at the Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Missouri 9/18/06
Last night was Eric Claptons second show of the
first leg of his U.S. Tour at the newly renamed
Scottrade Center. The Robert Cray Band was opening
act, he played six songs. Phone Booth was the most
recognizable, the rest were newer songs of which
Poor Johnny was my favorite. Cray has a new CD released
this week, ‘Live from Across the Pond’.
heard gems from Eric's back catalog like "After
Midnight" and "Motherless Children"
along with more recent songs. Robert Cray joined
EC on stage for "Old Love" and came back
for the encore, "Crossroads".
makes the third Clapton concert I’ve seen and
the best to date. Derek Trucks was outstanding with
his lightning fast finger pickin’ slide work.
Willie Weeks is easily among my top three favorite
bass players. For a good sampling of Weeks grove listen
to Donny Hathaway’s Live recording. This concert
should be called the guitar solo tour, the songs were
long and lot’s of solo’s – I’d
have it no other way. Clapton and J.J. Cale (I Shot
the Sheriff and Cocaine) will be releasing a new CD,
‘The Road To Escondido’, in November,
The Band features Doyle Bramhall II and Derek Trucks
on Guitar, Chris Stainton and Tim Carmon on Keyboards,
Willie Weeks on Bass, Steve Jordan on Drums and
backing vocals by Michelle John and Sharon White.
The full set list was:
I Shot The Sheriff
Got To Get Better In A Little While
– a dynamite drum and bass solo.
Old Love with Robert Cray who solo’d
as did Carmon on keyboard.
Everybody Oughta Make A Change
Motherless Children featured Clapton
playing slide guitar on the new “Blackie”.
Back Home – sit down acoustic
I Am Yours – sit down acoustic
with an electric Trucks slide solo.
Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out
– sit down acoustic also with a Trucks solo
Running On Faith – sit down
acoustic, Doyle solo’d
Little Queen Of Spades –
Further On Up The Road –
Crossroads was the encore with
Robert Cray, four electric guitars – left
me with goose bumps.
Ciao’ for now, peace.