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22 November 2011 - Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood

Location

Osaka-Jo Hall Osaka
Japan
Band Lineup: 

Eric Clapton – guitar, vocals
Steve Winwood – hammond organ, piano, guitar, vocals
Chris Stainton – keyboards
Willie Weeks – bass
Steve Gadd – drums
Michelle John – backing vocals
Sharon White – backing vocals

Support: 
None
Set List: 

 01. Had To Cry Today
02. Low Down
03. After Midnight
04. Presence Of The Lord
05. Glad
06. Well Alright
07. Hoochie Coochie Man
08. While You See A Chance
09. Key To The Highway
10. Midland Maniac
11. Crossroads
12. Georgia On My Mind
13. Driftin'
14. That's No Way To Get Along
15. Wonderful Tonight
16. Can't Find My Way Home
17. Gimme Some Lovin'
18. Voodoo Chile
19. Dear Mr. Fantasy (encore)
20. Cocaine (encore)

Show Notes: 

Second and final performance in Osaka in 2011. For the first time this tour, the main body of the show ended with "Voodoo Chile" rather than "Cocaine." The duo then came back on stage to perform a two song encore of "Dear Mr. Fantasy" and "Cocaine". 

Fan Reviews: 

 Review by Hiroshi M

Unlike the first night, the arena was almost full -- large portions of both wings of the stage were covered with black sheets though, as had been last night. Anyway no empty seats were seen on upper sides of the stand today, which is good.

Over all, the performance tonight gave a more polished feel today than yesterday, although the difference was very subtle. The solo on Voodoo Chile sounded more controlled, giving the entire piece an impression of sonic objet d'art, a sculpture made out of sound, curved by a tool namely electric guitar! Only a gifted artist that is Eric Clapton could do it.

Eric took the lead this time on Wonderful Tonight, hitting a bum note at the end, oops, wry smile on his face...and the audience loved the moment!

The biggest surprise tonight came when they finished Voodoo Chile -- that was the end of the main set! We were all dumb-struck, feeling left behind in the vacuum generated by this seemingly abrupt ending. The demanding handclap for an encore followed. The band took the stage again, and Dear Mr. Fantasy was segued into Cocaine, odd but refreshing way to finish a show nonetheless. Unpredictability is a spice to liven it up a bit, even though the set-list was the same as the previous night, basically. I wish they had chosen Pearly Queen instead of Midland Maniac.

The performance level of both Osaka shows was incredibly high -- a promising sign that suggests the succeeding shows can be even better.