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27 February 2010 - Eric Clapton & His Band

Location

Sommet Center Nashville , TN
United States
Tennessee US
Band Lineup: 

Eric Clapton - guitar / vocals
Chris Stainton - keyboards
Walt Richmond - keyboards
Willie Weeks - bass
Steve Gadd - drums
Michelle John - backing vocals
Sharon White - backing vocals

Support: 
Roger Daltrey
Special Guest: 

Vince Gill - guitar *

Set List: 

01. Going Down Slow
02. Key To The Highway
03. Tell The Truth
04. Old Love
05. I Shot The Sheriff
06. Driftin' Blues
07. Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out*
08. Running On Faith*
09. Layla*
10. I've Got A Rock 'N Roll Heart*
11. Badge
12. Little Queen Of Spades
13. Before You Accuse Me
14. Wonderful Tonight
15. Cocaine
16. Crossroads* 

Show Notes: 

Country music legend Vince Gill joined Eric onstage as a special guest for most of the acoustic "sit down" set as well as the encore of "Crossroads". Gill, an outstanding guitarist and vocalist in his own right, did not sing on any of the songs. His contribution was limited to rhythm parts and some brief solos.

Roger Daltrey's Set List
01. I Can See For Miles
02. The Real Me
03. Days Of Light
04. Freedom Ride
05. Gimme A Stone
06. Real Good Looking Boy
07. Mannish Boy
08. Young Man Blues
09. Baba O'Riley
10. Ring Of Fire

Fan Reviews: 

Were you there? Send your review to info@whereseric.com. Please be sure to include your name; anonymous reviews or those using an alias will not be published.

Review by Shannon Turner / Nashville
One of the great things about going to a concert in Nashville is that with all of the artists who live here, you never know who might pop up on stage at any given show. Tonight's show with Eric and the band was no exception. First, though, the electric part of the show was the same as in Pittsburgh, with memorable solos during "Old Love" and "I Shot the Sheriff." Eric also began his acoustic set with "Driftin," just as he had in the previous show. Before he went into "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out," however, he introduced to the stage his "very good friend, Mr. Vince Gill," who came out all smiles and joined Eric for the rest of the acoustic set. The set included "Layla" as well as all of the other songs from Pittsburgh. In typical Eric form, he encouraged Vince to take all of the rest of the solos while he played rhythm, and the audience cheered Vince on. Both men smiled at each other as they clearly enjoyed themselves.

The second electric set went the same as the Pittsburgh show, except Vince Gill did return to the stage for the "Crossroads" encore, playing a red sunburst Les Paul. He took the first solo in the song, but Eric laid out a neat finish to end the show. Since Vince was with him, we dared hope for just a moment that there might be one extra song in the encore, but alas, it was not to be.

Roger Daltry also took advantage of being in Music City by leading the audience in an encore of the Johnny Cash hit, "Ring of Fire." The crowd loved his set, which included "Behind Blue Eyes," "Squeeze Box," and "Baba O'Riley." He got a well-deserved ovation.


Review by Pat Vick
Eric's set list for Nashville was the same as Pittsburgh except with the addition of the acoustic version of Layla as the last acoustic song before switching back to electric. Also after Driftin Blues, Eric brought out Vince Gill who played acoustic guitar on all of the 4 remaining acoustic songs. On the encore with "Crossroads", Eric brought out Vince Gill one more time and Vince played a Gibson Historic Les Paul electric guitar through a Fender 57 Twin Amp.

This was a fantastic concert. Roger Daltrey and his band played a great set with 3 Who songs. They played "Squeeze Box" which was a highlight of their set.

Eric and his band came out and showed what professional musicians are all about. Eric always talked about Muddy Waters band were men instead of boys, and I really respect that Eric has surrounded himself with men of age and experience. It shows in the total sound and presentation of his music. Eric's guitar playing was second to none in Nashville. He showed why he is a living legend. I was blessed to be on the second row in the middle, less than ten feet from Eric. This was one of the best concerts I have been to in my life and I have seen many in my lifetime.


Review by Bob Daniel / KY
We attended the Nashville show tonight at the Summett Center. Roger Daltrey opened up at about 7:30 and did several of his songs with the personal highlight being “Young Man Blues”.

Then Clapton walked on the stage followed by his band. It sounded like he played the same set list as the Pittsburg show. He played “Key to the Highway”, “Tell the Truth” and a couple of other numbers before going to acoustic. He was joined by Vince Gill for “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out” and “Layla”.

When he went into “Cocaine” we knew the show was almost over and getting out of the parking lot is a nightmare, so we left at that point. Unfortunately, it sounds like we missed “Crossroads”.

No “Little Wing”. Bummer!

Clapton played electric with his late model Fender Stratocaster (pewter color with maple neck and fret board) and acoustic on his signature 000-28 Martin. It looked like he was using Fender Blues Deluxe amplifiers. I was some distance away but I am pretty sure about the amps and 100% sure about the guitars.


Review by Jeff Glaze
I've been an EC fan for most of my 46 years. Saturday night's show was the best I've seen. EC is by far the greatest guitarist living or dead. I don't think anyone can hold a candle to him including BB King. He truely has a God given talent and has done his best to perfect it. Best concert I've ever been to!


Review by Brenda Klein
Wow! The Nashville concert was magnificent. What a gifted, talented and ageless artist Eric Clapton is. He was awesome! There isn't anyone that compares to him. That was the absolute best concert I have ever attended. Just a note: I just finished reading his autobiography and couldn't put the book down. I recommend all fans be sure to get a copy and read it.


Review by Matthew E. / Decatur IL
This was my first time seeing EC and my dad's second. He certainly didn't disappoint either of us and surprised us with Vince Gill's guest appearance. EC was playing out of this world and Vince Gill almost the same way during the acoustic set. Highlights were Eric's solos on Old Love, I Shot the Sheriff, Little Queen of Spades, and all of Wonderful Tonight. Roger Daltrey's opening set was full of energy. Ring Of Fire was a big surprise. Both backing bands were very talented and provided strong support. The only disappointment was that Daltrey, Clapton, and Gill did not appear together on stage for at least one song. Overall, this was a great EC show and I hope to see many more.


Review by Kris M. / Nashville TN
This was my second Eric Clapton show, having attended one at Earl’s Court in London about 10 years ago and I approached this one with a mixture of excitement and trepidation. Afterall, I’m beginning to see some of my heroes show signs of aging (both theirs and mine!). Firstly, the venue. The Sommet Center is not the best of venues. It was poorly organized and, being in the heart of downtown Nashville, access and parking are a nightmare. The sound however was excellent. Every little nuance was discernable in every track.

Given the access issues, I arrived about halfway into Roger Daltrey’s set. Seeing Daltrey like this is as close as I’ll get to seeing the Who live. But I was disappointed by him. He was putting everything in to it and rolled out some great songs, but his voice just isn’t what it needs to be to pull off those high notes. And I truly wish he hadn’t done the Johnny Cash song at the end.

Clapton however was simply amazing. Casual as ever, he strolled out on to the stage, gave a quick, almost embarrassed wave to the crowd and then settled in. A few warm up licks later and he was off.

Since my first Clapton show I’ve always said that no matter how good he is on CD or even live DVDs, nothing compares to hearing him LIVE. And last night was no exception. He was on top form and pulled out some playing that left me with my mouth hanging open. Although admittedly a reserved or mellow set overall, for true Clapton fans it was a total treat.

My gripes about the show: selfishly I’d have liked to have seen less spotlight on the keyboards (and guest Vince Gill). Although they all played brilliantly, I was there to hear Clapton. My only other gripe was that the showed ended – at all!

Highlights: Old Love, Key to the Highway and Running on Faith.


Review by Elizabeth Mayhall
We love our hometown hero, Vince Gill. Halfway through Layla, Vince looked mezmerized, just like every single one of the other 18,500 people that were there. Then, toward the end of the song, you could see Vince's jaw physically drop at he sat in amazement to bear witness to such talent. Thank you, Mr. Clapton, for coming to Music City. Please come back again soon.


Review by Kris M. / Nashville TN
This was my second Eric Clapton show, having attended one at Earl’s Court in London about 10 years ago and I approached this one with a mixture of excitement and trepidation. Afterall, I’m beginning to see some of my heroes show signs of aging (both theirs and mine!). Firstly, the venue. The Sommet Center is not the best of venues. It was poorly organized and, being in the heart of downtown Nashville, access and parking are a nightmare. The sound however was excellent. Every little nuance was discernable in every track.

Given the access issues, I arrived about halfway into Roger Daltrey’s set. Seeing Daltrey like this is as close as I’ll get to seeing the Who live. But I was disappointed by him. He was putting everything in to it and rolled out some great songs, but his voice just isn’t what it needs to be to pull off those high notes. And I truly wish he hadn’t done the Johnny Cash song at the end.

Clapton however was simply amazing. Casual as ever, he strolled out on to the stage, gave a quick, almost embarrassed wave to the crowd and then settled in. A few warm up licks later and he was off.

Since my first Clapton show I’ve always said that no matter how good he is on CD or even live DVDs, nothing compares to hearing him LIVE. And last night was no exception. He was on top form and pulled out some playing that left me with my mouth hanging open. Although admittedly a reserved or mellow set overall, for true Clapton fans it was a total treat.

My gripes about the show: selfishly I’d have liked to have seen less spotlight on the keyboards (and guest Vince Gill). Although they all played brilliantly, I was there to hear Clapton. My only other gripe was that the showed ended – at all! Highlights: Old Love, Key to the Highway and Running on Faith.


Review by S. Hooper / Nashville TN
I have seen Eric perform 8 times now, but never without a sideman. I have seen George Terry, Andy Fairwether Low and the best....Doyle Bramhall II. I really thought Eric would miss Doyle a lot. I was wrong. The focus was on Eric and he delivered the goods in spades. His solos were the highlights.

Several people around me commented it was the best sound mix they ever experienced in this large arena.

Tonight in Nashville he was fantastic. Who sez a 64 year old Guitar God can't sellout a big arena?

Same set as Pittsburgh but as an added attraction Vince Gill joined Eric onstage in front of a crowd of 17,500-18,000 at the acoustic third of the concert. Vince is an Icon in Nashville and Eric and Vince are good friends since Vince has played all of the Crossroads Festivals and is again booked this summer for the festival. Eric and Vince played that 2 guitar tune called Layla. Vince also joined Clapton for his encore of Crossroads. Vince Gill had a huge smile throughout his time on stage.

The crowd was definitely into the entire show including the opening act Roger Daltrey who covered The Who material including Young Man Blues. It was great.Daltrey was in good voice and has an excellent backing band.

Daltrey played 50 minutes and Clapton 1 hr 45 mins. The show started promptly at 7:30pm and Clapton strolled onstage at 8:45pm.
 

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