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22 March 2013 - Eric Clapton & His Band

Location

Bridgestone Arena Nashville , TN
United States
Tennessee US
Band Lineup: 

Eric Clapton – guitar, vocals
Doyle Bramhall II – guitar
Greg Leisz – pedal steel guitar
Chris Stainton – piano, keyboards
Paul Carrack - organ, keyboards
Willie Weeks – bass
Steve Jordan – drums
Michelle John – backing vocals
Sharon White – backing vocals

Support: 
The Wallflowers
Set List: 

01. Hello Old Friend
02. My Father's Eyes
03. Tell The Truth
04. Gotta Get Over
05. Black Cat Bone
06. Gotta Get Better In A Little While
07. Tempted (Paul Carrack)
08. I Shot The Sheriff
09. Driftin'
10. Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out
11. Tears In Heaven
12. Goodnight Irene
13. Wonderful Tonight
14. How Long (Paul Carrack)
15. Stones In My Passway
16. Love In Vain
17. Crossroads
18. Little Queen Of Spades
19. Cocaine
20. Sunshine Of Your Love
21. High Time We Went (Paul Carrack)

Fan Reviews: 

Review by Jake Miller
Exceptional musicianship, live-production, and soaring solos. I'm a 19 year old lead guitar player/vocalist pursuing a career in music. I have been greatly influenced by Eric since the tender age of five. Eric was on fire...top-notch vocals...fluid and precise guitar playing...and a very responsive crowd. The band was in sync with Eric the entire night. Steve Jordan's drumming on the encore number "Sunshine of your Love" blew me away. Very reminiscent of Ginger Baker. Doyle Bramhall II guitar solo on "Little Queen of Spades" was phrased wonderfully.  A lot of emotion. Chris Stainton's piano break on "Little Queen of Spades"  put chills down my spinePaul Carrack's classic "How Long" was a great treat to hear. Willie Week's awesome groove on "Got to get better in a little while" carried the song.

Eric really put everything he had into this performance. His guitar playing is strong as ever.  Incredible tone. The audience was great...every time Clapton took a solo the crowd just erupted! Cocaine was the crowd favorite. Eric is the consummate performer...hasn't lost a step. Incredible musician. Outstanding Show.

Review by Tom Robinson
The show was great! I had heard of the Wallflowers but couldn’t have told you one of the songs they did. I was very impressed. They sounded like early Bruce Springsteen. They were very enjoyable.
Eric opened with Hello Old Friend and, having been a fan for most of my life and having never seen him live, I felt like he was speaking directly to me. The solos were amazing and the band was fantastic. The highlight of the night was my 15 year old son recognizing the opening chords of I Shot the Sherriff and turning to me with a huge smile on his face.
Now, I have to say that there was a huge let-down for me. Paul Carrack was great and I thoroughly enjoyed all three songs that featured him. But, I could have done without any one of the three and heard Layla instead. In fact I was actually very disappointed and even, shall I say it, hurt. I have waited a long time to see Clapton and hear Layla live.  It’s hard to complain after seeing an Eric Clapton concert, but I dare say I wouldn’t have walked away thinking, “Gee, I wish they had done an extra Paul Carrack song instead of Layla!”

Review by Bob D
I'm a veteran of close to 75  EC shows over the last 38 years. Tonight's show in Nashville was a monster and definitely in the top 5. Simply amazing, stronger than the 06/07 shows. Twenty two songs, 2 plus hours. EC has an unbelievable tone and there's lots of volume, wah wah and distortion. The solos truly take flight. Greg Leisz on mandolin and pedal steel rounds out the sound. Michelle and Sharon? Best backing duo he's ever had. If you're going to a show, pay attention to them during Gotta Get Over. Steve and Willie are the force driving the band along. Paul carrack (great vocals on his 3 songs with great accompaniment from EC) and Chris Stainton both amazing. Highlights for me were tell The Truth, Black Cat Bone, and the Robert Johnson set in the last part of the show. I actually enjoyed the unplugged jazzy reworking of Wonderful Tonight, too. Don't miss this tour.

Review by Nick Kistenmacher
Hello from Memphis, Tennessee. I have enjoyed your magazine for many years. I attended the Nashville show last Friday night and it was one of the best shows I have ever seen. EC twice made reference to the fact that it was Chris Stainton's 69th birthday. I have no doubt that readers of your magazine go to the shows not just to see EC but also the outstanding musicians he has worked with over the years. The 2013 band could be the best yet.