Concerts I Have Attended


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Eric Clapton Concerts

Other Concerts



Crossroads Guitar Festival, Madison Square Garden, New York, April 13, 2013.

Reviewed elsewhere.


Crossroads Guitar Festival, Madison Square Garden, New York, April 12, 2013.

Reviewed elsewhere.


PNC Arena, Raleigh, NC, April 3, 2013.

Much better that the previous night in Charlotte. EC walked onstage, already playing. He interacted with the audience more than usual, even being amused when someone threw an "Old Sock" onstage!


Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, NC, April 2, 2013.

Got to Get Better in a Little While' was an early highlight while 'I Shot The Sheriff' was good but fell short of past performances. With the Robert Johnson set, things finally reached the stratosphere. 'Sunshine Of Your Love' was powerful and a welcomed return to the setlist.


121212 Concert for Sandy, Madison Square Garden, December 12, 2012.

Very happy I sprung for this one, even though Clapton only did three songs.


Howlin' for Hubert, Apollo Theater, Harlem, February 24, 2012.

I felt very lucky to be present for this one.


Crossroads Guitar Festival, Bridgeview, June 26, 2010.

Another once in a lifetime event with great collaborations and more performers on stage for the finale than I ever expect to see again.


Raleigh, NC, March 8, 2010

My seats were not great, but it was fun seeing James and Linda again.


With Jeff Beck, Madison Square Garden, February 19, 2010.

Stage left for this show.


With Jeff Beck, Madison Square Garden, February 18, 2010.

Eighth row! A picture I took was later used in the catalog for Clapton's third Guitar and Amp auction!


Pepsi Center, Denver CO, June 21, 2009.

First row! Nathan East was in attendance, but I did not get to speak to him. I did, however, speak to Willie Weeks as he came onstage briefly to get one of his bass guitars. I yelled "Willie, we're here again." and he replied "Yeah, and all the way from Charlotte!" He and I occasionally see each other at concerts in Charlotte.


Schottenstein Center, Columbus, OH, June 15, 2009.

Sixth row, in the center! EC greeted his family and attacked every solo. Remarkable show! This was the first public performance by Clapton and Winwood of "There's A River" and "How Long Blues." Unfortunately, it was also the last public performance by Clapton and Winwood of "Little Wing."


Verizon Center, Washington D.C., June 13, 2009.

Third row!


With The Allman Brothers Band, Beacon Theatre, March 20, 2009.

Even better than the night before.


With The Allman Brothers Band, Beacon Theatre, March 19, 2009.

Susan Tedeschi joined the festivities for "Anyday." Danny Louis (Goverment Mule) played on "Layla."


Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre, Wataugh, New York, June 5, 2008.

"Before You Accuse Me" was dedicated to Bo Diddley.


Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, May 31, 2008.

Saw part of this show from the front row, too!


Tampa Bay, May 3, 2008.

Killer show. My first front row seat! The first public performances of Don't Knock My Love and Rockin' Chair.


With Steve Winwood, Madison Square Garden, February 28, 2008.

All three of these shows were amazing. Tonight, "Them Changes" was dedicated to Buddy Miles, who died that week. EC and SW noticed the Heads On A Stick!


With Steve Winwood, Madison Square Garden, February 26, 2008.

All three of these shows were amazing.


With Steve Winwood, Madison Square Garden, February 25, 2008.

All three of these shows were amazing.


Crossroads Guitar Festival, Bridgeview, July 28, 2007.

A wonderful show. So nice seeing Claton watching the performances from the sideline. He actually took a picture of Sam and me with our EC Heads on a Stick!


San Jose, March 18, 2007.

No Gibson tonight. First time I ever heard "Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad." This was Derek's last show and we honored him with the Derek Truck Head On A Stick With Detachable Ponytail. Derek and Doyle spotted the Heads right away and laughed at various times during the show. Steve Jordan pointed them out to Derek...as did Mr. Clapton who laughed and gave us a thumbs up.


Charlotte, October 17, 2006.

Like Raleigh, the Gibson ES-335 was used for After midnight through Further on up the road. With the possible exception of the May 6 Cream show, this was the best Clapton show I've witnessed. "Anyday" was dedicated to Carl Radle and his family, who were in attendance.


Raleigh, October 15, 2006.

One of the rare concerts in which a Gibson ES-335 was played.


Cream, New York, October 26, 2005.

Unfortunately, not nearly as good as the final London concert.


Cream, New York, October 25, 2005.

I met Ginger Baker that afternoon!


Cream, New York, October 24, 2005.


Cream, London, May 6, 2005.

I saw Tom Hanks, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Olivia Harrison. I met Mick Taylor after the show.


Cream, London, May 5, 2005.

Roger Waters was sitting 25 feet away! I saw actor Jean Reno there, too.


Hollywood, August 2, 2004.

30 years to the day after my first EC concert. 30th time I saw EC (if you count a chance, non-concert encounter)


San Jose, July 31, 2004.

Jim Dunlap was backstage. Met Robert Randolph!


San Jose, July 30, 2004.

To that point, the best Clapton show I had ever seen!. Met Joe Satriati backstage.


Chicago, July 17, 2004.

Good show, not great. Met Babyface backstage. Toured Chess Studies with a lot of friends before the show.


Cleveland, July 10, 2004.

Great show! Went to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with Sambo and the Allmighty before the show.


Greenville, June 19, 2004.

I met Jimmie Vaughan and Chris Stainton at this show!


Atlanta, June 18, 2004.


Crossroads Guitar Festival, Dallas, June 5, 2004.

Eric Clapton with B.B. King, Jimmie Vaughan, Buddy Guy and John Mayer. Later with Santana. Later still with Jeff Beck.


Crossroads Guitar Festival, Dallas, June 5, 2004.

Eric Clapton with J.J. Cale and later with Jimmie Vaughan, Robert Randolph, Robert Cray, Hubert Sumlin, and Buddy Guy.


Kansas City, July 28, 2001.

The highlight for me was Billy Preston's encore of "Will It Go Round In Circles!"


Madison Square Garden, June 23, 2001.

My 45th birthday! "Driftin' Blues" was again dedicated to "John Lee."


Madison Square Garden, June 22, 2001.

until that time, the best Clapton show I had ever seen. "Driftin' Blues" was a surprise, dedicated to "John Lee" who died the day before.


Charlotte, May 25, 2001.

The last appearance of the Impressions. Unfortunately, no Billy Preston.


Madison Square Garden, June 30, 1999.

The benefit concert for The Crossroads Centre at Antigua! With special guests Bob Dylan, Mary J. Blige, Sheryl Crow, and David Sanborn. D'Angel-No-Show did not appear. We were treated to "Little Wing" and the return of the elctric "Layla" to a mass audience.


Chapel Hill, May 14, 1998.

Wonderful Tonight! "Driftin' Blues" was performed solely by Eric on acoustic guitar. First time I've ever seen him do a song all by himself!


Knoxville, April 23, 1998.

I was on the sixth row for this one. During the encore, I was able to sneak up to the front row. I hope to eventually post a review I have written for Slowhand Magazine. Eric played a Black Strat for all the electric parts.


Charlotte, April 22, 1998.

I hope to eventually post a review I have written for Slowhand Magazine. Eric played a Black Strat for all the electric parts. There was a searing solo in virtually every song. "She's Gone" had an extended, distorted guitar at the beginning. "Crossroads" got an "Oow" from EC! For "Have You Ever Loved A Woman," Eric sat on a stool as Kenneth Crouch snuck in a little "Dixie!"


Chicago, September 24, 1995.

The close of the 1995 tour. "Everyday I Have the Blues" was extended and breathtaking. EC played slide on "Crossroads." Buddy Guy came out for the encore. After the show, Eric, Buddy, Lonnie Brooks, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Otis Rush and I all were at "Legends!"


Charlotte, September 10, 1995.

The only time I've heard "Double Trouble." EC seemed surprised by the standing ovation as he took the stage, but it happens everytime. Eric played as well at our local venue as anywhere.


Chapel Hill, September 9, 1995.

Seventh row! Eric seemed a bit unhappy, but still played magnificently. Jerry Portnoy watched part of the show behind a barricade twenty feet from me.


Atlanta, September 2, 1995.

EC couldn't be at the Rock and Roll Concert because he was playin' for me! Elton John was also in Atlanta that night, but neither walked on at the other's show. Eric jammed for such a long time at the beginning of "Everyday I Have the Blues" that I thought it was an instrumental number!


Cleveland, October 18, 1994.

After New York, I was depressed to think I may never hear another Clapton Blues concert again. Fortunately, air fare to Cleveland was affordable. On the way to the show, I found some people with great seats and an extra ticket. A fight broke out in the row behind me and several people were ejected! The crowd went nuts for each solo and EC seemed eager to oblige.

  • SET LIST: Motherless Child, Malted Milk, How Long, Kidman Blues, County Jail, 44, Blues All Day Long, Going Away, Standin' Around Cryin', Hootchie Coochie Man, It Hurts Me Too, Blues Before Sunrise, 3rd Degree, Reconsider Baby, Sinner's Prayer, Someday After Awhile, Tore Down, Have You Ever Loved a Woman, Crosscut Saw, Five Long Years, Born Under a Bad Sign, Groanin' the Blues, Crossroads, Ain't Nobody's Business, Sweet Home Chicago (with Jimmie Vaughan).
Cleveland, October 18, 1994


Madison Square Garden, October 8, 1994.

New York, October 18, 1994
EC's first US arena blues show. I was in awe just being in this venue, let alone when EC started into all these wonderful, often unfamiliar songs. I never expect to hear a song performed as well as this show's version of "Have You Ever Loved a Woman."

  • SET LIST: Motherless Child, Malted Milk, How Long, Kidman Blues, County Jail, 44, Blues All Day Long, Going Away, Standin' Around Cryin', Hootchie Coochie Man, It Hurts Me Too, Blues Before Sunrise, 3rd Degree, Reconsider Baby, Sinner's Prayer, I Can't Judge Nobody, Someday After Awhile, Tore Down, Have You Ever Loved a Woman, Crosscut Saw, Five Long Years, Born Under a Bad Sign, Groanin' the Blues, Crossroads, Ain't Nobody's Business, Sweet Home Chicago (with Jimmie Vaughan).


Chapel Hill, May 11, 1992.

Friends of mine were two rows back. Having seen the Charlotte show days earlier, I knew when to let them borrow my binoculars and when to be greedy! I still feel guilty about that. Yeah, right...


Charlotte, May 2, 1992.

Ninth row. Unfortunately, the guy in front of me kept jumping up and banging his chair into my knees. I remember resisting the urge to hit him because I would get arrested and not get to hear "Layla."


Knoxville, August 31, 1990.

I heard Stevie Ray Vaughan was supposed to be there, but we lost him five days earlier. Eric was somber, but basically it was business as usual with no mention of the tragedy. Tessa Niles was wearing what looked like a white nightie over a black leotard! It seemed to lighten the otherwise grim atomosphere. Excellent show, especially a great solo during "I Shot the Sheriff." I won the "August" CD from a radio station before the show (I had to sing the chorus of "Layla"). Since I already had it, I used it in the trade to get a third row seat.


Greensboro, August 2, 1990.

Sixteen years to the day and the same venue where I first saw him. I was able to take some photos, but the lighting was not that great. Nathan East did a nice eerie version of "Can't Find my Way Home" at the 1990 shows.


Charlotte, March 30, 1990.

His 45th birthday and the second show of the tour. The band sang "Happy Birthday" to him.


Greensboro, August 2, 1974.

Pete Townshend and Keith Moon had joined EC in Atlanta the night before, but nobody expected this to happen in Greensboro. It did! See the articles section for details.


Other Concerts I Have Attended:

Bruce Springsteen
Columbia, 1985
  • Bruce Springsteen, Columbia, SC, January 13, 1985.
  • Billy Joel, Charlotte, February 8, 1984.
  • Jackson Browne, Greensboro, August 6, 1983
  • Bruce Springsteen, Greensboro, 1981.
  • The Who, Greensboro, July 13, 1980.
  • Bruce Springsteen, Atlanta, September 30, 1978. Broadcast on radio
  • Bruce Springsteen, Charlotte, August 2, 1978 - Front Row!
  • Jackson Browne, Charlotte, September 2, 1978 - Front Row! The drummer was Jim Gordon, formerly of Derek and the Dominoes.
  • Jackson Browne/Karla Bonoff, Atlanta, 1977.
  • Jackson Browne/ John Sebastian, Columbia, SC, April 21, 1978.
  • The Who, Greensboro, November 28, 1975.
  • Rod Stewart/Uriah Heep, Charlotte, September 27, 1975.
  • The Rolling Stones, Greensboro, July 31, 1975.