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Eric Clapton Concert
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’.

We 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".

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
After Midnight
Little Queen Of Spades – solo galore.
Further On Up The Road – everybody solo’d.
Wonderful Tonight
Crossroads was the encore with Robert Cray, four electric guitars – left me with goose bumps.

This 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, 2006.

Ciao’ for now, peace.
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