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26 February 2011 - Eric Clapton & His Band

Location

Key Arena Seattle , WA
United States
Band Lineup: 

Eric Clapton – guitar, vocals
Chris Stainton – keyboards
Tim Carmon - keyboards
Willie Weeks – bass
Steve Gadd – drums
Michelle John – backing vocals
Sharon White – backing vocals

Support: 
Los Lobos
Set List: 

01. Key To The Highway
02. Going Down Slow
03. Hoochie Coochie Man
04. Old Love
05. I Shot The Sheriff
06. Driftin'
07. Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out
08. River Runs Deep
09. When Somebody Thinks You're Wonderful
10. Same Old Blues (song by JJ Cale)
11. Layla
12. Badge
13. Wonderful Tonight
14. Before You Accuse Me
15. Little Queen Of Spades
16. Cocaine
17. Crossroads

Show Notes: 

First US concert of 2011.

Fan Reviews: 

Review by Wendy and John Lato
The Seattle concert was much more polished than the Milwaukee,Wisconsin show we attended in late June 2010. Eric had some really solid solo work in Old Love, I Shot the Sheriff, Before You Accuse Me and Little Queen of Spades. All of the band were right on all night which made for a very entertaining show.


Review by Doug Nathan
Eric was great! As usual his playing was very tasteful. Extremely expressive; at times he seemed tired, he got lost in some licks, but recovered well as usual. He didn't talk at all except to say hello, thank you and good night. His singing was good, the gals, Michelle and Sharon, sound great. Each member of the band got lots of spotlight time. While this was going on Eric played the sideman very well, strumming those little rhythm chords he does when he doesn't want to intrude on another band member. His guitar was way up front in the sound mix, there was no problem hearing Eric at all, very distinct from the other instruments. The tone on the Daphne Blue Strat is absolutely Stratocaster! As usual the playing was for the most part sublime, my eyes were moist listening to him play. The crowd was well behaved, mixed groups of young people, sons and daughters out with mom and dad, couples of all ages out on a date. I don't think many performers have the wide appeal Eric has, it's good to see.

Eric used a Martin Acoustic for the first two numbers of the "sit down set", then a Gibson 335 for the other songs in that section of the concert. The only Strat he used all night was the Daphne Blue.


Review by Doug K.
Before you accuse me ... of not paying attention ... the set list seemed to match that of the previous show in Vancouver (apologies, didn't keep an exact list), I was too busy being in awe!

For me, the highlight of the evening (and there were many) was Slowhand's guitar solo in Old Love, his notes soared and filled the arena. I believe I may have shed a tear. The sound system was great but we found the light show distracting. It may have been fine for the ground level audience but for those of us higher up in the arena it was like a giant semi coming at you, blinding one's view of the stage at times. The double keyboards were okay, perhaps another guitarist to trade solos with EC instead? Admittedly, a formidable task indeed! Overall experience: Wonderful Tonight!

Clapton played his pale blue Strat for most of the show using few or no effects which makes his playing all the more enjoyable.


Review by Pam M.
What a show! The whole band was on top of their game. "Badge" was so huge, awesome, got the chills. Solos on "Going Down Slow", "Old Love" and "Little Queen of Spades" were "Royal Albert Hall" great. Each soloist got the crowd up. It was just a thrill all around. I'll have to say I had my doubts about this show being so fantastic. I had not been to Key Arena before and I had heard the acoustics weren't too good. When Los Lobos came on it was overly loud and distorted. My heart was sinking fast. Somehow, it was great when Clapton came out. I don't know if it was just a bad sound check for Los Lobos or what.