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17 March 2007 - Eric Clapton & His Band

Location

The Pond Anaheim , CA
United States
California US
Band Lineup: 

Eric Clapton – guitar / vocals
Doyle Bramhall II – guitar / vocals
Derek Trucks – guitar
Chris Stainton – keyboards
Tim Carmon – keyboards
Willie Weeks – bass
Steve Jordan – drums
Michelle John – backing vocals
Sharon White – backing vocals

Special Guest: 

Robert Cray – guitar / vocals*

Set List: 

01. Tell The Truth
02. Key To The Highway
03. Got To Get Better In A Little While
04. Little Wing
05. Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad?
06. Driftin'
07. Outside Woman Blues
08. Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out
09. Running On Faith
10. Motherless Children
11. Little Queen Of Spades
12. Further On Up The Road
13. Wonderful Tonight
14. Layla
15. Cocaine (encore)
16. Crossroads (encore)*

Show Notes: 

 

Fan Reviews: 

Review by Shaun Hague
Clapton and crew made a stop through Anaheim last night and melted the Pond! It was another guitar-extravaganza and no one was left dissapointed. I have to say that there wasn't as much energy in this show, but being a professional/touring musician myself, I know towards the end of a tour you do get tired. That aside, the musicianship was still excellent and everyone ripped on their instruments. Derek Trucks was a highlight yet again during this performance. Much like the Los Angeles show, he was featured more than any other band member. He gets some serious tone out of his vintage Gibson SG and has the feel of a seasoned pro. One notable set change was replacing "Anyday", with "Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad". I am glad I got to see them pull this one off, because Eric and Derek played some amazing guitar work. They jammed together for about five minutes straight, playing off one another's guitar lick's and showing what a talent both men really are. Doyle also came through on "Little Queen of Spades" by doing some sweet Albert King blues riffs (listen to the live version of "Blues Power" by Albert and you know what I am talking about).

In my last review, I rambled on about Eric's playing..but you can't say much more about the man. I am looking forward to his Book/DVD coming out in the near future and for the next tour. I think that any music fan should check out a Clapton concert at some point in their lives. He doesn't run around the stage or have crazy pyro fireworks going off, he doesn't need to. You should just go, sit, listen and watch the man do what he does best. I truly believe Eric is one of the best performers and musicians in the world. His influence on music has stretched over 40 years and will always been a dominent force in the music world. Thank you Eric for sharing your talent and influencing not only generations of guitarists, but for making me love the guitar and a little thing called the blues.

Review by Brian Rogers
This was my 4th Clapton show of the current tour, having caught him in Paris last May and 2 of the 3 Madison Square Garden shows in NY last fall (is there an arena with worse acoustics in the world than the Garden). This was the best of the 4 I've seen and it's great to see how Derek Trucks' role in the band has increased over the tour. Doyle is a competent guitar player but, as in the past, he had trouble showcasing his talents when sharing the stage with the likes of Derek and Eric. Highlights of the show were Little Wing and the amazing guitar work at the end of Why does Love Got To Be So Sad between DT and EC. Outside Woman Blues was a highlight in the acoustic set which featured Derek on the National Steel. The new arrangement for Key To The Highway seemed a little off - like the tempo just didn't work for the song. Motherless Children was, as usual, incredible, but I preferred when all three guitar players were not doing the slide part and Derek was driving the rhythm - it was a better contrast. The encore seemed particularly energetic and it was great to see the band cooking at that high level of energy at the end of the show. I think Clapton found something special on this tour in the person of Derek Trucks and it will be interesting to see how the remaining shows will go without that amazing slide guitar player. Clapton, by the way, is still God!

Review by Douglas Wickham
My wife and I went to see Eric Clapton in concert at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA, and we were very disappointed. EC has enough top hits in his lengthy career that he could have filled an entire concert with his best songs, including many from his Cream years. However, we walked out half way through the second set because he indulged himself in R&B guitar virtuoso and forgot that he had an audience that was starved to hear his hits. If we could demand our money back, we would.

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