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Eric Clapton Jams With The Allman Brothers A Second Time; Historic Show at NYC’s Beacon Theatre

Published // 21.Mar.09

On 20 March, history was made a second time when Eric Clapton again joined The Allman Brothers Band on stage at New York City's Beacon Theatre. The seven-song set left those in attendance speechless. Although the 19th was an excellent performance, the 20th was one of those magic nights that music fans live for.

One Clapton fan that reported into Where's Eric! that another thing that made both evenings at The Beacon pleasurable was the Allman Brothers' fans. He said, "They are truly passionate about the music. They give the music and the musicians on stage the attention and respect they deserve while having an absolutely fantastic time. More concert crowds should be like this." Another said, "Astonishing. I had anticipated Clapton playing humble sideman, but Eric's presence pushed the band through the roof from the moment he took the stage. As a confessed Cream-era devotee, seeing EC play in that scenario / venue was like a dream. Trucks / Haynes were appropriately unrestrained and there was never a condescending sense of "staying out of Clapton's way".

Like the previous evening, EC's long-time guitar technician, Lee Dickson, was spotted during intermission setting up EC's gear. Stepping out a few songs into the second set with his daphne blue signature stratocaster, EC's set with the Allman Brothers was "Key To The Highway," "Stormy Monday," "Dreams," "Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad," "Little Wing," an epic version of "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed," and the evening's encore, "Layla." Danny Louis of Gov't Mule sat in again on the encore playing the piano coda.

The concert was broadcast live on Moogis, a new subscription-based online live and on demand service founded by Butch Trucks. Archival material and previous 2009 ABB Beacon gigs are available there on demand. It is not known if any of the concerts will be released officially at a later date.

If you were lucky enough to be there, the Where's Eric! Team wants to hear from you! Send your comments or full-fledged review of the entire gig to info@whereseric.com. The Where's Eric! Team will post them in the Tour Section of this site. There will also be full coverage (including exclusive photos) in the next issue of Where's Eric! Magazine.

Allman Brothers Band:
Gregg Allman (Hammond B3 organ / piano / vocals)
Butch Trucks (drums)
Jaimoe (drums)
Warren Haynes (guitar / vocals)
Derek Trucks (guitar)
Oteil Burbridge (bass)
Marc Quinones (percussion)

Special Guests:
Eric Clapton - guitar and vocals
Danny Louis - piano

Complete Set List
Set I:
01. Little Martha
02. Mountain Jam
03. Trouble No More
04. Midnight Rider
05. Forty-Four
06. Wasted Words
07. Gambler's Roll
08. Ain't Wastin' Time No More
09. Mountain Jam
Intermission
Set II:
10. Melissa
11. Leave My Blues At Home
12. Nobody Left To Run With
13. Key To The Highway (with EC)
14. Stormy Monday (with EC)
15. Dreams (with EC)
16. Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad? (with EC)
17. Little Wing (with EC)
18. In Memory of Elizabeth Reed (with EC)
Encore:
19. Layla (with EC & Danny Louis)

Detailed notes about the second set and EC's Guest Appearance
Melissa - Gregg Allman on acoustic guitar / vocals + ABB
Leave My Blues At Home - Allman Brothers Band
Nobody Left To Run With - Allman Brothers Band
Key To The Highway - Allman Brothers Band with guest Eric Clapton (lead vocal / guitar)
Stormy Monday - Allman Brothers Band with guest Eric Clapton (guitar)
Dreams - Allman Brothers Band with guest Eric Clapton (guitar)
Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad? - Allman Brothers Band with guest Eric Clapton (lead vocal / guitar)
Little Wing - Allman Brothers Band with guest Eric Clapton. EC (lead vocal / guitar)
In Memory of Elizabeth Reed - Allman Brothers Band with guest Eric Clapton (guitar)
Layla - Allman Brothers Band with guests Eric Clapton (lead vocal / guitar) and Danny Louis (piano)

Related links:

Allman Brothers Band - Hittin' The Web (official website)

Moogis