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19 March 2009 - Eric Clapton with The Allman Brothers Band

Location

Beacon Theatre New York , NY
United States
Band Lineup: 

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 Guest(s): 

Eric Clapton – guitar / vocals *
Susan Tedeschi – vocals **
Danny Louis – piano ***

Set List: 

Set I
01. Little Martha
02. Statesboro Blues
03. Done Somebody Wrong
04. Revival
05. Woman Across The River
06. Don't Keep Me Wonderin'
07. Whipping Post
Intermission
Set II
08. Oncoming Traffic
09. Come and Go Blues
10. Good Morning Little Schoolgirl ***
11. Key To The Highway *
12. Dreams *
13. Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad? *
14. Little Wing *
15. Anyday * **
16. Layla (encore) * ***
 

Show Notes: 

On 19 March, Eric Clapton joined the Allman Brothers Band on stage at The Beacon Theatre in New York City for the first of two historic guest appearances. Other guests that evening were Susan Tedeschi and Danny Louis of Gov't Mule. This year marks the 20th Anniversary of Allman Brothers Band performances at the Beacon and the 40th Anniversary of their founding. The detailed run down of the second set and encore is:

Oncoming Traffic - solo vocals and piano by Gregg Allman
Come and Go Blues - Allman Brothers Band
Good Morning Little Schoolgirl - Allman Brothers Band with guest Danny Louis (piano)
Key To The Highway - Allman Brothers Band with guest Eric Clapton (lead vocal / 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)
Anyday - Allman Brothers Band with guests Eric Clapton ( vocals / guitar) and Susan Tedeschi (vocals)
Layla - Allman Brothers Band with guests Eric Clapton (lead vocal / guitar) and Danny Louis (piano)
 

Fan Reviews: 

Review by Andrew
I was at the Beacon on Thursday night. I've seen the Allmans there about 20 times and I've never seen anything like it. I thought it was odd that they closed the 1st set with "Whipping Post" and no guests. But then four songs into the 2nd set, Clapton came out and I thought the roof would blow. EC was on fire and the Allmans were smokin' too. Watching Warren, Derek and EC trading leads was just incredible and when they broke out "Little Wing" it was rock heaven. One of the all-time great concert experiences. I was also there opening night (9 March) and the Allmans sounded amazing but the energy at the Beacon on Thursday night was off the charts. Really amazing.

Review by George D.
Amazing. I never expected to hear "Dreams". Then came the triple shot of "Why Does Love", "Little Wing" and "Anyday". The only thing more amazing was the guy in my row leaving to go buy beer during "Little Wing".

Review by David Birnbaum
It was a very special night. So many people were positive that Eric Clapton would be there. When there were no guests during the first set I began to feel that this was going to be Eric's night and there would be no other guests. During the intermission they began to set up for another guitarist - there was another microphone and a light blue strat - things were looking good. I stepped out in the hall and ran into a friend who said with utter and total confidence that it was a done deal, that a friend of his was outside and said they saw Eric arrive. He was in the house. I took that with a grain of salt but was very excited just the same. So, I returned to my seat to tell the people that I came to the show with me what I had heard.

The second set began. I had hoped if he was coming that it would be the whole set but they did a couple of numbers and then Gregg stood up - earlier I had actually been thinking that I would have said that this man needs no introduction and he would just walk out. I was stunned as Gregg said, "this man needs no introduction, Eric Clapton." The ovation was overwhelming. Off they went into "Key to the Highway" - it was going to be an "all-Layla" set - not so fast they threw in "Dreams." They went on to do great versions of "Why Does Love Got to be So Sad", "Anyday" (with Susan Tedeschi on harmony) and an encore of "Layla".

Unquestionably, the highlight of this night and probably of my 35 years of concert-going, was a very emotional rendition of Jimi Hendrix's "Little Wing." It was a moving tribute to two of the greatest guitarists that ever walked the face of the earth - Jimi and Duane. The reaction to the opening chords to was instant, overwhelming and completely unexpected the Beacon Theatre exploded. It was just beautiful and inspirational - something I will always remember. It is just so sad and tragic that we were not celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Allman Brothers with Duane and Jimi. But I guess we were lucky to have ever had them at all.

Review by Captain S. / Long Island
My friend and I had the privilege of being in the front row of the balcony on the 19th, having purchased tickets for that particular night's show based on the Rolling Stone rumor that EC was going to be the guest. Looking at EC's tour schedule on this site, it seemed like it was plausible that EC could indeed be a special guest of the Allman Brothers Band, so I spent a ridiculous amount on two tickets.

The highlight of the show for me was the cover of Jimi Hendrix's "Little Wing". I always get a lump in my throat hearing the song. Last night not only did I get a lump in my throat, but the hair on the back of my neck felt like it was standing on end.

The virtuosity of EC, Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes seemed almost overwhelming at times and Otiel Burbridge, the Allman Brothers' bassist, (who for my money is at the top of the list of Rock 'n Roll bass players) laid down amazingly tasty foundations for the three guitarists that were as solid as the Beacon Theatre itself.

My friend had tears in his eyes during the set and reminded me of the historic nature of what we were experiencing. He was really on point with that statement as neither of us knew that over the past 40 years, EC had never been on stage with the Allman Brothers before.

Not really having much to say that wasn't obvious, I kept thinking that no one in the world was hearing better music than I was.

Review by Glen G.
I went to the show at the Beacon Theatre on the19th. It was amazing. The Allman Brothers were in fine form. When Eric came out for the second half of the show it stepped it up two notches higher! Eric's playing and singing were in fine form. He looked genuinely happy and was smiling. It reminded me of when I saw Derek and the Dominos at the Fillmore East in New York many many years ago!

Official Recording: 

The Allman Brothers Band Live – Beacon Theatre March 19, 2009 (Hittin’ The Note - 3 CD)

Bootleg Recording(s): 

Southern Comfort – March 19 & 20 (Mid Valley 498-499 / 2 CD) – EC’s sets only