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25 May 2017 - Eric Clapton & His Band

Location

Royal Albert Hall London
United Kingdom
Band Lineup: 

Eric Clapton – guitar, vocals
Chris Stainton – piano, keyboards
Paul Carrack - organ, keyboards, vocals
Nathan East – bass
Steve Gadd – drums
Sharlotte Gibson – backing vocals
Sharon White – backing vocals

Support: 
Doyle Bramhall II
Special Guest: 

Doyle Bramhall II - guitar

Set List: 

Somebody Knocking
Key To The Highway
Hoochie Coochie Man
I Shot The Sheriff
Driftin'
Layla
Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out
Tears In Heaven
Badge
Wonderful Tonight
Crossroads
Little Queen Of Spades - with Doyle Bramhall II
Cocaine - with Doyle Bramhall II
Sunshine Of Your Love (Encore) - with Doyle Bramhall II
High Time We Went (Encore) - with Doyle Bramhall II

Show Notes: 

Sylvie Bermann, French Ambassador to the United Kingdom, conferred the medal of the Commandeur in l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres on Eric Clapton in a ceremony backstage before the show. France's Order of Arts and Letters (Ordre des Arts et des Lettres) was established in 1957 to recognize eminent artists and writers, as well as  people who have contributed significantly to furthering the arts in France and throughout the world. Membership is not limited to French nationals; recipients include numerous foreign luminaries of which Eric Clapton is the most recent. More information can be found here.

Fan Reviews: 

Review by John and Maxine Kegg
Having seen Eric at least 8 times at the RAH, we both agreed that the mix of musicians this time was the best we'd heard . A really superb balance of skills, with a special meeting of minds between Chris Stainton and Eric. Loved it. Many thanks for a superb performance.

Review by Jussi Torvinen
Apart from other nights the set list also included Sunshine Of Your Love as 2nd last number. Other highlights were I Shot The Sheriff, which Started out with Eric's skillful solo before going full to the song. Badge was slower and featured nice new riffs by Eric. Crowd was into it all the way wirh standing ovations.

Review by Kenneth Duffin
Monday night was a good show, with a lovely version of Bell Bottom Blues on acoustic guitar. However there were a couple of errors, ie a pause in Little Queen Of Spades when Doyle's solo ended but nobody seemed to know what to do next.

Wednesday was also good, however Eric seemed a bit tired, especially towards the end of the night. Eric also seemed to decide at the last moment not to play Bell Bottom Blues.

Thursday, though, was a magnificent show, Everybody had more energy and the Solo's in Sheriff, Badge, Crossroads & Little Queen were brilliant. The crowd was much more responsive as well, with singing during Nobody Knows You and Wonderful Tonight. Then to crown off a brilliant show Eric played one of the best versions of Sunshine Of Your Love I've seen for a long time.

Eric also made a short announcement regarding it appearing that he had spent his life growing up at the RAH.

I hope this will not be he last, but if so he went out with a bang!

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