[Slowhand] comments of a waning fan

Matthew Brown matthewbrown at cattles.co.uk
Fri Apr 28 06:00:05 EDT 2006

You clearly didn`t catch the 2004 tour. I was lucky enough to be at one of the week night RAH shows, the setlist was great a real mix of old tunes, the band and guitar playing was superb and Eric was clearly having a great time.

Am looking forward to more of the same in a couple of weeks, especially as he`s coming to my home town of nottingham.
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Subject: [Slowhand] comments of a waning fan

Having been a huge fan since Cream,having seen Eric (and Cream) on so many occasions,I have always found joy in his extended solos and his inspired vocals,usually on blues numbers.
While Cream at the Garden last October was riviting,I was annnoyed at eric's demeanor, as he clearly looked both bored and angry.Then I realized that he restrains any enthusiasm in almost any show I have seen,except his blues shows in the 90's.
I am also tired of his choice of songs while on tour and am confounded as to why he limits his offerings.
These crystallizations are inspired by Bruce Springsteen.You can see him 5 nights in a row,and he plays atleast 5 different songs each night! His shows are full of enthusiasm,and it permeates the crowd.Just saw his rehearsal for the new Seeger album in Asbury Park on Monday and it was an exhuberant performance with the crowd deliriously happy.Bruce conveys to his fans that he loves what he does,that he loves us,and gives 110% at every show.
Eric only says a polite thank you after each song.If he wore a watch while performing, I wouldn't be surprised if he looked at it a few times during a show!
This is not a Clapton bashing..it is simply the observations of a lifelong fan that hopes so much that this upcoming tour will dispel these negatives,and he will perform songs that we haven't heard for 20 years,that he excludes the 5 songs that none of us want to hear again,and that he seems alive,energetic, and most of all, having some fun!
A Fan Who Wants More

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