[Slowhand] Re: Slowhand Digest, Vol 3, Issue 395
jshortri at rmi.net
Thu Jul 29 12:19:46 EDT 2004
Excellent review. I was there and fully concur. I think it was the most
passionate, urgent playing I've seen from Eric in quite some time.
> Date: Thu, 29 Jul 2004 07:58:28 -0400
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> Very inciteful review. Especially the "Who could we possibly watch 20
> years from now..." part.
> Legendary Clapton at his thrilling, soulful best
> By Mark Brown, Rocky Mountain News
> July 26, 2004
> After Eric Clapton's amazing Pepsi Center show three years ago, some
> fans grumbled that he wasn't quite on top of his game - yet, they
> acknowledged, it was still the most thrilling guitar performance of
> the year.
> No one at the Pepsi Center on Saturday night could have made any such
> In just a bit under two hours, Clapton covered all the things he does
> best, from Robert Johnson blues to soaring rock anthems, with energy
> and passion that you don't see out of most 25-year-olds - much less a
> guy who turns 60 next year. It's a reminder that Clapton is simply a
> treasure, and perhaps one that we've taken for granted far too long.
> Who could we possibly watch 20 years from now who'll have one-tenth of
> Clapton's history, influence, style and power? There are many
> fast-playing guitarists out there, many inventive guitarists out
> there, but no one who can touch Clapton for the naked emotion and soul
> put into his notes.
> Maybe he was more fiery at one time, but now we get a man who has had
> a lifelong relationship with the guitar, which over the years has been
> his muse, his gift, his downfall and his salvation. Playing the guitar
> is as natural as breathing for him.
> He still has plenty of pyrotechnics to spare; guitar rave-ups were the
> highlight of nearly every song, especially Hoochie Coochie Man, I Shot
> the Sheriff and a tour-de- force version of Have You Ever Loved a
> Woman that featured extended solos from each member of the band.
> You can't say enough about the band. Clapton has surrounded himself
> with brilliance. Chris Stainton and Billy Preston both got standing
> ovations for keyboard solos. Guitarist Doyle Bramhall II added wah-wah
> shadings to I Shot the Sheriff that were enough to make the song seem
> new. Bassist Nathan East was impeccable as always, his playing
> bringing Let It Rain to life.
> The only drawback - and the only reason this show doesn't get an A+ -
> is that despite the inclusion of some rarities, Clapton still doesn't
> grasp that he's an album artist. People don't necessarily need the top
> hits, as demonstrated by the screaming approval for Kind Hearted Woman
> Blues. Fans would be just as rabid for Run So Far or I'm Tore Down.
> Still, from the club shows to the arena, Saturday's show was easily
> the best Clapton I've witnessed.
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