft. It's a thing of beauty to watch and hear. I thought the stand out songs were Old Love and I shot the Sheriff. The solos in both of these songs were absolutely a work of art. To call them "guitar solos" doesn't do them justice. It was like watching Picasso paint....simply a master at work. I've seen Eric 16 - 17 times ...including last week in Birmingham. It's truly a privilege and an honor to see this band.

One interesting occurrence I've never seen before at an EC show....the sound went out during the first song. Only the stage monitors were left on. The band never missed a beat. they kept on playing as if everything was fine. When the sound came back on a huge roar came from the crowd and surprised look on Eric's face suggested that he may not have known there was a problem.

God Bless you Eric, thanks for working so hard.


Review by Gerri Penn / Dunwoody GA
In all of the Clapton concerts of recent years that I have attended, Eric Clapton was very generous in sharing the spotlight. They were great concerts but I always left wishing I had seen more of Clapton's amazing guitar skills. Last night did not disappoint. Eric Clapton was awesome. It was great to see a stripped down band and he was the only guitarist. The only disappopintment was that he didn't play Layla which was on his set list in previous concerts on this tour. Eric rocked. The two keyboardists were fantastic. It was great to see Steve Gadd back at the drums. The set list was the same as Kansas City minus Layla. Of course I would have loved to see Eric on stage longer than the 90 minutes, but I guess that is being greedy.


Review by Matthew Thomas
Just wanted to let Eric know that the crowd was NOT booing him during his opening number of 'Goin' Down Slow', the front of house PA system went completely down about a minute into the song, which resulted in a disappointed audience, but a confused look from Eric, and even more confusing to Eric when it finally came back on after his solo and in the last verse, resulting in quite the baffled look of "what in the world is going on?".

He had no idea, with the monitor system still in place, what had taken place and the odd reactions he was getting from the crowd.

We hate that he thought it had to do with our reaction to anything about his performance. We love him, we loved the show and luckily that minute and a half issue with the FOH system was the only problem that evening. Please let him know!!


Review by Mike Slavin / Gainsville GA
I was at the Atlanta show on March 9th. It was great. Everyone agreed that Roger Daltrey started things off with great energy and good production of some classic Who tunes. Eric held form to the set list as with other shows with one noticeable and large omission. There was NO LAYLA during the acoustic set The crowd was a bit stunned when it was all over after the Crossroads encore. Otherwise it was masterful to listen to Clapton’s work on the fretboard. It was a very nice touch to have cameras and big screens focused primarily on Eric’s guitar work.


Review by Michael Mote / Covington GA
My first time seeing Eric Clapton was a night I will never forget! Daltrey was a great addition. The set list was amazing and the band was spot on, but of course the man of the hour deserves an honorable mention for his outstanding performance. We all agreed Rock and Roll Heart and the solo added to Cocaine are pieces of history none of us will be able to forget. Wonderful Tonight was an amazing suprise, it is my wedding song to my wife and I couldn't have asked for more. I left the concert feeling like I should have paid more to see such a great show. It was my first time seeing Clapton but it will certainly not be my last!


Review by Mike Flerl / Lawrenceville GA
Me and my wife got to go to our first EC concert in Duluth, Georgia on March 9, and it was AWESOME!!!! Roger Daltrey was very good as an opening act but Eric took it to a whole different level. We were amazed at just how effortless he made playing the guitar look. It was great that he was the only guitarist, so you could hear him playing. The band was great and we can't wait for the next chance to hear him play.


Review by Kate A.
My dad took me to see EC and I thought he was great (I am ten yrs. old). I was kind of disappointed when he didn't play Layla, because that's my favorite Clapton song. Other than that, the concert was GREAT! It was my first concert. Cocaine was good, and so was Badge (although I like all of the songs). Let Eric know he is my favorite guitar player. Crossroads was a great encore. His I Shot the Sheriff was one of the best played songs of the night. Eric's playing had no mistakes in his songs and his band was really good. the back up singers danced well, and the drummer and piano players were impressive. The light display was awesome. Roger Daltry played some good Who songs and rocked out.


Review by Bryan Hammock
I have seen Eric somewhere between 15 and 20 times since the 461 Ocean Blvd tour in 1974 in Atlanta. I'll never forget that show, with Pete Townsend and Keith Moon coming out to play Layla for the encore. It was one the brightest rock'n roll highlights of my life. Tuesday night's show was what I would describe as an intimate evening with Eric. Agreeing with Gerri's comments, Eric has been very generous over the last many years in sharing the spotlight with others and this band configuration is great for EC fans to really see him play the guitar and lead his band. Old Love and I Shot the Sheriff were highlights in the show for me, like Ted. I absolutely loved the intimacy of Eric loosing himself in crafting the extended solos in both songs. It was as though he was playing just for me and the rest of the crowd, too, I guess.

I really enjoyed the acoustic set and, while I love Layla and missed not hearing it, I enjoyed Running on Faith and Rock 'n Roll Heart very much. I must say Rock n' Roll Heart was like a big sing along and I, along with everyone else singing as loud as they could, loved it! The second electric set was great, but honestly I could do without hearing Cocaine ever again in a live show unless he did a JJ Cale arrangement. I assume he is either trying to get the message of "dirty cocaine" out or he feels as though his commercially driven audience expects it. I can tell you that the majority of the real EC fans would rather hear something else and I'll bet the band would, too! Seeing him play Badge and Before You Accuse Me were highlights of that set for me. I always love the slow blues he does and Little Queen of Spades was great.

Without a doubt Eric has class and style and I will always be one of his #1 fans out here. I loved the show and the trimmed down band configuration. I do all I can to emulate him on guitar as he and his music strike me every time I hear it. I hope and pray that Eric stays healthy and musically vibrate for many years to come. I'm looking forward to the next project and tour, Eric. Until then.


Review by Lanny Thornton / Marietta, GA
I have been a Clapton fan since I first heard him in Cream when I was in the 8th grade. When I saw he was returning to Atlanta, I made up my mind that, either before I die or Eric dies, I have to see him live at least once. Well, I was not disappointed, and I knew I wouldn’t be. As a wannabe guitar player since the age of 10, I certainly appreciate what he does on stage. He makes it look so easy. He’s so relaxed, says little as far as speaking to the audience, and lets his amazing vocals and impeccable work with his Stratocaster do the talking. You can see the decades of hard work, repetition, and pure God given talent. That’s what makes him such a legendary guitarist and overall musical artist. I really don’t think Eric gets the accolades he deserves for his vocals. It’s usually about his guitar playing. He is an amazing vocalist and makes the blues come alive through his vocals as well as his guitar. The acoustic set was 4 songs; “Driftin’ Blues”, “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out”, “Running on Faith”, and “I’ve Got a Rock N Roll Heart”. It was just breathtaking and the crowd loved it! He did one of my all time Clapton tunes, as written by Eric and George Harrison, “Badge” and it was unbelievable. Was I as disappointed as other reviewers over the fact that he didn’t play “Layla” as he did in prior shows? Yes, a little. But, I could have listened to “Slow Hand” play all night long, though that would be too much to ask for. I was not at all disappointed. Oh, and I can’t leave out his amazing band and backup singers. Steve Gadd is one of my all time favorite drummers. Eric always surrounds himself with some amazing musicians and this group is completely awesome! Michelle John and Sharon White are truly voices from heaven!

As the other reviewers mentioned, we were all rather shocked and disappointed that the house sound went down in the first song. It was amazing that Eric and his band never missed a beat and he looked really puzzled at the crowd’s reaction when it went down and when it came back on. I don’t think he had a clue what was going on since the monitors and stage gear were still working. I sure hope someone told him right after the show. Trust me, he was in a venue where every person there loves and respects him and would never be rude to him.

Roger Daltrey and his band did a great job opening for EC. I didn’t have really high expectations, and came away truly impressed with their set and performance. Though I knew they would be good, they far exceeded my expectations! They really set the tone and had the crowd ready when Eric took the stage.

Live long, EC. I’ll be seeing you the next time you come to town!