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17 December 1998 - Eric Clapton


The White House Washington , DC
United States
Band Lineup: 

Leon Pendarvis – director / keyboards
Richie “La Bamba” Rosenberg – trombone
Shawn Pelton – drums / percussion
Bobby Bandiera – guitar
Ed Manion – tenor / baritone sax
Tim Cappelo – sax
Michael Mancini – keyboards
Sue Williams – acoustic bass
Mark Spengler – trumpet

Special Guest(s): 

Eric Clapton – guitar / vocals
Jon Bon Jovi – vocals
Sheryl Crow – guitar / vocals
Mary J. Blige – vocals
Vanessa Williams – vocals
Run DMC – vocals
Tracy Chapman – guitar / vocals
John Popper – harmonica / vocals

Set List: 

01. Please Come Home For Christmas – Jon Bon Jovi
02. Merry Christmas Baby – Sheryl Crow, Eric Clapton
03. King of Kings – Vanessa Williams
04. Christmas In Hollis – Run DMC
05. Christmas Tears – Eric Clapton
06. Give Me One Reason – Tracy Chapman, Eric Clapton
07. O Holy Night – Tracy Chapman
08. Christmas Blues – John Popper, Eric Clapton
09. Only One Thing – Sheryl Crow
10. Santa Claus is Coming To Town – All

Show Notes: 

The 30th Anniversary Special Olympics Gala took place at The White House in the presence of President and Mrs. Bill Clinton. The event served as a fundraiser for Special Olympics. Filmed and recorded, it was broadcast on US Television (TNT) on 20 December 1998 and later released on CD and DVD (portions).

Fan Reviews: 
Official Recording: 

A Very Special Christmas Live From Washington DC – A&M Records (CD)
Very Special Christmas 20th Anniversary (DVD)